Palestinian Declaration of Independence (1988)

Editor’s note:  Composed by poet Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian Declaration of Independence was approved at an Algiers gathering of the Palestinian National Council on November 15, 1988. The declaration calls for an independent State of Palestine, which is described in the document as “the state of Palestinians wherever they may be.” Declaration of Independence (1988) (UN Doc) […]

Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (1948)

Editor’s note:  On May 14, 1948, the day that the British Mandate, which gave Britain authority over Palestine was ended. Immediately afterward, Israel, led by David Ben-Gurion, a principal figure in the Zionist movement who would become its first Prime Minister, was declared an independent state. Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel ERETZ-ISRAEL [(Hebrew) […]