NPK-info 31-12-2006 - Nederlands Palestina Komitee /
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Acties en oproepen
- South Africans Urge the Recall of the Ambassador From Tel Aviv and Sanctions Against Israel
Worldwide Activism, Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, December 20th, 2006
The 40/60 Campaign for Freedom and Return, Call to Action, BADIL, 22 December 2006
Doorbreek de stilte, Westerbork, 26-12-2006
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer [23-12 Radio 1 TROS Kamerbreed]: "Degenen die onze samenleving
willen vernietigen moet je met alle mogelijke middelen bestrijden". Klinkt nogal radicaal; helaas
werd hem niet gevraagd waarom Palestijnen dergelijk recht wordt ontzegd door dominante NAVO-staten.
Foundations of Civil and Political Rights in Israel and the Occupied Territories,
Summary and Final Conclusions, Yvonne Schmidt
Balfour Declaration, 1917, and the Mandate for Palestine, 1922: "..reducing the political status
and the chances to self-determination of the native Arab inhabitants in referring to them
as "the existing non-Jewish communities."... ".
Ethnic Cleansing and Israel’s Racist Discourse
.... “The term ethnic cleansing refers to various policies of forcibly removing people of another ethnic group. At one end of the spectrum, it is virtually indistinguishable from forced emigration and population transfer, while at the other it merges with deportation and genocide.” 
According to this definition, and others including those emerging in the 1990s, following the ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, Palestinians have been and remain victims of a determined and unwavering ethnic cleansing policy that began in 1947-48 and continues until today.....
Middle East Peace Process: Stagnation by Design
Language and the crimes we permit in Gaza
Scott Kennedy writing from Gaza, occupied Palestine, Live from Palestine, 20 December 2006
"A country should be judged not only by what it does, but also by what it tolerates." Kurt Tucholsky
M. Shahid Alam: An Islamic Civil War? December 22, 2006
"...The war that Western powers – primarily US, Israel and Britain – began against the
Islamic world after September 11, 2001, is about to enter a new more dangerous phase..."
Democracy Remains on Trial In Palestine, Daud Abdullah, December 27, 2006
NPK/WL, 31-12-2006
South Africans Urge the Recall of the Ambassador From Tel Aviv and Sanctions Against Israel
Worldwide Activism, Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, December 20th, 2006

At a press conference held on the 18th of December in South Africa the Palestine Solidarity Committee, COSATU (the Congress of South African Trade Unions representing 1.2 million workers) and the South African Council of Churches called on the South African government to recall the ambassador to Israel and to implement sanctions against Israel.

Speakers at the conference included Willie Madisha (president of COSATU) Eddie Makue (general secretary of the South African Council of Churches), Ali Halimeh (Palestinian Ambassador to South Africa), Virginia Tilley (academic and author), Na’eem Jeenah (chair), Salim Vally (Palestine Solidarity Committee and Patrick Craven (spokesperson for COSATU).

They released the following joint statement:

We, delegates of organisations and movements that represent and have the support of the majority of South Africans, oppose and condemn the Israeli atrocities in Palestine and we make the following call:

* We call on the South African government to immediately recall the South African ambassador from Tel Aviv and to begin the process of ending diplomatic relations with Israel.
* We call on all South Africans to establish a strong, forceful and determined boycott and sanctions campaign against the Israeli apartheid state until the end of the occupation.
* We call on South Africans to identify a national day of action in solidarity with the Palestinian people and to observe it with rolling mass action around the country.
* We call on the South African government to ensure that no South African serves – in any capacity – in the Israeli Occupation Forces and that any South African citizen doing so will be prosecuted under the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act.
* We demand that Israel immediately withdraws all Israeli Occupation Forces from Gaza and ends the occupation of Palestinian lands.
* We demand that Israel abides by the provisions of international humanitarian law and human rights law, and refrains from imposing collective punishment on Palestinian civilians (as per the UN Human Rights Council declaration issued on 6 July 2006).
* Call on Israel to release all detained Palestinian ministers and legislators and to release all political prisoners – including hundreds of women and children.
* We call on the EU to stop the severe sanctions imposed by Europe on the Palestinian Authority as a penalty for exercising their democratic right and electing a government of their choice. This by itself is a brutal intervention on behalf of the occupation.
* We call on the United Nations to implement the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on Israel’s Apartheid wall.
* We call on the United Nations to ensure that Israel fulfils its obligations in terms of international law.


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