Call from Gaza-Based Palestinian Student Blocs: Intensify BDS campaigns against apartheid Israel

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Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine – We, organizations that make up the majority of the Palestinian student sector, call upon our peers and student organizations and unions around the world to mobilize against Israel’s policies of occupation, colonization and apartheid in Palestine.

The Israeli Occupation forces together with armed-to-teeth settlers are deliberately killing and maiming innocent children and youth. These premeditated policies of collective punishment and racism against the Palestinian people require now more than ever voices of solidarity and humanity to be heard in Palestine and across the world. We, therefore, urge you to intensify the #WaveSolidarityBDS initiated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC).[1]

In light of Israel’s ongoing, yet unanswered crimes, we would like to reiterate our commitment to the call made by the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI)[2] which is based on the 2004 call issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)[3], and the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) call of 2005[4]. Because the BDS movement has grown relentlessly and threatened its regime, Israel has made it absolutely clear that it is fighting the BDS movement externally and internally. We are aware of some attempts made by some marginal organizations and individuals to sabotage the tide of one of the most effective non-violent tools against Israel’s multi-tiered system of oppression.

As in the global BDS movement that was so effective in ending the apartheid South African regime, we urge people of conscience to join the BDS call made by over 170 Palestinian organizations in 2005. As in South Africa the imbalance of power and representation in this struggle can be counterbalanced by a powerful international solidarity movement with BDS at the forefront, holding Israeli policy makers to account, something the international governing community has repeatedly failed to do.

This boycott is to continue until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

  1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
  2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality;
  3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

We demand boycotts of Israel until it complies with international law, and until justice and accountability are reached. Like the Blacks of South Africa and African Americans, we can never accept compromise on basic human rights.

Signed:

– Fateh Youth Movement

– Mubadara Student Bloc

– Progressive Student Union Bloc

– Student Unity Bloc

– Independence Youth Union

– Union of Students’ Struggle Committees

– Student Struggle Bloc

– Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI)

– Herak Youth Center

Notes

[1] –http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/call-out-turning-the-tide-13444

[2] –http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1021&key=pscabi

[3] –http://pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=869

[4]- http://www.bdsmovement.net/call

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  1. hophmi
    November 10, 2015, 12:08 pm

    There’s a Montreal in Gaza?

    • Marnie
      November 11, 2015, 12:13 am

      There’s support for Gaza in Montreal, among many other cities around the world. There’s plenty of resources for the learning disabled, hophmi, there’s no need for you to continue to suffer.

  2. lonely rico
    November 10, 2015, 11:02 pm

    No hoffmee, no Montreal in Gaza.

    But (I’m glad to say), there’s BDS in Montreal.

    And you know what hoffmee –

    there’s BDS everywhere,
    and it’s growing,

    People EVERYWHERE,
    no longer ready to stomach your vicious racist state,
    and its cruel oppression of the Palestinians

  3. ckg
    November 11, 2015, 8:45 am

    From the JPost today:

    Bill to keep boycotters out of Israel clears hurdle

    The Knesset approved in a preliminary vote on Wednesday legislation that would bar anyone who publicly calls to boycott Israel or part of Israel from entering the country.

    The bill by MK Yinon Magal (Bayit Yehudi), which passed with 55 in favor and 31 unopposed, prohibits giving a visa or residency status to anyone who calls for such a boycott, though the interior minister has the authority to overrule the ban in special cases.

    • Marnie
      November 11, 2015, 9:09 am

      That’s business as usual in the self-proclaimed only democracy in the middle east.

    • Kay24
      November 11, 2015, 10:23 am

      You know they are desperate, and that BDS is affecting them in many ways, when you see them scrambling to pass bills protecting their businesses/economy. Imagine, simple calls for BDS is taboo in zioland, the only true “democracy” in the ME. Heh.

      • Marnie
        November 12, 2015, 1:33 am

        You know what really makes it funny is when they boast that the economy is so strong and is continuing to grow, that BDS is a joke and has had no effect and at the same time, as you noted so well, they’re “scrambling to pass bills protecting their businesses/economy”. If this is what they look like while claiming BDS has no effect, I imagine they’ll all be in line for jumping off cliffs very soon. And won’t that be sad. Not at all.

      • Kay24
        November 12, 2015, 7:06 pm

        To your point Marnie, if the economy is doing fantastic, and will all those wealthy billionaires and millionaires falling over themselves to buy US politicians, why they hell are they constantly whining and asking for more and more aid? IT IS NEVER ENOUGH FOR THOSE ZIONISTS.

      • Marnie
        November 13, 2015, 2:27 am

        Money (never enough)
        Love (never enough)
        Me (never enough)
        Money Love me, Money Love me

        More, I need more, gimme more, gimme yours
        We take money
        Money, money, money
        You make money, money
        Take money, money, money
        A funny thing about the money thing is
        You need a little bit
        Then a little more than a little bit
        Little kid and he wanted respect
        Only cheque he cared about was a mic check
        mic check
        1-2 then the money grew
        He abandoned what he knew and started running with another crew
        Attitude building on the avenue
        Added to his appetite for revenue
        He never knew the limit never ends
        Went from the bus to a beetle then a Benz

        So right Kay24

  4. gracie fr
    November 11, 2015, 4:00 pm

    …..The French pro-Palestinian groups may have been silenced in their efforts to advocate for BDS, but the European Union has approved measures to lable all products coming from illegal setlements……

    http://www.juancole.com/2015/11/labeling-squatter-economy.html

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/israeli-anger-eu-agrees-label-settlement-products-150920100028754.html

  5. JWalters
    November 11, 2015, 5:49 pm

    Absolutely agree the BDS movement is a key thrust of truth and justice. It is a central point of both action and debate. It deserves the strong support of all who want to strike a significant blow against bigotry, injustice, and war profiteers.

  6. brent
    November 11, 2015, 9:27 pm

    People of conscience world wide have been taken aback by the vicious attacks by both Israelis and Palestinians upon the other side. Violence, when practiced indiscriminately, randomly, victimizes the whole group and poisons the well. Lets hope the intellectual camps on both sides are able to constructively influence the anger and rage toward co-existence. The obectives outlined in this article seem more likely achieved under a one state arrangment.

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