Over 250 European organisations call for end of European complicity in occupation of Palestine

PRESS STATEMENT
Justice for Palestine

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Justice for Palestine now – end EUROPEAN complicity!

A call from organizations throughout Europe.

2017 marks:

– 100 years since the « Balfour Declaration » of 1917, through which the British government unilaterally promised the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine;

– 70 years since the partition plan of Palestine, adopted by the UN in 1947, which resulted in the 1948 Nakba, the demolition of more than 530 Palestinian villages and the expulsion of 750 000 Palestinians from their homeland, thus a process of ethnic cleansing;

– 50 years since the beginning of Israel’s occupation in 1967 of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights, and an ongoing process of colonization and prolonged occupation by the State of Israel.

The continued dispossession of Palestinians of their land and their livelihood, including house demolition, land confiscation and apartheid wall; the denial of their culture and memory; the ten-year Gaza blockade creating severe inhuman conditions along with the recurrent military attacks on its population; the constant repression, resulting presently in over 7000 prisoners including more than 400 children held in military detention; the disastrous plight of Palestinian refugees further worsened by the war in Syria; and the draconian discriminatory laws in Israel itself: these facts, the fruits of over 100 years of denial of the rights of the Palestinian people, can no longer be accepted.

The anniversaries marked by the year 2017 remind us of the degree to which the colonial mindset, the denial of the rights of the Palestinian people, and the refusal to apply international law and UN resolutions lead to disaster.

These dates highlight the responsibility of European and Western countries for the existence of this situation, as well as the powerlessness into which the European Union has trapped itself, as it parades the principles of respect for international law without taking the measures to enforce them.

These dates remind us, also, that the building of peace cannot occur by ignoring the historic facts; and that to recognize History is the responsibility of all parties, first and foremost the Israeli State and people, contrary to the revisionist policy constantly promoted by Israel and pushed to the extreme by its current government. The European States were actors in the colonial system between the two World Wars; they made Palestine carry the consequences of the monstrous genocide of the European Jews by the Nazis; and subsequently they did nothing to require that Israel respect UN resolutions; they, too, must acknowledge the great responsibility that they bear in the tragedy endured by the Palestinian people today.

We call upon the EU and European States:

– to make 2017 the year that the rights of the Palestinian people become a reality, in a binding timetable: the right to self-determination, the end of the occupation of all the West Bank including East Jerusalem and of the Gaza Strip, the right to equality for all citizens of Israel, and the right of return for all Palestinian refugees in the way of their choosing;

to cease all complicity with continued settlement activity and the myriad ways that Israel violates international law; and to demand an immediate end of the blockade of the Gaza Strip, and freedom of movement for Palestinians;

– to take binding measures vis-à-vis the State of Israel, so long as it continues to violate international and human rights law, including the suspension of the EU’s Association Agreement with Israel until Israel complies with international law; to begin with, military and security cooperation – poorly concealed within several projects of the Horizon 2020 program – must be suspended immediately.

We, the undersigned, European civil society organizations, associations, political parties, and unions, solemnly reaffirm that in 2017, after 100 years of dispossession, denial, and ethnic cleansing, the rights of the Palestinian people must, at last, be respected.

Each with our respective views, we commit to act towards this goal, with the belief that a sustainable peace can only be achieved through enforcement of international law.

Signatories:

