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Dear Friends,


What a distressing day.  Khader Adnan’s case made some radio news programs today, but with lies.  One member of the Knesset (I don’t remember who) got on his high horse and said that Adnan is a terrorist, and that he would rather have him die in captivity than to have Israelis die because he is free.  Fortunately,  this was countered by another MK (from the Hadash party),  Mohammad Barakeh, who correctly pointed out that Adnan had not been charged with terrorism, and in fact had not been charged at all. And that this was the problem.  Nor has Adnan a history of violence.  The most that can be said of him, so far as I have been able to determine, is that he is the spokesperson for an organization that Israel does not like: the Palestine Islamic Jihad, which is a militant group, but Adnan has not been accused of violence.  Nevertheless, most Israelis who heard the exchange on the radio will believe the MK who accused Adnan of being a terrorist.  And then, tonight, to read that the Israeli High Court (I dare not say ‘of justice’) will not consider his case before Thursday—as if the man has all the time in the world to live.

Well, to the business below.  I apologize for sending 11 items.  The final one is an action request, and is urgent, so please don’t skip it.  It’s at the bottom, first because I saw it only after I’d had everything organized, and second because it’s easy to find there.


The initial item is ‘Today in Palestine,’ and heads the rest because its first category is about Khader Adnan, and there are quite a number of items on him there.  Item 2 that follows is an interview with his wife, which was not included among the other items there, apparently because it came too late.  Will probably be in tomorrow’s ‘Today.’


Item 3 informs us that West Bank outposts are spreading into area B—an area that is under Palestinian control, except for security which is supposedly under joint Israeli and Palestinian control (but in fact Israel controls it all).  The Oslo Accords divided the West Bank into 3 areas—A, which is theoretically under full Palestinian control (this includes the major Palestinian cities), B under joint control, and C, which is under full Israeli control.  In reality, Israel rules the entire roost throughout.


Item 4 reports that the energy crisis in Gaza is worsening.


Item 5 brings positive news: the Presbyterians are considering divesting from 3 major companies that profit from the occupation.


Item 6 requests that we act in support of Palestinian rights to water and sanitation, and recommends means of support.


Item 7 is also positive—“Negev uprooting—the Pressure is Working,” meaning that there has been a 4-day postponement of allowing objections to kicking the Bedouin out from their homes in the Negev The pressure is working! Please continue to send objections.


Item 8 is also an action request: ‘Join the BDS Global Day of Action on 30 March, 2012’


Item 9 discovers that ‘Israel’s patriots no longer are interested in a liberal society.’  Were they ever?  If so, liberal for whom?


Item 10 is a longish thought provoking commentary by Jeff Halper.  I’ve long supported a single state with a separation of state from religion, and where every citizen regardless of religion, ethnicity, color has equal rights.  Jeff has now also realized that two states there won’t be.  I like his approach—“The end of the ‘two-state solution’ is the beginning of a more just future.”  I agree.  Jeff leaves a bi-national state as one of several options.  I suppose I’d accept it, if that was what was settled on, but my feeling is that bi-national only leaves the door open to further bickering about who really controls what.  Hopefully we’ll end up with a single democratic state.


Item 11, as I said, is an urgent action request, so you might want to start by reading it first.


All the best,





1 Today in Palestine

February 19, 2012




2 Randa Adnan: ‘I still have hope’


The wife of Khader Adnan speaks out over the detention that forced him to lapse into an increasingly dire hunger strike.


Omar Rahman Last Modified: 19 Feb 2012 14:01


Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike for more than two months in protest at his detention in Israel [EPA]


Arrabeh, occupied Palestinian territories – Randa Adnan panics every time the phone rings, and these days it never seems to stop. For now, it is mostly journalists, family, friends and supporters asking about her husband, Khader, who lies shackled by his hands and feet to a hospital bed in Israel, while his body wastes away.


Through sixty-four days of a hunger strike, the longest in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Randa Adnan has only been allowed to visit her husband twice, for a total of an hour, and each time surrounded by armed guards.


