ODS in Palestine (UK) was founded in July 2013.
Who we are and what we do
Our primary aim is to raise awareness of one democratic state as the only possible just solution to what is termed the "conflict" between Palestine and Israel. Our founding document is The Munich Declaration.
The idea of a single democratic state in historic Palestine is not a new one.
Before and after the
Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948, this was the goal of the Palestinian liberation movement.
In the early 1990s, the Oslo Accords offered the hope of an independent Palestinian state on the territory occupied by Israel since 1967 and the
PLO relinquished the goal of one state.
However, due to the failure of the accords to deliver an independent Palestine, ODS campaigns have re-emerged.
In the final years of the 20th century and the early years of this century writers such as the late Edward Said, Tony Judt and Ghada Karmi (one of our members) highlighted:
the non-viability of the proposed Palestinian state, given the colonisation and resulting fragmentation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
that Israel/Palestine could become a normal country based on universal human rights; the ending of Zionism would render the Jewish state superfluous.
Between 2007 and 2014, thirteen conferences
on ODS were held in Haifa, Ramallah, Europe, and the USA.
The Munich Conference in July 2012, unanimously adopted the Munich Declaration.
Other ODS campaign groups
The first formal ODS Group, The Movement for One Democratic State in Palestine, was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 2010.
The Popular Movement for One Democratic State on the Land of Historic Palestine was established in 2013.
The One State Foundation was launched in 2018.
One Democratic State, which is supported by ICAHD, was also founded in 2018.
Many of our members are also signatories to, or supporters/members of, one or more of these other groups.