We, international delegates meeting in Cairo during the Gaza Freedom March 2009 in collective response to an initiative from the South African delegation, state: In view of:
Israelâ€™s ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians through the illegal occupation and siege of Gaza;
the illegal occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the continued construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall and settlements;
the new Wall under construction by Egypt and the US which will tighten even further the siege of Gaza;
the contempt for Palestinian democracy shown by Israel, the US, Canada, the EU and others after the Palestinian elections of 2006;
the war crimes committed by Israel during the invasion of Gaza one year ago;
the continuing discrimination and repression faced by Palestinians within Israel;
and the continuing exile of millions of Palestinian refugees;
all of which oppressive acts are based ultimately on the Zionist ideology which underpins Israel;
in the knowledge that our own governments have given Israel direct economic, financial, military and diplomatic support and allowed it to behave with impunity;
and mindful of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (2007) We reaffirm our commitment to:
Ending the Occupation
Equal Rights for All within historic Palestine
The full Right of Return for Palestinian refugees
An international speaking tour in the first 6 months of 2010 by Palestinian and South African trade unionists and civil society activists, to be joined by trade unionists and activists committed to this programme within the countries toured, to take mass education on BDS directly to the trade union membership and wider public internationally;
Participation in the Israeli Apartheid Week in March 2010;
A systematic unified approach to the boycott of Israeli products, involving consumers, workers and their unions in the retail, warehousing, and transportation sectors;
Developing the Academic, Cultural and Sports boycott;
Campaigns to encourage divestment of trade union and other pension funds from companies directly implicated in the Occupation and/or the Israeli military industries;
Legal actions targeting the external recruitment of soldiers to serve in the Israeli military, and the prosecution of Israeli government war criminals; coordination of Citizenâ€™s Arrest Bureaux to identify, campaign and seek to prosecute Israeli war criminals; support for the Goldstone Report and the implementation of its recommendations;
Campaigns against charitable status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). We appeal to organizations and individuals committed to this declaration to sign it and work with us to make it a reality. Please go to http://cairodeclaration.org/sign to sign on.
Hedy Epstein, Holocaust Survivor/ Women in Black*, USA Nomthandazo Sikiti, Nehawu, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Affiliate International Officer*, South Africa Zico Tamela, Satawu, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Affiliate International Officer*, South Africa Hlokoza Motau, Numsa, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Affiliate International Officer*, South Africa George Mahlangu, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Campaigns Coordinator*, South Africa Crystal Dicks, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Education Secretary*, South Africa Savera Kalideen, SA Palestinian Solidarity Committee*, South Africa Suzanne Hotz, SA Palestinian Solidarity Group*, South Africa Shehnaaz Wadee, SA Palestinian Solidarity Alliance*, South Africa Haroon Wadee, SA Palestinian Solidarity Alliance*, South Africa Sayeed Dhansey, South Africa Faiza Desai, SA Palestinian Solidarity Alliance*, South Africa Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada*, USA Hilary Minch, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Committee*, Ireland Anthony Loewenstein, Australia Sam Perlo-Freeman, United Kingdom Julie Moentk, Pax Christi*, USA Ulf FogelstrÃ¶m, Sweden Ann Polivka, Chico Peace and Justice Center*, USA Mark Johnson, Fellowship of Reconciliation*, USA Elfi Padovan, Munich Peace Committee*/Die Linke*, Germany Elizabeth Barger, Peace Roots Alliance*/Plenty I*, USA Sarah Roche-Mahdi, CODEPINK*, USA Svetlana Gesheva-Anar, Bulgaria Cristina Ruiz Cortina, Al Quds-Malaga*, Spain Rachel Wyon, Boston Gaza Freedom March*, USA Mary Hughes-Thompson, Women in Black*, USA David Letwin, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)*, USA Jean Athey, Peace Action Montgomery*, USA Gael Murphy, Gaza Freedom March*/CODEPINK*, USA Thomas McAfee, Journalist/PC*, USA Jean Louis Faure, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)*, France Timothy A King, Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East*, USA Gail Chalbi, Palestine/Israel Justice Project of the