|On the evening of June 5th, 2016, 49 years into the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, Jewish organizations and individuals worldwide speak out in support of the right of Palestinians to non-violently resist Israel’s illegal and inhumane occupation. In a petition sent to numerous national parliaments and European Union institutions, the undersigned groups call for all international bodies “to use all their available means of diplomacy and power to compel the Israeli government to immediately halt its intimidation campaign against Omar Barghouti and the Palestinian-led BDS Movement”.
Appalled by the state-led bullying against non-violent resistance, the undersigned “wish to underscore a basic truth which seems to escape the current Israeli administration and its apologists: international citizens’ boycotts against ongoing abuse of international law are a legally-protected and fundamental civil right. Civil boycotts are a key means of non-violent protest. They cannot, precisely, be interdicted, made illegal or punishable.”
So far, signatories of the petition include: Jewish peace organizations from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy; as well as a hundred distinguished Jewish activists, such as Noam Chomsky, co-founder of Code Pink Medea Benjamin, former South African government minister Ronnie Kasrils, former Israeli human-rights lawyer Felicia Langer, the Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan and laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights Nurit Peled-Elhanan.
Yossi Bartal, on behalf of Jewish Voice for Just Peace, Germany [email protected]juedische-stimme.de
Jews Worldwide in Solidarity with Omar Barghouti and BDS activists
Jews worldwide in solidarity with Omar Barghouti and Palestinian non-violent resistance
Attached: Petition text and signature list
House of Representatives and Congress of the United States of America
European Commission, European Parliament
Governments and Parliaments of Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and UK
Jews Worldwide in Solidarity
with Omar Barghouti and BDS activists
We, the undersigned Jewish organizations and individuals from various countries all over the world, call upon all governments as well as upon international bodies to use all their available means of diplomacy and power to compel the Israeli government to immediately halt its intimidation campaign against Omar Barghouti and the Palestinian-led BDS Movement.
Israel has officially declared its determination to use everything in its power to intimidate and supress the leaders and supporters of the international BDS movement—including the usage of targeted actions by intelligence agencies . Israel’s Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked instructed the international department of her ministry “to prepare a plan of legal steps” in order to “move from defence to offence” against the BDS movement  already a year ago, with the full backing of the Israeli government, to run a massive campaign aimed at criminalizing the internationally-growing BDS movement, and at silencing any protest against the ongoing Israeli occupation.
Meanwhile Aryeh Deri, Israel’s Interior Minister personally took efforts to revoke the permanent residency status  of Mr. Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement. He has been barred from leaving the country ever since. His life and well-being have been threatened by Israeli officials repeatedly.
As Jewish organizations and individuals committed to human rights, to democracy and to the rule of law, we speak out against the widespread attacks by the current Israeli government against the BDS movement. Appalled by this state-led bullying against non-violent resistance to the illegal Israeli occupation, we wish to underscore a basic truth which seems to escape the current Israeli administration and its apologists:
International citizens’ boycotts against ongoing abuse of international law are a legally-protected and fundamental civil right. Civil boycotts are a key means of non-violent protest. They cannot, precisely, be interdicted, made illegal or punishable.
In steadfast defence of accepted universal human rights and established standards of international law and decency, we therefore demand:
- The end to Mr. Barghouti’s residency restriction and the reinstatement of his right to free movement 
- The guaranteeing of Mr. Barghouti’s and all other Palestinians’ freedom of movement , of political expression  and of assembly 
- The immediate cessation of all political and legal attempts to criminalize support for BDS and the recognition and restitution of the inalienable right to non-violently resist unjust state actions like occupation and apartheid
|Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians (ACJC)
|European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP)
|Independent Jewish Voices (IJV)
|Independent Jewish Voices(IJV)
|International Jewish Antizionist Network USA (IJAN USA)
|It's Kosher to Boycott Israeli Goods (Jews4Big)
|Jewish Socialists’ Group (JSG)
|Jewish Voice for a Just Peace (Juedische Stimme)
|Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)
|Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Group
|Jews for a Just Peace North Carolina (jfajpNC)
|Jews for Justice for Palestine (jfjfp)
|Rete’ Ebrei contro l’Occupazione (Network of Jews against Occupation)
|union juive française pour la paix (ujfp)
 Art. 15 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
 Art. 12 International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Art. 13. UHRD
 Art. 19 ICCPR
 Art. 21 ICCPR