Just as it is essential to defend the fundamental rights of both individuals and of an entire people, it is equally important to accept that a ‘property right’ over a land must be considered with circumspection. The claims made by both Jews and Arabs are understandable on a human level: the latter claim exclusive rights over both Ramallah and Jaffa, and the former claim exclusive rights over both Tel Aviv and Hebron. Each side insists that their rights are superior, or the only ones. But such a comparison of rights is pointless and becomes an obstacle to the search for a solution. The way forward depends on replacing this competition with the reciprocal recognition of the right of the other to live in independence, peace and security. This is the logic of the idea of ‘two states for two peoples’ which is at the heart of JCall’s activity.

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