Calls on PM Barak:
The people are
for a historical decision
Press release, July 20, 2000
The Gush Shalom (Israeli
Peace Bloc) movement renews its "Jerusalem, Capital of the Two States"
This campaign was started, in the
year 1995, when there still seemed to be among the Jewish public a total
taboo on such ideas, and the delusionary concept of a unilaterally
"united" Jerusalem was considered a concensus. But Gush Shalom
nevertheless succeeded in getting 875 public figures, leading
intellectuals and artists to agree publicly that:
"Our Jerusalem must be united, open
to all and belonging to all its inhabitants, without borders and
barbed-wire in its midst.
Our Jerusalem must be the capital
of the two states that will live side by side in this country - West
Jerusalem the capital of the State of Israel and East Jerusalem the
capital of the State of Palestine."
text in Hebrew, Arabic and German]
Today the false concensus about a
"United Jerusalem" - which was as distant from being actually united, as
rape is from love - is now visibly fragmenting and crumbling, as evident
even in Barak's own proposal for municipal autonomy of the city's Arab
neighborhoods. But the Prime Minister is still hesitant to take the next
logical and indispensable step: accepting already now that
East-Jerusalem will be the capital of Palestine while Israel will have
its capital in West-Jerusalem. So, because of clinging to the remnants
of an old, bancrupt ideology PM Barak is now putting at risk the chance
for peace, with the possibility that the disappointment will result in a
renewed cycle of violence and bloodshed taking a terrible toll from both
peoples - which incidentally would mean the end of Barak's own political
career as well.
The campaign of Gush Shalom is
aimed at mobilizing public support for the concept of Jerusalem as
capital of two states and convincing the government that the Israeli
public is indeed ripe to accept it, to give up in favour of peace a
fictional Israeli sovereignty in neighborhoods where in any case hardly
any Israeli ever sets foot. In the main Israeli papers of tomorrow will
appear ads, and bumper stickers "Jerusalem, Capital of the Two States"
are being prepared.
Further details: spokesperson Adam
Keller, ph: +972-(0)3-5565804
Immer mehr Hoffnung aus Camp David:
Irushalajim - Birath haSchalom!
Geteilte Realitäten in der
Freier Zugang und
Das Oberrabbinat Jerusalem und die
Frage zum Tempelberg:
die Tage des Moshiach
Nahost-Gipfel in Camp David:
Barak wird auf jeden Fall teilnehmen
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