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Support UN General Assembly President Brockmann's Call for BDS against Israel

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
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Petition in support of call by United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D’escoto Brockmann for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - During the 57th Plenary Meeting on the Question of Palestine, President of the General Assembly Miguel D'escoto Brockmann broke a diplomatic taboo by describing Israeli policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as similar to those of the defunct apartheid regime in South Africa. D'Escoto also urged the United Nations to use the term ‘apartheid’ without fear, and recommended that the United Nations "....should consider following the lead of a new generation of civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its violations." Unsurprisingly, D'Escoto has been branded as an antisemite by apologists for Israel. We are appalled by the recurrent use of baseless accusations of antisemitism; they silence calls for compassion and humanity in the name of the Palestinian people. The use of such accusations to defend massive violence against civilians offends all people of conscience. The false invocation of the slur of antisemitism positions Israel, with great political and military advantage, as a victim, while desecrating Jewish histories and trivializing the real experiences and outcomes of antisemitism. Likening Israel's policies to apartheid is not antisemitic. It is common sense. Israel's policies have been widely described in these terms by, among others, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Jamal Zahalka, Azmi Bishara, Gideon Levy, John Dugard, Omar Barghouti, Danny Rubinstein, Amira Haas, Shulamit Aloni, Meron Benvenisti, and Ami Ayalon. Calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is not antisemitism. It is the recognition that only such a campaign can lay the ground for a long-lasting peace based on justice and reconciliation. In the words of Nelson Mandela, "The responses made by South Africa to human rights abuses emanating from the removal policies and apartheid policies respectively, shed light on what Israeli society must necessarily go through before one can speak of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East..." As Israel continues to ignore the growing outrage over the blockade of Gaza, and as Israel repeatedly breaks the cease-fire, blocks humanitarian aid and prevents journalists from covering the catastrophic impact of its actions, we the undersigned express our support for President D'Escoto and urge the United Nations and all member states to adopt his recommendation without delay.

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INTERNATIONAL JEWISH ANTI-ZIONIST NETWORK We are an international network of Jews who are uncompromisingly committed to struggles for human emancipation, of which the liberation of the Palestinian people and land is an indispensable part. Our commitment is to the dismantling of Israeli apartheid, the return of Palestinian refugees, and the ending of the Israeli colonization of historic Palestine. Read the complete charter: http://www.ijsn.net/about_us/charter/

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  • Terry Couchman
    Terry Couchman United Kingdom, London
    Feb 23, 2016
    Feb 23, 2016
    IsraHell is a Criminal State, not a Jewish State. It is dangerous to all people of all faiths, including Jews.
  • Erin Peters
    Erin Peters United States, Grand Rapids
    Feb 14, 2016
    Feb 14, 2016
    As an American citizen I have to say, I am ashamed and appalled that my tax dollars are going to support an illegal occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. I am vigorously opposed to Zionism. I cannot understand how or why the United States, which separates church and state as a fundamental right, would allow and provide unprecedented amounts of aide, to the Jewish "homeland" as stated in their Holy Book, yet would under no circumstances allow this to happen with any other religion in any other place.
    I feel the United States is too close to Israel and has a duty to fix this terrible wrong. I am not ant-Semitic. I just believe Israel's occupation is not only wrong but shameful in their sense of entitlement to the illegaly procured land and they need to be held to account for the many, many human rights abuses from which the United States has personally and constantly shielded.

    Any American who has ever condoned or supported the creation and continued existence of Israel is not a true American nor defender of it's values.
    As I am not Jewish, I cannot obtain Israeli citizenship, despite the many years of unintentionally, unknowingly and unbelievably supporting this travesty that never should have been allowed to be established in the first place. Please have the decency to be on the right side of history, for the PALESTINIAN'S sake.

    To allow Israel to continue to be the only nation in the history of the world to form a Holy Land State within the borders of an established country, claim land and expel native Palestinians, encroach upon their land continually and have so many condemnations from the UN, among many other appalling actions, is to stand against every principle and moral our country is founded upon. It's unfortunate when the government is not representative of or held accountable to its constituents.

    I am actually willing to stop working, just so I know Israel isn't using my money to exterminate the Palestinians.

    Zionism is antithetical to the American way of life. If Israel wants this, have it fight for itself. They are not due reparations for the Holocaust via a holocaust. Please don't let the label of "anti-Semite" that will no-doubtedly hurl at you deter you.
    The desperate government of Israel and its lobbyists have no excuse for this, does not seem to truly want a solution or care about what all of this is doing to the region or more importantly, the people of Palestine.

    Stop this now.
  • Bassam Imam
    Bassam Imam Canada, Montr
    May 31, 2015
    May 31, 2015
    The Palestinians have the inherent GOD-given rights to be treated as full-fledged human beings, and to live freely and happily on their ancestral lands. They must not be brutalized, tortured, discriminated against, forced from their lands, or have their properties destroyed or confiscated by a brutal occupying military.
  • wendy webb
    wendy webb Australia, Adelaide
    Aug 17, 2014
    Aug 17, 2014
    Israel is one of the most racist, bigoted countries in the world. Disgusting. They are causing so much suffering in their apartheid policies. Murderers - shame on you all.
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