All of this is unilateral.…
- The goal of the Palestinian people is the realization of their inalienable national rights in their independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on all the land of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, which Israel occupied in the June 1967 war, in conformity with the resolutions of international legitimacy and with the achievement of a just and agreed upon solution to the Palestine refugee issue in accordance with resolution 194, as stipulated in the Arab Peace Initiative which presented the consensus Arab vision to resolve the core Arab-Israeli conflict and to achieve a just and comprehensive peace.
- The PLO and the Palestinian people adhere to the renouncement of violence and rejection and condemning of terrorism in all its forms, especially State terrorism, and adhere to all agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel.
- We adhere to the option of negotiating a lasting solution to the conflict in accordance with resolutions of international legitimacy. Here, I declare that the Palestine Liberation Organization is ready to return immediately to the negotiating table on the basis of the adopted terms of reference based on international legitimacy and a complete cessation of settlement activities.
- Our people will continue their popular peaceful resistance to the Israeli occupation and its settlement and apartheid policies and its construction of the racist annexation Wall, and they receive support for their resistance, which is consistent with international humanitarian law and international conventions and has the support of peace activists from Israel and around the world, reflecting an impressive, inspiring and courageous example of the strength of this defenseless people, armed only with their dreams, courage, hope and slogans in the face of bullets, tanks, tear gas and bulldozers.
We only aim to de-legitimize the settlement activities, the occupation and apartheid and the logic of ruthless force, and we believe that all the countries of the world stand with us in this regard.
Leading wars into the fall
Despite [or because of] the presence of some 150,000 foreign troops, violence has spread in the past year from Afghanistan’s volatile south to what had been relatively peaceful areas. Commensurately, anger has risen in the United States and in other NATO member states over the rising numbers of foreign troop casualties in Afghanistan.
The top cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, accused Bahrain’s Al Khalifa dynasty (government) of practicing “‘fake democracy’” and called elections planned for Saturday “a meaningless vote.”
Today, Ali Abdullah Saleh reportedly returned to the Yemen after spending more than three months in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. His return follows the regime’s intensified crackdown on anti-government protesters [AFP].
The Human Cost of Occupation edited by Margaret Griffiths
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