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Kuwait authorities exclude Veolia from $750m contract

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 1:13pm

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Occupied Palestine, 29 September 2014 – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) warmly welcomes the decision by the Kuwait City Municipality exclude the French company Veolia from a huge solid waste management contract, valued at $750 million, citing the BNC appeal to that affect. Basing its decision on Veolia’s complicity in Israeli projects that violate international law, the municipality also decided to exclude Veolia from “all future projects.”

According to reliable sources in Kuwait, following this humiliating defeat, Veolia was compelled to withdraw from a tender for a project to expand the “Um Al-Haiman” waste water treatment station after qualifying for it. The project is valued at about $1.5 billion.

Even before this total loss of contracts worth $2.25B, Veolia had already lost or had to pull out of tenders worth approximately $24 billion, mainly in the UK, Sweden, Ireland and the U.S.

Veolia has been forced to admit that the campaign against it is having a major impact and recently announced that it intends to sell off its Israeli  water, waste, and energy businesses, having already sold off its share in companies that operate bus lines through illegal Israeli settlements. The campaign against Veolia shall continue until it ends all aspects of its participation in Israeli violations of international law, including by withdrawing from the Jerusalem Light Rail and the Tovlan landfill, two infrastructure projects for illegal Israeli settlements.

The BNC appealed a few months ago to Kuwait’s Government and parliament to exclude Veolia because of its involvement in a number of Israeli projects that blatantly violate international law and the Palestinian human rights, including the “Jerusalem Light Rail” that connects the illegal settlements in and around occupied Jerusalem with the city.

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Executive Committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) had also called upon Kuwait’s Government “to boycott and exclude Veolia” because of “complicity with the Israeli occupation in violating international humanitarian law, especially in occupied Jerusalem.”

Zaid Shuaibi, the BNC’s Arab Affairs Coordinator stated that, “Following Israel’s latest massacre in Gaza, it is incumbent upon all of us to intensify our BDS campaigns to hold accountable by further isolating it in all fields.”

Shuaibi added, “Complicit international corporations, such as Veolia, G4S and HP, that enable Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid must pay a price for profiting from Israel’s occupation and human rights violations. They must be excluded from public and private contracts in the Arab world as well as in every country that upholds international law and supports the pursuit of freedom, justice and equality.”

This latest BDS victory against Veolia in Kuwait is seen by observers as “the tip of the BDS iceberg” in the Arab world.

ANC joins call for complete boycott of Israel, including travel bans, in solidarity with Palestine

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 9:22am

AFRICAN National Congress (ANC) members and leaders should not travel to Israel as the party is in solidarity with the people of Palestine, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

“(We are) joining the call for (a) cultural, academic and education boycott of Israel, including travel bans for members and leaders of the ANC, the alliance, members of Cabinet, Members of Parliament and government officials,” Mr Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg.

“Companies that do business in the occupied territory, such as Cape Gate, G4Security and Caterpillar, must not be allowed to do business with the state.

“Goods manufactured in the occupied territory should be boycotted.”

Mr Mantashe was providing feedback following the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting held at the weekend.

He said the NEC also agreed to support government initiatives and the special envoys appointed to facilitate peace processes in Lesotho, South Sudan and Sri Lanka.

South African retailer Woolworths earlier in September became the target of a boycott by various groups after reports that it continued to stock food sourced from Israel, and that some products had been produced in Palestine, but labelled “Made in Israel”.

In August, President Jacob Zuma ended a keynote speech to US business with a strong condemnation of Israel’s use of its military might in Gaza.

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Victory for BDS campaign as UEFA decides against Jerusalem tournament bid

Fri, 19/09/2014 - 2:39pm

Activists stage a sit-in protest at the headquarters of the French Football Federation to protest plans to allow Israel to host UEFA 2020 games

The Union of European Football Associations has rejected an Israeli bid to host games during the 2020 European Championships. The decision follows a campaign by Palestinian sports teams and campaign groups and activists across Europe.

The Israeli Football Association bid to host games in Jerusalem as part of the UEFA 2020 tournament that will take place across 13 cities, but UEFA announced on Friday that Jerusalem was not one of the successful bidders. Israel was one of just 6 countries that failed in its bid to host games.

