Voices For Palestine

We seek justice, equality, and a peaceful existence;

We uphold the principles of the sanctity of human life and dignity;

We uphold the rule of law over the rule of power;

We are unequivocally opposed to the killing of any innocent civilians and we reject all justifications for harming the innocent;

We reject all forms of racism and ethnic and religious intolerance;

We reject the continued military occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands in violation of international law;

We uphold the Palestinian Right of Return as an inalienable right enshrined in international human rights standards including Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 13, which states: "Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country"; and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 12, which states: "No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country";

We uphold UN General Assembly Resolution 194 recognized by the international community through repeated assertions every year beginning in 1948.  Resolution 194 calls on Israel to permit the repatriation of the Palestinians who had been displaced in 1948 and views Israel as being legally required to do so.  Resolution 194, Paragraph 11 clearly recognizes this right-to-return by affirming that every refugee should be permitted to return and clearly identifying it as an individual choice that cannot be made by others on behalf of the individual. It states "that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so as the earliest practicable date";

We affirm that every Palestinian has a legitimate right to return to his or her original home and to absolute restitution of his or her property;

We affirm that Palestinian human rights cannot be negotiated away;

We believe that dialogue and negotiations should concern the implementation of international law and human rights standards, not the laws and standards themselves;

We welcome the efforts of all like-minded, peace-loving people.

God bless.

Voices For Palestine

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