Position Statement

Statement of Our Position

We are constituents who are gravely concerned about U.S. foreign policy regarding the enduring Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  We believe the primary obstacle to a peaceful resolution is Israel’s continuing control and colonization of Palestinian territories.  At the same time, we support Palestine's obligation to respect Israel's legitimate security within its pre-1967 borders.  We oppose any breaches of International Law by either party.  We seek a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict.  To that end, we accept and endorse the position of the Wisconsin Middle East Lobby Committee as stated below.  

As a nation of laws, the U.S. should insist that Israel abide by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, including 242 and 338 calling for the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from occupied territories, Resolution 446 and 471 calling for Israel to abide by the fourth Geneva Convention that prohibits occupying powers from transferring civilians to occupied territories, and Resolution 452 calling on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories.  

The U.S. should demand an immediate freeze in the construction and expansion of settlements and Israel’s Wall in the West Bank, including Arab East Jerusalem.  This should be followed by the removal of settlements, checkpoints, and wall/fences beyond the "green line" within the Palestinian territories, as well as an end to the demolition of Palestinian homes, e.g., in and around Jerusalem. 

U.S. aid to Israel and U.S. exercise of veto in the UNSC should be linked to ending the Israeli occupation in compliance with the provisions outlined in positions 1 and 2. 

The U.S. should demand an end to the siege of the Gaza strip and the immediate opening of borders to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to Palestinians and the resumption of normal trade and commerce.

We are acutely aware of the illegality of collective punishment and hence support the human rights of Palestinians such as freedom of movement and existence in keeping w basic human dignity. 

If the U.S. is to be perceived as an impartial interlocutor, we should insist on a Middle East entirely free of all nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction.  For years Israel has been building an extensive nuclear arsenal, has refused to sign the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and has not allowed inspection by members of the International Atomic Energy Agency. 

The U.S. should support the Palestinians refugees’ right of return.  The right of return is part of international law, and Palestinians are specifically guaranteed that right by UN Resolution 194 of December 1948, which states that “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return.” In addition, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Convention, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and several regional conventions all support the right for refugees to return and to be compensated.  Palestinian refugees and internally displaced Palestinians constitute one of the largest and longest-standing cases of forced displacement in the world today.

The U.S. should hold Israel accountable when its use of US-made weapons violates the U.S. Export Control Act.  Israel's war and siege on the Gaza Strip, as well as repeated invasions of Lebanon, would not be possible without the weapons provided by the United States.