Combatants for Peace sent in the following response to Dan Cohen’s April 23, 2015 report “Marking Memorial Day in Tel Aviv with Kahanists and Combatants for Peace“:
Dear Dan Cohen,
We are glad you had the chance to participate in our Memorial Day ceremony last Tuesday. However – We claim our right to comment as following in the name of our movement, since our words were strongly misrepresented in the post you published on 22.5.14. Here is the response we ask you add to your post:
“All CFP members interviewed for this story feel their words have been distorted and manipulated beyond recognition. In sharp contrast to the portrayal of the movement in the report, CFP is not all about “dialogue”. It is a joint activist movement that opposes the occupation on the ground all around the West Bank for more than 10 years now, under joint Palestinian-Israeli leadership, together with Palestinian communities. The movement was established by Palestinians and Israelis and is based on partnership between Palestinians and Israelis. The insinuation that CFP is an Israeli movement that cynically uses Palestinians assumes that Palestinians cannot be equal partners in a joint non-violent struggle against the occupation. The Palestinian members of CFP had served years in Israeli prisons before turning to non-violence and they need no lectures about resistance. Co-resistance is our way of challenging the unequal power relations between Israelis and Palestinians, something no member in the movement, including the interviewees, would ever deny.
Regarding the final agreement, CFP is not a think tank but a grass-root movement. We do not see it our role to draft the future agreement between the two sides. Indeed, the right of return, just like water and borders are all details that have to be agreed upon by both sides. That does not mean they are insignificant. CFP will endorse any agreement that will be accepted on the legitimate leaderships of both people. We will oppose unilateral, imposed measures.
Finally, regarding BDS, “Combatants for Peace” (CFP) does not hold an official position on BDS. Our members hold different and diverse approaches toward the BDS movement, which we respect. As a non-violent movement, CFP does not oppose any non-violent mode of resistance. However, as ajoint activist movement we see it as our main role to work together within our own societies to promote the end of occupation and all forms of violence. Supporting BDS will undermine our efforts especially in the Israeli side, and in different circles around the world.”
We expect that you will respect our right to comment, since we consider your blog to be committed to the basic rules of journalism ethics.