Jewish People’s Liberation Organization: A Non-Zionist Declaration
1. We, the Jewish People, are a wandering Nation who have been seeking a secure right to live in those lands where we reside. It has been written that the Jewish nation is the most oppressed in Europe, and judging from the persistence of anti-Jewish prejudice, one has to acknowledge the distinctly historic proportion of that oppression. Never have we been permitted a continuous homeland for more than a few hundred years before another expulsion takes place. Now it seems that the possibility of complete extermination is not out of the question, judging by the degree to which the recent Nazi Holocaust was permitted to proceed. The consequences of such a reactionary demonstration of power have not been concluded, since fascism continues to function, and the response of a permanent revolutionary wave throughout the world has yet to reach its full proportions.
2. At the present time, confusion is spread by those seeking only to establish a power-base for themselves and so will attack Jewish people while posing as either anti-Zionists, German nationalists, Christian zealots, or more recently, as "White" Power advocates. The manipulations of the newer-Nazis and even former Nazis are by no means irrelevant as Western Nation-States have repeatedly demonstrated how much suffering they are willing to have the Jewish people endure in continuation of the various crusades launched against us and the Arab and African Muslim nations.
3. Although the Arab nation has largely been absent from the persecutions of the European Christian Nation-States, the Zionist settler-colonial organizations
and parties have moved into Palestine based on the disadvantaged position of the resident population. Zionism built itself upon the Western need to make its amends when at the same time the West rejected the Jewish post-war refugees, who could not tolerate racism in Europe any longer or Stalinism in the Soviet Union. The Zionist parties accepted the Christian States' exclusion of the Jewish people from its very inception in exchange for their support. The realization of Zionism is the fulfillment of the Protestant "restorationist" programme which preceded it. The successes of Zionism have merely been accomplished through its assimilation to the Western Christian-Statist notions of religious militarism with its Crusader orientation towards the "Middle East". The Jewish Zionists adopt the Christian image of ancient Israelites, while the actual Israelites actually had more in common with their Semitic brothers and sisters, including their common Aramaic language, rather than Hebrew. Israel resembles the 52nd state of the U.S.A. more than the Kingdom of David and Solomon (who was also of Hittite parentage). The Jewish people need to liberate themselves from the Christian Nation-State and the ideology of Zionism which is only the colonized mentality of assimilation into the dogma of Protestantism, that sees the only place for Jewish people being in Israel.
4. The Zionists and the Arabic peoples are in a state of no war / no peace which the Israeli governments seek to perpetuate in order to suppress and maintain the Palestinians in exile. Only the balance of forces has resulted in certain limited and partial concessions towards the independence of the Palestinian People. While such concessions are welcome, these represent only the beginning of the reconciliation (SaaLaHa) process. It is obvious that the resistance of the Palestinian youth in the Intifada since 1987, the diplomatic initiatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the internal Israeli opposition of the Peace Now - Gush Shalom movement has brought about the agreements for which the Israeli and U.S. governments take credit.
5. However the Palestinians and the Jewish people are tied together by bonds stronger than war, more amiable than the antiquity, and more than each People realizes. It is not a semantic coincidence that anti-Semitism means both the Jewish and the Arabic peoples are feared and hated in the Occidental political culture. The bonds that unite Jewish and Arab people in practice extend to the degree that the Palestinian struggle should necessarily stand for the liberation of the Jewish people as well from anti-Semitism and from Zionism; and the Jewish struggle for liberation needs to also include the liberation of the Palestinians, each in reciprocity to the other. It is evident that a common struggle against resurgent fascism is a vital necessity.
6. It is necessary to break out of the impasse constructed by the Zionists who believed that Zionism presented the only recourse for Jewish refugees, and now presents the only recourse for future security, as if the Israeli State is to be worshipped as a deity. The Jewish People must be liberated from Zionist ideology by the actual fulfillment of our civil and collective rights in pluralist society, by national-cultural autonomy and possibly even territorialism. Territorial claims of course must only be considered valid if they respect such claims in general. One takes into consideration that the achievement of national auto-determination by the pursuit of independence is, of course, the right of every national entity, if only accomplished by means of the reciprocal principle, respecting mutual interests and rights.
7. Although both the WWII Allies and the Zionist movement presented Palestine as the only avenue to leave Europe for Jewish people in 1947, the reluctance of many Jewish Holocaust Survivors living in the Displaced Persons districts to become Zionist colonialists enforced their emigration to North America. More recently the Zionist enterprise has not even been considered a desirable situation by Israelis themselves, who have emigrated en masse. The Jewish people in the Federation of Russia do not have even a choice in the matter because of the U.S.A. / Canada quota system, in much the same way as they were excluded before and during World War II, with the collaboration of the Zionist organization.