She speaks in a rush, a slight desperation in her otherwise resolute voice, as if time is running out and she must finish what she has to say before it is too late. Her two young daughters hang off her, demanding much of a woman who is dealing with a problem they do not fully comprehend.


“How can I tell my girls that they cannot bring sandwiches and juice to their father in the hospital,” she says, holding four-year-old Maali in her arms, who has the blue eyes of her father. The first time Maali visited the hospital with her mother she did not speak, hardly recognising the emaciated man that lay on the bed calling her name. Now she wakes up at night often, her mother says, crying out for her dad.


Hundreds of Palestinians join hunger strike


Hunger as protest


Khader Adnan was arrested by Israeli soldiers in the middle of the night on December 17, while at his home in the Palestinian village of Arrabeh on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Jenin. After eighteen days of interrogation – during which time 33-year-old Adnan says that he was tortured and humiliated by agents of Israel’s domestic security forces – he was imprisoned without charge or trial in what is called “administrative detention”. There are currently more than 300 Palestinians being held in administrative detention by Israel, without charge or trial, for renewable periods of six months, without any way of defending themselves.


“What makes the situation even worse,” says Abeer Baker, a member of the Law Faculty at Haifa University and head of the Legal Clinic on Prisoner’s Rights, “is the idea that these people have either no evidence, or no clear evidence, against them. They are not incriminated, because usually the army fails to bring any evidence. The proceedings are all secret. It is enough that the army comes and says they have evidence, or classified evidence.”


In order to protest his treatment, Adnan went on hunger strike the day after his arrest, a tactic he has used with success in the past and one common among Palestinian prisoners. During a previous incarceration, after an extended period of being in solitary confinement, Adnan went on hunger strike for twenty-eight days until the Israeli prison authorities put him back with other inmates.


In a letter released by his lawyers, Adnan addressed these words to the Palestinian people: “I starve myself for you to remain. I die for you to live. Stay with the revolution.”


“The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey.”


A life of hardship


Randa heard about her husband’s decision from a lawyer on the second day of the hunger strike. At first she was not fully worried, but knew deep down that once he made a decision he would never backtrack. By the thirtieth day, she had become frightened and the possibility that this act of resistance might go all the way finally began to set in.


Khader Adnan had been arrested five times before he was married to Randa and three times since, largely for his political affiliation with the militant faction, Islamic Jihad. Over the years he rose to become their spokesperson in the West Bank, but was never active in their military wing, his family says, nor was he ever charged for such by Israel. At the time of his most recent arrest he was no longer an active spokesman but the Israelis, and even the Palestinian Authority, had continued to harass him with periodic detention.


“When I married him I knew I should expect anything. I am proud of him whether he is under the ground or above it.”


– Randa Adnan


Before they married in 2005, Khader Adnan sat Randa down and explained to her the perilous future that would lie ahead if she married him.


“He told me that his life was not normal, that he might be around for 15 days and then be gone again for a long time. But I always dreamt of marrying someone strong, someone who struggles in defence of his country,” she said. “When I married him I knew I should expect anything. I am proud of him whether he is under the ground or above it.”


Since his hunger strike began Randa has become the reluctant spokesperson of his cause, fielding telephone calls and interviews all day long.


“It is twenty-four hours,” she says. “I have a duty to respond to the media because this is how we can support him. In the past he was in the media and I was always standing behind him. Now I am the spokesperson, which is very difficult for me. I don’t have these kinds of skills.”


Sources of support


Randa is also five months pregnant, and has guests coming in and out of the house constantly. During our interview we were interrupted by an older woman who has three sons currently in Israeli prisons. As a woman of experience, she has come to be with Randa in her time of need.


Her mother and father-in-law, from whom she says Khader got his strength, live in the same house and are a source of support. Adnan’s father, Adnan Muhammad Musa, who dons traditional Palestinian attire, is friendly and welcoming. When he speaks about his son he becomes choked up with emotion.


“I told him that he was successful delievering his message to the world and that he should come home.”


