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.
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.
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14 September, 2012
Dear Paola Maugeri,
We write to you as citizens and residents of Israel who believe that we share similar values concerning human nature and the importance of taking responsibility and action in the world that we live in. It has come to our attention that while promoting a zero-impact lifestyle that is respectful of animal rights and is environmentally-friendly, you have also undertaken the task of promoting Soda-Stream – a company located on occupied and stolen land that is directly involved in activity against all of the values mentioned above. We are baffled by your choice and would like to take this opportunity in offering our view on the environment, the animals and the people living in this region.
Dear Deputy Minister Ebrahim,
We are a group of Israelis who, like the majority of people around the world, are horrified by the actions and policies of our government. We support Palestinian civil society's call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli government and Israeli institutions.
“Let's work together
We are one big family
Joined forever like the branches of a tree
In this world we are neighbors
There is no immunity
We are a group of Israeli citizens.
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July 7th, 2012
Dear President Barroso,
We are a group of Israeli citizens who are dismayed by our government's flagrant violations of international law practiced against the Palestinian people. Such violations include an ongoing colonization project in the occupied West Bank, a siege and its economic strangulation of the occupied Gaza Strip, and constitutional discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel.
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May 26th, 2012
It has come to our attention that several Israeli NGOs have agreed to participate in Madonna's "peace concert", scheduled for May 31st.
Madonna is planned to perform in Israel, choosing to disregard many calls made by Palestinians, Israelis and internationals asking her to heed the Palestinian call for BDS and refrain from performing here.
We are citizens of Israel 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 Israel Festival in Jerusalem, and therefore write in order to urge you not to come.
Dear Harlem Globetrotters,
We are citizens of Israel 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 White City Festival in
Tel Aviv, and therefore write in order to urge you not to come. Please hear
Israel's attempts to mask systematic human-rights abuses and decades-long
oppression against the Palestinians, relies on its ability to maintain a