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The European Parliament (EP) has recently announced that a vote will be held on December 4 to enter into force the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which will enable far greater Israeli participation in European Community programs. 

Today, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Palestinian civil society, represented by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign National Committee (BNC), launches its strategic position paper as a basis for anti-racist intervention at and beyond the UN Durban Review Conference. This Position Paper summarizes the findings of UN human rights mechanisms and independent experts, who have raised concerns that Israel‘s regime may amount to institutionalized racial discrimination and/or apartheid, as well as their substantial recommendations.

[see updated list of endorsers and download the document at the bottom of the page] The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), 29 November 2008 - Hundreds of international civil society organizations and networks endorse the Position Paper titled “United Against Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation: Dignity & Justice for the Palestinian People” on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

[see updated list of endorsers and download the document at the bottom of the page] The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), 29 November 2008 - Hundreds of international civil society organizations and networks endorse the Position Paper titled “United Against Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation: Dignity & Justice for the Palestinian People” on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

[see updated list of endorsers and download the document at the bottom of the page] The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), 29 November 2008 - Hundreds of international civil society organizations and networks endorse the Position Paper titled “United Against Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation: Dignity & Justice for the Palestinian People” on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

[see updated list of endorsers and download the document at the bottom of the page] The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), 29 November 2008 - Hundreds of international civil society organizations and networks endorse the Position Paper titled “United Against Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation: Dignity & Justice for the Palestinian People” on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

(link to video below)-Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockman, President of the UN General Assembly, stressed that Israel is an Apartheid State, and called on the UN and its member states to follow civil society's lead in implementing Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions on Israel until it complies with international law. What follows is the text of these speeches. STATEMENT OF H.E. FATHER MIGUEL D'ESCOTO BROCKMANN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINAN PEOPLE

The Guardian, Saturday November 22 2008 - It is with great dismay that we learned of the British government's plans to rent space for its new Tel Aviv embassy location from Lev Leviev's company Africa-Israel.   Africa-Israel builds Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Additionally, Leviev's company Leader is building the settlement of Zufim. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.  

Cancel the Peres Visit! Do Not Honour the Dishonourable! Open Letter to the Master of Balliol College at the University of Oxford   Ramallah, Occupied Palestine, November 13, 2008 - The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) views with grave concern the decision of Balliol College to honour Shimon Peres by inviting him to give a special lecture at the College on November 18th. The Campaign is also concerned about reports that a lecture series is being planned in Peres's name.  

Cancel the Peres Visit! Do Not Honour the Dishonourable! Open Letter to the Master of Balliol College at the University of Oxford   Ramallah, Occupied Palestine, November 13, 2008 - The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) views with grave concern the decision of Balliol College to honour Shimon Peres by inviting him to give a special lecture at the College on November 18th. The Campaign is also concerned about reports that a lecture series is being planned in Peres's name.  

Dear Dr Andrew Graham Master of Balliol As South African students, academics and workers who suffered under, feel the legacy of, and played a role in overthrowing Apartheid, we strongly oppose the planned visit of Shimon Peres to the University of Oxford.

We believe that honouring Peres is an affront not only to Palestinians, but also to a significant segment of UK academics. These academics‘ determined support for Palestinian rights, by calling for the isolation of Israel in the world community and refusing to treat it as a normal nation until it fully respects international law, has earned the admiration of Palestinian and solidarity movements across the world.