‎Freedom Of Movement Between Israel and Palestine ‎


‎Freedom Of Movement Between Israel and Palestine ‎

Freedom Of Movement Between Israel and Palestine.

Location: Between Israel and Palestine
Peacemakers: 21
Latest Activity: May 9, 2013

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Organizational Letter :-

-To come to a new way of living for both nations in order for them to live in dignity and enjoy basic freedoms like people from all over the world, and this is one of the simplest rights that both peoples would expect such as freedom of movement and live in peace and security without facing daily impediments to such freedoms.

-To move freely without any constraints or conditions such as harassment at checkpoints and to be respected as human beings and to have all people respected based on their humanity and to replace the inhumane behaviors such as humiliating or torturing those who seek to pass through the check-points.

-To have Israel meets its human rights obligations under international law. International law obliges Israel, morally and legally, to respect the people of the occupied territories and to ensure the inhabitants have freedom of movement. This right is recognized in Article 13 the Universal Declaration of Rights. It is also recognized in Article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The safe-guarding of these rights is the responsibility of Israel as the occupying power.

The importance of the freedom of movement connects to the idea that this right is important when it pertains to meeting other rights as mentioned in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and included in these rights are the right to work (Article 6), the right to reasonable conditions in life (Article 11), the right to health (Article 12), the right to an education (Article 13), and the right to have one’s family protected (Article 10).

The Goals of the Project:

-To spread awareness amongst both nations regarding the importance of freedom of movement and to work on spreading an understanding of how achieving freedom of movement would help both nations on a psychological level and afford them healthier societies with individuals more able to pursue happiness.

-We must also have an internal dialogue on both sides and this dialogue should include human rights organizations and organizations that are concerned with peace and also organizations in the fields of business, tourism, culture, sports etc…. in order to foster cooperation for a more fruitful future.

-To spread this project and making it part of a shared story between the two peoples, a story that touches both sides on personal and group levels and conveys the benefits of the project in order to achieve a pacific and warm existence for all.

-To build a new political discourse that helps in the success of this project and this would be done by encouraging tourism, business, sports activities, cultural activities for both sides.

The Activities of the Project:

-To gather all the people that we have spoken with regarding awareness and guidance surrounding the issue of the inhumane situation people are facing due to the violation of international law vis-à-vis the people in the occupied territories and to protest against the military check-points.

-To appeal to the international community in order to put political pressure to facilitate positive political change.

-To build an information centre on transportation in the territories and ability to go to different areas, encourage business opportunities and spread awareness of what economic activities are present, and to let people know what areas of interest should be visited.

-To organize sporting events that would promote good-will between both sides (such as car and motorcycle racing, soccer, basketball, handball, swimming, horse riding etc…).

-To encourage intellectual and cultural exchanges and field trips between different schools and organizations in order to break down the barriers of fear and division that exist on both sides.

-The encouraging of music exchanges that include songs that include Hebrew and Arabic and to facilitate cooperation and collaboration on music projects to enrich the lives of the peoples of both nations.
رسالة المنظمة :

- إيجاد حياة جديدة لكلا الشعبين من اجل العيش بكرامة وحرية كباقي شعوب العالم وهي ابسط حق يطالب به الجميع في كلا الشعبين وهي "حرية الحركة و التنقل " في أمن و سلام .
بدون أي نوع من المشاكل أو المعيقات اليومية .

- التنقل بكل حرية دون أي قيود أو شروط أو بعض المضايقات و التأخير على الحواجز
واحترام جميع الناس دون أي نوع من التعذيب أو الإهانات على الحواجز .

- حيث إن القانون الدولي الخاص بحقوق الإنسان يُلزم إسرائيل باحترام حق سكان الأراضي المحتلة في حرية الحركة والتنقل داخل الأراضي المحتلة. إن هذا الحق معترف به في بند 13 في الإعلان العالمي لحقوق الإنسان وفي بند 12 من الاتفاقية الدولية للحقوق المدنية والسياسية. هذا الحق مشتق من واجب إسرائيل كقوة محتلة مسئولة، حسب القانون الإنساني الدولي، في الحرص على أمن وسلامة سكان الأراضي المحتلة والحفاظ، قدر الامكان، على إدارة سليمة لمناحي الحياة.
إن أهمية الحق في حرية الحركة والتنقل نابعة من كون هذا الحق شرط ضروري لتحقيق حقوق أخرى راسخة في الاتفاقية الدولية للحقوق الاقتصادية ، الاجتماعية والثقافية ، ومن ضمنها، الحق في العمل (بند 6) ، الحق في ظروف حياتية لائقة (بند 11) ، الحق في الصحة (بند 12)، الحق في التعليم (بند 13)والحق في الدفاع عن حياة العائلة (بند10 ).

أهداف المنظمة :

- التوعية و الإرشاد لكلا الشعبين في تبني مفهوم "حرية الحركة و التنقل " و العمل على نشره و تفعيلة في المجتمع و في شتى و سائل الحياة من اجل تحقيق النجاح
و العيش في حب و سعادة للجميع.
- علينا أن نتحدث مع المجتمع العالمي الذي يضم المؤسسات و مراكز السلام في العالم من اجل مساعدتنا في تحقيق النجاح .
- علينا أيضا التحدث مع المجتمع الداخلي لكلا الجانبين و الذي يضم منظمات حقوق الإنسان ومنظمات تهتم في السلام و المؤسسات التجارية و السياحية والثقافية و الرياضية من اجل التعاون و العمل معها في المستقبل .
- نشر هذا المشروع و جعله كالقصة تتداول بين الناس بشكل شخصي أو بشكل جماعي من خلال التكلم عن فوائده التي تساعد في تحقيق التعايش و المحبة و السعادة بين الجميع .
- تبني سياسة جديدة تساعد في نجاح المشروع و جعله مميز وذلك عن طريق تشجيع السياحة و التجارة و إقامة المباريات الرياضية والمسابقات الثقافية في كلا الجانبين .

