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Dear Friends,

Thank you for having responded to our call for “Jews worldwide in solidarity with Omar Barghouti and BDS activists”.

We are writing today in order to give you an intermediate report upon the actual state of affairs and beyond that to exchange with you our thoughts on how to continue and finalize our solidarity action

The good news is that we succeeded within less than one week to gain the support and trust of 75 initial signers from 14 Jewish organizations and 10 countries on 4 continents (Africa, Europe, America, and even Asia, if you - correctly - regard Israel as Asian) as well as the initial signatures of 13 Jewish or partly Jewish Organizations (see the call below).

Just to name a few of the well-known public personae among the initial signers:

   Medea Benjamin, Jewish co-founder of Code Pink, 2012 laureate of  the Marjorie Kellogg National Peacemaker Award, the Thomas Merton Center Peace Award, and the Peace Foundation Memorial Award ", 2014, laureate of the Gandhi Peace Award;

-    Noam Chomsky;

-    Ronnie Kasrils - former South African government minister;

-    Felicia Langer - former Israeli attorney known for her legal defence of Palestinians from the Westbank and Gaza, 1990 laureate of the Right Levlihood Award, 2009 decorated with the German Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, and 2012 bestowed with the Palestinian Medal for Exceptional Merits;

-    Nurit Peled - 2001 laureate of the Sakharov Prize for human rights and the Freedom of Thought;

-    Eyal Sivan, well known filmmaker f. i. Route 181 (2003);

-    Rolf Verleger former board member of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

A list of the supporting Jewish organizations as well as of the initial signers has been set up. Please find both attached and check whether your dates and comments are correctly displayed.

As mentioned in our last letter already, we think that the 49th anniversary of the so called June-war, that had begun on June 5 1967 and resulted in the occupation of the West-Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights, is an appropriate date to publish our call for solidarity with the non-violent resistors to it. Since June 5 falls on a Sunday this year, we will bother to send out a press release together with the call and the signatures of the first organizations and the respective individuals to the German and European media as well as to ministers and deputies in responsible policymakers in Germany and Brussel on Friday morning. Signatures that will arrive until Thursday, June 2nd, 6 pm GET will be shown on the call version that will be sent out with the press release and the letters to the policymakers.

The press release and the letters will be sent to you in English as an example that you could facilitate addressing the media and the politically responsible persons in your respective countries. Unfortunately we have to ask you to do this yourselves, since we won’t be able to cope with such a task in other countries.

In order to continue the signature collection and to keep the very issue on the agenda we have set up a facebook page.

The address is:  https://www.facebook.com/Jewscallforsolidarity/ .

Please continue to discuss the issues publically, do convince people to take a position and to sign the petition.

From time to time we will publish the numbers.

So far till now.

With warm regards from Berlin

Yossi Bar-Tal, Shir Hever & Fanny-Michaela Reisin – Jewish Voice for a Just Peace – German Section of EJJP

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To:

House of Representatives and Congress of the United States of America (names, committee needed)

European Commission, European Parliament

Government and Parliament (more specific addressees needed) of

Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Sweden

Jews Worldwide in Solidarity
with Omar Barghouti and BDS activists

We, the undersigned Jewish organizations and individuals from various countries all over the world, call upon all governments as well as upon international bodies to use all their available means of diplomacy and power to compel the Israeli government to immediately halt its intimidation campaign against Omar Barghouti and the Palestinian-led BDS Movement. 

Israel has officially declared its determination to use everything in its power to intimidate and supress the leaders and supporters of the international BDS movement—including the usage of targeted actions by intelligence agencies[1]. Israel’s Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked instructed the international department of her ministry “to prepare a plan of legal steps” in order to “move from defence to offence” against the BDS movement[2] already a year ago, with the full backing of the Israeli government, to run a massive campaign aimed at criminalizing the internationally-growing BDS movement, and at silencing any protest against the ongoing Israeli occupation.

Meanwhile Aryeh Deri, Israel’s Interior Minister personally took efforts to revoke the permanent residency status[3] of Mr. Omar Barghouti, acting coordinator and spokesman of the BDS movement in Ramallah. He has been barred from leaving the country ever since. His life and well-being have been threatened by Israeli officials repeatedly.

As Jewish organizations and individuals committed to human rights, to democracy and to the rule of law, we speak out against the widespread attacks by the current Israeli government against the BDS movement. Appalled by this state-led bullying against non-violent resistance to the illegal Israeli occupation, we wish to underscore a basic truth which seems to escape the current Israeli administration and its apologists:

International citizens’ boycotts against ongoing abuse of international law are a legally-protected and fundamental civil right. Civil boycotts are a key means of non-violent protest. They cannot, precisely, be interdicted, made illegal or punishable.

In steadfast defence of accepted universal human rights and established standards of international law and decency, we therefore demand:

  • The end to Mr. Barghouti’s residency restriction and the reinstatement of his right to free movement[4]
  • The guaranteeing of Mr. Barghouti’s and all other Palestinians’ freedom of movement[5], of political expression[6] and of assembly[7]
  • The immediate cessation of all political and legal attempts to criminalize support for BDS and the recognition and restitution of the inalienable right to non-violently resist unjust state actions like occupation and apartheid

Signing Organizations:

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians (ACJC)

Canada

Code Pink

USA

European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP)

Europe

Independent Jewish Voices (IJV)

Canada

International Jewish Antizionist Network USA (IJAN USA)

USA

It's Kosher to Boycott Israeli Goods (Jews4Big)

UK

Jewish Socialists’ Group (JSG)

UK

Jewish Voice for a Just Peace (Juedische Stimme)

Germany

Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Group

Germany

Jews for a Just Peace North Carolina (jfajpNC)

USA

Jews for Justice for Palestine (jfjfp)

UK

Rete’ Ebrei contro l’Occupazione (Network of Jews against Occupation)

Italy

union juive française pour la paix (ujfp)

France

 



[4] Art. 15 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

[5] Art. 12 International Covention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Art. 13. UHRD

[6] Art. 19 ICCPR

[7] Art. 21 ICCPR

 
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