Posts Tagged ‘press releases’

Land Day Commemorated in Jaffa Under the Shadow of Settlement Expansion and Fear of Expulsions

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Approximately 650 evacuation and demolition suites are being held against citizens of Jaffa. The majority are Palestinian. City residents are demanding an end to the discrimination and theft, and a quick solution to the lack of housing.

Residents of Jaffa, in participation with a wide coalition of Arab and Jewish organizations marched the city streets on Saturday (2/4) in commemoration of the 35th Land Day.
Titled “Jaffa Endangered”, the event took place after a long line of Land Day demonstrations, in Lod, Aaraba, and in al-Arakib- an unrecognized Beduin village that has been destroyed 21 times since July, and has become the symbol of the struggle against the theft of Palestinian Land. Land Day has long ceased to be a historic memory, and has again become an everyday reality of struggle against house demolitions and the continuing effort to expel the Arab residents and “swapping” them with Jews, in many mixed cities; Jaffa, Lod, Ramle, and Jerusalem. The demonstration organizers are calling to an end of the deliberate policies of theft and expulsion, implemented by the Israeli government; From the southern al-Arakib to Zefat in the north

The lack of housing keeps the Jaffa residents in fear. The Development Authority, Amidar, is handling approximately 500 evacuation and demolition suites in Jaffa. The majority of the suites are against Palestinian residents. Halamish, a municipal construction company, is handling over 300 evacuation cases in the Tel-Aviv area- over half are in Jaffa. The residents of Jaffa called on the Housing and Construction Office to uphold the agreement to build 400 housing units for he Arab residents of Jaffa, that was sealed in 1996.
Eilat Maoz, Coordinator of the Coalition of Women for Peace and a resident of Jaffa: “In the past, Land Day commemorated specific events of land confiscation, however, over the years the state’s methods have evolved to the degree that land confiscation and house demolition is an everyday reality. As women in an organization that specializes in field work we work with many women in Lod, Ramle, al-Arakib and other places, who’s families live in constant fear of expulsion and the daily experience of the apartheid policies of the Israeli government. Just as the institutionalized racism in South Africa, the Israeli institutionalized racism will also fall.”
Sami Abu-Shehadde, Chairman of the Board of Darna- the Popular Committee in Jaffa: “Thelack of housing in Jaffa is only getting worse in the last few years. The policies of the Israel Land Administration, the Housing and Construction Office, and the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Municipality are generally destructive for Jaffa and specifically to its Arab population. The reality of Jaffa is an economic transfer. The meaning of these words- demolition of homes and expulsions- in Jaffa is the destruction of the lives of thousands of local Arab citizens. The construction of a settlement in the heart of the Ajami neighborhood, in an area with a large majority of Arab residents, is a ticking time bomb. The settlers, who believe in separation between Jews and Arabs as a way of life, aren’t capable of living in mixed cities without leading us all into disaster.”
Participating organizations: Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights, Darna – The Popular Committee for Protection of the Right to Land and Housing in Jaffa, The Orthodox Association for Charity in Jaffa, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, The Islamic Council,  Tarabut-Hitharbut, The Islamic Movement (southern section), The Islamic Movement (northern section), Solidarity Sheik Jerrah, Coalition of Women for Peace, Rabita – The Assosiation for Jaffa Arabs, Doctors for Human Rights, The Jaffa Youth Movement.

(עברית) חוק איסור הטלת חרם: ימנע ביקורת נגד מדיניות הממשלה בשטחים

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Women’s Organizations Protest the Killing in Bil’in

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Following the Killing of protestor in Bil’in 30 Israeli women’s organizations sent an urgent call to the government, protesting the use of weapons to disperse popular demonstrations in the West Bank

Women’s organizations accuse the Israeli army of trying to plaster and disseminate false information regarding the circumstances of the death of Jawaher Abu Rahmah last Friday in Bil’in.

The organizations will join the weekly demonstration against the Wall this Friday in Bili’in.

According to the organizations, “the death of Jawaher Abu Rahmah is the result of repeated attacks of the army on non-violent protestors demonstrating against the theft of their land.” The organizations expressed a firm position of support for the protesters and family, according to which Abu-Rahmah’s death was caused as a result of tear gas inhalation, in contrast to versions circulated in recent days by the IDF spokesperson.

The weekly demonstration in Bil’in this Friday (7.1.2011),  is expected to be larger than the usual, as women from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and south of the country, are planned to come to express solidarity with the struggle of women, children and men

against the Wall.  Among the participating organizations: Coalition of Women for Peace, Progressive Women’s Front, TANDI, Machsom Watch, Aswat, Kayan and New Profile.

