Despite International Court of Justice rulings and world opinion, Israel defiantly continues its construction of illegal Jewish-only settlements and the Separation Wall on Palestinian land, destroying homes, farms, orchards, businesses, lives, and future peace for both Palestinians and Israelis.

Israel’s siege on Gaza continues, as does its 42-year old illegal military occupation that dominates the lives of over 4 million Palestinian men, women, and children.

Already in violation of the Geneva conventions and numerous U.N. resolutions (see jewsagainsttheoccupation.org under information/resources – and listed below), Israel now faces serious allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity for its 22-day attack on Gaza last year that killed 1400 Gazans, a third of whom were children. Thirteen Israelis were killed; 3 by friendly fire. Israel has the 4th most powerful military in the world. Gaza effectively has no military.

Do we have responsibility here? Yes, as U.S. taxpayers we have a particular responsibility because $3 billion of our tax dollars annually go to support Israel, most of it to the military.  U.S. political support also enables Israel to continue its human rights violations in the same way that U.S. support prolonged the reign of the apartheid government of South Africa.

Boycotts are an effective tool to inform and engage people in demanding substantive change. The Co-op has honored past calls for boycotts to support farmworkers’ rights, oppose racism, protect dolphins, and end apartheid in South Africa.

Initiated in 2005 by Palestinian civil society, the BDS call will end when Israel complies with international law. This includes: 1) ending the occupation and colonization of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights; 2) assuring that Palestinian citizens of Israel have equal rights; and 3) respecting Palestinian refugees’ right to return, guaranteed by U.N. Resolution 194.

Partial list of Israel’s violations of International Law

See jewsagainsttheoccupation.org and http://www.pchrgaza.org/facts/Fact10.htm

Israel is in violation of UN Resolutions:

Palestinian Refugees have the right to return to their homes in Israel. UN Resolution 194 (Dec 11, 1948

“Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”

Israel’s occupation of Palestine is Illegal. UN Resolution 242 (Nov. 22, 1967)

Calls for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from territories occupied in the war that year and “the acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every state in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.”

Israel’s settlements in Palestine are Illegal. UN Resolution 446 (March 1979)

“Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.”

Israel is in violation of Geneva Conventions:

Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949

No protected person may be punished for an offensive he or she has not personally commit. Collective penalties penalties and likewise all means of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”

Article 55 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949

To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population…”

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949

The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Conventional 1949

Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, to the state, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited.”

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