At not more than 15 days from the UN General Assembly session on Palestine, during which the Palestinian official leadership will present an initiative on the Palestinian state to the world community, many pros and cons are being hotly debated. Yet, even without entering these debates, one of the most serious concerns is the fundamentally flawed process underlying the UN bid. It appears to be a distressing dejá-vu of past mistakes.
Few Palestinians are as closely identified with the struggle against Israel’s wall in the West Bank as Jamal Juma’. The coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign since its establishment in 2002, Juma’ has suffered because of his political activities.
This background document accompanies the BNC's call for an immediate, comprehensive military Embargo on Israel, issued on 9 July 2011. It examines the legal framework in which the call is made, Israel's record of unlawful use of armed force, and the role of military cooperation with Israel , Israel's military industry and the academy in maintaining Israel's violations of international law and its system of apartheid, colonization and occupation against the Palestinian people.
Motorola through its fully owned subsidiary Motorola Israel provides the Israeli state and its military with equipment employed in war crimes and contributes to the construction and maintenance of the Wall, the settlements and the checkpoints. The practices of Motorola clearly violate international law, including the IV Geneva Convention and the UN Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.
Veolia Environment is a French multinational company that profits directly from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. Veolia is a major partner in the Jerusalem Light Rail, a project that will help to cement Israel's hold on occupied East Jerusalem and tie the surrounding settlements even more firmly into the State of Israel. The JLR project has been declared unlawful by the UN. Veolia also operates a landfill and waste services for illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Alstom is a French multinational company profiting directly from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory. Alstom is a major partner in the Jerusalem Light Rail, a project that will help to cement Israel's hold on occupied East Jerusalem and tie the surrounding settlements even more firmly into the State of Israel. The JLR project has been declared unlawful by the UN. An increasing number of governments, unions and civil society organizations are taking action to end their complicity with Veolia’s violations of international law.
The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall Campaign) and the Palestinian Farmers Union filed a Request for Inspection with the World Bank Inspection Panel. The Request for Inspection challenges the Red Sea Dead Sea Water Conveyance Study, which is examining the feasibility of a canal to divert water from the Red Sea into the Dead Sea. The aim of the project is to replenish water in the Dead Sea which has been shrinking for years.
Stop the Wall has submitted a contribution to the EU consultation on its research policy in which it has denounced the funding of Israeli companies – and in particular Israeli companies involved in the construction of the Apartheid Wall – through European Union research programs.
See a photo story on the protests at Qalandiya checkpoint and the brutal repression against the people defending their rights and very neighbourhood against Israeli disposession, agression and oppression on our Flickr account:
Since Israel's establishment in 1948, its occupation of Jerusalem in June 1967, and subsequent annexation of the city in 1980, it has implemented policies that have shrunk the size of Occupied Jerusalem's Palestinian population as well as its Arab and Islamic heritage. The ongoing light rail project is just the latest in this steady entrenchment of Israeli control.
This 31 pages report details the active support of the Brazilian state for the Israeli arms industry as well as the Israeli interests in and profits from Brazil’s military and defense industry. It finally confronts these realities with the framework of economic, legal and political interests and obligations of Brazil.
The report is available below in English and Portuguese.
Palestinian youth in Ramallah continued their hunger strike today in the Manara. Staying in the square throughout the night, youth are have remained steadfast, demanding an end to the Palestinian political division and the democratic elections for the Palestinian National Council.
The Apartheid Wall fact sheet provides basic information about the Wall, including location and costs as well as how the Wall is part of a network, which includes checkpoints, tunnels and settler roads. The fact sheet also explains the ghetto system and the position of the international community. It concludes with the repression of popular resistance to the Wall in 2010 as well as settlement expansion and settler violence.
The people of Bil’In, along with international supporters and Palestinian political leaders, marked the sixth anniversary of the popular resistance, and entering the seventh year under the slogan "The people demand an end to the division and the occupation.”
On Thursday, February 10, the people of Bil’in commemorated the passing of Jawaher Abu Rahmah, who died January 1 after inhaling tear gas fired during the weekly protest against the Wall.
Hundreds of people from Bil’in were joined by residents from neighboring villages, representatives of Palestinian political parties and unions, and popular committee representatives from across the West Bank.
This fact sheet revolves around the stories of women working in a variety of capacities against the Wall in their villages. The aim of the fact sheet is to introduce the struggles of five villages, Bil’in, Ni’lin, al Nabi Saleh, al Ma’sara and al Walaja, against the Wall and settlements. We hope that this fact sheet will be useful in shedding light on experience of women in the movement against the Wall and settlements as well as a basis for taking action in solidarity and support of their struggle.
The olive harvest ended this year, and as in other seasons, both farmers and the land they own faced continuous attacks from Occupation forces and settlers. This season’s assaults were distinguished by their ferocity, occurring in the shadow of the failing negotiations between the Occupation state and the Palestinian Authority. The Occupation plans of continuing settlement translates into an intensification of attacks, whether through new expansion and land confiscation or physical assaults on Palestinian farmers aimed at forcing them off their lands.
Hundreds of Palestinian and international activists, members of Palestinian women’s institutions and unions, and Palestinian political officials and leaders joined in the protest in Bil’in this week to honor Jawaher Abu Rahmah.
The village of Beitin is located less than five minutes from Ramallah. Overlooking the city from the northeast, Beitin is sandwiched between the two settlements Bet El, which also contains a military base, and Ofra. The main road between Beitin and Ramallah has been closed by an Occupation checkpoint, forcing residents from Beitin and surrounding villages to travel nearly a half-hour on an agricultural road to reach the city.
Occupation forces repressed a demonstration condemning the Apartheid Wall and settlements at the Qalandiya checkpoint, which closes off Jerusalem to the north, on Saturday. Demonstrators called for the opening of the checkpoint and demanded that Palestinians be allowed to enter and reach their isolated city.
On Christmas Eve, several hundred people protested against the Wall al Walaja. Located next to Bethlehem, the small village is struggling to halt the recently renewed construction of the Wall. If completed, the village will be encircled on all sides. Residents living near the path of the Wall have faced harassment by Occupation soldiers, and local activists who have tried to stop bulldozers have been beaten and arrested.