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January 7, 2010
January 7, 2010: It's all up to US to lead 'leaders' in the way of CONSCIENCE and JUSTICE

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 End Israeli Apartheid

Cairo Declaration 

January 1, 2010  

 

We, international delegates meeting in Cairo during the Gaza Freedom March 2009 in collective response to an initiative from the South African delegation, state:

In view of:

o     Israel's ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians through the illegal occupation and siege of Gaza;

o     the illegal occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the continued construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall and settlements; 

o     the new Wall under construction by Egypt and the US which will tighten even further the siege of Gaza;

o     the contempt for Palestinian democracy shown by Israel, the US, Canada, the EU and others after the Palestinian elections of 2006;

o     the war crimes committed by Israel during the invasion of Gaza one year ago;

o     the continuing discrimination and repression faced by Palestinians within Israel;

o     and the continuing exile of millions of Palestinian refugees;

o     all of which oppressive acts are based ultimately on the Zionist ideology which underpins Israel;

o     in the knowledge that our own governments have given Israel direct economic, financial, military and diplomatic support and allowed it to behave with impunity;

o     and mindful of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (2007)

We reaffirm our commitment to:

Palestinian Self-Determination

Ending the Occupation

Equal Rights for All within historic Palestine

The full Right of Return for Palestinian refugees

 

We therefore reaffirm our commitment to the United Palestinian call of July 2005 for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to compel Israel to comply with international law.

To that end, we call for and wish to help initiate a global mass, democratic anti-apartheid movement to work in full consultation with Palestinian civil society to implement the Palestinian call for BDS.

Mindful of the many strong similarities between apartheid Israel and the former apartheid regime in South Africa, we propose:

1)     An international speaking tour in the first 6 months of 2010 by Palestinian and South African trade unionists and civil society activists, to be joined by trade unionists and activists committed to this programme within the countries toured, to take mass education on BDS directly to the trade union membership and wider public internationally;

2)     Participation in the Israeli Apartheid Week in March 2010;

3)     A systematic unified approach to the boycott of Israeli products, involving consumers, workers and their unions in the retail, warehousing, and transportation sectors;

4)     Developing the Academic, Cultural and Sports boycott;

5)     Campaigns to encourage divestment of trade union and other pension funds from companies directly implicated in the Occupation and/or the Israeli military industries;

6)     Legal actions targeting the external recruitment of soldiers to serve in the Israeli military, and the prosecution of Israeli government war criminals; coordination of Citizen's Arrest Bureaux to identify, campaign and seek to prosecute Israeli war criminals; support for the Goldstone Report and the implementation of its recommendations;

7)     Campaigns against charitable status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

We appeal to organisations and individuals committed to this declaration to sign it and work with us to make it a reality.

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In 1985 Bono joined forces with a group of artists concerned about Apartheid in South Africa. Inspired by his meetings with several of them, he wrote "Silver and Gold"


Yep, silver and gold.
This song was written in a hotel room in New York City.
'Round about the time a friend or ours, little Steven,
was putting together a record of artists against apartheid.
This is a song written about a man in a shanty town outside of Johannesburg.
A man who's sick of looking down the barrel of white South Africa.
A man who is at the point where he is ready to take up arms against his oppressor.
A man who has lost faith in the peacemakers of the west while
they argue and while they fail to support a man like bishop Tutu
and his request for economic sanctions against South Africa.
Am I buggin' you?


If only Bono would bug US NOW and be a part of Civil Society who will break this monster's back:

Apartheid in the 'Holy' Land, which is in pieces: Bantustans!

Even though in 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that The Wall is a violation of International Law because it cuts through the West Bank appropriating Palestinian land and destroying Palestinian villages and economy to make way for Israeli apartheid colonies, they have been spun as 'neighborhoods' by the USA government and limp media.

In a recent UN report, Haaretz columnist Danny Rubinstein admitted that "Israel today was an apartheid State with four different Palestinian groups: those in Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israeli Palestinians, each of which had a different status...even if the wall followed strictly the line of the pre-1967 border, it would still not be justified. The two peoples needed cooperation rather than walls because they must be neighbors." [1]


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From Maurine Tobin and SABEEL



THE HISTORICAL PALESTINE KAIROS DOCUMENT HAS GARNERED UNIVERSAL SUPPORT FROM THE PALESTINIAN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY AND NOW SEEKS INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT.  PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME BY:
 
1.  Clicking the link below or going to www.kairospalestine.ps.
2.  On the Home Page (A Moment of Truth), click "Endorsement"
3.  Scroll to bottom and click "Supporters"
4.  Scroll to bottom and click "If you are not a Palestinian Christian and would like to become a supporter of the "Moment of Truth" document, please click here.
5.  SIGN!
 
Below is a summary of this very significant document.  The full text is available at www.kairospalestine.ps, along with a letter from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem and a letter from Archbishop Tutu.


