Palestinian civil society’s response to states that claim they cannot support South Africa’s ICJ submission to protect their role as “mediators” by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

  • [M]ediating between the perpetrators of genocide and those being subjected to it can only be relevant once the genocide is stopped. Any serious mediation efforts must uphold the rule of law and premise their actions on international law. For a fair mediation to take place, Israel’s genocidal massacres and starvation of the Palestinians in Gaza must first be brought to an immediate end.
  • The only legal and moral position for any state to take is to support the South African demand for the ICJ to issue Provisional Measures to stop the aggression, allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, and stop and reverse the systematic forced displacement. Nothing else matters as much.
  • Stopping the US-Israeli genocide is not just an absolute necessity to save hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lives. It is also an absolute necessity to save international law and save humanity from the “might makes right” era towards which Israel, backed by the colonial West, is taking the world, undermining peace and security for nations across the globe.

Continue reading at https://bdsmovement.net/news/palestinian-civil-society%E2%80%99s-response-states-claim-they-cannot-support-south-africa%E2%80%99s-icj

Ending #GazaGenocide is a Feminist Issue: Call from Palestinian Women from Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

In response to Israel’s unfolding genocide in Gaza, we, women’s unions and grassroots movements representing Palestinian women inside historic Palestine and in exile,call on women and women’s organizations worldwide to speak up and rise up, especially on the global day of action on November 11/12, to support our struggle to end this genocide.

… Palestinian women have been struggling for decades against the intersection of national, social and economic oppressions, calling out the inherent patriarchal core of Israel’s regime of oppression.

We urge you to escalate BDS pressure campaigns against apartheid Israel and to simultaneously pressure your governments to: 

  • Implement an immediate ceasefire and ensure unhindered life-saving aid supply to Gaza
  • Reject any forced transfer of population
  • Ensure UN protection for Palestinians trapped under Israeli siege in Gaza
  • Impose a comprehensive military-security embargo on Israel as well as other sanctions to end their own complicity.
  • Demand that the ICC investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the crime of genocide and apartheid, perpetrated by Israel.

Continue reading at https://bdsmovement.net/Ending-Gaza-Genocide-Feminist-Issue-Call-From-Palestinian-Women

Act Now Against These Companies Profiting from the Genocide of the Palestinian People by Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society that is leading the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, salutes activists, organizations and institutions worldwide that have expressed meaningful solidarity with our urgent struggle to stop Israel’s unfolding genocide in Gaza by escalating boycott and divestment campaigns. The spreading boycotts of complicit Israeli and multinational corporations can be effective if done strategically.  

Ending all state, corporate and institutional complicity with Israel’s genocidal regime is more urgent than ever. Our lives and livelihoods literally depend on it. Below is a detailed guide of our targeted consumer boycotts, divestment and pressure campaigns. Help us spread the word to maximize our impact!

Continue reading at https://bdsmovement.net/Act-Now-Against-These-Companies-Profiting-From-Genocide

Let’s Keep Mobilizing to Stop Genocide: If Not Now, When? by Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

We need to keep the pressure on! An urgent ceasefire and life-saving aid are immediately required to stop this genocide, followed by enacting international law measures to hold Israel accountable for this genocide, as well as 75 years of apartheid and settler-colonialism against Indigenous Palestinians. 

5 more actions YOU can take to make this happen:

  1. Pressure parliaments and governments to call for a UNGA session to debate the US veto and call for ceasefire; life-saving aid into Gaza; and UN protection for Palestinians in Gaza; ICC and other investigations into Israel’s war crimes and crimes against humanity; and military embargo. 
  2. Continue mobilizing loud, creative and peaceful actions with a cross-section of civil society and bring with you our messaging cards to amplify Palestinian demands. Make sure your messaging is strategic and morally consistent.
  3. Call on influential writers, authors, sports and cultural figures to join the call for solidarity with the Palestinian people. 
  4. Mobilize institutional pressure campaigns (including boycotts or divestment) against Israeli and international companies and banks that are complicit in Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity, including apartheid. 
  5. Mobilize your community, trade union, association, church, social network, student government/union, city council, cultural center, or other organizations to declare themselves Apartheid Free Zones (AFZ), ending all relations with apartheid Israel and companies/institutions that are complicit in its system of oppression, as was done against apartheid South Africa.

We need to keep mobilizing urgently to stop this genocide. If not now, when? 

Continue reading at https://bdsmovement.net/Lets-Keep-Mobilizing-to-Stop-Genocide-If-Not-Now-When

BDS and Our Movements for Justice: The Academic Boycott at the American Anthropological Association on Jadaliyya

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

Sarah Ihmoud: “BDS is one such opportunity for feminist praxis. As Israel’s ongoing settler project remains an enactment of genocidal violence against an indigenous people, through technologies of war, capture, and militarized dispossession… Feminist organizing in Palestine has been deeply invested in dismantling structures of settler colonialism and apartheid that place women and queer folk disproportionately in marginal positions. Like in other colonial and genocidal contexts, Israel has targeted the bodies and sexualities of Palestinian women, as symbolic peripheries of the Palestinian nation.”

