Support Palestinian human rights and cancel DebConf Israel! #BoycottDebConf20

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To the Debian community and the DebConf Committee:

We are workers in tech and many other industries, and we call on you to take a stand for Palestinian rights. Respect the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement to end apartheid in Israel and withdraw the 2020 Debian Developer Conference from the University of Haifa in Israel.

We call on all developers and attendees:

Boycott DebConf 2020 to pressure Debian to relocate the event, and spread the word with #BoycottDebConf20.

The DebConf Code of Conduct states that there is no tolerance for "unwarranted exclusion from conference or related events based on age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, [or] religion", yet the entire State of Israel is based on racist apartheid. In fact, the 2018 Nation-State Law of Israel codifies apartheid. This law states that the country is the nation-state of the Jewish people alone, and it denies the rights of millions of Palestinians. Instead, Palestinians live under a brutal military occupation and blockade which is recognized as illegal by the United Nations and the vast majority of the world.

With tragic irony, the DebConf 2020 announcement coincides with the start of Israeli Apartheid Week and comes one year after the start of the Great March of Return. These marches are a series of ongoing protests in Gaza which demand Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes from which Zionist forces expelled them in 1948.

In the past year Israeli snipers have injured thousands and killed hundreds of Palestinians. Israeli snipers murder children like 13 year-old Hasan Shalabi, medics like 21 year-old Razan Al-Najjar, and even disabled Palestinians like 29 year-old Abu Thurayya.

We call upon Debian developers and DebConf to lead the Free/Libre/Open Source community and fight for human liberation as well as software liberation.

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has, for 15 years, called for the boycott of cooperation with Israel and its academic and cultural institutions until the following three demands are met:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194

Honor the struggle of the Palestinians and boldly join the fight against apartheid!

Long live Palestine!