8. It is in the interests of the Palestinian people's struggle to support the Jewish struggle against
racism so that there will no longer be the apparent need for the only alternative currently presented to aid the Jewish people. The great loss of the Jewish revolutionary socialists (Bundists) to Nazism and to Stalinism has removed the most viable alternative to Zionism. There is an intertwining of the two struggles so that a solution to Palestinian-Arab oppression is circumscribed unless there is an end to Jewish oppression in general;
whether or not this conclusion is welcomed by any Palestinian party. To begin with, one cannot ignore, and so accept the existence of fascists and even Nazis presenting themselves as anti-Zionists. It should be obvious as a counter-revolutionary act, and that it serves to hinder the development of a Jewish alternative to Zionist hegemony. The same is true in return; whether or not Jewish people accept that peace will only be achieved with the emancipation of the Palestinians -- all else is conjunctural to both Peoples. The ties that bind our two peoples are a consequence of the recent European purging of the Jewish population even though the Arab peoples had no responsibility in the Holocaust. The pertinence of the nature of Jewish existence to Arab concerns should rather be based upon the necessary world perspective with which to achieve their own national emancipation. This is a strategic consideration which identifies racism and fascism as common concerns. Arab nationalities in Occidental countries know very well what these concerns are.
9. We shall not be enslaved, made homeless, nor killed when it is so dictated by the whims of ideology, and so we are hated whether we be Jewish or Palestinian. Why then should either of us consider the Occidental World to be our ally, and the other to be an enemy. We are of the same status, origins and oppression, and so if we cannot co-exist in peace then no-one, it seems, will be able to, because of the powers which strive for political hegemony and oligapolistic economic dictatorship.
~~ JPLO Basic Principles ~~
1) We call for a complete immediate withdrawal of all the Israeli military and intelligence
services from the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel during the 1967 war, in accordance
with U.N. resolutions. Withdrawal from both the occupied Lebanese and Syrian territories is
also a necessary precondition for peaceful relations among the societies of the eastern
2) We call for the creation of a fully independent Palestinian Country; a Civil Society with all
the powers of a State, in accordance with U.N. resolutions, throughout the territories, with full
U.N. membership rights, including east Jerusalem and serving as a democratic and pluralist
territory for all people of Palestinian origin, serving to reunite families continuing to live in
refugee camps throughout the eastern Mediterranean region. Such provisions should not be
interpreted as possibly restricting the individual civil and collective rights of the Palestinians
living in the Israeli administration, comprising 19% of that citizenry. Full voting rights for all
Palestinians to the Palestine National Council are necessary for those who were forced to flee
Palestine during the 1948 and 1967 wars, or during the years of Israeli occupation, as well as for
holders of Israeli citizenship. Likewise Jewish residents who live in Palestinian-controlled lands
in peace are assured their individual civil and collective rights.
3) These interim provisions of the peace process should lead to the formation of a pluralist and
bi-national Civil Society in the land of Palestine, with a united Jerusalem based upon the
dissolution of the State of Israel. The return of Palestinians to their historic origins shall be a
right according to the civil constitution formed by a Constitutional Assembly of all nations
inhabiting Palestine. Such a Constitutional Assembly would receive representation by all
nationalities to formulate a federation of autonomous national-cultural communities who govern
only themselves and not the others. All rights will exist in reciprocity respecting land rights,
water rights, subterranean resources, air passage, immigration, water routes, environmental
controls, militarization, federated affiliations, alliances, international representation, etc. It
should be noted that citizenship rights are governed by each autonomous nation while respecting
the United Nations codes of human rights. Personal religious affiliation becomes a personal
choice within each nationality itself. Recuperation or compensation for familial properties of pre-1948 Palestine shall be established by treaty.
4) We insist upon the establishment of a nuclear free zone throughout the region so that no
country possesses or prepares nuclear, biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction.
Transport of materiel used in the production of such devices shall be forbidden by all countries.
5) We furthermore call for an end to economic and political sanctions against Iraq, Iran and the
Libyan Jamaihiriya; except for military arms sales restrictions that are equally applied to all other
key countries in the region.
6) There must be an end to the misguided policy known as "dual-containment", designed to
continue Western/US-led policies of "divide and rule" which encourage the development of
competing blocks along with continuing regional arms escalation.
7) We recognize Pan-Arabism as the functional basis of the Arab autonomous societies, thus
rejecting private and external economic enterprises' interventions on the economic and political
plane. The Palestinian Arab People and Palestine form an integral unit in the Pan-Arab Nation.
The world context situates the Arab Nation not only among the Third World's peoples but also
amongst the nationalities that exist within the industrially developed countries as well.
8) The JPLO seeks to liberate the individual civil and collective rights of Jewish People in the
context of the various societies where we reside. Our collective rights include provisions for
national-cultural autonomy in particular and auto-determination in general. It must be
recognized that anti-Jewish anti-Semitism cannot be tolerated and refugee rights must be
respected irrespective of the presence of the Zionist State.
9) Full voting and political rights must be accorded to all Jewish nationals throughout the world
in their representation to the Jewish Congress of their society, as well as the World Jewish
Congress, irrespective of any possible Zionist or religious affiliation.
10) Recognizing the tendency of privately-owned competitive economies to corrupt various
State structures in the interests of fascism and in opposition to Civil Society, and acknowledging
the tendency for the revolutionary process to degenerate into Statism; the JPLO seeks to further
the development of the historic dynamic of Socialist Permanent Revolution.