First Ajga Congress

July 3, 1988


(the Word in Arabic Means, Has Come)


1. The Middle East, particularly the historic Palestine. which includes Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, is not of vital interest to the U.S.

2. The conflict between Israel and its neighbors is not, and should not be a conflict between the Super Powers.

3. The conflict is not and should riot be between Jews and Arabs, but between Palestinians and Israeli Jews. The Arab countries would welcome and approve any settlement that is accepted by the Palestinians.

4. Israel should be recognized within the 1967 borders with a minor modification in exchange for a corridor between the West Bank and Gaza.

5.Statehood for the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The first step is Free Election in these areas to joint PLO representatives for a peace conference under international auspices.

6. East Jerusalem is a part of the West Bank and should be the capital of Palestine as well as West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Access to the holy sites should be guaranteed.

7. Settlements in West Bank and Gaza are illegal –with 70,000 people– occupying 30% of the land–should be dismantled to make room for expansion for the one and one-half million Palestinians living in the same areas.

8. Palestinian refugees who left in 1948 when Israel was established have legitimate rights–for return or compensation. Jews who left the Arab countries in similar circumstances also have legitimate rights for return or compensation.

9. Palestinian refugees who left in 1948 and who are living in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, etc. would be encouraged to settle in neighboring countries, giving them full citizenship. The Palestinian State would issue Identity Cards to any Palestinian in the Diaspora to have the right to live in the Palestine, similar to the Israeli law of return.

10. The Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (about 1/4 million) would be resettled in the neighboring countries.

11. A trust fund of 10 to 20 billion dollars would be established to finance the resettlement of refugees, to be funded by the U.S., the Arab countries, West Europe, Japan and the Soviet Union.

12. The Golan Heights should be returned to Syria as part of a comprehensive settlement.

13. The Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza would be totally demilitarized zones, and the Palestinian State would be similar to Costa Rica, without an army, but with the international guarantee for survival and protection.

Drafted and proposed by:

Mohammed Said, M.D., PH.D.
Committee Member from the
State of Washington
Democratic National Platform