June, 2002

Urgent Appeal to Stop Suicide Bombings

We the undersigned feel that it is our national responsibility to issue this appeal in light of the dangerous situation engulfing the Palestinian people. We call upon the parties behind military operations targeting civilians in Israel to reconsider their policies and stop driving our young men to carry out these operations. Suicide bombings deepen the hatred and widen the gap between the Palestinian and Israeli people. Also, they destroy the possibilities of peaceful co-existence between them in two neighboring states.

We see that these bombings do not contribute towards achieving our national project that calls for freedom and independence. On the contrary, they strengthen the enemies of peace on the Israeli side and give Israel's aggressive government under Sharon the excuse to continue its harsh war against our people. This war targets our children, elderly, villages, cities, and our national hopes and achievements.

Military action is viewed are not assessed as positive or negative exclusively out of the general context and situation. They are assessed based on whether they fulfill political ends. Therefore, there is a need to re-evaluate these acts considering that pushing the area towards an existential war between the two people living on the holy land will lead to destruction for the whole region. We do not find any logical, humane, or political justification for this end result.

Signatories: Below are some of the Palestinian intellectuals and public figures who have signed the petition:

Dr. Sari Nuseiba Dr. Hanan Ashrawi Saleh Ra'fat Salah Zuheika Mamdouh Nofal Hanna Sineora Dr. Mohammad Ishtiya Ibrahim Kandalaft Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj Dr. Moussa El-Budeiri Huda El-Imam Dr. Marwan Abu El-Zuluf Saman Khoury Dr. Said Zidani Dr. Omayya Khammash Dr. Jad Is'haq Dr. Manuel Hassasian Salah Abdel Shafi Shaher Sa'ad Dr. Mohammad Dajani Imad Awad Fadel Tahboub Majed Kaswani Taysir El-Zibri Dr. Ahmad Majdalani Dr. Taleb Awad Khader Sh'kirat Zahi Khouri Majed Abu Qubo' Ehab Boulous Dr. Isam Nassar Dr. Salim Tamari Dr. Suad El-Ameri Dr. Adam Abu Sh'rar Dr. Riema Hamami Subhi El-Z'beidi Dr. Munther El-Dajani Osama Daher Simone Cupa Jeana Abu El-Zuluf Yousef Daher Jamal Zaqout Dr. Saleh Abdel Jawwad Dr. Nathmi El-Ju'ba Dr. Jamil Hilal Dr. Arafat El-Hadmi Dr. Leila Faydi Dr. Zakaria El-Qaq Amna Badran Dr. Ali Q'leibo Marwan Tarazi Dr. Raja'I El-Dajani Issa Q'seisiya Hani El-Masri Dr. Jumana Odeh Lucy Nuseiba Abdel Qader El-Husseini Zahra El-Khaldi