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Stop Zio-Nazi Apartheid!

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Stop Israeli Apartheid!

I am a Norwegian woman, a quite ordinary person. I started this petition after experiencing life in Palestine, including the Jordan Valley and the Negev desert. It was heartbreaking seeing the daily harassments that the Palestinians and beduin tribes were exposed to; it afflicted women, children, old people, peasants, workers – every single person living in the territories occupied by Israel.

As we learned from South African apartheid, a state that makes its inhabitants victims of apartheid policies and practices, won’t stop until the people of the world react. It is time we wake up once more!

The governments of the world, as well as do the EU and the UN, know more than enough about what is going on “on the ground” in the occupied territories, but still they don’t put any power at all behind all their resolutions.

Then remains only: We, the people!  Apartheid has no future.

We will stop apartheid once more! Join in by signing this petition, push the red button to sign.

Check out my Youtube video where I explain what I learned about Israeli apartheid: http://bit.ly/notcomplicated  (The video has subtitles in English and Norwegian.)

So then, this is what WE, THE PEOPLE want to tell the world’s most important international decision makers:

“I call upon the European Union (EU) as well as the United Nations and all its member states that they join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to boycott the state of israel until it ceases its apartheid policies, disregard for international law, violations of human rights and totally ends its Occupation and ends the siege of Gaza!

I demand this from all governments, including and especially my own.

Furthermore, I encourage all UN member states to fulfill their obligations according to the resolutions they themselves have passed through both the Security Council and General Assembly condemning the policies of the State of Israel toward Palestine and the Palestinian people.

Finally, I call upon the permanent members of the UN Security Council – and especially the US – to refrain from using their veto power to block nor thwart resolutions condemning the illegal practices of the State of Israel toward the Palestinian people!”

To:
the EU, the UN, the UN’s Security Council and National Parliaments, UN General Assembly
Stop Israeli Apartheid!
I call upon the European Union (EU) as well as the United Nations and all its member states that they join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to boycott the state of israel until it ceases its apartheid policies, disregard for international law, violations of human rights and totally ends its Occupation and ends the siege of Gaza!

I demand this from all governments, including and especially my own.

Furthermore, I encourage all UN member states to fulfill their obligations according to the resolutions they themselves have passed through both the Security Council and General Assembly condemning the policies of the State of Israel toward Palestine and the Palestinian people.

Finally, I call upon the permanent members of the UN Security Council – and especially the US – to refrain from using their veto power to block nor thwart resolutions condemning the illegal practices of the State of Israel toward the Palestinian people!

Sincerely,

[Your name]

 

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FIFA PLAY BALL: HELP END MODERN SLAVERY IN QATAR

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Squalid, overcrowded accommodation. Brutally long days working in the blistering heat. Regular abuses of rights such as having passports withheld or being lied to about the nature of promised work.1

This is the everyday reality for migrant workers in Qatar helping to bring us the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Worse still, recent reports show that workers from Nepal and India are dying in record numbers on Qatari construction sites since the country won its World Cup bid.2

FIFA has pledged to do more to improve the “unacceptable” situation for workers on World Cup-related projects,3 but these words have yet to be followed by action.

Call on FIFA to take responsibility for awarding the World Cup to a country with historic issues of worker exploitation and forced labour. FIFA President Sepp Blatter must use his influence over World Cup organisers to ensure all future World Cups are slavery free, including Qatar as a top priority.

FIFA should:

  • Call for an end to the exploitative kafala system in its current form in Qatar, specifically by allowing workers to freely change jobs and leave the country without their employer’s permission.
  • Demand that fundamental labour rights are protected as a requirement for countries to be selected to host World Cups.
  • Call on the Qatar 2022 organising authorities to establish a complaints mechanism that allows migrant workers to report abuses and secure justice.

SOURCES

  1. http://www.ituc-csi.org/qatar-response-to-labour-rights 

  2. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/18/qatar-world-cup-india-migrant-worker-deaths 

  3. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/qatar2022/media/newsid=2227055 

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I$raHell is Killing Palestinian Civilians With Impunity: Amnesty International

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Human rights group calls for the international community to halt arms shipments to I$raHell, citing possible war crimes

- Sarah Lazare

Relatives of Samir Awad mourn his death at a hospital in Ramallah, to where his body was taken after the shooting. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Zuma Press/Corbis)Israeli forces are killing Palestinian civilians in the West Bank — including children — with “callous disregard for human life,” enjoying near impunity for likely war crimes, and should be immediately cut off from arms shipments by the international community, declares a damning report released by Amnesty International on Thursday.

