Month against the Apartheid Wall!
Month against the Apartheid Wall!
Today, exactly two months from the 10th anniversary of the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of the Apartheid Wall - the call from Palestine is out:
Make July the
month against the Apartheid Wall!
(Please see below and at: http://www.stopthewall.org/2014/05/09/joint-call-action-july-2014-month-against-apartheid-wall.
Initial endorsers are six Palestinian civil society coalitions and 20 civil society organizations
After Israel has imploded the latest round of talks, even though they were heavily in their favour, it is essential to promote and a great opportunity to mainstream the understanding that there can be no effective diplomatic initiative, no solution to the Palestinian question, no justice for Palestine, until Israeli impunity is not ended. Those that are ordering, perpetrating, aiding and profiting from Israeli violations of Palestinian rights have to be held accountable and the international community has to comply with its obligations under international law.
10 years after the ICJ
issued its opinion on the Wall - which crucially not only
asked Israel to tear down the Wall but specified to the
international community its obligations - please contribute
to our efforts to remind the world that the horrific
Apartheid Wall still rips apart Palestinian lands and lives
... posing as a challenge to humanity!
We encourage you to use this occasion develop and strengthen campaigns against companies involved in building the Wall (such as Elbit, Israeli Airspace Industries, G4S, Magal, Cement Roadstone Holdings, Capegate etc.) and lobbying initiatives towards your governments.
We are collecting and
preparing information material and resources, which will be
released in the coming weeks.
We really appreciate to hear your feedback, questions, discussions and ideas on your local action and global coordination.
Let's build a month of actions and initiatives that will gain its impact from the diverse contributions in Palestine and around the globe and fortifies our joint capacity to ensure Israel will be held accountable through a powerful movement for Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions!
Stop the Wall
Joint Call to Action: July 2014 - Month against the Apartheid Wall!
On July 9, 2014 it will be a decade since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion entitled Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which declared the Apartheid Wall in the West Bank illegal under international law. The Court was clear: it demanded the Wall to be torn down, sanctioned once again Palestinian rights once again and called upon the international community to enforce Israeli compliance.
What followed has been another decade of injustice and continued impunity with a lack of accountability for unlawful Israeli actions. Ten years later, the Wall and its associated regime of settlements continue to grow in Palestine, embodying a massive instrument of land annexation, pillage of natural resources and displacement. The Wall marks the final brick in Israel’s apartheid project that defines the segregated enclaves to which the Palestinians are to be confined - a more cruel version of the Bantustans established by the former South African apartheid regime. Worldwide, Israel has succeeded in illustrating that walls are an acceptable model for governments to exclude, marginalize, dispossess, discriminate and segregate one people from each other.
In the very moment that Israel has jeopardized the last round of over 20 years of failed talks, it is time for a ‘legal intifada’, an intensified popular struggle and more boycotts, divestment and sanctions. It is time for accountability.
We call on people all across the world to join efforts with us:
Make July the Month against the Apartheid Wall!
We encourage you to:
- Raise awareness about the Wall and its impact on the Palestinian people and our struggle for justice;
- Start and strengthen campaigns against the companies building and maintaining the Wall;
- Pressure your government to respect its obligations as outlined in the ICJ decision.
The decision of the International Court of Justice stated three obligations:
1) For Israel to tear down the Wall, undo all laws and regulations related to its construction and make reparations for the damage created
2) For the international community not to recognize, aid and assist
• the Wall,
• the regime associated with it (including the settlement project)
• the maintenance of the situation created by it.
This implies a clear call not to finance or otherwise support any activity related to the above.
3) For the international community to take effective action to end Israeli violations of international law, which may include sanctions.
In Palestine, people have continued to resist the Wall with popular protests, court cases and direct actions. Exactly one year after the ICJ decision, Palestinian civil society called for a global campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) in order to support our struggle for justice and liberation.
We thank all those across the globe that have taken action to pressure their governments, institutions and corporations to enact the ICJ decision, and beyond this, to overcome Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation. We ask you to expand and deepen the global BDS movement for justice.
Justice delayed is Justice denied! Stop the Wall Now! Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Now!
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