Stop the Wall Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (PGAAWC)
|In their own words||“The main national grassroots body mobilizing and organizing the collective efforts against the Apartheid Wall.”|
- According to Stop the Wall’s website, “Stop the Wall accepts private and organizational donations,” but it does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
- Between 2014-2016, the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark) granted The Palestinian Farmers Union, the hosting organization of Stop the Wall, $65,000 to “contribute to a situation of accountability and respect for human rights by all duty bearers by creating mechanisms to implement the ICJ decision related to the separation Wall.”
- 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.”
- 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 “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid,” “collective punishment,” “Bantustans,” “repression,” “restricting movement,” “water theft,” and a “ghettoization project.”
- In May 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, Stop the Wall stated that “The last weeks have demonstrated not only Israeli inhuman brutality as it perpetuates its regime of occupation and apartheid. They have shown that Palestinian collective, non-violent resistance is becoming the weak spot for Israeli occupation.” Stop the Wall ignored the violent nature of the protests, which included Molotov cocktails, arson, and attempts to breach the border fence with Israel.
- Stop the Wall also shared the BDS National Committee’s statement calling for an end to “all cooperation and/or trade with the Israeli military and “security sector,” and for people to “Join or build campaigns to end all transactions with Israeli banks.”
- On May 12-13, 2018, Jamal Juma, coordinator for Stop the Wall, participated in a conference organized by BADIL titled the “Palestinian Freedom Conference: Overcoming the Ongoing Nakba” discussing how “In late 1947, colonial Zionist paramilitary forces began the process of ethnically cleansing more than 750,000 Palestinians…70 years later…in Palestine a process of ongoing ethnic cleansing via occupation, colonisation, apartheid, and cruel siege continues apace, with no intervention from the international community.”
- In April 2018, Stop the Wall organized a tree planting in the Palestinian village of Bardala as “another form of struggle of the Palestinian people, keeping steadfast tending to their lands against all repression and destruction the Israeli military brings upon them in order to abandon their land and homes and accept to be forced into exile or caged in within the ghettoes delimited by the Apartheid Wall” (emphasis added).
- In November 2017, Stop the Wall was a signatory on a call to support “A World Without Walls,” drawing comparisons between “Israel’s apartheid wall on Palestinian land to the US wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico.”
- In October 2017, Stop the Wall co-sponsored the “World Without Walls” delegation featuring “grassroots leaders from and working with communities impacted by the US/Mexico border.” The delegation aimed to allow participants to “meet, learn from, and share with Palestinians resisting Israel’s apartheid wall in order to build together toward a world without walls.”
- This call was renewed in April 2018, calling to “End the architecture of impunity that shields corporations enabling, facilitating and profiting from the construction and growth of visible and invisible walls of injustice.”
- In September 2017, Stop the Wall 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 it “uses the time-honored tradition of sharing culinary experiences as a means for whitewashing widespread violation of Palestinian fundamental rights, including the right to food.”
- In February 2017, Stop the Wall published a report, “The Palestinian Periphery,” showing the “multifaceted methods of Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing and their impacts on our struggle” and the differing forms of resistance, “from the politics of delay to the politics of liberation – that the communities have adopted. Far from being helpless victims, they are the stronghold in our daily resistance.”
- On February 9, 2017, Stop the Wall released a press release about “Workers struggles in Tulkarem settlement factories,” and that “While the ultimate aim of the Palestinian workers and their struggle is the liberation, justice and return of the refugees, including an end to the Israeli settlements and their industry, the struggle of the workers against these conditions is crucial to ensure that Israel cannot unchallenged draw profit from its occupation and apartheid regime.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- According to its website, “Stop the Wall has been working since the beginning towards the Palestinian Unified Call for BDS, issued by over 170 Palestinian organizations on July 9 2005…We have been a key player in the formation of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) and are now in the BNC’s secretariat. Stop the Wall contributes significantly at national and international level to the BNC’s efforts.”
- In October 2018, regarding the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, Stop the Wall stated that “BDS is Our Most Powerful Tool For Accountability and Justice – Let the bulldozer manufacturers know they have the obligation to stop Israel from using their equipment in the ongoing expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes. Let them know you don’t accept their complicity. Without the machines by JCB and others Israel wouldn’t be able to continue it’s (sic) Nakba!”
- In July 2018, Stop the Wall participated in a conference titled “Joint Struggles against Militarization, from Latin America to Palestine,” denouncing “the export to Latin America and the world of the Israel’s military model developed and used against the Palestinian people to Latin America and the world… Israeli technology and methodology are used today for the persecution and repression of social movements in Latin America.”
