HOW MANY VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST ROSE FROM THE DEAD WHEN AUSTRIA CONDEMNED BDS?

How many Jewish victims of Austrian Fascism rose from the dead when the Austrian parliament on Thursday February 27th unanimously voted to condemn the BDS movement as ‘antisemitic’ and call that no support to the boycott of illegal Israeli colonies on occupied Palestinian land should be given?

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None.

Just like no Jewish victims of German fascism rose from the dead when Germany’s parliament passed a similar resolution, or when the German government wrote to the Internatuonal Criminal Court that it must give Israel’s regime immunity from prosecution by declaring that Palestine, a member state of the Rome statutes since 2012, is not under its jurisdiction.

unnamed (1)Ash clouds didn’t form around the crematoriums in Auschwitz, pouring down inside them, the doors of the ovens used to burn a million people didn’t open from the inside and resurrected people, dead almost eighty years, didn’t crawl out, restored to life by the human sacrifice of Palestinians by Germany and Austria.

These resolutions bring only more death, Palestinian deaths mainly but also Israeli Jewish ones, and they don’t reduce the German and Austrian guilt one bit. If the German and Austrian politicians think it eases their consciences, then there is something very wrong with them: You don’t atone for the past atrocities committed by your country by aiding ongoing war crimes.

outsideThe Austrian and German parliaments voted to support illegal colonies on land brutally occupied for 53 years, they declared that the occupied people living under Apartheid rule are ‘antisemitic” for calling for the boycott of their oppressors, and those companies, Israeli and international, which profit from their oppression and suffering.

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Hitler in 1938 with the Austrian chancellor Arthur Seyss-Inquart, executed for war crimes in 1946.

To pretend that occupied Palestinians are ‘antisemitic’ for calling for the boycott of those who profit from their suffering is as disgraceful as the myth that Austria was ‘the first victim of Nazism’. Austria, after all, became a fascist dictatorship before Germany, was allied to the Fascist dictatorship of Mussolini before he and Hitler joined forces, and the ruling Austrian Fascists allowed the Austrian Nazis to the Austrian government years before the Anschluss.

Fascist Austria was not a victim of the Nazis. Adolf Hitler was an Austrian himself. Anschluss in 1938 was not a real invasion, but a fusion of two Fascist states: There was no Austrian armed resistance at any point to the Nazi rule. Just like there is no Austrian support for Palestinian liberation now.

Palestinians are not antisemites for calling for the boycott of their occupiers and oppressors. To compare boycott of companies profiteering from war crimes to attacks on Jewish shops during the Kristallnacht is a monstrous act against the occupied Palestinians and the memory of the Jewish victims of the Nazi rule.

It’s not the role of Palestinians to be sacrifical lambs so that ER3jmUcXUAE1TIQEuropean politicians and parties – in Austria and Germany most of the latter including as founders former Nazis – can massage their bad consciences by helping to spill Palestinian blood, and denouncing them for not accepting to be oppressed slaves of an Apartheid state forever.

FEATURED PHOTO: Austria’s hard-right Conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz, set to talk in the Israeli Lobby organization AIPAC’s meeting – boycotted by several major Democratic presidential candidates – with Israel’s prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu, charged with corruption by Israeli judicial authorities.

UN PUBLISHES LIST OF COMPANIES PROFITEERING FROM ILLEGAL ISRAELI COLONIES

A major positive development for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign took place on Wednesday February 12th:BDS_Logo
 
The long-awaited list of companies profiteering from illegal Israeli colonies in Palestine’s occupied East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, West Bank and Syria’s Golan Heights was finally published by the United Nations Human Rights Office.
 
We publish the names of all the 112 companies at the end of this article. The list includes 94 Israeli, 6 US, 4 Dutch, 3 British, 3 French, 1 Luxemburgian and 1 Thai companies.
 
THE PUBLICATION
 
israel-settlementPublication of the list, created based on the Human Rights Council resolution 31/36 which was adopted on 24 March 2016, had been pushed pack several times under pressure from the United States and Israel.
 
Behind the publication now is likely the January release of the “Deal of the Century” plan by the US president Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, which calls for the Israeli annexation of all the illegal colonies and creating of a Palestinian bantustan consisting of an archipelago of disconnected pieces of land under Israeli control.
 
The release was still done with little publicity and appears to be incomplete, as it lists only 112 companies. The list under current High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s predecessor Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein had 321 companies, with 206 others then said to be under consideration for inclusion in 2018.
 
Former Chilean president Bachelet herself made a weak comment that the report “does not provide a legal characterization of the activities in question, or of business enterprises’ involvement in them.”
 
Palestine’s prime minister Muhammad Shtayyeh welcomed the release of the list, declaring that the State of Palestine would
 
“…pursue the companies listed in the report legally through international legal institutions and through the courts in their countries for their role in violating human rights, and we will demand compensation for illegally using our occupied lands and for engaging in economic activity in our lands without submitting to Palestinian laws and paying taxes.”
 
THE COMPANIES IN THE LIST ACCORDING TO A COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
 
British companies:
 
Greenkote P.L.C.
JC Bamford Excavators Ltd.
Opodo Ltd.
 
French companies:
 
Alstom S.A.
Egis S.A.
Egis Rail
 
Dutch companies:
 
Altice Europe N.V.
Booking.com B.V.
Kardan N.V.
Tahal Group International B.V.
 
Israeli companies:
 
Afikim Public Transportation Ltd.
Alon Blue Square Israel Ltd.
American Israeli Gas Corporation Ltd.
Amir Marketing and Investments in Agriculture Ltd.
Amnon Mesilot Ltd.
Amos Hadar Properties and Investments Ltd.
Angel Bakeries
Archivists Ltd.
Ariel Properties Group
Ashtrom Group Ltd.
Ashtrom Industries Ltd.
Ashtrom Properties Ltd.
Avgol Industries 1953 Ltd.
Bank Hapoalim B.M.
Bank Leumi Le-Israel B.M.
Bank of Jerusalem Ltd.
Beit Haarchiv Ltd.
Bezeq, the Israel Telecommunication
Corp Ltd.
C Mer Industries Ltd.
Café Café Israel Ltd.
Caliber 3
Cellcom Israel Ltd.
Cherriessa Ltd.
Chish Nofei Israel Ltd.
Citadis Israel Ltd.
Comasco Ltd.
Darban Investments Ltd.
Delek Group Ltd.
Delta Israel
Dor Alon Energy in Israel 1988 Ltd.
Egged, Israel Transportation Cooperative Society Ltd.
Energix Renewable Energies Ltd.
EPR Systems Ltd.
Extal Ltd.
Expedia Group Inc.
Field Produce Ltd.
Field Produce Marketing Ltd.
First International Bank of Israel Ltd.
Galshan Shvakim Ltd.
General Mills Israel Ltd.
Hadiklaim Israel Date Growers Cooperative Ltd.
Hot Mobile Ltd.
Hot Telecommunications Systems Ltd.
Industrial Buildings Corporation Ltd.
Israel Discount Bank Ltd.
Israel Railways Corporation Ltd.
Italek Ltd.
Jerusalem Economy Ltd.
Kavim Public Transportation Ltd.
Lipski Installation and Sanitation Ltd.
Matrix IT Ltd.
Mayer Davidov Garages Ltd.
Mekorot Water Company Ltd.
Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd.
Merkavim Transportation Technologies Ltd.
Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd.
Modi’in Ezrachi Group Ltd.
Mordechai Aviv Taasiot Beniyah 1973 Ltd.
Motorola Solutions Israel Ltd.
Municipal Bank Ltd.
Naaman Group Ltd.
Nof Yam Security Ltd.
Ofertex Industries 1997 Ltd.
Bank Otsar Ha-Hayal Ltd.
Partner Communications Company Ltd.
Paz Oil Company Ltd.
Pelegas Ltd.
Pelephone Communications Ltd.
Proffimat S.R. Ltd.
Rami Levy Chain Stores Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd.
Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing Communication Ltd.
Re/Max Israel
Shalgal Food Ltd.
Shapir Engineering and Industry Ltd.
Shufersal Ltd.
Sonol Israel Ltd.
Superbus Ltd.
Supergum Industries 1969 Ltd.
Twitoplast Ltd.
Unikowsky Maoz Ltd.
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Zakai Agricultural Know-how and inputs Ltd.
ZF Development and Construction
ZMH Hammermand Ltd.
Zorganika Ltd.
Zriha Hlavin Industries Ltd.
Brand Industries Ltd.
Delta Galil Industries Ltd.
Electra Ltd.
Export Investment Company Ltd.
Hadar Group
Hamat Group Ltd.
Mayer’s Cars and Trucks Co. Ltd.
Natoon Group
Villar International Ltd.
 
Luxemburgian company:
 
eDreams ODIGEO S.A.
 
Thai company:
 
Indorama Ventures P.C.L.
 
US companies:
 
Airbnb Inc.
Booking Holdings Inc.
Expedia Group Inc.
General Mills Inc.
Motorola Solutions Inc.
TripAdvisor Inc.
 
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FEATURED PHOTO: Bernat Armangue / AP
 
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GERMANY EMBRACES ONE STATE APARTHEID

Germany’s federal parliament, the Bundestag, has given its approval to continuation of Israeli occupation and Israeli regime’s attack on the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment, Sanctions) by condemning it and trying to dishonestly connect it to the German crimes against Jews during the Nazi regime and rising antisemitism in Germany.
 
Taking place during an unprecented attack on the two state solution by Israel and the United States, this in effect signals German abandonment of two state solution and refusal to accept a one democratic state – instead German Bundestag through its condemnation of BDS embraces one state Apartheid.
 
According to the non-binding Bundestag resolution, boycotting companies supporting and profiting from Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank is “reminiscent of the most terrible chapter in Germany history” (the Holocaust” and ‘triggered memories of the Nazis’ slogan “Don’t buy from Jews”’ – German sins are projected to occupied Palestinians and their supporters, who are painted as modern Nazis by the German parties which have been selling arms to Israeli occupation forces.
 
Meanwhile international companies profiting from the occupation, many of them having no connection whatsoever with Jews, are protected by the resolution. The fact that German financial institutions and businesses have connections to occupation profiteering is something the Bundestag passed by in silence.
 
The parties which brough the resolution to the Bundestag – Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Social Democrats, centre-right FDP and the Greens – have all taken part in German governments which have sold military equipment for Israeli occupation forces. (In the case of military submarines built by Thyssen-Krupp with the help of bribes paid to Israeli officials. Both Thyssen and Krupp corporations financed Nazis and eleven members of Krupp management were sentenced to prison for war crimes after World War II.)
 
The idea that the parties’ leadership or ranks in Reichstag wouldn’t know what the actual goals and methods of BDS movement are doesn’t hold closer scrutiny – and same goes for the consequences of this resolution: It emboldens Israel’s regime, encourages other European Union states to increase their support for one state Apartheid rule and leads to Palestinian deaths. This is all deliberate.
 
This is a monstrous attack on vulnerable, occupied and exiled nation by the elected representatives of a state which doesn’t seem collectively to have learned nothing since 1945 – the Reichstag and its parties (only left-wing Der Linke had muted opposition to the resolution) still divide people in Übermensch and Üntermensch, believing that moving Jews from the latter to the former is the only change in German mentality needed since the Holocaust was revealed to the world.
 
Palestinian lives are essentially treated as worthless and violent oppression by Israel as justified by Germany’s political elite, and any opposition to that violent oppression is seen as unjustified because Übermensch can do whatever they want to Üntermensch. Only the identity of the Üntermensch has changed in this German vision.
 
90 % of hate crimes against Jews in Germany are done by the Far-Right, which most certainly don’t support or care about Palestinian liberation, yet German Jews concerns about rising antisemitism in Germany were used to ‘justify’ condemning non-violent resistance to a violent occupation, Apartheid segregation and disposession; resistance which has no connection to rising Far-Right in Germany, which the same Reichstag parties refuse to confront with strong action – instead the Far-Right in the form of Alternative für Deutschland took part in the condemnation of BDS movement and went furthest, proposing that it should be banned.
 
As German Jews do face increase in hate crimes, support for Israeli occupation and opposition to peaceful means to end it unites the ‘moderates’ and the Far-Right that drives the increase in the hate crimes. The result is suffering for Palestinians and increased threats to Jews in Germany from the Far-Right.
 
What has taken place in the Bundestag is a deeply offensive display of hypocrisy and scapegoating, but continues the long line of alliance with Germany with Israel’s regime where Germany supports killing of Palestinians and theft of their lands under the idea that through shedding of Palestinian blood and land the Germans somehow atone for the crimes against Jews done by the Nazis.
 
It is very convenient arrangement and long-running agreement between Germany and Israel. The alliance written with Palestinian blood has brought profits for German companies which once used slave labour during the Nazi rule and safety for generations of German far-right while Israel has been able to trust in German support for the occupation no matter what it does. No surviving German Nazi or a modern Neo-Nazi or other member of the far-right has ever had to fear Israel’s vaunted Mossad.
 
PHOTO: Odd Andersen / AFP / Getty Images / JTA January 6th 2017.
 
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#BDS #BoycottIsrael #Bundestag

IRISH PARLIAMENT VOTES IN SUPPORT OF BILL TO BAN ILLEGAL ISRAELI COLONY PRODUCTS

Ireland’s Daíl, the lower house of the parliament, has today Thursday January 24th voted in support of the bill to ban import and sale of products from illegal Israeli colonies.
 
Last summer the upper house of the Irish parliament, the Seanad, voted 25-20 in support of the bill whose driving force has been independent senator Frances Black.
 
The 78-45 vote, with three abstentions, doesn’t make the bill yet a law, but advances it to further parliamentary debate and with the support it was today shown to have, makes eventual passing into a law largely a certainty.
 
The bill proposes a punishment of up to 5 years in prison and up to 250 000 in fines to those who would break the law.
 
Senator Black commented the result in a tweet:
 
Amazing! First the Seanad, now the Dáil: an overwhelming majority have voted for the Occupied Territories Bill 2018 and a ban on illegal #SettlementGoods! Ireland will always stand for international law + human rights, & we’re one step closer to making history. Onwards
 
The Fine Gael -led government opposes the bill and votes against the bill mostly came from the ranks of government member of the Daíl. Three ministers from the minority government party Alliance abstained.
 
Foreign minister Simon Covenay claimed that the banning of products from illegal Israeli colonies was not ‘legally implementable’ and instead should be left to decided by the European Union – whose current leadership opposes the boycott of illegal Israeli colony products.
 
If the bill comes a law, Ireland would become the first European Union member county to criminalize profiteering from illegal Israeli colony products, resulting in a major victory for the BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment, Sactions) movement led by the Palestinian civil society.
 
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NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY TO SUPPORTER OF BDS

One of the three winners of the Nobel Prize for a Chemistry in 2018 is a long-time supporter of the people of occupied Palestine and the BDS movement. This year’s winners were announced on Wednesday October 3rd.

Emeritus professor George P. Smith(b. 1941) from the University of Missouri in the United States shares the prize with Frances Arnold and Gregory Winter. Together with Winter he a came up with a new technique, the ‘phage display’, to create new proteins for medical uses. Smith first described this technique in a study he published in 1985.

In it bacteriophages viruses are used to generate new antibodies, proteins which the human immune system uses to neutralise dangerous viruses an bacteria.

Since 2002 antibodies created through the phage display technique have been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, psoriasis and various inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

Smith has been targeted by the notorious anti- free speech site Canary Mission and in 2015 pressure from the Israeli Lobby led to the cancelling of ‘Perspective of Zionism’ course he intended to teach. He is a member of groups Mid-Missourians for Justice in Palestine and the Missouri Right to Boycott coalition.

He has defended the Boycott Israel Movement by saying that:

Palestinian civil society’s call for the global community of conscience to ostracize Israeli businesses and institutions until Israel repudiates Dayan’s abhorrent syllogism and the Palestinian people, and achieve full equality with Jews in their shared homeland.

Palestinian Birzeit University’s Dean, professor Samia Botmeh thanked George P. Smith after his win had been announced:

Congratulations to Professor George P. Smith for winning the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His principled commitments are evident in both his scientific work to protect human life and his support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.

Professor Smith has consistently spoken out against Israel’s egregious violations of Palestinian human rights, and taken the extremely important step of calling on his government in the United States to end arms sales to the Israeli military. His call to end military aid to Israel is not only deeply principled, but a critical and effective form of solidarity that we hope to see multiplied. The US government should be investing in human needs, including health, education and dignified jobs, rather than giving Israel $3.8 billion in military aid a year to repress and destroy Palestinian life.

Thank you Professor Smith for your inspiring solidarity.

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Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner is Supporter of BDS, Palestine

Nobel Prize Winner Supports BDS Movement For Palestinian Rights, Ending Military Aid to Israel

Protein research takes Chemistry Nobel

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PHOTO: The Columbian Missourian

Under BDS pressure, Israel to host Eurovision in Tel Aviv not Jerusalem but the Boycott continues

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Due to pressure from the international community and fear from of boycotts the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv and not in Jerusalem.
Jon Ola Sand, EBU’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, said in a statement that Tel Aviv was chosen to host the song contest, because of its “creative and compelling bid”.

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality praised EBU’s announcement. “The city is pleased to officially announce that the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv. The city is Israel’s financial and cultural centre, an international hub of art and creativity, of commerce and trade, of media and academia.”

The municipality added that “according to data gathered from previous host cities, around 20,000 tourists are expected to visit Tel Aviv, which will gain an estimated of 100 million shekels ($28,033,900) in direct revenues.”

Palestinian official says holding Eurovision contest in Israel an attempt to whitewash occupation

RAMALLAH, September 17, 2018 (WAFA) – Minister of Culture Ehab Bseiso warned on Monday against using cultural events to whitewash the Israeli occupation and its violations against the Palestinian people.

Bseiso was referring to holding the Eurovision contest in Israel in 2019, which he warned that if held in Israel, it would be a crime against the Palestinian people and culture.

“We call on all cultural promoters in Europe and elsewhere to make culture a tool for justice and not a tool for oppression,” he said in a press conference in Ramallah.

“We look for Eurovision as a contest to promote culture and art,” he said. “Therefore, any act by Eurovision that does not agree with international law is going to serve the occupation and its goals,”

Bseiso praised the European artists who signed a petition calling on Eurovision not to hold its event in Israel.

“This document by European artists is proof that Palestine is not alone,” he said.

“We do not want events that present only half the scene and hide the other half,” he said. “They should present the whole scene, especially the Palestinian part.”

#BoycottEurovision2019
#DontEurowashApartheid

Sources:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180914-under-bds-pressure-israel-to-host-eurovision-in-tel-aviv-not-jerusalem/

http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=oGzxW5a101061892305aoGzxW5

10-YEAR-OLD CHILD AND A FEMALE PARAMEDIC CRITICALLY WOUNDED IN BESIEGED GAZA BY ISRAEL

At least 240 people have been injured and 82 hospitalized today Friday August 31st in the besieged Gaza Strip as Israel’s occupation forces attacked the Great Return March demonstration on 23rd consecutive Friday.

At least 69 people were shot and wounded with live ammunition by Israeli occupation soldiers and the condition of two people are said to be critical. They are 20-year-old paramedic Shorouq Abu Masameh, who was shot abdomen or chest, and an unidentified 10-year-old boy who was shot in chest.

PHOTOS & INFO: @felesteenonline, @QudsN, @PalInfo, @plespost, @SafaPs, @ShehabAgency.

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BDS VICTORY: LANA DEL REY WITHDRAWS FROM ISRAELI FESTIVAL

Artist Lana Del Rey has ‘postponed’ – effectively cancelled – her appearance in the Meteor Festival in Israel after a strong BDS campaign, during which thousands of people have asked her not to take part in the current circumstances.

This is a major defeat for Israel’s anti-boycott efforts and shows that the voice of the many individual people working for good can be more powerful in persuading artists than the propaganda of a state-led campaign.

Lana Del Rey says that she wants to treat her fans in Israel and Palestine equally – we hope and believe that many other artists will follow her!

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OPEN LETTER TO CHILEAN MAYOR JOAQUÍN LAVÍN ASKS FOR CANCELLATION OF JERUSALEM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT

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In a letter sent to the mayor of the municipality of Las Condes, Joaquin Lavin, various organizations demand
the suspension of the presentation of the Symphony Orchestra of Jerusalem to be held at the Municipal Theater of that commune on August 27th. They call for “not normalizing Israeli apartheid.”

In the communication they warn him that the performance of this orchestra “responds to a strategy of image whitewashing financed by the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, which seeks to divert public attention from the crimes against humanity that are committed daily, and to normalize this way the relations that this State maintains with the International Community, favoring its total and absolute impunity, this is the true role that its presentation plays.”

Next, the complete communication:

Santiago, August 22, 2018
Mr. JOAQUÍN LAVIN INFANTE
Mayor
Commune of Las Condes

Dear mayor,

Along with greeting, we would like to express our deep concern and rejection of the performance of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at the Las Condes Theater, scheduled for Monday, August 27.

As is public knowledge, Palestine lives under a regime of Apartheid and illegal military occupation, the longest of modern times, in which all the basic human rights of the Palestinian population are violated: destruction of Palestinian homes and neighborhoods to make way to the construction of colonial settlements; a wall 8 meters high and more than 700 kilometers long, that cuts and strips the natural resources for the life of the Palestinian towns; checkpoints, which impede freedom of movement; 6,000 Palestinian prisoners kidnapped in Israeli prisons, including about 300 children, 7 deputies and dozens of artists and journalists; continuous massacres and killings of civilians; among other crimes against humanity, which maintain the humanitarian crisis of the Palestinian people.

These practices are not new, but are part of an ongoing ethnic cleansing plan, which has been in place since 1948, the year in which Israel invades the historic territory of Palestine, displacing 70% of its population, who today are 6 million and counting of refugees recognized by the United Nations, the largest displaced population in the world. Since then, colonization has not stopped: Israel maintains a recognized and flagrant violation of International Humanitarian Law, as a result of the recognition by the International Community of an institution in defense of human rights, due to the tragic events that occurred in Europe during the twentieth century.

On the contrary, today, at 70 years, Israel has intensified its repressive policies; pressured countries to move their Embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in defiance of United Nations resolutions; added to the recent enactment of the Israeli law declaring itself as a “Nation State of the Jewish People”, thus institutionalizing the Apartheid regime, recognizing that Jerusalem is its “unique and indivisible capital” and as a “national value” advancing with the Jewish settlements; all acts constituting war crimes according to the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Therefore, Mr. Mayor, it is not casual or peaceful the visit of the “Symphony Orchestra of Jerusalem”, just weeks after the approval of the aforementioned Israeli law, and in the year in which the entire world condemns the arbitrary decision of Donald Trump , which aims to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, a fact rejected 38 years ago by the Law and the International Community through resolution 478 of the Security Council of the United Nations.

All of the above has been recognized in various United Nations resolutions 70 years ago; thus, as summarized in UN Security Council resolution 2334, dated December 23, 2016, what Israel is seeking is “to alter the demographic composition, character and status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, among other things, the construction and expansion of settlements, the transfer of Israeli settlers, the confiscation of land, the demolition of houses and the displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions. ” In that resolution, which Chile voted favorably on, it is called to “immediately and completely end all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to fully respect all its legal obligations in that regard”.

In this context, we must warn you that the performance of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra responds to a strategy of image whitewashing financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State in question, which seeks to divert public attention from the crimes against humanity that are committed daily, and normalize the relations that this State maintains with the International Community, favoring its total and absolute impunity. This is the true role that its presentation plays.

With the presentation, it is intended, through culture, to install and make Israel look like a normal participant in the diplomatic, cultural and commercial world, without asserting responsibility for their crimes.

Furthermore, on the level of culture, Israel has leveled, destroyed and bombed Palestinian exhibition centers, theaters and cultural centers, as well as forbidding and repressing Palestinian art and culture. As an example, in 2009 Israel closed the Palestinian National Theater in Jerusalem, and its acts had to be transferred to the French Cultural Center; Just last week, Israel bombed the Said Al-Meshal Cultural Center in Gaza, leaving it completely in ruins, in a clear attempt against the Palestinian cultural and historical legacy.

Mr. Mayor, for all the above, echoing the voices that – like Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize – call not to normalize Israeli apartheid, and also knowing the twinning signed in October of 2017 with the Palestinian city of Bethlehem , we call for canceling the performance of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, thus not contributing to impunity or the washing of the image of apartheid and the illegal Israeli occupation.

  1. Comunidad Palestina de Chile
  2. Unión General de Estudiantes Palestinos (UGEP – Chile)
  3. Centro Árabe de Valdivia
  4. Juventud Árabe por Palestina de Valdivia
  5. Unión Árabe por Palestina de Temuco
  6. Centro Árabe de Temuco
  7. Centro Árabe de Concepción
  8. Centro Árabe Palestino de Los Ángeles
  9. Club Unión Árabe de Valparaíso y Viña del Mar
  10. Conjunto Folclórico Chileno-Árabe Quwat Al Janoub
  11. BDS – Chile
  12. BDS desde el Sur
  13. Coordinadora Ciudadana NO Alto Maipo
  14. Comisión Chilena Pro-Derechos Juveniles (CODEJU)
  15. La Savia
  16. Comité de Defensa del Borde Costero de Ancud
  17. Red Sindical de Atacama
  18. Movimiento de Defensa del Agua, la Tierra y el Medio Ambiente (MODATIMA – Chile)
  19. Observadores de Derechos Humanos Sutra Chile
  20. Agua y Soberanía
  21. Secretaria de Derechos Humanos, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Chile
  22. Rodrigo Rivera, presidente de la Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad Diego Portales
  23. Cesar Luna, coordinador para Latinoamérica del Consejo Internacional de Trabajadores Portuarios
  24. Corporación de Desarrollo Catrico

 

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“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. … If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

– Frederick Douglass, An address on West India Emancipation (August 3, 1857)