July 18, 2010
Dear members of Π.Α.ΜΕ.
We are a group of Jews and Palestinians, citizens and residents of Israel, who are struggling to end the Israeli occupation and oppression of the Palestinians. We are writing to you in order to express our enthusiastic support of your courageous civil protest against the blockade of Gaza and against Israel's oppressive policies by symbolically blocking five El-Al airline check-in counters at Athens International Airport (14.07.10). You have thus joined a long line of civilians who, unlike their own governments, express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and their dissociation from the oppressive polices of the Israel government.
The Israeli public and press have noted your action. You are now engraved in our memory together with Western Australian members of the Maritime Union of Australia who, in February 2009, resolved to support the campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and called for a boycott of all Israeli vessels and all vessels bearing goods arriving from or going to Israel. You are now also associated with the dock workers in Durban, members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), who, on 8 February 2009, refused to offload a ship that was carrying Israeli goods to South Africa. You have also joined the Swedish dock workers who initiated a nation-wide week-long blockade of goods to and from Israel (June, 2010); the Swedish Dockworkers Union aimed to contribute to the pressure on Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza and allow an independent, international investigation of what happened at the Israeli boarding of Mavi Marmara Flotilla when nine protestors were shot dead. You have thus also joined the dock workers in the Port of Oakland, who refused to cross the picket line staged by local demonstrators, thus disallowing the unloading of an Israeli freighter, the Zim Shenzhen.
We are inspired by your action. We wish to support you and encourage you to keep speaking out, because your voice is the voice of justice for all.
Members and supporters of
BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from within