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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Nederlandse Regering, Tweede kamer

Definitie van antisemitisme overnemen en vastleggen in wetgeving

Wij roepen u op om de definitie van antisemitisme van de International HolocaustRemembrance Alliance over te nemen, in de nationale wetgeving vast te leggen, en deze definitie te gebruiken bij de uitvoering van uw beleid inzake het bestrijden van antisemitisme. De definitie luidt: “Antisemitisme is een bepaald beeld van Joden, dat zich kan uiten als haat tegen Joden. Retorische en fysieke uitingen van antisemitisme worden gericht tegen Joden of niet-Joden en/of hun bezittingen, tegen instellingen van de Joodse Gemeenschap, en religieuze voorzieningen.”  Nederland neemt deel aan de IHRA en heeft met 30 andere landen samengewerkt bij het opstellen van deze definitie. Het Europees Parlement heeft deze definitie op 31 mei 2017 aangenomen met het verzoek aan de Europese lidstaten om te zetten in wetgeving. De reden hiervoor is dat één definitie van antisemitisme bijdraagt aan uniforme dataverzameling. Antisemitisme kan zo beter worden herkend en geregistreerd, en er kunnen vergelijkingen tussen landen worden gemaakt. Deze definitie is vooral belangrijk voor landen die pas sinds kort antisemitisme monitoren, en is meestal juist daar erg nodig. Bovendien is deze definitie een belangrijke stap in de bestrijding van online antisemitisme. Op dit moment maken antisemitische websites nog gebruik van het verschil in regelgeving in verschillende landen. Een uniforme definitie steekt hier een stokje voor, omdat er overeenstemming is over wat antisemitisme is.  Aan wie wordt de petitie aangeboden: Tweede Kamer en vertegenwoordigers van politieke partijen. Waarom belangrijk? Deze definitie is een belangrijke stap vooruit in het bestrijden van antisemitisme in de vorm van het ontkennen van zelfbeschikkingsrecht van de Joodse gemeenschap, en bij het toepassen van een dubbele standaard. Waarbij dan voor de Joodse gemeenschap andere maatstaven gelden dan voor de respectieve niet-Joodse gemeenschap. Er is een stijgende lijn van antisemitisme in Nederland, De komst van migranten uit Arabische landen waar antisemitisme normaal en algemeen geaccepteerd is, leidt tot meer antisemitisch geweld in Nederland. Breed begrip voor anti-Israel retoriek van Arabische terreurorganisaties van veel politieke groeperingen wekt de indruk dat antisemitisme acceptabel is. Hierdoor zal Antisemitisme de komende jaren een groter probleem worden. Antisemitisme is een globaal probleem, en moet dus ook globaal aangepakt worden. Een internationale definitie maakt bestrijding eenvoudiger en duidelijker. Bijvoorbeeld voor Rechtbanken, OM, advocaten, slachtoffers, actie groepen, politiek en pers. Studies. De definitie zelf is online te vinden, wij van Holland Support Israël en Mother of the Mount Carmel verzoeken dan ook deze definitie vast te leggen in Nederlandse wetgeving.  Deze petitie is opgesteld door: Holland Support Israel en Mother of the Mount Carmel. Beiden actief op Facebook, Twitter en Internet.

Holland supports Israël
4,358 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Max Nikias, Michael Quick

Condemn International Studies Professor David Kang for Anti-Semitism

On October 26, 2017, at the University of Southern California (USC), International Studies Professor David Kang gave a presentation to his class about terrorism where a slide called “Who are terrorists?” equated "Israeli Zionists" to the likes of the “North Korea”, "Tamil Tigers", "IRA" & other established terrorist groups in history. No radical Islamic countries or terror organizations such as Iran, ISIS, El-Qaeda, Hezbollah or Hamas, made the list. You can view a copy of the presentation here.  By creating an equation between "Israeli Zionists" and terrorist groups, Professor Kang has abused his authority – teaching a mandatory class – and has created a hostile environment for Pro-Israel and Jewish students at USC. A number of students who were present in that are now reluctant to recommend attending this class to their peers and friends or attend similar classes again. You can read more about the presentation was given by Professor Kang here & here.  The university refused to condemn Professor Kang or to take any action on the matter. We would like USC to speak out against the bigotry Professor Kang expressed and take concrete steps to ensure that anti-Israel sentiments and other forms of bigotry do not have a home on campus. It is especially unfortunate that the home of the USC Shoah Foundation – a foundation dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust – has no concern with such indoctrination. We encourage the community to sign the following petition as well as reach out to USC president, Max Nikias (uscpresident@usc.edu), and to the USC Provost Michael W. Quick (mquick@usc.edu) with your concerns. 