75 ​Palestinian football teams and NGOs​​ wrote to​ UEFA president Michel​ Platini arguing that holding the UEFA 2020 games in Jerusalem would be tantamount to “rewarding” Israel for its massacre of more than 2,100 Palestinians, including over 500 children, during its recent 52-day assault on Gaza.

Campaigners across Europe pressured UEFA and national football associations not to accept the Israeli bid. Sit-ins were held by Palestine solidarity activists at the headquarters of French and Italian football associations. ​ ​

Abdulrahman Abunahel, the coordinator in Gaza with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee said:

“Given that awarding Israel the right to host the games would have been a sign of support for Israel’s massacre in Gaza and its war on Palestinian football, UEFA has made the only sensible decision.

“We thank all those who joined us in opposing Israel’s bid to host games in Jerusalem, a city from which Israel is ethnically cleansing Palestinians. Our online campaigning and the occupations of football association buildings in France and Italy undoubtedly played a role in persuading UEFA to to make the right choice.”

“Israel has launched a war on football in Palestine: footballers have been killed, stadiums bombed and players have been refused permission to travel to matches. UEFA must suspend the membership the Israeli Football Association if it continues to maintain its links with the Israeli state that practices occupation, colonisation and apartheid.”​

Thousands of people participated in a Twitter storm action on Tuesday to tell UEFA that awarding Israel the right to host UEFA 2020 tournament games would amount to a message of approval for its massacre in Gaza.

Among those killed in Israel’s recent massacre in Gaza were Ahmad Muhammad al-Qatar and Uday Caber, two 19-year-old football players at the start of their careers, and 49-year-old Ahed Zaqout, a footballing legend in Palestine known as “the voice of football” for his live commentaries. 32 sports facilities and around 500 athletes’ houses were also damaged.

Palestinian groups also warned that hosting games in Jerusalem would legitimise Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem, which is recognised as occupied Palestinian territory by the EU and UN.

Israel recently announced plans to further expand illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, a step that the UN and other agencies have warned will lead to further expulsions and forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes.

In a public letter protesting against UEFA’s decision to allow Israel to host the Under 21 tournament in 2013, more than 50 footballers including Didier Drogba and Frederik Kanoute called the Israeli-hosted tournament “a reward for actions that are contrary to sporting values”.

In 2010, UEFA president Michel Platini said: “Israel must choose between allowing Palestinian sport to continue and prosper or be forced to face the consequences for their behavior”.

Campaigners are now planning to intensify the pressure on Platini to live up to his promises and suspend the Israeli Football Association.

Show Israel the Red Card!

Wed, 10/09/2014 - 3:36pm

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UEFA faces Israel controversy over proposal to hold 2020 tournament games in Jerusalem

Wed, 10/09/2014 - 3:33pm

UEFA president Michel Platini is facing pressure to exclude the Israeli bid to host UEFA European Championship 2020 games ahead of the September 19 decision on which 12 cities the tournament will be held across.

Palestinian football teams and NGOs have written to Platini arguing that holding the UEFA 2020 games in Jerusalem would be tantamount to “rewarding” Israel for its massacre of more than 2,100 Palestinians, including over 500 children, during its recent 52-day assault on Gaza.

”Giving Israel the privilege of hosting a major international sports tournament just weeks after it has carried out a bloody massacre of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza strip would give a green light to future war crimes,” said Abdulrahman Abunahel, the coordinator in Gaza with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC).

“Palestinians in Gaza enjoy the beautiful game as much as anyone else but Israel has launched a war on football, killing footballers, bombing stadiums and refusing to allow players to travel to matches. UEFA must live up to its stated commitment to human rights and show Israel the red card,” Abunahel added.

Among those killed in Israel’s recent massacre were Ahmad Muhammad al-Qatar and Uday Caber, two 19-year-old football players at the start of their careers, and 49-year-old Ahed Zaqout, a footballing legend in Palestine known as “the voice of football” for his live commentaries. 32 sports facilities and around 500 athletes’ houses were also damaged.

The letter to Platini also warns UEFA that allowing the Israeli Football Association to host UEFA 2020 games in Jerusalem would legitimise Israel’s forced displacement of Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem, which is recognised as occupied Palestinian territory by the EU and UN.

Israel recently announced plans to further expand illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, a step that the UN and other agencies have warned will lead to further expulsions and forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes.

