|MEIA-G: BASIS OF UNITY
We are a group of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds who stand in solidarity with the Palestinian
people in their struggle for liberation. We oppose the apartheid state of Israel and its efforts to colonize the land
of Palestine and ethnically cleanse, occupy and oppress its indigenous population.
We work, live and study here in Georgia, where we recognize the connections between rights and justice
struggles in Palestine, and the broader struggles against exploitation, racism and sexism in the U.S. and across
the world. These systems of apartheid are interlinked; we must commit to dismantling all if we wish to dismantle
We understand Israel is a settler-colonial project informed by Zionism, an ideology that emerged in nineteenth
century Europe that sought to establish an ethnically exclusivist state on another peoples’ land. Israel has
fragmented the Palestinian people into three groups:
- Refugees: The colonization of the land of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 led to the
expulsion of over two-thirds of the Palestinian people. This population now numbers over six million, the
largest refugee population in the world. Israel has consistently denied their right of return, despite allowing
anyone of Jewish background from anywhere the automatic right to become an Israeli citizen.
- Occupied Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza: In 1976, Israel occupied the remainder of historic
Palestine, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, thereafter implementing a systematic policy of land confiscation,
house demolition and settlement building designed to further displace Palestinians from their lands and
confine them into ‘open-air’ prisons.
- Palestinian ‘citizens’ of Israel: Israel imposed citizenship on those Palestinians whom it did not expel from
the borders established in 1948. Due to their ethnicity, they have been denied equal rights to those of the
Jewish population in Israel, and face a range of discriminating and marginalizing polices and practices. The
US government plays a crucial role in supporting this settler-colonial project and its apartheid policies. It
gives over $3.5 billion in military and economic aid to Israel every year. This is despite Israel’s violation of
more UN resolutions than any other country in the world. As individuals living inside the US, we pledge
ourselves to work towards the end of US support and protection of Israel.
We reject all forms of colonialism, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Our primary demands are based upon a July 2005 call from over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations in
support of a global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions. Such measures should be maintained until
Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully
complies with the precepts of international law by:
- Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands, dismantling the Apartheid Wall and freeing all
Palestinian and Arab political prisoners;
- Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality;
- Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and
properties as stipulated in UN General Assembly resolution 194.