[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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