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Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign

November 9 - Global Day of Action: A World without Walls

From Israel’s apartheid Wall on Palestinian land to the US Wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico – Walls are monuments of expulsion, exclusion, oppression, discrimination and exploitation. As people affected by these walls and as movements that pose justice, freedom and equality as our tools to resolve the problems of this planet, we join the call for the 9th of November as a Global Day of Action for a World without Walls.

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"There is no word for wall in our language. We've asked our elders. We have searched. There is no word for wall because there shouldn't be walls."

Verlon M. Jose, Tohono O'odham tribal vice chairperson. The Tohono O'odham people's land is divided by the US/Mexico border.

 

From Israel’s apartheid Wall on Palestinian land to the US Wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico – almost 70 walls across all continents are today ripping through people’s lives and lands as they fortify often unilaterally defined borders or limits of state control. They cause thousands of deaths every year and destroy means of livelihoods and hope for many more. They are monuments of expulsion, exclusion, oppression, discrimination and exploitation.

15 years ago Israel started building its up to 8-meter high and over 700km long Wall on Palestinian occupied land as an integral part of its policy to confiscate over 60% of the West Bank and imprison the Palestinian people on not more than 13% of their historical homeland. This adds to its wall surrounding and completely isolating the Palestinian Gaza Strip since 1994. Palestinians have never stopped resisting these illegal Walls and the continuous expulsion of their people from their land and in 2003 called for November 9 – the day the Berlin Wall fell – as International Day against Israel’s apartheid Wall.

Today it is time we unite against the global proliferation of walls – we call for November 9 as Global Day of Action for a World without Walls.

Israel has been central in promoting this new global era of walls and the US has risen to back it up: From India, to Saudi Arabia, to Turkey, Western Sahara and Europe, today, the number of walls designed to forcibly define and seal borders has almost tripled over the last two decades. These walls bar the right to freedom of movement and self-determination. They have become are cornerstones in a world where wars, militarisation and exclusion are to substitute justice, freedom and equality.

Walls have not only risen to fortify borders of state control but demarcate the boundaries between the rich, the powerful, the socially acceptable and the ‘other’. They increasingly dominate our cities and societies. Tens of thousands linger as prisoners of conscience or under illegal and inhumane conditions behind prison walls. Visible and invisible walls, as is the case of the blockade of Cuba, aim to bar us from attaining economic, political, social and environmental justice.

Where they do not outright promote these walls, governments de facto condone their existence, while a veritable industry of walls literally makes a killing out of all of this. Selling their ideology, methodology and technology corporations team up in arms fairs, biddings and seminars to profit from the construction of these walls.

As people affected by these walls and as movements that pose justice, freedom and equality as our tools to resolve the problems of this planet, we join the call for the 9th of November as a Global Day of Action for a World without Walls.

We will unite in mobilisation to:

  • Raise awareness about the devastating effect of the increasing dominance of walls in our world and our lives

  • Create solidarity and links among the people affected by the walls and movements fighting the walls

  • Demand an immediate end to the walls that expel, exclude, oppress, discriminate and exploit

  • Resist and defund those that profit from the walls

 

Signatories:  

 

From Palestine:

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)

Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)

Palestinian Consultative Staff for Developing NGOs (25 civil society organizations)

Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON)

Palestinian General Union for Charitable society (PGCUS) (400 civil society organizations)

Palestinian Land Defense Coalition (11 civil society organizations)

Palestinian Non Governmental Institute PNIN (37 civil society organizations)

Palestinian Non Governmental organizations Network (132 civil society organizations)

The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem

The National and Islamic Forces in the West Bank (the coordination body of Palestinian political parties)

 

Addameer - Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

Al-Amal Association for Childhood and Development

Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ)

Arab Agronomists Association

Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD)

Arab Women Union Society - Nablus

Association for Farmers’ Rights and for the Preservation of the Environment

Association Jadayel - Palestinian Center for Culture, Arts and creativity

Burj Al-LuqLuq Social Center Society

Defense for Children DCI – Palestine

First Sareyyet Ramallah

Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute (HDIP)

