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The Reality of the "Geneva Accord"

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    The Reality of the Geneva Accord The Geneva Accord was signed Monday, December 1, 2003, amid great media and political fanfare. The 50-page document lays out
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 11, 2003
      The Reality of the "Geneva Accord"

      The Geneva Accord was signed Monday, December 1, 2003, amid great
      media and political fanfare. The 50-page document lays out a plan for
      a presumed "peace agreement" between Israel and the Palestinian

      We, the undersigned, consider this initiative as
      inconsistent with the prerequisitesof a just and durable peace for
      the following reasons:

      1. It attempts to nullify the Palestinian right of return, both as a
      collective national right and as an individual right. By doing so, it
      strengthens existing attempts to relocate and scatter Palestinian
      refugees throughout the world and gives credence to plans to abrogate
      international law pertaining to the inalienable nature of the Right
      of Return. The net result would be to extract the very anchor of the
      Palestinian struggle forself-determination: the indivisible oneness
      of the Palestinian people and their right to their homes, properties
      and homeland.

      2. It provides a Palestinian-Arab cover for the exclusive nature of
      the Israeli polity as a "Jewish State", thus abrogating the national
      character of the Palestinian people within 1948 borders. It therefore
      fails to recognize the right of the 1.2 million Palestinian citizens
      of Israel tolive in a democratic state for all its citizens: Jews and
      Palestinians, andit sets stage for mass transfer and ethnic cleansing
      in the future to maintain demographic Jewish dominance.

      3. It accepts the reconfiguration of Jerusalem based on Israeli
      annexation plans, and grants Palestinian-Arab legitimacy to the
      colonial process that altered the Arab character of Jerusalem, making
      it impossiblefor the Palestinians to exercise control over "East
      Jerusalem," not to sayanything about "West Jerusalem," which was
      conquered and ethnically cleansed in 1948.

      4. It permanently accepts the presence of the vast majority of
      Israeli settlement colonies, particularly those that surround
      Jerusalem from theeast, south, north and northwest, where most post-
      1967 settlers live, andalters the geography of Palestine to
      accommodate such colonial seizures.

      5. It codifies a process that would limit the upper ceiling of a
      potential Palestinian polity to a truncated and demilitarized entity
      void ofsovereignty, and sets in motion a process of expanding Israeli
      politicaloversight and control over any potential Palestinian entity.

      6. It paves for an economic/political relationship that subordinates
      the Palestinian people to an exclusive and dominant Israeli polity,
      thus strategically de-linking the Palestinians from the Arab people
      and subjugating the national interests of all Arabs to the singular
      power of an Israeli-US alliance.

      7. It allows for Israeli military and economic penetration and
      permanent outposts into the presumed Palestinian entity.

      8. It leaves open all Israeli claims to the region's water resources,
      natural wealth, and airspace. The text makes several references to
      annexes, but these issues have, in effect, been deferred, and may
      become the "final status" issues of the Geneva understanding.

      9. It dilutes the international consensus on the conflict and
      attempts to transform the basis of the Palestinian struggle from one
      of national self-determination and return to that of modified civil
      rights within a prescribed political framework.

      10. Most importantly, it weakens the national unity and resolve of
      the Palestinian people leading to the potential defeat of the current
      Intifada in the same manner Madrid and Oslo destroyed the first a
      decade ago.

      11. It diminishes European commitment to Palestinian sovereignty, and
      mostimportantly, it expands the margin of Palestinian concessions,
      which have been bottoming out during the past two decades, making it
      very difficult for future Palestinian negotiators to back away from
      these concessions,including the renunciation of the Right of Return.

      12. It assumes the Palestinian victims of Israel are the criminals,
      and the new judges allegedly more liberal than previous ones in the

      The Geneva Accord is a natural extension and an inevitable result of
      the"Road Map" and all associated models. The outcome of all, if
      allowed tosucceed, would be to terminate the Palestinian march to
      freedom, to nullify indefinitely and de-legitimize the Palestinian
      right to return, and to subordinate the Arab nation to a heavily
      militarized outpost with normalized relationships with its

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      In alphabetical order:

      Yousef Abudayyeh
      Co-Chair Middle East Cultural and Information Center*
      Free Palestine Alliance, USA
      San Diego, California

      As`ad AbuKhalil, Ph.D.
      Department of Politics, California State University*
      Stanislaus, California

      Nader Abuljebein
      Palestine Right of Return Congress
      Free Palestine Alliance, USA

      Janet Abu-Lughod, Ph.D.
      Professor Emerita of Sociology
      The New School, New York*
      East Quogue, New York

      Ali Abunimah
      Electronic Intifada*

      Ambassador Hasan Abunimah
      Former Ambassador
      Permanent Representative of Jordan at the UN*

      Husam Abusneineh
      President, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee*
      Greater Sacramento Area Chapter

      Hussein Agrama
      Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology
      Washington D.C.

