Principles

1) We are committed to working toward a just settlement of the Middle East conflict resulting in Palestinians and Israelis living in peace with equal human rights & dignity. We see each other as brothers and sisters united by thousands of years of shared geography, history, tradition, and humanity.

2) As Jews, we reject the attempts of current Israeli government and Diaspora leaders and organizations to speak in the name of all Jews. We reject the religious fundamentalism, extremism, racism, and violent atrocities against innocent parties that they provoke.

3) As Palestinians, we reject the attempts of Islamic extremists to speak in the name of all Palestinians and others in the region. We reject the religious fundamentalism, extremism, racism, and violent atrocities against innocent parties that they provoke.

4) As Jews and Palestinians, we recognize that both the Jewish and Palestinian peoples have suffered historic traumas that have tended to insulate and isolate them. These traumas too often cause them to demonize the “other.” We are open to hearing about and addressing each other’s trauma.

5) We understand the desperation that has led to the current intifada unfolding in Israel and Palestine. For both moral and strategic reasons, we condemn the violence on both sides and call for an immediate resolution that addresses the conflict’s underlying causes.

6) We recognize the long history of violence and injustice that has been leveled against both peoples. Israel’s recent national policy of finding peace through military superiority and forced control of its neighbors is not sustainable. It is a policy that leads to perpetual war and hatred, not peace. Inflaming a billion Muslim neighbors endangers both Arabs and Jews.
 
7) We believe that both Jews and Palestinians have a right to live in safety. We believe that all parties should work for a just political solution that promotes economic cooperation, mutual prosperity, human rights, and human dignity. As Americans, we will do what we can to direct American policies away from continued support for the occupation and toward a just peace for both Palestinians and Israelis. We will also work to promote tolerance for and peace among our communities on the domestic front.

8) While we recognize that there may be different, mutually acceptable paths to peace that resolve the current conflict, we believe that any solution must protect the human rights and dignity of both peoples. We acknowledge that both the Jewish and Palestinian peoples have a legitimate right to consider this region their historic and spiritual homeland.