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A call from Palestinian civil society to groups and organizations fighting racism and racial discrimination in Europe Concerning: Public awareness-raising and mobilization on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2020
The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots saw worrying attempts to repress anti-colonial queers during Pride By Dr Melanie Richter-Montpetit Berlin’s permissive attitude to drugs and public sex ranks the city on top of those looking for “authentic” queer experiences.
By Stephanie Skora If you’ve encountered LGBTQ Jewish life in the United States, odds are you’ve heard of A Wider Bridge. The LGBTQ-specific Israel advocacy organization, whose mission in its own words is “Equality IN Israel and Equality FOR Israel,” has tried hard to portray itself as progressive and to create a pro-Israel bent in LGBTQ life in the United States.
Français We Palestinian singers, songwriters, musicians, actors and other artists read with concern that Céline Dion has scheduled two performances at Yarkon Park, Tel Aviv.
From the occupied Palestinian territory, we stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation and land defenders at the Unist’ot’en Camp and Gidimt’en who continue to resist Canada’s colonial incursions of their unceded territories. The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, sends a message of support to your struggle. We call on the Palestine solidarity movement in Turtle Island and elsewhere to stand with the Wet’suwet’en nation.
Palestinian civil society welcomes this long-awaited UN list of companies that are complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise, which constitutes a war crime under international law. We thank all human rights organizations that worked tirelessly for the release of such an important instrument of transparency and accountability.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) warmly thanks Noname for her meaningful solidarity and moral courage. Despite the best efforts of Israel lobby groups like “Creative Community for Peace”, thousands of artists worldwide have publicly endorsed the cultural boycott of apartheid Israel.
In March, we will launch Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2020 under the theme, “United againt Racism,” advocating for Palestinian rights in the context of global struggles against racial oppression. It is more urgent than ever to join together our struggles for freedom, justice, equality and dignity and to recognize that Israel’s far-right regime is a key partner of authoritarian and even genocidal regimes worldwide, supplying them with deadly military and security technologies.
The plan Trump hatched with Israel’s far-right government aims to cement Israel’s apartheid rule over the Palestinian people. It is the final nail in the coffin of the moribund "peace process", making #BDS the most effective response.