“This is a hugely significant development,” says Mike Coogan of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in an interview with Common Dreams. “This report is unequivocal. It clearly points to the perpetrator of crimes — the Israeli military.”

Entitled Trigger-Happy: Israel’s Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank, the 87-page report documents mounting violence and human rights violations due to Israeli use of “unnecessary, arbitrary and brutal force,” as summarized in an Amnesty statement. The study traces the chilling trail of death and injury this leaves behind.

In the past three years, at least 261 Palestinians in the West Bank — 67 of them children — have been seriously injured by live gunshots fired by Israeli forces. In this same time frame, over 8,000 Palestinians in the West Bank — 1,500 of them children — have been wounded by other weapons wielded by Israeli forces in the West Bank, including rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas, with some dying from their wounds.

The report highlights the murder of 22 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank last year, four of whom were children, and 14 of whom were killed at protests. In some of these cases, Amnesty found evidence of “willful killings, which would amount to war crimes,” according to the summary.

Sixteen-year-old school boy Samir Awad, from Bodrus, numbers among the dead. He was shot by Israeli forces in January 2013 while protesting Israel’s separation barrier that slices through his village. Bullets hit the back of his head, leg, and shoulder as attempted to flee an ambush. Multiple eye-witnesses testify that he and other young protesters did not pose a danger to the Israeli forces who fired.

“Out of nowhere many soldiers jumped out and ambushed Samir,” said 16-year-old Malik Murar, a friend of Samir and eye-witness to his killing, in an interview with Amnesty. They shot him first in the leg, yet he managed to run away towards the village. But how far can an injured child run? Twenty, maybe 30, meters? They could have easily arrested him, especially when he was injured, but instead they shot him in the back with live ammunition… To me this is premeditated murder.”

One year later, “authorities have failed to ensure any accountability for his death,” the report states.

Samir’s murder is one of many that may constitute extrajudicial execution — a war crime under international law — the report reveals.

Others have also been shot in the back, and protests against expanding settlements, the separation wall that annexes Palestinian land, evictions, checkpoints, and restriction of movement are often met with deadly force, the report reveals. These killings are not transparently investigated, leading to an over-all permissive climate for arbitrary violence.

“The frequency and persistence of arbitrary and abusive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers and police officers – and the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators – suggests that it is carried out as a matter of policy,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty.

The report urges an immediate halt to use of deadly force by Israeli forces and calls for the international community — including the United States — to halt all arms shipments.

“Amnesty’s courageous call for cutting all transfer of weapons to Israel is a very significant first step towards a full embargo,” said Omar Barghouti — Palestinian campaigner for boycott, divestment, and sanction of Israel — as quoted in Mondoweiss. “Israel should not get away with what Amnesty rightly characterizes as ‘war crimes’ and ‘willful killings’ of Palestinian civilians.”

The Israeli Army swiftly released a statement and tweet dismissing the report as demonstrating a “complete lack of understanding as to operational challenges the IDF faces.” Yet the statements did not directly answer to the specific killings highlighted by Amnesty, including that of Samir.

Coogan said in response, “There is absolutely no excuse for Israel’s continued and flagrant misuse of weapons against civilians. Entire families have been affected by this. There is a very clear pattern, including clear video evidence.”

He added, “It’s about time that Israel is held accountable for this.”

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December 2013 Report to UN Human Rights Council on Occupied Palestine

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[(Prefatory Note: This is my last report as Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine as my term is coming to an end after six years. The mandate is important as a source of information pertaining to the realities of occupation from the perspective of international humanitarian law and international criminal law. My hope is that this mandate can be brought to an end as early as possible, but not earlier than when Palestinians can live in equality with the Israelis either in a single bi-national state or in separate states. It is a matter that need to be decided by the two peoples in accordance with respective rights. No solution can be imposed or negotiated in a setting that is not premised on the equality of the peoples. RAF)]

Human Rights Council

Twenty-fifth session

 

Agenda Item 7

Human rights situation in Palestine and other

occupied Arab territories

 

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk

SummaryThe present report is the final report of the current Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1. The report addresses Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the wall in the context of the tenth anniversary of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice, and considers Israel’s policies and practices in occupied Palestine in light of the prohibition on segregation and apartheid. It also addresses concern in relation to the deterioration of the human rights situation of Palestinians living under the Israeli blockade in the Gaza Strip.

