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Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign

Introduction

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Palestinian grassroots
Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign

The Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign is a coalition of Palestinian non governmental organizations and
popular committees that mobilize and coordinate efforts on local, national and international levels. These
efforts are focused upon stopping and dismantling the Apartheid Wall, and resisting Israeli occupation and
colonization.

A call for a coordinated, popular, and grassroots effort to tear down the Wall came out of Jerusalem on the 2nd
of October 2002, from the office of the Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON). From this moment the
Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign was born. The Campaign initiated its work on three levels: acting as the voice of
communities locally; mobilization and coordination nationally; and additionally as part of the global struggle
against colonization, war and racism.


Since its inception the Campaign has been the main national grassroots body mobilizing and organizing resistance
against the Apartheid Wall. This growing responsibility, and the need for people from affected communities to be
more involved in decision-making, necessitated a change in the Campaign’s structure. Now the Campaign is working
as an independent body with its own board. It presently coordinates the work of 54 popular committees in
communities which will be (and are being) destroyed by the Wall.


Read more about the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign through the following sections:




Campaign Goals



The Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign’s mission is to Stop the Wall. The Campaign goals are:

    1. The immediate cessation of the building of the Wall.

    2. The dismantling of all parts of the Wall and its related zones already built.

    3. The return of lands confiscated for the path of the Wall.

    4. The compensation of damages and lost income due to the destruction of land and property in addition to
    the restitution of land.

These calls are firmly grounded in the context of the struggle against Israeli Colonization, Apartheid and
Occupation, and for Palestinian rights and self-determination. None of the above demands can be compromised
in the Campaign’s work.



Campaign Strategies



In order to achieve these goals and to support the communities in their struggle to safeguard their lands,
existence, and future, the Campaign:

  • Mobilizes and coordinates local and national efforts to support communities in their resistance to the Wall.
  • Supports people’s steadfastness in their lands despite the devastating effects of the Wall.
  • Raises awareness on the international level about the implications of the Wall on Palestinian towns, and
    mobilizes solidarity for the communities affected by the Wall, through coordination with international
    organizations and movements.
  • Mobilizes the Arab world community, civil society organizations and unions to increase political solidarity
    and support within the Arab world for the Palestinian struggle in general, and for the community struggle
    against the Wall.
  • Calls for international boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. This is seen as the most
    effective way to force Israel to comply with the ICJ decision.
  • Links the Palestinian struggle against the Wall and Occupation to the world-wide struggles against
    war, globalization, and colonization.
  • Activate international organizations, movements and actors to support the Campaign.



Campaign Structure:




Campaign Activities



The Campaign’s activities depend on mobilizing various resources and organizations to achieve the Campaign goals. The activities can be broken down into the following areas:

Grassroots Mobilization

Grassroots mobilization forms the fundamental part of the Campaign activities and includes:

  • Popular meetings in affected communities
  • Supporting popular organizing committees against the Wall
  • facilitating and support for community activities against the Wall
  • Calling for and coordinating the community activities against the wall
  • Information dissemination exposing the occupation’s plans and actions
  • Coordination of the exchange of experiences between communities to encourage solidarity between people in different locations

As an expression of the needs of the people, the Popular Committees are formed by the communities to organize and to defend their lands and homes from confiscation and destruction. Inside the committees the hardship and challenges posed by the Apartheid Wall are discussed and political expression of the people is built.


The committees form the space where people can meet, organize, strategize and mobilize. The activities and decisions of the 50+ committees are supported and coordinated through the Campaign’s Head Office and Regional Coordinators.


These committees are the basis of the grassroots mobilizing and the link between the Campaign and the people that allows the communities to obtain and provide Campaign information, communicate needs and priorities to the Campaign, and seek support both in mobilization and in safeguarding their lands.


Palestinian grassroots mobilization is taking place in many forms. Now that lands are inaccessible and movement virtually barred in the areas where the Wall is complete, information events such as presentations, meetings and exhibitions gain even more importance for empowering people with the necessary information, updates and tools to take action. Demonstrations held on land stolen by the Occupation forces, and other forms of protests, are expressions of the people’s determination and resilience to resisting the Israeli Occupation and Apartheid Wall.

