> From: JP BARROIS
> To: Recipient List Suppressed: ;
> Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 14:19:26 +0100
> Permanent International Committee For the Unconditional Right of All
> Palestinian Refugees to Return to Their Homes
> Dear Friends, dear colleagues,
> The international Conference For the Right of Return, co-organised by
> Dialogue, a review for discussion between Jewish and Arab activists
> in Palestine, took place on 4 December in Paris.
> Please find below and as an attached file the appeal launched by the
> participants for the setting-up of a Permanent International
> Committee For the Right of All Palestinian Refugees to Return to
> Their Homes. ( See also the arabic version in PDF)
> This appeal is being sent to you for your signature. Please feel free
> to circulate it widely for further signature.
> The Conference provided the opportunity for a very rich debate. The
> complete transcript of the 26 speeches will be published in the issue
> of Dialogue due to appear at the end of December. Messages and
> contributions received from activists who were not able to
> participate in the Conference will also be published.
> You can subscribe right away by sending a cheque for 15 euros made
> payable to "Les Amis de Dialogue" to 87 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis,
> 75010 Paris, France.
> All signatories will receive a regular update on the development of
> this campaign.
> JP Barrois
> Conference For the Right of Return Paris 4 December 2004
> Appeal for the setting-up of a Permanent International Committee For
> the Unconditional Right of All Palestinian Refugees to Return to
> Their Homes
> Having heard all the contributions made in the Conference For the
> Right of Return for All Palestinian Refugees, the participants
> declare: nothing can justify denying the right of the Palestinian
> people to live and to return to live on their ancestral land. No-one
> can be considered a defender of democracy, of freedom and of human
> rights, if s/he does not support not only the recognition but also
> the application of the Right of Return of every Palestinian refugee
> to his/her land of origin – a historic, collective and individual
> right – without limitation or restriction, whatever the date of
> his/her expulsion or that of his/her family since 1947.
> Our Conference has established on the basis of the facts that all the
> attempts made to bring a solution to the inhuman situation of the
> Palestinian refugees who were driven from their land have only
> resulted in a worsening of the suffering imposed on the Palestinian
> We have noted that there is an explanation for this. The right
> to live in one’s ancestral homeland is a right that in principle is
> recognised for all peoples. But this right is being denied to the
> Palestinian people. And the reason it is being denied is that the
> very principles which form the foundation for the State of Israel
> rest on a discrimination which recognises rights for the Jewish
> populations which are denied to the Arab populations.
> No-one would deny the terrible genocide suffered by the Jewish
> populations in Europe under the Nazi regime (a genocide in which the
> Palestinian people carries no responsibility).
> But can this justify a situation in which Jews have rights in the
> land of Palestine which are denied to non-Jews?
> There is a Jewish question.
> Is there not a Palestinian question?
> The universal principles of peoples’ justice and law define as
> discriminatory and racist those states founded on the denial of
> rights to one part of the population due to its religion, culture or
> Is this reality not the reason for the failure of all the attempts to
> bring a response to the refugee question within the framework of
> "political solutions" which, from Oslo to Geneva via Madrid boil down
> to continuing the partition and discrimination under the widest range
> of forms (two states, cantons, etc.)?
> Resolving the refugee question cannot be achieved without a global
> solution to the conflict. A solution which brings peace. In other
> words, a solution that satisfies the interests of both the Arab
> masses and the Jewish masses.
> This is why we, the undersigned, have reached the conclusion that
> the effective application of the right of each refugee to return to
> his/her land demands a national and democratic political solution, in
> other words one which excludes all form of discrimination and
> inequality between the citizens of the same state. That political
> solution is, in our opinion, the building of a secular democratic
> state covering the whole of the historic territory of Palestine and
> strictly guaranteeing equal rights to all its component parts,
> irrespective of religions, languages and cultures.
> This is, in our opinion, a solution that recognises justice, that
> recognises the peoples’ right to determine their own future in the
> interests of everyone, of the Palestinian Arab masses as well as of
> the Jewish masses themselves. Because the legitimate aspiration for
> peace cannot be satisfied on the ground of injustice, of oppression,
> of occupation, of inequality and racial discrimination.
