♦ STATEMENT OF PURPOSE ♦
Palestine Solidarity Committee – Seattle
Palestine Solidarity Committee -- Seattle supports Palestinians in their
struggle for the fundamental right of self-determination.
PSC works for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank
(including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. We support
the provision of full human rights to all Palestinians living as minorities or
refugees anywhere in the world and the right of Palestinian refugees and their
descendants to return to their homeland. We
also support the right of the Palestinians themselves to determine the kind of
state they will live in.
Towards this end, we try to influence the United States government to change its
policies with regard to the Middle East. We
call for an end to US military and economic aid to Israel while Israel violates
international law by engaging in a consistent pattern of gross and systematic
human rights abuses against Palestinians. We
urge the US government to condemn these abuses and exert pressure on Israel to
remove Israeli settlers from all occupied territory, return confiscated land,
end the occupation, allow Palestinian self-determination in the formation of a
state of their choice, and give full political, civil, social, and economic
rights to all Palestinians living within Israel.
PSC strives to build a local and national movement in solidarity with Palestine
in order to accomplish our goals. We
work to educate the public, the media, and our governmental representatives
about Palestine and the role of the US in supporting the Israeli occupation.
We also work to build ties between our community and Palestine through
material aid projects, delegations and sister-city/village/camp associations.
PSC is dedicated to the process and the goal of achieving peace and justice for
all people. We believe that
cultural diversity and understanding among cultures are critical elements in
attaining global justice and survival. As
individuals in a multi-cultural group, we seek to increase our personal
understanding and appreciation of each other's diverse cultures and to build
that tolerance and empathy into our work at a structural level.
We are a non-hierarchical, grassroots, democratic organization.