International Solidarity Movement
05 April 2010ISM groups from around the world are taking the anti-apartheid and anti-occupation campaigns, plus a bit of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) revolution out of Palestine and into the streets of their home countries. Here is a summary of some of the action from the past week.
ISM London took the opportunity to tell Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat how the world feels about the recently announced plan to build 1600 new homes in occupied East Jerusalem and to draw connections between the Israeli state and the apartheid South African regime. At the March 22, 2010 demonstration held outside of London’s Chatham House, over 100 activists made it clear that Israeli’s ethnic cleansing policy and anyone who represents it, is not welcome in London!
To read the full story visit ISM London.
One week later, ISM activists from across England disrupted the IOF sponsored Jerusalem Quartet during their performance at Wigmore Hall in London. The Jerusalem Quartet receives special designations from the IOF and plays regularly for the occupying forces. This action was to promote the cultural boycott of Israel. Palestinians are calling urgently for an international consumer and cultural boycott after decades of failed talks. As with Apartheid South Africa, we must respond – until Israel meets its obligations under international law and a just solution is agreed. BDS supporters agree that states which maintain occupation and violates international law do not deserve invitations to cultural promotion events. To read the full story visit ISM London.
The Ahava Dead Sea beauty product shop in central London received a visit from ISM activists. Ahava manufactures its goods in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalan in the occupied territories (Click here for more information). This was the second demonstration at the Ahava shop in an ongoing BDS campaign of Israeli products. A third demonstration is planned for April 10, 2010. Read the full story here.
The fashion capitol of the world, Paris, France, participated in unveiling H&M’s new Occupation Spring Collection. On March 20, 2010, over fifty activists dressed in army fatigues complete with plastic guns and clown noses, educated H&M shoppers of their inadvertent support of Israeli’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land and apartheid policies.
Swedish ISM activists are also actively participating in BDS actions. March 31, 2010, activists participated in their own H&M Occupation Fashion show in an H&M shop in Gothenburg. Activists strutted their Israel apartheid clothing along a catwalk while distributing information to potential H&M customers. Click to read the ISM Swedish report.
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