A call from within to join the boycott of Israel
We, Palestinians, Jews, citizens of Israel, have joined the Palestinian call for a BDS campaignagainst Israel, inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid. We stand against allforms of racism and oppression and support BDS action as a legitimate political activity for promoting universally recognized human rights and the respect of international law as anecessary means of non-violent resistance to such violations.
Why boycott Israel?
Israel is an Apartheid state and should be treated as such by the international community.Israel denies the Palestinians of their fundamental rights for over six decades and internationalpressure has to be applied on it until it abides by its obligations under international law andrespects the three rights: those of Palestinians in the occupied territories, those of Palestinianswho have been exiled, and those of Palestinians who are systematically being discriminatedagainst inside the State of Israel.The Israeli economy is profiting from the occupation of Palestine by exploiting its land, water andother resources as well as human resources in the form of cheap labour. All of this while usingtheir control over the Palestinians and their land as a military testing ground for its oversizedsecurity industry.Years of activism inside Israel and efforts to bring about change have proven totally ineffective,as they do not insist on the basic rights of the oppressed. We therefore reached the conclusionthat international pressure is essential in bringing about a change in Israel and ending itscriminal policy.Israel can only carry out its policies due to the support it receives from western powers. Carryingon this support and complicity of the west in Israeli crimes is incoherent with these countries'legal obligations, while ending their support is paramount to ending Israel's impunity to crime.Most importantly - the Palestinians are united in their call for BDS (over 170 different civil societyorganizations have signed it back in July 2005) and it is now up to us to respect and promotethis very responsible call.