To help build a foundation for one secular democratic state in Palestine/Israel, Common Ground endorses the intercultural/interfaith work of Palestinian and Israeli human rights NGOs non-violently “co-resisting” Israeli colonization, occupation, apartheid and discrimination.
As Omar Barghouti, Co-Founder of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, declared in his 2012 article Lighting a Torch Within: “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.”
In Jewish Israeli “co-resistance” to Israel’s 2018 Jewish Nation State Law, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Founder of Torat Tzedek and prior Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights, declared in a 2019 missive: “The Israeli government intends to force (residents of the Bedouin village Umm Al Hiran) from the homes they forced them into in 1956, in order to build a new Jewish community on the rubble of their homes. Israel is now reneging on a second agreement, and attempting to impose on them a third. Not only are the villagers being forced into a township, but they stand to lose the ability to provide the homes for their children that they could have provided in Umm Al Hiran…. We in Torat Tzedek are not abandoning Umm Al Hiran,” and yet: “If our High Court appeals to strike down the ‘Nation State Law’ fail, Israeli Arabs will be even more powerless.”
In this activists-in-the-jordan-valley video, Rabbi Ascherman and Israeli and Palestinian activists “co-resist” the oppression of Palestinian farmers by Israeli settlers and soldiers in the occupied West Bank.
Common Ground’s endorsement of Palestinians and Israelis working together to nonviolently “co-resist” Israeli colonization, occupation and apartheid is founded on the principles of human equality, interdependence in our modern world, and our shared moral responsibility to:
~ care for those in need, called Zakat in Islamic tradition,
~ contribute to the healing/repair of the world, called Tikkun Olam in Jewish tradition,
~ and treat our neighbors as ourselves, as Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount.
Solidarity among Palestinian and Israelis cooperating to resist and overcome Israeli colonization and apartheid is essential in order to build a future “based on justice and non-separation” and “sharing the Land of Canaan.”
By endorsing Palestinian-Israeli “co-resistance” to oppression, we hope to help build a foundation for justice, peace, and equal civil rights for all in Palestine/Israel, and for the harmonious coexistence of Abrahamic faiths and Arabic and Hebrew cultures.