BNC Statement: A Vote for Israel’s Accession to the OECD is a Vote in Support of Israel’s War Crimes and Other Grave Violations of International Law and Human Rights
Palestinian civil society urges the peoples and governments of OECD member states to defer Israel's OECD accession until it respects international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people and shows commitment to the fundamental values shared by OECD members.
Six years ago, we were busy preparing for the start of the hearings of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The world's highest court was to decide about the legal consequences of the Wall, which together with the network of settlements, military zones and Jewish-only roads annexes around 46% percent of the West Bank. Its decision, months later, was clear: the Wall is illegal, it needs to be torn down and the international community has an obligation to ensure that it is dismantled.
This year’s harvest was weaker than years’ prior, and alongside the low level of rainfall and hot weather, Occupation policy was a key factor. The olive trees bear less fruit after farmers have been expelled from the land and are prohibited from plowing and maintaining it. Settlers, who light fires, bulldoze groves, and allow pollution from hilltop settlements to run down onto agricultural areas, also contribute to the debilitation.
This fact sheet is a concise summary of the much longer report, Repression Allowed, Resistance Denied and explains the violent tactics used by Occupation forces against Palestinians who engage in protest against the Wall. This fact sheet covers in brief the main sections of the report, including the history of the popular resistance against the Wall, violent repression of anti-Wall protestors, arrests and detentions, and recommendations for action. All of these are examined in greater detail in the report, along with interviews, statistics and analysis.
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, which is discussed in much more detail here.
Statement in the occasion of the global Action Day against the Coup in Honduras - August 28 2009
As Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign we raise our voice and join with all those that today are protesting the coup in Honduras, the dictatorship and repression by Micheletti’s regime. As Palestinians, we know that we and the Honduran people are part of the same struggle
During the Friday demonstration against the Wall in Ni’lin, soldiers pursued protestors toward the direction of the village, firing tear gas and sound bombs as well as rubber and live bullets. This short clip captures a group of soldiers shooting tear gas at protestors (unseen in the video). Youth from Ni’lin responded in kind, lobbing un-exploded tear gas canisters into the midst of the soldiers. View the clip here.
Does South American politics move forward in constructing a new continental and global order based on democracy, human rights and mutual solidarity or will it fall pray to Israeli strategies that undermine the emancipation of Latin America and the Global South?
The Israeli minister of foreign affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, has wrapped up a 10-day tour through South America, the first of its kind for over two decades. His trip was aimed at launching a new direction for Israeli foreign policy, which is to turn more and more to the subcontinent.
On the occasion of 5th anniversary of the ICJ decision, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign issued a joint report entitled Rights without Remedy. The report examines the impact the Wall has had on the rights of the Palestinian population and the inadequacy of measures taken by Israel and the international community to ensure that the ICJ’s Advisory Opinion is implemented or redress provided to victims of damages or human rights violations caused by the Wall.
This fact sheet gives a concise summary of Stop the Wall's economic analysis, within which we clarify how the dominant approach to investment and development in Palestine serves to strengthen the Wall, checkpoints and military closures, creating “sustainable” ghettos in the West Bank. Clarified are the roles of the PNA, the World Bank and DFID (and other international donors), along with three key development projects in Bethlehem, Jenin and the Jordan Valley that evidence the dangers inherent in this approach to development.
Elbit Systems is one of the largest Israeli security and defense firms, specializing in military electronics, surveillance systems, UAVs and homeland security systems. The company provides both UAVs and other military technology for Occupation forces as well as security systems for the Wall and settlements.
In 2008, a water cooperation agreement went into effect between the Los Angeles municipality, involving state educational institutions, and Israeli private and state-owned water enterprises. Such an agreement means that Los Angeles institutions are complicit with Israeli practices of water annexation and settlement, and we must ensure the agreements between the two become a target of awareness raising and concrete boycott action.
This report discusses South African economic relations with Israel as well as the related political and institutional framework. Analyzing dozens of cases of commercial ties and political initiatives, it proves once again that trade relations with Israel necessarily require involvement in or complicity with Israeli violations of human rights and international law, including assistance to Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid.
On May 28th the long awaited meeting between Obama and Mahmoud Abbas took place. While the media hailed the profound understanding between the two, a closer look reveals that the meeting is yet another lost opportunity for Palestinians to assert their rights.
In Ni'lin, where 300 Palestinians and international supporters gathered to march in protest against the Apartheid Wall, snipers were deployed in an under-construction building and armed soldiers in the fields and streets. Occupation forces fired excessive rounds of tear gas and young men and boys responded by throwing stones. More tear gas and live ammunition followed, ultimately preventing the march from taking place.
The Arab Jahalin are the biggest Bedouin tribe in the West Bank, living primarily in the areas around Jerusalem. Originally from Tal Arad, near Bir Saba’ in historic Palestine, the Jahalin were violently expelled from their homes during the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) and forced to live as refuges in the West Bank. Following the 1967 occupation, Israeli military forces again targeted the Jahalin, expelling them from land confiscated for Jewish settlement.