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(en) Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel - Endorsed by The socialist organization in Israel - Matspen*

Date Sat, 09 Jul 2005 23:33:48 +0300

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel to be continued Until it
Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights
9 July 2005
One year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of
Justice (ICJ) which found Israel's Wall built on occupied Palestinian
territory to be illegal, Israel continues its construction of the colonial
Wall with total disregard to the Court's decision. Thirty eight years into
Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East
Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to
expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East
Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and is now de facto annexing large parts of
the West Bank by means of the Wall. Israel is also preparing - in the
shadow of its planned redeployment from the Gaza Strip - to build and
expand colonies in the West Bank. Fifty seven years after the state of
Israel was built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian
owners, a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are
stateless. Moreover, Israel's entrenched system of racial discrimination
against its own Arab- Palestinian citizens remains intact.

In light of Israel's persistent violations of international law, and Given
that, since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel's
colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate,
adequate and effective remedies, and Given that all forms of international
intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force
Israel to comply with humanitarian law, to respect fundamental human rights
and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine, and
in view of the fact that people of conscience in the international
community have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight
injustice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South
Africa through diverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions; Inspired
by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of
international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and
oppression, We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon
international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over
the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives
against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid
era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose
embargoes and sanctions against Israel.

We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake
of justice and genuine peace.

These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets
its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people's inalienable right to
self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international
law by:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and
dismantling the Wall;

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of
Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees
to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Endorsed by:

The Palestinian political parties, unions, associations, coalitions and
organizations below represent the three integral parts of the people of
Palestine: Palestinian refugees, Palestinians under occupation and
Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Unions, Associations, Campaigns**

Ed. Notes:
* An antiauthoritarian anticapitalist revolutionary organization
known mostly as "Matspen" - the journal it issued from the early
60s to the early 80s
** (list of 180 organizations was omitted)]

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