Huriyyat - Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights

Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center

Land Research Center

MA'AN Development Center

Mother school

MUSAWA - Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession

Ni’lin Society for Development and Community Work

Palestine Youth Forum

Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC )

Palestinian Counseling Center

Palestinian Family Protection

Palestinian Farmers Society-Tulkarem

Palestinian Farmers' Union (PFU)

Palestinian Federation of New Unions

Palestinian Hydrology Group

Palestinian Postal services workers union (PPSWU)

Palestinian Women Development Center

Palestinian Working Women's Society for Development (PWWSD)

Palestinian Youth Union

Popular Art Center

Popular Council to Protect the Jordan Valley

Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC)

Save the Jordan Valley Campaign

SAWA women organization

Union Of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)

Women Center for Legal Aid and Consulting (WCLAC)

Youth Development Association

 

From Mexico:

Coordinadora de Solidaridad con Palestina - Corsopal (Coordination in Solidarity with Palestine)

Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos (Observatory of Human Rights of the People)

Movimiento Nacional del Poder Popular (MNPP) (National Movement of Popular Power)

Movimiento Nacional del Poder Popular Zacatecas (MNPP – Zacatecas) (National Movement of Popular Power - Zacatecas)

Movimiento del Magisterio Democrático Nacional (Movement of the National Democratic Teachers)

Comité Ejecutivo Nacional Democrático del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación en Lucha (CEND del SNTE en Lucha) (National Democratic Executive Committee of the National Union of Education Workers in Struggle)

Asamblea de los Pueblos en Defensa del Territorio, la Educación Pública, Laica, Gratuita y los Derechos Humanos (Assembly of the Peoples in Defense of the Territory, Public, Secular and Free Education and Human Rights)

Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra en San Salvador Atenco (FPDT-Atenco) (Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land in San Salvador Atenco)

Consejo de Defensa de los Derechos del Pueblo (CODEP-MNPP) (Council for the Defense of People's Rights)

Council of Interdisciplinary Organizations Bounded for Oxaca (COIVO-MNPP)

Coordinación de Comunidades Indígenas de la Sierra Sur (COCISS) (Coordination of Indigenous Communities of the Sierra Sur)

Comité de Defensa Ciudadana (CODECI-MNPP) (Citizen Defense Committee)

Contingentes del Comité Ejecutivo Nacional Democrático del SNTE en Lucha (CEND SNTE en Lucha) (Contingents of the National Democratic Executive Committee of the SNTE in Struggle)

Congreso Nacional de Bases, Movimiento del Magisterio Democrático Nacional (National Popular Congress, Movement of the National Democratic Teachers): Sección III de Baja California Sur; Sección V de Campeche; Sección X de la Ciudad de México; Sección XIII y XLV de Guanajuato; Sección XIV de Guerrero; Sección XV de Hidalgo; Movimiento Magisterial Jalisciense, Secciones XVI y XLVII de Jalisco; Sección XVIII de Michoacán; Movimiento Magisterial de Bases, Sección XIX de Morelos; Consejo Democrático Magisterial Poblano, Secciones XXIII y LI de Puebla

Movimiento Magisterial de Bases (Grassroots Teachers Movement) de Querétaro, Sección XXIV de Querétaro

Bases Magisteriales Democráticas (Democratic Teachers Collective) de Quintana Roo, Sección XXV de Q. Roo

Bases Magisteriales (Teachers Collective) de Tabasco, Sección XXIX de Tabasco

Trabajadores del Colegio de Bachilleres de Tabasco (Workers of the Bachilleres de Tabasco high school)

Comité Estatal Democrático, Sección XXXII y LVI de Veracruz; Sección XXXVI del Valle de México; Consejo Nacional de Sistematización; Escuelas Integrales de Educación Básica de Michoacán; Colectivo Pedagógico “Francisco Javier Acuña Hernández”

Promotora del Poder Popular de Michoacán (Promoter of the Popular Power of Michoacán)

Caja Popular de Ahorro (Popular Savings Bank) “Emiliano Zapata”

