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Petition to Boris Johnson MP, Theresa May MP, UK Parliament, UK Foreign Commonwealth Office

UK must recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital - move the embassy

We call upon the UK Government to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Britain claims to treat both sides equally in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, however there is a shocking bias against Israel when it comes to Jerusalem. You see, the UK representative to Israel is in Tel Aviv, Israel’s second city. However, the UK representative to the Palestinians is in Jerusalem. That’s right, the UK government is indulging the Palestinian’s claim to Jerusalem whilst actively disregarding Israel’s right to Jerusalem. It is time to end this shocking double-standard! Recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is not a barrier to peace as some claim. Instead, accepting reality is the first step in working towards peace. The reality is that Jerusalem is already the capital of Israel. It has been the capital for the Jewish people for over 3,000 years and for the State of Israel for nearly 70 years. It is where Israel has chosen to place its government and parliament and where British government ministers gather on official visits. And, as Israel’s capital, it is the only capital city in the Middle East where all peoples can live with full religious freedom under Israeli law. This will not change. The UK government recognises the legitimacy of the State of Israel yet denies Israel the right of self-determining its capital. No other sovereign nation would accept being told where to locate its own capital. Furthermore, by not recognising that Israel has the right to determine its capital, Britain is complicit with those that seek to delegitimise the existence of the Jewish State and deny the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. We realise moving the embassy would be a bold and courageous move in the current geo-political climate. However, many nations are being intimidated from doing the right thing because of the threats and violent anger by those who oppose Israel. By forming foreign policy in response to these threats, the UK government is turning its back on our cherished ally, Israel. In 1917 Britain lead the way and recognised the need for the Jewish people to have a national home of their own in the land of Israel.  One hundred years later, Britain must recognise the reality of Jerusalem as the capital of that nation. Now is the time for the United Kingdom to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate it's embassy.  

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Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to The African National Congress

Open Letter to the African National Congress re: the South African Embassy in Israel

