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Vol.9 No.2 2002 / Right of Return


Statement of Principles

First printed in Ha’aretz, July 23, 2002

     by Ziad AbuZayyad

1. Two states for two peoples
Palestine / Eretz Israel will be shared between the two peoples. The Jewish state of Israel with the borders of June 4, 1967 as its borders, and the Arab state of Palestine in the Palestinian territories occupied in the war of June 1967, alongside the state of Israel.
Permanent borders between the two states will be the borders of June 4, 1967, with limited mutually agreed upon swaps and border amendments on both sides, in accordance with the vital security and territorial contiguity of the two states.
The settlement between the two sides will be based upon the UNSC resolutions 242, 338 and 1397 and the Arab peace initiative (known as the Saudi initiative).
The international legitimacy for the creation of the two states is embodied in UN General Assembly resolution 181.
Safe land and air passage and linkage between the West Bank and Gaza will be agreed and guaranteed by the two sides.
2. Settlements
All settlements will be evacuated from within the final borders of the State of Palestine.
3. Jerusalem
Jerusalem will be an open city; the capital of the two states.
All Arab neighborhoods within the municipal borders of Jerusalem will be under Palestinian sovereignty and the Jewish neighborhoods under Israeli sovereignty.
No man’s sovereignty will be practiced on Al-Haram Al-Sharif or the Wailing Wall.
Al-Haram Al-Sharif will come under Palestinian administration for the benefit of the people of Islam, and the Wailing Wall will come under Israeli administration for the benefit of the Jewish people.
No excavations will take place in the above-mentioned holy sites. An international body will be established and maintained to ensure this.
Freedom of worship and access to all the holy places in the two states will be assured and guaranteed for all believers.
The status-quo in the holy places must be observed.
4. Right of Return
The Palestinian refugee problem will be addressed in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 194, but any solution or settlement to this problem must be negotiated and agreed upon by the two sides.
Israel will initiate an international fund to compensate the Palestinian refugees of 1948.
Israel recognizes its moral responsibility for the Palestinian refugee problem.
The Palestinians’ right of return will be practiced to the State of Palestine.
5. The International Community
The Palestinian State shall be demilitarized and the international community shall guarantee its security, integrity and safety of all its borders.
The international community will contribute to the refugee fund, offer any possible assistance to facilitate the implementation of this agreement, and provide the needed guarantees according to its relevant provisions.
6. End of Conflict
All acts of belligerency must be halted by the signing of these principles by the legitimate authorized representatives of the two sides.
By the full implementation of all these principles, the parties will declare the end of the conflict.
By declaring the end of the conflict, the two sides confirm that all their claims have been settled.

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