Colectivo de Estudios (Study Collective) “Ricardo Flores Magón”

Movimiento de Unidad Social por un Gobierno del Pueblo (MUSOC-GP) (Movement of Social Unity for a People's Government, Michoacán)

Coalición de Jubilados y Pensionados “Elpidio Domínguez Castro”; Talleres

Community of Nezahualcoyotl Municipality - Estado de México Comunitarios del Municipio de Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México

Federation Brazon: Estado de Mexico, Queretaro, Morales, Veracruz, Guerrero and Mexico City - Barzón Federación: Estado de México, Querétaro, Morelos, Veracruz, Guerrero y Distrito Federal

Coalición Nacional de Cooperativas y Empresas Sociales (CONACyES) (National Coalition of Cooperatives and Social Enterprises)

Organización Nacional del Poder Popular (ONPP) (National Organization of People's Power)

Organización Nacional del Poder Popular de Morelos (ONPP-MORELOS) (National Organization of People's Power - Morelos)

Organización Nacional del Poder Popular del D. F. (National Organization of Popular Power of the district of Mexico City)

Asamblea Permanente de los Pueblos de Morelos (Permanent Assembly of the Peoples of Morelos)

Instituto Mexicano de Desarrollo Comunitario (IMDEC), Mexican Institute of Community Development

Centro de Atención en Derechos Humanos a la Mujer y el Menor Indígena (CADHMMI) (Center for Human Rights Care for Women and Indigenous Minors)

Centro Regional Indígena en Derechos Humanos “Ñuu-Savi” (CERIDH) (Indigenous Regional Center on Human Rights)

Organización de los Pueblos Indígenas del Bajo Mixe (OPI) (Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of Bajo Mixe)

Organización de los Pueblos Indígenas de la Cuenca (OPIC) (Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Cuenca)

Coalición de los Pueblos Indígenas de Valles Centrales (COPIVAC) (Coalition of the Indigenous Peoples of the Central Valleys)

Coordinator of United Neighborhoods from Salina Cruz (CCU)

 

International signatures:

Amigos de la Tierra de América Latina y el Caribe -ATALC.
AssoPacePalestina
ATTAC España
BDS Berlin
BDS Colombia
BDS Malaysia
BDS Switzerland
Bolivarian Agrarian and Community Movement from Venezuela - Movimiento
CineGRI
Comisión Multisectorial del Uruguay (Multisector Commission)
Comitê Brasileiro em Defesa dos Direitos dos Povos Ocupados
Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East (Comité pour une paix juste au PO)
Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas, Indígenas y Negras (FENOCIN) de Ecuador (National Confederation of Peasant, Indigenous and Black Organizations)
Confederación Sindical Única De Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB) (Trade Union Confederation of Peasant Workers of Bolivia)
Corriente Revolucionaria Bolívar y Zamora de Venezuela (Revolutionary Tendency Bolívar and Zamora)
Cultura è Libertà, una campagna per la Palestina
CUT-Brasil
Donne in Nero Italia
FASE Brasil
Frauen in Schwarz (Wien)
Frente de Luta Amazonica por Defensores Direitos Humanos
Fundación para la Cooperación APY – Solidaridad en Acción
Global Justice Alliance
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Independent
Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue-Group Munich
La Coalición de Derechos Humanos
LeNove studi e ricerche sociali
Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens (MAB)
Observatory of Human Rights of the People, USA and Swiss chapters
Red de Colectivos La Araña Feminista de Venezuela (Feminist Network ‘ The Spider)
Red de Integración Orgánica – Rio – Por la Defensa de la Madre Tierra y los Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (Network of Organic Integration - RIO - for the defense of Mother Earth and Human Rights)
REDES-Amigos de la Tierra Uuguay
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
SOA Watch – Observatory for the Closure of the School of Americas
Soldepaz – Pachakuti
St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace
Stichting Diensten en Onderzoek Centrum Palestina (DocP)
The Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine
Trade Union Friends of Palestine, Ireland
Transnational Institute (TNI)
Tucuman por Palestina
Unite
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Women in Black Vienna

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