[News] Gaza Freedom Marchers issue the "Cairo Declaration" to end Israeli Apartheid

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End Israeli Apartheid

Gaza Freedom Marchers issue the "Cairo Declaration" to end Israeli Apartheid

January 02, 2010 By Authors Many


Ziyaad Lunat - 0191181340 (Egypt)

January 1, 2010

(Cairo) -- Gaza Freedom Marchers approved today a 
declaration aimed at accelerating the global 
campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions 
(BDS) against Israeli Apartheid.

Roughly 1400 activists from 43 countries 
converged in Cairo on their way to Gaza to join 
with Palestinians marching to break Israel's 
illegal siege. They were prevented from entering 
Gaza by the Egyptian authorities.

As a result, the Freedom Marchers remained in 
Cairo. They staged a series of nonviolent actions 
aimed at pressuring the international community 
to end the siege as one step in the larger 
struggle to secure justice for Palestinians throughout historic Palestine.

This declaration arose from those actions:

End Israeli Apartheid Cairo Declaration

January 1, 2010

We, international delegates meeting in Cairo 
during the Gaza Freedom March 2009 in collective 
response to an initiative from the South African delegation, state:

In view of:

·         Israel's ongoing collective punishment 
of Palestinians through the illegal occupation and siege of Gaza;
·         the illegal occupation of the West 
Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the continued 
construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall and settlements;
·         the new Wall under construction by 
Egypt and the US which will tighten even further the siege of Gaza;
·         the contempt for Palestinian democracy 
shown by Israel, the US, Canada, the EU and 
others after the Palestinian elections of 2006;
·         the war crimes committed by Israel 
during the invasion of Gaza one year ago;
·         the continuing discrimination and 
repression faced by Palestinians within Israel;
·         and the continuing exile of millions of Palestinian refugees;
·         all of which oppressive acts are based 
ultimately on the Zionist ideology which underpins Israel;
·         in the knowledge that our own 
governments have given Israel direct economic, 
financial, military and diplomatic support and 
allowed it to behave with impunity;
·         and mindful of the United Nations 
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (2007)

We reaffirm our commitment to:

·         Palestinian Self-Determination
·         Ending the Occupation
·         Equal Rights for All within historic Palestine
·         The full Right of Return for Palestinian refugees

We therefore reaffirm our commitment to the 
United Palestinian call of July 2005 for Boycott, 
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to compel Israel 
to comply with international law.

To that end, we call for and wish to help 
initiate a global mass, democratic anti-apartheid 
movement to work in full consultation with 
Palestinian civil society to implement the Palestinian call for BDS.

Mindful of the many strong similarities between 
apartheid Israel and the former apartheid regime in South Africa, we propose:

1)     An international speaking tour in the 
first 6 months of 2010 by Palestinian and South 
African trade unionists and civil society 
activists, to be joined by trade unionists and 
activists committed to this programme within the 
countries toured, to take mass education on BDS 
directly to the trade union membership and wider public internationally;

2)     Participation in the Israeli Apartheid Week in March 2010;

3)     A systematic unified approach to the 
boycott of Israeli products, involving consumers, 
workers and their unions in the retail, 
warehousing, and transportation sectors;

4)     Developing the Academic, Cultural and Sports boycott;

5)     Campaigns to encourage divestment of trade 
union and other pension funds from companies 
directly implicated in the Occupation and/or the Israeli military industries;

6)     Legal actions targeting the external 
recruitment of soldiers to serve in the Israeli 
military, and the prosecution of Israeli 
government war criminals; coordination of 
Citizen's Arrest Bureaux to identify, campaign 
and seek to prosecute Israeli war criminals; 
support for the Goldstone Report and the implementation of its recommendations;

7)     Campaigns against charitable status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

We appeal to organisations and individuals 
committed to this declaration to sign it and work with us to make it a reality.

Please e-mail us at 
<http://us.mc388.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=cairodec@gmail.com>cairodec at gmail.com
Signed by:

(* Affiliation for identification purposes only.)

