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ACRI: Association for Civil Rights in Israel
(Quote:) The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) was established in 1972 to bolster Israel's commitment to civil liberties and human rights through legal action, education and public outreach. ACRI is a strictly nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that protects the rights of all individuals in Israel and in the occupied territories, regardless of religion, nationality or political beliefs.
ADC: American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
(Quote:) Founded in 1980 by former Senator James Abourezk ... ADC is at the forefront combating defamation and negative stereotyping of Arab Americans in the media and wherever else it is practiced.
ADL: Anti-Defamation League
(Quote:) Through programs, publications and contact with officials, ADL interprets Israel to U.S. policy-makers, the media and the American public. ADL seeks to explain the political and security issues confronting Israel, educates about the complexities of the peace process, urges support of Israel and explains why a strong Israel is important and valuable to the United States and the Western world. The League also combats efforts to delegitimize Israel by the Arab world, the international community and the media. ADL's Jerusalem Office hosts fact-finding missions to Israel for American government leaders and other opinion-molders.
Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, with U.S. offices in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Americans for Peace Now
Supporting Shalom Achshav [Peace Now], mainstream Israeli peace org, with Hot Topics updates.
Arab American Institute
(Quote:) We are a membership based organization representing Americans of Arab heritage and we serve a vital role in the greater community at large.
Israeli Women for Peace.
Beit Sahour: Palestinian Center for Rapprochement (PCR)
With reports and pictures of nonviolent actions.
Bereaved Families' Forum
Israeli and Palestinian parents of children killed in the crossfires of war.
Coalition of Women for Peace
The Coalition of Women for a just peace believes that the occupation must stop, and that Israel must retreat to the 1967 borders. The Coalition also believes that:
The militarism, which permeates Israeli society, must also come to an end. As long as the governments of Israel continue to be dominated by generals and a belief in violence as a political strategy, we will never get to peace. To end the conflict we must resolve problems through wisdom, not force; through compromise based on an understanding of the plight of the nations in the region....
Colorado Delegations to Palestine
(Quote:)...as advocates of nonviolence in the US, we strongly believe in “walking the talk” by using creative and beautiful ways of directly putting our human bodies and privilege on the line to be in solidarity and actively resist oppression.
From the Institute for Global Communications (see Nonviolence Portals below).
(Quote:) THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA will equip you to challenge myth, distortion and spin in the media in an informed way, enabling you to effect positive changes in media coverage of the Palestinians and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Fellowship of Reconciliation.
See their Interfaith Peacebuilders Program, sending delegations to Palestinian and Israeli homes.
A Generation Later: Nonviolence in the Middle East
Alan Solomonow (May-June 1999) NVA-WRL
Archives of the "hard core" Israeli peace group (in English and Hebrew).
Israeli news in English.
Read George Monbiot's account of women who did the right thing: moved into Palestinian homes and began snapping pictures of police. Please see link to Women in Black UK under Nonviolent Activism below.
Holy Land Trust
Holy Land Trust stands in solidarity with Palestinians for a real, just, and lasting peace in the Holy Land. This being the case we do not support or condone violence of any kind to achieve these ends, either on the part of Palestine, Israel, or any third party.
Interfaith Peace Builders
Travel to the Middle East as a peace activist, sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Jerusalem Center for Women
Palestinian Women for Peace.
The rest of the story from grassroots sources.
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
Get weekly newsletter from this San Francisco group opposed to Israeli occupation of Gaza and West Bank.
Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel (JPPI)
American organization. See Aug. 10, 2001, report from a peace worker.
Joint Palestinian-Israeli Declaration of Peacemakers
See large list of activists and academics in this July 25, 2001 press release from Peace Now.
LAW: Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment
(Quote:) LAW is a Palestinian Human Rights organisation based in Jerusalem. LAW was founded in by a group of Palestinian lawyers to promote human rights and further the principles of the rule of law, and to defend Palestinian rights in accordance with international human rights law and United Nations declarations.
MERIP: Middle East Research and Information Project
(Quote:) MERIP provides news and perspectives about the Middle East not available from mainstream news sources. The magazine has developed a reputation for independent analysis of events and developments in the Middle East.
A Message of Transformation
Poem for Bethlehem by Zoughbi Zoughbi, founder of Wi'am (see below).
Mitchell Committee Briefly
Briefing #24 from the Jewish Community Relations Council
Mitchell Committee Report
Report to Bush from the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee, 4/30/2001.
Mitchell Committee Summary
From peacenow.org (see above).
MSANews: Muslim Student Association
Originally from Ohio State (quote:) perhaps the single largest source of news coverage on the Middle East available on the internet.
Open Letter to Colin Powell (3/25/02)
All the members of our Christian communities unequivocally condemn and reject terrorism and violence as a means of advancing the political cause of the Palestinians, and fully recognize the right of the Israeli people to live in peace and security in their own state. Our experience here also helps us understand why, in their desperation, some young Palestinians see no other options available to them and nothing for them to live for. The US Administration has focused predominantly on the admittedly horrific and unacceptable violence of the Palestinian militants against Israelis but it has given insufficient attention both to the causes of Palestinian militancy and terror, and the daily terror and war that Israel is inflicting with impunity on the largely civilian Palestinian population. This has, not surprisingly, led to the emergence of a strong sense of moral outrage on the part of the majority of Arabs and Muslims worldwide. It has also generated a major questioning among millions of people of conscience internationally of the credibility, impartiality and moral authority of the US government and its policies. This in turn has contributed significantly to the hostility felt by many people internationally towards the US, its government and its citizens.
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
Providing frequent, detailed accounts of life under occupation, with analysis and advocacy for human rights.
Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between Peoples (PCR)
(Quote from The Jerusalem Report 2/11/2002:)[PCR director Ghassan] Andoni points to three streams in Palestinian society today: one that views Hizballah-style militant resistance as the only way of getting rid of the Israeli occupation, and that counts reduced settlement growth and the decline of the Israeli economy as strategic gains; a second stream that sees this confrontation as having been forced on the Palestinians, and that deals with it as a crisis while leaving the door open to attempts to resolve it; and a third stream that rejects a quick fix solution and talks of converting the crisis into a long-term movement of "massive, mostly non-violent" resistance against the occupation. Andoni clearly fits into the third stream, while the Palestinian Authority stands in the second, he says.
(Quote:) Palestine Chronicle is an independent internet magazine, dedicated to addressing issues and offering perspectives rarely seen in mainstream western media.
News connections powered by WorldNews.com
(Quote:) The Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) set up this website, a gateway to civil society, as part of the newly created information clearinghouse of the same name. The clearinghouse conveys unified responses about local developments from the perspective of civil society, particularly given the present crisis in the Palestinian territories. The website will also highlight the real effects the many changes and decisions have had on Palestinians’ lives over the past several years, and also provides tools for the public to take action on specific issues.
Simon Wiesenthal Center
(Quote:) The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide and is accredited as an NGO both at the United Nations and UNESCO. With a membership of over 400,000 families, the Center is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Jerusalem, Paris and Buenos Aires.
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
A homefront coalition of peace groups.
War Resisters League Statement (4/11/02)
It is time to stop speaking of “violence” in the Middle East and to begin to call what is happening by its right name: war. The long and brutal repression by the state of Israel of the urgent Palestinian demand for independence has escalated into all-out war.
Wi'am: Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center
Bethlehem group promoting cordial relationships using the Palestinian traditional method of Sulha. Please see their Outside Links and New World Outlook article by Peggy Hutchison, (July-August 1999).
Yesh Gvul ("There is a limit !") is an Israeli peace group that has shouldered the task of supporting soldiers who refuse assignments of a repressive or aggressive nature. The brutal role of the Israel Defence Force (IDF) in subjugating the Palestinian population places numerous servicemen in a grave moral and political dilemma, as they are required to enforce policies they deem illegal and immoral. The army hierarchy demands compliance, but many soldiers, whether conscripts or reservists, find that they cannot in good conscience obey the orders of their superiors.
The current Palestinian intifada is not the first instance of such a predicament. Yesh Gvul was founded in response to the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, as growing numbers of soldiers realized that the campaign, with its bloodshed and havoc, was an act of naked and futile aggression in which they wanted no part. Acting on their convictions, 168 servicemen were jailed, some repeatedly, for refusing to serve in the campaign: the actual number of refusals was far greater, but their rising numbers deterred the military authorities from prosecuting most of the refuseniks. The onset of the Palestinian intifada in 1987 prompted further refusals: the numbers imprisoned came close to 200, though here too, the army backed down from jailing many of the recalcitrant soldiers, suggesting that refusals may have been ten times more numerous. Significantly, a disproportionate ratio of refuseniks are combat officers (ranking from sergeant to major) i.e. soldiers who have served with distinction.
Zionism and Israeli Apartheid
80 Theses for a New Peace Camp, drafted by Uri Avnery for Gush Shalom.
(This is a document download. Please see link to Gush Shalom home page above.)
7. Resolution of such a long historical conflict is possible only if each side is capable of understanding the other's spiritual-national world and willing to approach it as an equal. An insensitive, condescending and overbearing attitude precludes any possibility of an agreed solution.
A New Peace Camp
76. The breakdown of the old peace camp necessitates the creation of a new Israeli peace camp that will be real, up-to-date, effective and strong, that can influence the Israeli public and bring about a complete re-evaluation of the old axioms in order to effect a change in the Israeli political system.
77. To do so, the new peace camp must lead public opinion towards a brave reassessment of the national "narrative" and rid it of false myths. It must strive to unite the historical versions of both peoples into a single "narrative", free from historical deceptions, which will be acceptable to both sides.
78. While doing this it must also make the Israeli public aware that along with all the beautiful and positive aspects of the Zionist enterprise, a terrible injustice was done to the Palestinian people. This injustice, which peaked during the "Naqba", obliges us to assume responsibility and correct as much of it as is possible.
79. With a new understanding of the past and the present, the new peace camp must formulate a peace plan based on the following principles:
(a) An independent and free Palestinian State will be established alongside Israel.
(b) ThGreen Line will be the border between the two States. If agreed between the two sides, limited territorial exchanges may be possible.
(c) The Israeli settlements will be evacuated from the territory of the Palestinian State.
(d) The border between the two States will be open to the movement of people and goods, subject to arrangements made by mutual agreement.
(e) Jerusalem will be the capital of both States - West Jerusalem the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem capital of Palestine. The State of Palestine will have complete sovereignty in East Jerusalem, including the Haram al-Sharif (the Temple Mount). The State of Israel will have complete sovereignty in West Jerusalem, including the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter. Both States will reach agreement on the unity of the city on the physical, municipal level.
(f) Israel will recognize, in principle, the Palestinian Right of Return as an inalienable human right. The practical solution to the problem will come about by agreement based on just, fair and practical considerations and will include return to the territory of the State of Palestine, return to the State of Israel and compensation.
(g) The water resources will be controlled jointly and allocated by agreement, equally and fairly.
(h) A security agreement between the two States will ensure the security of both and take into consideration the specific security needs of Israel as well as of Palestine.
(i) Israel and Palestine will cooperate with other States in the region, to establish a Middle Eastern community, modeled on the European Union.
80. The signing of a Peace agreement and its honest implementation in good faith will lead to a historical reconciliation between the two nations, based on equality, cooperation and mutual respect.