Minnesota United Methodist Church*, USA Ouahib Chalbi, Palestine/Israel Justice Project of the Minnesota United Methodist Church*, USA Greg Dropkin, Liverpool Friends of Palestine*, England Felice Gelman, Wespac Peace and Justice New York*/Gaza Freedom March*, USA Ron Witton, Australian Academic Union*, Australia Hayley Wallace, Palestine Solidarity Committee*, USA Norma Turner, Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign*, England Paula Abrams-Hourani, Women in Black (Vienna)*/ Jewish Voice for Just Peace in the Middle East*, Austria Mateo Bernal, Industrial Workers of the World*, USA Mary Mattieu, Collectif Urgence Palestine*, Switzerland Agneta Zuppinger, Collectif Urgence Palestine*, Switzerland Ashley Annis, People for Peace*, Canada Peige Desgarlois, People for Peace*, Canada Hannah Carter, Canadian Friends of Sabeel*, Canada Laura Ashfield, Canadian Friends of Sabeel*, Canada Iman Ghazal, People for Peace*, Canada Filsam Farah, People for Peace*, Canada Awa Allin, People for Peace*, Canada Cleopatra McGovern, USA Miranda Collet, Spain Alison Phillips, Scotland Nicholas Abramson, Middle East Crisis Response Network*/Jews Say No*, USA Tarak Kauff, Middle East Crisis Response Network*/Veterans for Peace*, USA Jesse Meisler-Abramson, USA Hope Mariposa, USA Ivesa LÃ¼bben. Bremer Netzwerk fur Gerechten Frieden in Nahost*, Germany Sheila Finan, Mid-Hudson Council MERC*, USA Joanne Lingle, Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East (CPJME)*, USA Barbara Lubin, Middle East Childrenâ€™s Alliance*, USA Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Childrenâ€™s Alliance*, USA Anna Keuchen, Germany Judith Mahoney Pasternak, WRL* and Indypendent*, USA Ellen Davidson, New York City Indymedia*, WRL*, Indypendent*, USA Ina Kelleher, USA Lee Gargagliano, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (Chicago)*, USA Brad Taylor, OUT-FM*, USA Helga Mankovitz, SPHR (Queenâ€™s University)*, Canada Mick Napier, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign*, Scotland Agnes Kueng, Paso Basel*, Switzerland Anne Paxton, Voices of Palestine*, USA Leila El Abtah, The Netherlands Richard, Van der Wouden, The Netherlands Rafiq A. Firis, P.K.R.*/Isra*, The Netherlands Sandra Tamari, USA Alice Azzouzi, Way to Jerusalem*, USA Jâ€™Ann Schoonmaker Allen, USA Ruth F. Hooke, Episcopalian Peace Fellowship*, USA Jean E. Lee, Holy Land Awareness Action Task Group of United Church of Canada*, Canada Delphine de Boutray, Association ThÃ¨Ã¢tre Cine*, France Sylvia Schwarz, USA Alexandra Safi, Germany Abdullah Anar, Green Party â€“ Turkey*, Turkey Ted Auerbach, USA Martha Hennessy, Catholic Worker*, USA Louis Ultale, Interfaile Pace e Bene*, USA Leila Zand, Fellowship of Reconciliation*, US Emma Grigore, CODEPINK*, USA Sammer Abdelela, New York Community of Muslim Progressives*, USA Sharat G. Lin, San Jose Peace and Justice Center*, USA Katherine E. Sheetz, Free Gaza*, USA Steve Greaves, Free Gaza*, USA Trevor Baumgartner, Free Gaza*, USA Hanan Tabbara, USA Marina Barakatt, CODEPINK*, USA Keren Bariyov, USA Ursula Sagmeister, Women in Black â€“ Vienna*, Austria Ann Cunningham, Australia Bill Perry, Delaware Valley Veterans for Peace*, USA Terry Perry, Delaware Valley Veterans for Peace*, USA Athena Viscusi, USA Marco Viscusi, USA Paki Wieland, Northampton Committee*, USA Manijeh Saba, New York / New Jersey, USA Ellen Graves, USA ZoÃ« Lawlor, Ireland â€“ Palestine Solidarity Campaign*, Ireland Miguel GarcÃa Grassot, Al Quds â€“ MÃ¡laga*, Spain Ana Mamora Romero, ASPA-Asociacion Andaluza Solidaridad y Paz*, Spain Ehab Lotayef, CJPP Canada*, Canada Adie Mormech, Free Gaza* / Action Palestine*, England Aimee Shalan, UK Liliane Cordova, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)*, Spain Priscilla Lynch, USA Jenna Bitar, USA Deborah Mardon, USA Becky Thompson, USA Diane Hereford, USA David Heap, People for Peace London*, Canada Danah Abdulla, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights*, Canada Wendy Goldsmith, People for Peace London*, Canada Abdu Mihirig, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights-UBC*, Canada Saldibastami, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights-UBC*, Canada Abdenahmane Bouaffad, CMF*, France Feroze Mithiborwala, Awami Bharat*, India John Dear, Pax Christi*, USA Ziyaad Lunat, Portugal Michael Letwin, New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW) Labor For Palestine (* Affiliation for identification purposes only)
We therefore reaffirm our commitment to the United Palestinian call of July 2005 for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to compel Israel to comply with international law.
To that end, we call for and wish to help initiate a global mass, democratic anti-apartheid movement to work in full consultation with Palestinian civil society to implement the Palestinian call for BDS.