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

Dexia looking for buyer for its Israeli subsidiary

  "The Belgian-French financial group Dexia gave a mandate to the Rothschild merchant bank to find a buyer for its Israeli subsidiary. The decision follows several takeover proposals for the bank.

 

"The Belgian-French financial group Dexia gave a mandate to the Rothschild merchant bank to find a buyer for its Israeli subsidiary. The decision follows several takeover proposals for the bank. The French news website Wansquare reported this on Thursday and Dexia confirmed the news." a Belgian newspaper wrote April 7, 2011.

In a press release Dexia-campaign stated: "The campaign 'Israel colonizes - Dexia finances' welcomes the intention of the Dexia Group to sell its branch in Israel."

Continue until the end

For over two years, Dexia denied its responsibility in giving loans to illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Since the beginning, it played down its involvement in illegal activities to the extent that Dexia Chairman Jean-Luc Dehaene once stated: “East Jerusalem does not exist”. Today, the campaign is aware of 51 Israeli settlements that received funding through Dexia-Israel, making a total sum of nearly 40 million Euros. Rumours in the past circulated about a sale of Dexia-Israel, but proved to only be rumours. Therefore, we have to stay alert.

We call on all organizations and activists to maintain the pressure on Dexia. We ask everyone to help Dexia make the right decision. Please join us at the General Meeting of Dexia on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 14:30. Register here to join.
Sustained pressure pays off

News of a planned sale of Dexia-Israel is not surprising. Since the first action on 12 November 2008, the 82 member organizations of the Dexia campaign have taken numerous initiatives to step up the pressure on Dexia. They demanded that Dexia 'cut all ties with the occupation'. Today, Dexia intends to get rid of its Israeli subsidiary all together.

* More than 10,000 protest cards were sent to the Dexia headquarters.
* Activists were regularly present in front of Dexia offices to inform the customers of the bank’s links with the occupied territories.
* Dozens of information evenings were organised, with up to 350 people present at the campaign-launching event.
* Local groups were able to convince 42 municipalities and one province - all Dexia shareholders - to vote a motion supporting the demands of the campaign.
* Activists took part in the General Meeting of Dexia twice (the third participation is planned on May 11, 2011). Jean-Luc Dehaene, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dexia, admitted the loans went against the ethical code of Dexia and promised to end any further loans. This provoked the anger of the settlers who called for a ... boycott of Dexia-Israel.
* Dozens of parliamentarians addressed questions regarding the case to several ministers in the House, Senate and the different regional parliaments. These parliaments along with the municipalities, control 25% of Dexia shares.
* Solidarity groups in France, Luxembourg and Turkey backed the Dexia campaign. Together with Belgium, these countries comprise the principal markets for Dexia,
* The campaign was discussed during the "Russell Tribunal on Palestine" in London. Based on evidence submitted by leading personalities, lawyers and judges, the court indicted Dexia of complicity in violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
* The campaign was used as a case study at the World Social Forum in Dakar In February 2011, during the launching of the Senegalese BDS campaign. (Boycott-divestment-sanctions campaign against Israel)

Spokesperson 'Israel colonizes - Dexia finances'
Mario Franssen – 0498/54.16.42 – 02/209.23.50 – [email protected]

http://www.openbarebank.be/archives/5709


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