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Egypt’s shameful rejection of Mairead Maguire and other peace advocates

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The Syria Solidarity Movement views with sadness and dismay the Egyptian government’s denial of entry to Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire for the purpose of transiting to Gaza to attend the International Women’s Day commemorations.  Ms. Maguire is a good friend of the Syria Solidarity Movement and has played a central role in the promotion of peace, justice and human rights in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, and many other places throughout the world. 

The Egyptian government knows that Ms. Maguire is an advocate and practitioner of nonviolence and that she is completely harmless to all human life.  Furthermore, the regime knows that the Egyptian people are among the most steadfast supporters of justice for Palestine. The only possible explanation for the refusal to admit Ms. Maguire, therefore, is to prevent the expression of her message of hope and solidarity to Palestinians in Gaza and to demonstrate that the Egyptian authorities will repress such thought and speech regardless of its source.  Such repression serves only the cause of the Israeli oppressor.

Egypt’s treatment of Ms. Maguire is hardly unique.  Egyptian officers used brutal force on her colleague, Medea Benjamin, who helped organize the delegation, causing her grievous bodily harm and even refusing access to medical attention.  Such violence against a peaceful visitor is unfortunately indicative of a brutal regime which has killed thousands of its own citizens expressing their opposition to the overthrow of the elected government.

Egypt is of course hardly the only perpetrator of tyranny.  One of the main sponsors of the current Egyptian government is the U.S., which provides billions of dollars in aid, even in defiance of its own laws against support for regimes that seize power in a coup d’état.  Additionally, despite the ostensible protection of free speech in the U.S., the Obama regime has prohibited Syria’s Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari from traveling more than 25 miles from UN headquarters in New York in response to requests for him to speak or for any other reason.  Apparently, the expression of an alternative point of view is too much for the U.S. to bear, whether at home, in Egypt, or anywhere else it wishes to project its power.

The Syria Solidarity Movement declares its support for Mairead Maguire and other exponents of compassion, free speech, human rights and respect for diversity.  We therefore ask all people and institutions of conscience to advocate on behalf of Ms. Maguire and other spokespersons for values and principles that raise human dignity for us all.

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Bodies of decapitated convicts displayed in Saudi public square

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The bodies of five decapitated Yemenis hang above the main square of Jizan. Photo taken on Tuesday.
Five Yemeni nationals convicted of murder and of belonging to a criminal organisation were decapitated and hung by the shoulders from cranes on Tuesday in the city of Jizan, in southwestern Saudi Arabia. According to our Observer, this macabre scene is intended to terrorize criminals and illegal immigrants.
Three of the men were brothers. The bodies of all five were strung up for a full day on a pole tied between two cranes. Their heads were placed in bags attached to their bodies. They had been decapitated by swords and hung up in the city’s main square, right in front of Jizan University. The Yemeni nationals had been convicted of belonging to a criminal organisation, creating an armed group, and murdering a Saudi national.
 
WARNING: THESE IMAGES ARE SHOCKING

Video filmed on May 21.

According to a conservative interpretation of Sharia law, crimes punishable by death in Saudi Arabia including rape, apostasy (changing religion, for example by renouncing Islam), armed robbery, drug trafficking, and witchcraft. Amnesty International claims that at least 47 executions have taken place in Saudi Arabia this year, including 12 in May alone. The organisation indicated that these figures might be lower than in reality, given that secret executions have been reported in Saudi Arabia.
CONTRIBUTORS
“The authorities are seeking to reassure the population and scare immigrants”
Mohammad Alsaaedi is a Saudi activist. He lives in Qatif.

Murders and robberies occur all over the country, but this kind of morbid display is not something you see everyday. The last such ‘crucifixion’ [Editor’s note: a term used by the local population to refer to the hanging of corpses] took place in Riyadh in mid-2012.
Personally, I think that the authorities did this to try to send a message to illegal immigrants. That would explain why they did this in Jizan, a destination and a transit point for many Yemeni and African immigrants.
Several weeks ago, the authorities announced ago that illegal workers would be given three months to straighten out their legal status. The deadline is in a month and a half. A large majority of illegal workers are Yemeni nationals and I am convinced that the authorities are primarily targeting them with this action.
The government is also seeking to show how tough it is. Many Saudis believe that immigrants from Yemen and Africa are causing an uptick in crime in the region. The authorities are seeking to reassure the population and frighten the immigrants coming to the region in large numbers.

