Posts Tagged ‘divestment’

THE NONVIOLENT STRUGGLE – AN APPROACH THAT TROUBLES ISRAEL

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Yedioth Ahronoth’ daily, one of the most important and widely-circulated Israeli newspapers, has organized a conference for fighting the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (BDS). The conference was attended by a notably large number of diplomats and politicians, such as the EU ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen

The English translation for the article published in Bukra website by Reem Amer, co-coordinator of  Coalition of Women for Peace can be found in PDF version here

THE NONVIOLENT STRUGGLE-AN APPROACH THAT TROUBLES ISRAEL_April 2016

The gendered aspect of Israeli checkpoints in the OPT- Position paper

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Who Profits Research Center and the Coalition of Women for Peace have joined together to publish this up-to-date position paper on Palestinian women’s struggle against the Israeli control of population, manifested in the
checkpoint industry

PDF file of the Gendered aspect of the checkpoints

The position paper sheds light on both government and corporate practices and their repercussions on the ground
This will also be reflected through recent testimonies of Palestinian women confronting checkpoints on a day-to-day basis

While many Civil Society Organizations have been addressing the political context that governs women’s lives
under occupation, the economic factors that engineer the political system and perpetuate the power relations at hand are still in need of greater attention
The Israeli checkpoints, as military structures, have been a symbol of the Israeli control of the Palestinian population. Yet, underneath these structures lies an economic infrastructure generated by corporate profit. The vast checkpoints industry includes the construction of checkpoints, security personnel and equipment provided by Israeli and international companies

The position paper address the checkpoint industry in the occupied West Bank as a case study of the integral part played by corporate stakeholders in oppressing Palestinian population and women specifically

The Supreme court hearing on the petition against the anti-boycott law

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

The Supreme Court Hearing on the petition against the Israeli anti-boycott law on Sunday Feb. 16th, 2014

,On Sunday February 16th at 09:00 the Israeli Supreme Court will conduct a hearing on the petition filed by Adalah,
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel , Coalition of women for peace (CWP) and other organizations against the Israeli anti-boycott law

The Anti-Boycott law law is a clear political attempt to silence legitimate and justified criticism against the Israeli policy and the ongoing occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people as well as to prevent public discussion on the financial interests in the continuing Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land, resources and labor force.

 

 

The law refers to economic, cultural or academic boycott based on the specifics of its “linkage to the state of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control”. Individuals, bodies or corporations can prosecute anyone who knowingly publishes a public call for boycott or publicly participates in a call for boycott, without proving damages. Therefore, this law actually imposes sanctions and financial penalties on individuals who chose a non-violent political protest which includes boycott.

 

 

The public discussion in Israel consist many public stands regarding boycott and divestment these days , but only one voice is hardly heard-in the Israeli public discussion- supporting and endorsing BDS- and all due to political censorship.

Boycott is accepted worldwide as one of the tools in non-violent protests and struggles, and is also being used in social and economic justice struggles within Israel. The anti-boycott law sends a clear message of distinction between boycotting supermarket chain-stores because of the high prices as a legitimate protest, and boycott as part of the struggle to end the Israeli occupation as prohibited. The law violates the freedom of speech and political expression and received harsh criticism from
from Israeli SCO’s as well as political parties and the international community

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PRESS RELEASE: Israeli Organizations Call on Norway to Divest from the Israeli Occupation

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

“We, Israeli organizations …, call upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory”. Twenty different Israeli organizations send an appeal to the Norwegian people to withdraw Norwegian national pension fund’s investments in all Israeli and international corporations which are involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.(see the full letter here: http://coalitionofwomen.org/home/english/articles/norway-fund )

In an unprecedented way, a wide array of Israeli civil society and grassroots organizations has sent a letter to the Norwegian Pension Fund, addressed to its Council on Ethics, urging it to support their efforts for a just peace and equality in Israel/Palestine by divesting from all companies involved in the Israeli occupation.

These Israeli organizations include feminist organizations and community centers, peace and human rights organizations, comprised of Jewish and Palestinian women and men, organizations concerned with civil rights and equality within the state of Israel and organizations dedicated to ending the occupation of Palestinian territories, to the benefit of all people living in Israel/ Palestine.