There are virtually no football facilities in East Jerusalem and it is almost impossible for Palestinians to play football, because of the severe Israeli restrictions on Palestinian space and development.

“Israel’s policies in Jerusalem are explicitly designed to forcibly displace Palestinians from the city to make way for ever expanding illegal Israeli settlements. Just last Thursday, the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem gave the green line to a plan to build 2,200 apartments in occupied East Jerusalem.”
“If UEFA decides to allow part of its football tournament to take place in Jerusalem, it will be providing tacit support to the serious violations of international law that Israel is committing in the city”, said Abunahel.

The Palestinian FA has previously called for the Israeli Football Association to be expelled from FIFA over its failure to protest Israel’s attacks on Palestinian sport.

Israel’s military forces routinely attack Palestinian footballers and prevent them from travelling to games and training. Two teenage aspiring professionals were deliberately shot in the feet by Israeli forces earlier this year while travelling home from a training session.

In 2010, UEFA president Michel Platini said: “Israel must choose between allowing Palestinian sport to continue and prosper or be forced to face the consequences for their behaviour”.

Platini and UEFA are expected to face months of intense protests and controversy if they decide to award Israel the right to host UEFA 2020 games.

In a public letter protesting against UEFA’s decision to allow Israel to host the Under 21 tournament in 2013, more than 50 footballers including Didier Drogba and Frederik Kanoute called the Israeli-hosted tournament “a reward for actions that are contrary to sporting values”.

A major UEFA function in London was disrupted and there were pitch invasions at games across Europe in the lead up to the tournament.

Appeal to Union of European Football Associations regarding Israel’s bid to host UEFA 2020 tournament games

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:05pm

Dear Michel Platini and UEFA executive committee members,

We, the undersigned Palestinian civil society organizations and national institutions, call upon UEFA to exclude the bid of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) for Jerusalem to host UEFA 2020 tournament games from the selection process. We make this appeal given Israel’s recent war crimes against the people of Gaza and the on-going occupation and persistent human rights violations against Palestinians, including in the field of sports.

Israel has once again carried out an abhorrent massacre of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. At least 2,168 Palestinians have been killed, including 519 children, and more than 8,000 people have been left wounded. At least 380,000 people have been displaced as Israel has deliberately targeted people’s homes and infrastructure. Palestinian and international organisations have accused Israel of committing war crimes. In the words of the top UN official for Palestinian refugees Pierre Krähenbühl: “Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.”

In addition, Israel deliberately undermines the development of Palestinian sports. It has annexed occupied East Jerusalem, established Jewish settlements and the Wall and carried out a policy of forced transfer against Palestinians. The UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice have called on the international community to not provide any form of recognition or assistance to these serious Israeli violations of international law.[1]

By awarding the IFA the privilege of hosting UEFA 2020 games in Jerusalem, UEFA would be sending a morally troubling message of approval — or even a reward for – Israel’s grave violations of human rights in Gaza, East Jerusalem and elsewhere at a time when Israel is facing increasing condemnation for adopting a policy of ethnic cleansing and apartheid.

According to media reports, the IFA has submitted its bid for Jerusalem to be allowed to host group stage games during the men’s UEFA European Football Championship in 2020.

The bid by the IFA comes at a time when numerous experts, including the UN experts on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, have concluded that Israel, with its practices of annexation and population transfer in occupied East Jerusalem and elsewhere, is responsible for apartheid, colonialism and ethnic cleansing.[2] According to the 1985 International Convention Against Apartheid in Sports, “sports contact with any country practicing apartheid in sports condones and strengthens apartheid.”[3]

Israel’s latest massacre and war crimes against the people of Gaza

On July 7 2014, Israel launched the latest in a long series of massacres against the Palestinian population of the besieged Gaza Strip. More than 2,168 Palestinians have been killed, including 519 children, and more than 8,000 people have been left wounded. At least 380,000 people have been displaced as Israel has deliberately targeted civilian homes and infrastructure.

More than 20 Palestinian athletes have been killed, including legendary former footballer and broadcaster Ahed Zaqout. 32 sports facilities and around 500 athletes’ houses were damaged. Four Palestinian children from a single family were deliberately killed while playing football on the beach.

The Israeli siege of Gaza is one of the most brutal manifestations of the Israeli occupation. The latest attack is part of an ongoing policy of collective punishment and killing practised by Israel against the people of Gaza, a violation of international law that Israel appears determined to continue.

