“The One Democratic State Group is committed to the struggle for Palestinian rights. These rights will never be realized outside the framework of a unitary state with equality for all its citizens. For too long this aim has been a vision. It is time to make it happen, and the ODSG is at the forefront of that effort. They deserve our full support.”~ Ghada Karmi
In this time of despair and ever-growing violence that threatens to destroy the Palestinian people, it is most refreshing to hear about a humanist and genuine initiative to find a just solution for the Palestine question. It is most amazing that it grew on the killing fields of Gaza, which bore the brunt of the Israeli criminal policies. It carries with it a hope that despite the various Nakbas the Palestinian people have gone through, there is still a valid possibility for Jews and Palestinians to share the land on the basis of equal and human rights. This is the only way forward and it is in particular the people of Gaza who can show us the way forward.~ Ilan Pappe
“At a moment when ever more people are recognizing the futility at again attempting to partition Palestine/Israel, and the failure of the ‘two-state solution,’ there is an urgent need for a new vision to bring about decolonization, equality and justice. The One Democratic State Group is at the forefront of thinking, advocacy and action to bring about such a new vision from within Palestine. Their important and courageous work inspires real hope and deserves all our support.”~ Ali Abunimah
The ODSG, One Democratic State Group, is a Palestinian non-violent popular resistance group based in Gaza. We are Palestinian activists, from various backgrounds, who have come together to further peace with justice in the Middle East. We believe that the One State Solution is the only viable option that guarantees comprehensive peace in the Middle East. We believe that justice and peace can be achieved in the context of a single Democratic State that would include and benefit equally all current residents of historic Palestine–after the return of Palestinian refugees–irrespective of race, ethnicity or religion. We pledge to work actively towards this end.
We are also active in the Palestine-initiated campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. These measures, similar to those applied to South Africa during the apartheid era, are necessary to bring an end to Israel’s genocidal policies towards Palestinians both within Israel and throughout the Occupied Territories. We believe that these non-violent measures should be maintained until Apartheid Israel recognizes the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and the establishment of a democratic state on Mandatory Palestine; a state for all of its citizens.
As we are not an NGO, all our funding comes from our own pockets. As our movement is now rapidly growing it is becoming more difficult to financially sustain our projects and hire greatly needed staff. Due to lack of funds we have been forced to freeze some of our projects.
Our current projects include the following:
1. Organizing for the Gaza Freedom March (31 December 2009). We are represented on the March Steering Committee.
2. Collecting video testimonies of refugees who survived the 1948 Nakba for an oral history project that will be posted at Palestine Remembered.
3. Working on the “Right to Read” Campaign in partnership with the Free Gaza Movement. Challenging the siege by shipping books by sea for Gaza university students.
4. Producing a documentary, Forbidden Dreams, and copying thousands of a Palestinian-South African CD, Amandla Intifada.
5. The promotion of the one state solution and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli Apartheid by:
o Networking to strengthen connections among people and groups in Gaza and with solidarity activists around the world.
o Running BDS workshops across the Gaza Strip.
o Organizing video conferences with activists, intellectuals and students based in the Arab World, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and the US.
o Conducting media advocacy and writing articles in Arabic and English.
In order to keep ODSG productively running, we are in need of your generous support and donations. We invite you to visit our website and join us in our work to in an act of people to people solidarity, and anti-apartheid activism for peace with justice.
You can make a donation via paypal through our website. If you are in the United States and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, contact us here.
Through your help we will be able to make our vision a reality and thereby ensure that our children and grandchildren may live together in more just and equal world.
The One Democratic State Group