“We have not settled Palestine together with the Arabs but alongside them. Settlement ‘alongside’ (neben), when two nations inhabit the same country, which fails to become settlement ‘together with’ (mit) must necessarily become a state of ‘against.’ This is bound to happen here, and there will be no return to a mere ‘alongside.’ But despite the obstacles in our path, the way is still open to reaching a settlement ‘together with.’ ….If we do not attain such a relationship with the Arabs of Palestine, we will never realize the aims of Zionism.” — Martin Buber, The National Home and National Policy in Palestine, 1929, A Land of Two Peoples, page 91

In an April 27 op-ed, Rabbi Doug Kahn accurately quoted me as having written that ‘ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean upending the Jewish State itself.’ He did not take the line out of context, nor did he misrepresent what I intended to say; democracy in Palestine/Israel and the realization of full human and political rights there for Palestinians means the end of Jewish privilege in my birth country. The conversation around the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is wrapped in a myth: That the Palestinians will one day have a viable state of their own in the West Bank and Gaza. The reality is that there will be no viable Palestinian state, ever…. And since we Palestinians do not accept the argument that it was necessary to ethnically cleanse Palestine to establish a Jewish state, we are inconveniently calling for our rights. The late Tony Judt described the Jewish state as an anachronism…. Many of us in Palestine/Israel, including many non-Zionist Jews, are working toward real democracy in the country. I am confident that we will succeed in creating a race-blind society. Perhaps Rabbi Kahn will help us achieve our humanist goal. — Ahmed Moor, 2011, This Is Israel’s Future

“Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas may have affirmed that they want a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, but it may be more promising to return to a much older idea… a one-state bi-national solution.” — Leila Farsakh, 2007, Time for a Bi-national State

“I think the one thing that we’re overlooking in this whole discussion about the logistics of whether the two-state solution is practical or possible is whether it’s actually desirable from the Palestinian point of view. I think the problem that people need to bear in mind is that the Palestinian problem that needs a solution isn’t confined to those Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. We need a solution that achieves rights for the Palestinian Diaspora, the refugees, and for those who are discriminated against in Israel, and the two-state solution patently doesn’t do that! It’s unfair because it only awards the Palestinians 20% of their historic homeland, and it doesn’t actually address the wider issues that affect the Palestinian population, so it’s not right in principle and it’s not workable…. If you spent any time on the ground in Palestine or in the Diaspora Palestinian communities, this issue would be obvious to you…. If you ask Palestinians about the reality that they actually want, it’s in accordance with the one-state idea, and if you presented them with a strategy to achieve it, they would absolutely support it!” — Salma Karmi-Ayyoub (in company with Jeff Halper, Co-founder of ICAHD) debating Norman Finklestein, 2014, Head to Head – Time to boycott Israel?

“Palestinians were never really motivated by a desire for their own state, as such. That might sound odd to many, especially given all of the discussion of Palestinian statehood over the past two decades. But it is the truth. What Palestinians want, and deserve, are freedom and equal rights…. If Palestinians wanted a state at all, it was as a means to an end, a vehicle toward realizing their rights….  New polling data of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza (show)… a majority of Palestinian respondents, 51%, oppose a two-state solution… because, as the same poll notes, 65% believe that the two-state solution is no longer practical because of Israeli settlement expansion…. Somewhere along the way, statehood went from being a means to an end to being an end in itself. Now, with a right-wing Israeli government firmly in power and no serious engagement from the international community to rein in Israel’s expansionist ambitions, Palestinians understand that the statehood project is at best a failure, and at worst a cover for continued Israeli colonialism in Palestinian territory. With this reality in mind, the focus of Palestinian national strategy should not be statehood but rather on reclaiming rights. This means officially declaring the two-state solution dead, with the cause of death being asphyxiation because of settlement expansion. As part of a new direction, Palestinian leaders should support coexistence over nationalism, integration over exclusion and equality over separatism.” — Yousef Munayyer, 2015,  What Palestinians Really Want

“What is Israel to do?” Israel is to free all Palestinian prisoners, repeal all the laws that give Jewish people exclusive rights in Palestine, repeal the law the prohibits Palestinians from returning to their land and allocate the billions of dollars that will be needed for paying reparations to the refugees and their descendants. Then, Israel is to call for free, one-person one-vote elections where all people who live in mandatory Palestine vote as equals. That is what Israel should do.” — Miko Peled, 2015, What-Is-Israel-Supposed-To-Do?