On 23 July 2014, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) ordered the establishment of an independent international commission to investigate alleged violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law relating to Israel’s attack on Gaza. UN officials and Palestinian and international organisations are expected to present evidence of grave Israeli violations of international law amounting to war crimes.

Systematic Israeli attacks on Palestinian sports, an act of apartheid

The infamous Israeli permit system, which has deprived so many Palestinians in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip of their freedom of movement, is reminiscent of the “pass laws” of apartheid South Africa. Permits have been denied to Palestinian footballers for travel to international tournaments, or even participation in local training sessions, simply because they are Palestinian. Israel denies movement permits and attacks Palestinian athletes and sport facilities in order to prevent the development of independent Palestinian sports and as a means of collective punishment.

During Israel’s 2008-09 military attack on the occupied and blockaded Gaza Strip, the Rafah National Stadium was targeted and destroyed and three Palestinian footballers were killed. In Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, the situation of Palestinian sports is extremely grim. There are no football facilities and it is almost impossible for Palestinians to play football, because of the severe Israeli restrictions on Palestinian space and development.

Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing in occupied Palestinian Jerusalem

Since the illegal annexation of occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, all Israeli authorities have worked to transform the Jerusalem under their control into a Jewish-Israeli city. Accordingly, Israeli policies have been guided by the official doctrine of “demographic balance”, which specifies that Palestinians must not exceed a quota of 30% of the combined population of West and East Jerusalem.[4]

In a series of actions that amount to war crimes under international law, Israel has transferred approximately 200,000 of its own citizens into occupied East Jerusalem and forcibly displaced Palestinians within and from the city, in order to create space for the illegal settlements. Israel has ethnically cleansed Palestinians using a variety of measures, including expulsions and forced evictions, combined with expropriation of Palestinian homes and land, demolitions of Palestinian homes and cultural heritage and revocation of the Jerusalem residency permits of Palestinians.

A report published by senior EU officials in Jerusalem in 2012 observed that “restrictive measures… in relation to the ID and residency status of Palestinians from East Jerusalem” are “linked to Israel’s demographic policy” and the “stated aim in official planning documents” is to maintain a specific ethnic ratio.”[5]

Palestinians are today facing a crisis in Jerusalem. Most of the Palestinian population under Israel’s occupation, more than 4 million people, are denied free access to the city by an Israeli system of permits, military checkpoints and the Wall.

According to data provided by independent and official Israeli, Palestinian and UN sources and compiled by the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem,[6] Israel has confiscated at least one third of the Palestinian land in occupied East Jerusalem, and 87% of the entire city area is allocated or reserved for Jewish-Israeli development. Only 13% of Israeli building permits issued between 2005 and 2009 were for Palestinians. Israel demolished 370 Palestinian structures, mainly homes, built without permits, and forcibly displaced 909 Palestinians in the period 2009-2013 alone, while approximately 93,000 Palestinians are at risk of being displaced by having their homes demolished.

Since 1967, one quarter of all Palestinians living in East Jerusalem today have been forcibly displaced at least once, mainly due to lack of housing and Israeli residency restrictions. No information is available about the total number of Palestinians permanently transferred from occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli revocation of Jerusalem residency permits alone has resulted in the permanent deportation of at least 14,300 Palestinians, mainly since 1996 (11,131 revocations).[7]

Our call to UEFA

In 2010, UEFA president Michel Platini stated, “Israel must choose between allowing Palestinian sport to continue and prosper or be forced to face the consequences for their behaviour”.[8]

When Israel was selected as host of the Under 21 tournament in 2013, more than 50 top-flight professional footballers denounced the efforts of Israeli officials to paint Israel as a liberal European-type democracy. In a public letter protesting against UEFA’s decision, they called the Israeli-hosted tournament “a reward for actions that are contrary to sporting values”.[9]

Following the deliberate shootings of Jawhar Nasser Jawhar (19) and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya (17), while they played football earlier this year, and in response to the continued Israeli movement restrictions and other harassment, the Palestinian Football Association called for Israel to be expelled from FIFA, reflecting sweeping sentiment among Palestinians everywhere.[10]

In light of the above, we, the undersigned Palestinian civil society organizations and national institutions, call on UEFA not to reward Israel for colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and not to turn a blind eye to the IFA’s systematic failure to speak out against Israel’s deliberate targeting of Palestinian football and sports in general.

