A drafting committee composed
of several Israelis, several Palestinians, and several women from abroad composed a Final Declaration that drew heavily from
the workshop discussions at the conference.
In light of criticism of some
of the text, the Israeli Organizing Committee agreed to post the Declaration on the international website and to use it as
a springboard for discussion of some of these controversial issues.
We, Palestinian, Israeli, and international women, gathered
this week in Jerusalem for the "Women in Black 13th International Conference":
Affirm our commitment to work together
as a worldwide network of women dedicated to freedom, equality, justice, peace, women's rights, and a world free of violence. Agree to meet again to continue our struggle and reaffirm our commitment to the work
and goals of our network, in the next Women in Black International Conference to be held in the Spanish state.
Insist on the participation of
women as full partners in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, and in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements
according to UN Resolution 1325. The active and equal participation of women of diverse backgrounds in decision making is
crucial to ensure that issues related to women's economic, social, national, ethnic and cultural rights, freedom of choices
and security are raised and effectively addressed.
Demand social and economic justice
and condemn the exploitative system and structure of multinational corporations' globalization that drive into poverty millions
of people all over the world, and that thrive at the cost of social justice and human development.
Work for a world where difference
does not mean inequality, oppression or exclusion, as we struggle against all causes of oppression and discrimination based
on gender, race, sexual preference, age, national and ethnic identity, and religion.
Challenge the militaristic policies
of our governments, call for disarmament, and condemn the interference of the US and its allies in the political affairs of
other sovereign nations.
Commit ourselves to promote education
and a language of truth and hope that reflect our right to justice, to remedy and to reparation, which are the basis for the
creation of a world based on the values of equality, justice, cooperation, and solidarity.
Condemn feminicide and all forms
of violence – sexual, physical or psychological – to which women are subject in areas of conflict, in militarized
zones, and in their daily lives.
Demand an immediate end to the
war and United States occupation of Iraq, and stand in solidarity with Iraqi women in their struggle for their legal and human
Call for a just and sustainable
peace between Israel and Palestine based on international law and human rights, to be achieved by
§ An end to the Israeli occupation;
§ Immediate cessation of all actions against civilians, assassinations, closures,
house demolitions, land confiscation, settlement building, construction of the Apartheid Wall, water deprivation, denial of
access to schools, hospitals and places of work and worship;
§ The immediate release of all political prisoners;
§ Dismantlement of all Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories
occupied in 1967;
§ Immediate final status negotiations leading to a viable sovereign Palestinian
state alongside Israel on the June 4th, 1967 borders. Peace and a resolution of the conflict will not be achieved by unilateral
actions such as disengagement.
§ The recognition of Jerusalem as two capitals for two states, and the immediate
ending of all unilateral actions leading to the ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem.
§ Israel's recognition of responsibility for the plight of Palestinian refugees
as a pre-requisite to finding a just and lasting resolution of the refugee question in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions
§ Recognition of the national and civil rights of the Palestinian minority
Though not the same yardstick can be used for occupied and
occupiers, we recognize the lack of security, fear, and emotional anxiety experienced by Palestinian and Israelis affected
by the ongoing conflict and violence, and by being civilian victims to the conflict itself.
We believe that international community intervention is critically needed to make sure Israel is held accountable for
its actions in the occupied territories and to build a just peace between Israel and Palestine. We support the call upon the
international community to impose non-violent and effective measures such as divestment and sanctions on Israel, for as long
as Israel continues to violate international law, and continues the occupation and the oppression of the Palestinian people.
WE CALL ON ALL WOMEN AND MEN IN THE WORLD TO JOIN US IN OUR
QUEST TO PRESERVE LIFE, HUMAN DIGNITY AND FREEDOM IN THE WORLD, MAKING OUR VISION OF FREEDOM, PEACE, AND JUSTICE A REALITY.