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We, as Palestinians and Israelis, view with deep apprehension the violence that has gripped the land. We are shocked and saddened by the massive loss of life on both sides and by the current Israeli government's policies that set out to destroy the infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority and its economic, educational, health and other institutions, as well as the Palestinian private sector and civil life.
Israeli forces must withdraw immediately from recently reoccupied Palestinian territories and lift the siege and closure imposed on the Palestinian cities, towns, villages, refugee camps in the West Bank and Gaza. A joint effort should be invested to stop terror and violence on both sides. An international force is urgently needed to stabilize a ceasefire conducive to a political settlement based upon mutual recognition and coexistence. A lasting peace can only be based upon the implementation of UN resolutions 242, 338, 1397, 1402 and 1403: Israel's withdrawal from all the lands occupied since June 1967, the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem. The peace initiative offered at the Arab League summit in Beirut represents the best opportunity for such a lasting peace.
  This fateful prospect must not be squandered.

Palestine-Israel Journal

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