StopAntisemitism.org
10,485 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Chris Rock

Chris Rock, boycott apartheid Israel

We know that you're opposed to being regarded as a role model, but it's also undeniable that your voice reaches wider than most. We write to you, asking that you heed the Palestinian call and cancel your show in Israel.In the past two years, Israel has executed over 400 Palestinians in the streets of the West Bank. Approximately a fourth of them were children. Mass arrests have risen to over 6000 prisoners at any given time, including over 200 child prisoners, and 500 prisoners held without charge, trial, or release. All Palestinian prisoners in Israel's prisons are subject to systemic ill-treatment, arbitrary fines, medical neglect, beatings, and torture. House demolition has doubled since last year, including whole villages, leaving over a thousand people homeless, over half of them children. Gaza is still under a debilitating siege. Two million people, over 50% of them children, crammed into 365 square kilometres, with power outages of up to 18-22 hours a day, 95% of the water undrinkable, civilian infrastructure devastated, including hospitals, schools, places of worship, and other institutions. Over 40% are unemployed, 80% of the population rely on humanitarian aid to cover their very basic needs, including food, basic education, basic health care, shelter, blankets, mattress or cooking stoves. The United Nations has declared in July 2017 that despite its public predictions that Gaza will be 'unliveable' by 2020, it has in fact been unliveable for years. 'Unliveable' has been defined by the UN as "effectively not enough resources for people to survive". Israel's restrictions on movement trap the population inside, without recourse to search for better living conditions than it is providing. Within Israel itself, Palestinian citizens- over 20% of Israelis- are subject to a system of over 60 discriminative laws, decades-long processes of systematic, de-development, gentrification, ghettoisation, and impoverishment that results in an infant mortality rate three times as higher than Israel's Jewish citizens. Persecution of Palestinian political parties, parliamentarians, and public servants, escalates, while Israeli-Jewish politicians and public figures continue their unabated incitement to genocide against the indigenous Palestinian minority, with brutal results often meted out by Israeli civilians as well as armed forces. Lastly, Israel has denied Palestinian refugees- the biggest group of refugees in the world- their right to return to their homeland, in accordance to international law and international resolutions, all the while continuing, to this day, to seize their land, and expel them from their homes. Chris, it is Israel's explicit policy to use culture as a tool for state propaganda. Part of this is paying international artists unheard of sums of money in order to polish its image abroad and distract from its massive crimes against the indigenous Palestinian people. We don't ask you to do anything extraordinary, nor do we ask you to lead. We only ask you not to lend your name to Israel's apartheid.

Boycott from Within
6,848 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel: Don't deport asylum seekers to Rwanda

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu, As North American Jews and as friends of Israel, we are deeply concerned about your recent announcement of plans to deport tens of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers from Israel. We are concerned that while in most of the western world, refugee acceptance rates for Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers average as high as 56-84%, in Israel acceptance rates remain below 1%. We are disturbed by reports from numerous sources that have shown that asylum seekers who have thus far “self-deported” from Israel have not found safety and protection in the countries to which they self-deported, be they their countries of origin - Eritrea or Sudan - or the third-party countries of Uganda and Rwanda. We know that many such individuals are no longer among the living. We are concerned that if you move forward with these plans, the lives of thousands of individuals will be put in jeopardy, and the name of the Jewish State and the Jewish People will be irreparably stained. As a people who were once refugees, and were once strangers in a strange land, we believe we have a special obligation toward refugees, whatever their religion or race. As a leading signatory to the International Convention on the Status of Refugees (1951), and moreover as a Jewish State founded by Jewish refugees, we believe Israel should be a model for the positive treatment of refugees. We therefore call upon you to reconsider your plans to deport tens of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers. We urge you to respect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees as enshrined in the International Refugee Convention and in Jewish law and values, and to allow those asylum seekers already residing in Israel to live in dignity until it is truly safe for them to return. We further commit ourselves and offer our hand in support in any way that we can help in coping with the challenges of the refugee crisis. Please do not deport these individuals who have sought refuge among the Jewish People, but rather let us work together in addressing the burdens and challenges of our moral obligations. “You shall not hand over to their master a slave who has sought refuge with you from their master. They shall live with you in your midst, in the place which they shall choose in one of your towns where it is good for them; you shall not mistreat them.” (Deuteronomy 23:16-17) Sincerely, (In alphabetical order; affiliations listed for identification purposes only) Jeremy Ben-Ami President J Street Kenneth Bob President AmeinuLauren Fortgang Co-Founder and Policy Director Never Again CoalitionSusan Freudenheim Executive Director Jewish World WatchEitan Goldstein Mazkir Klali Habonim Dror North America איתן גולדשטייןRabbi Seth Goldstein President Reconstructionist Rabbinical AssociationPaul Golin Executive Director Society for Humanistic JudaismRabbi Art Green Rector Rabbinical School of Hebrew CollegeRabbi Jill Jacobs Executive Director T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human RightsMark Hetfield President and CEO HIASAlexis Karpf General Secretary Hashomer Hatzair North AmericaNancy K. Kaufman CEO National Council of Jewish WomenYehuda Kurtzer President Shalom Hartman Institute of North AmericaRabbi Asher Lopatin President Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical SchoolKaren Mock President JSpaceCanadaBen Murane Executive Director New Israel Fund of CanadaRabbi Jonah Pesner Director, Religious Action Center and Senior Vice President Union for Reform JudaismJonathan Rosenblum Executive Director Jewish Labor CommitteeReuben Rotman President & Chief Executive Officer Network of Jewish Human Service AgenciesRabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. President Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities Paul Scham President Partners for Progressive IsraelRabbi Philip Scheim President Rabbinical AssemblyDanny Schild Co-Chair CHAI: Canadians Supporting Asylum Seekers in IsraelStephen Slater Co-Founder and Co-Chair Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in IsraelDaniel Sokatch CEO New Israel FundRabbi Josh Weinberg President ARZARav Shmuly Yanklowitz----Additional notable signatories will be added. For more information contact info@asylumseekers.org  

Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel
19,864 supporters