Alternative Palestinian Agenda


Saber Al Sabbar


The Patience of the Cactus

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Right for all Palestinians to live in historic Palestine
with freedom, equality, and dignity.


Achieve a fair, durable, and realizable solution to
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Guiding Principles

  • Acknowledgement that Palestinians and Israelis are integral components of historic Palestine
  • Affirmation that Palestinians decide their own destiny
  • Respect for individual and collective rights of Palestinians and Israelis and other communities
  • Mutual accommodation of Palestinian and Israeli concerns and aspirations
  • Recognition of the shortcomings of the two-state solution and the need for new viable alternatives
  • Declaration that a viable resolution must address all aspects of the conflict


  • End the Israeli occupation
  • Reorganize the Palestinian political system and civil society
  • Implement the Palestinian right of return
  • End discrimination, dispossession, and land expropriation against Palestinians in Israel

Alternative Palestinian Agenda Peace Initiative

Specifically, this proposal offers an alternative territorial configuration based on current demographics and land use, whereby a Palestinian state would comprise areas that are currently inhabited by a majority of Palestinians and areas that are lightly populated and can sustain a higher population density for the accommodation of Palestinian refugees, and the Israeli state would comprise areas that are currently inhabited by a majority of Israelis.

Both states are proposed to be in a federal union with a capitol in Jerusalem. Jerusalem would be a separate district, which would include the city (East and West) along with the city's suburbs, the city of Bethlehem, and some of the surrounding villages.

In an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio, APA's Nasser Abufarha discussed the proposal in detail with host Jean Feraca. Click here for the full transcript of the show:

Jean: So the idea of creating a geographical boundaries, which is the way we have defined creating the state of Palestine, the state of Israel, in your view isn't going to work because first of all in establishing the state of Palestine you contribute to the insecurity of the Jewish state.

Nasser: Yes, as an independent state, and visa versa.

Jean: Yes, so what is the alternative?

Nasser: The alternative that I'm proposing is to reconfigure the space into two states Palestine and Israel where Palestine would [comprise of] the areas that are currently predominantly Palestinian, inhabited by Palestinians, and Israel would be in the areas that are currently predominantly inhabited by Israelis. But both states are in a federal union whereby each state would have sovereignty over territory: its own laws, its own cultural expression, so you preserve the identity aspect of both people which is very strong for both the Palestinians and Israelis because it has been challenged for both the Palestinians and the Israelis. But at the same time the federal union would address issues of common interest, at the top of it is security.

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