Archive for the 'BDS' Category

Addameer: Call to action for Palestinian Prisoners’ Month 2017

Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association


Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association calls on campaigners, activists, and people of conscience to take actions for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day on April 17 to stand in solidarity with all Palestinian political prisoners. Every year, the month of April is considered Palestinian prisoners’ month. In this month, the Palestinian people and supporters of justice and liberation for Palestine all over the world mark this month by expressing their support to Palestinian political prisoners through organizing events and activities to stand in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners of freedom. Read more »

Massacres, BDS, and more

Mazin Qumsiyeh



I just returned to Palestine from the Basque Country, a European country that is partly under French and partly under Spanish rule (sort of like the Kurdish region). It was great to see the mountains and to see open roads without checkpoints (it was not always like this as the fight for Basque independence meant much similar conditions just a few years ago before political agreements were reached).

I return willingly to a jailed community under an apartheid system and daily assaults (home demolitions, displacement, judaization). It is exactly where we find ourselves most needed and most alive. The staff and volunteers at the Palestine Museum of Natural History – Bethlehem University have done an excellent job in my absence of one week. My luggage hopefully will catch up with me and it has many books I acquired for the museum. Please join us and help (donating time and/or money would be good).

Now for some collected items related to human rights:

Today is the anniversary of Duwaima massacre (29 Octber 1948), one of over 40 massacres committed by the Zionist colonial forces to drive native Palestinians out of our country. Read more »

Dehumanizing and delegitimizing

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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There is a growing movement of applying Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) on Israel just like we did to defeat apartheid in South Africa.

Zionist apologists are understandably declaring war on this nonviolent and moral movement. In many countries including several states in the USA, there are attempts to delegitimize the movement and declare BDS illegal. Of course this is contrary to the principles of free speech and free association. People’s right to boycott was recognized in key legal precedents but more legal challenges are needed to dispel the myth that engaging in BDS is somehow illegitimate.

Israeli apologists around the world engage in all sorts of dirty tricks to keep the racist system going (a racket to keep the flow of cash if I may say so). Having faced Israeli apologists in public debates, many do not want to debate again because they lose badly as they attempt to delegitimize and dehumanize their victims. They have no facts and they are defending injustice. So they resort to personal attacks and strange racist mythologies (for example that we Palestinians sacrifice our children for publicity or that we “hate Jews”).

This is expected from a colonial power, to dehumanize their victims.

Elie Wiesel died recently. He spent most of his life defending Israel and dehumanizing Palestinians. He was challenged on many occasions to say something about the Palestinian victims and all he could muster was regurgitating Zionist lies about colonizers needing to “defend themselves”. Here is what a real prophetic Jew (Sara Roy, a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University) wrote on September 9, 2014. Read more »

Protest in Istanbul demands rejection of “normalization” agreement


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BDS Turkey organized a protest in Istanbul on July 1 with the participation of political parties and groups opposing the new “normalization” agreement between the Turkish government and the Zionist state, expressing outrage at this agreement that only serves the interests of the Zionist occupier and provides nothing genuine or serious for the Palestinian people.

Protesters issued a statement against the agreement, noting that it serves the strategic interests of the Zionist state. “The agreement will be of vital strategic importance to the state of the Zionist occupation. The Turkish state will implicitly accept the legitimacy of the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip, and the membership of the occupation state in NATO, in addition to serving as a strategic economic resource for the Zionist entity.” Read more »

Smearing BDS Supporters

Richard Falk

[Prefatory Note: An earlier version of this post was published with the title, “The Palestinian Struggle for Self-Determination: A New Phase?” in Middle East Eye, June 26, 2016. This version stresses the misappropriation of anti-Semitism as a propaganda weapon to smear pro-Palestinian activists, especially those supportive of the BDS Campaign. It also clarifies the issues of representation by explaining the formal differences between the PLO and PA, which do not seem presently consequential in my understanding; I am indebted to Uri Davis for bringing the distinction to my attention although he may not agree with my way of handling it.]

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End of the Road?