      Munir Akash

      Musa Al-Hindi
      Palestine Right of Return Congress
      Al-Awda Coalition

      Fadhil Al-Kazily, Ph.D.
      Part-time Professor, Civil Engineering
      California State University*

      Abbas Ali, Ph.D.
      Professor and Director
      School of International Management
      Indiana University of Pennsylvania*

      Abbas Alnasrawi, Ph.D.
      Professor Emeritus
      University of Vermont*
      Shelburne, VT, USA

      Mohammed Al-Sheikh
      Arab American Community Center*
      Chicago, Illinois

      Kamal Khalaf Altawil, M.D.
      Past president of the Arab American University Graduates (AAUG)
      Past president of the National Arab American Medical Association

      Ban Al-Wardi, Esq.
      President, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee*
      Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter
      Lamis Andoni

      Said Arikat
      Washington, D.C

      Naseer H. Aruri, Ph.D.
      Chancellor Professor (Emeritus)
      University of Massachusetts Dartmouth*

      Fawzi Asmar, Ph.D.
      Washington, D.C

      Omar Barghouti
      Philosophy Ph.D. Student
      Activist & Dance choreographer

      Kenneth R. Barney
      Boston Committee for Palestinian Rights
      Cambridge, Massachusetts

      Hanna Batarseh
      Board Member, Sacramento Peace Action*
      Free Palestine Alliance, USA

      Brian Becker
      International A.N.S.W.E.R. Steering Committee
      New York

      Richard Becker
      Western Region Coordinator
      International Action Center
      San Francisco, California

      George Bisharat, Ph.D.
      Professor, Hastings College of Law*
      San Francisco, California

      Mary J. Bisharat, MSW
      Founder, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee*
      Greater Sacramento Area Chapter

      Mona Coobti, Esq.
      International Action Center
      Free Palestine Alliance

      Jamil Dakwar, Attorney

      Zahi Damuni, Ph.D.
      Palestine Right of Return Congress
      Co-Founder, Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
      San Diego, California

      Ziad Deeb, M.D.
      Washington, D.C.

      Peter Dodd, Ph.D.
      Retired professor and United Nations official*
      Victoria, BC, Canada

      Erica Dodd, Ph.D.
      Adjunct Professor
      University of Victoria*
      Victoria, BC, Canada

      Nada Elia, Ph.D.
      Redmond, Washington

      Samih Farsoun, Ph.D.
      Professor of Sociology
      American University*
      Washington, DC

      Jamil Fayez, M.D.
      Washington, D.C.

      Elizabeth Fenton
      Member of BCPR*
      Cambridge, Massachusetts

      Jess Ghannam, Ph.D.
      University of California, San Francisco *
      Right of Return Congress
      Al-Awda Coalition

      Ziad Hafez, Ph.D.
      Washington, D.C.

      Elaine Hagopian, Ph.D.
      Professor Emerita of Sociology
      Simmons College*
      Organizer of the April 2000 Right of Return Conference

      Shouki Kassis, Ph.D.
      Board member, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee*
      Greater Philadelphia Chapter

      Isma'il Kamal
      Washington, D.C.

      Lara Kiswani
      Students for Justice in Palestine
      Third World Forum
      University of California, Davis

      Jennifer Loewenstein, Ph.D.
      Senior Lecturer, Professional Communications
      University of Wisconsin - Madison*
      Madison, Wisconsin

      Riyad Mansour, Ph.D.
      Adjunct Professor
      Central Florida University*
      Orlando, Florida

      Joseph Massad, Ph.D.
      Professor, MEALAC
      Columbia University*
      New York, N.Y

      Nur Masalha, Ph.D.
      St. Mary's University College*
      and Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law*
      SOAS, University of London

      Rania Masri, Ph.D.
      Program Director
      Institute for Southern Studies*
      Raleigh, North Carolina

      Ed Mast
      Palestine Solidarity Committee
      Seattle, Washington USA

      Carl Messineo, Esq.
      Partnership for Civil Justice*
      National Steering Committee, International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
      Washington, D.C.

      Nabil Migalli
      New Hampshire

      Eid B. Mustafa, M.D., F.A.C.S.

      Karma Nabulsi, Ph.D.
      Professor Nuffield College*
      Oxford University
      United Kingdom

      Hasan & Shereen Newash
      Grosse Pointe, Michigan

      Mazin Qumsiyeh, Ph.D.
      Professor, Yale University*
      Co-Founder of Palestine Right to Return Coalition

      Nasser Rabbat. Ph.D.
      Cambridge, Massachusetts

      Fadia Rafeedie, Esq.
      Los Angeles, California

      Elias Rashmawi
      Free Palestine Alliance, USA
      National Steering Committee of International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition

      Gary Rothberger
      Cambridge, MA

      Cheryl A. Rubenberg, Ph.D.
      Retired Professor
      Florida International University*
      North Miami, Florida

      Nizar Sakhnini

      Michel Shehadeh
      Free Palestine Alliance, USA
      Committee for Justice

      Sylvia Shihadeh
      Austin, Texas

      Muhammad A. Shuraydi, Ph.D.
      University of Windsor*
      Ontario, Canada

      Abdelhameed Siyam
      New York

      Mounzer Sleiman, Ph.D.
      Washington, D.C.

      Hon. Samy Sharaf
      Former Minister of Presidential Affairs*
      Cairo, Egypt

      Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Esq.
      Partnership for Civil Justice*
      National Steering Committee, International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
      Washington, D.C.

      Arthur H. Whitman
      Auburn, Maine

      Anthony Zahlan, Ph.D.
      United Kingdom

      Zeina Zaatari, Ph.D.
      University of California, Davis*

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