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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #243 - Palestine: Solidarity with the boycott (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:09:22 +0200


Mobilization of support for Gaza have strengthened the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. It is a concrete and material form of action and international anti-imperialist solidarity. ---- The BDS campaign was launched July 9, 2005 by more than 170 organizations of Palestinian civil society. Founded in 2009, BDS France is active in many cities and its national presence continues. Its activities consist of campaigns, working groups, or it intervenes in front of stores that sell Israeli products. National mobilization days regularly and simultaneously organize in several cities recently a day of action against the trips organized by Carrefour in Israel and Palestine, with an idyllic image of Israel. BDS chosen to target certain specific companies: last spring, the actions of the company Sodastream, which has a factory in a settlement in the occupied territories have attracted great publicity for the campaign.

On August 30, the pressure was put on France Television (some programs are sponsored by the company gasifier) with rallies outside the offices of the chain. For the 41st Festival of the BD sponsored by the brand, more than 80 designers more than ten countries, including Tardi and Sine, have signed a petition to deny his presence. The company recently announced the relocation of its plant, which proves that the country has an impact. However, this relocation is not satisfactory because it will in the Negev, on land stolen from the Bedouins. This story shows that it is important not to be limited to a boycott products from the settlements to expand but for a general boycott of Israel, both by efficiency requirement that political term it is not only demand an end to the occupation or settlement freeze as some would moderate currents, it is to end the system of apartheid suffered by Palestinians and Palestinian, and they they are from Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, not to mention those of 1948 (Israeli citizens) and the right of return of refugees es. Among Zionist organizations targeted directly BDS France is actively engaged against the JNF (Jewish National Fund), Israeli parastatal organization, spearheaded for more than a century of dispossession of the Palestinian people. This organization participated in the Nakba (the Palestinian people forced exodus in 1948) and now participates in the expulsion of the Bedouins in the Negev. Donations to the French branch of KKL receive a tax deduction, the organization masquerading as a combination of green public interest. Last year it held its gala at the Palais Brongniart in Paris: against-the gatherings are organized each year against the meeting.

Repression, the price of success

Despite wins, the Israeli economy remains strong, particularly in two areas: the "high tech" (computer and electronic products) and the sale of equipment to use repressive, tested on the Palestinian people (drones, anti-repression events ). The screening of The Lab, which denounces these practices were organized last year in several cities in France. BDS is also committed in solidarity with activists accused es: France is the only country where BDS activists are prosecuted in court-es, reinforced by the circular Alliot-Marie (2010) proceedings that equates these actions to calls for racial discrimination. BDS requires the removal of this circular and the release of militants continued. A trial was held in the Court of Appeal of Caen on September 22. While the campaign is growing, it needs all the good will, especially on the side of social movements and trade unions.

Nico Pasadena (AL Montreuil)

BDS INSTRUCTIONS

BDS is divided into several areas:

The economic boycott called consumers and consumers or any organization not to be complicit in Israel by buying Israeli products, they come from colonies or Israel. It also covers certain non-Israeli companies involved directly and indirectly in the repression of the Palestinian people. Apart Sodastream include campaigns that target the following entities:

? the company Mehadrin, export of agricultural products often from colonies

? the Sephora stores that sell Ahava beauty products from the Dead Sea,

? TEVA generics,

? Anglo-Danish G4S team which Israeli jails said its equipment safety

? US company Caterpillar, which participates in the destruction of Palestinian heritage and is complicit in its crushing bulldozers citizens.

? Orange, which has partnered with the Israeli company Partner Communications, which installs antennas and relay on confiscated Palestinian land for the sole benefit of the army or settlers.

? Veolia manages a recycling service settlers and major investment projects in Israel.

The sports boycott:

sporting events are an opportunity to publicize the campaign. Israel prevents Palestinian people to freely practice sports and arbitrarily detaining players on occasion. Two Palestinian footballers were seriously injured while returning from a workout and will never be able to exercise their sport. A campaign was launched by the Palestinian Football Federation to request the exclusion of Israel from FIFA.

Academic and cultural boycotts aimed for their initiatives sponsored by the State of Israel. We also address Israel invites artists to festivals seem to be very open to all cultural currents State, and we urge them not to accept to serve as moral support for Israel whitewash its crimes.

The website of the BDS France: www.bdsfrance.org
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