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BADIL Resource Center
For immediate release, 6-11-2000.
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Palestinian Community Organizations (NGOs) in 1967 Occupied
Palestine, Israel, and Lebanon:

JOINT CALL for INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION of the PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

Three Palestinian NGO networks (Ittijah, Forum of Palestinian NGOs in
Lebanon, PNGO) representing a large number of Palestinian community
organizations in 1948 Palestine/Israel, Lebanon and the 1967 Israeli
occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, have issued a joint appeal for
international protection of the Palestinian people. This appeal
emphasizes the broad Palestinian consensus about the urgency of an
international intervention which will enforce international law
standards and protect Palestinian rights in the context of both, the
current Israeli violence in the 1967 occupied Palestinian territories
and future initiatives for a just and durable solution of the
historical conflict in the Middle East.

In a time, when the Israeli and United States' effort to impose a
solution based on the principle of "might makes right" has led the
Middle East into a new round of violent conflict, BADIL calls upon
the international community to take serious this Palestinian demand
and to support all Palestinian efforts aimed at affirming that
implementation of international law and UN resolutions are the only
basis for justice and peace in the Middle East.
 

Attached: Appeal by Ittijah, Forum of Palestinian NGOs in Lebanon,
PNGO.
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URGENT APPEAL

For 30 days the Israeli military forces continue their brutal acts
against the Palestinian people, in cooperation with Jewish settlers
and supported by Barak's Government.

Moreover, the Israeli government has escalated a very serious
situation in the Palestinian territories.

In this context, the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) in West Bank and
Gaza Strip, the Union of Arab Community Based Associations (Ittijah)
in Israel and the FORUM of Palestinian NGOs in Lebanon would like to
affirm the following:

1. The situation in the country is becoming extremely dangerous,
particularly in light of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's
continuous threats to use heavy military force against Palestinians.

2. The increase of danger is due to the open aggressive policy of
Barak's Government, providing full support to the armed Jewish
settlers for acting on their own, through continuous attacks against
Palestinian civilians.

3. The situation is becoming critical as settlers, supported by the
Israeli Police and army, continue to impose their control over the
West Bank and Gaza strip roads and continue their horrifying attacks
against Palestinians.

4. The Israeli Military Forces have imposed a comprehensive siege on
the West Bank and Gaza Strip by setting up numbers of military check-
points all over.

For these reasons, the three Networks affirm the need for an
immediate INTERNATIONAL PRTOECTION OF PALESTINIAN PEOPLE in the West
Bank, including Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.

Finally, we believe that a permanent solution should address the real
causes for the current deteriorating situation, the continuous
Israeli occupation for 33 years is the main cause. Therefore just and
lasting peace cannot be achieved without putting an end to the
Israeli occupation and insuring Palestinian legitimate rights,
including the right of return and the establishment of a Palestinian
independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital.

The Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), Palestine;
The Union of Arab Community Based Associations (Ittijah), Israel;
The FORUM of Palestinian NGOs in Lebanon, Lebanon;

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For more information on the Palestinian demand for international
protection, see BADIL's
Website: www.badil.org/intifada2000/intifada2000.html