“There is no use in organising actions on a one-off basis, the resistance must be continuous.”
A message from Iyad Burnat, Head of Bil’in’s Popular Committee:
With one hour of your time, you can help bring about a real peace in Palestine. This is a message to supporters of the Palestinian cause from across the world.
Firstly, we would like to thank you for your work so far. As Tzipi Livni cancels a trip to the UK for fear of arrest upon her arrival, it seems that the people are finally waking up to the reality of the Israeli occupation. However, your governments remain shamefully silent.
Here in Bil’in, our struggle goes on. We continue to suffer from the extreme violence of the Israeli occupation forces during our weekly non-violent demonstrations at the Apartheid Wall which has confiscated our land, as well as an escalation in military invasions into the village and mass arrests of local residents, by day and by night, in a clear attempt to crush our resistance.
Despite the international support we have received, it has become clear that words are not enough. It is time for action. The occupation is global, and so must be the resistance. We are asking you to make one action per week, or per month. It can be a demonstration at your nearest Israeli embassy, or against governments which support the occupation. The importance of these actions is to provide a continuous reminder of the plight of the Palestinian cause. There is no use in organizing actions on a one-off basis, the resistance must be continuous.
Our message is clear – this occupation must end.
A PROPOSAL FOR A FORTNIGHTLY DEMONSTRATION FOR A FREE PALESTINE…
IN RESPONSE to this call for action from the popular committee of Bi’lin, we, people from different Palestine solidarity groups, are calling for a demonstration to take place every two weeks on Saturday from 12pm to 2pm , starting from Saturday 13th of March, outside Ahava in Covent Garden.
Ahava sells beauty products from illegal settlements in the West Bank, and is the target of a massive boycott campaign by different solidarity groups.
We feel that this demonstration would be useful and would have an impact in applying more pressure on Ahava to stop the sale of products from stolen Palestinian land and would fit well with the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, and promote greater links and cooperation between the Palestine solidarity groups in London.
We also feel that the central location is good for raising public awareness about the need to boycott illegal products and act against the oppression of the Palestinian people and in solidarity with their struggle for freedom.
We will circulate standard posters and leaflets about the first protest shortly. Groups should feel free to bring or produce their own material to the demonstration and organise direct actions on the day if they wish to do so.
We hope you will join us on the demonstration and look forward to your response, and please forward widely!
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