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Petition to , , , , @flyinglotus , , , , , North/South America -Christian Bernhardt, The Agency Group, ltd. EU/UK - Bob van Heur - bob@belmont, Booking Agent Uncle Booking Erik Carter Booking A, , , Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine (Coordinating body for the major political parti, Union of Arab Community Based Associations (ITTIJAH), Haifa, Forum of Palestinian NGOs in Lebanon, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW), General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT), Federation of Unions of Palestinian Universities' Professors and Employees, Consortium of Professional Associations, Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC), Coalition of Lebanese Civil Society Organizations (150 organizations), , , , Geoff Barnett, Ali Hedrick & Steven Himmelfarb, ,

Free Palestine: Tell Pusha T, of Montreal, Flying Lotus & More to cancel Israel Festival!

  On September 8th 2018 a music festival entitled Meteor Festival will commence ( not if we are successful) in the occupied Golan Heights/South Lebanon region that Israel calls “Pecan Park”  billing artists of the likes of Pusha T, of Montreal, Flying Lotus, Rhye, Kamasi Washington, and many more. The Idea that these artists found it moral  to play at all rather than boycott the area until equal rights and citizenship and attainment to material value  can be achieved among the natives (Palestinians)or at least until their own government stops supplying ammunition and strategies that lead to the use of white phosphorus on the Gaza Strip in 2008 which is a banned gas as dangerous or more so than Bashar Al -Assad has on his own people should be beyond anyone with a moral compass’s min. The constant siege and land grabs associated with Israeli Settlements going back even prior to Stalin and Truman’s UN decision to divide the British Mandate of Palestine (the first colonization of Palestine) into 2 unequal states that lead to  a day now known as the Nakba there has been constant and slow moving genocide. B due to recent events  it is It is an entirely new level of misanthropy, apathy,malevolence, or all of the above to play in Trump <3 Bibi era September 2018 a year on a whole new level of horrific crisis. So horrific the US just permanently left the UN Human Rights Council in order to justify a situation that is going to leave Gaza uninhabitable very soon.  All artists will be complicit in the Hasbara used after the event to make it seem as if the following events were just state quarrels that artists best not be involved in.  The recent massacre of 123 protestors The Jerusalem embassy move the UN report on Gaza being unlivable by 2020 unless trends are reversed with 2 million people living in an area where Israel controls all the water which is 97% contaminated and in 2015 shut off the West Bank’s water during Ramadan as well as the electric grid which  “is as low as at 90 megawatts in recent days against the 450 megawatts needed”       Please sign this petition with the hopes of changing the course of history and start to restore Palestinian’s their humanity. Artists of all people should understand that show where they are going to play where no Palestinians are available to see is the same as Artists who played for segregated audiences in southern USA in the times of the 50s and 60s .        “Israel overtly uses culture as a form of propaganda to whitewash or justify its regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people. Just as South African anti-apartheid activists had called on international artists, writers and cultural institutions to culturally boycott South Africa, PACBI urges international cultural workers and cultural organizations, including unions and associations, to boycott and/or work towards the cancellation of events, activities, agreements, or projects involving Israel, its lobby groups or its cultural institutions. International venues and festivals are asked to reject funding and any form of sponsorship from the Israeli government. Thousands of artists across the world now refuse to perform in Israel, including a host of global superstars such as Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, Lauryn Hill and Chuck D.”  

Lukas Kalwarski
13 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Talab Abu Arar, Saeed Alkharumi, Abd Al Hakeem Haj Yahya, Yair Lapid, Moshe Kahlon

Call on Israel's parliament to oppose the bill criminalizing the documentation of soldiers

Israel’s parliament is to consider a law banning the photographing or filming of soldiers. The proposed legislation is entitled the “Prohibition against photographing and documenting IDF Soldiers”. "Anyone who filmed, photographed, and/or recorded soldiers in the course of their duties, with the intention of undermining the spirit of IDF soldiers and residents of Israel, shall be liable to five years imprisonment. Anyone intending to harm state security will be sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment", says the bill, proposed by Robert Ilatov, a member of the Knesset and the chairman of the right-wing nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party. This is a dangerous, totalitarian attempt to undermine scrutiny of the violations of international law carried out by Israeli forces. Haaretz has condemned the bill, saying its aim was to “to silence criticism of the army, and in particular to prevent human rights organisations from documenting the Israeli army’s actions in the territories. The immediate result of such a prohibition is serious harm to the possibility of protecting human rights and overseeing the army’s activity. The bill does serious harm to freedom of the press and the public’s right to know what the reality is and especially what the ‘people’s army; is doing in its name and on its behalf.” Israeli forces have long been targeting journalists in Palestine, from directly shooting tear gas and bullets at press and human rights activists (including children) in the West Bank to the recent murders of Yasser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein during the ongoing Great Return March in Gaza. The number of journalists killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 2000 has reached 43. Please join us in condemning the proposed bill and calling on the Knesset to oppose this law, with the hashtag #DontShootTheMessenger. Bill timeline: Sunday 17th June: The Israeli government endorsed the proposal, if the aim of filming is “hurting a soldier’s spirit” or “harming national security.” The bill will now undergo four full rounds of votes in the parliament before it becomes a law. Wednesday 20th June: The bill passed its first reading in a 45-42 vote. Photo via Getty Images

