[News] March 30 - Organize for boycott Israel day of action
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Organize for boycott Israel day of action
Appeal, Secretariat of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions National Committee,
19 February 2009
In December 2008, Israel decided to mark the 60th anniversary of its
existence the same way it had established itself -- perpetrating
massacres against the Palestinian people. In 23 days, Israel killed
more than 1,300 and injured at least 5,000 Palestinians in Gaza. The
irony of history is that Israel targeted those Palestinians -- and
their descendants -- whom it had expelled from their homes and pushed
into refugeehood in Gaza in 1948, whose land it has stolen, whom it
has oppressed since 1967 by means of a brutal military occupation,
and whom it had tried to starve into submission by means of a
criminal blockade of food, fuel and electricity in the 18 months
preceding the military assault. We cannot wait for Israel to zero in
on its next objective. Palestine has today become the test of our
indispensable morality and our common humanity.
We therefore call on all to unite our different capacities and
struggles in a Global Day of Action in Solidarity with the
Palestinian people and for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
against Israel on 30 March 2009.
The mobilization coincides with the Palestinian Land Day, the annual
commemoration of the 1976 Israeli massacre of Palestinians in the
Galilee in struggle against massive land expropriation, and forms
part of the Global Week of Action against the Crises and War from 28
March 28 to 4 April.
We urge the people and their organizations around the globe to
mobilize in concrete and visible boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS)
actions to make this day a historic step in this new anti-apartheid
movementand for the fulfilment of the rights and dignity of the
people and the accountability of the powerful. In our 30 March BDS
actions, we will particularly focus on:
* Boycotts and divestment from Israeli corporations and
international corporations that sustain Israeli apartheid and occupation.
* Legal action to end Israel's impunity and prosecute its war
criminals through national court cases and international tribunals.
* Cancelling and blocking free trade and other preferential
agreements with Israel and imposing an arms embargo as the first
steps towards fully fledged sanctions against Israel.
The time for the world to fully adopt and implement the Palestinian
call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions is now. This campaign has
to become an urgent part of every struggle for justice and humanity,
by adopting widespread action against Israeli products, companies,
academic and cultural institutions, sports groups, international
corporations supporting Israeli policies of racism, ethnic cleansing
and military occupation and pressuring governments for sanctions. It
must be sustained until Israel provides free access to Gaza,
dismantles the Apartheid Wall and ends its occupation and
colonization of all Arab lands; recognizes the right of the Arab
Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and respects,
protects and promotes the rights of the Palestinian refugees to
return to their homes and properties.
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) includes: Council of
National and Islamic Forces in Palestine; General Union of
Palestinian Workers; Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions;
Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations' Network (PNGO);
Federation of Independent Trade Unions; Union of Palestinian
Charitable Organizations; Global Palestine Right of Return Coalition;
Occupied Palestine and Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI);
General Union of Palestinian Women; Palestinian Farmers Union (PFU);
Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (STW);
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
(PACBI); National Committee to Commemorate the Nakba; Civic Coalition
for the Defense of Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem (CCDPRJ);
Coalition for Jerusalem; and Palestinian Economic Monitor.
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