BOYCOTT ISRAEL TO STOP APARTHEID AND ETHNIC
1. Questions and Answers
2. Links to web sites,
articles, and activist materials about Boycott
3. Partial list
of products to boycott that are sold in the Seattle area, and where they are
sold; What You Can Do
The Palestine Solidarity Committee calls on the
consumers of Washington State to boycott Israel and to avoid purchasing
Israeli products sold in local stores.
We are boycotting specific products including all goods produced in Israel
or by Israeli-owned companies. We will also boycott products sold by
companies that conduct business with Israel or supply goods or services to
the Israeli armed forces. We will not boycott products simply because they
are kosher or associated with Jewish cultural practices. Our boycott is
directed at the State of Israel, not at the Jewish people of the world.
For over sixty years, the State of Israel has imposed apartheid,
occupation, and ethnic cleansing on Palestinians, violating their human
rights, ignoring international law, and disregarding criticism. The UN
General Assembly regularly passes resolutions condemning Israel's
violations, and in 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled against
Israel's construction of a separation barrier.
The State of Israel was formed by expelling almost 800,000 Palestinians and
destroying over 500 Palestinian villages. These people and their
descendents have never been allowed to return to their homes, nor have they
received restitution. Since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and
Gaza in 1967, several million Palestinians have lived under Israeli
military dictatorship. Israel has continuously displaced Palestinians in
order to make space for illegal Jewish-only settlements, and has regularly
demolished Palestinian homes and orchards and taken over their farmlands.
In 2002 Israel began to build a "separation barrier" that is
really an Annexation Wall, taking large amounts of Palestinian land, and
cutting off many farming villages from their own lands. The Israeli
occupying army maintains around 700 checkpoints in the West Bank, cutting
off all freedom of movement to Palestinians -- while constructing
"bypass highways" for Israeli settlers only. The Israeli army
routinely arrests and imprisons Palestinians without charge or trial. South
African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has compared Israeli mistreatment of the
Palestinians to the apartheid of South Africa.
The US government uncritically supports Israeli policies year after year to
the tune of $3 to $6 billion annually in aid. This support is continuing
even after the recent Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip, which
resulted in over 1400 Palestinian deaths (mostly non-combatants), well over
5,000 injuries, and massive destruction of housing and infrastructure. Because of the US government's unquestioning support of
Israel regardless of its atrocious behavior, we US citizens have an urgent
responsibility to work to change Israeli policies.
We have seen that Israel's successive governments refuse to listen to criticism by
the United Nations, human rights activists, and the World Court alike, and
that Israel's behavior is becoming more extreme and brutal year by year. An
economic boycott is a legitimate, moral, and non-violent form of political
action. Boycotts are taking place in dozens of countries around the world.
From New York and Toronto to Durban and Qatar, ordinary citizens are
organizing to refuse to buy Israeli products.
It worked in South Africa; it can work in Israel/Palestine. Palestinians
have the right to self-determination, and it is time for us to support this
right through economic pressure.