Media release, 7 July 2011
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against apartheid Israel to hit the streets of Brisbane.
Anti-apartheid protesters will rally and march on the streets of Brisbane on Saturday July 9 at 1pm in King George Square to demand that Israel dismantle its apartheid “separation” wall.
Seven years after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israel’s Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal; Israel continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court’s decision. Forty-four years into Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and is now de facto annexing large parts of the West Bank by means of the Wall. Israel is also expanding colonies in the West Bank. Sixty-three years after the state of Israel was built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners, a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are stateless. Moreover, Israel’s entrenched system of racial discrimination against its own Arab-Palestinian citizens remains intact.
In 2005 more than 170 Palestinian organisations, including political parties, trade unions and civil and community groups called upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.
The situation is not one of two warring religions or groups between Palestinians and Israelis but one of racial oppression and segregation. Israel, with one of the world’s most powerful armed forces, imposes separate rules based on people’s ethnicity in both Israel and the Palestinian territories they occupy. They even have Jewish only roads, something not even brutal apartheid South Africa had. While Federal politicians have attempted to discredit the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and the Victorian Police recently violently broke up a peaceful BDS protest in Melbourne more people are recognising the apartheid nature of Israel and joining the BDS movement.
Saturday’s rally will end at the Myer Centre to demand the removal of the Israeli owned “Seacret” cosmetics stall. “Seacret”is a cosmetics company that exploits minerals from the Dead Sea. While they profit from this resource, the indigenous Palestinian people who live on the land surrounding the Dead Sea are regularly denied access. Palestinian access to the Dead Sea is prevented by Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian lands, which include networks of checkpoints, Israeli only roads and the Apartheid Wall.
TEAR DOWN THE WALL!
End the occupation of Palestine!
Equal rights for Palestinians!
Right of return for Palestinian refugees!
About 50 people rallied and marched in support of the BDS action to bring Justice for Palestine.
They were met at the entrance of Myers by police and security guards. Myers is the location of the Israeli Cosmetics firm called Seacrets.
Myer management have defended this Israeli government backed PR outfit that steals minerals from Palestinian land (the Dead Sea) and sells them abroad as cosemetics.
Myer management has been zealous in defending the indefensible – all they have to do is to refuse to allow this firm that supports Israeli apartheid to operate in their centre.
This campaign against Seacrets in Brisbane (and elsewhere) has been conducted under the banner of the international BDS campaign.
Justice for Palestine (Brisbane) meets fortnightly at the TLC Building @ 16 Peel St South Brisbane. Their meetings are advertised on WBT.