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Statement of Principles

24-06-2014 13:11

Statement of Principles (2001) of A Different Jewish Voice ('Een Ander Joods Geluid' in Dutch):

  • Een Ander Joods Geluid is an action group which aims at stimulating debate and critical opinion on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories without questioning the right to exist of the state of Israel itself. This all from the perspective of a felt connection with the fate and survival of Israel.
  • Een Ander Joods Geluid wants to get rid of the taboo that Jews should not criticize Israel and that they do not accept this from non-Jews as well. Een Ander Joods Geluid wants to get to the point that critical voices both within and outside Jewish circles can be heard without immediately being labeled as ‘anti-Israel’.
  • Een Ander Joods Geluid is concerned about the failure of peace in the Middle East, about suppression and discrimination of Palestinians and the consequences of all this for Israel and Israeli society. From the perspective of a felt connection with the fate and survival of Israel, Een Ander Joods Geluid wants to initiate debate and support peace initiatives where the starting points are the generally accepted principles of equality, tolerance and humanity as formulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Een Ander Joods Geluid stands for:

  • Dialogue and mutual respect instead of violence and abuse of power.
  • Equal opportunities and rights for all people.
  • Complete withdrawal of settlers and the military from the occupied territories, according to UN resolutions 242 and 338, in exchange for peace and security.
  • Realizing a viable Palestinian state next to Israel, with Jerusalem as the capital of two states.
  • A balanced solution to the problem of Palestinian refugees. A condition is that Israel recognizes its co-responsibility of the emerging of this problem. Only then negotiations can be started on the question how Israel can contribute to repairing this injustice without endangering its own existence.

Een Ander Joods Geluid will support peace movements and human rights organizations in Israel that are committed to these goals. Een Ander Joods Geluid will address the Dutch society in general and the Jewish community that is part of it. Een Ander Joods Geluid will make its voice heard by means of actions and declarations and will try to influence politics and policies.