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Option One ~ Political Advocacy for One Secular Democratic State in Palestine/Israel

100% of your donation supports Common Ground’s outreach to Palestine solidarity groups and facilitation of public debate on the merits of one secular democratic state or federation in Palestine/Israel with equal rights for all, and protection of minority rights.

Expenses include travel and honorariums for Palestinian and Israeli speakers and the advocacy of Executive Director **********, Child Trauma and Recovery Specialist from Gaza and Director of Programs at ******** Immigration and Refugee Services in **********, speaking to Palestine solidarity groups, churches, mosques, synagogues and community organizations to invite solidarity support for the unanimous Palestinian rejection of Israel’s 2014 demand to be recognized as a “Jewish state,” Palestinian-Israeli “co-resistance” to Israeli colonization, occupation and apartheid, and the creation of one secular democratic state in Palestine/Israel with equal rights for all.

In 1988 and 1993, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) recognized the “State of Israel,” nevertheless all Palestinians worldwide refuse to recognize Israel as a “Jewish state” because to do so would deny Palestinian history and indigenous identity and, in effect, condone the 1948 Nakba in which more than 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homeland: Why ‘Jewish state’ demand is a non-starter / ‘Jewish state’ recognition adds new Israeli-Palestinian trip wire / in-the-jewish-state- equality-for-arabs-is-impossible-by-definition / Why Palestinians Can’t Recognize a ‘Jewish state.’

In the 2017 article “Two State Solution is Over,” Top Palestinian Diplomat Says After Trump’s Jerusalem Speech, Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat declared: “President Trump has delivered a message to the Palestinian people: the two-state solution is over. Now is the time to transform the struggle for one-state with equal rights for everyone living in historic Palestine, from the river to the sea.”

The alternative to the defunct two-state solution is the establishment of a unitary democratic state with equal rights for all, as advocated by Dr. Leila Farsakh in Time for a bi-national state (2007), Dr. Jeff Halper in What Comes Next: Towards a bi-national end-game in Palestine/Israel (20013), Yousef Munayyer in Let’s Talk About a One-State Solution Where Israelis and Palestinians Are Equal (2017), and Omar Barghouti in Re-imagining Palestine: Self-determination, Ethical De-colonization and Equality (2009).

Executive Director ********* highlights the need for a political end-game to establish lasting peace through “conflict transformation,” not merely “conflict resolution,” enabling the creation of one secular constitutional democracy (Israel currently has no constitution) for both Palestinians and Israeli Jews with equal rights for all, including the internationally recognized Palestinian Right of Return (UN Res. 194). Urging American support to secure for Palestinians the same freedoms Americans claim by right of the U.S. constitution, ********* affirms the view of Palestinian-American Ramzy Baroud: “It is time to… focus all energies to foster coexistence based on equality and justice for all. Indeed, there can be one state between the river and the sea, and that is a democratic state for all of its people, regardless of their ethnicity or religious beliefs” — Enough Fearmongering: Only One Democratic State is Possible in Palestine and Israel.

Option Two ~ Palestinian-Israeli “Co-Resistance” to Occupation and Oppression Aid

100% of your donation supports Palestinian-Israeli “Co-Resistance” to Occupation and Oppression Aid and is transferred to the Palestinian NGO in the West Bank and Gaza (50%) and the Israeli human rights NGO (50%) you select.

Palestinian-Israeli “Co-Resistance” to Occupation and Oppression Aid is an umbrella fund that supports Palestinian human rights NGOs in the West Bank and Gaza and Israeli human rights NGOs “co-resisting” Israeli colonization, occupation, apartheid and discrimination.

“Under conditions of colonial oppression, genuine coexistence between the communities of oppressors and oppressed should entail co-resistance (that is Israeli alongside Palestinian resistance) to oppression.” — Omar Barghouti, Lighting a Torch Within

By contributing to Palestinian and Israeli NGOs together, we demonstrate support for justice, peace, and equal civil rights for all people in Palestine/Israel, and for the harmonious coexistence of Abrahamic faiths and Arabic and Hebrew cultures.

Descriptions and weblinks for all NGOs can be found on the Palestinian-Israeli “Co-Resistance” page.

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Option One ~ Political Advocacy of Exec. Dir. Ayman Nijim and Palestinian and Israeli Activists for One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel with equal rights for all

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Option Two ~ Palestinian-Israeli “Co-Resistance” to Occupation and Oppression Aid

Palestinian human rights NGOs in the West Bank and Gaza (50% of your donation)

Israeli human rights NGOs (50% of your donation)

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On check’s Memo line, please indicate Option 1 or Option 2. For Option 2, please include note naming which Palestinian NGO (50%) and Israeli NGO (50%) you are supporting. By-mail donors will receive a letter of receipt from Common Ground; please include a return address. Thank you!

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**********, Executive Director of Common Ground, Master's Degree in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, Child Trauma and Recovery Specialist, prior Manager of Let the Children Play and Heal, Afaq Jadeeda (New Horizons) Center, Nuseirat camp, Gaza, current Director of Programs for Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, Portland, Maine

A big sister looks after her siblings, Jenin camp, West Bank, 2003 -- (photo by Rains Rouner)

"I will never forget our conversation." ~ Rida Said (foreground) referring to his talk with Oded, an Israeli activist from Rabbis for Human Rights, while they were picking olives in Rida's family grove, Jama'in, West Bank, 2002: Read about Palestinian-Israeli "co-resistance" to Israeli occupation and settler violence and how "olive grove conversations" can help to build friendship, respect and understanding between Palestinians and Israelis... -- (photo by Rains Rouner)

"The Jewish father's loss is as great as my own" -- Omar Abu Nassi, Jenin refugee camp, West Bank, 2002, whose son was killed by Israeli police after his son, without his father's knowledge, killed an Israeli in an act of rage against the Israeli occupation after Israeli soldiers shot and killed his best friend while the two boys were walking together to school. Inspired by Omar's universal empathy and compassion, Israeli interfaith aid from RHR, Islamic Relief, Caritas and the Church of the Latin Patriarch was delivered to Jenin camp in November 2002. -- (photo by Rains Rouner)