- Spain announces “provisional” suspension of military exports to Israel and Evo Morales backs BDS
- Pressure grows for military embargo and sanctions
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Hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets today to demand boycotts and sanctions against Israel as part of an international day of rage initiated by organisations in Gaza.
As Israel recalls its reserves and threatens to re-intensify its assault on Gaza that has so far killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, scores of demonstrations across the world from Johannesburg to Delhi will raise demands for a full military embargo on Israel and in support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).
The Congress of South African Trade Unions has announced that it will take part in demonstrations across South Africa as part of the day of rage.
Thousands of people are expected to join a protest outside the White House to demand an end to US military aid to Israel.
Organisers of a mass rally in London have said they expect it to be the largest ever demonstration in support of Palestine in the UK.
“Today’s huge mobilisations show that the people of the world stand united in support of the rights of Palestinian people and against international complicity with Israel’s on-going massacre of Palestinians in Gaza,” said Dr Haidar Eid, a steering committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel who lives in Gaza.
“Governments across the world must act in line with the will of their people and take action to hold Israel to account, including by imposing sanctions and a military embargo on Israel,” Dr Eid added.
The mobilisations come as pressure mounts for western governments to impose a military embargo on Israel.
On August 4, the Spanish government announced that it was “provisionally” suspending all arms sales to Israel. The campaign for a military embargo has been a major focus of Palestine solidarity groups, trade unions and social movements across Spain, where government and private sector have developed deep military cooperation with Israel.
In the UK, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has called for action against arms sales to Israel, causing splits in the coalition government there.
UK campaigners occupied and closed an arms factory near Birmingham that is owned by Israeli arms company Elbit Systems for two days to protest the role the factory plays in supplying engines for drones used by the Israeli military.
Bolivian president Evo Morales has publically backed BDS, following on from the withdrawal of ambassadors to Israel by five Latin American states and the suspension of negotiations on a free trade agreement by the government of Chile.
More than 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for a military embargo on Israel that was launched last month by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 5 other Nobel laureates.
“Israel’s ability to unleash its military might on Palestinians in Gaza is dependent on the huge military trade and cooperation it maintains with states around the world. As fresh evidence emerges that Israel has been deliberately targeting civilians, it is time for governments to end their material support for Israeli war crimes,” said Mohsen Abu-Ramadan from the Palestinian NGO Network in Gaza.
People across the world are expressing anger and a strong resolve to make Israel pay for its crimes through the BDS movement.
The following statement from the Network in Defense of Humanity (REDH) in Bolivia is a translation of the original from http://www.nuestra-america.it/index.php/it/espanol/bolivia/item/998-appello-internazionale-primo-firmatario-presidente-della-bolivia-evo-morales.
In Defence of Palestine
The Network in Defense of Humanity (REDH), before the tragic events being experienced by our Palestinian brothers in Gaza, performs its duty in stating the following:
We declare our adherence to the words of comrade Evo Morales, founder of the Network in Defense of Humanity and President of the Pluri-national State of Bolivia, which declare Israel as a terrorist state.
We express our absolute condemnation of the genocide suffered by the Palestinian people at the hands of a state founded upon the dispossession and colonial occupation of Palestinian territories.
We acknowledge and express our solidarity with the heroic struggle of the Palestinian people and their resistance organizations, especially in Gaza, against Israel’s attempt to exterminate [them] and snatch the remaining shreds of what was their homeland.
We condemn the imperialist United States’ (U.S.) role that feeds and supports politically, financially and militarily the State of Israel, as we condemn the unusual inaction of the UN Security Council whose resolutions regarding the Palestinian issue are systematically violated with impunity by Washington. The U.S. has been acting throughout its history with hypocrisy and cynicism, threatening by sanctions and interventions the peoples of Latin America, Africa and Eurasia that defend their sovereignty, while supporting Israel’s action’s.
We condemn the complicity in these events [in Gaza], by default in some cases, the governments of the European Union and the unconditional subordination of the media oligopolies to the dictates of Washington. Enough calling it war! It is genocide being perpetrated by one of the best equipped armies in the world against a people whose defensive resources are infinitely inferior in number and quality!
We encourage joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the terrorist state of Israel. It is time for active and creative solidarity, beyond expressions of condemnation. We have failed the over 1600 people killed in Palestine in the recent weeks, as well as the more than 9,000 injured since the terrorist [Israeli] operation started and hypocritically called “Protective Edge”.
We demand the end of the [Israeli] apartheid and genocide, as well as the walls and settlements. We call on the governments of the world to demand that Israel complies with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and be forced to withdraw from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, to return to the borders prior to the “Six Day War” (1967) and to ensure the return of Palestinian refugees, as was established by Security Council Resolution No. 242 of November 22, 1967, a resolution unfulfilled until today by the State of Israel.
We stand for a real political solution to the conflict in Palestine on the basis of dialogue, negotiation and the existence of two states with equal rights and internationally recognized borders; a solution that includes the immediate lifting of the blockade on Gaza and the release of all Palestinian political prisoners. We welcome the supportive stance of the governments of ALBA, MERCOSUR and other governments around the South against the barbaric Israeli conduct in Gaza.
Inspired by the revolutionary words of Nelson Mandela: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of Palestine,” we assert that Israel has morally and politically lost this battle against the courageous Palestinian people and that it deserves the growing condemnation of the peoples of the world as a “pariah” state that violates international law. The indomitable Palestinian resistance will be rewarded sooner or later in the smile of their children in a free country.
Against Israeli terrorism and U.S. imperialism, in defence of Palestinian right to self-determination and of all peoples in the world!
PRIMI FIRMATARI (Primary Signatories)
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Premio Nobel de la Paz
István Meszáros, Filósofo. Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico 2008.
Franz Hinkelammert, Filósofo. Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico 2005.
Enrique Dussel. Filósofo. Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico 2009.
Atilio Boron. Sociólogo. Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico 2012.
Marta Harnecker. Premio Libertador al Pensamiento Crítico 2013.
Luciano Vasapollo – universidad roma sapienza , premio pensamiento critico 2007
Pablo González Casanova. Filósofo.
Piedad Córdoba. Ex – Senadora. Luchadora Social. Colombia.
Patricia Villegas. Presidenta de Telesur
Stella Calloni, Periodista
Rita Martufi representante permanente ante la FAO unión sindical de base y FSM
Eva Golinger , Periodista
Roy Chaderton Matos, Embajador de Venezuela ante la OEA
Farruco Sesto, Ex -Ministro de Cultura de Venezuela
Theotonio Dos Santos, Economista
Mónica Bruckman, Socióloga. Asesora de la Secretaría General de UNASUR
Michael Lebotwiz, Economista
Carmen Bohórquez. Filósofa, Historiadora. Premio Nacional de Humanidades.
Lidia Fagale, Secretaria General de la Unión de Periodistas de Buenos Aires
Joaquín Arriola – Universidad País Vasco
Galarza – Universidad publica de Navarr