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2 Saudis jailed for inciting violence via social media

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 Bodies of decapitated convicts displayed in Saudi public square  observers.france24.com
JEDDAH: MD SULAMI

A criminal court in Riyadh has sentenced two Saudi political activists to 10 years and eight years in prison respectively for inciting violence in the eastern city of Awamiya using social media platforms.
Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Bikran, a spokesman for the Justice Ministry, said the first Saudi defendant was also fined SR100,000 for committing cyber crimes.

Both Saudis will be banned from traveling abroad for a period equal to their prison terms after completing their sentences, the spokesman said.

The two were found guilty of using sites such as Twitter and YouTube to encourage the families of detainees to stage demonstrations and sit-ins.

The second defendant was released the first time he was arrested after pledging never to incite dissidence again, the court said. But he went back on his promise, saying he was convinced that he was not doing anything wrong.

He was also convicted of defaming and making fun of the king, Saudi preachers and the judiciary.
The court said that he questioned the integrity of these people and also criticized security agencies that detained propagators of subversive thought. The defendant was also said to have supported the idea of fighting in war zones abroad.

In one instance, the defendant tried to flee from the authorities, crashing his car into the vehicle of officials of a law-enforcement authority. He also tried to dispose of his mobile phone so that authorities would not be able to view the content stored inside.
Five of the eight years were handed down for violating laws under the information act, while the remaining three years were given for other crimes.

Meanwhile, the court sentenced another Saudi, known as “King of Al-Nazim,” to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes, in addition to a life ban from driving.

Riyadh police forces arrested the driver for reckless endangerment in November 2012 after he appeared in video footage that had circulated on various social media platforms showing him, along with others, driving irresponsibly and endangering the lives of others.

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Twitter posts land 2 Saudi men in prison

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By Mohammed Jamjoom, CNN
File photo: Two men were found guilty in Saudi courts this week for, among other offenses, messages they posted on Twitter.
File photo: Two men were found guilty in Saudi courts this week for, among other offenses, messages they posted on Twitter.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • One man sentenced to a decade in prison for posting pro-protest messages to Twitter
  • A second man got eight years, convicted of insulting Saudi Arabia’s king via Twitter
  • Critics say it’s all part of the kingdom’s efforts to quash dissent

(CNN) – Two men were found guilty in Saudi courts this week for, among other offenses, messages they posted on Twitter.

On Monday, one Saudi man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for using Twitter to encourage protests and undermine the country’s leadership, according to Saudi Arabian state news agency SPA.

“The accused had sent invitations via Twitter to participate in protests and gatherings against the Kingdom,” read SPA’s statement, quoting Saudi Justice Ministry spokesman Fahad Al-Bakran.

Al-Bakran added how the unnamed man, already serving a three-year jail sentence, was convicted of utilizing websites that are “hostile to the government and that promote deviant ideologies.” Saudi officials often use the phrase “deviant ideologies” when describing al Qaeda or al Qaeda-linked groups.

On Sunday, another man, accused of insulting King Abdullah and inciting protests via social media sites like Twitter, was sentenced to eight years in jail.

According to SPA, he’s also barred from travel and from posting messages on social media sites for eight years after his release.

The man, also unidentified by SPA, was found guilty of “inciting relatives of Saudis arrested for security reasons to protest their imprisonment by tweeting and via posting videos on sites like YouTube.”

Al-Bakran added the man had been arrested once before for similar offenses, but was released after signing a pledge never to do so again.

Both sentences come just days after Saudi Arabia officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization.

On Friday, the country’s Interior Ministry announced that the Brotherhood, as well as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Al-Nusra Front and other groups had been formally designated terrorist organizations.

The statement also detailed the country’s new, comprehensive anti-terror legislation, warning any Saudi or foreigner residing in Saudi Arabia they could be sentenced to heavy jail terms for joining extremist groups or fighting alongside them.

Many, however, maintain the new laws are a barely disguised effort to quash dissent, pointing to the fact that Friday’s Interior Ministry statement also criminalized atheism, more specifically, any Saudi or resident of Saudi Arabia “propagating atheist ideologies by any means, or questioning the principles of Islamic faith.”

