We, Palestinians, Jews, citizens and residents of Israel, struggling to end the occupation and oppression of the Palestinians are distressed to learn that a gala is to be held for Israel in Stockholm, celebrating “the Israeli democracy”.
Everyday we witness that “Israeli democracy” is in fact an ethnocracy. Arab citizens of Israel are discriminated against in every aspect of their lives. We witness Israeli soldiers returning home from serving in Gaza and the West Bank, breaking the silence and testifying to the atrocities they themselves have committed against Palestinians in the occupied territories. We witness the walls and fences that the Israeli government is building, imprisoning a whole population - the Palestinians.
We watch Israel serving as a tool of oppression on a daily basis, promoting the violent dispossession and repression of Palestinians through systematic breaches of International Law, violations of basic human rights and crimes against humanity.
This is not a time for celebrations. This is a time for justice.
We therefore urge you not to lend your countenance to the Israeli occupation state of today; support instead what many Israelis and Palestinians are working to build together as equals, and be our partners in the shared struggle for freedom throughout this land.
Iris Bar, Haifa
Yoav Bar, Haifa
Prof. Yoram Bar Haim
Dr. Dalit Baum
Shai Carmeli Pollak
Prof. Rachel Giora
Dr. Dorothy Naor
Dr. David Nir
Dr. Kobi Snitz
BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from within