Justice for Palestine
The catastrophe facing the Palestinian people is a defining global justice issue of our time. It is not an intractable conflict between two equal sides. It is an Occupation by a powerful military state, armed and supported by the West, against an impoverished, stateless and displaced people.
The catastrophe facing the Palestinian people is the defining global justice issue of our time:
- A third generation of Palestinian children is now being brought up in refugee camps inside and outside Palestine, living in chronic poverty and denied the right to return to their family homes.
- Hundreds of thousands more Palestinians suffer discrimination over access to public services, land rights and employment within Israel itself.
- For those living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the situation is critical. Israel’s siege of Gaza has condemned its 1.7 million inhabitants to poverty and psychological violence on a daily basis as movement is restricted and there is an ever present threat of military force.
- In the West Bank, the expansion of Israeli settlements, the continued construction of the Apartheid Wall, the military closure of the Jordan Valley and the annexation of East Jerusalem are creating an irreversible reality of permanent Occupation.
This illegal Occupation, the building of the Apartheid Wall and ongoing military oppression can only be continued with the support of countries and companies that continue to back Israel through business and investment.
Israel’s continuing aggressive and illegal Occupation is the root cause of the crisis. By selling arms to Israel, the UK government is giving direct material support for Israel's aggression and sending a clear message of approval for its actions. Israeli companies make enormous profits from military technology that is ‘field-tested’ on Palestinians. We're calling for an immediate two-way arms embargo.
We’re targeting G4S , the UK security company which provides services and equipment in support of Israel’s prisons, including the imprisonment of children, the military presence and Apartheid Wall.
Israel holds thousands of Palestinian political prisoners in G4S-secured prisons where the use of torture is widespread, not sparing over 180 children who are amongst the political prisoners. Hundreds of the prisoners are held in administrative detention, without charge, on secret evidence and renewable indefinitely.
G4S also provides services and equipment for military checkpoints along the path of the illegal Israeli Apartheid Wall. G4S has announced in previous years that it will not renew some of these contracts when they expire by 2017, and reiterated the point this year, but campaigners have noted that G4S has deliberately used vague language to express these commitments, and has refused to detail how many contracts it holds, exactly for what, and exactly when they will expire. These promises are clearly a reflection of the strength of the campaign, and are aimed at pacifying protests against the company.
War on Want is a leader in the campaign to expose the companies which sustain and profit from Israel's Occupation of Palestine. Through supporting the movement for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) we are building a global force to combat Israeli Apartheid.
ADDAMEER (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the centre offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners' rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns. Our relationship with Addameer ensures we can bring the latest news and reports affecting imprisoned Palestinians to our UK campaigns.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sacntions National Committee (BNC) is the Palestinian coordinating body for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign worldwide.
The broad consensus among Palestinian civil society about the need for a broad and sustained Campaign for BDS resulted in the Palestinian Call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel that was launched in July 2005. The signatories to this call represent the three major components of the Palestinian people: the refugees in exile, Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the discriminated Palestinian citizens of the Israeli state.
Defense for Children International (DCI) Palestine is a national section of Defense for Children International and is an independent NGO registered in Palestine. DCI Palestine is dedicated to protecting the rights of Palestinian children. They monitor and report on abuses of the rights of Palestinian children, as well as provide legal services, lobbying and advocacy. Their work charts the ongoing indiscriminate violence which takes the lives of children in Palestine - since 2000 they have charted over 1400 child deaths. Working with DCI Palestine enables us to stay in touch with one of the worst impacts of the illegal Occupation – the tragic physical and psychological suffering of Palestinian children.
Stop the Wall
War on Want supports the work of Stop the Wall - a grassroots campaign movement that empowers Palestinian communities to peacefully oppose the Apartheid Wall. Stop the Wall mobilises popular committees and youth groups in West Bank villages, exposes the destruction and human rights violations caused by the Wall and helps secure compensation for families who have lost their home and their land.
Twice the height of the Berlin Wall, wreathed in wire and blotted with sniper towers, cutting through homes and land, the Apartheid Wall is a brutal physical incarnation of Israel’s Occupation. It is now over 10 years since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the wall must be dismantled. The ICJ also ruled that third states are under an obligation not to recognise, aid or assist the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the Wall. Over many years we have worked with partner Stop the Wall in working to bring the wall down .