                             A Brief Summary of our Petition                                (Please read, sign and share) The African National Congress will meet for its 54th National Conference from December 16th to 20th, in Johannesburg. Part of the deliberations of this conference relate to proposals from the ANC International Relations Commission which made two recommendations: #1 To downgrade South Africa's Embassy in Israel and #2 To completely shut down South Africa's Embassy in Israel. Various groups, including BDS and the Arab League have consistently lobbied the ANC to adopt the proposals set out above but we believe that the ANC should resist such pressure for several reasons set our in our Open Letter accompanying this petition. Principal amongst those reasons is that such a move would be contrary to South African and ANC foreign policy which calls for engagement with all parties to a conflict. This has been the consistent stance of both the ANC and South African government in all conflicts in Africa and beyond. All we expect the ANC to do, is to treat the Arab-Israel conflict in a manner that is consistent with its foreign policy principles rather than cave-in to external pressure from organisation which do not seek an enduring peaceful solution. We are mindful that our democracy in South Africa was heralded by negotiations between the then South African government and liberation organisations such as the ANC as highlighted by the historic CODESA sessions. We note that the South African government will resume full diplomatic relations with Morocco despite the ongoing conflict with Western Sahara as diplomatic missions afford countries means to communicate and resolve matters. We note further that a resolution to downgrade or close the South African Embassy in Israel can only have a negative impact on the South African Christian community (around 44 million Christians) and who make up the No 1 pilgrims to the Holy Land. Such a move could precipitate a souring of relations with a corresponding response from Israel. The consequence of such a change in diplomatic relations with Israel may necessitate that South Africans travel to the nearest Embassy of Israel in Kenya which would cause severe financial hardship to prospective pilgrims who wish to exercise their constitutional rights with regards to freedom of movement and matters of faith. This petition does not address the specific issues of conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians as such discussions must ultimately take place between the affected parties but rather our focus is on the ANC dealing with and treating the State of Israel in a manner that is consistent with all other nations. We thus urge you to sign this petition and forward to friends, family and collegaues so that we can all stand in agreement. Blessings   Please find the complete Open Letter here below:   OPEN LETTER TO THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS To:       The President of the ANC, Jacob Zuma; The Deputy President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa; The National Chairperson of the ANC, Baleka Mbete; The Secretary-General of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe; The National Executive Committee of the ANC; The NEC Subcommittee on International Relations; The ANC International Relations Commission and ANC Voting Delegates representing the provinces.   Dear fellow Africans Peace and greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We also greet you as children of the African soil and it is in our capacity as concerned Christian leaders from various countries in the African continent that we address you just days ahead of the ANC’s 54th National Conference. Firstly, allow us to wish you a peaceful and productive national conference as you wrestle with matters that affect the ANC, South Africa, the African continent and beyond. May God grant you courage, wisdom and unity in your deliberations. This ANC conference takes place at an important time in the history of South Africa and the African continent where we all seek to find lasting solutions to the crippling challenges that face our great continent that range from poverty, unemployment, health, water, energy and conflict. Aside from these weighty issues, there are two grave matters that weigh heavily on our collective mind and we write to implore you to give further consideration to them both. 1.      Arab Slave Trade of Africans Many of us are acutely aware of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade to the Americas which took place between the 16th and 19th Century and saw between 10 to 12 million of our ancestors sold to slavery. Less is said however, about the devastating effects of slave trade on Africa. “The depopulation and a continuing fear of captivity made economic and agricultural development almost impossible whilst a large percentage of the people taken captive were women in their childbearing years and young men who normally would have been starting families.” Even less is reported about Arab slave trade of Africans which predates European slave trade by about 700 years and took place through the Trans-Sahara or Indian Ocean routes. This slave trade occurred mostly between A.D 650 and 1900 and historians place the number of Africans enslaved by Arab slave traders at over 20 million and this often involved eunuchs where boys between the age of 8 and 12 were sold as castrated male slaves. What is particularly troubling to note is that this barbaric practise of treating Africans as sub-human still continues in parts of North Africa. We are aware of news from credible international reports and documentaries about Africans being ransomed, enslaved and having their organs harvested for sale on the black market in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula from around 2011. The most recent reports relate to slave auctions of Africans in Libya that were reported by the American media outlet, CNN. It is not enough to register disgust and voice objection to this horror and we therefore entreat you to demand complete cessation of this cruelty and accountability by the culpable countries and members of the Arab League through diplomatic channels and the African Union. We cannot stand idly by whilst our people are traded as commodities in the 21st Century by those who pretend to be our brothers. 2.      Downgrade/Closure of the South African Embassy in Israel We have noted the Report of the ANC’s 5th National Policy Conference held earlier this year and in particular the recommendations from the International Relations Commission with regards to the various areas of conflict within the African continent and beyond. We are acutely aware and appreciative of the fact that the ANC remains seized with Continental and International Solidarity and note further the following: That since 1994, the ANC-led South African government has played a crucial role in mediation efforts across the African continent and most notably in peace efforts in Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, South Sudan and Sudan, Zimbabwe; That the South African government and ANC have always called for all-inclusive negotiation processes in areas conflict, based on the assumption “that every group has genuine grievances and has the interests of the country at heart”; That the ANC states that “a reflection on the legacy of Comrade OR Tambo is therefore instructive in that he was able to engage both the East and West during the Cold War. Our engagement in the continent and the world must seek to emulate this example.” Noting further, that the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has been working through a Foreign Policy White Paper entitled “Diplomacy of Ubuntu” which describes South Africa’s unique approach to global issues. This White Paper states that “this philosophy translates into an approach to international relations that respects all nations, peoples, and cultures. We therefore champion collaboration, cooperation and building partnerships over conflict.”   It is therefore clearly evident that the Foreign Policy of both the South African government and the ANC in the above regard is clear, consistent and transparent. A central feature of both foreign policies is one of open and sincere engagement with all parties to each conflict as a durable peaceful resolution cannot be reached through the exclusion of any one party to a conflict. Consistent with this foreign policy approach it is evident that all areas of conflict noted in the Report of the 5th National Policy Conference, namely Swaziland, Western Sahara and the struggle of the Kurdish people are treated in accordance with the principles of this policy – that being to keep open methods of communication and dialogue with all parties. We are thus understandably troubled and taken aback by the International Relations Commission recommendations as they pertain to the Israel-Palestine conflict because they mark a serious departure that is wholly inconsistent with both the spirit and letter of the prevailing ANC and South African government’s International Relations policy. The proposal to downgrade or completely close diplomatic relations with Israel is clearly punitive to one party to the conflict and directly contradicts the central tenants of the ANC’s International Relations policy. Whilst we are equally pained by the elusive peace solution and grieve for all human life lost in this conflict, we must register our strong protest at the two options tabled before the 54th National Conference. To further highlight how extraordinarily inconsistent these two options are with ANC and South African government policy, it is worth noting that whilst the ANC and South African government have openly supported Western Sahara’s quest for independence from its occupation by Morocco, President Zuma announced on December 3, 2017 that South Africa and Morocco would resume full diplomatic relations. The president further stated that “Morocco is an African nation and we need to have relations with them … we never had problems with them anyway.” He further added “They felt that even if we differ on the Western Sahara issues, the two countries should have a relationship.” It is instructive to note that there are currently more than 50 international territorial disputes around the world including: Kashmir region between India and Pakistan; Crimean region between Russia and Ukraine and that between China and Taiwan to mention a few, yet South Africa maintains full diplomatic relations with both parties to these conflicts. This, again, begs the question: why should the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians be treated differently? It is not inconceivable nor would it be unreasonable if Israel responded to a downgrade or closure by taking the same drastic measures concerning the Embassy of Israel in South Africa. Additional to these policy considerations, stated above, we wish to also point out the real harm that would be suffered by South African citizens and those of the broader Southern African Development Community (SADC). The Embassy of Israel in South Africa provides consular services beyond South Africa and includes the countries of Lesotho, Mauritius and Swaziland who are not represented or participants to the ANC conferences but would, nonetheless, be potentially adversely affected by the adoption of the proposed recommendations. For South African citizens this has the real possibility of leading to a loss of a visa free status in travel to Israel which currently exists. Such an unfortunate decision would then necessitate that South African citizens travel to the nearest Israeli Embassy in Kenya to apply for a visa to enter Israel. It is worth considering that around 44 million South Africans profess to be Christian and South African pilgrims account for the highest number of inbound visitors to Israel from the African continent. Thus, irrespective of their views on the Israel-Palestine conflict, South African Christians will suffer real economic hardships additional to any other inconvenience. It is important to note that Christian pilgrimages to Israel have a strong focus on cities and towns such as Bethlehem, Cana, Nazareth and Jericho which are either majority Arab in population and or lie within the Palestinian controlled Territories and thus our visits bring much needed tourist income. Fellow Africans and compatriots, we plead with you to resist the calls for a downgrade or closure of the South African Embassy in Israel for the numerous reasons stated above and there are several other avenues within which to express ANC solidarity and contribute to a peaceful resolution to this conflict. We speak on behalf of countless voices and ministries within our great continent and are willing to constructively engage with you further on this matter. Please be assured of our sincere prayers for you to have a successful conference and we look forward to hearing of a positive report at its conclusion.   Blessings to you all   Signed by the following African Ministries:  Abounding Grace Ministries:                                             South Africa Africa Bless Israel:                                                             South Africa Africa for Israel Christian Coalition:                                    South Africa Cape to Cairo Israel Mission:                                             South Africa Cape to Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations:          South Africa Church’s Ministry to the Jewish People:                             South Africa Concerned Clergy:                                                              South Africa Dorvek Trading (Pty) Ltd:                                                    South Africa Friends from Abroad:                                                           South Africa Kingdom Life Empowerment Ministries:                              South Africa Kings Bible Church:                                                             South Africa Kingdom Heirs Assembly:                                                    South Africa Liberty Christian Fellowship Ministries:                                South Africa Powerhouse Ministries:                                                        South Africa Pure Business Ministry Hermanus:                                      South Africa South Africa United:                                                             South Africa The Do It Group:                                                                  South Africa Transformation Africa:                                                         South Africa Three Cord Family Development Services:                        South Africa Vuka Africa Foundation:                                                      South Africa Christ Vineyard:                                                                    Botswana European Coalition for Israel:                                               Belgium Missionary New Earth, the Mt of Olives Churches Int:         Gabon Endtime Miracle & Power Ministries International:               Ghana Cape to Cairo Israel Mission:                                               Kenya Beth-El, Associação Cristã Amigos de Israel:                      Mozambique Value Adding Christian Centre:                                            Nigeria Association of Christian Human Rights:                               Nigeria Jerusalem House of Prayer - Zambia:                                 Zambia House of Worship International Church:                              Zimbabwe Awake Grace Ministries International:                                  Zimbabwe Missionoflove4Africa:                                                           Zimbabwe Christians Ministers Council of Southern Africa:                  Southern Africa Impact Africa Network College of Bishops:                          South Africa, Nigeria, UK and USA