1. ECCP – European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine

2. Transform! Europe

3. PHM – Europe (People’s Health Movement)

4. Frauen in Schwarz (Wien), Austria

5. SODePAZ – Basque country

6. Internazionalistak Auzolanean – Basque country

7. ASOCIACIÓN BILADI РBasque country

8. Fundacion Mundubat, Basque country

9. CNCD-11.11.11 – NGO platform, Belgium

10. Mouvement Ouvrier Chrétien – NGO platform, Belgium

11. 11.11.11 – NGO platform, Belgium

12. Broederlijk Delen – NGO platform, Belgium

13. Pax Christi – Flanders – NGO, Belgium

14. Solidarité socialiste – NGO, Belgium

15. G3W–M3M – NGO, Belgium

16. V-SB (Vlaams-Socialistische Beweging) – political party

17. Intal, Belgium

18. Association Belgo-Palestinienne WB, Belgium

19. Palestina Solidariteit, Belgium

20. Union des Progressistes Jiufs de Begique, Belgium

21. Vrede vzw, Belgium

22. Agir pour la Paix, Belgium

23. CADTM Belgique (Comité pour l’Abolition des Dettes illégitimes), Belgium

24. BACBI – Belgian Campaign For An Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Belgium

25. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Belgium

26. Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine, Belgium

27. Solidarity With Bedouins Committee, Belgium

28. PJPO Ittre, Belgium

29. Via Velo Palestina, Belgium

30. Les Amis du Monde Diplomatique, Belgium

31. Composantes de la Communauté Arabe de Belgique – CoCABe, Belgium

32. Croiseregard asbl. Belgium

33. International Solidarity Movement, Czech Republic group

34. Finnish-Arab Friendship Society, Finland

35. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)– Finland

36. EELV (Europe Ecologie les Verts) – political party, France

37. Ensemble – political party, France

38. Parti Communiste Français – political party, France

39. Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA), political party, France

40. Parti des Indigènes de la République – political party, France

41. Federation Syndicale Unitaire – trade union federation, France

42. Union syndicale Solidaires – trade union, France

43. La Cimade, France

44. CCFD-Terre Solidaire, France

45. CEMEA Association Nationale, France

46. AFPS (Association France Palestine Solidarite), France

47. Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine, France

48. MRAP (Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’Amitie entre les peuples), France

49. Mouvement de la Paix, France

50. Union Juive Française pour la Paix, France

51. Mouvement pour une Alternative Non-violente (MAN), France

52. Femmes Egalité, France

53. Collectif Judeo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine, France

54. Collectif Interuniversitaire pour la Cooperation avec les Universites Palestiniennes, France

55. CVPR-PO, France

56. La Forge, France

57. AJPF, France

58. CPPI Saint-Denis [Collectif Paix Palestine Israel], France

59. PHM France

60. Centre for Global Education, France

61. Espaces Marx, France

62. AURDIP (Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine
Union syndicale Solidaires), France

63. CJPP5 Comité Justice et Paix en Palestine et au Proche-Orient 5eme
PG, France

64. Droit Solidarité, France

65. MJCF Mouvement Jeunes Communistes de France, France

66. UTIT Union des Travailleurs Immigrés Tunisiens, France

67. LA COURNEUVE-PALESTINE, France

68. Association des Travailleurs Maghrébins de France (ATMF), France

69. Terre des Hommes France, France

70. Association « Pour Jérusalem », France

71. Atelier Israël Palestine du GAIC : Groupe d’Amitié Islamo Chrétienne, France

72. The Fédération Artisans du Monde, France

73. Forum Palestine Citoyenneté, France

74. Participation et Spiritualité Musulmanes, France

75. AILES femmes du Maroc, France

76. Pax Christi Erding-Dorfen – NGO, Germany

77. Bundesarbeitskreis der LINKEN Gerechter Frieden in Nahost – Federal Working Group on “Just Peace in the Middle East”), Germany

78. DIE LINKE. Niedersachsen LAG Gerechter Frieden Nahost – State Working Group Lower Saxony on “Just Peace in the Middle East”), Germany

79. Jewish Voice of Peace, Germany

80. German-Palestinian Association e.V., Germany

81. Palästinakomitee Stuttgart, Germany

82. Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Group Munich, Germany

83. AK Nahost Berlin, Germany

84. Arbeitskreis Palästina, Nürnberg, Germany

85. Attac rhein-sieg, Germany

86. BDS Berlin, Germany

87. BDS Hamburg, Germany

88. BDS-Gruppe Bonn, Germany

89. « Das Palästina Portal », Germany

90. Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft Bremen e.V., Germany

91. Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft, Regionalgruppe Düsseldorf, Germany

92. Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft Nordrhein-Westfalen (Süd), Germany

93. Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft e.v. Regionalgruppe Ruhrgebiet, Germany

