July 25th, 2001


Leading Israeli and Palestinian intellectuals and political activists met
today to present a joint declaration addressing the core issues of the
conflict.The full text of the declaration follows
(the Hebrew version of the declaration can be seen at:

Further information: Uri Zaki, 972-53-690631 or uri@ecf.org.il


We, the undersigned Israelis and Palestinians, are meeting in the most
difficult of circumstances for both our peoples. We come together to call
for an end to bloodshed, an end to occupation, an urgent  return to
negotiations and the realization of peace between our peoples. We refuse to
comply with the ongoing deterioration in our situation, with the growing
list of victims, the suffering and the real possibility that we may all be
drowned in a sea of mutual hostility.

We hereby raise our voices and implore all people of goodwill to return to
sanity, to re-discover compassion, humanity, and critical judgment and to
reject the unbearable ease of the descent into fear, hatred, and calls for

In spite of everything we still believe in the humanity of the other side,
that we have a partner for peace and that a negotiated solution to the
conflict between our peoples is possible. Mistakes have been made on all
sides, the trading of accusations and pointing of fingers is not a policy
and is no substitute for serious engagement.

The impression that exists in both communities that 'time is on our side' is
illusory. The passage of time benefits only those who do not believe in
peace. The longer we wait, the more innocent blood will be spilt, the
greater will be the suffering and hope will be further eroded. We must move
urgently to re-build our partnership, to end the de-humanization of the
other, and to revive the option of a just peace that holds out promise for
our respective futures.

The way forward lies in international legitimacy and the implementation of
UNSCR 242 and 338 leading to a 2-State solution based on the 1967 borders,
Israel and Palestine living side-by-side, with their respective capitals in
Jerusalem. Solutions can be found to all outstanding issues that should be
fair and just to both sides and should not undermine the sovereignty  of the
Palestinian and Israeli states as determined by their respective citizens,
and embodying the aspirations to statehood of both peoples, Jewish and
Palestinian. This solution should build on the progress made between
November 1999 and January 2001.

The immediate need is for the full and accurate implementation of the
Recommendations of the Mitchell Committee, including: the cessation of
violence, a total freeze on settlement activity, the implementation of
outstanding agreements and a return to negotiations. This process needs to
be monitored by an objective third party.

We see it as our duty to work together and each of us in their own
communities, to put a halt to the deterioration in our relations, to rebuild
trust, belief and the hope for peace.

Palestinian signatories: Yasser Abed Rabbo, Minister of Culture and
Information; Hisham Abdul-Razek, Minister of Detainees and Ex-Detainees
Affairs; Nabil Amr, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Dr. Hanan Ashrawi,
PLC Member, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Initiative for Global
Dialogue and Democracy ; Hakam Balawi, PLC Member; Dr. Sari Nuseibeh,
President, Al-Quds University; Dr. Gabi Baramki, Bir Zeit University; Hafez
al-Barghouti, Editor, al-Hayat al-Jadida Daily; Dr. Nazmi al-Ju'beh,
Director-General, Riwaq; Dr. Salim Tamari, Director, Institute for Jerusalem
Studies; Suleiman Mansour, Director, Al-Wasiti Art Center; Dr. Mahadi
Abdul-Hadi, director PASSIA; George Ibrahim, Director, Al-Qasaba Theater;
Sufian Abu-Zaideh, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Civil Affairs; Jamal Zaqout,
Director-General, Ministry of Civil Affairs; Sama'an Khoury,
Director-General, Palestine Media Center; Dr. Samir Abdallah, Director,
Pal-Trade; Samir Hulieleh, Manager, Nassar Investment Co.; As'ad al-As'ad,
Writer; Abdul-Rahman Awad, Writer; Samir Rantisi, Media Advisor to the
Minister of Culture and Information; Nisreen Haj-Ahmad, Lawyer; Rami
Shehaded, Lawyer; Ghaith Al-Omari, Lawyer

Israeli signatories: Dr. Janet Aviad, Peace Now; Chaim Oron, former
Minister, Meretz; Prof. Arie Arnon, Peace Now;
Yossi Beilin, former Minister, Labor; Prof. Menachem Brienker, Hebrew
University; Prof. Galia Golan, Peace Now;
David Grossman, author; Dr. Yossi Dahan; Prof. Moshe Halberthal, Hebrew
University; AB Yehoshua, author; Prof. Yirmyahu Yovel, Hebrew University;
Prof. Dan Yaacobson, Tel Aviv University; Prof. Ephi Ya'ar, Steinmatz
Institute for Peace; Daniel Levy, ECF; Ronit Matalon, author; Prof. Avishai
Margalit, Hebrew University; S. Yizhar, author; Prof. Sami Samuha, Haifa
University; Amos Oz, author; Ron Pundak, ECF, Peres Peace Center; Yair
Tsaban, Former Minister, Meretz;
Dr. Nissim Calderon; Prof. Ephraim Kleinman; Dr. Menachem Klein, Bar Ilan
University; Dr. Aviad Kleinberg; Adv. Tzali Reshef, Peace Now; Prof. Yuli
Tamir, former Minister, Labor