Africa for Israel #SouthAfricanEmbassyinIsrael
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Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Viacom

Stop Bellator MMA Events In Israel Until It Respects International Law!

Stop Bellator Mixed Martial Arts events in Israel until they comply with international law! Bellator Mixed Martial Arts is an organisation which is considered only second to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the world of professional MMA. They are looking to expand around the world to grow as a company and promote MMA as a sport around the world. Bellator has visited Israel twice and intends to keep this partnership as the President of Bellator, Scott Coker, has indicated. It should be known that MMA is a sport which is a combination of ancient and new martial arts, each of which uphold the code of honor and respect as their motto. We feel that Bellator MMA with their past events with Israel and with any planned events, disrespects that very same code of honor and respect. This is because on one hand, Bellator holds events in Israel and promotes sport in the area for the enjoyment of Israeli citizens and on the other hand, Palestinians are forcibly removed from their own homes in to exile from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Netanyahu has stated that these West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements are permanent and not only does this guarantee that more settlements will be equally justified but it violates international law and resolutions such as the United Nations Security Council resolutions 446 and 465. Both unequivocally state that these are occupied territories. To add insult to injury, fighters that play major parts in these shows include fighters like Noad Lahat, a former IDF (Israeli Defense Force) member who enrolled with them during the July 2014 war on Gaza on which the Human Rights Watch accused Israel of war crimes. We see the Bellator promotion of MMA in this state a pass and encouragement towards Israel to continue on its path of illegal criminal activities as the promotion of such sports is a huge obstacle to Palestinians ever getting their rights which are being taken away from them on a daily basis. We demand that Bellator stops its events in Israel until Israel begins to respect the international law and the rights of the Palestinians. Do not delay, sign and share this petition now. 

Allen Jones
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