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Palestinian Civil Society

July 9th marks two important anniversaries for the Palestinian people.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice issued an advisory ruling declaring Israel's Separation Wall illegal.  Read that ruling at our site>


Then, in 2005, over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations issued their unified international call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions actions to bring Israel's 42 year military occupation to an end.


The text of their unified call to the world is below. 

You can download this statement as a pdf file, by clicking here.



Palestinian Civil Society

Calls for Boycott, Divestment 

and Sanctions against Israel

Until it Complies with International Law 

and Universal Principles of Human Rights

9 July 2005

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http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/52

  

One year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israel's Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal; Israel continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court's decision. Thirty eight years into Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and is now de facto annexing large parts of the West Bank by means of the Wall. Israel is also preparing - in the shadow of its lanned redeployment from the Gaza Strip - to build and expand colonies in the West Bank. Fifty seven years after the state of Israel was built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners, a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are stateless. Moreover, Israel's entrenched system of racial discrimination against its own Arab-Palestinian citizens remains intact.

 

In light of Israel's persistent violations of international law; and

 

Given that, since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel's colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate, adequate and effective remedies; and

 

Given that all forms of international intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarian law, to respect fundamental human rights and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine; and

 

In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions; and

 

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression;

 

We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.

 

These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained 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; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

 

 

Endorsed by:

The Palestinian political parties, unions, associations, coalitions and organizations below represent the three integral parts of the people of Palestine: Palestinian refugees, Palestinians under occupation and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

 

 

Unions, Associations, Campaigns

1. o Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine (Coordinating body for the major political parties in the Occupied Palestinian Territory)

2. Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen's Rights (PICCR)

3. Union of Arab Community Based Associations (ITTIJAH), Haifa

4. Forum of Palestinian NGOs in Lebanon

5. Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)

6. General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW)

7. General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT)

8. Federation of Unions of Palestinian Universities' Professors and Employees

9.   Consortium of Professional Associations

10. Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC)

11. Health Work Committees - West Bank

12. Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)

13. Union of Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)

14. Union of Health Work Committees - Gaza (UHWC)

15. Union of Palestinian Farmers

16. Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI)

17. General Union of Disabled Palestinians

18. Palestinian Federation of Women's Action Committees (PFWAC)

19. Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

20. Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign

21. Union of Teachers of Private Schools

22. Union of Women's Work Committees, Tulkarem (UWWC)

23. Dentists' Association - Jerusalem Center

24. Palestinian Engineers Association

25. Lawyers' Association

26. Network for the Eradication of Illiteracy and Adult Education, Ramallah

27. Coordinating Committee of Rehabilitation Centers - West Bank

28. Coalition of Lebanese Civil Society Organizations (150 organizations)

29. Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), Network of Student-based Canadian University Associations

Refugee Rights Associations/Organizations

30. Al-Ard Committees for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria 

31. Al-Awda Charitable Society, Beit Jala 

32. Al Awda - Palestine Right-to-Return Coalition, U.S.A 

33. Al-Awda Toronto 

34. Aidun Group - Lebanon 

35. Aidun Group - Syria 

36. Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center, Aida refugee camp 

37. Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced (ADRID), Nazareth 

38. BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Bethlehem 

39. Committee for Definite Return, Syria 

40. Committee for the Defense of Palestinian Refugee Rights, Nablus 

41. Consortium of the Displaced Inhabitants of Destroyed Palestinian Villages and Towns 

42. Filastinuna - Commission for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria 

43. Handala Center, 'Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem 

44. High Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Jordan 

45. (including personal endorsement of 71 members of parliament, political parties and unions in Jordan)

46. High National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return , Ramallah 

47. International Right of Return Congress (RORC) 

48. Jermana Youth Forum for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria 

49. Laji Center, Aida camp, Bethlehem 

50. Local Committee for Rehabilitation, Qalandia refugee camp, Jerusalem 

51. Local Committee for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem 

52. Palestinian National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria 

53. Palestinian Return Association, Syria 

54. Palestinian Return Forum, Syria 

55. Palestine Right-of-Return Coalition (Palestine, Arab host countries, Europe, North America) 

56. Palestine Right-of-Return Confederation-Europe (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden) 

57. Palestinian Youth Forum for the Right of Return, Syria 

58. PLO Popular Committees - West Bank refugee camps 

59. PLO Popular Committees - Gaza Strip refugee camps 

60. Popular Committee - al-'Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem 

61. Popular Committee - Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem 

62. Shaml - Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Center, Ramallah 

63. Union of Women's Activity Centers - West Bank Refugee Camps 

64. Union of Youth Activity Centers - Palestine Refugee Camps, West Bank and Gaza 

65. Women's Activity Center - Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem 

66. Yafa Cultural Center, Balata refugee camp, Nablus 

Organizations

67. Abna' al-Balad Society, Nablus 

68. Addameer Center for Human Rights, Gaza 

69. Addameer Prisoners' Support and Human Rights Association, Ramallah 

70. Alanqa' Cultural Association, Hebron 

71. Al-Awda Palestinian Folklore Society, Hebron 

72. Al-Doha Children's Cultural Center, Bethlehem 

73. Al-Huda Islamic Center, Bethlehem 

74. Al-Jeel al-Jadid Society, Haifa 

75. Al-Karameh Cultural Society, Um al-Fahm 

76. Al-Maghazi Cultural Center, Gaza 

77. Al-Marsad Al-Arabi, occupied Syrian Golan Heights 

78. Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Gaza 

79. Al-Nahda Cultural Forum, Hebron 

80. Al-Taghrid Society for Culture and Arts, Gaza 

81. Alternative Tourism Group, Beit Sahour (ATG) 

82. Al-Wafa' Charitable Society, Gaza 

83. Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) 