Continue watching at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0E5Io9eqv8

Investing in apartheid Israel: Ideology or economic interest? by Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

A few weeks ago, Intel’s Israeli VP Tzahi Weisfeld admitted convincing managers of huge multinationals to invest in Israel “because I’m a Zionist and a proud Israeli.” Many of those conglomerates had questioned, for obvious reasons, the wisdom of investing heavily in Israel. Intel has invested billions in Israel’s economy despite the exceptional risks involved. Its main factory is in Kiryat Gat, a settlement built on top of the Palestinian village of Iraq al Manshiya, ethnically cleansed by Israel after the 1948 Nakba. By doing so, Intel has exposed itself to possible lawsuits from Palestinian survivors of the Nakba on whose stolen land the company has built its factory. Kiryat Gat is also very close to the occupied Gaza Strip, where over 2 million Palestinians have suffered under Israel’s brutal siege conditions that constitute “incremental genocide,” in the words of progressive Israeli historian Ilan Pappe. A fund manager is obliged to “put personal interests or ideological commitments aside.”

Continue watching at https://bdsmovement.net/news/investing-apartheid-israel-ideology-or-economic-interest

Israel’s new far-right government: Unprecedented challenges and opportunities by the BDS National Committee

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

Supporting the recent pogrom by fascist Jewish-Israeli militias against Palestinians in Huwara near Nablus in the occupied Palestinian territory and overtly inciting state terrorism, senior Israeli government minister, Bezalel Smotrich, a self-declared “fascist,” said, “I think Huwara needs to be erased. The state should be the one to do that.” Smotrich, however, is not the first Israeli leader to publicly embrace or threaten genocidal acts against Indigenous Palestinians. Labor Party leader Matan Vilnai in 2008 threatened Palestinians with “a bigger shoah [Holocaust]” if resistance groups did not stop their armed retaliation to Israel’s criminal siege and violent attacks on Gaza. A recent error by Israel’s censors accidentally has revealed secret documents exposing David Ben Gurion’s support for “wiping out” Palestinian villages during the 1948 Nakba, with a minister in his first government admitting, “Let us say that instances of rape occurred in [the ethnically cleansed Palestinian city] Ramle. I can forgive instances of rape, but I will not forgive other acts,” such as forcibly removing “jewelry from women.”

Continue reading at https://bdsmovement.net/israels-new-far-right-government-analysis

Against Normalisation of Israel: Webinar with Omar Barghouti and Tali Shapiro on Jewish Network for Palestine

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

“So when we talk about anti-normalization, it’s not an intellectual exercise. People-families, children, parents- with lives, dreams, hopes, and aspirations- just like each and every one of you- their lives are at the end of every action we take when Israel is in question. There is no way to disentangle a colonized people from the regime that has propped itself on top of them. Any policy, any action, any transaction that Israel makes- economic, cultural,  academic- is at the expense of Palestinian lives and existence as a people. Because the colonial goal is the elimination of the indigenous identity so that the colonists may claim the place and its history. And by erasing the people, erasing the the sin of their erasure. This, of course is an oxymoron. But logic never stopped a genocide, sanctions do. “ (40:17)

“I have not said anything about the hundreds of thousands of Israelis protesting the government and the number of times they use ‘fascsist’… in the last couple of months, I’ve never seen the F-word being used so much  in the Israaeli media, it’s unbelievable. Of course it’ll be an extremely difficult period for Palestinians, as we’re seeing from Huwara onwards. It’s the first time that Israeli ministers openly support genocide. I mean all of them do. From the most liberal, who have committed acts that can qualify as possibly genocide- Rabin and Peres, you know, the Peaceniks. (Ben Gvir is much better than them, he has not yet committed any acts of massive ethnic cleansing; Rabin and Peres have.) So all of them agree, but now we have ministers openly saying things that everyone had hidden before.” (1:28:32)

Continue watching at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFl5abYmjOk&t=9s

The First Anti-Apartheid Palestinian National Conference Call Towards A Global Front To Dismantle Israel’s Regime Of Settler-Colonialism And Apartheid by Anti-Apartheid Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, Palestinian NGO Network, Palestinian Ministry of Justice, and Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

After 74 years, Israel’s gradual ethnic cleansing of Palestinians continues, through the continuous “Judaization” operations in the Galilee and the Negev, and settlement operations and annexation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank, especially in Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, which confirms that the Nakba continues.
…Zionism, which arose in the context of European imperialist and colonial expansion, is the intellectual and ideological basis of settler-colonialism in Palestine. It is a racist, genocidal ideology that encourages terrorism and fascism, as our people has witnessed for 74 years.

Continue reading at http://www.plo.ps/en/article/211/

Israel fosters apartheid by Ethan Nichols on Xavier Newswire

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

Xavier prides itself on its Jesuit values. One of those values is solidarity and kinship. How can we as a university remain committed to solidarity and kinship if we don’t stand in solidarity with Occupied Palestine? Whether it’s through buying and using products made in the Occupied Palestine, sending students to Israel on study abroad programs, or through investing in Israeli companies, Xavier University is actively invested in the Israeli government.

..Many refer to the genocide as a “conflict,” which is rather inaccurate.  

Continue reading at https://xaviernewswire.com/2022/10/19/israel-fosters-apartheid/