نشاطات المشروع :

- إحضار كل الناس الذين تحدثنا معهم حول التوعية و الإرشاد من اجل التظاهر على الحواجز العسكرية .
- استخدام المجتمع العالمي للضغط على المستوى السياسي .
- إنشاء مركز معلومات عن كيفية التنقل و التجارة و السياحة والمناطق التي يمكن زيارتها .
- تنظيم مباريات ودية بين الجانبين مثل (سباق السيارات و الدراجات النارية و الهوائية . كرة القدم . كرة السلة . كرة الطائرة . السباحة . ركوب الخيل .).
- إنشاء مسابقات ثقافية و ترفيهية بين المدارس و المؤسسات في كلا الجانبين من اجل كسر حاجز الخوف بين الطرفين .
- إنشاء موسيقى جديدة تكون خليط من اللغتين العربية و العبرية و التنقل بين المدن و الأحياء في عزف الموسيقى و تلحينها .

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Comment by Sergio Storch on January 13, 2013 at 2:51pm

Going a little bit further:

I envision a desired stage in which freedom of movement can be, say, in a scale 0 to 100, according with the "peacefulness" of each person (not at all conformity, or anything that can be confused with compliance with any kind of what can be seen as illegitimate "normalization").

Those who are identified as partisans of violence would be rightfully constrained. On the other hand, those who are not and opt for peacebuilding, reconciliation for a good future and nonviolence, even though they may be tough in defending all citizen rights, would be able to reach a status of complete freedom of movement. 

But rather than going too far in theoretization, I think these ideas can start with experimentation in a "social lab" where we learn with trial-and-error.

I think that just starting with a first case would be energizing for hope in both sides.

Comment by Sergio Storch on January 13, 2013 at 2:40pm

Dear Irit and Mahmoud

Based on the specific situation that Irit is pointing out, I think that Mahmoud´s call opens way to some creative ways for nonviolent struggle, as far as it can be fought in specific areas for specific people, one at a time. A kind of nonviolent  guerrilla.

What do you think of a strategy such as this:

  • choose initially one group of people - such as these Bedouins - and spark an international campaign that ought to be sustained with photos, content, names of people, coalitioning and so on, until the right to cross those limits are accomplished with international outcry.
  • without having to wait for the conclusion of the first, let´s start a second and a third, in different areas. 

This way we can mobilize people in the  Diasporas to debate the issue within each of our communities, change opinions and get the goodwilling people to support Palestinian rights, one at a time. Let´s consider that there should be time for Knesset members or regional authorities to develop security measures that ensure that there are not risks of this kind, so that the even the most frightened people (but who are less rigid) can feel good with that.

I had thought of proposing similar strategies for the release of prisoners (always with orchestrated international campaigns), for villages who are victims of the settlers etc.

But I see Mahmoud´s call as the most appropriate way to start, because who can be against that basic human right?  It can be very subversive.

Look: my professional background is in organizational design, culture and change. So I´d be very happy in applying my activism in helping organize such a movement. 

The first step for that would be a steering committee, which I suggest the three of us to start with. My role would be in spreading this to our Jewish-Arab network in Latin America (we´ve started in 5 countries on December), in order to provide an initial foreign support within Jewish and Arab communities and friends of both, and with positive look on the part of our diplomacies.

I personally would love to work shoulder-on-shoulder with an Israeli and a Palestinian. That´s been my dream.


Comment by Irit Hakim-Keller on January 13, 2013 at 12:01pm

Thanks for the post, Mahmud. 

Freedom of movement is definitely one of the important aspect in life. Speaking of the occupied territories, it is unavailable to Palestinians and even to Israelis in some areas - not to settlers though :(:(:( who can go to and from anywhere...

On Saturday  (yesterday)I have been learning of a phenomena alike IN Israel - the Bedouin in the Negev (desert) , who are citizens, are not allowed to live on the west side of a certain highway (no. 40)  - no checkpoints and soldiers etc. but a unjust law and a violation of human rights. I am still furious!!!

Comment by Sergio Storch on January 13, 2013 at 3:28am

Congratulations, Mahmoud! How do you say it: Mabruk?

Try watching the Brazilian documentary "Football and barriers", filmed in Israel and Palestine. And I will send this link to the Brazilian ambassador in Ramallah, who is a friend of ours. 

Be aware that there is a newly founded movement of Jews and Arabs in 5 Latin American countries who are committed to support you Israelis and Palestinians for a just peace. Let´s keep in touch.

Comment by Eyal Raviv on December 18, 2009 at 6:57am
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Comment by Rivka on June 12, 2009 at 5:45pm
My cousin and palestinian friend recall being able to back and forth. Although the situation was very far from perfect before the 2nd Intifada, it was infitely preferable to the current one. Apart from the huge difficulties and distress caused by the restrictions, which make going from Jenin to Ramallah an epic journey, I think Israelis have so much to learn from Palestinians and vica verca.
Comment by Rivka on June 12, 2009 at 5:13pm
I think restriction of movement is one of the psychologically cruellest aspects of the occupation.
Comment by Mahmoud Abu-Laban on June 7, 2009 at 10:12pm

We have to work hard and activity without any fatigue or tiredness.
Order to draw smiles and joy on the faces of people, especially young children.

There is nothing impossible in life.

Everything is subject to change and improvement and development.

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