BNC endorses findings of London session of RussellTribunal on Palestine on corporate complicity
Posted by BNC Europe on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 13:09Occupied Palestine, 30 November 2010 –"May this tribunal prevent the crime of silence
, pleaded intellectual Bertrand Russell at thefirst meeting of the citizens' War Crimes Tribunal that investigated US war crimes during itswar on Vietnam.
At a time when little was known in the wider public about US conduct inVietnam, the tribunal exposed and brought to the fore of public discourse the brutal,deliberate bombardment of Vietnamese civilians – a citizens' tribunal acting where theinternational community had failed. It is in that same spirit that London Session of the RussellTribunal on Palestine confronted the narrative constructed by undemocratic andunaccountable transnational corporations and the Hasbara of the government of Israel toinvestigate and shine new light on corporate complicity with Israeli violations of internationallaw and Palestinian rights. The Palestinian BDS National Committee warmly salutes all thoseinvolved with the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, looks forward to both the publication of thedetailed findings of the tribunal, due in the coming weeks, and the two further sessions due tobe held in the next two years, and fully endorses the findings of this important tribunal.Just as with the original Russell Tribunal, the participants – which included internationallyrenowned legal and human rights experts, diplomats and campaigners for justice – ensured thetribunal spoke with a strong, clear and moral voice.The tribunal drew together cutting edge research, analysis and expert testimony on many of the most significant corporate supporters of Israeli Apartheid on a scale which had never beenattempted before. While nearly all of the companies examined are already well known ascompanies effectively and thoroughly targeted by the movement for boycotts, divestment andsanctions (BDS), the act of examining them together in a thorough fashion and within theframework of international law has led to the production of an authoritative public statementthat identifies the extent to which Israeli and international corporations facilitate Israeliviolations of international law.
s illegal Wall that has de facto annexed Palestinianterritory and destroyed communities was constructed with materials from Irish companyCRH; illegal Jewish only colonial settlements that preclude justice for Palestinians arefinanced by Belgian-French bank Dexia, among others, and encouraged and made viable byIsraeli agricultural exporters Carmel Agrexco; security and arms companies from all over theworld provide the weapons and means used to inflict deadly violence on Palestinians with
B. Russell, 'Speech to the First Meeting of Members of the War Crimes Tribunal,London, 13 November 1966', in P. Limqueco and P. Weiss (eds.),