84. Arab Association for Human Rights, Nazareth (HRA) 

85. Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD) 

86. Arab Center for Agricultural Development-Gaza 

87. Arab Educational Institute - Open Windows (affiliated with Pax Christie International) 

88. Arab Orthodox Charitable Society - Beit Sahour 

89. Arab Orthodox Charity - Beit Jala 

90. Arab Orthodox Club - Beit Jala 

91. Arab Orthodox Club - Beit Sahour 

92. Arab Students' Collective, University of Toronto 

93. Arab Thought Forum, Jerusalem (AFT) 

94. Association for Cultural Exchange Hebron - France 

95. Association Najdeh, Lebanon 

96. Authority for Environmental Quality, Jenin 

97. Bader Society for Development and Reconstruction, Gaza 

98. Canadian Palestine Foundation of Quebec, Montreal 

99. Center for the Defense of Freedoms, Ramallah 

100. Center for Science and Culture, Gaza 

101. Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ramallah- Al-Bireh District 

102. Child Development and Entertainment Center, Tulkarem 

103. Committee for Popular Participation, Tulkarem 

104. Defense for Children International-Palestine Section, Ramallah (DCI/PS) 

105. El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe 

106. Ensan Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Bethlehem 

107. Environmental Education Center, Bethlehem 

108. FARAH - Palestinian Center for Children, Syria 

109. Ghassan Kanafani Society for Development, Gaza 

110. Ghassan Kanafani Forum, Syria 

111. Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Gaza (GCMHP) 

112. Golan for Development, occupied Syrian Golan Heights 

113. Halhoul Cultural Forum, Hebron 

114. Himayeh Society for Human Rights, Um al-Fahm 

115. Holy Land Trust - Bethlehem 

116. Home of Saint Nicholas for Old Ages - Beit Jala 

117. Human Rights Protection Center, Lebanon 

118. In'ash al-Usrah Society, Ramallah 

119. International Center of Bethlehem (Dar An-Nadweh) 

120. Islah Charitable Society-Bethlehem 

121. Jafra Youth Center, Syria 

122. Jander Center, al-Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem 

123. Jerusalem Center for Women, Jerusalem (JCW) 

124. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC ) 

125. Khalil Al Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah 

126. Land Research Center, Jerusalem (LRC) 

127. Liberated Prisoners' Society, Palestine 

128. Local Committee for Social Development, Nablus 

129. Local Committee for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Nablus 

130. MA'AN TV Network, Bethlehem 

131. Medical Aid for Palestine, Canada 

132. MIFTAH-Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, Ramallah 

133. Muwatin-The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy 

134. National Forum of Martyr's Families, Palestine 

135. Near East Council of Churches Committee for Refugee Work - Gaza Area 

136. Network of Christian Organizations - Bethlehem (NCOB) 

137. Palestinian Council for Justice and Peace, Jerusalem 

138. Palestinian Counseling Center, Jerusalem (PCC) 

139. Palestinian Democratic Youth Union, Lebanon 

140. Palestinian Farmers' Society, Gaza 

141. Palestinian Hydrology Group for Water and Environment Resources Development-Gaza 

142. Palestinian Prisoners' Society-West Bank 

143. Palestinian Society for Consumer Protection, Gaza 

144. Palestinian University Students' Forum for Peace and Democracy, Hebron 

145. Palestinian Women's Struggle Committees 

146. Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD) 

147. Popular Art Centre, Al-Bireh 

148. Prisoner's Friends Association - Ansar Al-Sajeen, Majd al-Krum 

149. Public Aid Association, Gaza 

150. Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies 

151. Saint Afram Association - Bethlehem 

152. Saint Vincent De Paule - Beit Jala 

153. Senior Citizen Society - Beit Jala 

154. Social Development Center, Nablus 

155. Society for Self-Development, Hebron 

156. Society for Social Work, Tulkarem 

157. Society for Voluntary Work and Culture, Um al-Fahm 

158. Society of Friends of Prisoners and Detainees, Um al-Fahm 

159. Sumoud-Political Prisoners Solidarity Group, Toronto 

160. Tamer Institute for Community Education, Ramallah 

161. TCC - Teacher's Creativity Center, Ramallah 

162. Wi'am Center, Bethlehem 

163. Women's Affairs Technical Committee, Ramallah and Gaza (WATC) 

164. Women's Studies Center, Jerusalem (WSC) 

165. Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, Jerusalem (WCLAC) 

166. Yafa for Education and Culture, Nablus 

167. Yazour Charitable Society, Nablus 

168. YMCA-East Jerusalem 

169. Youth Cooperation Forum, Hebron 

170. YWCA-Palestine 

171. Zakat Committee-al-Khader, Bethlehen 

172. Zakat Committee-Deheishe camp, Bethlehem

Source: http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/52