– Adnan Muhammad Musa



“I told him [in the hospital] that he was successful delivering his message to the world and that he should come home,” he says, but Khader Adnan admonished his father for trying to get his son to betray his principles.


“President Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Meshaal [the political leader of Hamas] should have mentioned Khader Adnan in the [reconciliation agreement recently signed] in Qatar,” adds his father, bringing up the high-profile deal agreed between the competing Palestinian factions.


A dire situation


The response to Khader Adnan’s protest within Palestinian society has come very late and without the type of force some might have expected. In a society where the people are used to the funeral of the martyr, the slow death of Khader Adnan is something of an anomaly.


A little over a week ago small protests began in front of Israel’s Ofer Prison, located near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The protests spread to other locales in the occupied territories and abroad, but for the most part have been marginal. Everyone is talking about it, but very few seem willing to show their support by taking to the streets.


The exception has been a group of social media activists in Ramallah that have made Khader Adnan their cause célèbre, elevating his profile via networking sites such as Twitter. Over the past four days they have caused variations of his name to trend worldwide on several occasions, no small achievement on a forum that usually gives such honours to celebrity gossip.


The lack of action in response to Khader Adnan’s case is indicative of many changes in Palestinian society since the end of the second intifada. The increase in partisanship and political division has eroded general solidarity, even over the once unanimous issue of prisoners. Those who support Fatah may be less likely to rally for a member of Islamic Jihad, such as Khader Adnan.


The second is the Palestinian Authority’s desire to deal with Israel behind closed doors. Fatah, the ruling party of the PA in the West Bank, has become reluctant to take anything into the street for fear of it getting beyond their control.


Indeed, even Islamic Jihad, the party of Khader Adnan, has failed to bring its people out in support of the hunger striker. Randa says that they are still helping, talking to the Egyptian Intelligence service to help negotiate a deal with Israel, but the silence is noticeable.


“I know the difficult time is yet to come,” says Randa. “His medical situation will deteriorate. It is hard to recover after this point. The doctors have told me that he could have a heart attack at any moment.”


“I still have hope that he will be released and come back home healthy,” she says wearily, although later she admits that the reality of the situation is dire.


“When asked what she will tell the child about his father, she answered: ‘I will tell him that his father was a hero’.”


– Randa Adnan


She recollects the first question he asked when she was able to visit him on the 56th day of his hunger strike.


“He asked me how the baby was doing, and at that exact moment the baby kicked inside of me,” she says. They both believe it will be a boy. “I felt like it was a sign.”


When asked what she will tell the child about his father, she answered: “I will tell him that his father was a hero.”


Follow Omar Rahman on Twitter: @OmarRahman. Abir Kopty also contributed to this article.


Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that officials at Egypt’s Al-Azhar institution had issued a fatwa condemning the hunger strike. Our apologies for the error.



3 Haaretz


Sunday, February 19, 2012


West Bank outposts spreading into Area B, in violation of Oslo Accords

Area B is defined as land under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control, according to Oslo Accords


By Akiva Eldar

Tags: Palestinians West Bank Israel settlers Israel settlements settlement building Oslo accords

Settlers from West Bank outposts have taken control of land in Area B and are thus in breach of the 1995 Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, says Dror Etkes, an anti-settlement activist. Area B was defined in the Oslo Accords as land under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control.


According to Etkes, who has monitored the settlements for years, the takeover of land in Area B is a combination of unbridled thievery by settlers and impotence on the part of the Israeli authorities. He says the Israeli side has turned the West Bank into an area where the strongest dominates.



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Etkes says an aerial photo shows that Israel has violated the agreement signed in Washington in September 1995. One clause states: “All civil powers and responsibilities, including planning and zoning, in Areas A and B set out in Annex III, will be transferred to and assumed by the Council [the Palestinian government] during the first phase of redeployment.”


Etkes found that the outpost of Amona, overlooking the settlement of Ofra in the northern West Bank, has spread hundreds of dunams into Area B. Roads have been built around the eastern side of the outpost on privately owned Palestinian land.