We urge UEFA in the strongest possible terms not to consider the provocative bid by the IFA to host 2020 games in Jerusalem. We also urge the UEFA Executive to inform the IFA that its UEFA membership will be suspended if Israel does not comply with international law and end its deliberate targeting of Palestinian sport.

We shall be urging all fans and players of the beautiful game to support us and engage UEFA on this important matter.

From Occupied Palestine,

The Civic National Commission on Jerusalem, including:

Union of Palestinian Charitable Organizations
Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO)
Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)
Council of National Forces in Palestine
Jerusalem Clubs League
Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem
General Union of Palestinian Women
Palestinian Theatres League
Coalition for Jerusalem
Arab Studies Society/Faisal al Husseini Foundation
Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)

Palestinian Talent Football Academy
Burj Alluqluq Social Center
Abna’a Al-Quds Club
Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)
Arab Thought Form
Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling
Palestinian Students’ Campaign for Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI)
University Teachers’ Association in Palestine

And the following Palestinian sports clubs:

Youth Herak Movement, Gaza
Al-Istiklala Sports Club, Gaza
Jamai Rafah Sports Club, Gaza
Qatanna Sports Club
Issawiya Sports Club
Burj Al-Laqlaq Community Center
Old City Youth Association
Za’ayem Youth Sports Club
Youth Development Department YDD – Arab Studies Society
We Are All Palestine Youth Foundation
Qalandia Youth Center
Al-Quds Club
Jerusalem Club
De La Salle Club
Ahli Club – Jerusalem
Biddu Club
Terra Santa Custodia Center
Arab Sports Center
Beit Hanina Jerusalem Club
Al-Thori Youth Club
Abnaa’ Al-Quds Sports Club
The Youth Social Center – Shu’fat Refugee Camp
Arab Jahalin Club
Sur Baher Sport Club
Al-Ram Youth Club
Beit Safafa Arab Club
Prisoners’ Club in Jerusalem
Shumu’Al-Quds Association
Al-Jadeera Development Association
Young Men’s Muslim Association – Hizma / YMMA
Zahrat Almadaen Association
Center’s Union of the Palestinian Football Association
Jaba’ Sports Club
Beit Sourik Club
Palestinian Sports Academy
Mount of Olives Club
Al-Quds University – Abu Dis
Anata Youth Club
Anata’s Jerusalemite Youth Club
Jabal Al-Mukaber Club
Islamic Silwan Club
Al Jib Sports Club
Young Men’s Muslim Association – Al-Ram / YMMA
Hilal Al-Quds Club
Jerusalem Hilal Club 
Jerusalem Association of Martyr’s Families
Jerusalem Scouts Commission
Jerusalem Clubs League
Palestine Table Tennis Federation
Employee’s Club
Elia Youth Media Association
Elia Association for Youth
Beit ‘Anan Club

[1] See, for example, UN Security Council Resolutions 447 (1979); 465, 471 and 478 of 1980; ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Israeli Wall in occupied Palestinian territory, 9 July 2004.

[2] http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/65/331 See also: UN Special Rapporteur John Dugard, A/HRC/4/17 (29 Jan 2007); UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, A/HRC/16/72 (10 January 2011); Russell Tribunal on Palestine, Cape Town Session: http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en/sessions/south-africa/south-africa-session-%E2%80%94-full-findings/cape-town-session-summary-of-findings

[3] https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/UNTS/Volume%201500/volume-1500-I-25822-English.pdf#sthash.BJds0og9.dpuf

[4] http://www.pij.org/details.php?id=333

[5] http://www.eccpalestine.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/EU_Homs_Jerusalem_Report_2012-1.pdf

[6] For sources see, “From diversity to racial segregation and domination: Palestinians in Jerusalem”, Fact Sheet, Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem. April 2014: http://www.civiccoalition-jerusalem.org/system/files/jerusalem_fact_sheet_4_2014.pdf

[7] Supra, Fact Sheet of the Civic Coalition-Jerusalem.

