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

Mexico City Metro partially cancels Israeli events and photo exhibit due to Israeli Embassy lies

Following protests, the Mexico City Metro removed 12 photographs from the exhibition "A look at Israel" sponsored by Israel’s embassy in Mexico.

Following protests, the Mexico City Metro removed 12 photographs from the exhibition "A look at Israel" sponsored by Israel’s embassy in Mexico. The exhibit was installed in two metro stations as part of a month of activities, also including dances and a week of film projections. A dance show organized by the Israeli embassy on May 15, Nakba Day, and most of the film screenings were also canceled following protests by supporters of Palestinian rights.

The Mexico City Metro transports over 5.5 million passengers daily across the city.

Mexico City asked for the photographs to be removed after almost 40 Mexican organizations, unions and networks and diplomatic missions from Palestine, the Arab world and member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation raised concern over the exhibit because it did not respect international law and Mexico’s official position on the territories Israel occupies.

The city administration took down the 12 photographs immediately after being  notified they falsely presented images of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and the West Bank as part of Israel. These territories are subject to Israel’s brutal military occupation. According to resolution 242 of the United Nations Security Council, passed in 1967, these territories are considered occupied and therefore do not belong to Israel, a position adopted by Mexico that same year, and that has remained unchanged since.

Mahmoud Nawaja’a, General Coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), said:

The fact that the Israeli embassy lied by presenting those territories as Israeli is no coincidence. It is part of Israel’s  strategy to legitimize its attempts to illegally annex Palestinian and Syrian land. We deeply appreciate Mexico City’s swift action and respect of international law.

Civil society groups are protesting  the entire month of activities organized by the Israeli embassy in the Mexico City Metro, including the remaining photos and events, as it is part of Israel’s attempts to cover-up its regime of apartheid and military occupation using art and culture.

Mahmoud Nawaja’a said:

The Israeli government routinely uses art and culture to cover-up its crimes against the Palestinian people and violations of international law. We send a heartfelt appeal to Mexico City and human rights organizations in the city to refuse all arts shows or exhibits that are sponsored by the Israeli government or its embassies until Israel respects Palestinians’ full rights.

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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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