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Jordan civil society demands boycott of Israel

October 27, 2014
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Jordan BDS info@jordanbds.net – www.jordanbds.net AMMAN (27-10-2014) - At a time when the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) and the Jordanian government pursue an agreement to purchase gas from Israel via American and Israeli companies, Jordanian civil society institutions are unequivocally demanding a boycott by Jordan. The Jordan BDS Movement –known in Arabic as Alurdun Tuqate’ – published today its statement whic

Jordan BDS
info@jordanbds.net – www.jordanbds.net

AMMAN (27-10-2014) - At a time when the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) and the Jordanian government pursue an agreement to purchase gas from Israel via American and Israeli companies, Jordanian civil society institutions are unequivocally demanding a boycott by Jordan.

The Jordan BDS Movement –known in Arabic as Alurdun Tuqate’ – published today its statement which more than 60 civil society institutions have signed onto, including labor and trade unions, women's associations, cultural and charitable societies, sports clubs, human rights organizations and business associations, affirming that they reject any dealings with Israel and call upon all Jordanian institutions from civil society and the public and private sectors to join them in boycott and anti-normalization.

This announcement coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Wadi Araba Treaty thus affirming once again that the Jordanian civil society –representing a broad segment of Jordanians- absolutely refuses to normalize relations with Israel when it continues to perpetrate crimes against Arab peoples. The latest such crimes were the assault on Gaza and the desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The stance of those who signed onto the "Jordan Boycotts" statement was not only limited to boycotting Israel and its institutions, but also called upon other Jordanian establishments to adopt boycott and anti-normalization. By the same token, the signatories affirmed they are conveying the message to their Arab and international networks and urging said networks to isolate Israel until it terminates its occupation of Arab lands, allows the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes and until the Palestinian people attain their rights completely. Further, the signatories expressed their position clearly against multinational corporations colluding with Israel, stating that these corporations must choose between either the Arab market, or working with the Zionist entity. This statement is supportive of the call by Palestinian civil society institutions for boycott, dated July 9, 2005 and supports the steadfastness of the Palestinian people.

Attached is the English version of the “Jordan Boycotts” statement in addition to the names of the first 60 institutions which signed onto it. The movement will publish the names of more signatory institutions in the upcoming months.

Jordanian Dental Association
Jordan Geologists Association
Jordan Press Association
Jordan Bar Association
Jordan Nurses and Midwives Council
Jordan Engineers Association
Jordan Agriculture Engineers Association
General Association for Foodstuffs Merchants

Jordan Concrete Association
Arab Women Media Center
Jordanian Council for Engineering Firms

Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Jordan
General Trade Union of Workers in Health Services
General Trade Union of Workers in Electricity
Independent Trade Union of Jordanian Electricity Workers
Youth Committee of the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions

The Jordan Museum
The Arab Education Forum
Al Hanounah Society for Popular Culture
Al-Balad Theater
Al-Weehdat Cultural Forum
Ta3leeleh
Khair and Barakah Feminine Society
Al-Shurouq Charitable Society
Bayda AlMaraygheh Charitable Society
That Alnetaqeen Society
Ru'yana Organization
Abu Alsin Ladies Charitable Society
Al-Shobak Ladies Charitable Society
Al-Mudawarah Ladies Charitable Society
Rashed Ladies Charitable Society
Tassan Ladies Charitable Society
Ebal Charitable Society
Almohammadeya Ladies Charitable Society
The Blessed Ones Society

The National Society for Freedom and Democracy
Citizenship and Civil Ideology Association
Pillars of Democratic Dialogue Organization
Phenix Center for Economics & Informatics Studies
Montada Mawtini
Taqqadam Platform

Al-Baqaa Sports Club
Al-Jalil Sports Club
Al-Wehdat Sports Club

The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature
I am a Human Society for Rights of Disabled People
Al-Rakha'a Businessmen Cooperative Association
YMCA
Hayat Educational Fund

Women for Jerusalem Society
Jerusalem Day Society
Palestine International Institute
Jerusalem Forum

October 27, 2014
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