From the Communist Party USA’s People’s Weekly World
JERUSALEM — An international meeting here June 4 appealed for world pressure on the Israeli government to negotiate with the PLO to achieve a comprehensive and just peace.
The conference, titled the Jerusalem Initiative for Just Peace on the Basis of Two States: Israel and Palestine, was an unprecedented joint undertaking of the Palestinian People’s Party (a communist party, New Zeal) and the Communist Party of Israel, marking the 40th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, and the 60th anniversary of the 1947 UN partition plan for establishment of the two states.
It was attended by representatives of communist, socialist and left parties from nine European countries, India and Australia, and the Communist Party USA. Among them were several members of parliaments.
In a joint statement, the participants underscored the “right of the Palestinian people to elect their government and all institutions without any external intervention.” They called for Israel, the United States, European Union and other countries to end their economic siege against the Palestinian national unity government, and for negotiations based on: ending the Israeli occupation, dismantling all Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories, establishing the June 4, 1967, boundaries as a peaceful border between the states of Israel and Palestine, co-existence of the capitals of Israel and Palestine in Jerusalem, release of all Palestinian political prisoners (now numbering some 11,000), and a solution to the refugee problem in compliance with UN Resolution 194.
PLO head and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a message to the meeting, “Military might cannot solve the problem, violence cannot solve the problem.” Charging that Israel has retreated from the peace process set in motion by the Oslo agreements, he said, “Our Palestinian people have chosen peace. We are ready to sit at the negotiating table. The people of Israel should not miss this historic opportunity.”
His comments were delivered by Dr. Emil Jarjoui, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, at the evening event attended by several hundred Israelis and Palestinians.
Parties attending were;
Palestinian People’s Party – Palestine
Communist Party of Israel – Israel
Communist Party of Greece – Greece
Communist Party of India-Marxist – India
Communist Refoundation Party – Italy
Communist Party of Britain – United Kingdom
Communist Party of USA – United States
Democratic Social Perspective – Australia
European Left – Europe
French Communist Party – France
Party of the Italian Communists – Italy
Portuguese Communist Party – Portugal
Progressive Party of Working People – Cyprus
Red-Green Alliance – Denmark
Socialist Left – Norway