Israel's statehood was contingent upon upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in which the world community recognized the "inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world" and envisioned "the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom from fear and want." Read more...
In December 2010, a group of young Palestinian cyber-activists crafted the Gaza Youth's Manifesto for Change, which has garnered nearly 8,000 Facebook supporters thus far:
The Gaza Youth Manifesto:
f*ck Hamas. f*ck Israel. f*ck Fatah. f*ck UN. f*ck UNWRA.
F*ck USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the
occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the
We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16s breaking the wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this f*cking situation we live in.
We are sick of being caught in this political struggle; sick of coal-dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes; sick of innocent farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are taking care of their lands; sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for what they believe in; sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land; sick of being portrayed as terrorists, home-made fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes; sick of the indifference we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting resolutions but cowards in enforcing anything they agree on; we are sick and tired of living a sh*tty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world.
We barely survived the Operation Cast Lead, where Israel very effectively bombed the sh*t out of us, destroying thousands of homes and even more lives and dreams. During the war we got the unmistakable feeling that Israel wanted to erase us from the face of the Earth. During the last years, Hamas has been doing all they can to control our thoughts, behavior and aspirations. Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed. We cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want.
ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart-aching present, disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullshit, enough incarceration! WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want! We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask?
We are a peace movement
consistent of young people in Gaza and supporters elsewhere that will not rest
until the truth about Gaza is known by everybody in this whole world and in
such a degree that no more silent consent or loud indifference will be
This is the Gazan youth's manifesto for change!
We will start by destroying the occupation that surrounds ourselves, we will break free from this mental incarceration and regain our dignity and self respect. We will carry our heads high even though we will face resistance. We will work day and night in order to change these miserable conditions we are living under. We will build dreams where we meet walls.
We want to be free, we want to live, we want peace.
FREE GAZA YOUTH!
December, 2010