Our Policy
Pushing Peace and Human Rights Forward
A two-state solution, based on Israel’s continued existence as a democratic Jewish State and the creation of a democratic Palestinian state both of which exist with clear and secure borders, with mutual commitments to peace and human rights, we believe is the only sustainable solution in the Israel-Palestine Conflict. However, current realities create difficulties, and current proposals and frameworks are not in the best interest of peace and human rights. JUMP supports fair negotiations between State of Israel and a legitimate representative of the Palestinian people without precondition. This allows both parties equality in compromise. While face-to-face negotiations are preferable, JUMP supports American-brokered negotiations, with the support of the international community, including Middle Eastern countries and the United Nations.
Jerusalem is a holy city, the cradle of all three Abrahamic religions. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all hold special connections to this ancient city. Prior to Israel’s liberation of Jerusalem in 1967, religious rights of minorities were routinely denied. As a matter of Israeli policy, Jerusalem is an accessible a city of religious freedom, tolerance, and the peaceful practice of all religions and faiths. Final borders and sovereignty of the city must be decided through negotiations, yet whoever retains sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem must allow religious freedom for all faiths.
JUMP supports the right for Israel to exist as a sovereign, democratic, and Jewish state. JUMP also supports the right of the Palestinians to live in a sovereign, democratic, and Palestinian state. The rights of minorities in all sovereign states are paramount. Both of these states must afford full rights, citizenship, and most of all, tolerance to all who live within its borders. All Palestinians and other minorities in Israel must be afforded full rights and citizenship, and Israelis in a Palestinian state must be guaranteed the same, including equal protection under the law. This will enrich both peoples and foster diversity among the populations.
In any final peace agreement, security is paramount. This is why a future Palestinian state must begin with a full demilitarization, including all paramilitary organizations. Israel remains at risk from external actors, including the Gaza-based Hamas, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria, and a potentially nuclear Iran, and must therefore maintain its military. A two-state solution can and will protect the rights of the Palestinians in addition to Israel’s security.
The unity of the Palestinians under a legitimate representative is necessary to a fairly negotiated and widely accepted two-state solution. However, the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement poses problems, namely that Hamas is widely considered a terrorist organization and refuses to denounce those factions in addition to calling for the destruction of Israel. In the event of a total renunciation of violence by Hamas and acceptance of a two-state solution, their voice would be welcomed at negotiations. President Abbas must take steps to bring about Palestinian unity based on legitimate democratic leadership and non-violence.
The zone of the Golan, that prior to 1967 was within the legal borders of Syria, should remain within the borders of Israel under the condition that the residents of the Golan wish to remain as such and could be necessary for Israel’s security. We commend Israel for assisting Syrian refugees who flee to the Golan border during the Syrian Civil War.
One major root of the Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict is the result of the Arab World’s refusal to recognize Israel’s existence, both as a state and as a Jewish state for the Jewish people, in defiance of much of the international community. Israel has acknowledged the Palestinian people, their history, and therefore their right to self-determination. By recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, the Arab world be doing the same and would benefit the peace process.
Settlements can cause difficulties for Israelis and Palestinians alike. We recognize that not every settlement is the same. The construction of new settlements in most areas beyond the Green Line builds mistrust between Israelis and Palestinians and jeopardizes a sustainable two-state solution. However, settlements are not the main impediment to peace, as peace did not exist prior to their construction, and should not be the primary focus of negotiations or blame in the conflict.
The 1948 Arab-Israeli war created hundreds of thousands of refugees, both Jewish and Arab. The creation of Jewish and Palestinian States will provide a home to people who need it. Israel is the home for the Jewish people. The Palestinian State will provide a home for the Palestinian people. To maintain and retain respective national characters, refugees should return to their respective countries with compensation if agreed upon.
All boycotts of the Jewish State or the Palestinian people do nothing to advance the peace process and only serve to further divide people, and JUMP unequivocally opposes them on these grounds.. This includes, but is in no way limited to the “BDS” Movement, a campaign that calls for the financial, cultural, and academic boycott, divestment, and sanctioning of the State of Israel.
In the words of former Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan: “[Members of the UN Human Rights Council] have focused almost entirely on Israel, and there are other crisis situations, like Sudan, where they have not been able to say a word.” The Arab-Israeli conflict is complex and inflammatory to many, and the urgency of the UN Human Rights Council’s action is to be commended in theory. However their singular obsession with condemning Israel vis-à-vis the Palestinian people, to the detriment of all other human rights issues worldwide, is to be condemned. Current Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, has remarked “Israel has suffered from bias and sometimes discrimination [at the UN]“. We encourage the United Nations, and the Human Rights Council, to reflect on their actions and biases and make the necessary reforms to productively contribute in the future.
The status quo of Israeli’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, beginning in 1967, is unsustainable and an impediment to peace and human rights. Israel’s serious need and right to security is fundamental and must be addressed in a two-state solution, but cannot come at the expense of Palestinian human rights- such as self determination. Thus, Israel’s security needs must be addressed in an effort towards ending its military occupation. This must be done with a focus on sustainability and efficacy, not expedience and can only happen when a Palestinian state can exist with leadership that protects the human rights of its citizens.