1.         Hedy Epstein, Holocaust Survivor/ Women in Black*, USA

2.         Nomthandazo Sikiti, Nehawu, Congress 
of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Affiliate 
International Officer*, South Africa

3.         Zico Tamela, Satawu, Congress of South 
African Trade Unions (COSATU) Affiliate International Officer*, South Africa

4.         Hlokoza Motau, Numsa, Congress of 
South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Affiliate 
International Officer*, South Africa

5.         George Mahlangu, Congress of South 
African Trade Unions (COSATU) Campaigns Coordinator*, South Africa

6.         Crystal Dicks, Congress of South 
African Trade Unions (COSATU) Education Secretary*, South Africa

7.         Savera Kalideen, SA Palestinian Solidarity Committee*, South Africa

8.         Suzanne Hotz, SA Palestinian Solidarity Group*, South Africa

9.         Shehnaaz Wadee, SA Palestinian Solidarity Alliance*, South Africa

10.         Haroon Wadee, SA Palestinian Solidarity Alliance*, South Africa

11.         Sayeed Dhansey, South Africa

12.         Faiza Desai, SA Palestinian Solidarity Alliance*, South Africa

13.         Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada*, USA

14.         Hilary Minch, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Committee*, Ireland

15.         Anthony Loewenstein, Australia

16.         Sam Perlo-Freeman, United Kingdom

17.         Julie Moentk, Pax Christi*, USA

18.         Ulf Fogelström, Sweden

19.         Ann Polivka, Chico Peace and Justice Center*, USA

20.         Mark Johnson, Fellowship of Reconciliation*, USA

21.         Elfi Padovan, Munich Peace Committee*/Die Linke*, Germany

22.         Elizabeth Barger, Peace Roots Alliance*/Plenty I*, USA

23.         Sarah Roche-Mahdi, CodePink*, USA

24.         Svetlana Gesheva-Anar, Bulgaria

25.         Cristina Ruiz Cortina, Al Quds-Malaga*, Spain

26.         Rachel Wyon, Boston Gaza Freedom March*, USA

27.         Mary Hughes-Thompson, Women in Black*, USA

28.         David Letwin, International Jewish 
Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)*, USA

29.         Jean Athey, Peace Action Montgomery*, USA

30.         Gael Murphy, Gaza Freedom March*/CodePink*, USA

31.         Thomas McAfee, Journalist/PC*, USA

32.         Jean Louis Faure, International 
Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)*, France

33.         Timothy A King, Christians for Peace 
and Justice in the Middle East*, USA

34.         Gail Chalbi, Palestine/Israel Justice 
Project of the Minnesota United Methodist Church*, USA

35.         Ouahib Chalbi, Palestine/Israel 
Justice Project of the Minnesota United Methodist Church*, USA

36.         Greg Dropkin, Liverpool Friends of Palestine*, England

37.         Felice Gelman, Wespac Peace and 
Justice New York*/Gaza Freedom March*, USA

38.         Ron Witton, Australian Academic Union*, Australia

39.         Hayley Wallace, Palestine Solidarity Committee*, USA

40.         Norma Turner, Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign*, England

41.         Paula Abrams-Hourani, Women in Black 
(Vienna)*/ Jewish Voice for Just Peace in the Middle East*, Austria

42.         Mateo Bernal, Industrial Workers of the World*, USA

43.         Mary Mattieu, Collectif Urgence Palestine*, Switzerland

44.         Agneta Zuppinger, Collectif Urgence Palestine*, Switzerland

45.         Ashley Annis, People for Peace*, Canada

46.         Peige Desgarlois, People for Peace*, Canada

47.         Hannah Carter, Canadian Friends of Sabeel*, Canada

48.         Laura Ashfield, Canadian Friends of Sabeel*, Canada

49.         Iman Ghazal, People for Peace*, Canada

50.         Filsam Farah, People for Peace*, Canada

51.         Awa Allin, People for Peace*, Canada

52.         Cleopatra McGovern, USA

53.         Miranda Collet, Spain

54.         Alison Phillips, Scotland

55.         Nicholas Abramson, Middle East Crisis 
Response Network*/Jews Say No*, USA

56.         Tarak Kauff, Middle East Crisis 
Response Network*/Veterans for Peace*, USA

57.         Jesse Meisler-Abramson, USA

58.         Hope Mariposa, USA

59.         Ivesa Lübben. Bremer Netzwerk fur 
Gerechten Frieden in Nahost*, Germany

60.         Sheila Finan, Mid-Hudson Council MERC*, USA

61.         Joanne Lingle, Christians for Peace 
and Justice in the Middle East (CPJME)*, USA

62.         Barbara Lubin, Middle East Children's Alliance*, USA

63.         Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children's Alliance*, USA

