Declaration of support for the GMJ and a selected list of prominent signatories
We, the Advisory Board of the Global March to Jerusalem, are alarmed and deeply troubled by the continuing repression of Palestinians in Jerusalem and by the deliberate and systematic attempts to expel and reduce the Christian and Muslim Palestinian population of the city as part of the policy called “Judaisation,” which is being applied to every part of historic Palestine.
This policy is inconsistent with all relevant United Nations resolutions on Jerusalem and contrary to the most basic principles of international law. Its purpose is plainly to ethnically cleanse Jerusalem of its non-Jewish population and transform a once proud symbol of international tolerance and religious and cultural diversity into an exclusionary and racist enclave.
Jerusalem is our common universal heritage. It is the centre of spirituality and ideological significance for all of the monotheistic religions, and a beacon of emancipation and hope for the downtrodden. This historic city is venerated across the world for enhancing the spiritual heritage of all humanity; it has been a symbol of unity and equality, with a message of love, mercy and compassion.
However the entire world is now witnessing a threat to the sovereignty, sanctity and inviolability of Jerusalem. The plan is not only to destroy the Muslim and Christian presence, but also to change and dismantle the social structure of Jerusalem, obliterating its indigenous Arab identity and changing the character of the city.
The people of the world have therefore taken it upon themselves to prevent this abomination, by mobilizing themselves in every part of the world and representing all religious, humanitarian, and cultural backgrounds in a global march to Jerusalem (GMJ) aimed at guarding the City of Peace from becoming a wasteland of intolerance. We therefore lend our names to support the convergence of people from all countries and continents of the world to Jerusalem, and to the nearest points to which they are able to approach, both inside Palestine and at the Palestinian borders with Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, as well as in their own countries, in a peaceful march towards Jerusalem.
We therefore support this effort, and encourage all of humanity to support it, by making the pledge set forth below, that all participants in the Global March to Jerusalem have agreed to accept.
We assert the importance of Jerusalem politically, culturally and religiously to the Palestinian people and humanity as a whole. We call for the protection of the Holy Places and all archaeological sites and consider all the efforts done to change its Arabic and cultural identity as a crime against humanity. We call on all international institutions to do their duties towards the city.
The defense of Jerusalem and its liberation are a duty of all free people around the world and we call on all institutions, organizations, and individuals to participate in this duty.
We condemn the Zionist campaign of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine including all ongoing policies intended to change the demographic and geographic situation in the city and aimed at its Judaisation. We also condemn the continuation of the Zionist occupation forces in building the apartheid wall that aims to expropriate more Palestinian lands and convert the occupied areas into shrinking cantons isolated from each other.
We support the right of the Palestinian People to self-determination, to liberate their lands and to live on them in freedom and dignity like all other people on earth.
We support the non-negotiable & inalienable rights of the Palestinian People, including their families, to return to their homes and lands from which they were uprooted.
We reject all racist laws that distinguish between people based on ethnicity or religion and call for their cancellation and criminalization.
The Global March to Jerusalem does not represent any one faction or political party, but we call for participation of all social forces, political factions, and ideologies.
The Global March to Jerusalem is a global peaceful movement, which does not use violence to achieve its goals.
