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Stop the Wall Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (PGAAWC)

Profile

Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitehttp://stopthewall.org/
Founded2002
In their own words“The main national grassroots body mobilizing and organizing the collective efforts against the Apartheid Wall.”

Funding

Does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.

Activities

  • Claims that the “Campaign’s aim to tear down the Wall is aligned with the Palestinian desire for liberation” and desire “to reclaim our history and our ancestral land, and ensure a just future for the Palestinian people…We will not relinquish our right to our lands, and we will not stand by while a new Nakba descends upon our people.”

Political Advocacy

  • Claims that “The Wall is an integral part of the Zionist project to remove Palestinians from Palestine,” and considers “The Wall to be an integral part of the racist ambitions of Zionism” and “Israel’s occupation, colonialism and apartheid” policies.
  • Demonization includes accusations of “collective punishment,” “repression,” “restricting movement,” “water theft,” and a “ghettoization project.”
  • According to its website, “cooperation with Israeli organizations” is based on the “refusal of Zionism and the full respect for Palestinian rights, including the right of return and the right of Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality” and a “critical understanding of cooperation between colonizer and colonized.”
  • Engages in international advocacy, claiming that “the Palestinian question has been created by the colonial powers and until to date the Israeli project of ethnic cleansing and apartheid is sustainable only due to continued international support.” Therefore, Stop the Wall seeks to “develop effective pressure on institutions, corporations and governments to hold Israel accountable and stop international support to Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid.”
  • Initiated a petition following the 2014 Gaza War calling on “the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.” The corresponding call for action alleges that “Israel has once again unleashed the full force of its military against the captive Palestinian population, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip, in an inhumane and illegal act of military aggression.”
  • BDS: Signatory to the 2005 “Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS” (as well as numerous other BDS efforts), which calls for an end to Israel’s “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” and promotes the right of “Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties.” These goals undermine the fundamental right of the Jewish people to self-determination and would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.
  • Other national and international BDS efforts include promoting military embargoes on Israel and calling for BDS measures against Israeli security company Elbit for playing a “key role in the construction of the Wall and provid[ing] the drones used in ‘targeted assassinations’,” as well as French companies Veolia and Alstom for their alleged involvement in “the construction and maintenance of settler infrastructure in Jerusalem and the West Bank.”
  • Alleges that “Israel has escalated repression against HRDs [Human Rights Defenders] and Human Rights organizations”; “arrests and violence inflicted on individuals is not accidental but follows an established pattern”; “Killings and injuries are inflicted in systematic waves”; and that “youth in particular, are continuously intimidated and threatened.”

Partners

According to its website, “Stop the Wall forms as well part of a number of Palestinian coalitions, such as: the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the Civic Coalition for the Protection of Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, the National Committee for the Commemoration of the Nakba.” While its website states: “Stop the Wall lobbies for its 12 member organizations and other partners to work together in creating and promoting policies against the Apartheid Wall, ensuring that all Palestinian institutions are engaged in the same goals within a unified national framework,” it does not specifically list the member organizations, reflecting a lack of transparency. According to other available information, Stop the Wall also partners with War on Want and Grassroots International.

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