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Tell the European Union: Action and not just words!
On October 29 the Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinian
People will take place worldwide.We, members of the Poalot group, intend to
present the EU representative in Al Kuds- East Jerusalem the following
letter on this day to request that the EU states recognize unilaterally and
actively support the foundation of an Independent Palestinian State.

If you are interested in adding your signature to the attached letter and to
the meeting, please send your name to Yuval by mail at the following
address: shuster1761@gmail.comWarm Greetings, POALOT

Honored Elected Members of the European Unionת We,Palestinian and Israeli
women and men residing on both sides of the Green Line,turn to you to
implement the European Unionís endorsement of founding a Palestinian state
with the borders of the 1949 ceasefire (until June 1967),including East
Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in its territory.

We request you to recognize the urgent presence of a sovereign Palestinian
state at the United Nationsí institutions as well, and to support its
founding regardless of Israelís position on this issue.

We believe that the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian West
Bank, its siege of the Gaza Strip, and the annexation of East Jerusalem/Al
Quds by the State of Israel are not legitimate.

The Palestinians have a right to found their own sovereign state in these
territories, and the Palestinian refugees of 1948 as well as their
descendants have a right to return to their own lands within the sovereign
State of Israel.

These rights are officially accorded by UN Resolutions 194 and 242. The
European Union has been maintaining elaborate ties with the State of Israel
inits illegal borders, and thus your own government, too, bears a certain
responsibility for the occupation, annexation, siege, and ethnic cleansing
specified above.

Israelís rulers view this occupation as legitimate and believe it should be
continued. This is an ideological position, not a tactical one based on
security anxieties. There is thus no basis for the claim prevalent in the
world, according to which ďpeace will be obtained strictly through
negotiations without any pre-conditionsĒ.

Peace will be obtained if and only if a Palestinian state is to be founded
in the 1967 borders and with Israelís recognition of the Palestiniansí right
of return to the lands and property from which they were expelled in 1948.

We hold the present Israeli government responsible for understanding that
its ties with other countries will be impacted, even severed, if Israel does
not fulfill its obligation. On such a basis there is room for a detailed
negotiation in order to consolidate security arrangements and future
relations between the states of Israel and Palestine.

Such a move is even more important in view of the coordinated actions of US
President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to
perpetuate Israelís occupation under the guise of ďthe deal of the centuryĒ
whose sole purpose is to legitimize the occupation, as has already been done
by Trumpís illegal recognition of Jerusalem as Israelís capital and the
Israeli occupation of the Golan.

It is the basic right of all humans to be free and live in peace and
equality in their own states. This includes the Palestinian people, of
course, who have been living for so many years as refugees and under a
brutal military occupation.

We call upon you to follow the example of various countries that have
already unilaterally recognized a sovereign, independent Palestinian state,
and do so urgently.

Sincerely yours,
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