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

PRESS RELEASE: UN Official Warns AXA Investment in Israeli Banks Breach of International Human Rights

On eve of AXA’s annual general meeting (AGM), United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Michael Lynk, called on the French insurance giant to fully divest from Israeli banks while activists gathered in several cities across Europe raising the same demand.

AXA currently invests US$6 million in four Israeli banks which finance the illegal Israeli settlements on confiscated land in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), including East Jerusalem. 

Speaking ahead of AXA’s AGM Mr Lynk emphasized that:

“Given the gross human rights violations associated with the Israeli settlements, it is impossible for businesses to be economically engaged with the Israeli settlements and still respect their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.”

“Both direct and indirect corporate involvement constitute a breach of international human rights”, he continued.

The UN official then outlined the European Union’s view of the current situation in the OPT, calling it a “One state reality of unequal rights, perpetual occupation, and conflict”. 

His statement comes just two days after Human Rights Watch released a groundbreaking report confirming that Israel’s regime over the Palestinian people (in present day Israel, the OPT, and the millions of internal and external Palestinian refugees) constitutes a system of apartheid. 

The report calls on businesses to “assess whether their goods and services contribute to the crimes of apartheid and persecution” and to “cease providing goods and services that will likely be used for such purposes.”

Mr Lynk then made a direct call to AXA to fully divest the four Israeli banks financing the illegal Israeli settlements, warning that all of the Israeli banks which AXA has invested in are listed on the UN database of companies involved in the settlement economy.

“For corporates like the French insurance company AXA, this represents a moment of truth. By investing in Israeli banks which finance the illegal Israeli settlements on confiscated Palestinian land, AXA becomes entangled with these gross human rights violations.”

Activists across Europe turn up the heat on AXA ahead of its AGM

Protests took place in several European cities urging AXA to divest from Israeli banks that fuel apartheid.

In Berlin activists protested in front of AXA’s headquarters and then cycled through the city with big placards calling for the boycott of AXA.

In Madrid activists visited different AXA offices, sharing leaflets of the campaign and details on AXA’s investments.

In Brussels and Dublin, activists protested outside AXA HQ using AXA’s slogan #KnowYouCan to say “AXA, you know you can divest from Israeli apartheid”.

In Italy campaigners reached out to the majority of AXA offices, warning them about the boycott campaign and highlighting the risks resulting for the French insurance company,  if it doesn’t divest soon. Activists also protested outside AXA’s HQ in Milan and in front of offices in Turin, Pisa, Bologna and Trieste. 

Since the launch of the boycott call last September, over 12,000 people, including scholar Noam Chomsky, and 270 organisations have signed the pledge to boycott AXA.

Recently, New Zealand Superannuation Fund has divested from Israel’s five main banks. An assessment by the NZ Super Fund concluded that holding shares in Israel’s biggest banks would violate its responsible investment policy and cited. New Zealand’s 2016 vote in support of UN Security Council resolution 2334 which reaffirms the illegality of Israel’s settlements.

 


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