Statement in solidarity
with the struggle of the Palestinian people
against the Israeli Occupation for a just peace [En]
We the undersigned, Communist and Workers' parties attending the 17th IMCWP in Istanbul, note with concern the recent escalation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), brought about by the rejectionist policies of the Israeli government, which aims to deepen the occupation, expand the settlements, and create facts on the ground in order to undermine a possible implementation of UN resolutions.
The Israeli right-wing extremist government may claim to be "in support of a two states solution", but it is in fact its staunchest enemy. Under the auspices of US imperialism, Israel is continuing to drive Palestinians away from their homes, confiscate lands in order to build new settlements and expand the existing ones, tighten the economic grip over the OPT so as to place obstacles before the development of an independent Palestinian economy, and spread lies and disinformation about its daily violation of human rights.
We express our full support and solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people for national sovereignty, for an independent and viable state – in accordance to UN resolutions, international law, and the right of nations to self-determination. The Palestinian people – through its sole legitimate representative – the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) – is struggling for attainment of basic rights, and deserve the solidarity of all democratic forces;
We send our regards to the struggle of the peace and progressive forces within Israeli society, who fight for an implementation of a peaceful solution which would serve the true national interests of both peoples. We call for the release of those Israeli conscientious objectors who are jailed because of their refusal to serve in the army of occupation;
We call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, alongside the State of Israel, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and with the June 4th 1967 borders ("The Green Line") as the internationally-recognized border of peace; We demand the evacuation of all Israeli settlements in the OPT and for dismantling the Separation Wall; We urge the release of all Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails; We stand for a just solution of the problem of Palestinian refugees according to UN resolution 194 and to other UN resolutions; We call for Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Arab-Syrian Golan Heights and from the Shebaa Farms in South Lebanon.
We call for the recognition of the State of Palestine as full member of the United Nations and will urge the Governments of our respective countries to recognise the State of Palestine.
Let us all use the 29th of November, Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian People, to mobilise and demand the End of the Israeli Occupation Now!
Istanbul, 30-31 October - 1 November, 2015
The following Parties undersign the Statement:
Other SolidNet Parties