Any Iranian nuclear program that has the potential to support the production of nuclear weapons is unequivocally an impediment to peace. Despite this caution, however, Iran’s current regime is unwilling to demonstrate any peaceful intent in its nuclear program:

  • Uranium enrichment and plutonium production is unnecessary to peaceful nuclear energy (as practiced in Canada and Indonesia). However, it is vital to the development of a nuclear weapon. Iran produces both.
  • Iran’s uranium and plutonium enrichment sites are deep underground and are only known via Western intelligence.
  • Iran has developed long-range missiles specifically built to carry nuclear warheads.
  • Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei routinely calls for the destruction of Western society.

Iran can develop a peaceful nuclear program. First, however, its leadership must provide evidence to its peaceful intention, and renunciation of violent intent towards the West.

The partnership and arms dealing between Iran and Syrian, as well as their partnerships with terrorist organizations, has proved toxic and dangerous and has deteriorated the condition of the Syrian people.
The efforts of the P5+1 in their work towards reaching a deal with Iran regarding the Iranian nuclear program are to be lauded. Diplomacy is the best way to ensure a peaceful Iran, thus we support President Obama’s diplomatic efforts. However, the fruits of their labour have resulted in a less-than-ideal deal. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also called the Iran Nuclear Deal, is not sufficient to assuage threat of a nuclear weapon equipped Iran. The JCPOA provides financial and sanction relief to Iran in return for cooperation in dismantling its nuclear weapons program. This is welcomed. The pressing issue comes from the release of $50 Billion (USD) in financial means, money which can be used to further support Iranian proxies that instigate major peace and human rights problems. Another issue with the JCPOA is its length; as it is due to expire after a decade. We support diplomacy and appreciate the work many countries put into the JCPOA. However, the work to prevent a nuclear weapon equipped Iran is far from over. Further legislation and negotiations are necessary to hold Iran accountable and address Iran’s human rights abuses.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Syria (ISIL/ISIS/IS) is a threat to stability in the region and a threat to peace and human rights for all those in its path. ISIL pursues methods and tactics that celebrate horrendous human rights violations, including unfounded and extrajudicial executions. ISIL must be defeated for stability to return to the region. This includes repartitioning Syria and Iraq with borders that better reflect the demographics of the region in order to ensure new peaceful stability.
The right of the Kurds to establish their own state (often called Kurdistan) will benefit stability in the region. JUMP urges the international community to assist the Kurdish goals of defeating ISIL and redraw regional borders to allow for the creation of a safe and secure Kurdistan.
American Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) strikes in Yemen and the Middle-East Region often result in unacceptably high rate of civilian casualties. Policies geared towards instituting increased oversight and protections in all U.S. Military operations should be a priority for the United States Armed Forces.
The actions of the Assad regime, as well as some of the opposition leaders, in the current Syrian Civil War are completely unacceptable and JUMP condemns them unequivocally. The Syrian Civil War has killed hundreds of thousands, both civilian and combatant, displaced millions, and has born witness to countless human rights violations. Current negotiations between the Syrian government and world powers must bring security, peace, and human rights to the region, including democracy.
The partnership and arms dealing between Iran and Syrian, as well as their partnerships with terrorist organizations, has proved toxic and dangerous and has deteriorated the condition of the Syrian people.
The Israeli-Arab conflict, Iran, and Syria are routinely discussed as the dominant “Middle East” issues. In doing so, the international community marginalizes and ignores the human rights abuses prevalent in the region. Women are routinely denied the right to drive in Saudi Arabia. Journalists are jailed for their dissent. LGBTQ+ in the region are routinely oppressed or killed outright. These violations are unacceptable, as are any human rights violations. Any organization that dismisses these issues in deference of the Arab-Israeli conflict is worryingly myopic at best. These issues must be addressed in any discussion of the Middle East.
American Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) strikes in Yemen and the Middle-East Region often result in unacceptably high rate of civilian casualties. Policies geared towards instituting increased oversight and protections in all U.S. Military operations should be a priority for the United States Armed Forces.