The organizations and individuals signing this statement believe it is dangerous and misleading to normalize and put a friendly face on a brutally oppressive occupying military force.
We are calling for a community response on public property outside this event to bring awareness to the human rights abuses and war crimes of the IDF, which include:
- enforcing the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, declared illegal by the United Nations. (2)- violating the human rights of Palestinians systematically, with unlawful killings, forced displacement, abusive detentions, and restrictions on movement. (3)- killing at least 1,460 Palestinian civilians, including about 500 children, in the 2014 war on Gaza. In contrast, rockets fired from Gaza during this conflict killed 6 Israeli civilians. (4) Every civilian life taken is a war crime.- acting with almost total impunity – Israel has consistently failed to hold its military accountable for war crimes. (5)
We are protesting the IDF in solidarity with Palestinians struggling for freedom, justice, and equality. We also extend solidarity to Palestinian members of our community, especially those who have been personally impacted by Israel’s crimes.
Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is rooted in settler-colonialism and white supremacy. Those of us who benefit from these unjust systems have a responsibility to dismantle them. Please sign below to join us in condemning the Israeli Soldiers Tour.
Northeastern University Students for Justice in PalestineNortheastern University Progressive Student AllianceNortheastern University Students Against Institutional DiscriminationGrad Q - Northeastern University Queer and Trans Grad Student OrganizationUniversity of Massachusetts Students for Justice in PalestineTufts Students for Justice in PalestineWellesley Students for Justice in PalestineBrandeis Students for Justice in PalestineBoston University Students for Justice in PalestineBard Students for Justice in PalestineSuffolk Students for Justice in PalestineJewish Voice for Peace - BostonPalestine@MITParty for Socialism and Liberation - BostonANSWER Coalition Boston - Act Now to Stop War and End RacismBoston SolidarityUnited for Justice with PeaceBoston Food not Bombs
If your organization wants to sign this statement, contact northeasternSJP@gmail.com!
(1) http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/10/100-years-balfour-declaration-explained-171028055805843.html(2) https://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12657.doc.htm(3) https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/06/04/israel-50-years-occupation-abuses(4) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28439404(5) https://www.hrw.org/report/2005/06/21/promoting-impunity/israeli-militarys-failure-investigate-wrongdoing
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