Intellectuals back Palestinian state

Initiative launched by Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol, Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali claims ‘Palestinian state living in peace with Israel is both an Israeli and a Palestinian interest’

A newly established cooperation between Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol and Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali has led to a petition calling on intellectuals on both sides to support the foundation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

According to Sobol, the petition – distributed by email in recent days – has been signed by some 100 artists and academics. It says that “the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 border, which will live in peace with Israel, is a crucial interest both for Israel and the Palestinians.

“All Arab countries and most of the world’s countries support this solution for the conflict. According to the Arab Summit Conference in Beirut in 2002, all Arab countries and 60 Muslim countries would recognize the State of Israel and establish diplomatic relations with it if Israel were to recognize the ’67 borders as the borders of just, comprehensive and sustainable peace with the future Palestinian state.

“These borders will gain the recognition of the UN and the countries of the world, as well as international guarantees.” ……………..

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Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestine

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