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Fadi Quran – Avaaz

I am writing to you from Palestine with a broken heart. Children are being killed. 

I just watched one of them being brought to the hospital. His name is Hamza Nassar. He was just 11 years old.

This vicious spiral of oppression and violence must end.

Our strategy must be to make the economic cost of this conflict too high to bear. It worked to end apartheid in South Africa, and it can end Israeli apartheid in Palestine. Join the call for sanctions on Israel — stand up for freedom and justice.

For many of us reading, Hamza will become a statistic. A number that passes in the news cycle.
(No coverage of colonial powers media on the murder and suffering of the “Palestinian” kids in Gaza and the West Bank)

But Hamza is not a number, he is someone’s son. A brother. A grandchild. A classmate. He was a beautiful dream of a brighter future. And now he is gone, forever. 

This spiral of oppression and violence must end. The only way to stop Israel forcing Palestinians from their lands, the collective punishment of innocent families, Israel bombing Gaza is to make the economic cost of this conflict too high to bear.

This strategy was key to ending Apartheid in South Africa, and it will be key to finally achieving peace in the Middle East. But it won’t succeed unless there’s a massive global movement behind it — and that’s where every one of our voices counts.

When this is huge, we’ll take it directly to members of the UN Security Council demanding sanctions on Israel until it puts an end to the military occupation.

Add your name now, and let’s make sure Hamza’s death is not in vain and no more dreams are vanished.
End the spiral of violence: Sanction Israel Now.

Currently, the Israeli government and extremist settlers make BILLIONS of dollars from the oppression of Palestinians. The settlers stealing the homes of Palestinians are often funded and supported by the Israeli government and USA taxpayers, which allows them to live a subsidized life on land they steal.

The Israeli government steals water and other natural resources from the Palestinian territories it occupies, while many Palestinians are forced to become cheap labour.

Before selling weapons and surveillance technologies to violent regimes, such as the military in Myanmar and dictatorship in Saudi Arabia, Israel often experiments with them on Palestinian communities.

To make freedom and peace viable, we need to shift this broken system that makes crimes against humanity a for-profit endeavor. 

Israel currently occupies, colonises, bombs, raids, and controls the water, trade and the borders of Palestine — a legally free nation that has been recognised by the United Nations.

In Gaza, Israel has created the largest open-air prison in the world, and then blockaded it. Now as bombs fall, the families have no way to escape.

These are war crimes and we wouldn’t accept them anywhere else.

The Israeli government, occupying settlers AND extremists and corrupt leaders benefit from the status quo, and for too long the international community has ignored Palestinian suffering.

To bring peace to the Middle East, that must change. And now is the moment to change it. This must end. 

Israel’s power and wealth dwarfs that of Palestine, and if it refuses to end its illegal occupation, the world must act to make the cost unbearable.

Calling for sanctions on Israel is the most potent non-violent strategy to ensure sustainable peace for Israelis and achieve Palestinian freedom and justice. 


With hope and determination,

Fadi, Marie, Christoph, Mo, Nax, John, Risalat, and the entire Avaaz team.
For more information:
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Human Rights Watch Report: Israel committing crime of apartheid

Israel’s actions in East Jerusalem are a human rights test for Biden (Vox)

Israeli police storm al-Aqsa mosque ahead of Jerusalem Day march (The Guardian)

What is happening in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah? (Al Jazeera English)

Hamas fires rockets into Israel after clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque; 20 reported dead in Gaza from Israeli airstrikes (Associated Press)

Hollywood’s stars invited in Israel’s prisons

By Fadi Quran – Avaaz

 

More than 500 Palestinian children are imprisoned by Israel right now on administrative charges and many of them endure terrible abuse like beatings and harassment.

Most people around the world don’t know anything about their plight. But we have a rare opportunity to tell the world about Palestine’s imprisoned stars — its children. 

The Israeli government is offering a $55,000 trip to Israel for Oscar winners, trying to use celebrities’ fame to whitewash its image in the eyes of the world.

But if thousands of us invite the stars to visit Palestine as well to learn about our child prisoners, then we can make this the story and create a media storm in Hollywood.

The global media asking film stars if they’ll accept our invitation to meet child prisoners and their families could be the tipping point that forces Israel to release our children.

We have no time to lose — the Oscars are this weekend. Add your name to the invitation now, then send widely, to make this massive today.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/oscars_mena_1/?bFAfecb&v=73335&cl=9570049372

Israel wants to use the endorsement of some of the world’s biggest celebrities to restore their international clout.

They want to hide the ugly face of the occupation behind photos of Hollywood stars on Tel Aviv beaches.

The stars will be given an all expenses paid journey so that they can paint a rosy picture of Israel — and Palestinians will be hidden from sight. 

It may seem petty or inconsequential to care about what a Hollywood star thinks, but they have a massive following in the media all over the world.

And if we frame our invitation as a way to balance what they see on their trip, it will be hard to turn down. And the stars — and the journalists with them — can help spread understanding of the everyday reality of the occupation.

This propaganda trip could become a win for the struggle for freedom and dignity in Palestine. We can show the world what happens to Palestine’s future stars, the children, who have their dreams shattered by Israel’s imprisonment policies.

It’s impossible to see a child in prison and think they deserve their long sentence, or meet their family and remain indifferent. This is how we’ll turn this story in our favour.

A free Palestine is within sight, but like the fight against Apartheid in South Africa, it will take international pressure to win. Millions of Avaaz members have taken action on Palestine over the years, now let’s make sure some of the biggest celebrities in the world hear our point of view.

Fadi, Alex, Emily, Falastine, Patri and the whole Avaaz team

Note: Over 60% of Palestinian youth went through the revolving doors of the Israeli prison system using administrative British mandated laws.

SOURCES

Oscars gift bag worth $200,000 contains sex toy, breast lift and trip to Israel (The Independent)
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/oscars-2016-gift-bag-worth-200000-sex-toy-breast-lift-trip-to-israel-japan-a6860481.html

Palestinians call on Oscar nominees to reject Israel propaganda trip (Mondoweiss)
http://mondoweiss.net/2016/02/palestinians-call-on-oscar-nominees-to-reject-israel-propaganda-trip/

Israel offers ‘swag bag’ to Oscar nominees (Al Jazeera)
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/02/israel-offers-swag-bag-oscar-nominees-160214111947…

 

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