According to Etkes, vineyards have been planted on land owned by Palestinians, whose access to the land has been blocked. For security reasons, Palestinians from nearby villages are not allowed access to thousands more dunams, some of which are in Area B, he adds.


A few years ago settlers began developing the Ain al-Alya spring for tourism. This is south of Ofra, deep in Area B on land belonging to the village of Deir Dibwan. The settlers changed the name of the spring to Ein Erez.


Near Itamar, also in the northern West Bank, settlers took over a 93-dunam (23-acre ) piece of land, part of the Palestinian village of Yanun in Area B. According to Etkes, access is denied Palestinians to other large areas near Itamar that are also defined as Area B. For example, a few years ago, development began around another spring, Ain Umm al-Jareb; its name was changed to Ein Neria. Settlers do not allow Palestinians near the olive groves next to the spring, Etkes says.


Southeast of the settlement of Yitzhar, the aerial photo identified a cultivated area of only five dunams penetrating into Area B. But Etkes says access is also prevented into large areas belonging to the villages of Awarta and Einabus in Area B due to their proximity to Yitzhar.


Near the outposts of Esh Kodesh and Mitzpeh Ahiya east of Shiloh, settlers have taken over about 100 dunams of agricultural land belonging to the Haj Mahmoud family, much of whose land is in Area B. Settlers from the outposts have planted vineyards in one area and have planted other crops in another, according to a petition to be submitted this week to the High Court of Justice.


Family members, who are being represented by Rabbis for Human Rights, say the settlers use threats and violence to keep them from their land and have even shot at them. The family says the Israeli security forces are not enforcing the law and the Civil Administration is not protecting the family’s right to the land, even though it is in Area B.


The petition also states that the settlers are benefiting economically from the land, on which they herd animals and plant crops, and that these activities are preventing the petitioners from earning a livelihood. According to the law, these actions constitute possession of the land. If the original owners do not work the land for 10 years, ownership goes to whoever has been working it during that time.


Etkes also documented construction by members of the Ma’aleh Rehavam outpost in a nature reserve; the reserve was set up by the Wye River Memorandum signed by Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in May 1998. But the settlers have put up buildings to expand the outpost in recent years.


Officials in the Civil Administration said they do not have enough personnel to monitor every encroachment by settlers into Area B and to enforce the law.


But according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs six months ago, the Civil Administration very strictly enforces the law against illegal construction by Palestinians in Area C, over which Israel retains full control. The report states: “Clear patterns are occurring in the Area C communities visited, with residents being forced to move in order to meet their basic needs.”


In 10 of the 13 communities visited, the UN investigators documented cases of families who left their homes. According to the report, residents are moving to Areas A and B, as well as to other parts of Area C because planning by the Israeli authorities makes it impossible for Palestinians to obtain a construction permit. In many cases, the report says, Palestinians leave their communities because of violence by settlers, demolition of houses and difficulty in accessing services and resources.


During the first six months of 2011, the UN agency documented 342 demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures, including 125 residential structures. This is almost five times the number of structures demolished during the same period in 2010. The number of people displaced also increased by around five times during the same period.


The report states that while the Civil Administration was unable to prepare plans for Palestinian communities, it approved detailed plans for almost all the settlements. According to the report, settlers are members of Civil Administration committees dealing with planning for Palestinian communities, “raising concerns over conflicts of interest.”


“Current planning practices have contributed to the expansion of Israeli settlement in contravention of international law,” the report states.


The Civil Administration responded that in two cases, the encroachment claims were known and were being handled “under a procedure governing land disputes.” On the other claims, the Civil Administration said: “No complaints have been filed by Palestinians, and the cases will be investigated if need be. The government’s coordination of activities in the territories through the Civil Administration will continue professionally and devotedly to enforce [regulations on] illegal construction in Judea and Samaria and illegal encroachment of land.


