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Saturday, July 09, 2005


Palestinian Civil Society Calls For Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions

This call from 171 Palestinian civil society organizations for boycott,divestment and sanctions is posted at http://al-awda.orgBADIL Resource Center for Palestinan Residency and Refugee RightsPress release, 8 July 2005 (E/20/05)171 Palestinian civil society organizations representing the three integralparts of the Palestinian people - Palestinian refugees, Palestinians underoccupatiom and Palestinian citizens of Israel - have issued the Call reproduced below. The Call is launched on the occasion of the first anniversary, on July 9, of the advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice on Israel's Wall under construction in occupied Palestinian land.For inquries, word or pdf copies of the Call, and/or further endorsements,please check the websites of the organizations listed on the bottom of theCall or contact them by email.*********************************PALESTINAN CIVIL SOCIETYCALLS FOR BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAELUntil it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of HumanRights9 July 2005One year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court ofJustice (ICJ) which found Israel's Wall built on occupied Palestinianterritory to be illegal, Israel continues its construction of the colonialWall with total disregard to the Court's decision. Thirty eight years intoIsrael's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem),Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to expand Jewishcolonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East Jerusalem and the GolanHeights and is now de facto annexing large parts of the West Bank by meansof the Wall. Israel is also preparing - in the shadow of its plannedredeployment from the Gaza Strip - to build and expand colonies in the WestBank. Fifty seven years after the state of Israel was built mainly on landethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners, a majority of Palestiniansare refugees, most of whom are stateless. Moreover, Israel's entrenchedsystem of racial discrimination against its own Arab-Palestinian citizensremains intact.In light of Israel's persistent violations of international law, andGiven that, since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel'scolonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate,adequate and effective remedies, andGiven that all forms of international intervention and peace-making haveuntil now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarianlaw, to respect fundamental human rights and to end its occupation andoppression of the people of Palestine, andIn view of the fact that people of conscience in the international communityhave historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, asexemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa throughdiverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions;Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in thespirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance toinjustice and oppression,We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon internationalcivil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world toimpose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israelsimilar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal toyou to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctionsagainst 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 meetsits obligation to recognize the Palestinian people's inalienable right toself-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international lawby:1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantlingthe Wall;2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens ofIsrael to full equality; and3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugeesto return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.ENDORSED BY:The Palestinian political parties, unions, associations, coalitions andorganizations below represent the three integral parts of the people ofPalestine: Palestinian refugees, Palestinians under occupation andPalestinian citizens of Israel.UNIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, CAMPAIGNS1. Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine(coordinating body for the major political parties in the OccupiedPalestinian Territory)2. Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen's Rights (PICCR)3. Union of Arab Community Based Associations (ITTIJAH), Haifa4. Forum of Palestinian NGOs in Lebanon5. 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 andEmployees9. Consortium of Professional Associations10. Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC)11. Health Work Committees - West Bank12. 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 Farmers16. Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI)17. General Union of Disabled Palestinians18. 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 Campaign21. Union of Teachers of Private Schools22. Union of Women's Work Committees, Tulkarem (UWWC)23. Dentists' Association - Jerusalem Center24. Palestinian Engineers Association25. Lawyers' Association26. Network for the Eradication of Illiteracy and Adult Education, Ramallah27. Coordinating Committee of Rehabilitation Centers - West Bank28. Coalition of Lebanese Civil Society Organizations (150 organizations)29. Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), Network of Student-basedCanadian University AssociationsREFUGEE RIGHTS ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS1. Al-Ard Committees for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria2 .Al-Awda Charitable Society, Beit Jala3. Al Awda - Palestine Right-to-Return Coalition, U.S.A4. Al-Awda Toronto5. Aidun Group - Lebanon6. Aidun Group - Syria7. Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center, Aida refugee camp8. Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced(ADRID), Nazareth9. BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights,Bethlehem10. Committee for Definite Return, Syria11. Committee for the Defense of Palestinian Refugee Rights, Nablus12. Consortium of the Displaced Inhabitants of Destroyed PalestinianVillagesand Towns13. Filastinuna - Commission for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria14. Handala Center, 'Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem15. High Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Jordan(including personal endorsement of 71 members of parliament, politicalpartiesand unions in Jordan)16. High National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Ramallah17. International Right of Return Congress (RORC)18. Jermana Youth Forum for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria19. Laji Center, Aida camp, Bethlehem20. Local Committee for Rehabilitation, Qalandia refugee camp, Jerusalem21. Local Committee for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Deheishe refugeecamp,Bethlehem22. Palestinian National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return,Syria23. Palestinian Return Association, Syria24. Palestinian Return Forum, Syria25. Palestine Right-of-Return Coalition (Palestine, Arab host countries,Europe, North America)26. Palestine Right-of-Return Confederation-Europe (Austria, Denmark,France,Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden)27. Palestinian Youth Forum for the Right of Return, Syria28. PLO Popular Committees - West Bank refugee camps29. PLO Popular Committees - Gaza Strip refugee camps30. Popular Committee - al-'Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem31. Popular Committee - Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem32. Shaml - Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Center, Ramallah33. Union of Women's Activity Centers - West Bank Refugee Camps34. Union of Youth Activity Centers - Palestine Refugee Camps35. Women's Activity Center - Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem36. Yafa Cultural Center, Balata refugee camp, NablusORGANIZATIONS1. Abna' al-Balad Society, Nablus2. Addameer Center for Human Rights, Gaza3. Addameer Prisoners' Support and Human Rights Association, Ramallah4. Alanqa' Cultural Association, Hebron5. Al-Awda Palestinian Folklore Society, Hebron6. Al-Doha Children's Cultural Center, Bethlehem7. Al-Huda Islamic Center, Bethlehem8. Al-Jeel al-Jadid Society, Haifa9. Al-Karameh Cultural Society, Um al-Fahm10. Al-Maghazi Cultural Center, Gaza11. Al-Marsad Al-Arabi, occupied Syrian Golan Heights12. Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Gaza13. Al-Nahda Cultural Forum, Hebron14. Al-Taghrid Society for Culture and Arts, Gaza15. Alternative Tourism Group, Beit Sahour (ATG)16. Al-Wafa' Charitable Society, Gaza17. Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ)18. Arab Association for Human Rights, Nazareth (HRA)19. Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD)20. Arab Center for Agricultural Development-Gaza21. Arab Education Institute (AEI) - Pax Christie Bethlehem22. Arab Orthodox Charitable Society - Beit Sahour23. Arab Orthodox Charity - Beit Jala24. Arab Orthodox Club - Beit Jala25. Arab Orthodox Club - Beit Sahour26. Arab Students' Collective, University of Toronto27. Arab Thought Forum, Jerusalem (AFT)28. Association for Cultural Exchange Hebron - France29. Association Najdeh, Lebanon30. Authority for Environmental Quality, Jenin31. Bader Society for Development and Reconstruction, Gaza32. Canadian Palestine Foundation of Quebec, Montreal33. Center for the Defense of Freedoms, Ramallah34. Center for Science and Culture, Gaza35. Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ramallah- Al-Bireh District36. Child Development and Entertainment Center, Tulkarem37. Committee for Popular Participation, Tulkarem38. Defense for Children International-Palestine Section, Ramallah (DCI/PS)39. El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe40. Ensan Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Bethlehem41. Environmental Education Center, Bethlehem42. FARAH - Palestinian Center for Children, Syria43. Ghassan Kanafani Society for Development, Gaza44. Ghassan Kanafani Forum, Syria45. Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Gaza (GCMHP)46. Golan for Development, occupied Syrian Golan Heights47. Halhoul Cultural Forum, Hebron48. Himayeh Society for Human Rights, Um al-Fahm49. Holy Land Trust - Bethlehem50. Home of Saint Nicholas for the Aged - Beit Jala51. Human Rights Protection Center, Lebanon52 .In'ash al-Usrah Society, Ramallah53. International Center of Bethlehem (Dar An-Nadweh)54. Islah Charitable Society-Bethlehem55. Jafra Youth Center, Syria56. Jander Center, al-Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem57. Jerusalem Center for Women, Jerusalem (JCW)58. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC )59. Khalil Al Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah60. Land Research Center, Jerusalem (LRC)61. Liberated Prisoners' Society, Palestine62. Local Committee for Social Development, Nablus63. Local Committee for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Nablus64. MA'AN TV Network, Bethlehem65. Medical Aid for Palestine, Canada66. MIFTAH-Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue andDemocracy, Ramallah67. Muwatin-The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy68. National Forum of Martyr's Families, Palestine69. Near East Council of Churches Committee for Refugee Work - Gaza Area70. Network of Christian Organizations - Bethlehem (NCOB)71. Palestinian Council for Justice and Peace, Jerusalem72. Palestinian Counseling Center, Jerusalem (PCC)73. Palestinian Democratic Youth Union, Lebanon74. Palestinian Farmers' Society, Gaza75. Palestinian Hydrology Group for Water and Environment ResourcesDevelopment-Gaza76. Palestinian Prisoners' Society-West Bank77. Palestinian Society for Consumer Protection, Gaza78. Palestinian University Students' Forum for Peace and Democracy, Hebron79. Palestinian Women's Struggle Committees80. Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD)81. Popular Art Centre, Al-Bireh82. Prisoner's Friends Association - Ansar Al-Sajeen, Majd al-Krum83. Public Aid Association, Gaza84. Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies85. Saint Afram Association - Bethlehem86. Saint Vincent De Paule - Beit Jala87. Senior Citizen Society - Beit Jala88. Social Development Center, Nablus89. Society for Self-Development, Hebron90. Society for Social Work, Tulkarem91. Society for Voluntary Work and Culture, Um al-Fahm92. Society of Friends of Prisoners and Detainees, Um al-Fahm93. Sumoud-Political Prisoners Solidarity Group, Toronto94. Tamer Institute for Community Education, Ramallah95. TCC - Teacher's Creativity Center, Ramallah96. Wi'am Center, Bethlehem97. Women's Affairs Technical Committee, Ramallah and Gaza (WATC)98. Women's Studies Center, Jerusalem (WSC)99. Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, Jerusalem (WCLAC)100. Yafa for Education and Culture, Nablus101. Yazour Charitable Society, Nablus102. YMCA-East Jerusalem103. Youth Cooperation Forum, Hebron104. YWCA-Palestine105. Zakat Committee-al-Khader, Bethlehen106. Zakat Committee-Deheishe camp, BethlehemFor additional endorsement, please contact:OPGAI c/o: info@...Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign: Mobilize@...ITTIJAH: ittijah@...PACBI: info@...Coalition of Lebanese Civil Society Organizations: Hdekmak@...

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