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This is an open letter by the first U.S. LGBTQI delegation to Palestine. It was composed after the delegation returned from their solidarity tour in the West Bank and Israel in January 2012. It is a letter worth reading and a petition worth signing. If you are a queer person or ally interested in standing in solidarity with the people of Palestine and Palestinian queers, please sign!
By Palestinian Queers for BDS
“As Palestinian Queers, we see the Queer movements as political in their nature; and ones that analyze the intersections between different struggles, evaluate relations of power and try to challenge them. We firmly believe that fighting for the rights of oppressed and marginalized queer minorities cannot be separated from fighting against all forms of oppression around the world This is evident in the proud history of the queer movement worldwide, which has joined numerous global socio-political struggles against manifestations of oppression, imperialism, injustice, and discrimination wherever they exist. In continuation to this proud history, we Palestinian Queer activists, call upon the LGBTQI communities around the globe to stand for justice in Palestine through adopting and implementing broad boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until the latter has ended its multi-tiered oppression of the Palestinian people, in line with the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDS ”
“Thus, we Palestinian queer activists call on Queer groups, organizations and individuals around the world to stand for justice and in the face of Israel’s pinkwashing efforts through joining the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully complies with international law, and ends its occupation, colonization and apartheid. We call on you to:
- Endorse the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDS, spread it in your Queer community.
- Reject all invitations to speak at and collaborate with Israeli universities and institutions, in accordance with the guidelines for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel set by PACBI 
- Campaign against all activities aiming to Pinkwash Israel’s crimes and oppression of the Palestinian people.
- Organize in your respective communities to initiate BDS campaigns, or join existing ones.”
Israeli officers try to detain a Palestinian demonstrator after they clashed with Palestinians during a protest against Israel’s military operation in Gaza, outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, November 16, 2012. (Reuters / Ammar Awad)
WEDNESDAY, 14 Nov
Bethlehem | Manger Square, 7:30 p.m.
Istanbul | al Fateh Mosque, 9:00 p.m.
Jerusalem | Damascus Gate, 7:00 p.m.
London | Israeli Embassy
Ramallah | al Manara Square, 7:00 p.m.
Tel Aviv | Ehud Barak’s doorstep, 8:00 p.m.
Quebec | Hall Building, Concordia U, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, 6:00 p.m. [link]
THURSDAY, 15 Nov
Alexandria (Egypt) | Qaid Ibrahim, 12:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor | Campus diag, 3:00 p.m.
Atlanta | Israeli Consulate, 4 p.m. [link]
Beirut | Cola, 10:00 a.m.
Belfast | City Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Boston | 4:30 p.m., Copley Square [link]
Bradford (UK) | 4.30 p.m. [link]
Brighton (UK) | Outside EcoStream HQ, 12:00 p.m. [twitter]
Brighton (UK) | Victoria Gardens, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Chicago | Outside Obama HQ, 130 E Randolph Street, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Dublin | Israeli Embassy, 5:30 p.m.
George Mason University | The North Plaza, 1:30 p.m. [link]
Jerusalem | Outside Hebrew University, 12:00 p.m.
Leeds | Parkinson Steps, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, 1:00 p.m. [link]
London | Israeli Embassy, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Los Angeles | Israeli Consulate, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Manchester | Piccadilly Gardens, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Montreal | Hall Building, Concordia University, 5:00 p.m.
Nashville | Centennial Park, 3:00 pm [link]
New York | Israeli Consulate, 42nd Street & 2nd Ave, 5:00 p.m. [link]
Nottingham (UK)| Nottingham Market Square, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Oxford (UK) | Cornmarket Street, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Paris | Ministry of Justice, 6 p.m. [link]
Princeton University | Outside of Frist Campus Center, 12:30 p.m.
San Diego | US Federal Building, 880 Front st, 4:30 p.m. [link]
San Francisco | Israeli Consulate, 5:15 p.m. [link]
Sydney | Parmatta Town Hall, 6pm [link]
Toronto | Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street (east of St. George TTC), 6:00 p.m.
Tunis | In front of the National Theatre, 11am
Tunis | In front of all Tade Association Buildings (Sa7et Mohamed Ali), 1pm
UCLA (Los Angeles) | Meyerhoff Park, 11:30 a.m. [link]
Vancouver | The Art Gallery, 5:00 p.m.
Washington D.C. | Israeli Embassy, 3:30 p.m. (tbc)
FRIDAY, 16 Nov
Albuquerque | UNM Bookstore, 5:00
Cairo | Tahrir Square
Cincinnati | MLK Boulvard and Clifton Avenue, 4:30 p.m. [link]
Cleveland | Public Square, 4:30 p.m. [link]
Manchester (UK) | Picadilly Gardens, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia | Israeli Consulate, 19th and JFK Boulevard, 12:00 p.m. [link]
San Francisco | Israeli Consulate, 4:00 p.m. [link]
Washington D.C. | March from State Department, 6:00 p.m.