 

World Council of Churches - News Release
Contact: +41 22 791 6153 +41 79 507 6363 media@wcc-coe. org


For immediate release - 11/12/2009 16:12:00

A PALESTINIAN CHRISTIAN CALL TO END THE OCCUPATION


A group of Palestinian Christians representing a variety of churches and church-related organizations have issued an animated and prayerful call for an end to occupation of Palestine by Israel.

The call, issued at a 11 December meeting in Bethlehem, comes at a time when many Palestinians believe they have reached a dead end. It raises questions to the international community, political leaders in the region, and the churches worldwide about their contribution to the Palestinian people's pursuit of freedom. Even in the midst of "our catastrophe" the call is described as a word of faith, hope and love.

Referred to as "The Kairos Palestine Document" the call echoes a similar summons issued by South African churches in the mid-1980s at the height of repression under the apartheid regime. That call served to galvanize churches and the wider public in a concerted effort that eventually brought the end of apartheid. 

The authors of the Kairos Palestine Document, among them Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Lutheran Bishop of Jerusalem Munib Younan, and Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, have raised the challenge of the urgency for peace with justice to religious and political leaders in Palestinian and the Israeli society, international community, and to "our Christian brothers and sisters in the churches" around the world. They believe that current efforts in the Middle East are confined to managing the crisis rather than finding pertinent and long term solutions to the crisis. 

Decrying empty promises

Expressing their pain, the signatories of the call decry the emptiness of the promises and pronouncements about peace in the region. They remind the world about the separation wall erected on Palestinian territory, the blockade of Gaza, how Israeli settlements ravage their land, the humiliation at military checkpoints, the restrictions of religious liberty and controlled access to holy places, the plight of refugees awaiting their right of return, prisoners languishing in Israeli prisons and Israel's blatant disregard of international law, as well as the paralysis of the international community in the face of this tragedy. 

Rejecting Israeli justifications for their actions as being in self-defence, they unambiguously state that if there were no occupation, "there would be no resistance, no fear and no insecurity."

They argue: "God created us not to engage in strife and conflict but together build up the land in love and mutual respect. Our land has a universal mission, and the promise of the land has never been a political programme, but rather the prelude to complete universal salvation. Our connectedness to this land is a natural right. It is not an ideological or a theological question only." They reject any use of the Bible to legitimize or support political options and positions that are based upon injustice. 

Declaring the occupation of Palestinian land as a sin against God and humanity, they steadfastly adhere to the signs of hope such as "local centres of theology" and "numerous meetings for inter-religious dialogue", recognizing that these signs provide hope to the resistance of the occupation. Through the logic of peaceful resistance, resistance is as much a right as it is a duty as it has the potential to hasten the time of reconciliation. 

Asserting that this is a moment demanding repentance for past actions, either for using hatred as an instrument of resistance or the willingness to be indifferent and absorbed by faulty theological positions, the group calls on the international community and Palestinians for steadfastness in this time of trial. "Come and see [so we can make known to you] the truth of our reality", they appeal. 

Poignantly, they conclude, "in the absence of all hope, we cry out our cry of hope. We believe in God, good and just. We believe that God's goodness will finally triumph over the evil of hate and of death that still persist in our land. We will see here 'a new land' and 'a new human being', capable of rising up in the spirit to love each one of his or her brothers and sisters."

The authors are:

 Patriarch Michel Sabbah 
• Bishop Dr Munib Younan 
• Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna 
• Rev. Dr Jamal Khader 
• Rev. Dr Rafiq Khoury 
• Rev. Dr Mitri Raheb       
• Rev. Dr Naim Ateek       
• Rev. Dr Yohana Katanacho 
• Rev. Fr Fadi Diab
• Dr Jiries Khoury 
• Ms Sider Daibes 
• Ms Nora Kort 
• Ms Lucy Thaljieh 
• Mr Nidal Abu Zulof 
• Mr Yusef Daher
• Mr Rifat Kassis - coordinator of the initiative

Media contact in Jerusalem: Ranjan Solomon         +972-54-733- 7857

http://www.kairospalestine.ps/ 


Full text of the Kairos Palestine Document:

                                 In English 
http://www.oikoumen e.org/fileadmin/ files/wcc- main/2009pdfs/ Kairos Palestine_En. pdf

                                 In Arabic
http://www.oikoumen e.org/fileadmin/ files/wcc- main/2009pdfs/ Kairos Palestine_Ar. pdf

                                 Auf Deutsch
http://www.oikoumen e.org/fileadmin/ files/wcc- main/2009pdfs/ Kairos Palestine_Ger. pdf

                                 En français
http://www.oikoumen e.org/fileadmin/ files/wcc- main/2009pdfs/ Kairos Palestine_Fr. pdf

For the list of signatories: 
http://kairospalest ine.ps/?q= node/2


Churches in the Middle East: solidarity and witness for peace:
http://www.oikoumen e.org/?id= 3113




   
 
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