Palestinian Land and Global BDS Day 2010

“Zionism is fascism, exactly the same as Nazism. The terminology is slightly different, like the tribal affiliations, but in essence they are identical,” Roger Tucker, publisher of One Democratic State.

“If I had to live in that situation (as Palestinians are living) – and I say that advisedly – I might just consider myself becoming (a suicide bomber) myself,” Dr. Jenny Tonge, former British MP who was sacked by Charles Kennedy, the leader of Liberal Democrat Party for her comments being “anti-Israel”. 

“If you read the history of Israel from objective sources, you discover that it is an outlaw state, created by the powers that be by stealing the land from its original inhabitants, and systematically exterminating them ever since,” John Kaminski.

People of conscience around the Globe will be joining with the Palestinian resistance groups to commemorate two important events on March 30, 2010. The one is the Palestinian Land Day (Yawm al-Ard) and the other is the second Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

Palestinian Land Day commemorates the Zionist entity’s confiscation of 5,500 acres of Palestinian lands in 1976 from the Galilee region and classified them as closed military zones but later these lands were used for the settlement of foreign Jews. The Palestinians responded with holding peaceful demonstrations against Zionists’ illegal annexation of their lands on which their ancestors lived for several centuries. During demonstrations in Sakhnin on the first Land Day on March 30, 1976 – the Zionazis responded violently killing six Palestinian while injuring another 96 and arresting over 300 protesters.

The BDS came into existence in response to an appeal for the solidarity issued by the Palestinian Civil Society in July 2005. More than 170 organizations including trade unions, political and social organizations, women and youth groups. The appeal carried the message that all people of conscience all around the world should impose broad based boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against the Zionist entity similar to those applied to South Africa in the apatheid era. The proposed initiatives included:

1. Israel must end its colonization of Arab lands and dismantle the Wall.

2. Israel must recognize the fundamental rights of the Native Arab citizens of Israel to full equality.

3. Israel must respect, protect and promote the rights of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in United Nations’ Resolution 194.  

The BDS movement has gained so much support especially from the young Jewish generation that Howard Kohr, the executive director of Israel Lobby (AIPAC) while addressing the AIPAC Policy Conference On May 3, 2009 warned the 6,000 attendees that “the movement to call Israel to account for its crime against the Palestinian people is growing. It is invading the mainstream discourse, becoming part of constant and unrelenting drumbeat against Israel”. It could eventually threaten the existence of the Jewish state by undermining the support it receives from its strongest backer, the US government (US$6-14 billion per year). The participants at the conference included Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Newt Gingrich, Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.

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