NGO and National Mobilization

Mobilizing governmental and non-governmental organizations is carried out on two levels. Firstly, the political
level, where the Campaign is lobbying for organizations to work together in creating and promoting policies
against the Apartheid Wall, ensuring that all Palestinian institutions are engaged in the same goals within a
unified national framework. Second, the affected communities’ needs level: encouraging organizations to support
and respond to people’s needs for resisting colonization of their lands. At the same time, ensuring that none of
the projects implemented under this framework help, or in any way maintain, the situation created by the
Apartheid Wall. That is, none of them should engage in compensating or providing substitutes for what the Wall
has damaged in these communities, as this remains exclusively the responsibility of the Occupation which created
it.

 

Research and Documentation.

The Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign from its inception has placed substantial energy into information collection and dissemination. The Campaign has a variety of publications that are tools of mobilization, and also documentation of the destruction of Palestinian communities. These publications are a form of resistance and advocacy which make a strong contribution to debates around tackling the challenges presented by the Apartheid Wall and the occupation.



Campaign publications include:

  • Books (provided with maps): The Campaign was the first in Palestine (and internationally) to publish a
    booklet on the Wall, which came out in November 2002. In June 2003, the Campaign produced a major publication in
    English and Arabic (translated later into Italian), that is still regarded as the main point of reference for
    information about the Wall. Currently, the second print of the report, with new updates, is under preparation,
    in addition to a report about the Wall in and around Jerusalem.
  • Presentations: The PowerPoint presentations include data, pictures from affected communities, and maps. The
    Campaign uses presentations at its meetings in Palestinian communities. These presentations are used for
    exploring and analysing the Occupation’s plans and the goals to which the construction of the Wall is aiming.
    They are an important tool for mobilizing on both national and international levels.
  • Fact sheets: They include all data and information from our research regarding the Wall’s route and length, considering the implications on villages that it has affected (or is going to affect).
  • Newsletter: the Campaign publishes a quarterly newsletter, with updated information about communities affected by the Wall, as well as analysis and emerging issues.
  • Website: in addition to the English site www.StopTheWall.org, the Campaign has launched its Arabic, Spanish and Italian sites. Work is underway for the launch of the German and French sites. The Campaign’s website functions as the gateway for the Arab and international world. It brings out the voices of the Palestinian people, enables links and coordination with solidarity groups, and also acts as an activist resource.
  • Photo exhibits: the Campaign organizes exhibits at various national and international events as another source of information and activism against the Wall. Campaign exhibits include pictures, maps, fact sheets, and case studies.


International Outreach and Solidarity

The Campaign gives great importance to the strengthening of an international movement that supports the Palestinian struggle against the Apartheid Wall and Palestinian rights. It also coordinates within international networks against war and colonialism.


The Campaign believes that international outreach and mobilization is one main strategy in its call to impose immediate and effective sanctions and boycott against Israeli Apartheid, which is an important way to support the Palestinian struggle against the Apartheid Wall and Israeli Occupation.


The Campaign’s international advocacy targets a variety of groups, organizations, decision makers, politicians, and individuals, in different parts of the world, creating greater global awareness of the issue and mobilizing against the Wall and the Occupation.


For outreach purposes, the Campaign:



    1. Prepares material in the form of reports and fact sheets, as well as a number of versions of Wall Power Point presentations and exhibits in different forums.

    2. The Campaign’s website www.stopthewall.org serves as a regular source of information and interaction for solidarity groups and the Campaign.

    3. Is in regular contact and coordination with media, international organizations, and solidarity groups.

    4. Participates in international events and activities.

    5. Organizes speaking tours for Campaign members and activists from affected communities meeting with different target groups: solidarity groups, churches, trade unions, universities, and political parties.

    6. Organizes visiting tours for international delegations to affected communities, exploring realities on the ground.


The National and International Week against the Apartheid Wall (9th to 16th of November)

The week was launched by the Campaign two years ago to focus resistance, international mobilization, and attention against the Apartheid Wall.

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