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Eine Hoffnung in schrecklichen Zeiten ist ein gemeinsamer Aufruf von Palästinensern und Israelis, der an die Perspektive des Friedens und der Verhandlungen auf der Basis gegenseitigen Respekts erinnert.


We, the undersigned Israelis and Palestinians, are meeting in the most difficult of circumstances for both our peoples. We come together to call for an end to bloodshed, an end to occupation, an urgent return to negotiations and the realization of peace between our peoples. We refuse to comply with the ongoing deterioration in our situation, with the growing list of victims, the suffering and the real possibility that we may all be drowned in a sea of mutual hostility.

We hereby raise our voices and implore all people of goodwill to return to sanity, to re-discover compassion, humanity, and critical judgment and to reject the unbearable ease of the descent into fear, hatred, and calls for revenge.

In spite of everything we still believe in the humanity of the other side, that we have a partner for peace and that a negotiated solution to the conflict between our peoples is possible. Mistakes have been made on all sides, the trading of accusations and pointing of fingers is not a policy and is no substitute for serious engagement.

The impression that exists in both communities that 'time is on our side' is illusory. The passage of time benefits only those who do not believe in peace. The longer we wait, the more innocent blood will be spilt, the greater will be the suffering and hope will be further eroded.

We must move urgently to re-build our partnership, to end the de-humanization of the other, and to revive the option of a just peace that holds out promise for our respective futures.

The way forward lies in international legitimacy and the implementation of UNSCR 242 and 338 leading to a 2-State solution based on the 1967 borders, Israel and Palestine living side-by-side, with their respective capitals in Jerusalem. Solutions can be found to all outstanding issues that should be fair and just to both sides and should not undermine the sovereignty of the Palestinian and Israeli states as determined by their respective citizens, and embodying the aspirations to statehood of both peoples, Jewish and Palestinian. This solution should build on the progress made between November 1999 and January 2001.

The immediate need is for the full and accurate implementation of the Recommendations of the Mitchell Committee, including: the cessation of violence, a total freeze on settlement activity, the implementation of outstanding agreements and a return to negotiations. This process needs to be monitored by an objective third party.

We see it as our duty to work together and each of us in their own communities, to put a halt to the deterioration in our relations, to rebuild trust, belief and the hope for peace.

Palestinian signatories:

  • Yasser Abed Rabbo, Minister of Culture and Information;
  • Hisham Abdul-Razek, Minister of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs;
  • Nabil Amr, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs;
  • Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, PLC Member, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Initiative for Global Dialogue and Democracy;
  • Hakam Balawi, PLC Member;
  • Dr.Sari Nuseibeh, President, Al-Quds University;
  • Dr. Gabi Baramki, Bir Zeit University;
  • Hafez al-Barghouti, Editor, al-Hayat al-JadidaDaily;
  • Dr. Nazmi al-Ju'beh,Director-General, Riwaq;
  • Dr. Salim Tamari, Director, Institute for Jerusalem Studies;
  • Suleiman Mansour,Director, Al-Wasiti Art Center;
  • Dr. Mahadi Abdul-Hadi, director PASSIA;
  • George Ibrahim, Director, Al-Qasaba Theater;
  • Sufian Abu-Zaideh, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Civil Affairs;
  • Jamal Zaqout,Director-General, Ministry of Civil Affairs;
  • Sama'an Khoury,Director-General, Palestine Media Center;
  • Dr. Samir Abdallah,Director, Pal-Trade;
  • Samir Hulieleh, Manager, Nassar Investment Co.;
  • As'ad al-As'ad, Writer;
  • Abdul-Rahman Awad, Writer; Samir Rantisi, Media Advisor to the Minister of Culture and Information;
  • Nisreen Haj-Ahmad, Lawyer; Rami Shehaded, Lawyer;
  • Ghaith Al-Omari, Lawyer

Israeli signatories:

  • Dr. Janet Aviad, Peace Now;
  • Chaim Oron, former Minister, Meretz;
  • Prof. Arie Arnon, Peace Now;
  • Yossi Beilin, former Minister, Labor;
  • Prof. Menachem Brienker, Hebrew University;
  • Prof. Galia Golan, Peace Now;
  • David Grossman, author;
  • Dr. Yossi Dahan;
  • Prof. Moshe Halberthal, Hebrew University;
  • AB Yehoshua, author;
  • Prof. Yirmyahu Yovel, Hebrew University;
  • Prof. Dan Yaacobson, Tel Aviv University;
  • Prof. Ephi Ya'ar, Steinmatz Institute for Peace;
  • Daniel Levy, ECF;
  • Ronit Matalon, author;
  • Prof. Avishai Margalit, Hebrew University;
  • S. Yizhar, author;
  • Prof. Sami Samuha, Haifa University;
  • Amos Oz, author;
  • Ron Pundak, ECF, Peres Peace Center;
  • Yair Tsaban, former Minister, Meretz;
  • Dr. Nissim Calderon;
  • Prof. Ephraim Kleinman;
  • Dr. Menachem Klein, Bar Ilan University;
  • Dr. Aviad Kleinberg; Adv.
  • Tzali Reshef, Peace Now;
  • Prof. Yuli Tamir, former Minister, Labor

haGalil onLine 08-08-2001

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