Declaration of Amsterdam

June 14, 2004

The full text of the founding document of EJJP is as follows:

We, representatives of fifteen Jewish peace organisations from eight European countries, gathered together at the conference “Don’t say you didn’t know” in Amsterdam on the 19 and 20th of September 2002, call upon:
A) the Israeli government to change its current policy and implement the proposals in the following declaration and
B) all other governments, the United Nations and the European Union to put pressure on the Israeli government to implement the proposals in the following declaration:

We believe that the only way out of the current impasse is through an agreement based on the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state and the guarantee of a safe and secure Israel and Palestine. This requires:

1. an immediate end of the occupation of the occupied territories: West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem with recognition of the 4th June 1967 borders;
2. complete withdrawal of all Jewish settlements in all the occupied territories;
3. the recognition of the right of both states to have Jerusalem as their capital;
4. the recognition by Israel of its part in the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem. Israel should recognise in principle the Palestinian right to return as a human right. The practical solution to the problem will come about by agreement between parties based on a just, fair and practical considerations. It will include compensation, the return to the territory of the State of Palestine or of Israel, without endangering Israel’s existence. We call upon the international community, especially Europe, for political and financial support.

European Jews for a Just Peace:
An Other Jewish Voice (The Netherlands)
Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique –UPJB (Belgium)
Friends of the Israeli Palestinian Coalition for Peace (United Kingdom)
Jewish Socialists’ Group (United Kingdom)
JustPeace UK (United Kingdom)
Jews for Justice for Palestinians (United Kingdom)
Rabbis for Human Rights UK (United Kingdom)
Jüdische Stimme fur einen gerechten Frieden zwischen Israël und Palastina (Switzerland)
Jewish Manifesto (Sweden)
Jews for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (Sweden)
New Outlook (Denmark)
Union Juive Francaise pour la paix – UJFP (France)
Union Juive Francaise pour la paix – UJFP Lille (France)
Le Cercle Français de Juive Diasporque de Gauche cerle gaston cremieux (France)
Network of Jews Against Occupation, Rome (Italy)