BDS — 17 December 2012

Friends,

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.

With Thanks,

Alan, Jonathan, Bruce, Zimkita, Zenande, Sifiso, Zackie, Shuaib.

P.S. You can help us spread the word by sharing this message with your friends and family by word of mouth, social media or email. Our hashtag is #OSSDonate.

You can donate via EFT or direct deposit. Our banking details are:

Account name:  Open Shuhada Street South Africa t/a OSS Shministism

Account number:  92 309 33 296

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  1. Why not insist on Palestine being called the place of origin of the product, now that it is officially recognized as such at the UN, and the SA government recognize it also, since the World Trade Organization, the European Union and here in the UK our Trades Description act 1968 section 36, are all consistent with this wording For the purposes of this act goods shall be determined to have been manufactured or produced in the country in which they last underwent a treatment or process resulting in a substantial change There is no dispute that the product is manufactured in the illegal settlement of Mitspe Shalem, Their own Managing Director admitted to it a couple of years ago, although he says the settlement is not illegal, but he would say that wouldnt he.

    • The problem with calling all products made in the West Bank as made in Palestine is that it will lump all products illegal Israeli and legal Palestinian products in the same category, thereby defeating the aim of proper labeling.

  2. In my opinion the likelihood of settlers labelling their produce as produce of Palestine is nil since they would never admit that the whole of the land of Israel as they see it, is not theirs, its in the Zionists DNA. Just to illustrate this point the European Community concluded a deal with the Israeli authorities in order to differentiate Israeli goods from Israeli settlement goods The Technical Arrangements introduced in 2005 and
    recently published on 3rd August 2012, issuing a revised Notice to
    importers concerning imports from Israel into the EU which said inter
    alia “the postal code and the name of the city, village or industrial
    zone where production conferring originating status has taken place
    appear on all proofs of preferential origin issued or made out in
    Israel; This wording would seem to satisfy both sides, the Commission
    would know which places could be excluded for preferential duty
    purposes, the Israelis would not have to declare in an official
    document [the invoice declaration] that these settlements were not
    part of the state of Israel, however, I have just read a paper from
    the Israeli Tax Authority where they, at paragraph 7[2][a] declare
    that “invoice declarations covering goods which obtained their
    originating status in one location-the location [including postal code
    where production conferring originating status has taken place shall
    be indicated in parenthesis next to the word “Israel”. [see
    “Regulations Technical issues in the implementation of protocol 4 of
    the Association Agreement for the purpose of indicating the location
    conferring originating status in preference documents in exportation
    from Israel to the EU”] Here:
    http://ozar.mof.gov.il/customs/eng/export2005.htm So you see they cant help themselves.

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