Human Rights Defenders
1,972 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Mahmoud Abbas

Lift the sanctions on Gaza and end repression in the West Bank

PA security forces attacked Palestinian protesters marching in Ramallah on Wednesday, 13 June, as they demanded an end to the PA’s sanctions imposed on Gaza. The Ramallah Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas has imposed a series of sanctions on Palestinians in Gaza, including cuts to PA public employees’ salaries, delays of medical transfers, restrictions on remittances and refusal to pay electricity bills. These sanctions have worked in tandem with the siege on Gaza imposed by Israel with the cooperation and complicity of Arab regimes, including Egypt, as well as the United States and the European Union. Palestinians launched their campaign to end the sanctions and stand together with their fellow Palestinians in Gaza with a march of over 1500 in Ramallah on 10 June, after over 130 Palestinians in Gaza were killed by Israeli occupation forces as they participated in the Great Return March. The Great Return March is an ongoing popular demonstration demanding Palestinian refugees’ right to return, denied them for over 70 years, and an end to the siege on Gaza. These popular protests have been met with extreme violence and brutality by Israeli forces, who have killed children, paramedics and journalists as they covered the peaceful demonstrations. Amid these struggles in Gaza and the devastating Israeli siege, PA sanctions have operated to intensify poverty,  unemployment and lack of basic services such as electricity.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
516 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Richard Shelby, Doug Jones, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, John McCain, Jeff Flake, John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Michael Bennet, Cory Gardner, Richard Blumenthal, christopher, Chris Murphy, Eleanor Norton, Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, David Perdue, Madeleine Bordallo, Brian Schatz, Mazie Hirono, James Risch, Tammy Duckworth, Joe Donnelly, Todd Young, Joni Ernst, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, Angus King, Susan Collins, Chris Van Hollen, Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey, Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters, Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, Catherine Cortez Masto, Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Robert Menendez, Cory Booker, Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, Heidi Heitkamp, Gregorio Sablan, Sherrod Brown, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Robert Casey, John, Jack Reed, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tim Scott, Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders, Stacey Plaskett, Mark Warner, timothy, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Joe Manchin, Tammy Baldwin, Terri Sewell, Tom O'Halleran, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego, Kyrsten Sinema, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Jerry McNerney, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Jim Costa, Ro Khanna, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Jimmy Panetta, Salud Carbajal, Julia Brownley, Judy Chu, Adam Schiff, Tony Cardenas, Brad Sherman, Ted Lieu, Jimmy Gomez, Norma Torres, Raul Ruiz, Karen Bass, Linda Sanchez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Mark Takano, Maxine Waters, Nanette Barragan, Alan Lowenthal, Juan Vargas, Scott Peters, Susan Davis