There are many reasons to consider the Palestinian struggle for self-determination a lost cause. Israel exerts unchallenged paramilitary control over the Palestinian people, a political reality accentuated periodically by brutal attacks on Gaza causing massive civilian casualties and societal dislocation. Organized Palestinian armed resistance has all but disappeared, limiting anti-Israeli violence to the desperation of individual Palestinians acting on their own and risking near certain death by striking spontaneously with primitive knives at Israelis encountered on the street, especially those thought to be settlers.

Furthermore, the current internal dialogue in Israel is disinclined to view ‘peace’ as either a goal or prospect. This dialogue is increasingly limited to whether it seems better for Israel at this time to proclaim a one-state solution that purports to put the conflict to an end or goes on living with the violent uncertainties of a status quo that hovers uncomfortably between the realities of ‘annexation’ and the challenges of ‘resistance.’ Choosing this latter course means hardening the apartheid features of the occupation regime established in 1967. It has long had the appearance of a quasi-permanent arrangement that is constantly being altered to accommodate further extensions of the de facto annexations taking place within the Palestinian territorial remnant that since the occupation commenced was never more than 22% of British administered Palestine. It is no secret that the unlawful Israeli settlement archipelago is constantly expanding and Jerusalem is becoming more Judaized to solidify on the ground Israel’s claim of undivided control over the entire city. Read more »

BDS: Discussing Difficult Issues in a Fast-Growing Movement

Omar Barghouti

Source: Al Shabaka

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Israel’s attacks on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and other human rights defenders living under occupation, such as Al Haq staff, have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, including the direct threats made by leading Israeli officials against BDS activists and in particular against the movement’s co-founder Omar Barghouti.

Beyond the headlines, the work goes on, as does continuous debate and discussion to further the movement amongst Palestinians at home and abroad as well as among global solidarity activists. There is much to discuss and some of the issues are difficult ones, including questions of framing. Al-Shabaka Executive Director Nadia Hijab discussed some of these issues in a wide-ranging conversation with Omar Barghouti. Read more »


Free Palestine Movement
Press Release

The following letter was sent to Commissioner Ro-Ann M. Destito, New York State Commissioner of the Office of General Services, following 2016 Executive Order 157 of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees is the corporation that provides fiscal sponsorship to the Free Palestine Movement and other social justice organizations, and it took this action with our full support and encouragement.

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Links that Kill: International military cooperation with Israel

Palestinian BDS National Committee

“I endorse this call for an arms embargo because we desire peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis through non-violent ways.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“This much-deserved military embargo is a crucial step towards ending Israel’s impunity.” Naomi Klein

Israeli arms factories across the world have been blockaded and occupied

Israeli arms factories across the world have been blockaded and occupied

Tens of thousands of mostly young Palestinians have participated since the beginning of October in protests against Israel’s intensifying repression, forcible displacement of communities, particularly in Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and Naqab (Negev), and ongoing attempts to colonize occupied East Jerusalem, especially the Old City. The tools of repression, whether drones, vehicles, surveillance systems, teargas, IT systems, bullets, “skunk water” or other creations are all produced or imported from other countries by a vast Israeli military-industrial complex that is at the heart of Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.

The functioning of this system depends on the willingness of governments and companies around the world to cooperate with Israel’s military, weapons industry and military research institutions. Read more »

‘Operation Protective Edge’ – An Israeli Soldier’s Perspective?

Aotearoa BDS Network


Two Israeli soldiers who participated in Israel’s 2014 attacks on Gaza have been given a platform to speak at Victoria University on 29/9/2015. Student groups and academics have been concerned about this for various reasons, and have raised a number of points.

When the current Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon came to New Zealand in 2006, a warrant was issued for his arrest on allegations of war crimes in Gaza. The New Zealand government intervened and Ya’alon skipped the country.

Our visitors from the Israeli Defence Forces would do well to consider how much culpability they might have for Palestinian blood on their hands before they come here preach about how the IDF is the most moral army in the world.

Just before the invasion, Col. Ofer Winter of the elite Givati Brigade urged Israeli soldiers to ‘wipe out’ the “enemies of God”.

