Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel

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Badil Centre | 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 1. Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine (coordinating body for the major political parties in the Occupied Palestinian Territory) 2. Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen's Rights (PICCR) 3. Union of Arab Community Based Associations (ITTIJAH), Haifa 4. Forum of Palestinian NGOs in Lebanon 5. Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) 6. General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW) 7. General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT) 8. Federation of Unions of Palestinian Universities' Professors and Employees 9. Consortium of Professional Associations 10. Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC) 11. Health Work Committees - West Bank 12. Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) 13. Union of Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) 14. Union of Health Work Committees - Gaza (UHWC) 15. Union of Palestinian Farmers 16. Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI) 17. General Union of Disabled Palestinians 18. Palestinian Federation of Women's Action Committees (PFWAC) 19. Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) 20. Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign 21. Union of Teachers of Private Schools 22. Union of Women's Work Committees, Tulkarem (UWWC) 23. Dentists' Association - Jerusalem Center 24. Palestinian Engineers Association 25. Lawyers' Association 26. Network for the Eradication of Illiteracy and Adult Education, Ramallah 27. Coordinating Committee of Rehabilitation Centers - West Bank 28. Coalition of Lebanese Civil Society Organizations (150 organizations) 29. Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), Network of Student-based Canadian University Associations REFUGEE RIGHTS ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS 30. Al-Ard Committees for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria 31. .Al-Awda Charitable Society, Beit Jala 32. Al Awda - Palestine Right-to-Return Coalition, U.S.A 33. Al-Awda Toronto 34. Aidun Group - Lebanon 35. Aidun Group - Syria 36. Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center, Aida refugee camp 37 Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced (ADRID), Nazareth 38. BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Bethlehem 39. Committee for Definite Return, Syria 40. Committee for the Defense of Palestinian Refugee Rights, Nablus 41. Consortium of the Displaced Inhabitants of Destroyed Palestinian Villages and Towns 42. Filastinuna - Commission for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria 43. Handala Center, 'Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem 44. High Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Jordan (including personal endorsement of 71 members of parliament, political parties and unions in Jordan) 45. High National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Ramallah 46. International Right of Return Congress (RORC) 47. Jermana Youth Forum for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria 48. Laji Center, Aida camp, Bethlehem 49. Local Committee for Rehabilitation, Qalandia refugee camp, Jerusalem 50. Local Committee for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem 51. Palestinian National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria 52. Palestinian Return Association, Syria 53. Palestinian Return Forum, Syria 54. Palestine Right-of-Return Coalition (Palestine, Arab host countries, Europe, North America) 55. Palestine Right-of-Return Confederation-Europe (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden) 56. Palestinian Youth Forum for the Right of Return, Syria 57. PLO Popular Committees - West Bank refugee camps 58. PLO Popular Committees - Gaza Strip refugee camps 59. Popular Committee - al-'Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem 60. Popular Committee - Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem 61. Shaml - Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Center, Ramallah 62. Union of Women's Activity Centers - West Bank Refugee Camps 63. Union of Youth Activity Centers - Palestine Refugee Camps 64. Women's Activity Center - Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem 65. Yafa Cultural Center, Balata refugee camp, Nablus ORGANIZATIONS 66. Abna' al-Balad Society, Nablus 67. Addameer Center for Human Rights, Gaza 68. Addameer Prisoners' Support and Human Rights Association, Ramallah 69. Alanqa' Cultural Association, Hebron 70. Al-Awda Palestinian Folklore Society, Hebron 71. Al-Doha Children's Cultural Center, Bethlehem 72. Al-Huda Islamic Center, Bethlehem 73. Al-Jeel al-Jadid Society, Haifa 74. Al-Karameh Cultural Society, Um al-Fahm 75. Al-Maghazi Cultural Center, Gaza 76. Al-Marsad Al-Arabi, occupied Syrian Golan Heights 77. Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Gaza 78. Al-Nahda Cultural Forum, Hebron 79. Al-Taghrid Society for Culture and Arts, Gaza 80. Alternative Tourism Group, Beit Sahour (ATG) 81. Al-Wafa' Charitable Society, Gaza 82. Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) 83. Arab Association for Human Rights, Nazareth (HRA) 84. Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD) 85. Arab Center for Agricultural Development-Gaza 86. Arab Education Institute (AEI) - Pax Christie Bethlehem 87. Arab Orthodox Charitable Society - Beit Sahour 88. Arab Orthodox Charity - Beit Jala 89. Arab Orthodox Club - Beit Jala 90. Arab Orthodox Club - Beit Sahour 91. Arab Students' Collective, University of Toronto 92. Arab Thought Forum, Jerusalem (AFT) 93. Association for Cultural Exchange Hebron - France 94. Association Najdeh, Lebanon 95. Authority for Environmental Quality, Jenin 96. Bader Society for Development and Reconstruction, Gaza 97. Canadian Palestine Foundation of Quebec, Montreal 98. Center for the Defense of Freedoms, Ramallah 99. Center for Science and Culture, Gaza 100. Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ramallah- Al-Bireh District 101. Child Development and Entertainment Center, Tulkarem 102. Committee for Popular Participation, Tulkarem 103. Defense for Children International-Palestine Section, Ramallah (DCI/PS) 104. El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe 105. Ensan Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Bethlehem 106. Environmental Education Center, Bethlehem 107. FARAH - Palestinian Center for Children, Syria 108. Ghassan Kanafani Society for Development, Gaza 109. Ghassan Kanafani Forum, Syria 110. Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Gaza (GCMHP) 111. Golan for Development, occupied Syrian Golan Heights 112. Halhoul Cultural Forum, Hebron 113. Himayeh Society for Human Rights, Um al-Fahm 114. Holy Land Trust - Bethlehem 115. Home of Saint Nicholas for the Aged - Beit Jala 116. Human Rights Protection Center, Lebanon 117. In'ash al-Usrah Society, Ramallah 118. International Center of Bethlehem (Dar An-Nadweh) 119. Islah Charitable Society-Bethlehem 120. Jafra Youth Center, Syria 121. Jander Center, al-Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem 122. Jerusalem Center for Women, Jerusalem (JCW) 123. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC ) 124. Khalil Al Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah 125. Land Research Center, Jerusalem (LRC) 126. Liberated Prisoners' Society, Palestine 127. Local Committee for Social Development, Nablus 128. Local Committee for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Nablus 129. MA'AN TV Network, Bethlehem 130. Medical Aid for Palestine, Canada 131. MIFTAH-Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, Ramallah 132. Muwatin-The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy 133. National Forum of Martyr's Families, Palestine 134. Near East Council of Churches Committee for Refugee Work - Gaza Area 135. Network of Christian Organizations - Bethlehem (NCOB) 136. Palestinian Council for Justice and Peace, Jerusalem 137. Palestinian Counseling Center, Jerusalem (PCC) 138. Palestinian Democratic Youth Union, Lebanon 139. Palestinian Farmers' Society, Gaza 140. Palestinian Hydrology Group for Water and Environment Resources Development-Gaza 141. Palestinian Prisoners' Society-West Bank 142. Palestinian Society for Consumer Protection, Gaza 143. Palestinian University Students' Forum for Peace and Democracy, Hebron 144. Palestinian Women's Struggle Committees 145. Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD) 146. Popular Art Centre, Al-Bireh 147. Prisoner's Friends Association - Ansar Al-Sajeen, Majd al-Krum 148. Public Aid Association, Gaza 149. Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies 150. Saint Afram Association - Bethlehem 151. Saint Vincent De Paule - Beit Jala 152. Senior Citizen Society - Beit Jala 153. Social Development Center, Nablus 154. Society for Self-Development, Hebron 155. Society for Social Work, Tulkarem 156. Society for Voluntary Work and Culture, Um al-Fahm 157. Society of Friends of Prisoners and Detainees, Um al-Fahm 158. Sumoud-Political Prisoners Solidarity Group, Toronto 159. Tamer Institute for Community Education, Ramallah 160. TCC - Teacher's Creativity Center, Ramallah 161. Wi'am Center, Bethlehem 162. Women's Affairs Technical Committee, Ramallah and Gaza (WATC) 163. Women's Studies Center, Jerusalem (WSC) 164. Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, Jerusalem (WCLAC) 165. Yafa for Education and Culture, Nablus 166. Yazour Charitable Society, Nablus 167. YMCA-East Jerusalem 168. Youth Cooperation Forum, Hebron 169. YWCA-Palestine 170. Zakat Committee-al-Khader, Bethlehen 171. Zakat Committee-Deheishe camp, Bethlehem For additional endorsement, please contact: OPGAI c/o: info@badil.org – Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign: mobilize@stopthewall.org - ITTIJAH: ittijah@ittijah.org – PACBI: info@boycottisrael.ps Coalition of Lebanese Civil Society Organizations: Hdekmak@hotmail.com