[8] https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/1551-platini-threatens-to-annul-israels-membership-of-uefa

[9] http://www.bdsmovement.net/2012/footballers-condemn-plans-to-hold-u21-european-championship-in-israel-10120

[10] http://www.thenation.com/blog/178642/after-latest-incident-israels-future-fifa-uncertain

A call from Gaza: Make Israel Accountable for its Crimes in Gaza – Intensify BDS!

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 4:06pm

Occupied and still-besieged Gaza, 5 September 2014–From the ruins of our towns and cities in Gaza, we send our heartfelt appreciation to all those who stood with us and mobilized during the latest Israeli massacre. In the occupied West Bank, Israel has embarked on one of its largest illegal land grabs in decades by confiscating another 1000 acres of Palestinian land to expand its illegal colonies. Now, our battle to hold Israel accountable for its fresh war crimes and crimes against humanity has begun. The outcome of this battle to end Israeli impunity will determine whether Israel’s latest assault will be yet another stage in Israel’s “incremental genocide” of Palestinians or the turning point that will bring an end to Israel’s status as an entity above the law—the world’s dangerous pariah. The outcome of this battle depends on you.

Two months after its 2008-09 massacre in Gaza, Israel’s prize was an upgrade in trade relations with the European Union. By 2012, western powers in cooperation with the UN Secretary General had effectively prevented all investigation by the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the war crimes and crimes against humanity that Israel committed during the attack.

During the most recent massacre, on August 2nd 2014, three days after the occupation forces bombed the designated UN humanitarian shelter in Jabalya refugee camp, killing 20 civilians and wounding at least 150 people as they slept, the US Congress approved $225 million in additional military aid to Israel. The following day, the occupation forces bombed another UN shelter in Rafah killing ten civilians and injuring dozens. Also during the massacre, Germany sold Israel an attack submarine with nuclear capability, and Britain refused to freeze its arms sales to Israel. These and other forms of criminal complicity from world governments and official bodies pave the way for Israel’s ongoing genocidal attacks. It is up to people of conscience and all those who seek peace with justice worldwide to make sure this complicity ends now.

We urge you to stand with the Palestinian people in its entirety and to demand that Israel be held accountable for the war crimes and crimes against humanity it has committed and continues to commit against the Palestinian people everywhere. We urge you to intensify boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns to further isolate Israel economically, militarily, academically and culturally.

Intensify BDS against Israel in all fields, including by taking the following actions:

1. Working to have arrest warrants issued against Israeli war criminals and for them to be tried before your courts.

2. Pressuring governments to impose a comprehensive military embargo on Israel.

3. Pressuring governments to suspend all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel until it complies with international law.

4. Building effective direct action against Israel and Israeli companies, such as the inspiring Block the Boat actions that prevented Israeli ships from unloading in California and Seattle, and the occupations of Israeli weapons company Elbit Systems’ factories in the UK and Australia.

5. Working within trade unions to raise awareness about Israel’s regime of oppression and engaging in effective BDS measures such as stopping handling of Israeli goods, divesting trade union funds from Israel and complicit companies, and boycotting complicit Israel trade unions. The trade union movement has a proud history of successful campaigning against apartheid in South Africa, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions has joined Palestinian trade unions in calling for trade union action to end Israel’s impunity.

6. Holding to account those corporations and retailers that support and profit from Israel’s regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid, including by boycotting their products and taking creative and direct action. The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has suggested a list of corporate criminals to target: http://www.bdsmovement.net/make-an-impact.

The majority of the world’s people are waking up to the reality of Israel’s rogue regime of oppression and racism. For the rest of what is supposed to be the International year of solidarity with the Palestinian people, demand an end to Israel’s criminal impunity. Stand with Gaza, and act for freedom, justice and peace in Palestine.

Issued by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) and the following Gaza organizations/unions:

Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions
University Teachers’ Association in Palestine
Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (Umbrella for 133 orgs)
Medical Democratic Assembly
General Union of Palestine Workers
General Union for Health Services Workers
General Union for Public Services Workers
General Union for Petrochemical and Gas Workers
General Union for Agricultural Workers
Union of Women’s Work Committees
Pal-Cinema (Palestine Cinema Forum)
Herak Youth Movement
Union of Women’s Struggle Committees
Union of Synergies—Women Unit
Union of Palestinian Women Committees
Women’s Studies Society
Working Woman’s Society
Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel
Gaza BDS Working Group
One Democratic State Group

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