Activists Gather in Beit Ommar to Discuss One State Solution

20 June 2011

On the evening of Thursday, June 16, about 35 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists met in Beit Ommar in order to discuss the formation of one, democratic, secular state in Israel and Palestine. They began by mentioning how the secular, democratic state is different from the bi-national state, because all individuals within it are equal before the law, regardless of their nationality, religion or gender. They also conversed about the importance of taking practical steps to envision what one state would look like. A committee of seven was formed to draft a vision statement for the goals of the larger group. They will gather to write this statement over the next few weeks. The entire group will meet again on July 10. Together, they will discuss the committee’s vision statement and what the next steps will be to attain their expressed goals.