64.         Anna Keuchen, Germany

65.         Judith Mahoney Pasternak, WRL* and Indypendent*, USA

66.         Ellen Davidson, New York City Indymedia*, WRL*, Indypendent*, USA

67.         Ina Kelleher, USA

68.         Lee Gargagliano, International Jewish 
Anti-Zionist Network (Chicago)*, USA

69.         Brad Taylor, OUT-FM*, USA

70.         Helga Mankovitz, SPHR (Queen's University)*, Canada

71.         Mick Napier, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign*, Scotland

72.         Agnes Kueng, Paso Basel*, Switzerland

73.         Anne Paxton, Voices of Palestine*, USA

74.         Leila El Abtah, The Netherlands

75.         Richard, Van der Wouden, The Netherlands

76.         Rafiq A. Firis, P.K.R.*/Isra*, The Netherlands

77.         Sandra Tamari, USA

78.         Alice Azzouzi, Way to Jerusalem*, USA

79.         J'Ann Schoonmaker Allen, USA

80.         Ruth F. Hooke, Episcopalian Peace Fellowship*, USA

81.         Jean E. Lee, Holy Land Awareness 
Action Task Group of United Church of Canada*, Canada

82.         Delphine de Boutray, Association Thèâtre Cine*, France

83.         Sylvia Schwarz, USA

84.         Alexandra Safi, Germany

85.         Abdullah Anar, Green Party - Turkey*, Turkey

86.         Ted Auerbach, USA

87.         Martha Hennessy, Catholic Worker*, USA

88.         Louis Ultale, Interfaile Pace e Bene*, USA

89.         Leila Zand, Fellowship of Reconciliation*, USA

90.         Emma Grigore, CodePink*, USA

91.         Sammer Abdelela, New York Community of Muslim Progressives*, USA

92.         Sharat G. Lin, San Jose Peace and Justice Center*, USA

93.         Katherine E. Sheetz, Free Gaza*, USA

94.         Steve Greaves, Free Gaza*, USA

95.         Trevor Baumgartner, Free Gaza*, USA

96.         Hanan Tabbara, USA

97.         Marina Barakatt, CodePink*, USA

98.         Keren Bariyov, USA

99.         Ursula Sagmeister, Women in Black - Vienna*, Austria

100.         Ann Cunningham, Australia

101.         Bill Perry, Delaware Valley Veterans for Peace*, USA

102.         Terry Perry, Delaware Valley Veterans for Peace*, USA

103.         Athena Viscusi, USA

104.         Marco Viscusi, USA

105.         Paki Wieland, Northampton Committee*, USA

106.         Manijeh Saba, New York / New Jersey, USA

107.         Ellen Graves, USA

108.         Zoë Lawlor, Ireland - Palestine Solidarity Campaign*, Ireland

109.         Miguel García Grassot, Al Quds - Málaga*, Spain

110.         Ana Mamora Romero, ASPA-Asociacion 
Andaluza Solidaridad y Paz*, Spain

111.         Ehab Lotayef, CJPP Canada*, Canada

112.         David Heap, London Anti-War*, Canada

113.         Adie Mormech, Free Gaza* / Action Palestine*, England

114.         Aimee Shalan, UK

115.         Liliane Cordova, International 
Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)*, Spain

116.         Priscilla Lynch, USA

117.         Jenna Bitar, USA

118.         Deborah Mardon, USA

119.         Becky Thompson, USA

120.         Diane Hereford, USA

121.         David Heap, People for Peace London*, Canada

122.         Donah Abdulla, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights*, Canada

123.         Wendy Goldsmith, People for Peace London*, Canada

124.         Abdu Mihirig, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights-UBC*, Canada

125.         Saldibastami, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights-UBC*, Canada

126.         Abdenahmane Bouaffad, CMF*, France

127.         Feroze Mithiborwala, Awami Bharat*, India

128.         John Dear, Pax Christi*, USA

129.         Ziyaad Lunat, Portugal

130.         Michael Letwin, New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)

131.          Labor For Palestine

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