- Published on Monday, 30 April 2012 09:09
On Saturday, a collection of youth activists and local residents from Jenin released hundreds of balloons carrying the text of the Arab Peace initiative over the borders of the 1967 line.
The organizers of the campaign, One Voice Palestine, created the campaign which was attended by Jenin Deputy Governor Ahmad al-Qassam, Minister of Prisoner Affairs Ashraf al-Ajrami, Fatah spokesman Mahmoud Labadi, and other municipal officials alongside hundreds of people donning flags of the countries which support the peace initiative, created the campaign to bring attention of the Arab peace initiative to the Israeli public.
According to the One Voice Palestine blog, executive director of OneVoice , Samer Makhlouf said, "We're urging the Israeli public to demand from their government a real response to the Arab Peace Initiative... The document has never been withdrawn or rejected by any Arab state, but despite its apparent resilience, we cannot expect it stay on the table forever."
The One Voice Campaign is part of an initiative to re-ignite the two state solution by demanding that Israel move back to the 1967 borders and cease settlement expansion plans based on the Arab Peace Initiative. The peace initiative was first proposed in 2002 at the Beirut Summit of the Arab League and was an attempt to end the Arab Israeli conflict by normalizing relations between the Arab region and Israel, in exchange for Israel withdrawing from Palestine and East Jerusalem and allowing Palestinian refugees their right of return to their homeland as part of UN Resolution 194. The initiative has laid dormant almost before it was launched, although several attempts have been made to re-ignite it, including a promise by US Obama's administration that they would adopt it as a strategy to initiate peace in the middle east.