Saturday, June 17, 2006

 

Proposed Veterans for Peace Resolution on Justice and Peace in Palestine

Last year I wrote a resolution for Veterans for Peace (VFP) endorsing the July 9, 2005, Palestinian call for "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights." My original resolution didn't get through unaltered but with help from Hedy Epstein, Ken Mayer, and Gene Glazer the Board of Directors approved a decent resolution that was adopted at the national convention. Below is this year's effort.

I plan to submit the final text before July 12, 2006. In the meantime, there may be changes to the text as I seek endorsements and strategize with people. So, please keep checking back at my blog for updates every Saturday. I will allow anyone who doesn't agree with the final text to withdraw their endorsements but you have to let me know. Click here to see VFP's "Resolution Notice."
RESOLVED, as a peace organization based in the United States—the major diplomatic, financial, and military underwriter of the State of Israel—Veterans for Peace has a special duty to work for a just peace in Palestine, the territory which comprises Israel and the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. To this end, although we do not prejudge what a just peace would look like, we express our strong preference for the peaceful creation of one democratic state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea with equality for all of its citizens and we stand in solidarity with the growing number of Palestinians and Israelis calling for such a solution; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Veterans for Peace calls for an immediate end to all diplomatic, financial, and military support of the government of the State of Israel by the United States government; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Veterans for Peace urges its members, chapters, and other people of conscience to work diligently—using boycotts, divestment, and other nonviolent means—to bring about the conditions necessary for Palestinians and Israelis to settle their longstanding dispute not on the basis of military force but on the basis of universal principles of human rights and international law; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Executive Director shall issue, for broad media distribution, a press release publicizing this resolution and shall transmit copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the President pro tem and the minority leader of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker and the minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
One State Resources
Association for One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel
Alternative Palestinian Agenda

Endorsements (in alpha order; list in formation)
  1. Hedy Epstein, St. Louis (Mo.) Women in Black*
  2. Tom Hayes, filmmaker, People and the Land
  3. Farouq Shafie, cofounder, Palestine Aid Society of Ann Arbor*
  4. Rabia Shafie, cofounder, Palestine Aid Society of Ann Arbor*
*for identification purposes only

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