The Advisory Board of the Global March to Jerusalem (partial listing of names)
Shaikh Dr. Abdul Ghani al-Tamimi,
Poet and preacher; chairman of the Palestine Scholars Abroad
Abdul Ghaffar Aziz
Coordinator of Pakistani NGOs in Solidarity with Palestine
Former Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament
Founder, Bonded Labour Liberation Front and World Council of Arya Samaj; former Member of the Indian parliament; former Chairperson of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
Former Jordanian Prime Minister & Head of the National Front for Reform
Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Attia Bahar
Vice President, Palestinian Legislative Council
Tan Sri Anthony Francis Fernandes
Malaysian entrepreneur; founder and CEO, Air Asia
Dr. Anton Shuhaiber
Gaza Christian Association
Swiss journalist and publicist; former Middle East correspondent for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung
H.E. Atallah Hanna
Archbishop of Sebastia, Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Algerian Government Minister, party leader for the Movement of the Society for Peace
Anti-war activist; mother of US soldier killed in Iraq; author
South African anti-apartheid campaigner and artist
Dr. Cornel West
Professor of African American studies. Princeton University; philosopher, writer and civil rights activist
Datuk Yasmin Yusoff
Malaysian actress and television host
Director, Peaceworkers, San Francisco
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Nobel Peace Laureate
HE Dr. Dzukelly Ahmad
Member of the Malaysian parliament
Jewish German author, activist and publicist
Dr. Francis Boyle
Professor of International Law, University of Illinois
Dr. Franco Cavalli
Oncologist and former leader of the Swiss Social Democrat Party parliamentary group
Former Member of British Parliament and Founder of Viva Palestina
Dr. Ghada Karmi
Writer and Co-Director, Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter
Founder and Chair, “Stop the Occupation” (Netherlands); Free Gaza Movement Board Member
Prominent leader of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (Imran Khan party)
Dr. Hammam Said
Head of the Jordanian Consultative Council of the Muslim Brothers
Archbishop of Caesarea, Greek Melkite Church
Jordanian-Palestinian Poet & Novelist
Dr. Jeremiah Wright
Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Prof. Judith Butler
Writer and philosopher, University of California, Berkeley
Former Jordanian Parliamentarian
Chair, Greenpeace International
Broadcaster, journalist and activist
Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas
Magsaysay Peace Award Recipient and anti-nuclear advocate
Dr. Leo Gabriel
Austrian socio-anthropologist, journalist and documentary filmmaker; member, World Social Forum International Council
Fr. Louis Vitale
Order of Franciscan Monks; Pace e Bene; nonviolent resistor
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Jewish Renewal Movement
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammed
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
Nobel Peace Laureate
Speaker, Indonesian House of Representatives
Marwah Daud Ibrahim
Indonesian feminist, writer and Member of Parliament
Leader, National Alliance of People’s Movements; Recipient, Right Livelihood Award, Goldman Environment Prize & Amnesty International Human Rights Defenders Award
Anti-Zionist activist and journalist; co-founder, Alternative Information Center
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti
Secretary General, Palestinian National Initiative; President, Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees
Co-Founder, International Solidarity Movement
Dr. Norman Paech
Former Member of the German Parliament; professor of law, emeritus, University of Hamburg
Sheikh Raed Salah
President of the Islamic movement within the 1949 Ceasefire Line
Raja Zafar ul Haq
Pakistani senator; Chairman, Pakistan Muslim Leaque; General Secretary, World Muslim League
Justice Rajinder Sachar
Former Chief Justice, Delhi High Court; Member, UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities; Senior Advisor & Counsel, People’s Union for Civil Liberties
South African national liberation leader and former cabinet minister
Syndicated columnist & former political editor, Asian Age
Prof. Siddique Hassan
Director, Vision 2016; Assistant Amir of the Jamat-e-Islami, Hind
Chairman, Jordanian Beitul-Maqdes Forum
Columnist, The Indian Express; Member, Indian National Planning Commission
Dr. Tanveer Ahmad Zubairi
President, International Organization of Doctors
Author and anti-Zionist activist
HE Tony Pua Kiam Wee
Member of the Malaysian parliament
First elected woman Jordanian Parliamentarian
Author and civil rights activist
Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat
Former Chief of the Naval Staff of India
Mrs. Wardina Safiyyah
Malaysian actress and television host
Dr. Yacoub Zaiadeen
Former Jerusalem Representative to the Jordanian parliament
Sheikh Yousuf Jumaa
Former Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs; former preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque
Dr. Zakaria Agha M.D.
Member, Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee; former chair, Gaza Strip Medical Association
Dr. Zeenat Shaukat Ali
Author; Vice Chairman and Founder Trustee of SAGE Foundation; Professor of Islamic Studies, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai