Outraged at apartheid Israel’s crimes against Palestinians? Here are 5 things you can do.

In many countries, governments and corporations are deeply complicit with Israel’s decades-old regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid, just as they were complicit in the apartheid regime in South Africa. Israel can only sustain this regime of oppression with international complicity. 

Here are the 5 most effective things YOU can do to challenge this complicity and support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality:

  1. Work with progressive networks to pressure parliament and government to (a) end all military-security cooperation and trade (military funding in the US case) with apartheid Israel and similarly criminal regimes of oppression worldwide, (b) ban all goods/services of companies operating in Israel’s illegal colonial settlements; and (c) demand a UN investigation of Israeli apartheid.

  2. Mobilize pressure in your community, trade union, association, church, social network, student government/union, city council, cultural center, or other organization to declare it an Apartheid Free Zone (AFZ), ending all relations with apartheid Israel and companies that are complicit in its system of oppression.

  3. Boycott products/services of, and/or mobilize institutional pressure to divest from, Israeli and international companies and banks that are complicit in Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity. This includes all Israeli banks (Leumi, Hapoalim, etc.) and major multinationals such as: Elbit Systems, HP, G4S/Allied Universal, AXA, CAF, PUMA, Caterpillar, General Mills/Pillsbury, Hyundai Heavy Industries, JCB, Volvo, Barclays Bank, Alstom, Motorola Solutions, and CEMEX.

  4. Cancel all academic, cultural, sports, and tourism engagements in Israel or supported/sponsored by Israel (or its lobby groups and complicit institutions).

  5. Join a BDS campaign or a strategic Palestine solidarity group near you to act collectively and effectively.

Channel your anger and mobilize to dismantle apartheid and all forms of racism and oppression.

Update

#FreeMahmoud: Israeli military court extends Palestinian BDS coordinator’s detention by 15 days

Israel is holding Palestinian human rights defender Mahmoud Nawajaa without charge and has denied his right to see his lawyer. 

Occupied Ramallah, 2 August 2020 -- Today, an Israeli military court near Jenin granted a request by the Israeli internal security service, Shin Bet, to extend by 15 days the detention of Palestinian human rights defender Mahmoud Nawajaa. No charges or evidence were shared with Nawajaa or his lawyer, assigned by Addameer-Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

According to Addameer (Arabic statement), Shin Bet told the court that they “suspected” Nawajaa’s membership in a “proscribed” party and his provision of services to it, claims that he vehemently denied when questioned by the military judge. 

Nawajaa told the judge (via videoconference, due to Covid-19 restrictions) that he is in good health.

Tens of Israeli occupation soldiers had stormed Mahmoud Nawajaa’s home on 30th July, blindfolded and handcuffed him, taking him away from his wife and three young children. Since his arrest, Nawajaa has been denied the right to see his lawyer. 

Reacting to the Israeli military court decision, BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti said:

Today’s hearing followed precisely the Israeli Shin Bet playbook of repression, which is reminiscent of apartheid South Africa’s. Without charges or a shred of evidence, they throw outrageous lies at Palestinian human rights defenders, like Mahmoud, to smear them and to make it easier for the rubber-stamp military courts to extend their detention, ill treatment and, often, cruel interrogation.

Israel knows that despite its massive investment of financial, political, diplomatic, media and intelligence services resources in its desperate war on the peaceful BDS movement for Palestinian rights, it is failing to slow down the movement’s growth and impact worldwide.

We call on all human rights supporters everywhere to intensify pressure on Israel’s regime of oppression to immediately release Mahmoud and all Palestinian human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience in Israel’s dungeons. It is high time, in particular, to cut all military-security trade and ties with apartheid Israel.”

The BDS movement has outlined in an alert to its activists specific actions to support the #FreeMahmoud campaign. These range from mobilizing pressure on governments to hold Israel accountable to strengthening BDS campaigns worldwide.

Mahmoud Nawajaa, 34, is the General Coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the peaceful and global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians. 

According to his colleagues and friends, Nawajaa, who holds a master’s degree in International Relations, has dedicated his life to the peaceful struggle for Palestinian rights. Before he joined the BDS movement, he was the administrative director, from 2010 to 2013, of the Health Development Information and Policy Institute (HDIP) in Ramallah, a non-profit development organization working in the fields of health policy planning, advocacy, women's empowerment and greater democracy through a vibrant civil society. 


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