During the previous 2009 Israeli attack on Gaza, Avichai Rontzki stated that troops who showed mercy to the Palestinians would be damned.

The Israeli attack on Gaza last year left primarily civilian casualties. Entire neighbourhoods were wiped out. Some 273,000 Palestinians were displaced. Israeli bombardment over 51 days put basic services, such as hospitals, sewerage treatments plants and electricity facilities were put out of action. Such widespread and indiscriminate destruction constitutes war crimes. Reconstruction has been negligible due to the ongoing and illegal Israeli blockade. Read more »

Cleaning Your Teeth with White Phosphorus?

Dr Vacy Vlazna

Hamza Mus'ab Almadani

Hamza Mus’ab Almadani

One year ago, on 15 August – 40 days into Israel’s 51 day monstrous assault on Gaza that was clocking up 1800 innocent Palestinian deaths – Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) took a cheap shot, a morally cheap low shot, at concerned young protesters who chained themselves in the NZSF office demanding that the NZSF immediately divest from Israel Chemicals (ICL) – a supplier of lethal white phosphorus to the US army for the manufacture of munitions sold back to Israel to barrage fire and death on Gaza.

In response to spokesperson Nadia Abu-Shanab’s passionate urging for divestment, Adrian Orr’s smug retort was,

“Do you brush your teeth? ( Nadia: “Sorry?) “Do you brush your teeth? White phosphorus is used in many places”

Orr is not stupid, paid NZ$800,000 p.a, he knows that phosphate is used in toothpaste whereas the pure evil of white phosphorus, derived from phosphate through an industrial process, is so highly reactive to oxygen it has to be stored under water. Exposed to air, it sears human flesh to the bone, damages the immune system and causes neurological damage. Read more »

BDS: A Global Movement for Freedom & Justice

Omar Barghouti
Source: Al Shabaka

(Originally published in May 2010)


Editor’s note

The Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) was launched 10 years ago, providing Palestinian leadership and strategic guidance to what had been a disparate set of ad hoc boycott actions around the world. Al-Shabaka takes this occasion to republish Policy Advisor Omar Barghouti’s policy brief,which addresses the basic principles and strategies underpinning the BDS movement that have remained constant since its founding.

The brief tackles the reason why the movement has not specified a political outcome; highlights the “unambiguous invitation” to Israelis of conscience to support the Call and the efforts of the Zionist left to undermine it; and points to a key reason for the movement’s success – the freedom to design BDS actions that are context specific, gradual, and sustainable. While BDS opponents accuse the movement of seeking to “destroy Israel” Barghouti makes it clear that the aim is simply to hold Israel accountable to international law, and that Western civil society bears a unique responsibility to do so given Western governments’ complicity in enabling Israel’s rights violations. Read more »

Investing in human rights

American Friends Service Committee

New tool helps investors identify human rights violators in Palestine

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 10, 2015) The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has launched a new online tool designed to help investors align their investment policies with their values. This investment screening tool includes previously unpublished information about companies directly complicit in serious on-going violations of human rights. The website can be accessed here.

The first issue the tool addresses is Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory. The next phase will focus on the U.S. for-profit prison industry. “Human rights are universal. Companies that consistently and knowingly participate in violations of international law and war crimes cannot be regarded as responsible investments” said Dr. Dalit Baum, AFSC’s Director of Economic Activism. Read more »

The Global siege on Israel: a report from the World Social Forum

Free Palestine Movement


In June, 2010, when Israeli forces attacked unarmed aid ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, killing ten passengers (including one who died this year from injuries), dockworkers around the world refused to unload or load Israeli ships or cargo. In the port of Oakland, California, hundreds of activists picketed, and members of the ILWU Local 10 dockworkers union refused to cross their picket line. A Zim cargo ship sat at the port for 24 hours before being unloaded.

The Israeli attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014 similarly brought activists and Local 10 dockworkers together in Oakland to stop another Zim ship, but this time the picket held for more than four days, and the ship was forced back to sea without unloading or loading most of its cargo. Everyone wondered if it would be the only success of its kind or the start of something bigger. Read more »