The One Democratic State (ODS) Principal
The Movement for One Democratic state in Palestine (ODS) clearly rejects discrimination in all its forms and calls for the creation of a democratic and non-racial state -as in South Africa- in the entire territory of Palestine between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. ODS believes in a reunited and shared Palestine for its citizens including all those who live there and all those who were expelled over the past century and their descendants. The country shall be constituted as an independent sovereign State in which all citizens are equal in dignity and rights and all can live in freedom and security. State laws, institutions, practices or activities shall not discriminate among its citizens on the basis of ethnicity, religion, language, nationality or gender.
The One Democratic State (ODS) Structure
We are the people of Palestine and our descendants, working with all those who value justice and peace to establish a grassroots international movement of the one democratic state in Palestine (ODS) that can serve all its people equally. We are a movement expressing the vision of existing solidarity organizations, groups, and individuals articulating the aspirations for ODS as it has been eloquently stated in the Declaration of One Democratic State in Palestine.
The One Democratic State (ODS) Mission
The two-state solution to the conflict in Israel/Palestine has lost credibility because the conditions imposed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories have made it impossible. Yet the alternative–a unified democratic state such as was created in South Africa– contradicts how the world understands the basic formula for a peaceful resolution, which assumes that Israeli Jewish and Palestinians cannot live together peacefully and must be physically and politically divided into two independent states.
Division of Israel-Palestine into two states is not only impossible, it is fundamentally racist. We reject the Zionist claim that Jewish people can seize Palestine while depriving Palestinians of their rights to live freely and with equal rights in their ancestral homeland. But we reject just as strongly the equally racist idea that Israeli Jews and Palestinians cannot share a non-ethnic democratic state in Palestine peacefully and find a new future together in a unified country. We believe and affirm that the only just, viable and stable solution to the conflict is a non-ethnic unified democratic state in all the territory now controlled by Israel.
The One Democratic State (ODS) Objectives
ODS Plan of Action
The creation of a unified one democratic state in Mandate Palestine
Repudiate Zionism and eliminate all forms of discrimination and segregation and end violence, militarism, and warfare
Unify Jewish Israelis and Palestinians in a shared non-ethnic democratic state in Palestine
Restore Palestinian inalienable rights in Palestine and to compensate Palestinians for their pain and suffering
Establish an international solidarity movement, composed of individuals and organizations, to organize and spearhead efforts to realize the objectives of one democratic state in Palestine.
The entire territory of Palestine between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River is one country that belongs to all its citizens including all those who live there and all those who were expelled over the past century and their descendants. The country shall be constituted as an independent sovereign State in which all citizens enjoy equal rights and all can live in freedom and security.
The reunified country in Palestine shall be constituted as a democracy in which all of its adult citizens shall enjoy equal rights to vote, stand for office and contribute to the country’s governance. No State law, institution, practices or activities may discriminate among its citizens on the basis of ethnicity, religion, language, nationality or gender.
The State shall not establish or accord special privilege to any religion and shall provide for the free practice of all religions.
Public land of the State shall belong to the nation as a whole and all of its citizens shall have equal access to its use. Private property of Palestinian refugees shall be restored or compensation arranged. The natural and economic resources of the country shall benefit all of its citizens equally.
The State shall provide the conditions for free cultural expression by all of its citizens. It shall ensure that all languages, arts and culture can flourish and develop freely. All citizens shall have equal rights to use their own dress, languages and customs, and to express their cultural heritage free of insults or discrimination.
Citizens shall have equal access to employment at all levels and in all sectors of the society. Employment shall not be determined or restricted by language, race, religion, gender, or nationality. Education and vocational training shall not be segregated or specialized in any way that impedes equal access of all citizens to employment and other opportunities to fulfill their talents and dreams.
The State shall uphold international law and seek the peaceful resolution of conflicts through negotiation and collective security in accordance with the United Nations Charter. The people of a unified Palestine shall reject racism and promote anti-racism throughout the world. The State shall seek to build a world order in which all countries and peoples enjoy their social, cultural and political rights as set out in relevant United Nations covenants. The State shall seek and contribute to the establishment of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East that will also be free of all weapons of mass-destruction.