From:   shaista husain <>
Sent time:   Friday, October 14, 2011 6:06:45 AM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Occupy Wall Street not Palestine! We are part of the 99%!

This is great news!!!!! Thank you--true ARAB SPRING inspiration!!!!

Anti-apartheid struggle must come to OWS

Will there be teach-ins? There is a huge contingent of Jews of

Conscience against Zionism it would be a great opportunity for us to

examine the movements in Middle East!

in solidarity,




On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 7:59 AM, Matthew Presto

<> wrote:



> Occupy Wall Street not Palestine!

> We are part of the world’s 99% yearning for freedom, justice and equal

> rights!


>  If a people one day wills to live                     fate must answer its

> call

> And the night must fade                               and the chain must

> break

> – Abou-Al-kacem El-Chebbi (Tunisia)


> Occupied Palestine, October 13 -The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and

> Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest Palestinian civil society

> coalition struggling for Palestinian rights, is proud to stand in solidarity

> with the movements struggling for a new world based on democracy, human

> rights and economic justice. From New York to Athens, from Madrid to

> Santiago, from Bahrain to Rome, these huge mobilisations provide a much

> needed reminder of something that Palestinians have always known – that

> another world, a dignifying one, is possible and ordinary people can create

> it.


> Our aspirations overlap; our struggles converge. Our oppressors, whether

> greedy corporations or military occupations, are united in profiting from

> wars, pillage, environmental destruction, repression and impoverishment. We

> must unite in our common quest for freedoms, equal rights, social and

> economic justice, environmental sanity, and world peace. We can no longer

> afford to be splintered and divided; we can no longer ignore our obligations

> to join hands in the struggle against wars and corporate exploitation and

> for a human-friendly world community not a profit-maximizing jungle.


> The Occupy Wall Street movement and its counterparts across the US, Europe,

> Latin America and elsewhere are — at least partially — inspired by the Arab

> Spring for democracy and social justice. Leaders of the Arab popular revolts

> tell us that they, in turn, were largely inspired by our own, decades-old

> struggle against Israel’s occupation of our land, its system of

> discrimination that matches the UN’s definition of apartheid, and its denial

> of the right of Palestinian refugees to return home.


> The rapidly emerging movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

> against Israel until it complies with international law is a key and

> effective part of the Palestinian struggle. Anchored in universal principles

> of human rights and struggling for freedom, justice and equality, the BDS

> movement, established in 2005, is deeply rooted in decades of Palestinian

> peaceful resistance to colonial oppression and is inspired by the South

> African struggle against apartheid as well as the civil rights movement in

> the US. It is adopted by a near consensus among Palestinians everywhere,

> with all the main political parties, trade unions, professional syndicates,

> women’s unions, student groups, NGO networks and refugee advocacy networks

> represented in the BNC, the reference for this growing movement to end

> Israeli impunity.


> The Palestinian-led BDS movement is a global effort of groups, from South

> Africa to Britain, from Canada to India, and within Israel itself, all

> committed to ending Israel’s denial of basic Palestinian rights. It is

> endorsed by towering moral leaders of the calibre of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

> and Holocaust survivor and co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human

> Rights, Stephane Hessel. It is supported by world renowned cultural and

> intellectual figures such as Alice Walker, Naomi Klein, Roger Waters, Judith

> Butler, Sarah Schulman, John Berger, Ken Loach, John Greyson, and Adrienne

> Rich.  Massive trade union federations such as COSATU (South Africa), CUT

> (Brazil), TUC (UK), ICTU (Ireland), among many others, have also adopted

> BDS.


> The movement has scored in the last two years some spectacular achievements

> when internationally renowned artists and music groups heeded the cultural

> boycott of Israel and refused to perform there or cancelled scheduled

> appearances. These have included the Pixies, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dogg, Meg

> Ryan, Vanessa Paradis, Gil Scott-Heron, among many others. The Norwegian

> state pension fund, among others, major European banks and some corporations

> have all been convinced to divest from businesses implicated in Israel’s

> violations of international law. Increasingly, BDS is recognized as a civic

> movement capable of ending Israeli impunity and, crucially, contributing to

> the global struggle against the war-mongering, racist agenda which Israel

> has persistently played a key role in.


> So as you break your own chains and build your own effective resistance

> against corporate tyranny, we ask you to demand a just peace for all the

> peoples in the Middle East, based on international law and equal human

> rights. Palestinians, too, are part of the 99% around the world that suffer

> at the hands of the 1% whose greed and ruthless quest for hegemony have led

> to unspeakable suffering and endless war. Corporate power has not just

> profited from our suffering but has colluded in maintaining Israel’s

> occupation and apartheid to perpetuate an unjust order that profits oil and

> military companies and multinational financial institutions.


> We call upon all the spreading social movements of the world to think

> critically when considering their attitude towards the Israeli ‘social

> justice’ protests, which have almost completely ignored the key issue at the

> heart of all of the problems faced by ordinary Palestinians and even

> Israelis: Israel’s costly system of occupation, colonialism and apartheid

> over the Palestinian people. Without putting an end to that multi-tiered

> Israeli system of oppression, our entire region will never enjoy a

> comprehensive and lasting peace, one that is based on justice and human

> rights.


> Money for jobs, health and education, not for racist oppression and

> occupation!

> Nowhere is this more important than in the United States. Despite Israel’s

> persistent denial of Palestinian rights, the US has provided Israel with

> unconditional political and military assistance that directly contributes to

> the denial of Palestinian rights, but also to the problems faced by ordinary

> US citizens. Could the $24bn of military aid provided to Israel in the

> period 2000-2009 not been better spent on schools, healthcare and other

> essential services? Did Israel not play a major role in prodding the US to

> launch and continue its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, at immense human and

> material cost, mainly borne by the poorest in those countries?


> But, we must remind ourselves all the time that this struggle will never be

> easy, and reaching our objectives never inevitable. As Martin Luther King

> once said:


> Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through

> continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our

> freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.


>  The refreshing scenes of determined peaceful protest for justice from

> around the world tell us that we, the 99% of the world, are in the process

> of straightening our backs, collectively, with unwavering fortitude and

> boundless hope.


> -          BNC Secretariat