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Political declaration of the European Forum Against Agrexco

 

In June 2011, campaigners gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. The following declaration was agreed upon by organisations from across Europe. 

Political declaration after the Forum against Agrexco

July 2011

We, Palestinian and Europeans together, affirm our determination to put an end to Agrexco’s presence in Europe. Our actions are taking place within the framework of the Palestinian-led global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

We have established a European wide coalition of organisations committed to coordinating our boycott campaigns and court actions against Agrexco. Secondly, we are calling for a European day of action against Agrexco on Saturday 26 November 2011.

We aim to build the widest possible alliance of individuals and organisations across Europe concerned with international law and refusing to be complicit in the violations of the rights of the Palestinian people perpetrated by Agrexco.

Agrexco is dedicated to exporting agricultural products. Sold under brand names such as Carmel, Coral, Biotop, Eco-Fresh, etc. these products embody Palestinian suffering: grown on stolen land with stolen water, produced through the exploitation of Palestinian labour – including child labour – they are part and parcel of a policy of colonisation, dispossession and apartheid carried out by Israel in Palestine. Agro-industrial corporation turned towards exportation, Agrexco is developing an industrial agriculture which harms the environment and destroys peasant agriculture in Palestine as well as in Europe.

It is therefore a key actor of Israeli oppression and a strategic target for the BDS movement.

We recognize that national and multinational businesses as well as European institutions and governments have failed to act. They trade with Agrexco or legitimize its trade without regard for the rights of the Palestinian people, therefore becoming complicit in war crimes.

We, citizens of all European countries, are committed to end this unacceptable situation through information, advocacy, non-violent direct action, legal action, and popular campaigning.

The following organisations have joined the campaign against Agrexco. To sign the political declaration send an email to: christophe[dot]perrin[at]lacimade[dot]org (organisations only)

Coalition contre Agrexco (France)

BDS France (France)

Netherlands Palestine Committee (Netherlands)

U4P Utrecht for Palestine (Netherlands)

BPP Breed Platform Palestina Haarlem (Netherlands)

BDS Group Berlin (Germany)

International League of Human Rights (Germany)

Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East (Germany)

Stop Agrexco (Italy)

Palestinagrupperna i Sverige (Sweden)

Palestinakomiteen (Norway)

Collectif Urgence Palestine Vaud (Switzerland)

BDS Switzerland (Switzerland)

Comité de Solidariedade com a Palestina (Portugal)

Association Belgo-palestinienne (ABP) (Belgium)

Haags Vredesplatform (HVP) (Netherlands )

Boycott Israel Network (UK)

Red Solidaria Contra la Ocupación de Palestina (RESCOP) (Spain)

BDS Catalunya (Catalunya)

Izquierda Anticapitalista (Spain)

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK)

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) (Ireland)


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