Dr. Dalit Baum, member of the Coalition of Women for Peace, who initiated the petition stated: “Abu-Rahmah’s murder is a form of violence against women, and it is plastered in the exact same way as other forms of violence against women are. As in all such cases, we, women’s organizations, will not silence until those responsible will be held accountable. “

Mahasen Rabous, Coordinator of the Coalition of Women for Peace: “nearly thirty women’s organizations have expressed today support for the struggle in Bil’in, and for the Palestinian struggle for liberation from occupation. In this brave move, these organizations prove that solidarity between women does not stop at the checkpoint”

Background:

The sense of accomplishment in the Israeli women’s movement following the conviction of ex-president Moshe Katzav gave way during the weekend to shock and outrage following the killing Jawaher Abu-Rahmah. Abu Rahmah, a resident of the village of Bil’in, participated in the village’s weekly protest against the wall and died after suffering from severe tear gas poisoning.

Jawaher Abu-Rahmah, 36, a sister to Bassem Abu-Rahmah, who was killed in April 2009 from a high-velocity tear gas canister shot directly towards him, was an active and appreciated figure in the village and used to organize conferences and workshops on feminist issues. During a demonstration Friday, 31.12.10, Abu-Rahmah inhaled large amounts of tear gas, was rushed to the hospital suffering from severe poisoning.  Doctors at the Ramallah hospital fought for her life during the night. She died on early Saturday morning.

The Declaration Reads:

We, the undersigned women’s organizations, express deep shock over the death of Jawaher Abu-Rahmah, 36, a resident of the village of Bil’in, who was killed as a result of tear gas poisoning fired by the Israeli army during a demonstration against the Wall.

Her death is a result of repeated attacks on behalf of the Israeli army, against unarmed civilians who are struggling against the theft of their lands. These attacks have led so far to the death of 21 demonstrators, and the injury of thousands.

We call upon the Israeli government to immediately cease the use of weapons against demonstrators: women, children and men.

We express solidarity with our sisters across the Palestine and Israel and support their inalienable right to non-violent protest.

The petiton was signed by:

Coalition of Women for Peace, Achoti – for Women in Israel, Itach-Ma’aki – Lawyers for Social Justice, Machsom Watch, New Profile, International Women’s Commission (IWC), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Isha L’Isha, Aswat, Kayan, Anwar – Arab-Jewish Women’s Leadership, Boycott: Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within, Alliance of Progressive Women, Our Safe Home, Daughters of the Dessert, Dessert Princes,  the Social Television, Yasmeen el-Naqab, Tmura Center, Laquiya Women, Women for Themselves, Women in Black, Women and their Bodies, Arus el-Bahar, Sidreh, FOR A: Feminist Organization of Russian Speaking Activists, Women’s Parliament, Women’s Equal Representation (WER), Movement of Democratic Women in Israel.

PRESS RELEASE: Israeli Holding Company Africa Israel Claims It Will Not Build in Settlements

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Israeli Holding Company Africa Israel Investments: We Will Not Build in West Bank Settlements

AFI’s announcement that the company has no future plans for developing or constructing real estate beyond the Green Line was made in response to research done by the Israeli peace organization Coalition of Women for Peace. The pressure on AFI has recently increased following the Norwegian Pension Fund’s decision to divest from the company because of its involvement in the occupation.

Responding to the Coalition of Women for Peace, Africa Israel announced this week that it has no intentions to continue building in Israeli settlements. In an official letter, the company stated: “Neither the company nor any of its subsidiaries and/or other companies controlled by the company are presently involved in or has any plans for future involvement in development, construction or building of real estate in settlements in the West Bank.”

Background

“Who Profits from the Occupation,” a research project initiated by the Coalition of Women for Peace to expose Israeli and international commercial involvement in the Israeli occupation, has exposed that Danya Cebus, a subsidiary of Africa Israel, was involved in constructing hundreds of housing units throughout the West Bank. The construction was carried out in the settlements Ma’ale Adomim, Har Homa, Adam, and the East Matityahu neighborhood in the settlement Modi’in Illit (which was built on the private lands of the people of the Palestinian village Bil’in).

Africa Israel’s involvement in the occupation exposed it to international pressure by activists and organizations such as Adalah-NY, demanding that the company stop its commercial involvement in the OPT. The pressure has increased following the Norwegian Pension Fund’s decision to divest from Africa Israel due to its involvement in the occupation.

