We, Palestinians, Jews, citizens of Israel, join the Palestinian call for a BDS campaign against Israel, inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid. We also call on others to do the same.
We are devoted to the promotion of just peace and true democracy in this region. We are particularly opposed to Western governments' decision to boycott the Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, most especially in besieged Gaza. This is particularly outrageous given the same Western governments' prolonged support of Israel's apartheid and other daily violations of international law.
Dear Antonio Munoz Molina,
We are Israeli citizens who support Palestinian civil society's call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. We believe that if you accept the Jerusalem prize next month in Jerusalem, you will be complicit in Israel's human rights crimes and its "business as usual" policy. We would like to provide you with some information so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you wish to collaborate with Israel’s racism and apartheid regime.
By accepting the Jerusalem prize, you will legitimise the actions of Jerusalem's racist mayor, Nir Barkat, who pursues and defends the expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem, in order for them to be occupied by Jewish settlers. Right now, the Shamasneh family from the east East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarah is facing a violent eviction from their home. In addition, just ten minutes away from the book fair venue, children in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan are abducted from their homes, detained and even tortured by Israeli police acting in the service of Israeli settlers. Mayor Nir Barkat bears responsibility for these crimes!
We are Israeli citizens who support the Palestinian civil society call for
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel's policies of
colonialism, occupation and apartheid towards the Palestinian people. We
have recently learned of your planned concert at the Yellow Submarine venue
in Jerusalem, and therefore write in order to urge you not to come. It is
important to note that your concert is sponsored by the Jerusalem
municipality and The Jerusalem Foundation. Hand in hand, these two entities
We are a group of Israeli citizens, who have the utmost respect for your
musical and humanitarian contributions to our world. We were quite
surprised, even shocked, to learn of your upcoming performance for
Friends of the IDF (FIDF). We would like to share our concerns with
you, and urge you to reconsider your acceptance of the FIDF invitation.
*Dear Alanis Morissette, we write to you with great urgency as Israel escalates it's onslaught on the Gaza strip*
An appeal from Israeli citizens to musicians scheduled to perform at the Jerusalem Oud Festival, November 2012
13 October 2012
To whom it may concern,
We are Israeli citizens who are active against our government’s policies of racism, apartheid and occupation towards the Palestinian people. In particular, many of us are veteran activists in the campaign against Israel’s illegal colonization and settlement construction policies in the occupied West Bank. We have learned that Israel's Cameri Theatre is due to perform in New Delhi on Nov 4th 2012. Since the Cameri is complicit in grave violations of international law, which amount to war crimes, and since it serves as an official propaganda tool for the Israeli government, we are calling for the invitation to be rescinded.
1 October 2012
To whom it may concern,
We are a group of Israeli citizens, active against our government’s policies of racism, apartheid and occupation. Many of us are veteran activists, and we have witnessed or researched the extent of the devastation left by the Israeli army in the occupied Palestinian territories and in Lebanon. Thousands of civilians, including children, have been killed by Israel in the past decade alone, using hi-tec weapons. Thousands of civilian homes were demolished. Much of this has been carried out by the Israeli air-force.
If the Italian government and Italian companies sell M-346 jets and other types of military equipment to Israel, they are overlooking the Israeli army’ war crimes during the 2006 assault on Lebanon. No action on behalf of any Lebanese party could justify the destruction of entire neighborhoods in Beirut and the mass bombing of villages in Southern Lebanon or the use of cluster bombs, which has cost the lives of, or caused horrific injuries to, numerous civilians, including children.
Furthermore, If the Italian government and Italian companies sell M-346 jets and other types of military equipment to Israel, they will be overlooking the war crimes committed in Israel’s December 2008 - January 2009 “Operation Cast Lead". During this assault, Israel’s "air power" rained down on the unarmed civilian Palestinian population, killing 1400, of which 400 children. In this brutal military action, Israel used new unknown weapons as well as those already prohibited by international conventions (white phosphorus, DIME bombs, depleted uranium) and committed war crimes and crimes against humanity as documented in the UN "Goldstone Report". No action on behalf of any Palestinian party could justify these crimes.
In view of the above, we would like to express our solidarity with Italian activists who are campaigning against Alenia Aermacchi, Finmeccanica and cynical Italian arms dealers. We strongly condemn those who profiteer from the death and suffering of civilians in the occupied Palestinian territories, Lebanon and other parts of the world. We strongly encourage Italian activists who are trying to build a peace economy instead of a war economy.
We are calling for an immediate arms embargo on Israel, and an end to all military-related training and consultancies with the Israeli army, military companies and academic research institutions. In addition to halting the sale of M-346 jets to Israel, we are also calling for the suspension of the military cooperation agreement between Italy and Israel signed in 2005.
More specifically, We are calling on the Italian government, as well as other European governments to:
We would like to stress that Italian companies and institutions which do engage in collaboration with Israeli military institutions become complicit in the aforementioned violations of international law, including war crimes.