all people of conscience, we in the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender communities are deeply concerned about
the use of our tax dollars to support the violent, repressive
and racist regime in Israel. Our money nearly
$8 million per day! is funding the indiscriminate
murder and wounding of Palestinian civilians, the destruction
of Palestinian homes, the construction of exclusively
Jewish settlements and the closure of the occupied territories,
which threatens the health, safety and economic stability
of the entire Palestinian population.
As queers, we are
part of an international movement for human rights that
encompasses the movement for Palestinian liberation,
and all other liberation movements. We are also part
of the growing international movement seeking active
ways to express our solidarity with the people of Palestine.
the U.S. Government immediately end all financial
and military aid to Israel.
Ø That the Israeli Government
end its racist policies of harassment and exclusion
Ø International protection
for the Palestinian people.
Ø That all displaced
Palestinians be granted the right to return to Palestine.
Ø An end to the construction
of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories.
Ø An end to the Israeli
occupation of Palestine.
Ø Complete Israeli withdrawal
from the Palestinian territories.
Ø An end to investment
in Israel, including:
1. Divestment of university
and other holdings in Israeli corporations and corporations
doing business with Israel.
2. Divestment by the investment
3. Divestment by the
cities we live in of their holdings in corporations
doing business with Israel.
4. A total boycott of
Many groups interested
in justice for Palestine are starting a campaign of
divestment from Israel, similar to the campaign used
against South African apartheid that was instrumental
in bringing its downfall. QUIT! is participating in
that campaign and also discussing actions, education
and other ways of supporting the Palestinian liberation
movement and Israeli organizations working for a just
peace. To get involved, please contact QUIT! at (510)
434-1304; or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Israeli terrorism?
Israeli terror and
collective punishment used against the Palestinians
have traumatized an entire population. Examples of these
terror tactics are.
Demolitions: According to UNs Human Rights
Commission, 773 Palestinian family homes were destroyed
in the six months leading to February of this year alone,
a figure high even by Israeli standards of the practice
for the last 50 years. This form of collective punishment
violates articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention, as
well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Demolitions
are often carried out without any advance notice, often
at night, and the effect can be absolutely terrifying.
Often demolished Palestinian homes are the sites of
new Israeli settlements. The photo (at right) shows
women in Gaza amid the ruins of their home, demolished
without warning by the Israeli military.
Israeli troops regularly use special bullets that, upon
impact, burst and the fragments spiral within the body
destroying other organs. The use of these bullets have
killed more than 500 Palestinians and caused debilitating
injuries for 15,000 more since September of last year.
gunships, F-16 fighters: Palestinians resist the
occupation through stones, rifles and home-made mortars.
Israels response to these has been the use of
machine guns, bulldozers, tanks, helicopter gunships
and F-16 fighter planes.
use terrorism as well?
There have been
individual acts of Palestinian terrorism that have been
highly popularized by the U.S. media and used as propaganda
tools by Zionists. We dont support attacks on
unarmed civilians. At the same time it must be understood
that it is the right of any occupied people to resist
and fight for their freedom, in fact it is their duty.
Historically every freedom struggle has been accompanied
by acts of terrorism from the oppressed. Of the 500
Palestinians killed since September 2000, nearly all
have been civilians. The majority of the 100 Israelis
killed in the same period have been soldiers. Palestinian
acts of terrorism pale in contrast to Israels
terrorism which have affected almost every Palestinian
family through deaths, long-term injuries, beatings,
deprivation of work, travel restrictions, daily humiliations.
The heavy cost of trying to resist the 4th
most powerful nuclear-armed military power in the world
has not deterred the Palestinians from struggling for
conflict very complicated?
The root of this
conflict started with the division of Palestine in 1948
to impose the state of Israel on the local population.
That ensuing war caused a large exodus of Palestinians
from their homeland creating a permanent refugee population
of a few million Palestinians currently the longest
term refugees in the world. The rest of the Palestinians
living under direct Israeli military control are essentially
imprisoned in their own land, where even traveling from
one village to another is restricted by Israeli forces,
while every day more and more land of the Palestinians
are being grabbed by Israel. Almost half (42%) of Gaza
strip is occupied by Israeli settlers. Over a million
Palestinians are squeezed into the remaining land, 72%
of whom are now living below the poverty level. They
have nowhere to go and few outlets for their stress
and anxiety. New settlements are a major source of the
resistance of the Palestinians.
Stripped of the
rhetoric of the oppressor the answer is simple: Israel
needs to accept the right of Palestinians to return
to their homeland and to create their own viable independent
state if they choose.
Zionism and Racism:
Zionism began in
Europe as a national liberation movement of oppressed
Jewish people. The dream of progressive Zionists in
Europe and Palestine to live side-by-side with Palestinians
was crushed by political zionists who insisted on a
Jewish state in Palestine. They used the phrase, "a
land without a people for a people without a land" to
describe their quest, negating the very existence of
the indigenous people of Palestine. Israels early
leaders openly expressed their intention to expel the
Palestinians from their land. Former Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion, to quote only one example, stated,
"With compulsory transfer we will have a vast area
I support compulsory transfer. I dont see anything
immoral about it."
This is not a religious struggle
between Jews and Muslims - many Palestinians including
prominent leaders of the Palestinian movement are Christians.
The root cause and prolongation of this conflict lies
in the racist assumption that the indigenous people
of Palestine are disposable people, less deserving than
Israeli settlers who are paid to settle in Palestinian
land, thereby increasing Israels boundaries. Israel
has 20 separate laws which apply only to Israelis or
only to Palestinians. Arabs within Israel and Jews from
Arab and African countries are also formally restricted
from full participation in Israeli institutions. This
is racism. A state that belongs to one ethnic group
is by definition exclusive. It is not anti-Semitic to
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