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A Declaration for Palestine

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This year, for the first time, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine (VTJP) organized a band of members to march in the annual, Independence Day parade in Montpelier, Vermont. The event was held on July 3 and, as usual, drew a very large crowd.

VTJP activists carried Palestinian flags and a banner calling for an end to U.S. funding of Israel’s military occupation.

From start to finish, the VTJP contingent was greeted with applause, cheers, and waves.

The Declaration of Independence.

The organization also published on its website a “Declaration for Palestine,” adapted from the U.S. Declaration of Independence of 1776:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce the Palestinians under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government.

Let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Israel has kept among them Standing Armies without their Consent.

It has passed acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among them:

For cutting off their Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on them without their Consent:

For depriving them of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

Israel has plundered their seas, ravaged their coasts, burnt their towns, and destroyed the lives of their people.

It has sent large Armies to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.


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About Mark Hage

Mark Hage is a Palestine Solidarity activist with Vermonters for Justice in Palestine.

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6 Responses

  1. JosephA
    July 7, 2017, 10:24 pm


    You are on the right track. The modern state of Israel would not (and could not) exist without the United States of America.

  2. RoHa
    July 8, 2017, 5:43 am

    I like it. But how many people in America (Vermont excepted) are sufficiently familiar with the US Declaration of Independence to recognize the parallels?

    • Nathan
      July 9, 2017, 10:31 pm

      I wonder why they would use the US Declaration of Independence as a tool to criticize Israel. The USA was founded on land (a whole continent in the end) taken from the indigenous population (and decimating that indigenous population). Its Declaration of Independence speaks of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” with an enslaved African population. I would suggest to the great people of Vermont to state their criticism without evoking silly comparisons.

      The picture above (“We the People”) is the US Constitution. The US Declaration of Independence is underneath the Constitution. It might be a good idea to correct the caption (or change the picture).

  3. July 8, 2017, 8:16 am

    The great people of Vermont have spoken and the world is beginning to listen.

  4. Jakeburbar
    July 9, 2017, 3:23 pm

    its about time someone in the usa speaks up .what Israel is doing to Palestine is so wrong . let them live free like everybody else.

  5. bryan
    July 11, 2017, 7:00 am

    Did I hear someone mentioned shared values?

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