Outraged at apartheid Israel’s crimes against Palestinians? Here are 5 things you can do.

In many countries, governments and corporations are deeply complicit with Israel’s decades-old regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid, just as they were complicit in the apartheid regime in South Africa. Israel can only sustain this regime of oppression with international complicity. 

Here are the 5 most effective things YOU can do to challenge this complicity and support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality:

  1. Work with progressive networks to pressure parliament and government to (a) end all military-security cooperation and trade (military funding in the US case) with apartheid Israel and similarly criminal regimes of oppression worldwide, (b) ban all goods/services of companies operating in Israel’s illegal colonial settlements; and (c) demand a UN investigation of Israeli apartheid.

  2. Mobilize pressure in your community, trade union, association, church, social network, student government/union, city council, cultural center, or other organization to declare it an Apartheid Free Zone (AFZ), ending all relations with apartheid Israel and companies that are complicit in its system of oppression.

  3. Boycott products/services of, and/or mobilize institutional pressure to divest from, Israeli and international companies and banks that are complicit in Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. This includes all Israeli banks (Leumi, Hapoalim, etc.) and major multinationals such as: Elbit Systems, HP, G4S/Allied Universal, AXA, CAF, PUMA, Caterpillar, General Mills/Pillsbury, Hyundai Heavy Industries, JCB, Volvo, Barclays Bank, Alstom, Motorola Solutions, and CEMEX.

  4. Cancel all academic, cultural, sports, and tourism engagements in Israel or supported/sponsored by Israel (or its lobby groups and complicit institutions).

  5. Join a BDS campaign or a strategic Palestine solidarity group near you to act collectively and effectively.

Channel your anger and mobilize to dismantle apartheid and all forms of racism and oppression.

In the News

BNC to participate in South Africa session of Russell Tribunal on Palestine

BDS National Committee to participate in South Africa session of Russell Tribunal on Palestine - Cape Town, 5-7 November 2011 Live webcast begins 8am local time Saturday 5 November : http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.

BDS National Committee to participate in South Africa session of Russell Tribunal on Palestine - Cape Town, 5-7 November 2011

Live webcast begins 8am local time Saturday 5 November : http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en

Representatives of the Palestinian BDS National Committtee (BNC), the broad Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the BDS movement, will participate in the Third International Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in South Africa next month. Rafeef Ziadah, Jamal Juma’ and Ingrid Jaradat will appear as expert witnesses testifying about Israel’s apartheid policies against the Palestinian people.

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is a public awareness tribunal set up by international civil society to investigate violations of international law perpetrated against the Palestinian people.

The upcoming session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine will investigate the question: “Are Israel’s practices against the Palestinian People in breach of the prohibition on Apartheid under International Law?”

Jamal Juma’, coordinator of BNC member organisation Stop the Wall, will discuss measures designed to segregate Palestinians.

“Whereas international institutions and governments fail to take action in support of justice and equality for the Palestinian people, the Russell Tribunal will raise awareness about the urgency of holding Israel accountable for its violations of international law,” said Juma’.

“This tribunal will serve as an effective tool with which to educate a wider public about the nature of Israel’s system of oppression of Palestinians and will help to mobilise support for popular resistance and the BDS movement,” he added.

Rafeef Ziadah, representing the Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS), the largest Palestinian trade union coalition and a member organisation of the BNC, will give evidence on the exploitation of Palestinian labour.

Ingrid Jaradat will discuss Palestinian identity and Palestinians as a distinct racial  group for the purposes of the definition of apartheid.

Others due to attend include Stéphane Hessel, Alice Walker and Ronald Kasrils, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The Palestinian BDS National committee (BNC)
[email protected]
www.bdsmovement.net
 


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