4  Ynet Sunday, February 19, 2012

Energy crisis in Gaza Strip deepens

Egypt stops smuggling of fuel into Gaza Strip resulting in semi-shutdown of Gaza power station. Palestinians refuse Israeli oil deal offer,7340,L-4191409,00.html


Elior Levy Published:  02.18.12, 22:49 / Israel News



Gaza is suffering a major energy crisis. Since Tuesday and in the midst of plummeting temperatures Gaza’s power station has been operating for only several hours a day, as locals are subjected to power cuts lasting as many as 12 hours a day.


Israel has recently approached senior officials in the Palestinian Authority offering to sell the PA enough diesel oil to keep the power plant operating, but the Palestinians are refusing, Ynet learned.


Presbyterians Consider Divesting From Select Companies In Israel


Jaweed Kaleem 

Feb 17, 2012 02:26 PM EST



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A major body within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Friday to recommend that the church vote to stop investing in three companies “until they have ceased profiting from non-peaceful activities in Israel-Palestine.”

The vote proposed by the General Assembly Mission Council on whether to continue investing in the corporations — Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard — will happen at the church’s General Assembly, a national meeting of church leaders that will take place in late June and early July in Pittsburgh. The assembly meets every two years.

“We have run out of hope that these companies are willing to change their corporate practices [in Israel-Palestine],” said the Rev. Brian Ellison, a pastor from Kansas City who is chair of the national church’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee. “We have made diligent effort to engage in conversation. We’d like to do more, to make progress, but substantial change does not seem possible.” Ellison said the denomination has “significant” investments in the corporations.

He said his committee is targeting Caterpillar because their bulldozers have been used in the demolition of Palestinian homes and in the building of the Israeli West Bank barrier. The group wants divestment from Motorola Solutions because it says the company’s communication technologies are used by Israeli forces, while it recommends divestment from Hewlett-Packard because it says the company’s products have been used by the Israeli Navy to coordinate its blockage of the Gaza Strip. Ellison said HP also provides biometric scanners used at checkpoints.

The committee’s job is to implement the two million-member church’s policies on socially responsible giving. A document on the church’s website indicates the denomination currently has rules against investing in dozens of companies that are involved in military-related products, tobacco or human rights violations.

Caterpillar representatives have said previously that its bulldozers are given to Israel in accordance with U.S. government policy through the federal Foreign Military Sales program.

Tama McWhinney, a spokeswoman for Motorola Solutions, would not directly address the allegations against the company, but told The Huffington Post that it has “a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that address human rights” to “ensure that our operations worldwide are conducted using the highest standards of integrity and ethical business conduct.”

A Hewlett-Packard representative did not reply to a request for comment.

The move by the Presbyterian committee has attracted strong criticism from Jewish groups, such as the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Israel Action Network, an effort of the The Jewish Federations of North America.

“We are profoundly disappointed by the General Assembly Mission Council’s decision to recommend this report,” Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, said in a statement. “Neither peace nor the long friendship between our two communities is served by this action. It is tragic that national Presbyterian leaders are making the delegitimization of Israel a public witness of their church. Once again, we turn to our friends who will gather in the church’s General Assembly this summer to find a path towards peace rather than dissension. The proposed resolution drives a wedge between our two communities, frustrates interfaith cooperation and undermines our joint efforts to pursue social justice.”

The United Methodist Church will also vote at its General Conference, which happens in late April and early May in Tampa, on divesting for similar reasons from the three corporations. The move by Presbyterians and Methodists follow failed attempts in other Protestant denominations, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church, to divest from Israel.

This article has been updated to reflect updated data about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s amount of investments and its position regarding Israeli divestment campaigns.




17 February 13:27

SHARED ‘Take action in support of Palestinian rights to water and sanitation!
The Thirsting for Justice campaign calls on you to take part in a Global Flash Mob in city squares around the world on the occasion of World Water Day (22 March, 2012). This is an opportunity to educate the public about the daily violations of Palestinian rights to water and sanitation and to call on your government to push for… accountability for these violations until Israel complies with its legal obligations as an Occupying Power.

