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We, the undersigned,


Horrified by the continued behavior and grossly disproportionate response of the Israeli government and military toward the largely defenseless civilian population of the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Golan Heights, and Shebaa Farms, since the start of the Al Aqsa Intifada in September of 2000,


Deploring the limited, and largely ineffective, world response to these atrocities,


Reaffirm the applicability of the Geneva Convention (IV) Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as has been repeatedly affirmed by a myriad of United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions as well as several meetings of High Contracting Parties to the Conventions,


Recall a myriad of resolutions, reports, and other sources, detailing Israeli practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and their illegality, namely; the disproportionate and indiscriminate recourse to force; the practice of so-called "eliminations", or extra-judicial killings, of certain Palestinians carried out by the Israeli security forces; closures of and within the Palestinian territories; collective punishment; the continued detention of some detainees without any criminal charges having been brought against them; the Israeli settlement activities in the occupied territories, including Jerusalem, such as the construction of new settlements and the expansion of existing ones, the expropriation of land, the biased administration of water resources, the construction of roads and house demolitions; the expropriation of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem, the revocation of identity cards of the citizens of the Palestinian city of Jerusalem, the imposition of fabricated and exorbitant taxes with the aim of forcing the Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem, who cannot afford to pay these high taxes, out of their homes and out of their city; the use of torture against Palestinians during interrogation; (United Nations Economic and Social Council Resolution E/CN.4/RES/2001/7 of 18 April 2001);


Emphasize the principle of accepted international humanitarian law, as specifically stated in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 38/79 (D) of 15 December 1983 that states: that Israels grave breaches of that Convention are war crimes and an affront to humanity;


Firmly reiterate our recognition of and support for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, namely; the right of return, the right of self-determination and the right to national independence and sovereignty in Palestine; (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 34/65 of 12 December 1979, and repeatedly reaffirmed)


Furthermore, we the undersigned,


Uncurtailed by the dominant role of the United States of America has assumed in global international affairs, especially in the Middle East, since the terrorist attacks of September 2001;


Outraged at the internationally recognized misuse (as per UNGA Resolution ES-7/4 of 28 April, 1982) of the Security Council veto power entrusted to the United States of America on behalf of a state that has completely disregarded its obligations under international humanitarian law, rendering the United Nations unable to carry out its responsibility to encourage respect for this law;


Disgusted by the continued financial support provided by the United States of America to Israel, amounting to some three billion US dollars per annum provided by the government as well as another two billion provided by private contributions encouraged and endorsed by the United States government, in full knowledge that the majority of this money is spent on strengthening Israels military abilities, the same abilities it has constantly employed against the largely defenseless civilian population of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


Amazed at the United States continued military and technological assistance to and cooperation with Israel, despite Israels refusal to comply with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons or allow international inspection of its nuclear facilities and Israels obvious willingness to use state-of-the-art weaponry against defenseless civilians without remorse or regret, in light of the United States pretense to supporting humanitarian law, human rights, and international peace and security;


Noting that Israel has used United States provided M-16 assault rifles to gun down unarmed, or stone throwing, children, has used United States provided Apache helicopter gunships to carry out extra-judicial assassinations, has used American provided F-16 combat aircraft to attack Palestinian civilian cities, towns, and refugee camps;


Recognizing the validity of the concern of United Nations Resolution 38/180 (E), namely: over the continued supply of modern arms and war materials to Israel, augmented by substantial economic aid, without which Israel's policy of aggression and of flouting United Nations resolutions could not be maintained, That is, that Israels behavior is solely possible because of the diplomatic, military, and financial support the United States of America provides it.


Endorse and accept the principle first expressed and accepted by the majority of the world community in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 38/180 (E), namely; 1. Declares, accordingly, the international responsibility of any party or parties that supply Israel with arms or economic aid that augment its war potential; That is, the United States of America, by enabling Israel to continue with its constant policies of violating the Geneva Conventions, thereby committing war crimes, shares the responsibility for the atrocities being committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


Therefore, we the undersigned, agree


I. That the United States shares responsibility with the State of Israel for Israels continued atrocities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


II. That the United States has been, and remains, a willing partner, advocate, and supporter of Israeli war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has, therefore, completely belied any pretense to being a supporter of, much less a defender of, international humanitarian law, human rights, or international peace and security.


III. That the United States, as a willing collaborator in Israeli war crimes, has abrogated its role as a peace-loving state, defender of international humanitarian law, honest broker in any future peace talks between Israel and Palestine, and, in the lingo of the United States Department of State become, by its own definition, a state sponsor of terrorism.


Thus, we the undersigned, conclude by


Declaring that continued United States diplomatic protection of, financial support to, and military collaboration with Israel lies at the root of the inability of the world community to act on behalf of the victims of Israeli mass terror.


Accepting the reality that history has affirmed, that as long as the United States continues its collaboration with Israel, that Israel will continue to refuse to comply with its obligations under international law and therefore, that there will be no peace in the Middle East or relief for the Palestinian people.


Reminding individuals, organizations, and governments that there are a number of completely legal ways that states may unilaterally work for respect for international humanitarian law, and it is in the best interest of the world in general, and the Palestinian people in particular, that such measures be explored by activists in each state in hopes of applying pressure on both Israel and the United States. For a detailed review, note Measures available to States for fulfilling their obligation to ensure respect for international humanitarian law by Umesh Palwankar, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 298, p.9-25.


Hoping that the United States can be shown the error of its ways and that it can be convinced to end its collaboration with Israel so that the world community can act for a just and sustainable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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