The Middle East Peace and Justice Alliance (MEPJA) came into existence in 1998, as the Arab Jewish Dialogue in response to the ongoing Palestinian/Israeli conflict. The name was later changed to Arab/Jewish Peace Alliance, and in 2006 to Middle East Peace and Justice Alliance.
The group is comprised of human rights and peace activists of diverse backgrounds, who support a just, viable and lasting peace based on the principles of international law, and an end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. We believe that unless the Israeli military occupation completely ends, no permanent solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is possible.
Through the occupation, the Israeli government has confiscated Palestinian land and water, demolished Palestinian homes, uprooted trees, imposed closures and collective punishment, built Jewish-only bypass roads and settlements, and disrupted Palestinian trade, commerce, education, family unification, and religious worship.
These policies and practices are serious violations of international law and human rights as documented by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the UN Human Rights Commission, Physicians for Human Rights, and LAW and Israeli Human Rights organizations such as B’t Selem and Rabbis for Human Rights. Ending the occupation is critical to ending the violence from both sides.
Therefore, we - as people of conscience for justice, freedom, democracy, and peace -have agreed to the following principles for a just, viable, and lasting peaceful solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict: