Join our Israeli Apartheid Week webinars:
- April 6th 2020, 6pm CEST: Palestinian resistance to the Trump-Netanyahu Plan in times of global pandemics with Noura Erakat and Yara Hawari
- April 2nd 2020, 3pm CET: “Security, racism and solidarity in the time of global pandemics” with Rebecca Vilkomerson and Khury Petersen-Smith
- March 19th 2020, 6:30pm CET: Conversations on Apartheid: from South Africa to Palestine. A talk on racism during Israeli Apartheid Week
Worldwide groups in solidarity with Palestine are in the middle of mobilizing and organizing for Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), that will take place in most countries from the 16th until the 21st of March. Israeli Apartheid Week is an internationally coordinated series of events that relies on progressive movements, groups and organizations fighting all forms of racism, racial discrimination, marginalization and oppression and promoting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in the pursuit of Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. This year, IAW is a call out to come together to fight racism and apartheid under the theme #UnitedAgainstRacism.
However, this mobilization is undeniably influenced by the political and social context, both locally and globally. Anti-democratic powers have desperately tried to demonize and silence the movement in solidarity with Palestinian rights threatening advocacy of human rights in its entirety. This year activists are not only faced with oppression and attempts to silence them; the measures put in place to contain the coronavirus are paralyzing communities and restricting freedom of movement and association all over the world. The effects of the virus are beginning to infiltrate almost every aspect of our lives. It’s very clear that in this context it is difficult, if not impossible, for a lot of groups to mobilize, organize and bring people together. We are trying to organise online solutions to keep on spreading awareness on Palestinian rights and the BDS movement. In spite of all of this, IAW will still take place in many cities around the world.
We hope this situation ends soon and regret the tragic loss of lives.
This virus is also revealing the harsh reality of xenophobia and racism. The outbreak of the virus in Wuhan, China, has led to increased prejudice, violence and racism against Chinese people and people of East Asian and Southeast Asian descent. The list of countries where people are being harassed and humiliated based on their perceived origin is disturbingly long. We stand together against this and similar racial stereotyping, regardless of the identity of its perpetrators and its victims.
IAW 2020 calls on all progressive forces to continue building the struggle against Israeli apartheid and racism in all forms. Through online and in person events, wherever possible, we will continue to spread awareness and support the BDS movement.It is more crucial than ever to join forces against all racism and for indivisible justice.
Call out for Israeli Apartheid Week 2020
In March, we will launch Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2020 under the theme, “United against Racism,” advocating for Palestinian rights in the context of global struggles against racial oppression. It is more urgent than ever to join together our struggles for freedom, justice, equality and dignity and to recognize that Israel’s far-right regime is a key partner of authoritarian and even genocidal regimes worldwide, supplying them with deadly military and security technologies.
Israeli apartheid poses a serious threat not just to the indigenous Palestinians but also to oppressed communities worldwide. For example:
- Through Israeli-US exchange programs, Israeli soldiers, police, border agents, are sharing worst practices of racialized and repressive policing with US police, ICE, border patrol and the FBI to criminalize asylum seekers and immigrant communities;
- Israel has been a key supplier of weapons and security systems to genocidal regimes from Rwanda to Myanmar, and its security/espionage technology has played a crucial role in grave human rights violations perpetrated by rogue regimes like the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, among others.
- Israeli “field-tested” military and surveillance doctrines and products, including drones, are used by the US and EU for the creation of militarized borders that prevent entry of refugees and migrants from the Global South fleeing armed conflicts, climate devastation and poverty;
- Israel sells India an average of $1 billion in arms per year, fueling India’s militarization and repression in Kashmir, training Indian police, and serving as a model for the Hindu nationalist government’s increasingly repressive measures targeting its Muslim population and other minorities.
- In Brazil, Israeli weapons and population control technologies fuel more militarization and racist police violence by the fanatic Bolsonaro government against blacks, indigenous communities and residents of the favelas.
Palestinians and progressives worldwide are resisting the Trump-Netanyahu “deal of the century” not only because it is designed to entrench Israeli apartheid and liquidate Palestinian rights. It also embodies a trend of undermining international law and, with it, world peace.
In this context, resisting anti-democratic attempts to silence and demonize advocacy of Palestinian rights, especially in western states, becomes crucial in defending universal civic and democratic rights, including freedom of expression.
From Palestine and other Arab countries, and across wider Asia, Africa, Europe and North and South America, IAW 2020 will take place primarily between 16 March and the The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March. This latter day commemorates the massacre committed in Sharpeville in 1960 by the South African apartheid regime.
IAW activities will raise public awareness and take to the streets to convey the message that what was unacceptable in South Africa under apartheid must not be accepted in Palestine today. Israel’s regime of racial superiority and segregation, settler colonialism, ethnic cleansing and expropriation of the indigenous Palestinian people, underpinned and “legalized” by a system of racist Israeli laws and military orders, is a regime of apartheid as defined in international law.
Governments worldwide and the United Nations have defined apartheid as a crime against humanity that must be suppressed and punished wherever it is perpetrated. Joining the Palestinian civil society-led BDS movement in global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns is a moral duty of citizens, and it is the most effective means for building pressure on governments to eventually impose sanctions on Israeli apartheid similar to those that helped end apartheid in South Africa.
IAW 2020 calls on progressive movements, groups and organizations fighting all forms of racism, racial discrimination, marginalization and oppression to join forces.
Join IAW 2020!
United against Israeli apartheid
United against all forms of racism and racial discrimination
The IAW 2020 Coordinating Committee
February 14, 2020
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