Section 620M of the United States Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, otherwise known as the Leahy Law, prohibits US aid to any state militia that commits “gross violations of human rights” (FAA, 1961, p.236). The United States has continued to provide support to Israel’s military despite its abysmal record of human rights violations against Palestinian civilians, most of which have targeted defenseless children and residents of internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been illegally occupied by the Israeli Defense Force and Israeli citizens.   The first category of gross human rights violations Israel commits against Palestinians involves illegal settlements. The 1947 UN Partition Plan clearly specifies Gaza, Jerusalem, and the West Bank as part of Palestinian territory, but Israel’s continued construction of illegal settlements on Gaza and the West Bank violates this international mandate. Further, in 2016, UN Security Council Resolution 2334 determined Israel's settlements to have no legal basis, and that the state of Israel is and has been "in violation of international law" since 1967. Moreover, various NGOs report widespread abuses of Palestinians who have been forcibly removed from their own homes by IDF forces, murdered by Israeli settlers, shot at by IDF forces, extra judicially killed by IDF forces, arrested for protesting against Israel’s abuses, and tortured while in IDF custody. The second category of Israel’s gross violation of human rights involve violations of the Geneva Convention’s International Law of Armed Conflict. The Law of Armed Conflict of the Geneva Convention prohibits the use of chemical weapons, and it states that parties to a conflict must “allow and facilitate impartial humanitarian relief for civilians in need.”  In September 2007, Israel began to enforce a blockade against Palestinians, which has since obstructed Palestinian civilians’ access to humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, food, and tools necessary to rebuild homes destroyed by violent conflict. In December 2008, Israeli forces destroyed the humanitarian aid ship The Dignity, which was carrying medical volunteers and supplies that were bound for Gaza. In March 2009, Israel committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians when it detonated white phosphorous munitions over Gaza, causing Palestinian men, women, and children to suffer extensive burns, cardiovascular collapse, organ failure, and/or death upon exposure. On June 30, 2009, Israeli forces obstructed the humanitarian aid ship, The Spirit of Humanity from reaching Gaza, where they arrested and imprisoned at least 19 human rights workers that were on board this ship. In May 2010, Israel obstructed the Turkish humanitarian aid ship, Mavi Marmara  from reaching Palestinian civilians besieged at Gaza, where at least nine human rights workers were killed by Israeli forces. In June 2010, Israel destroyed the humanitarian aid ship, MV Rachel Corrie that was bound for Gaza. The MV Rachel Corrie was named after US activist Rachel Corrie who was crushed to death by an armed Israeli bulldozer as she attempted to stop him from destroying a Palestinian home in March 2003.  In October 2012, Israel obstructed the humanitarian aid ship, Estelle, from reaching the besieged Palestinian civilians of Gaza. In 2017, Israel destroyed EU-funded humanitarian projects meant for Palestinian civilians on the West Bank in order to make room for illegal Israeli settlements. Humanitarian relief is vital to the survival of Palestinian civilians besieged on Gaza and the West Bank, but the intentional obstruction of such relief by Israeli forces has caused Palestinian civilians to endure inhabitable conditions, and these constitute gross violations of human rights. The third category of gross violations of human rights is against Palestinian children and in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Convention Against Torture, and the United Nations Convention on Civil and Political Rights. IDF forces have been slammed by the United Nations, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Watch for Children in Armed Conflict for its continued abuses of Palestinian children. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reports that Israeli forces routinely deny Palestinian children “registration of their birth and access to health care, decent schools, and clean water,” and “continuously use Palestinian children as human shields and informants.” The use of children or civilians as human shields in armed conflict is in violation of Geneva Convention Law of Armed Conflict Rule 97 as well. UNICEF (2017) reports “child arrests and detention frequently occur in East Jerusalem. Harassment by Israeli Security Forces at check-points, violence from settlers and the demolition of houses and other infrastructure are an ongoing feature of daily life affecting children and families across the West Bank.”  Following the horrific abuse of Ahed Tamimi and her family, Human Rights Watch issued a report citing widespread abuses of Palestinian children and unjust treatment in military courts by Israeli forces. Amnesty International writes that the IDF had “tortured and otherwise ill-treated Palestinian detainees, including children, particularly during arrest and interrogation, with methods including ‘beating with batons, slapping, throttling, prolonged shackling, stress positions, sleep deprivation and threats.’” A fourth category of gross human rights violations involves the slaughter of non-combatants, including medical practitioners, journalists, and civilians.  The killing of non-combatants are war crimes and in violation of Geneva Convention IV. Article 20 of Geneva Convention IV prohibits the killing of medical personnel. It states: "Persons regularly and solely engaged in the operation and  administration of civilian  hospitals, including the personnel engaged in the search for, removal and transporting of and caring for wounded and sick civilians, the infirm and maternity cases, shall be respected and protected. In occupied territory and in zones of military operations, the above personnel shall be recognizable by means of an identity card certifying their status, bearing the photograph of the holder and embossed with the stamp of the responsible authority…" While the Geneva Convention clearly protects medical personnel in occupied territories, Israeli Defense Forces have targeted medical facilities and killed medical personnel who were treating wounded individuals. Between 2008 and 2009, IDF forces were involved in attacks against an estimated 15 hospitals, 43 primary health care clinics, and 29 ambulances. At least 16 health workers were killed and 25 were injured while tending to wounded persons. In 2012, at least 16 hospitals and clinics, and 6 ambulances were attacked during Israeli military offensives. At least 3 medical workers were injured. In 2014, at least 17 hospitals, 56 primary health care clinics, and 45 ambulances were attacked during Israeli military offensives. At least 23 medical personnel were killed and 78 were injured. In 2015, at least 34 medical facilities were attacked, at least 92 ambulances were damaged, and at least 147 medical workers were injured during Israeli military offensives. Physicians for Human Rights- Israel documented at least 11 attacks on medical facilities and medical personnel in 2016. In 2017, the Coalition of Safeguarding Health in Conflict documented at least 93 attacks against medical personnel and medical facilities, mostly committed by Israeli Defense Forces. Between March 30 and May 27, 2018 alone, IDF forces have launched attacks affecting 245 health workers and 40 ambulances. On June 1, 2018, IDF shot to death Razan al-Najjar, a 21-year old female Palestinian paramedic who was tending to injured protesters when she was slain. Israel’s attacks on protected persons such as medical personnel are war crimes, and they constitute gross violations of human rights. While the number of deaths and causalities of non-combatants remain disputed across different sources, no sources examined dispute the fact that Israel continues to commit war crimes and human rights violations against non-combatants in the occupied territories. The promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is an inalienable right that must be afforded to our neighbors in humanity just as it is afforded to ourselves. United States congressmen and women must stop aiding the militias of those governments who impede individuals’ access to such opportunities. Stop providing aid to Israel’s military. Enforce the Leahy Law now, lest the United States be held accountable for its complicity in committing abuses against Palestinians through its military aid to Israel.   

Aarefah Mosavi
99 supporters