Wellington (New Zealand) | Cuba Mall, by the Buckets, 12:00 p.m. [link]
SATURDAY, 17 Nov
Aukland | Aotea Square, 2:00 p.m. [link]
Cardiff | Aneurin bevan Statue, Queen Street, 2:00 p.m. [link]
Edinburgh | Charlotte sq, 12:00 p.m. [link]
Melbourne | Bourke St Mall, 12:30 p.m. [link]
Nottingham (UK)| Nottingham Market Square, 5:30 p.m. [link]
Oslo | 3:00 p.m. [link]
Stockholm | 3:00 p.m. [link]
(in chronological order):
Protest TONIGHT outside the Israeli embassy in London. #Gaza
Protest TONIGHT, Montreal: 6pm, Hall Building, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, Metro Guy-Concordia
THURSDAY NOV 15
Protest in TORONTO:6 pm, Israeli Consulate – 180 Bloor Street (east of St. George TTC)
Protest in MONTREAL tomorrow: 5pm in front of the Hall Building, Concordia Uni. #Gaza
Protest in VANCOUVER Thursday, 5 PM at the Art Gallery (Robson Side), Hornby and Robson Sts
Protests in CHICAGO, 4pm Obama Headquarters, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601
Protest tomorrow, 5:30 pm London:2 Palace Green London W8 4QB
Protest tomorrow, 5:30 pm Ireland: Israeli Embassy, 122 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
FRIDAY NOV 16
Protest Friday, DC: in front of The State Department (2201 C Street Northwest Washington, DC 20520) at 6:00pm and march to the White House in protest of our governments support for Israel brutal aggression against Palestinians in Gaza.
SATURDAY NOV 17:Protest in SWEDEN: 3-5pm, Israels ambassad Strandvägen 58
Imperative that all London based activists are here tomorrow.
Protest outside of Israeli Embassy, (2 Palace Green, W84QB) South Kensington on the District Line
Israeli activists protesting in front of the residence of the Israeli Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak against the attack on Gaza on, Tel-Aviv, November 14, 2012.
U.S. solidarity activists need to be talking about the fact that our government funds this occupation, and defends Israel from the repercussions of their atrocious actions.
The United States gives about $3 billion to Israel in military aid annually, with a plain to give $30 billion by 2018. Since 1988, the U.S. has used almost all of its UN Security Counsel vetoes to block resolutions against Israel.
Our government pays for the slaughter and oppression of the Palestinian people.
Our government protects Israel from suffering the consequences of their daily violations of human rights and International Law.
Without us, there is no occupation. That’s why we as United States citizens bear responsibility for the oppression of the Palestinians. We give our money, we give our indifference, and consequently, we give our permission. Just because we don’t pull the triggers or drive the tanks doesn’t mean we’re not compliant.
That’s why we also bear responsibility for ending the occupation of Palestine. By standing in solidarity with Palestinians everywhere, listening to their stories, meeting Palestinian civil society’s call to action to the international community by supporting the BDS Movement, and telling our government we will not be complicit in the illegal occupation of an oppressed people.
Without us, there is no occupation.
FREE PALESTINE, END ISRAELI APARTHEID, END THE OCCUPATION
So tomorrow I and a bunch of other members from our SJP are going to the Russell Tribunal in NYC and it is going to be awesome.
Just felt like sharing.
Hundreds of Palestinian villagers and activists, joined by Israeli and international supporters, gathered this week in five localities in the occupied West Bank to protest the ongoing occupation, annexation of lands and construction of settlements and the separation wall.
In Kufr Qaddoum, some 250 people marched from the center of the village towards the main road that has been blocked by the army for the past year. Shortly after, the army attacked the demonstration with volleys of tear-gas, stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets. It also fired live ammunition in the air. 29-year-old Yehya Shtewe was hit in the head with a tear gas canister and required medical treatment.
The weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh started shortly after midday prayers, making its way from the center of the village towards the confiscated lands. A small battalion of Israelis fired several rounds of rubber-coated steel bullets and a number of tear gas canisters. Some minor clashes erupted, but the demonstration ended without injuries or arrests.
Dozens of protesters participated in the weekly march In Bil’in. Activists made their way to the Abu Lamon reserve, an area returned to the village after its long popular and legal battle. Some protesters were able to come close to the fence and cut out some 8 meters of barbed wire surrounding it. The army retaliated with tear-gas canisters, stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets, as well as with the “skunk” – a water cannon spraying foul-smelling water.
Residents of Ni’lin, joined by Israeli and international supporters, marched to the route of the wall after conducting the Ramadan midday prayer in the olive groves. Some clashes erupted between the army and the local youth, however no injuries were reported. A similar demonstration took place in the village of Ma’asara, where two dozens of residents and a handful of activists marched towards their lands. The march was blocked by the army at the entrance to the village, but the army did not used crowd-control weaponry.