BNC Statement

#KhanAlAhmar: BDS is Our Most Powerful Tool For Accountability and Justice

Popular struggle and international solidarity have defended the Palestinian community of Khan al-Ahmar from expulsion, stopping bulldozers manufactured by international corporations from demolishing homes and a school. Effective BDS campaigning is critical as Israel's Supreme Court has approved the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar to make way for illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. This includes naming and shaming corporations manufacturing bulldozers complicit in Israel’s demolitions: JCB (UK), Caterpillar (US), Volvo (Sweden), Hyundai (South Korea), Hitachi (Japan) and LiuGong (China).

 

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(Palestinians block bulldozers Israel uses to demolish their homes in Khan al-Ahmar.)

September 10, 2018 — Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing continues with the September 5 decision of the Israeli courts in favour of the imminent destruction of Khan al-Ahmar, the Palestinian Bedouin community located east of occupied Jerusalem. The steadfastness of the small community of 200 people in Khan al-Ahmar has become a symbol of our struggle against expulsion and dispossession.

The community had already been driven from its ancestral lands during the Nakba, the large scale ethnic cleansing on which Israel has established itself. Since the end of the 90s, Israel has been undertaking efforts to erase the 18 Bedouin communities in the area east of Jerusalem in order to build a settlement corridor from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, splitting the occupied West Bank into two parts.

Popular resistance and diplomatic opposition have so far delayed efforts to destroy these communities.

Popular struggle and international solidarity have defended Khan al-Ahmar until today from expulsion, and have stopped the bulldozers manufactured by international corporations from inflicting destruction.

Today, people on the ground keep continued presence at Khan al-Ahmar and gather evidence of corporate complicity in Israel’s ongoing policy of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. It is the role of the BDS movement to mobilize global pressure against Israel’s impunity in perpetrating war crimes and crimes against humanity and against corporate complicity in these crimes.  

Nothing sends as clear a message to Israel as effective BDS campaigning.

As you join the effort to save Khan al-Ahmar and lobby your governments to put concrete pressure on Israel to stop the demolition, remember that Israel’s assaults on Palestinians and our human rights cannot happen without the many corporations that support and profit from Israel’s policies of occupation, colonialism and apartheid.

Many of Israel’s demolitions are being carried out by bulldozers manufactured by the following six companies: JCB (UK), Caterpillar (US), Volvo (Sweden), Hyundai (South Korea), Hitachi (Japan) and LiuGong (China).

Corporations must be made aware that they will lose contracts for lending their service to and profiting from Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes and communities in order to make room for its illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee calls for a global civil society effort for preventing the imminent destruction of Khan al-Ahmar. When campaigning for Khan Ahmar and other Palestinian communities at risk of destruction and forcible displacement, we urge everyone to:

  • Name and shame corporations complicit in the crime: Expose and denounce them in mainstream and social media. Their equipment and services are crucial for enabling Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing.

  • Organize protests at the offices of the JCB, Caterpillar, Volvo, Hyundai, Hitachi and LiuGong. Ask them to terminate their contracts with Israel’s occupation forces, and to commit to halting the delivery of all further equipment or services that may be used by Israel in activities that violate fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people.

  • Organize divestment and exclusion-from-tender campaigns against these companies in your trade union, church, university — or include these companies in existing campaigns —  to raise the price of their complicity in egregious human rights violations.

 

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights. 


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