Today, November 29, marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. In many locations around the globe, it also begins the “Boycott SodaStream Days of Action.” The United Church of Canada is doing its part by launching the “Unsettling Goods Campaign” next week which targets 3 products, including SodaStream, that are made in illegal settlements. You are invited to learn more about these campaigns. Consider joining a launch near you or use social media to take a stand for justice for Palestine! There are many ways for you to be involved. Commit to at least one action!
Tomorrow, November 30, is an “International Day of Rage” to protest the Prawer Plan which, if passed, will allow the Israeli government to destroy more than 35 “unrecognized villages” in the Naqab (Negev) desert that will lead to the forced expulsion and confinement of 40,000-70,000 Bedouin citizens of the state of Israel in order to clear the land for Israeli Jews. The Prawer plan is the largest Israeli land-grab since 1948. The plan has already passed the first of three readings in the Knesset. It is a crime against its most vulnerable citizens. It must not pass!
Today in Israel, activists and the bus companies that will transport them to the demonstrations were threatened by local police. It is up to the global grassroots community to stand up and say “No to Prawer!” Please do your part. Take action against this inhumane, cruel, plan! ~ Thank you for caring ~ Thank you for acting!
We received material from the National United Church, and on Sunday I am inviting people to take some of the material and speak to the companies – the Bay in particular – and friends and neighbours, inviting them to better understand what is happening. I appreciate your specific situations which will add to what they can say.
I have sent you copies of the letters I have written. You might note that I disagree with amending free trade to Israel re the settlement products. I think we need to end free trade to Israel. We boycotted South African products because the regime was corrupt. Why would we support trade of any kind, let alone free trade with such a regime. When I get some more information re products, i.e., Ahava and Sodastream that folks will recognize, I will encourage boycott.
Oh, I have also signed on to the Jewish Voices for Peace and their lobby to the US government to stop Prawer. I also sent a letter to Baird about Prawer.
Together we will see the end of this terrible activity.
Dawn, Nancy’s reflection today prompts me to say that we share your dream — that of making a difference in the heartbreaking situations you describe to us. You are doing much more than dreaming! With your feet on the ground, may you stay strong in the hope we share with you…