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Every day Israel entrenches its apartheid regime over the Palestinian people - seizing more Palestinian land, demolishing more homes, tightening its cruel siege on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and jailing Palestinians who protest. Complicit corporations like French insurance giant AXA play a key role in enabling Israeli repression.

This year has brought forth unprecedented challenges globally as an unequal world grapples with a global pandemic. This pandemic has laid bare deep divides that are built upon centuries of structural oppression- of racism, colonialism, neoliberal capitalism, patriarchy and climate catastrophe.

Tourism, and religious tourism more specifically, plays a direct role in legitimizing and expanding Israeli theft of Palestinian land. As annexation attempts under Netanyahu’s far right-wing government backed by a Trump White House flagrantly violate global human rights governance and international law, Israeli tourism in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) fundamentally enables this expansion while rendering vacationers and tourism businesses complicit.

As South African academics and intellectuals concerned with human rights, racism and colonialism, we are deeply concerned that the University of the Free State (UFS) has signed a partnership agreement with Haifa University. The latter Israeli university is deeply complicit in imposing an apartheid-like system on Palestinians and implicated in gross human rights abuses by supporting the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). Simultaneously, Israel’s efforts to cripple Palestinian higher education continues relentlessly. There are many Palestinian academics and students in prison.

HP-branded corporations: Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc, play key roles in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. They are complicit in Israel’s occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid regime.

ABP, the biggest pension fund in the Netherlands and among the five biggest in the world, announced in June that it would divest from the Israeli banks Leumi and Hapoalim. ABP had a total of 75 million euros invested in the two banks. According to an ABP spokesperson the location where the banks operate has played a role in the assessment.

This November, the city of Liverpool (UK) was due to host the arms fair Electronic Warfare Europe at the city-run ACC Exhibition Centre. Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest private weapons manufacturer whose arms are regularly used by the Israeli military to kill and mame Palestinian civilians, was one of the fair's global partners.

We are coming to the end of an inspiring week of action during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where the demands by Palestinian and global civil society for a UN investigation of Israel’s apartheid and the imposition of lawful, targeted sanctions resonated widely. Today, we share powerful messages of solidarity endorsing these demands from leading figures in the struggle for justice in the Global South.

As the United Nations holds its annual General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, join our twitterstorm calling on the UN to take concrete action to end State and corporate complicity in Israeli apartheid. This twitterstorm is part of a week of action calling on the UN to investigate Israeli apartheid and to work to end it.

In a letter released yesterday, 452 civil society groups – unions, movements, political parties and organizations – from tens of countries around the world called on the United Nations General Assembly and its Member States, currently meeting in New York, to investigate Israeli apartheid and to impose targeted sanctions to stop Israeli apartheid and illegal annexation of Palestinian land.

Apartheid is a crime against humanity, giving rise to individual criminal responsibility and State responsibility to bring the illegal situation to an end. In May 2020, a large number of Palestinian civil society organisations called on all States to adopt “effective countermeasures, including sanctions, to end Israel’s unlawful acquisition of Palestinian territory through use of force, its regime of apartheid, and its denial of our inalienable right to self-determination.”

Representatives of governments from around the world are meeting this week at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the UN’s 75th General Assembly (UNGA). Palestinians and supporters of their rights need your help to ensure that the UNGA responds to the Palestinian demand for freedom, justice and equality.