December 2008: reports have reached us that The Israeli army is
ethnically cleansing large swaths of populated areas in Northern
Gaza, forcing residents Southwards. Some reports mentioned that tens
of thousands of Palestinians have already been forcefully displaced.
The authors of the following appeal are
Israeli citizens and Jews of other
nationalities whose families have been victims of racism and genocide in
past generations, and who feel they cannot remain silent.
This appeal, the first to call
on-line for a boycott against Israel, was posted in April of 2001. Since then, the situation in the
Israeli-occupied territories (OTs) has progressively worsened. On 27 December 2008 Israel has embarked on
its most rabid and violent rampage since the Nakba of 1948 and the 1967 occupation, murdering in cold blood,
within less than a day,
around 300 people, most of whom are innocent civilians. We call on all humanity to put an immediate stop to the war crimes
of this Middle Eastern colonialist aggressor.
In the West Bank, the
Palestinians have been imprisoned in ghettos separated by the Wall
and numerous roadblocks. In
Gaza, The Sharon government executed its "unilateral
separation" plan, which turned the entire area into a huge
prison camp, under daily bombardment by Israel, now lacking in
The Olmert government
started a massive war of destruction in Lebanon. It then used the
international focus on Lebanon to increase the oppression in the OTs.
This time, the war
machine is being run, once again, by a
“dovish Labour” minister.
elections in the OTs resulted in a popularly elected Hamas
government. The democratic result then led to an Israeli-American
move to boycott this government and hamstring it completely, by
collectively punishing the population.
As the Israeli government continues to make life with honour and
impossible for all
Palestinians, reducing their
existence to bare survival
and depopulating more territories,
it is now more important than ever for
opinion to put the pressure of grass-roots boycott on Israel.
We call on all
decent-minded people all around the globe to support our call for a
boycott of Israeli exports and tourism. (17 October
2006, 28 December 2008)
After six months of
relentless military oppression of Palestinians in the
Israeli-occupied territories, the government of Israel has made
daily life even more intolerable for the Palestinians by imposing a
physical siege on their villages and towns. This siege has brought
upon the Palestinians a complete cessation of "normal" life. For the
majority of them there is no going to work, no shopping for food and
other necessities, no medical services, and in many cases no water
In 1948 the state of Israel
dispossessed the Palestinians, evicted hundreds of thousands of them
from their homes into refugee camps and did not allow them to return
when the war ended. The same state is now preventing the victims of
1948 from having even the most basic services in their refugee camps
and remaining villages and towns.
The inhumane oppressor
hopes that starving will help force the Palestinians to surrender,
without having any "negative public opinion problems" that live
ammunition may have had in Western media. Indeed, public opinion in
the West has largely relaxed any protest against the Israeli
government's policies of killing civilians --men, women and
children-- since much of the killing is now being done away from the
TV cameras. Human rights violations by the Palestinian Authority
have also helped Israel to falsely portray itself again as the
We call on the world
community to organize and boycott Israeli industrial and
agricultural exports and goods, as well as leisure tourism, in the
hope that it will have the same positive result that the boycott of
South Africa had on Apartheid.
This boycott should remain
in force as long as Israel controls any part of the territories it
occupied in 1967. Those who squash the legitimate aspirations of the
Palestinians must be made to feel the consequences of their own
We urge every recipient of
this appeal, irrespective of origin and nationality, to:
1. Start practicing the
boycott on a personal level immediately, and make sure that the
steps taken are known in the community (for example: tell your
shopkeeper why you will not buy Israeli products; avoid leisure
travel to Israel).
2. Add your name to the appeal, circulate
it to your friends, and do whatever you can to have it endorsed by
groups concerned about human rights.
3. Organize activities
to put pressure on your government to cut economic and commercial
ties with Israel and to rescind preferential economic treaties with
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A letter by Palestinian intellectuals
Appeal by Palestinian Emergency Committees
Shulamit Aloni: Murder of a population under cover of righteousness
Members of Global Civil Society and Academia
"The damage to the civil population should be maximized"
[The] former head of the National Security Council... spelled it all out on television,
without a shade of shame: Israel should not confine its attacks to military facilities, he said,
but must hit civilian targets as well. The damage to the civil population should be maximized,
because the worse the humanitarian crisis is, the better and the sooner the operation would end.
It's the same major-general, by the way, who just a year ago caused outrage by urging the Israeli
government to negotiate directly with Hamas. Do not to look for consistency, integrity,
or intelligence where war criminals are involved."
(Pacifying Gaza: Ran HaCohen).
Read the article
"These are the names of the glorious military victory we achieved there - Jawaher,
age 4; Dina, age 8; Sahar, age 12; Ikram, age 14; and Tahrir, age 17, all sisters of the
Ba'lousha family, all killed in a 'precise' strike on the mosque":
This is the time to speak of our own satisfaction and enjoyment. Satisfaction from tanks
once again raising and lowering their barrels in preparation for a ground attack,
satisfaction from our leaders' threatening finger-waving at the enemy. That's how we
like our leaders - calling up reservists, sending pilots to bomb our enemies and
manifesting national unity
the police as a condition for
is not a boycott against individuals!
an Israeli, and in particular an Israeli academic, is not ... a
punishable offence; so no one should be penalized merely for being
an Israeli academic."