Statement, March 7th 2008.

Dialogue is a review of discussion between Jewish and Arab activists; it purposes to help find a solution conforming to democracy over the entire historical territory of Palestine.

Once again the Middle East is drowned in bloodshed. Once again, images of corpses, wounded men, women and children and general brutality come up.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the partition of Palestine in 1947-48, sixty years of one of the most brutal conflicts of recent history; 60 years of endlessly repeated wars; 60 years of endlessly repeated violence. For 60 years, millions of Palestinians, turned out of their homeland, have been living in refugee camps.

Is the root-cause of the present violence not to be traced back to that situation?

We ask: should that continue in the same way? Should one accept to have millions of human beings undergoing violence and war?

The powers that be churn out peace plan over peace plan. Each new peace plan is succeeded by a spell of violence. The explanation is simple. All those plans, all those “processes” are based on the recognition of the partition of Palestine in 1947-48. All those plans, according to the ones who crafted them, purpose to set up two states in the region.

Dialogue Review considers that facts have proved that these seventeen years, i.e., since the 1993 Accords, the situation has steadily grown worse and worse.

It is proven by facts: from Oslo to Annapolis, the Palestinian State resulting from those Accords is to be nothing but a vast concentration zone where millions of human beings, deprived of liberty or sovereignty rights, will be forcefully retained.

Such solution also means that millions of Palestinians are to be excluded from any right to return on their homeland. Because all those plans ratify the partition of Palestine, they can only cause new wars and new conflicts.

It is more than high time peace were given a chance; genuine peace that would silence arms, end bombings and brutality.

Several months ago, the so-called future Palestinian “State” was split into two parts. On the one hand the West Bank, and Gaza on the other. What about tomorrow?

For months, the Gaza Strip – a tiny patch of land on which 1.5 million Palestinian people live crammed together has been under total embargo. Gaza Palestinians are deprived of everything, especially medicines. These recent days, the Israeli army blanket-bombed Gaza: over 110 dead, half of them civilians, including 27 children. After that, violence is spiralling. When will it stop?

The situation in the Middle East is going from bad to worse and may lead to unprecedented disaster. Nobody knows what the situation will be like a few days from now. Nobody knows what the consequences will be on the international level. Nobody knows what others, making use of the events that are spreading bloodshed in the Middle East, may undertake in other countries.

But we know one thing for sure: for peace to really prevail, all those so-called conflict-causing peace plans or processes founded on continued partition of Palestine must get done with once and for all.

Dialogue Review considers that there is just one way to restore peace: a single State over all the territories of Palestine where Jews and Arabs will be able to live together as citizens of the same secular, free and democratic State that will guarantee equal rights for all. That is the only path leading to peace.

March 7th 2008

From DIALOGUE REVIEW ( www.dialogue-review.com )