Worldwide Activism, Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, 31 October 2007
Solidarity activists in Paris, France, demonstrated on Saturday 27 October against a large public exhibit erected by the Mayor of Paris which proclaims Parisians’ ‘support’ for the Israeli Occupation forces.
The exhibit in Parc de Bercy in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris, shows three smiling Israeli members of the Occupation forces, dressed in civilian clothing, along with a message stating Paris’s support. They were taken prisoner of war in the course of Israeli raids on southern Lebanon and the Gaza strip, part of the ongoing Israeli assault those areas.
A spokesperson told the assembled demonstrators:
“These men are soldiers, soldiers of an occupying army, the Israeli army, taken prisoner while they occupied territories other than their own, in their case Gaza and the Lebanon. They are men from an army which commits war-crimes, bombs civilians and which does not hesitate to fire upon defenceless people.
“We therefore make an official protest against this lying statement: NO! Paris does not support and does not wish to support this occupying army which does everything to spread chaos and death in a whole region of the world: in Palestine, in Lebanon, in Iraq and wishes now to attack the people of Iran.”
15 November 2007 | Visit Stop the Wall for more information
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation urges you to take action to protest U.S. support for Israel’s illegal Apartheid Wall.
In July 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion ruling that Israel’s Apartheid Wall is illegal, must be dismantled, and compensation paid to those adversely affected by it. The ICJ also ruled that all signatories to the 4th Geneva Convention must not “recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall” nor “render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction.”
Despite this ICJ ruling, in May 2005, President Bush signed into law a supplemental spending bill for the war in Iraq, which included $50 million “for assistance for Israel to help ease the movement of Palestinian people and goods in and out of Israel.” Israel then used this money to build high-tech “terminals” into the Apartheid Wall, thereby placing the United States in direct violation of the ICJ ruling.
In addition, in August 2007, the United States and Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase U.S. military aid to Israel to $30 billion over the next decade. This military aid helps Israel to maintain its illegal Apartheid Wall and military occupation, again in violation of the ICJ ruling.
1. Contact your Members of Congress. To send a letter to your Members of Congress protesting the $30 billion MOU in military aid to Israel, click here. To meet with your members of Congress during the November recess click here.
2. Write a letter to the editor. To look up contact information for your local media, click here.
3. Download and distribute maps and fact sheets from the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.
4. Start a campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). To get resources and ideas on how to start a BDS campaign, click here.
5. Organize a teach-in or protest. To view a list of global events for the 5th Annual International Week against the Apartheid Wall and to add your event, click here.
6. Join MECA for a 12-day guided tour of Palestine/Israel to see the impact of the Wall with your own eyes. For information and an application click here.
Make a contribution to MECA today! You can send food and medicine to Palesintinian and Iraqi children, and support programs that give them a chance to learn, grow, and envision a better future.