94. Deutscher Freidenker-Verband; Landesverband Hessen, Germany

95. German Freethinkers Association, Germany

96. Frauennetzwerk für Frieden e.V., Germany

97. Frauen wagen Frieden (Projektgruppe in der evangelischen Frauenarbeit der Pfalz), Germany

98. Gesellschaft zur Humanitären Unterstützung der Palästinenser e.V., Germany

99. Israel-Palästina Solidaritätskreis Darmstadt, Germany

100. Keep Hope Alive, Germany

101. Palästina/Nahost-Initiative Heidelberg, Germany

102. Solidarität International e.V., Germany

103. The European Alliance in Defence of Palestinian Detainees, Germany

104. Union of Palestinian Communities, Institutions and Activities in Europe, Germany

105. Vitaminepalestine, Germany

106. Fiom-Cgil – trade union, Italy

107. Confederazione Cobas – trade union, Italy

108. ARCI, Italy

109. ArciMilano, Italy

110. ArciLombardia, Italy

111. AssopacePalestina, Italy

112. Associazione di Amicizia Italo-Palestinese Onlus, Italy

113. Associazione per la Pace, Italy

114. Associazione Oltre il Mare, Italy

115. BDS Italia, Italy

116. BDS Italia / Coordinamento campagna BDS Bologna, Italy

117. BDS Ravenna, Italy

118. Cultura è Libertà, Italy

119. Comitato Pistoiese per la Palestina, Italy

120. Donne in nero, Italia, Italy

121. Italia-Cuba Milano, Italy

122. Le radici e le ali Onlus Milano, Italy

123. Libera, associazioni nomi e numeri contro le mafie, Italy

124. Rete ECO (Ebrei contro l’occupazione), Italy

125. Rete romana di solidarietà con il popolo palestinese, Italy

126. Rete Radiè Resch – Gruppo di Udine, Italy

127. Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo-comitato di Mlano-Onlus, Italy

