Open Shuhada Street: A South African Website

This site is named after a street in Hebron  near the Tomb of the Patriarchs that has been closed for many years and has been the subject of many legal challenges. The site is from South Africa.


“We campaign for full civil rights for all Israelis and Palestinians and an end to the Occupation. We recognise that it is Palestinians whose civil rights have been abrogated most, particularly in the West Bank and Gaza. Our organisation unites people from different backgrounds with a wide range of political and religious affiliations.

These are our principles:

  1.    We recognise the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all people in Israel and Palestine.
  2.    We respect the right to life of Israelis and Palestinians. Therefore we reject violence, other than self-defence where absolutely necessary. We reject violent attacks irrespective of who carries them out.
  3.    We will engage in and support only non-violent forms of political action.
  4.    All people of the Middle East deserve the right to democratic participation and equality regardless of religion, ethnicity, culture, national origin, language, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or other status.
  5.    The resolution of the conflict in Israel and Palestine should conform to international law and be concluded through negotiations involving all parties, under the auspices of independent mediation. An acceptable solution will safeguard and advance the rights of all people in the region, and will promote peace.
  6.    We are a non-sectarian movement. We welcome both Jews and Muslims as well as people of all faiths and none.
  7.    We expose and vigorously counter anti-semitism and Islamophobia.”

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