An example of a recent flash mob can be found

Participants can develop their own concept with support from the Thirsting for Justice Team or choose one of the following scenarios:

– Palestinians carrying empty jerry cans standing in line on a Israeli checkpoint to symbolize Israeli restrictions on Palestinian access to water; words like “hope” or “justice” can be written on each jerry can, to express the aspirations of the Palestinian people.

– A crowd, representing Palestinians from Gaza, carrying bottles filled with dirty water, acting as if drinking it and falling sick. The crowd should be confined to a limited space to symbolize the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

– A water cistern (represented by a box) about to be smashed to pieces by army officers, while people, representing Palestinian villagers, watch helplessly. This is to symbolize the ongoing destruction of water and sanitation infrastructure by the Israeli military in the West Bank. Villagers use cisterns to store water used for domestic consumption and livelihoods.

For each of these suggestions, participants are encouraged to carry banners that will explain the context of the scene. Register and send us your flash mob videos by writing an e-mail to

Let´s make the flash mob videos go viral!’ Flashmob Palestine 2012

Flashmob Palestine 2012, Birmingham University. Tuesday 24th January 2012



From: Alice Jay – []
Sent: יום א 19 פברואר 2012 12:26
Subject: Negev uprooting: the pressure is working!


The pressure is working! The government has postponed the deadline for public objections to the bill that would uproot 30,000 Bedouins. Let’s use the extra time to bury this shameful bill for good: add your name now and forward this message to everyone you know!


Dear friends around Israel,

We only have 4 days to stop a government bill that would drive over 30 thousand Bedouins from their homesand confiscate their lands in the Negev. The government allows the public to comment on the bill till this weekend — Let’s flood it with opposition to halt this shameful discrimination! Click to send your direct message to the government:

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We only have 4 days to stop a government bill that would drive over 30 thousand Bedouins from their homes and confiscate their land in the Negev.

The Bedouin community is fighting this disgraceful discrimination, but they need our help. Here’s our chance — the government has set up a public consultation on the plan — if we flood it with opposition we can halt this shameful marginalization.

We have to act fast — the government only allows submissions until the end of this week. Let’s stand with our Bedouin sisters and brothers now and inundate the system with our rejection of the plan. Click below to submit your public comment directly to Minister Begin and forward this to everyone you know:

The Prawer Plan claims to regulate the Bedouin residence in the Negev. But in fact it will confiscate their lands, and force the bedouins, which are 30% of the Negev population, to crowd in only 1% of the land – a U turn from a former recommendation to the government to recognize the 35 unrecognized bedouin villages in the Negev. The communities are already suffering without proper infrastructure, electricity and water and this plan will only perpetuate the severe discrimination of Israel’s most marginalized community. 

The plan was devised and approved by the government without any involvement of Bedouin representatives — they are being treated as a security hazard and not as citizens with equal rights. Now is our only chance to influence this outrageous plan, before it will be brought to the Knesset table. Click below now to send a direct message to Minister Begin who is in charge of of the plan and make sure the public outrage is heard:

The Bedouin community has been fighting this plan for months, but this is an attack on basic citizen’s rights and is a threat to all of us. Let’s use the formal government consultation to crush this attempt to legalize discrimination. It is time to join the Bedouin call for social justice for all and prove that the spirit and solidarity of the summer protest is alive and kicking.

With hope and determination,

Raluca in Israel, alice and the whole Avaaz team


ACRI calls the government to halt the Prawer plan
Bahrain doctors to be tried for helping protesters

Principles for Arranging Recognition of Bedouin Villages in the Negev- position paper by Bimkom, ACRI and Regional Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages

Bedouin protest relocation plans, Village receives eviction notice – 972 Magazine

Goldberg Committee: Gov’t should formally recognize Bedouin villages in the Negev – Ha’aretz


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Commemorating Palestinian Land Day: Join the BDS Global Day of Action on 30 March 2012!

Posted on February 10, 2012 by Palestinian BDS National Committee


Commemorating Land Day, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) invites people of conscience around the world to unite for a BDS Global Day of Action on 30 March 2012 in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, justice and equality and for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully complies with its obligations under international law.