128. Servizio civile Internazionale, Italy

129. Statunitensi contro la guerra/U.S. Citizens Against War (Florence), Italy

130. Un Ponte per, Italy

131. Ulaia Arte sud, Italy

132. Women in culture, Italy

133. WILPF Italia (Women international league for peace and freedom), Italy

134. AWMR (Donne della regione mediterranea), Italy

135. Reti di pace – Laboratorio Monteverde Roma, Italy

136. Make An Impact Association ONLUS, Italy

137. GAZZELLA onlus, Italy

138. Trócaire – development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Ireland

139. Mandate – the trade union for retail, bar and admin workers in Ireland

140. Communications Workers Union of Ireland – trade union, Ireland

141. Communication Workers Union Northern Ireland Region – trade union, Ireland

142. Derry Trades Union Council – trade union, Ireland

143. Sinn Féin – political party, Ireland

144. Communist Party of Ireland’ political party, Ireland

145. Action from Ireland (Afri), Ireland

146. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Ireland

147. Sadaka – the Ireland Palestine Alliance, Ireland

148. Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Ireland

149. Gaza Action Ireland, Ireland

150. Academics for Palestine, Ireland

151. Centre for Global Education, Ireland

152. The People’s Movement, Ireland

153. Jewish Voice for Just Peace, Ireland

154. Irish Anti-War Movement, Ireland

155. Peace and Neutrality Alliance, Ireland

156. Anti-Racism Network Ireland , Ireland

157. United Against Racism, Ireland

158. The Ireland Institute, Ireland

159. Workers Solidarity Movement, Ireland

160. Comité pour une paix juste au Proche-Orient, Luxembourg

161. FNCTTFEL – Landesverband, Luxembourg

162. Scotish Friends of Palestine – Scotland

163. Združena levica parliamentary group (ZL) – political party, Slovenia

164. Institute for Western Sahara studies – NGO, Slovenia

165. Institute Abraham – NGO, Slovenia

166. Drustvo Humanitas, Slovenia

167. Confederacion General del Trabajo CGT – trade union, Spain

168. Izquierda Unida – political party, Spain

169. Partido Comunista de España (PCE) – political party, Spain

170. Communist Youth Union of Spain, Spain

171. Coordinadora Valenciana de ONGD, Spain

172. Anticapitalistas, Spain

173. Asociacion Paz con Dignidad, Spain

174. Årea Paz y Solidaridad Izquierda Unida Toledo Provincial, Spain

175. Palestina Toma La Calle, Madrid, Spain

176. CAUM (Club de Amigos de la Unesco), Spain

177. Plataforma Córdoba por Palestina, Spain

178. ASPA, Asociación Andaluza por la Solidaridad y la Paz, Spain

179. Plataforma Solidaria con Palestina de Valladolid, Spain

180. Asociación Transformando Madrid, Spain

181. UNADIKUM España, Spain

182. Moviment 15M Sabadell, Spain

183. Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe (CSCA), Spain

184. Yayoflautas Madrid, Spain

185. Coordinadora Andalucía con Palestina, Spain

186. HILOMBÉ SOLIDARIDAD, Spain

187. Rumgo a Gaza, Spain

188. CERAI, Spain

189. Transformando, S. Coop. Mad., Spain

190. Tierra y Culturas, Spain

191. Al-Quds Association for Solidarity with People in Arab Countries, Spain

192. Plaza de los Pueblos 15M Madrid, Spain

193. ALQUDS, Spain

194. Plataforma Solidaria por Palestina Valladolid, Spain

195. NitDempeusBCN, Spain

196. Asociacion Paz con Dignidad, Spain

197. Colectivo de Solidaridad con Palestina Al’Madafa, Spain

198. Palestina Toma la Calle, Madrid, Spain

199. Coordinadora Vallés Occ. 15M, Spain

200. Asociación de la Comunidad Hispano – Palestina « JERUSALÉN », Spain

201. Moviment 15M Sabadell, Spain

202. ASOCIACIÓN BILADI, Spain

203. CATNPUD, Spain

204. Asociación Médica Hispano Palestina, Spain

205. NOVACT – International Institute for Nonviolent Action , Spain

206. RESCOP – coalition that consists of:,

207. Parti suisse du Travail – political party, Switzerland

208. Communist Party – political party, Switzerland

209. Housing and Land Rights Network, Switzerland

210. BDS Switzerland, Switzerland

211. Gerechtigkeit und Frieden in Palästina, Switzerland

212. Collectif Urgence Palestine Vaud, Switzerland

213. BDS Zuerich, Switzerland

214. Berner Mahnwache für einen gerechten Frieden in Israel/Palästina, Switzerland

215. Women in Black [Vrouwen in het Zwart Nederland], The Netherlands

216. Palestijnse gemeenschap in nederlad, The Netherlands

217. Diensten en Onderzoek Centrum Palestina (docP), The Netherlands

218. Nederlandse-Filippijnse Solidariteitsbeweging, The Netherlands

219. Nederlands arabische stichting nas, The Netherlands

220. EMCEMO, The Netherlands

221. Internationale Socialisten, The Netherlands

222. A’idoun, The Netherlands

223. Breed Platform Palestina, The Netherlands

224. Stichting Palestijnse Vrouwen in Nederland, The Netherlands

225. Stichting Groningen-Jabalya, The Netherlands

226. Nederlandse-Filippijnse Solidariteitsbeweging, The Netherlands

227. Diensten en Onderzoek Centrum Palestina (docP), The Netherlands

228. Netherlands Palestine Committee (NPK), The Netherlands

229. Palestine Workinggroup FNV, The Netherlands

230. Stichting Kairos Sabeel Nederland, The Netherlands

231. Christian Peacemaker Teams – Netherlands, The Netherlands

232. SAP/Grenzeloos, The Netherlands

233. Plant een Olijfboom, The Netherlands

234. Palestina Komitee Nijmegen, The Netherlands

235. The Norwegian United Federation of Trade Unions Department 850, Oslo Graphic Workers Union – trade union federation, Norway

236. Industri Energi – trade union, Norway

237. Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union – trade union, Norway

238. LO i Oslo – trade union, Norway

239. NNN Oslo og Akershus – trade union, Norway

240. The Red Party (Rødt) – political party, Norway

241. Rød Ungdom – political party youth organisation , Norway

242. The Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine – umbrella of NGOs, Norway

243. Kairos Britain – NGO platform, UK

244. Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK

245. Europal Forum-UK

246. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK – ICAHD UK

247. Liberal Democrats Friends of Palestine, UK

248. The Palestinian Return Centre, UK

249. Friends of Sabeel UK, UK

250. Muslim Association of Britain, UK

251. LibDem Friends of Palestine, UK

252. Make Apartheid History, UK

253. Amos Trust, UK

254. Palestinian Forum in Britain, UK