Although the Declaration of Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights, the United Nations recognize the right to resist occupation and racist régimes, one’s recognition of the human right, and duty, to resist oppression and fight for freedom does not depend on the decisions of international bodies. It is also common sense that victims’ use of force, be it individual or organized, can only be viewed and understood in the context of prior systemic violence. The Palestinians’ right to resist the Israeli occupation and domination is thus inalienable.
The same applies to non-military resistance, such as the international boycott, divest and sanctions efforts made against Israel, awareness campaigns, non-violent resistance, and other means.
The “One Democratic State” Initiative further emphasizes that all of the abovementioned efforts are only means that can only attain their full potential when they are attached to a clear end. This end can only be forcing the transition from a sectarian state to a democratic state. The Initiative stands in disagreement with the following approaches:
The alternative to the Jewish state can only a democratic, secular state for all of its citizens. This political vision is the antithesis to Zionism and must accompany, even guide, the liberation struggle.
Relevant readings and videos:
— Citizens in a State
— Noura Erakat
to express your support of the One Democratic State solution.
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