In response to AFI’s announcement, Dalit Baum, the Who Profits Project Coordinator, stated: “We hope that this announcement by Africa Israel indicates a shift in the company’s policy, and that AFI will indeed stop building in Israeli settlements. AFI and other companies that profit from the occupation need to understand that their illegal activity in the Occupied Territories has a price.”

(עברית) עשור לאוקטובר 2000: מאות נשים יהודיות וערביות יפגינו בתל אביב בדרישה להקמת ועדת חקירה בינלאומית

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

(עברית) 43 שנים לכיבוש: אלפי ישראלים ופלסטינים יפגינו בשישי (4.6) בכביש 443 בקריאה “ההפרדה הורגת!”

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Thousands of Israelis Protest Killing of Flotilla Activists and the Siege of Gaza

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Photo by Keren Manor / Activestills.org

Thousands of Israeli citizens demonstrated yesterday (Monday) throughout Israel, in protest of the killing of 9 Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists by Israeli security forces.

Spontaneous demonstrations were held immediately after news of the brutal assault on the flotilla – in Haifa, Nazareth and other cities in Israel. At the same time, 250 Israeli activists arrived at the Port of Ashdod, in an action organized by the Coalition of Women for Peace and other Israeli organizations, to protest the brutal killing and to voice their solidarity with the Flotilla and with the Palestinian people.

On Monday evening, mass demonstrations were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Um-El-Fahem. The demonstrators called for international involvement to lift the siege of Gaza. More demonstrations will be held today (Tuesday).

Eilat Maoz, General Coordinator of the Coalition of Women for Peace, said: “The killing of more than 15 activists is exclusively the responsibility of the State of Israel, and it was fully within Israel’s power to avoid the wasteful spilling of blood. The siege of Gaza and the pirate takeover by the Israeli Military of the Flotilla vessels – these are the real provocations. This atrocity must open the eyes of the international community to the crimes perpetrated by Israel.”

Areen Hawari, Balad Activist and member of the Coalition of Women for Peace, and a close person to MK Haneen Zoabi, who was on one of the boats, said ” If this is what the State of Israel is capable of doing to peace activists, human rights defenders and members of parliament, then what is it capable of doing to civilians under military occupation? Now is the time to wake up the international struggle against the siege of Gaza and the Occupation.”

(עברית) מאות ישראלים בדרך לנמל אשדוד להפגין נגד ההרג והמצור ולקבל את פניו של המשט לעזה

Monday, May 31st, 2010

(עברית) 95 ארגונים פמיניסטיים מישראל ומהעולם לממשלת בריטניה: אפשרו להעמיד לדין פושעי מלחמה ישראלים

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: 98 Israeli and International Feminist Organizations to British Government: Enable Prosecution of War Criminals

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

98 feminist peace organizations, from 24 countries, among them 20 Israeli and Palestinian organizations, sent a letter this morning (Tuesday, December 22, 2009) to the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and to the British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, demanding that they not restrict the principle of universal jurisdiction in the UK. Universal Jurisdiction enables local courts to prosecute foreign war criminals – among them Ehud Olmet, Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni and other high ranking Israeli officials – who are responsible for the war in Gaza last year.

The letter was initiated by the Coalition of Women for Peace, an Israeli feminist organization that was founded in 2000 and is a leading voice in the Israeli anti-occupation movement. The letter was sent following Gordon and Miliband’s recent declarations that they will restrict universal jurisdiction in the UK – following an arrest warrant issued last week by a London court against Tzipi Livni, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs during the war in Gaza.

The signatories claim that the Goldstone Report raises serious suspicions regarding systematic and intentional execution of war crimes during the war in Gaza (Operation Cast Lead). The letter asks Brown and Miliband to “defend and maintain the important principle of universal jurisdiction, despite political pressures by war criminals and their allies.”

The organizations further claim that restricting universal jurisdiction sets a dangerous precedent in the prosecution of war criminals from around the world. They stated: “As feminist organizations, we regard this as an act of collaboration with violence against women, since women and girls are particularly susceptible to poverty, displacement and marginalization in times of war, and are more frequently subjected to domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape.”

Eilat Maoz, CWP General Coordinator, said: “We reach out to the international community aiming to protect the people of our region, Palestinians and Israelis alike, from war criminals that still walk freely among us. As Israelis, we have an important role in supporting the international pressure on Israel. The vast response to our call demonstrates that the international community has lost its patience to the Israeli occupation.”

Lana Khaskia, CWP General Coordinator, said: “We all witness the growing international public pressure, which influences governments around the world to act. This was the case in the recent decision to label settlement produce in the UK, and in recent successes of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. We see ourselves as a part of this international movement, which calls upon Israel to end the occupation at once.”


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