Let’s showcase our BDS successes through creative actions and media efforts and mobilize for the World Social Forum Free Palestine in November 2012.

First launched at the World Social Forum in 2009, the BDS Global Day of Action on 30 March coincides with Palestinian Land Day, initiated in 1976, when Israeli security forces shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel and injured many in an attempt to crush popular protest against ongoing theft of Palestinian-owned land. Thirty-six years on, Israel continues to entrench its regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid and intensify its grave violations of the basic rights of Palestinians everywhere, whether those living under occupation, citizens of Israel, or the majority of the Palestinians, the refugees.

In the past year we have continued to witness a historic outburst of people power motivated by the desire for justice and freedom from tyranny and corporate greed. There is renewed belief in popular struggles as a means to achieve human emancipation and empowerment. Ordinary people have bravely stood up to the decades-old regimes of the Arab region, overcoming their fears and challenging their longstanding subjugation. Largely inspired by the Arab popular upheavals and earlier, similar uprisings across Latin America, people across the world have vocally “occupied” the centers of corporate exploitation or otherwise mobilized to demand social justice and an end to devastating wars. The ‘Arab Spring’ has given new impetus to the ongoing struggle against imperial hegemony in the global south and a new reach for the alternatives to neoliberalism. The global 99% are further uniting and connecting their struggles for justice, rights and dignity.

In this spirit of shared struggle, we invite Palestine solidarity activists and all those active in social justice and human rights causes worldwide to use this day of action to launch a far reaching mobilization effort towards the upcoming World Social Forum Free Palestine to be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in November 2012 and to take action to highlight and develop the key campaigns of our global movement.

The Forum will provide a unique space for discussion of a unified global strategy to uphold the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination and end Israeli violations of international law.

Ideas for action

The BDS Global Day of Action is an opportunity to showcase the achievements of our diverse and global movement through visible and creative actions. The BNC calls on supporters of Palestinian rights to focus on developing thoroughly researched, broad based and strategic BDS campaigns that are based on the three operational principles of the movement: context-sensitivity, gradualness and sustainability.  Developing such a long-term vision is essential for the growth and sustainable success of the movement.

With these criteria in mind, the BNC suggests the following forms of action for this BDS Global Day of Action:

1. Organize a visible and creative protest, flash mob or action that promotes an existing long-term campaign to a new audience;

2. Prepare outreach meetings or events or media initiatives that seek to bring BDS to new audiences;

3. Launch mobilization initiatives for the WSF Free Palestine, to be held in late November in Port Alegre, Brazil. Consider announcing the formation of national, regional or sector mobilizing committees and to start public and media outreach. The mobilizing committees for the WSF Free Palestine serve to mobilize and to discuss how to use this opportunity to strengthen local solidarity efforts and provide them with global reach and exposure. More information here.

4. Where possible, use the Global BDS Day of Action as a launching pad for new BDS campaign initiatives;

5. Call on governments to implement incremental sanctions against Israel, by heeding the call from Palestinian civil society for a military embargo on Israel or by suspending free trade agreements or other agreements;

6. Publicize, promote and make use of the recently published report issued by EU heads of mission to occupied Jerusalem calling for preventing and discouraging “financial transactions in support of [Israeli] settlement activity.” This can be accurately interpreted as a call for a ban on colonial settlement products from entering the EU market and for effective measures against all actors implicated in Israel’s colonization of East Jerusalem and the rest of the OPT.

Join the BDS Global Day of Action on Land Day, 30 March 2012!

For information on how to join this global event and how to develop ongoing BDS action in your country, organization and network, please contact the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) at:

We’ll be highlighting all of the day’s actions on the website, so please send any information about planned actions ahead of time to

On the day itself, let’s all use Twitter hashtag #bds to promote our actions and don’t forget to follow @bdsmovement to follow the action as it unfolds!

For further inspiration:

BDS Global Day of Action 2011 press release

One Response to “Dorothy Online Newsletter”

  1. online spil says:

    Paul, when was the last time you heard of oil companies or oil speculators losing money? Doesn’t that tell you what you need to know?


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