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SODePAZ

Profile

Country/TerritorySpain
Websitehttp://sodepaz.org/
Founded2013
In their own words“to contribute to the political mobilization, the popular empowerment and the construction of other possible worlds.”

Funding

  • SODePAZ donors include the European Union and Spain (Agency for International Development Cooperation).
  • SODePAZ was granted €84,173 in 2015 and €84,745 in 2016 from the Basque region of Navarre for a joint project with Addameer titled “Protection of the rights of Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons.” The same project was granted €24,500 in 2014 and €30,100 in 2015 from the municipality of Pamplona.

Activities

  • SODePAZ rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,” “genocide,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “collective punishment,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
  • On February 7, 2017, SODePAZ was a signatory on a call to “end the European complicity – marking 100 years of injustice against the Palestinian people.” The call “solemnly reaffirm[ed] that in 2017, after 100 years of dispossession, denial and ethnic cleansing, the rights of the Palestinian people must, at last, be respected.”
  • In October 2015, SODePAZ was a signatory on a call to restaurant chefs to “Take Apartheid off the Menu” and cancel their participation in the Tel Aviv “Round Tables Tour” as Tel Aviv is “the center of Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid and deeply complicit in whitewashing Israeli violations of Human Rights and International Law.”
  • SODePAZ hosted a talk by Sergio Yahni of Alternative Information Center in October 2015, titled “Palestine: between the Intifada and ethnic cleansing.”
  • SODePAZ held a December 2014 gala event together with the municipality of Rivas Vaciamadrid and Amnesty International in order to raise donations for the Union of Health Workers Committee (UHWC).
  • In 2014, SODePAZ collaborated on a course titled “Human Rights in Palestine: From Zionism to Apartheid.” Lectures included “From Zionism to the Nakba: History of an announced genocide” and “The opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of Construction of the wall.”
  • In 2014, SODePAZ held a summer program on “International Law and Human Rights: Alternatives for the Compliance with Legality in Palestine,” featuring Addameer’s director Sahar Francis and Palestinian Center for Human Rights director Raji Sourani as speakers. The program included “meetings with the lawyers syndicate, solidarity groups and the Mayor of San Sebastián.” Alternative Information Center’s director Michel Warchawski gave a lecture titled “The infeasibility of the two-state solution.”
  • In 2013, SODePAZ edited a book titled Palestine- Stone and Olive Trees that consisted of 30 articles detailing “the daily consequences of the brutal and inhuman military occupation that the Zionist entity, also known as Israel, has been working for more than 45 years on a population of more than 5 million Palestinian native inhabitants living in Gaza, East, and West Bank” (emphasis added).
  • In 2010, SODePAZ produced a documentary titled “Dismantling Zionist apartheid,” following a “solidarity brigade” organized by SODePAZ to Gaza and the West Bank. The documentary shows “historical centers such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah or Nablus. By crossing checkpoints, the apartheid wall and the Zionist colonies, travelers will be able to see for a few days with their own eyes what it means to live under the stark reality of the Israeli occupation.”
  • In 2009, SODePAZ hosted an exhibition titled “Palestine: Occupation and Resignation” telling the story of “two opposing identities: one colonizer, another resistant” while also showing the “journey from the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict to the removal of the apartheid wall.”

BDS Activities

  • In January 2017, SODePAZ invited Omar Barghouti, Manal Tamimi, and Munther Amira to the Casa Árabe (Arab House) for a discussion on “Nonviolent resistance and boycott of Israel (BDS) for Human Rights.” However, the Arab House decided to cancel the scheduled lecture.
  • In September 2016, SODePAZ was a signatory on a letter to German performers Blixa Bergeld and Teho Teardo titled “Don’t play in Apartheid Israel!” The letter accused Israel of committing “numerous violations of international law in occupied Palestinian territories” and stated that it “would be extremely disappointing if artists of your stature chose to break this call for solidarity with the Palestinian people, particularly at a time when Israel is escalating its daily attacks on them.”
  • SODePAZ ran a project in 2015 titled “Bringing the Culture of Palestinian Resistance to Donostia [a Basque city also known as San Sebastián],” which included the Basque translation of a guide on cultural Boycott Divestment and Sanctions on the State of Israel (BDS).
  • In November 2014, SODePAZ was a signatory on a call to the European Union to “suspend its Association Agreement with Israel until it complies with international law” as the EU is “contributing to the climate of impunity and lack of accountability… the EU is providing material support to Israel’s violations of international law and failing to uphold its own commitments under international law.”

Partners

SODePAZ collaborates closely with Addameer.

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