“It’s unfortunate that the statement comingles the (Saudi) government’s ongoing intent to severely limit freedoms of expression and religion with its efforts to counter extremism and terrorism,” said Dwight Bashir, deputy director for policy and research with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“It reinforces longstanding concerns that the Saudis will spare no expense to crush dissent,” Bashir told CNN, “and punish non-conforming views, even if the views are protected by internationally-recognized human rights.”

Bashir called the move to criminalize atheism “very troubling,” adding it was “consistent with the way the Saudis masquerade ‘insults to religious feelings’ as a way of garnering support for other laws that seek to counter religious extremism and name specific entities as terror groups.”

Saudi Arabia, which has jailed several prominent reform activists in the past two years, is consistently singled out and criticized for its human rights record.

In a statement from late February, Adam Coogle, a Saudi researcher for Human Rights Watch, wrote the new anti-terror legislation has “created a veneer of legality for ongoing human rights abuses by Saudi criminal justice authorities.”

“The terrorism law,” added Coogle, “is a vague, catch-all document that can — and probably will — be used to prosecute or jail anyone who criticizes the Saudi government and to violate their due process rights along the way.”

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Free Saudi Arabian human rights activists on hunger strike

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Fowzan al-Harbi (left), Mohammad bin Fahad bin Muflih al-Qahtani (centre) and Abdullah al-Hamid (right), outside the Criminal Court in Riyadh on 1 September 2012Fowzan al-Harbi (left), Mohammad bin Fahad bin Muflih al-Qahtani (centre) and Abdullah al-Hamid (right), outside the Criminal Court in Riyadh on 1 September 2012

© Iman AL Qahtani @ImaQh

Mohammad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid are guilty of nothing more than daring to speak out on Saudi Arabia’s dire human rights record. The reality is that the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia is abysmal and anyone who risks highlighting flaws in the system is branded a criminal and tossed in a jail cell

Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa
Fri, 07/03/2014

Saudi Arabia must immediately and unconditionally release two founders of a local human rights organization who have spent nearly a year behind bars, after being convicted on the basis of their peaceful activism and criticism of the authorities, said Amnesty International.

Mohammad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid were sentenced to 10 and 11 years in jail respectively on 9 March 2013. Both are co-founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), one of the few organizations in the country recording human rights violations and assisting families of detainees held without charge.

“Mohammad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid are guilty of nothing more than daring to speak out on Saudi Arabia’s dire human rights record. The reality is that the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia is abysmal and anyone who risks highlighting flaws in the system is branded a criminal and tossed in a jail cell,” said Said Boumedouha, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“By locking up two prominent human rights activists Saudi Arabia is brazenly flouting its international obligations and has displayed a flagrant disregard for people’s rights to freedom of expression and association.”

Mohammad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid were found guilty of several “offences”, including disobeying the ruler, inciting disorder and setting up an unlicensed organization. Their sentences were upheld by the Court of Appeal in January 2014. In the same trial session the court also ordered the disbanding of ACPRA and confiscation of its property. Even after their release from prison both men will be subject to lengthy travel bans.

Earlier this week the two men began a hunger strike in protest at the deterioration of their prison conditions. Both men have suffered as a result of arbitrary decisions by the prison authorities including confiscation of their books and personal belongings and moving them to prison cells that pose serious dangers to their health. Mohammad al-Qahtani was reportedly placed in solitary confinement since he started his hunger strike.

On 5 March 2014, when their legal representatives tried to visit them in al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh, they were told by the prison authorities that they were not allowed to visit them, raising fears over their safety.

The authorities’ tightening stranglehold on media and social communications has created a climate of intolerance and fear across Saudi Arabia.

Scores of human rights activists have been arrested in recent months with eight of ACPRA’s 13 members detained and the rest facing interrogations and harassment.

“This campaign of persecution against human rights defenders has to end. Saudi Arabia has repeatedly resorted to draconian measures and repressive tactics to crack down on dissent with an iron fist, prosecuting and jailing peaceful activists,” said Said Boumedouha.

“Until rights activists are no longer perceived as a threat to national security, prospects for advances on human rights in Saudi Arabia remain grim.”

It is feared that a new anti-terrorism law introduced last month, featuring an overly vague-definition of terrorism and granting the Ministry of Interior sweeping powers, will speed up the crackdown on peaceful dissent.

“Saudi Arabia must stop abusing the justice system to silence criticism and dissent by imprisoning human rights defenders in the name of defending national security,” said Said Boumedouha.

