Israel’s recent actions confirm that it is anything but committed to lasting peace with Palestine. The Netanyahu government, as punishment against Palestinians for daring to seek and win upgraded status at the UN, authorized the construction of 3000 housing units in its illegal settlements. This will cut off the West Bank from East Jerusalem, which is internationally considered to be the capital of a future Palestinian state. Israel seized over $100 million in Palestinian tax revenue, which is vital for keeping the West Bank government functioning and its recent destruction in Gaza further confirms that it is a rogue state.
Israel’s actions threaten to obliterate the two-states solution and condemn generations to barbaric oppression and tragedy. If ever there was a time to boycott Israel, NOW is the time!
Israel’s illegal settlements are an obstacle to peace and contribute to the oppression of Palestinians in their own land. Boycotts can help make the settlements and their businesses a less profitable enterprise and pressure Israel to comply with the law.
The South African government, as a result of Open Shuhada Street campaigning, is considering regulation to enforce correct labeling of settlement goods so that consumers are not misled regarding the products’ place of origin.
We urgently need your support in donations to intensify our campaign for proper labeling of settlement goods.
Currently, the campaign is under threat from occupation supporters, namely, the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) and the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD). They have taken their fight directly to the South African Presidency and are pressurizing the government to weaken the proposed regulation.
Open Shuhada Street has campaigned since 2010 for South Africa to take action against Israel’s corrupt actions. Settlement products, such as Ahava, are sold in South African stores labeled as ‘Made in Israel’, which violates international and domestic law.
In May 2012, the government issued a Notice of Intention to correctly label settlement goods. A final notice will be issued after public consultation. The South African Cabinet will finalize the product label wording. Israel lobbyists are currently pressurizing the government to word the label weakly, so that it skirts the occupation. We must ensure that the label clearly states that the product is Israeli produce made in Occupied Palestinian Territory. To achieve this, we need your support in donations to conduct public education, legal engagement, raise awareness and mobilize support for peace, justice and freedom in Palestine.
So far, we have hosted numerous protests, conducted research, made legal submissions and conducted educational workshops and seminars. Our labeling campaign has resulted in the government reaffirming the principle of different labels for Israeli produce made in Occupied Palestinian Territories and issuing a notice of intention to enforce correct labeling. Denmark is considering similar action to South Africa. Numerous organizations, corporations and individuals have come out in support of correct labeling including the ANC, COSATU, Kairos, Migros and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Various prominent Israelis have also supported correct product labeling such as Neve Gordon (writer and academic), Alon Liel (former Israeli Ambassador to South Africa), Avraham Burg (former Knesset speaker and former chairman of the World Zionist Federation), Gideon Levy (journalist) and Akiva Eldar (journalist and author). But we need your support for this final push.
Help South Africa take a stand against Israeli apartheid!
Proper labeling will allow consumers to choose as to whether they wish to support Israeli occupation, apartheid and denying the Palestinians their right to their own state. As South Africans, we know the dehumanizing and degrading effects of apartheid and we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Open Shuhada Street is a volunteer-based organisation that is entirely funded by individual donations. We receive no government or corporate support. Even the smallest contributions are greatly appreciated!
To donate, visit our website or see our banking details below.
Alan, Jonathan, Bruce, Zimkita, Zenande, Sifiso, Zackie, Shuaib.
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Account name: Open Shuhada Street South Africa t/a OSS Shministism
Account number: 92 309 33 296
Account type: Savings
Bank: ABSA Bank
Branch code: 63 20 05
Branch name: Claremont
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