In Solidarity: News

Akbayan (Ctitizens' Action Party) today protests an arms deal between the Philippine government Israeli military company Elbit Systems. In particular, on June 22, 2014, the government signed a US$20M deal with the Israeli military company Elbit Systems for 28 Israeli upgraded armored personnel carriers (APCs) that will be delivered in 2015.

More than 30 pro-Palestine campaigners occupied the Cabinet Office this afternoon demanding an end to the UK’s flourishing arms trade and military cooperation with Israel.

 

Campaigners from the London Palestine Action group occupied the building for more than 45 minutes. 3 people locked themselves to railings in the building while others chanted slogans calling on the UK government to impose a military embargo on Israel. 

 

A member of the London Palestine Action group said:

 

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.

  In Brazil the 15th of May - ‘Nakba Day’, that commemorates the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands between 1947 to 1949 to make space for the founding of the State of Israel - was a day of active solidarity with Palestine and against Elbit Systems. Elbit is the Israeli military company that produces, among others, the Israeli drones used to kill and terrorize Palestinians in Gaza and the surveillance technology for the Apartheid Wall. 

 
April 21, Washington, DC- On the eve of Earth Day, groups working for Palestinian rights globally are celebrating Earth Day Network’s decision to end its partnership with SodaStream, whose main production factory is located in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

 

Bill Gates slammed over links to Israel prison

 

Palestinian human rights organisations have criticised Bill Gates after it emerged that his charitable foundation is heavily invested in G4S, a private security company that helps Israel run prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture and provides equipment for the checkpoint system connected to the construction of the Wall.

  • Activists announce: Portugal free from Mekorot!
  • After Argentinian activists stop 170 million deal with Mekorot, campaigners plan for more
  • Activists start protesting Mekorot delegates at water conferences
  • Dozens of protests and media initiatives across the globe

 

Now we continue, in the rest of Argentina...

MEKOROT

- agent of Apartheid in Palestine -

OUT OF ARGENTINA!

 

CTA, ATE, Federación de Entidades Argentino-Palestinas (Federation of Argentinian-Palestinian Entities) and Stop the Wall announced the suspension of the shady business with Mekorot, a water treatment plant that would have fuelled Israeli apartheid in Palestine and sought to export it to La Plata in Argentina.

In January, the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre and Canoas received the Thematic Social Forum whose theme chosen was “Capitalist Crisis, Democracy, Social and Environmental Justice". The event, an icon of the altermundism and of the anti-neoliberal, anti-colonialist and anti - imperialist struggle, is a space for global civil society to organize itself and to debate the global social-political agenda.

Last Thursday, the 30th of January, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) announced its reconsideration over the previous decision made in August 2013, which rescinded the 2010 ban over two Israeli companies, Africa Israel Investments and its construction subsidiary, Danya Cebus.

Since 2010, The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI) stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for their right to live in dignity and exercise its sovereignty over their homeland. Now, the group calls for the divulgation of “From India to Palestine”, a compilation of fourteen essays on solidarity made by Indian authors that aims to re-exam the Indian position towards the Palestinians.

December 24 2013 - Friends of the Earth International stands in solidarity with its member PENGON/Friends of the Earth Palestine and the Palestinian people in their struggle for their right to live in dignity and exercise sovereignty over their land and natural resources, including access to fresh water.

Germany has long since been providing Israel with costly weapons - mostly at half or less the market price - in order to continue its wars and apartheid policies.  
Recently, Israel has started an initiative for negotiations for three to four missile speedboats to integrate in its navy. Israel already has six German submarines able to carry nuclear weapons.  

Within the framework of a bigger effort to stop the deal to further arm Israeli apartheid, two important German peace groups - Pax Christi and IPPNW - have given out the statement below.

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, praised the recent announcement by Dutch water company, Vitens, to end its cooperation with Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, calling it a “necessary and moral decision”.

Mekorot is responsible for a number of violations of international law within the occupied State of Palestine. This includes the pillage of shared water resources and the denial of Palestinian access to their own water resources, in order to sustain Israel’s illegal settlements.

 

With the passing away of Nelson Mandela, South Africa has lost a truly inspirational leader of their struggle against apartheid. The world has lost a symbol of the human quest for justice and equality. Palestine has lost a comrade in the struggle that never forgot the natural bond between two people fighting apartheid.

In November, numerous BDS initiatives were launched as solidarity activism built up towards the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people (November 29).  
 
Brazil

Once again Argentina has voiced its allegiance to Palestine. Argentinian Congresswoman, Dr. Maria Elena Chieno, who heads the group of Argentinean MPs on Palestine and participated as one of the testimonies in the Ethical Tribunal on Palestine arranged in Argentina submitted a new draft legislation last September.

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.
 
  • EU must resist US pressure and meet obligations under international law
  • EU should take further steps to end complicity with Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation
  • The Dutch government has demonstrated states can prevent business involvement in illegal Israeli projects in the occupied Palestinian territory

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) has met with the Brazilian consul in Ramallah Paulo França to call on Brazil to abandon a $35m development collaboration project with Israel. The delegation urged Brazil to at least ensure that money from the project will not be diverted to Israeli companies that are implicated in human rights abuses and violations of international law.  
 

 

South African Officials Must Reject Israeli Blood Diamonds and Secure Jobs in Diamond Beneficiation

 

 South African civil society and organised labour call on South African officials to show leadership by demanding change to the shamefully discredited “Kimberley Process Certification Scheme” which facilitates trade in diamonds that fund gross human rights violations by rogue regimes, and by securing decent jobs for South Africans in diamond beneficiation.

Demonstrators from the BDS campaign in Brazil (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) showed their solidarity with Palestine last week when they staged protests at the LAAD Fair. The LAAD fair (The Latin American Aerospace and Defence Exhibition) took place at the RioCentro in Rio de Janeiro from the 9 – 12 April and had been dubbed by activists the "Fair of Death".

Last week the hacking group Anonymous launched a cyber-attack campaign dubbed #OpIsrael replacing Israeli homepage messages with anti-Israel slogans and causing massive disruption to government, academic and private sites. The attach reached its peak on Sunday with high-profile government systems such as the Foreign Ministry, the Bank of Jerusalem, the Israeli Occupation Ministry, the IOF blog and the Israeli President's official website all being hacked.

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