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In Petition , Jerusalem July 4th 2001
The Unanimous Declaration of the Palestinian People
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people
to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,
and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal
station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a
decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should
declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That
whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is
the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its
powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their
Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should
not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all
experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while
evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms
to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it
is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to
provide new Guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of the Palestinian People ; and
such is now the necessity which constrains them to demand to alter their
former Systems of Government.
The history of the present State of Israel is a history of repeated
injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment
of an absolute Tyranny over our Palestinian People and the Occupied
To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
Israel has refused her Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary
for the public good.
Israel has forbidden her Officials to pass Laws of immediate and
pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till her Assent
should be obtained, and when so suspended, she has utterly neglected to
attend to them.
Israel has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large
illegally occupied districts of people, unless those people would
relinquish the right of Representation in a Legislature, a right
inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
Israel has refused Representation for the Palestinian People thus
invading on the natural rights of the people to have equal
Israel has endeavoured to prevent the population of Palestine; for that
purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing
to pass others except Jews to encourage their migrations hither, and
raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
Israel has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing her
Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers for the Palestinian
Israel made Judges dependent on her Will alone,for the tenure of their
offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. They produce
Justice only for the Israelis and not for the Palestinians of the
Israel has made the Judiicary the servant of the Jewish state alone and
prevented the extention of the gaze of equality in the eyes of Israeli
law from reaching the Palestinian People. For the People of the Occupied
Territorities the law is blind.
Israel has erected a multitude of New Illegal Settlements, and sent
hither swarms of settlers to harass our people, and eat out their
Israel has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies, without
Israel has affected to render the Military independent of and superior
to the Civil power.
Israel has subjected us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution
and unacknowledged by our laws; giving her Assent to Acts of pretended
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders
which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these Occupied
For cutting off our Peoples and our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us away from our territories for pretended offences:
For abolishing our freedoms and establishing therein an Arbitrary
government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an
example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into
these Occupied Territories:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and
altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested
with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
Israel has abdicated Government here by declaring us out of her
Protection and waging War against us.
Israel has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and
destroyed the lives of our people.
Israel is at this time transporting large Weapons of foreign Powers to
complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with
circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most
barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Government of a civilized
Israel has constrained our fellow Citizens through unequal
representation,unfair laws and legal treatment,closed borders,
curfews,collective punishments,unjust deportations, bulldozing of homes
and orchards, and indiscriminate shelling and sniping all of which have
caused the great suffering and the death of many of the People of these
Israel has imposed an apartheid system of governance on these Occupied
Territories that is repugnant to the dignity of man and to the spirit of
a fair and just State.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in
the most humble terms. Our repeated Petitions to the UN have been
answered only by repeated injury. Israel, a State, whose character is
thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the
ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Israeli brethren.
We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature
to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.
We have reminded them of the circumstances of their emigration and
We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have
conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these
usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and
They have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We
must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our
Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in
War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Palestinian People, appealing to the Supreme Judge of
the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by
the authority of the good People of these Occupied Territories, solemnly
publish and declare:
That these Occupied Territories of Palestine are, and of Right ought to
be Free and Independent States;
That they should therefore be Absolved from all Allegiance to the
And that all political connection between them and the State of Israel
is and ought to be totally dissolved;
And that as Free and Independent Territories and People, they have full
Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish
and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of
right do but of which they are presently prevented from doing by the
State of Israel,
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the
protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.