After three years of break,Stop the Wall have decided to launch once again a call for a Global Week of Action.
They have given the week the title “Stop the Bantustans!” because what Israel is doing at the moment is literally locking down the gates for the West Bank ghettos.
The trigger for this decision has really been the impressive rise in home demolitions – 143 Palestinian structures have been demolished only in August. All over the West Bank some 89 communities are under immediate threat of being entirely destroyed. A year ago, Israel has announced the plan of action on how to ethnically cleanse area C from its Palestinian population to the United Nations – just after the massacre in Gaza. Since then, Israeli military and authorities are systematically implementing the plan while the international community ignores the human and political impact and gravity of the situation. Israel has started to build the ‘relocation townships’ for the Palestinian communities to be ethnically cleansed and is targeted key communities one by one to break their resistance. People are struggling on the ground but we need your support to create the necessary global awareness about Israel’s ethnic cleansing plan and its ongoing implementation.
The only good news is that national and international mobilization has been able to save the community of Susiya, in the south Hebron Hills, so far from being destroyed. Solidarity does work!
We hope that our joint efforts during this year’s Week against the Apartheid Wall can contribute to build further solidarity, global awareness and pressure on governments around the world to stop their complicity and connivence with Israel’s apartheid and its criminal policies!
Stop the Wall has created a webpage with information about the Relocation Plan and Palestinian resistance and with indications on how to participate. Please visit: www.StoptheBantustans.org
The Palestine Solidarity Committee (PalSol) Indian Committee for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI) are deeply concerned that FICCI has joined hands with SIBAT, Ministry of Defence, Israel to promote collaboration of the Indian industry with the defence and homeland security companies of Israel. FICCI seems to be willfully ignoring the record of Israeli defence and security industries, which is one of complicity with the brutal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and its violations of international humanitarian law. Israel has used the occupation to develop its surveillance industry, creating concrete walls and barbed wire fences mounted with cameras and sensors, across the West Bank. It has converted Gaza with such fences into the world’s largest open air prison. In Gaza and Lebanon, Israel uses its drone technology for targeted assassinations. It then uses the continued occupation, and the repeated attacks on Gaza, to advertise all over the world, the “capabilities” of its defence and surveillance industries.
By joining hands with the Israeli industry, Indian industry will be also partners with an industry that is participating in targeted killings and brutal oppression of the Palestinian people. The global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has successfully targeted global multinationals such as Veolia, who are actively involved in the occupation in the West Bank, causing them the loss of billions of dollars in contracts. By joining hands with the Israeli companies, Indian companies will also lay themselves to open to calls for such boycotts. Even in its business interest, Indian industry should reconsider joining hands with companies, who have a bloody record of participating in the human rights violations of the occupied Palestinian territories.
Seema Mustafa, Pallab Sengupta, Prabir Purkayastha (Palestine Solidarity Committee)
Sukumar Muralidharan, Githa Hariharan, Pushpamala N (InCACBI)