“One state must become the rally cry for equality and freedom. There is no need or time for despair. In fact, the opposite is true. The more empowered and racist Israel becomes, and the deeper it digs into the roots of its Apartheid and racist institutions and walls, the more obvious the answer becomes: a state for two peoples with equal rights.” — Ramzy Baroud, 2015, Eight Urgent ‘Musts’ Needed for Palestinians to Defeat Apartheid

“Due to Israel’s expansionist identity, the Israeli ‘matrix of control’ in the West Bank cannot be reversed, but its racist, discriminating dimensions can be undone by granting equal rights and freedom for all.” — Jeff Halper, Co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Boston, MA, 2002

“My eyes have been opened. I don’t believe Palestinians will ever gain self-determination in an independent state, therefore the solution is for us to live together with Israeli Jews in one secular, democratic state.” — Raed Abubadawia, Emeritus UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy at An-Najah Univ., Nablus, West Bank and Co-founder of Common Ground, Jenin refugee camp, 2003

“The Israelis killed the two-state solution. The only way (to justice) is for us all to live together in one democratic state.” — Iyad Burnat, leader of the Popular Struggle non-violent resistance in Bil’in, West Bank, Tufts University, Boston MA 2015, @ IyadBurnat

“The path to peace is not served by the creation of more states or unjust ‘fixes’ to perceived ‘demographic’ problems. It has to do with justice and the implementation of international law. It requires grass-roots action to accelerate its arrival but it is the only solution possible in the long term. We can either remain locked in our old mythological and tribal ways, or we can envision a better future and work for it. The choice is obvious.” — Mazin Qumsiyeh, 2004, Sharing  the Land of Canaan

With… the doubling of the population of Jewish-Israeli colonial settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory, the latest Israeli slow genocide in Gaza and the fast disintegration of the last vestiges of Israeli “democracy,” the two-state “solution” for the Palestinian-Israeli colonial conflict is finally dead. Good riddance! This was never a moral or practical solution to start with, as its main objective has always been to win official Palestinian legitimization of Israel’s colonial and apartheid existence on top of most of the area of historic Palestine. It is high time to move on to the most just, morally sound and sustainable solution: the secular, democratic unitary state.” — Omar Barghouti, 2009, Re-imagining Palestine: Self-determination, Ethical De-colonization and Equality

“What is paramount is the preservation, both of culture and individual rights. Palestinians do not want to lose sense of what it is to be Palestinian, I am confident that Jewish Israelis do want to preserve something about their culture. As individuals, however, we need to focus on civil liberties for everyone in the country. Federalism, in my mind, provides a good framework as to how to do that. — Ahmed Moor, 2012, After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine

“Any occasion that celebrates the idea of one democratic state is an exciting moment, an encouraging and hopeful moment…. We are gathering momentum on the ground and around the world and many more people than before are speaking about one democratic state as the only viable solution to the conflict in Israel and Palestine. This is an important juncture in history, with the obvious collapse of the two-state solution being acknowledged as a fact by the powers that be, and not just by activists on the margin…. It is important to push forward one democratic state as a vision for the future.” — Ilan Pappe 2014, One Democratic State Conference

“The road is long and hard, but the debate must begin to shift now…. (We) must stop proclaiming “two states” and “Jewish state,” and begin talking reality. And the reality is that the binational state has been here for a long time. The task now is to make it just.” — Gideon Levy, 2015, Israel is Already a Binational State, and Has Been for a Long Time

“If Zionism means the right of the Jewish people to seize territory and deny the Palestinian people the right to self-determination, we condemn it…. We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” — Nelson Mandela, 1996, www.veteransnewsnow.com/2013/12/08/nelson-mandela-spoke-forcefully-on-palestine-and-israel

“A lot of Jews who were born with Israeli citizenship have realized that Zionism and the Israeli regime is their enemy. It’s our common enemy. Thus, the trend of co-resistance has been evolving for years in Palestine. Jews carrying Israeli citizenship have been part of the popular resistance taking place in Palestine.” — Maath Musleh, 2011, CoResistance  vs. Co-Existence

“There is an urgent need to support nonviolent resistance to oppression on the part of Palestinian and Israeli civil society and to continue to build the growing international grassroots movement that will break the current political logjam.” 2011 —  www.kairosusa.org

“Why can’t Africans, Arabs and white folks, Jews, Christians, Muslims, animists, atheists all live in the same society? Because the consensus assumption among Zionists is that the country must have a permanent Jewish super-majority. Even liberal Zionists will only accept non-Jewish immigrants as a temporary exception that must be expelled at the earliest opportunity. The various forms of extreme violence that occurred (recently) – whether directed at Palestinians or African asylum seekers – are deeply rooted in a greater context of normalized racism (in Israeli society). The symptoms will continue as long as the cause is not treated.” — Dan Cohen, 2015, The deep roots of vigilante violence in Israeli society

“The arson attack