What is ODS in Palestine Ltd?
ODS means One Democratic State.
Palestine means today's Gaza, West Bank and Israel; in other words, historic Palestine or the territory of the League of Nations' British Mandate Palestine. The citizens of this state would be all present citizens of Israel plus residents of the West Bank and Gaza plus all Palestinian refugees and their descendants.
ODS in Palestine (England) Ltd (or simply 'ODS England') is a non-profit organisation that aims to educate and organise, both in historic Palestine and in England, for One Democratic State. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Number 08615817.
The activities of ODS England consist mainly of:
- propounding the goal of a single, ethnically and religiously neutral state that upholds commonly recognised basic human rights;
- describing the consequences of the single state for the present citizens of Israel and for Palestinians living outside of Israel; and
- developing strategies for its achievement.
Our foundational document is the Munich Declaration.
It is part and parcel of the Articles of our Company, 'ODS in Palestine (England) Ltd'. The Declaration was adopted unanimously at a meeting of international ODS activists in Munich on 2 July, 2012, and is likewise the foundational document of the ODS chapters in Texas, the West Bank and Yaffa/Tel Aviv.
It is a short version of several previous declarations passed at conferences in Stuttgart and Texas and discussed in Haifa, London and Boston. It thus builds on the work of the participants in those conferences.
Adherence to the Munich Declaration is sufficient for participation in and identification with the ODS movement.
For fall 2016 we plan a 5-hour seminar in London to try to flesh out some of the details of ODS and discuss contested issues concerning Right of Return, the nature of ODS's offer of citizenship to all present Israelis, and the tension between the liberal-democratic, individualistic ODS discourse and that of Palestinian nationalism/self-determination.
Also for fall 2016 we plan to co-organise an international conference in Istanbul for ODS supporters only - perhaps 50 people who are dedicated, active and in it for the long run.
These events will build on the 4 joint talks with ODS supporters we organised and co-organised in May 2016: 3 with Awad Abdelfattah (Secretary-General of the Balad/Tajamoa Party represented in the Israeli Knesset) and Karl Sabbagh (Palestinian-British author and television producer), as well as one with Ha'aretz journalist Gideon Levy and historian Ilan Pappe.
For short reports and links to videos see our Events page.
The Facebook announcements:
Just below are our flyers.
The conference exploring the (il-)legitimacy of Israel as such that was to have taken place at the University of Southampton 17-19 April 2015, organised by Oren Ben-Dor, Juman Ismail, Suleiman Abu-Sharkh and George Bisharat, was, according to the University, postponed due to security concerns. There had been pressure from the Israel lobby on the University to cancel. We will soon see if the University was merely postponing it, as the organisers are now aiming for 15-17 April 2016. Everyone who was to present a paper has confirmed their availabilty for the re-scheduled conference.
Imperial College, London, and Belfast University have recently cancelled Israel-critical campus events on similar grounds of 'security', so it is likely a huge free-speech/academic freedom issue
is brewing. Check electronic intifada, BRICUP and Ben White's website for news not only on developments with the Southampton conference.
A Consultation at St George's House, Windsor Castle, is being organised for spring 2015 on the question of which political solution - one democratic state, two states, bi-nationalism, equal
rights for all residents but without Right of Return - enables the realisation of the rights of both Palestinians and Jewish Israelis. Several ODS supporters will participate.
Reports from ODS activists in Haifa and Ramallah indicate that at various meetings instead of having to bring up ODS themselves, other participants broach the subject and are curious to know more or even join a movement.