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

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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  • Abdelhamid Bouziane A real holocaust is happening in Gaza against kids and women.
    Israel must pay a high price.International community and world organizations must sue Israel for its delibrate barbarian crimes against civilians in Gaza.Shame on those who are in power Sessi of Egypt ,leaders of Saudi Arabia and Arab Emirates who are coordinationing with Israel to kill innocent people in Gaza. Great responsibilty on your shoulders for the genocide and real holocaustst that is happening in Gaza.As for America,its policy in the Islamic world and the Middle East in particular is full of hypocrisy and void of moral scruples due to its partiality towards Israel.This is a real sign of the collapse of America as a superpower.It's high time countries boycotted Israeli barbarian entity.

  • Brenda Whyborn I can't believe that the Governments
    of the UK and America, together
    with their allies, refuse to condemn
    Israel in the strongest possible terms.
    SHAME ON ALL OF THEM

  • Philip Shawcross Nothing can justify the sinful, indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force by the Israeli state in Gaza in which it is the innocent who suffer. Israel should have the humility yo remember that their own state was born of terror.

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