> These are our conclusions. We do not seek to impose them on anyone.
> But it is on this basis, respecting democracy, that we hereby decide
> to form a Permanent International Committee For the Unconditional
> Right of All Palestinian Refugees to Return to Their Homes.
> We call on all men and women throughout the world who love justice
> and freedom to join our Committee, to organise in each country
> Conferences For the Unconditional Right of Return like the one we
> have just organised in Paris, and to engage in even more initiatives
> and activities in every form for the unconditional Right of Return.
> We propose to publish a regular liaison bulletin of our Committee.
> Join us for the right of the Palestinian people to live free in its
> independent state, for the right of the Palestinian people to take
> its destiny into its own hands.
> * *
> Endorsement Coupon
> To be returned to 87 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis 75010 Paris e-mail à
> : firstname.lastname@example.org
> I support this appeal and wish to be one of the first initiators of
> the Permanent International Committee For the Unconditional Right of
> All Palestinian Refugees to Return to Their Homes:
> on behalf of my organisation
> in a personal capacity
> Address (including Country):
> The full report on the Conference will be published in Dialogue, a
> review for discussion among Arab and Jewish activists of Palestine,
> which is published in Arabic, Hebrew, English and French. The
> messages and contributions sent by activists who were unable to
> attend the Conference will also be published. The Conference sent its
> greetings to the Palestinian political prisoners.
> First endorsers:
> Abou-Srour Abdelfattah, Alrowwad cultural center Aïda Camp
> (Palestine), Al Ali Mahmoud ; A'doun (Lebanon), Al Awad Walid
> Secretary of the Commission of Refugees of the Palestinian National
> Council (Gaza Palestine) ; Al Barnousi Mohesen (Netherlands) ; Al
> Hasen Zeinab (Palestine) ; Al Hindi Musa (USA) ; Aminov Eli
> Committee for a secular and democratic republic (Israël) ; Arar Tarek
> (Palestine) ; B. Mounia (Morocco) ; Barrois Jean-Pierre, Dialogue
> (France) ; Ben Henda Mohamed, Committee of Tunisians in Switzerland
> (Switzerland) ; Challier Alain, sculptor (France) ; Chicouard Alain,
> Dialogue (France) ; Choukri Latif, Committee in support of the
> Palestinian People (Tunisia) ; Djoudi Djelloul, Member of Parliament
> (Algeria) ; Doriane Olivier (France), Eemans Janine (France) ; Ferré
> Dominique Dialogue ( France) ; Gamzon Daniel (France) ; Gluckstein
> Daniel, Dialogue (France) ; Goulart Serge, Palestinian People
> Solidarity Committee (Brazil) ; Grim Malika (Algeria) ; Hayon Samy
> Dialogue (France) ; Housset Michel (France) ; Husar Krista US
> Friends of Dialogue (USA) ; Kaiyal Mohamed ADRID Committee in
> defence of the rights of the refugees (Palestine) ; Karmi Ghada
> Vice-Chair, Council for Arab-British Understanding (UK) ; Khaled
> Leila (Palestine); Kupferman Yehuda, Committee for a secular and
> democratic republic (Israel) ; Lazar François, Dialogue (France) ;
> Madi Rania Women for Development (Palestine) ; Mahmoud Adeeb (France)
> ; Mansouri Mohamed-Anis Dialogue (France) ; Musih Norma Zochrot
> (Israël) ; Musa Mahmoud (Canada) ; Nasrallah Tayseer Committee in
> defence of the rights of the Palestinian refugees - Yafa Cultural
> Center Balata camp Nablus (Palestine) ; Nedjari Kader (France),
> Ouettar Tahar writer (Algeria) ; Rubinstein-Carrera Hélène lawyer
> (France) ; Salah Salah Chair of the Commission of Refugees of the
> Palestinian National Council (Palestine) ; Samara Adel Writer (
> Palestine ) ; Shavit Israel ( Israel) ; Sleibi Sohel Abna Al Balad -
> Sons of the land - (Palestine) ; Suleiman Jaber Coordinator of
> A'idun -Right Of Return advocacy group- (Lebanon ) ; Yacoub Mohammad