Mid East: One Million Demand Two-state Solution

Dennis Ross, Saeb Erekat, Muhammad Ali, Dov Lautman, Klaus Schwab Among

Global Leaders Supporting Grassroots OneVoice Movement

Landmark Public Summits in Jericho + Tel Aviv 10.18.07 Message to Abbas and

Olmert: Moderate Majority Silent No Longer


Aug 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from OneVoice Movement

    JERICHO and TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
 Frustrated with ongoing instability in the region, the recent crisis in
 Gaza and lack of progress, the OneVoice Movement today announced that
 nearly 500,000 Palestinian and Israeli citizens have united to demand
 immediate, ongoing, uninterrupted negotiations until a comprehensive
 two-state agreement is achieved. OneVoice has committed to recruit one
 million signatories to join the movement by October.
     On October 18, 2007, Israeli and Palestinian citizens - together with
 international supporters - will mobilize to call for a two-state solution
 and an end to the terror. OneVoice, a non-partisan mainstream nationalist
 movement working in Israel and Palestine for an end to the conflict, will
 organize separate, simultaneous public summits in Tel Aviv, Jericho and
 Jerusalem, with international "Echo" events in London, Washington D.C. and
 Ottawa. The summits will be broadcast via satellite for the world to
 witness the international solidarity towards ending the conflict. Hundreds
 of thousands are expected to participate and add their signatures to the
 OneVoice mandate for a two-state solution.
     "The people need to start leading the way, to create the conditions
 necessary for their elected representatives to fulfill the will of the
 moderate majority," said Daniel Lubetzky, Founder of the OneVoice Movement.
 "Excuses and disclaimers won't get us anywhere. Each of us needs to ask,
 what can I do to help end the conflict? What am I willing to do to ensure
 negotiations do not stop until the Heads of State achieve an agreement that
 can be presented to the people?"
     Bringing together international co-producers Michael Lang (Woodstock
 Productions) and Chris Wangro (Zaragunda Inc.) with the top Israeli and
 Palestinian production teams, programs for the One Million Voices to End
 the Conflict public summits will include live statements from foremost
 dignitaries and religious leaders, a variety of international and regional
 musical talent, messages from celebrities and luminaries, a performance by
 David Copperfield and raw commitments from OneVoice activists on the
 ground. The events will create an unprecedented shared reality, in which
 the Israeli, Palestinian and international communities are linked by their
 commitment to end the conflict.
     In 2004, as a result of ground-breaking citizen negotiations, OneVoice
 revealed that 76 percent of both Palestinians and Israelis support a
 two-state solution. By late 2005, over 150,000 Palestinian and Israeli
 citizen negotiators had achieved consensus on Ten Pillars for Conflict
 Resolution. However, to date moderates on both sides have kept silent,
 allowing a small minority of violent extremists to hijack the will of the
 people and capture the world's attention.
     "The most difficult thing in this region is to be a person of peace and
 moderation, especially at times when people are being killed," said Saeb
 Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator. "Sanity, wisdom and courage tend to
 disappear when violence is prevalent. Peacemaking is not just about
 negotiating an agreement - it's about having the people demand peace.
 OneVoice's initiatives on October 18th are a major step towards making that
     "OneVoice's October 18th events are poised to inject the political
 situation in the Middle East, rife with complexities and contradictions,
 with a new hope by enabling the Israeli and Palestinian people to take part
 in the process," said Ambassador Dennis Ross. "There have been failures of
 leadership on both sides, but what the OneVoice Movement is doing goes
 beyond blaming politicians, focusing in on the people of this region,
 empowering and mobilizing them to build a bold, absolute mandate for an end
 to the conflict."
     By organizing the moderate majority, OneVoice aims to empower its
 signatories to challenge the current dynamic of weakened leaders and
 divided populations. The public summits on October 18th will serve as a
 mandate for Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert,
 both of whom were elected on a platform for a two-state solution, to make a
 sustained push for peace. As momentum builds towards the event, OneVoice
 aims to expand its support base to one million, thus bringing together One
 Million Voices to End the Conflict.
     International support is growing for the OneVoice Mandate and for the
 October 18th One Million Voices to End the Conflict public summits. The
 list of global luminaries who have proclaimed their support for OneVoice
 continues to expand. Board members and supporters thus far include:
     -- Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and President of the World Economic
     -- Muhammad Ali, philanthropist and former heavyweight boxing champion
     -- Sheikh Taysir al Tamimi, Chief Palestinian Islamic Justice
     -- Rabbi David Rosen, Chairman, International Jewish Committee for
        Interreligious Consultations
     -- Ambassador Dennis Ross, Mideast Envoy during Clinton and Bush
     -- Saeb Erekat, Head of Negotiations, Palestinian Authority
     -- Dov Lautman, foremost Israeli business leader and winner of Israel
     -- Stuart Eizenstat, former US Deputy Secretary of Treasury and
        Undersecretary of State
     -- Samer Khoury, foremost Palestinian business leader; CEO, Consolidated
        Contracts International
     OneVoice Palestine Executive Director Nisreen Shaheen said, "With the
 Arab Initiative on the table and the entire world's attention on the Middle
 East, ordinary people have an extraordinary opportunity to make their
 voices heard."
     Dr. Fathi Darwish, OneVoice Palestine Director General, added, "We need
 to create a sense of urgency among all parties involved - Israelis,
 Palestinians, and people everywhere - to once and for all end the
 occupation and the violence and suffering on all sides and enable
 Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace."
     About the OneVoice Movement:
     The OneVoice Movement is a mainstream nationalist grassroots movement
 with nearly 500,000 Israeli and Palestinian signatories, and 3,000
 highly-trained youth leaders. It aims to amplify the voice of the
 overwhelming but heretofore silent majority of moderates who wish for peace
 and prosperity, empowering them to demand accountability from elected
 representatives and work toward a two-state solution. OneVoice counts on
 its Board over 60 foremost dignitaries and business leaders across a wide
 spectrum of politics and beliefs, joining as OneVoice against violent
 extremism and for conflict resolution. Learn more by visiting
     Contact:   Beata Gutman
                Robin Edwards
                Erin Pineda
                (212) 897-3985 x123
     In Israel: Gil Shamy

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