- In February 2018, Stop the Wall published an article about the EU’s energy projects with Israel, stating that “The EU has a legal duty of non-recognition, including the duty to give no aid or assistance in the maintenance of the unlawful situation created by Israel in the OPT with these serious violations. EU purchases of Israeli gas would enable substantial revenues to be used in Israel’s militarisation and de facto annexationist policies of the occupied Palestinian territory and appropriation and exploitation of its natural resources.”
- In February 2018, following Honda cancelling an event in Israel, Jamal Juma “welcome[d]” their decision stating that “Hosting a race in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territory constitutes complicity in a war crime.”
- In December 2017, Juma wrote an op-ed in Middle East Eye supporting the discriminatory UN database of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line aimed at bolstering BDS campaigns against Israel, stating that “Ending business as usual is crucial. An excellent start is to ensure that the United Nations Human Rights Council’s database of corporations involved in Israel’s illegal settlement project, including in Jerusalem, be duly released before the end of the year and then guarantee that the listed corporations do not receive public contracts, subsidies or other aids.”
- In November 2017, Stop the Wall published a fact-sheet titled “Stop Indo-Israeli Military Ties, discussing the “many ways how Indian movements can stand up in support of the Palestinian call for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions, including a comprehensive military embargo, and strengthen with this their own struggles and demands.” The report further called to “Ensure that institutions, regional governments stop contracting the Israeli military-industrial-scientific complex.”
- In February 2017, Jamal Juma, coordinator for Stop the Wall, wrote an op-ed titled “Israel just declared its apartheid regime in the West Bank,” stating that “In the 1980s, still at the beginning of Israel’s annexation policies, the UN Security Council called for banning any support of the settlements and related activity, and the General Assembly passed resolutions for a full set of military embargos and sanctions against Israel. It is time to implement them now.”
- In January 2017, Stop the Wall released a factsheet on the companies involved in building the security barrier, “with the aim of assisting activists in launching BDS campaigns.”
- In November 2016, Stop the Wall participated in a “Week of People’s Mobilization against corporate impunity,” as a way to “ensur[e] Palestine and its struggle against corporations complicit with Israeli crimes have been on the agenda.”
- On September 1, 2016, Stop the Wall signed a letter to the Italian Association of Farmers asking them to “rethink their sponsorship and participation” in the Israeli Watec Conference due to its “role in the grave violations of human rights and water rights” and compliance with the “water apartheid.”
- In September 2016, as a member of the Palestinian National BDS Committee, sent a letter to FIFA’s chair stating that “there is no option for FIFA other than to suspend the Israeli Football Association to maintain its consistency and credibility…An occupation which is fundamentally racist against Palestinians and which displays all the characteristics of apartheid should not be accommodated by FIFA.”
- In September 2015, the Palestinian BDS committee issued a statement in which it openly stated that it “considered the European Union’s move towards labelling Israeli settlement products…as insufficient for fulfilling European states’ legal obligations under international law.”
- As a member of the BNC, 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.”
- Signatory to the 2005 “Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS,” 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.”
Ties to the PFLP
- Salah Khawaja, a “leader” with Stop the Wall was “an active member of the blacklisted Popular Front Liberation Party.” He was arrested by Israeli security forces seven times between 1983 and 1992 and served five years in prison between 1992 and 1997.
- Khawaja was arrested again on October 26, 2016 and as of November 13, 2016 is still being held.
- Khawaja is also a “member of the secretariat of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement,” which purports to coordinate the “coalition of Palestinian organisations that leads and supports the BDS movement.”
- Khawaja has stated that “I listened to my mother and my sisters saying “It is not easy with [Israel], Salah. But we are Palestinians and we will resist against them even when you are arrested.”
- On May 8, 2012, the IDF raided Stop the Wall offices in Ramallah, and confiscated a number of computers.
- 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.”
- Stop the Wall is also a member of the Land Defense Coalition, a “coordinating body consisting of grassroots groups working with the people on the ground. The coalition aims to promote the spirit of cooperation and to co-ordinate efforts to face the challenges imposed by the occupying forces and settlers against our people.”
- According to other available information, Stop the Wall also partners with War on Want and with Grassroots International.
- Member of the “Displacement Work Group,” an initiative of Badil and OCHA, comprised of NGOs including: Addameer, Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, AIC, ARIJ, Badil, BIMKOM, B’Tselem, CARE Intnl., DCI – Palestine section, Diakonia, EAPPI, Ir Amim, ICAHD, Maan Development Ctr, MAP UK, Oxfam UK, Oxfam Solidarite – Belgium, PA Govt. Spokesperson, PCHR, RHR, Society of St. Yves, Save the Children UK, Shatil, UNFPA, ACRI, UNFPA, WCLAC, World Vision, and Yesh Din.
- Member of Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network- Friends of Earth Palestine (PENGON).
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