OneVoice Palestinian Activists Urge Factional Unity, Back Two-State SolutionBy The Onevoice Movement, PRNE
Thursday, March 3, 2011
NEW YORK, March 5, 2011 - OneVoice Palestinian activists launched major activities this week across
the West Bank to channel the energy on the street into a deafening cry for
factional unity and participation in Palestinian state building to achieve a
(Photo: photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110304/DC59871-a) (Photo: photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110304/DC59871-b)
OneVoice's Palestinian activists spread thousands of bumper stickers on
Friday emblazoned with the words, "the people want to end the occupation, the
settlements, the [internal] division - help build the state," on the streets
of Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Qalqilya, and Ramallah. Cab drivers displayed
them prominently in their cars. The Imam of the Omar Mosque in Nablus saluted
the volunteers, saying, "You give us hope for something that we have failed
to achieve, may God be with you."
"On the streets, I could see the eagerness in people's eyes to end
oppression and occupation," said Samer Makhlouf, OneVoice Palestine executive
director. "We're giving them hope and ways to participate. We're backing a
two-state solution that reverses Israeli settlement policy and leads to a
viable, truly independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders."
Dozens of OneVoice Palestinian activists and residents unveiled two
massive murals - depicting a future, peaceful Palestinian state built by a
united people and free from Israeli occupation - in Hebron and Bethlehem. The
latter only 100 meters (328 feet) from the separation wall, cutting off the
city's residents from Jerusalem. OneVoice Palestine also launched a new Web
site with 500 video visions of citizens imagining what the future Palestinian
state will be like.
OneVoice activists will be introducing billboards, radio and television
spots, five more massive murals, and several youth-led initiatives in the
coming months, hoping their message will spread like wildfire across the West
Bank and push the Palestinian public into taking action.
OneVoice activists have been seizing the momentum for change sweeping
across the Arab world to inject a new sense of urgency for ending the
occupation and achieving a two-state solution.
"The popular revolts across the Arab world, led by a youthful generation
demanding to define their future, have shown the unrivaled power of the
people to effect real change," said John Lyndon, executive director of
OneVoice Europe. "If what is sweeping the region right now can topple
dictators, then it can also end occupations, establish states, and spread a
culture of peace and security."
OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that aims to amplify the
voice of Israeli and Palestinian moderates, empowering them to demand a
two-state solution. The movement educates and trains Israeli and Palestinian
youth in leadership skills, non-violent activism, and democratic principles.
To support and contribute to OneVoice, join us at
Ivan Karakashian, Communications Director, PeaceWorks Foundation, OneVoice, +1-212-897-3985 ext. 124, fax: +1-212-897-3986
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