After one year of coordination and planning, yesterday the Palestinian Youth Forum (PYF) gathered for the first time. Over 250 young people from all over the West Bank met in Ramallah, Jerusalem to discuss a common vision on the Palestinian struggle and coordinate common further action. Coming from different political experiences and perspectives, the Forum testifies a foundational moment to overcome the differences and divisions tearing apart the Palestinian struggle and unify within differences, the Youth as the most valuable agent of resistance.
Saturday, March 26, the Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions (New Unions) have celebrated their official recognition as trade union federation by the Palestinian authorities and at the same time have held their annual congress, voting for a new union council and executive committee. The New Unions unite today 26 trade unions in all of the 10 West Bank districts and represent around 10 000 workers from all sectors.
On the occasion of Palestinian women’s celebration of 8th of March, the International Women’s Day, we the undersigned, Palestinian women organizations, centers and groups, call upon all women and feminists of the world, as well as women’s organizations and collectives, to endorse the BDS Call issued by Palestinian civil society in 2005 and join to the BDS movement to support our struggle for freedom, justice and equality.
Throughout May, Stop the Wall and the Land Defense Coalition have been working together to build resistance, support steadfastness and create information and awareness about Israel's ongoing policies of ethnic cleansing and colonization in the West Bank. May has been a month of heavy onslaught on the Palestinian people in the West Bank, with Israel advancing its expulsion plans in the South, East and the West of the West Bank. While grassroots organizing continues the enduring apathy of the international community is chilling.
The representatives of city and local governments, as well as of civil society organizations who gathered in Seville during the International Conference of Governments and Civil Society Organizations in Support of Palestinian Rights, organized by the Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity(FAMSI), the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP),United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Junta of Andalusia, with the collaboration of the Parliament of Andalusia, where the event took place, have issued the "Olive
With this statement the organizations Paz con Dignidad and Biladi wish to show our deepest and most heartfelt solidarity with our colleague Jamal Jumá, coordinator of Stop the Wall, in the light of the events occurred on 11th October when the Jordanian authorities on the border with the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) denied him permission to enter the Kingdom of Jordan, to take part in a political tour that he was going to hold in The Basque Country from the 13th to 17th October, whilst in possession of a Schengen visa that authorised him to travel to Europe for a yea
Eight transnational corporations (TNC), including the Israeli national wate rcompany Mekoort, have gone on trial on Monday in Geneva for the human rights violations they have committed around the world.
BDS Colombia continues to stand in with Palestine in their struggle against the Israeli illegal military occupation of their lands. As part of their commitment to support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestments and sanctions against Israel, BSD Colombia organized a seris of talks between June and August 2013 to address economic, military and cultural relations between Colombia and Israel.
Probably never before have the last weeks of preparation for a WSF event been marked by such a strong sense of urgency and importance: Now more than ever we need to stand together, organize and show the strength of global solidarity with Palestine!
Registration of activities, organizations, individual participants and media for the WSF Free Palestine start from October and will be made online at the link that will be available on the site: wsfpalestine.net. Here are more details of the schedule:
Foro Social Mundial- Palestina Libre
Llamado a la acción simultánea de solidaridad, 28 noviembre-1 diciembre 2012
Del 28 de noviembre al 1 de diciembre, miles de activistas, organizadores, jóvenes, grupos religiosos, sindicatos, músicos, académicos y muchos más, se darán cita en Porto Alegre, Brasil en el primer Foro Mundial Social dedicado exclusivamente a Palestina.
World Social Forum events are open, self-organized meeting spaces where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations come together to develop their thinking, debate ideas democratically, formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action. For the Charter of Principles of the WSF process, see: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/main.php?id_menu=4&cd_language=2
Gathered at the Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes for the First National Encounter on Palestine, the Palestinian National Committee and the Brazilian National preparatory committee we launched the WSF Free Palestine, to be held in November 2012 in Porto Alegre (Brazil).
This call follows the decision of the International Council of the WSF in May to support the project of a WSF on Palestine as well as extensive consultation in Brazil including the federal and national governments as well as the commitment to the event of the Coordination of the Social Movements in Brazil.
From the iconic sites of the Israeli wall and the US/Mexico border, we are witnessing a world-wide proliferation of walls and reinforcement of borders. These not only delimitate the nation state but proliferate in its interior, reproducing social divisions along lines of race, class and gender, and reflecting and reinforcing existing power relations.
This week the World Council of Churches (WCC) joined an ever expanding movement across the Christian World and condemned the “illegal” Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza while highlighting plans to apply “economic pressure” on Israel. Reminiscent of the Anti-Apartheid boycotts which rocked the racist regime of South Africa during the 1980s, the WCC meeting in Geneva this week noted Israel’s Colonization of the West Bank as “illegal activities … as if a viable peace for both peoples is not a possibility”.