Boycotting the OneVoice Summit?

Oct 03, 2007 Published under Middle East, OneVoice Movement, PeaceWorks Foundation

OneVoice Palestine has recently been attacked by a new campaign by disgruntled people (apparently funded out of Lebanon) who believe the OneVoice Summit should be boycotted.

Some of our staff and friends got emails urging them to boycott the efforts of OneVoice Palestine – they all came from someone in Lebanon who claimed that our mobilization of moderate voices to call for an end to the conflict across both sides is an effort at normalization rather than at ending the occupation.

A couple weeks ago, on the other side, we also heard boycott calls from an extremist Jewish American group that plans to protest our Washington DC event and claimed OneVoice Israel was a tool of appeasement betraying Jewish values. 

This is not the first and will not be the last time that violent extremists and radical absolutists from either side will try to undermine the OneVoice Movement.

Indeed, the more we grow and threaten these extremist visions, the more they will try to undermine our call to empower mainstream nationalists on both sides to break the shackles that violent extremists have placed on our world for too long.

But OneVoice is built and engineered not just to withstand that, but to use those attacks to expose radical extremists, absolutists and fatalists who claim they are "for peace" but who realistically prefer eternal warfare to compromise.  Let’s call the bluff on anyone who says they are "for peace" but don’t want to accept the other side has a right.  Let them be honest and at least say, "we are not for peace, we want it all, or war."

There are only two options: a) Two States for Two People, or b) Continued Conflict.

People need to make a choice. 

Are they going to stand up and be counted and help us build the critical mass to unleash the power of moderation – or are they going to be silenced by violent extremism?

As OneVoice continues growing, it will be the subject of more criticism from those very violent extremists we seek to neutralize and isolate.  They will isolate themselves by opposing a popular movement that aims to build dignity, respect, humanity, and a two state solution for both peoples. 

In the process, they will also highlight the OneVoice message.

Any Palestinian that wants to end the occupation and achieve independence, and any Israeli that wants to end terror and achieve security, must ultimately understand the only way to do so is through an agreement among both peoples to end the conflict.

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  1. Christine said:

    The International Solidarity Movement is calling for a boycott as well.

  2. The Bad Guys Uncovered… | Daniel Lubetzky said:

    [...] Per my prior blog post, I could have placed my bet on who is behind the "boycott" of the OneVoice Summit… [...]

  3. Daniel Lubetzky said:

    I could have placed my bet on who is behind the “boycott” of the OneVoice Summit…

    …No one other than the “International Solidarity Movement.”

    This is a fringe movement of extremists that do not support the two-state-solution, of any kind. It is not an issue of 67 borders, or Jerusalem, or refugee rights. Don’t let them hide behind any of that – because all of those issues have answers the vast majority of Israelis and Palestinians support, embodied in the Clinton Parameters – and also in the Taba talks that Arafat himself fully endorsed.

    If any one doubts that the ISM and all those opposing the OneVoice Summit are just ultimately the very extremists we seek to expose, just confront them and ask them. You will get evasive politicized answers that only will confirm these people are the “false messiahs” that promise absolute solutions to the Palestinians, only to manipulate them and deliver nothing to them.

    The “International Solidarity Movement” has been exposed and defeated at numerous college campus events. Before, they could hide under the mantle of Palestinian nationalism, out of the comfort of their homes in Virginia.

    But when OneVoice Youth Leaders from Palestine, from Gaza to Jenin, who are living with the consequences tell the public that they want a two-state-solution, they help unmask intransigent groups that rather eternal warfare than a historic compromise.

    The problem does not exist among Palestinian extremist circles alone, who covet “all of Palestine” and will not accept the existence of a Jewish State by their side. There are parallel Jewish groups that want a “Greater Israel” and will not recognize a Palestinian State by their side.

    They too get unmasked by mainstream Israelis that are just fed up with absolutists messing their lives for far too long.

    They will try to hide behind diatribe and formulations, but the bottomline question you must ask them to expose them is, do you recognize the right of both the Israeli and Palestinian people to live in freedom, dignity, and with security – for two states to co-exist side by side?

    Anyone that does not accept this formulation is either uninformed or hiding their absolutism.

    One-State-Solution may be beautifully-intentioned but both the Israelis and the Palestinians want a separate State of their own. Eventually after peace comes you could hope for a confederacy agreement between proud independent states, but the fact is that the ONLY solution out there is the Two-State-Solution embodied in the Clinton Parameters – and the OneVoice Pillars available at http://www.OneVoiceMovement/negotiate.

    There are just no other answers out there and it is time that we come to terms with that and not allow violent extremists to derail the hopes and dreams of millions for an end to the conflict.

  4. Doremus Jessup said:

    I found Daniel Lubetzky’s slanderous rant against the International Solidarity Movement using a Google Alert I have set up. I was frankly shocked to discover his is the main sponsor and CEO responsible for the OneVoice movement.

    How could anyone seriously start a “peace movement” and not take the time to actually read the website and statements of the organization he obviously so despises?

    His tirade reads like much of the internet slander against the International Solidarity Movement in general and Rachel Corrie in particular.

    What this tells me is OneVoice is not a serious “peace” organization. I don’t know what the motivation is–perhaps to counter the testimonies of international eyewitnesses to human rights abuses that travel on ISM teams and write about their experiences.

    I have volunteered with ISM and I believe Mr. Lubetsky owes myself and the rest of ISM (a Palestine-based organization) an apology.

    One the other hand I am grateful Mr. Lubetsky was so forthright about his bigotry. Hopefully people of good will who actually support peace will shun him and his faux peaceworks.

  5. Mona said:

    well, I think we must boycott this summit specially that it’s calling for negative peace.
    don’t fool people , and please don’t hold hidden agenda it’s obvious

  6. Rob Yale said:

    Mr Lubetsky catches ISM in a despicable lie, and now ISM supporters accuse him of slander and bigotry! And even more curiously, accuse him of “[not reading] the website and statements of the organization he obviously so despises”.

    The thrust of ISMs lie, was to warn potential concert-goers that OneVoice required them to sign on to the mysterious “ten pillars” – something that OneVoice used in some articles in the past. Anyone who wishes to, can still visit the website for the concert, and see for themselves what OneVoice was asking of attendees. They asked attendees to join OneVoice, and to agree to OneVoice’s mandate – with no mention anywhere of “ten pillars”. Here is their mandate:


    To our leaders, our fellow citizens, our neighbors, and the world -

    We demand in one voice that our elected representatives work to achieve the following demands:

    * Recognize the right of both peoples to independence, sovereignty, freedom, justice, dignity, respect, national security, personal safety, and economic viability;
    * Implement concrete confidence-building measures that will improve the lives of the Palestinian and Israeli people, including ensuring freedom of movement for ordinary civilians and fostering education against incitement on both sides.
    * Immediately commence uninterrupted negotiations until reaching an agreement, no later than October 18, 2008, for a Two-State Solution, fulfilling the consistent will of the overwhelming majority of both populations.

    With responsibility and upon my honor, I pledge to accept the above guidelines, and will submit my vote.

    Why would anyone truly supporting peace in the region have any problem with that?

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