I am happy to cooperate with any association that seeks to promote the concept of one democratic secular state in historic Palestine, with complete separation of religion and politics, free of ethnic or religious affiliation of its citizens. That country has room for Jews and non-Jews, including the descendants of Palestinian refugees who were expelled or fled in 1948.
I believe the way forward is one state, and Israeli Jews must let go of their misconceptions and understand that opening the borders will not only bring poetic justice and decolonization, it will actually create a democratic country that is free of any religious characterization, all the way from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Danielle Alma Ravitzki
Bassem TamimiBassem Tamimi, one of the role models of the popular struggle in the West Bank and Ahed Tamimi's father, no longer supports the two-state solution. Click here.
Dutch Palestine CommitteeThe Dutch Palestine Committee (Nederlands Palestine Komitee) interviewed our Advisory Board member Ahmed Abu Artema. Ahmed evaluates the Great March of Return. The interview is available via this link. (The interview is in Dutch).
Noa LandauNoa Landau hits a nail on the head when it comes to the actual one state reality already in place. Symbolism, or icing on the cake, as she calls it, is what the debate on de jure annexation is about. The next and urgent question is whether it is a single state based on inequality along ethnic-religious lines or a state with equal rights for all: ‘In recent weeks, following the release of the Trump administration’s peace plan, there have been stormy campaigns on both the right and the left for or against officially annexing the settlements. But what happened on Wednesday proves that this is a sterile debate over mere symbolism. De facto annexation has already happened and continues to happen every day; it is only de jure annexation that’s still being fought over. 'Israel has been treating the settlements as an inseparable part of the country for a long time already. De jure annexation won’t drastically change anything of importance that isn’t already happening on the ground. Israel has already annexed everything all by itself, and doesn't need U.S. President Donald Trump and his ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. Official recognition is just icing on the cake.’
Chris Whitman: Deal of the CenturyOur valued US based organizer Chris Whitman shares his thoughts on what is next for Palestinians in light of the so called Deal of the Century': 'Those Palestinians who were convinced of the benefit/necessity for pursuing a nation-state (while not economically benefiting the way certain classes within Palestinian society do) are now realizing the futility of sticking with it. Considering the West (led by the United States) is in the process of weaning the Palestinians off aid (as a form of pressure to accept the Deal of the Century), the question now arises what step will the Palestinian people take towards trying to achieve their rights? Many are turning to the prospect of a one-state solution, whereby every resident between the river to the sea will be an equal citizen, with no prejudice due to ethnicity or religion. Will the Palestinian Authority, whose tiny sense of legitimacy is based on the prospect of a Palestinian nation-state, fight this or lead the charge? Will they seek to improve their people's chances for freedom, equality, and justice or will they try to obstruct them in a bid to keep themselves in power?'
Interview NRCSome more to share on Ofra and Ahmed's visit to The Netherlands. While there they were jointly interviewed by the prominent Dutch NRC newspaper. We are happy to be able to share the English translation of the interview with you here today.
Latest PSR pollThe latest PSR poll carried out since the presentation of 'The Deal of the Century' indicates further decrease of support for a two state solution among Palestinians, while support for one state is further increasing. Click here to read more.
Event The HagueLast week our first European public event was held in The Hague. In front of a full house advisory board members Ahmed from Gaza and Ofra from Jaffa, who met for the very first time in person, spoke of their very different life experiences that led them to an identical conclusion; the one state reality urgently needs to be transformed to a reality based on the concepts of equal rights and justice. Thanks to the engaged and interested audience and thanks to Ahmed and Ofra for joinlty taking the stage and speaking out!
Interview advisory board member Ofra Yeshua-LythInterview here (in French) with our advisory board member Ofra Yeshua-Lyth on the concept of one state and the work of the Foundation (May 14, 2018).
March 13 – Interview with Dutch founder of The One State Foundation'De Nederlandse Angélique Eijpe is een van de drie initiatiefnemers voor de One State Foundation die zich gaat inzetten voor de visie van één democratische staat met gelijke rechten voor Palestijnen en joden. Onder dit interview de tekst uit het persbericht van de One State Foundation. Zie hier voor de oprichters en de adviesraad. DocP stelde medeoprichter Angélique Eijpe dit weekend enkele vragen.' Read more here (Dutch only).
March 13 – One State Foundation launch featured on Arab Daily NewsLaunch of The One State Foundation: a new Palestinian-Israeli initiative to grow debate and support for a one state solution Read more here.
March 12 – One State Foundation featured in Le Point
Un nombre croissant de Palestiniens milite en faveur d'un État binational, la colonisation israélienne rendant impossible la création d'un État palestinien. Read more here (French).