“The international community must ratchet up pressure on Saudi Arabia’s authorities to release all imprisoned peaceful activists.”

Background

Among other ACPRA members who have been targeted are Mohammed al-Bajadi and Dr Abdulkareem al-Khoder, both are facing re-trials after appeals against their sentences were rejected.

Fowzan al-Harbi, another ACPRA member is facing a number of charges including “inciting disobedience to the ruler by calling for demonstrations” and “describing Saudi Arabia as a police state”. He was detained without explanation after a court session ended in December 2013. His trial is ongoing.

Two other members of ACPRA, Issa al-Hamid (brother of Dr Abdullah al-Hamid) and Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, have been summoned several times for questioning about their peaceful activism. It is feared that both men will soon be tried and imprisoned.

Waleed Abu al-Khair another Saudi Arabian activist had his three month prison sentence upheld by the court of appeal in February 2014. He is expected to start serving his sentence any day.

Fadhel Maki al-Manasif, founding member of the Adala Center for Human Rights, has been detained since October 2011. He is currently on trial before the Specialized Criminal Court on charges also related to his activism.

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Suspend the I$raHell Football Association’s FIFA membership

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Membership of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) should be suspended until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally.

Since 1967, Israel has maintained a brutal military occupation of Palestine, building illegal settlements and a separation wall on stolen land, despite condemnation by the UN and International Court of Justice. Within Israel, over fifty laws discriminate against its Palestinian citizens. When influential sports organizations say nothing in the face of an injustice of such magnitude they are complicit.

Commercial and cultural actions worldwide are increasingly demanding an end to Israel’s repressive policies.

It is now time for sports initiatives to add their voice.

The Israeli occupation specifically impacts on Palestinian football by restricting movement of players within the West Bank, between the West Bank and Gaza, and preventing them from taking part in international competitions. Israel limits imports of vital sporting equipment. Players have been harassed, detained, imprisoned and killed.

There is blatant well-documented racism within Israeli football. Players of Palestinian origin suffer insults from the terraces: Beitar Jerusalem football club is arguably worse than any in Europe with chants of ‘Death to Arabs’ and arson attacks. Any efforts made by the IFA to stop this abuse have been ineffective.

In 2013, footballers like Eric Cantona, Frederic Kanoute and 50 other international players challenged UEFA’s decision to hold the Men’s U-21 tournament in Israel. Eminent human rights activists questioned how an organisation that clearly promotes anti-racism can place a major competition in an openly racist country. Yet UEFA still plans to hold the U-19 Women’s final there in 2015 and may consider Israel as a venue for preliminary matches in Euro 2020.

FIFA has recognized some Israeli abuses and created a Task Force aimed at facilitating the movement of players and equipment. But its success depends on the goodwill of the Israeli Defence Forces.

When FIFA formally suspended the membership of the South African FA between 1964 and 1992, its action contributed to international pressure to end apartheid.

Therefore, the petition asks FIFA to follow this precedent and suspend the Israeli FA. The Israeli government must at some point take notice.

References

http://rcir.org.uk/?page_id=428

http://www.uisp.it/newsletter_remote/mossawa.doc

To:
FIFA
I call on FIFA to suspend membership of the Israeli Football Association until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally.

Chiedo che la FIFA sospenda da suo membro la Federazione Israeliana fino a che Israele non si decida a rispettare i diritti umani dei Palestinesi e…

I call on FIFA to suspend membership of the Israeli Football Association until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally.

Chiedo che la FIFA sospenda da suo membro la Federazione Israeliana fino a che Israele non si decida a rispettare i diritti umani dei Palestinesi e ad osservare le leggi internazionali, consentendo così ai calciatori Palestinesi di giocare e partecipare alle competizioni nazionali e internazionali.

Je demande à la FIFA de suspendre l’adhésion de la FA israélien jusqu’à ce qu’Israël respecte les droits humains des Palestiniens et observe le droit international permettant ainsi aux footballeurs palestiniens de jouer et à la concurrence nationale et internationale de s’appliquer.

Hago un llamamiento a la FIFA que suspenda la afiliación de la Asociación de Fútbol Israelí hasta que Israel respete los derechos humanos de los Palestinos y acate la ley internacional así permitiendo a los futbolistas palestinos a jugar y competir tanto a nivel nacional como internacional.

Sincerely,

 

[Your name]

 

http://www.thenation.com/blog/178642/after-latest-incident-israels-future-fifa-uncertain

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