This appeal follows and expands a previous call on the Norwegian fund, by two Palestinian West Bank villages and eleven other organizations from around the world to divest from Africa-Israel, an Israeli corporation involved in building Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

But Africa-Israel is not the only settlement-builder on the fund’s investment portfolio. As shown by a recent report by Who Profits from the Occupation research, at least 30 other companies have a continuous involvement in the occupation: some build illegal Israeli settlements or provide vital services to them; some provide specifically designed equipment for the surveillance and repression of Palestinian population through restrictions of movement and collective punishments; some exploit Palestinian labor and natural resources. The examples listed also include international corporations such as the Belgian Bank Dexia, which finances Israeli illegal settlements’ municipalities by long term loans, or the Mexican Cemex and the German HeidelbergCement, both giant construction materials’ suppliers that own and operate Israeli plants and quarries on occupied land, and thus both contribute to the Israeli illegal colonization of Palestinian lands, and exploit the Palestinian nonrenewable natural resources, for the needs of the Israeli economy and in violation of international law.

The letter is framed as a general appeal to the Norwegian people, mentioning the Norwegians’ “long-standing commitment to peace, justice and democracy” in Israel/Palestine, and presenting the current investment in corporations that “support and maintain the Israeli occupation” as contradicting the Norwegian governments’ own policies, as well as the pension fund’s own ethical guidelines, which preclude investments in companies involved in gross violations of human rights or humanitarian principles. Copies have been sent to Norwegian civil society organizations, ministers and parliamentarians.

Letter to Norwegian Pension Fund / Israeli Organizations

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

May 14, 2009

The Council on Ethics Norwegian Government Pension Fund Government of Norway

Dear Members of the Council on Ethics,

We, Israeli organizations, comprised of Jewish and Palestinian women and men and dedicated to building a just peace and to promoting human rights and equal civil rights in Israel/Palestine, Call upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

It has come to our attention that the Norwegian governmental Pension Fund, as of December 31st 2008, is heavily invested in corporations whose activities continuously support and maintain the Israeli occupation, in violation of international human rights and humanitarian law. These companies, both Israeli and international, build illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory or provide vital services to them; provide specifically designed equipment for the surveillance and repression of Palestinian population through restrictions of movement and collective punishments; or take part in the illegal exploitation of Palestinian nonrenewable natural resources for the needs of the Israeli market.

We see the Norwegian Pension Fund’s investments in these corporations as contradicting the Norwegian government’s commitment to international law, the Norwegian people’s long standing commitment to peace, justice and democracy in our region, and the Pension Fund’s own ethical guidelines. We therefore urge the Council on Ethics to remove from the fund’s investment portfolio all corporations that support and maintain the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory.

Thank you,

Coalition of Women for Peace http://www.coalitionofwomen.org

Al- Tufula Center http://www.altufula.org

Bat Tzafon for Peace and Equality

Children of Abraham http://groups.google.com/group/bnei-avraham?hl=en

Hacampus Lo Shotek

Hithabrut – Tarabut http://www.tarabut.info

Humans without Borders – Assisting Medical Accessibility http://humanitywithoutborders.ning.com

Israel Social TV http://www.tv.social.org.il

MachsomWatch – Women against the Occupation and for Human Rights http://www.machsomwatch.org

Mossawa Center, the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel http://www.mossawacenter.org

New Profile http://www.newprofile.org

Ta’ayush, Jewish Arab Partnership

The Alternative Information Center http://www.alternativenews.org

The Israeli Committee for Residency Rights (ICRR)

The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions http://www.icahd.org

Women against Violence http://www.wavo.org

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Israel Section

Yesh Gvul http://www.yeshgvul.org

Zochrot http://www.nakbainhebrew.org

On the involvement of the Norwegian Pension Fund in the occupation read the report by Who Profits: http://www.whoprofits.org/Newsletter.php?nlid=41

“Who Profits from the Occupation?” is a project of the Coalition of Women for Peace


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