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Global Action March 30, 2009

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1. International Call for Global Day of ActionBoycott Israel! Make it account for its crimes in Gaza!
30 March 2009 – Today, the Palestinian people scattered across the globe mark Land Day, commemorating the events of 33 years ago, when Israeli security forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel and injured many.

These brave youth were among the thousands protesting Israel’s expropriation of Palestinian land to build new Jewish colonies and expand existing Jewish cities. Today, Land Day symbolizes Palestinian resistance to Israel’s ongoing land expropriation, apartheid, colonization and occupation. It marks as well the first Global Day of Action for Palestinian rights and for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), launched at the 2009 World Social Forum in Brazil.

Israel’s racist policies of confiscating Palestinian land and forcibly displacing Palestinians have gained in intensity since the original Land Day. The policies of incremental ethnic cleansing that Israel calls “Judaization” are proceeding apace in Palestine’s historic cities, including Jerusalem, Jaffa, Acre, Lydda and Ramla, with daily home demolitions and forced evictions. Israel’s aggressive land grab continues with the construction and expansion of the Apartheid Wall and colonies on occupied Palestinian land. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians face imminent displacement as their villages are slated to be erased from the map in their entirety.

Click here to read the full Palestinian BDS National Committee’s Land Day 2009 Statement

Click here to see the full call for March 30 in English, Spanish, Italian and French.
Click here to see our guide to BDS action.

Palestine – Many demonstrations are planned to commemorate March 30 as the Palestinian Land Day with a special focus on the national BDS campaign.
Worldwide – Activities are already planned in over a dozen countries around the globe.

ENDORSE:
All social movements, organizations, networks and political parties around the globe are invited to join us by endorsing the Palestinian civil society Call for BDS.
Sign on at:
www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/52.

2.  LLOYDS TSB CONTINUES TO DENY FACILITIES TO GAZA CHARITY
EDINBURGH, Saturday 28 March, 12-2pm
Lloyds TSB branch, Leith Walk

BOYCOTT ISRAELI GOODS!
EDINBURGH, Monday 30 March, 5.30pm
outside TESCO, Nicolson Street

Bring banners, placards – join us: leaflet and raise awareness; let TESCO know we don’t want Israeli goods in our supermarket shelves!

3.  BOYCOTT ISRAELI GOODS!
GLASGOW, Sunday 29 March, 2pm
outside TESCO, in Trongate, near Argyll Street

Bring banners, placards – join us: leaflet and raise awareness; let TESCO know we don’t want Israeli goods in our supermarket shelves!

List of Global Actions
March 30:
Palestinian Land Day celebrated as the First Global BDS Action Day

UK/Scotland

Glasglow, March 29: Supermarket boycott action organized by the PSC.

Edinburgh, March 30: Supermarket boycott action organized by the PSC.

Across the UK, March 30: Mass call to Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets’ customer service to complain about the sale of Israeli products on March 30 across the UK.

Spain and the Basque Country

Bilbao: details to come

Italy

Milan, Turin, Pisa, Bologna, Rome, and Naples, March 28:
Sit in at various shopping centers in the listed cities. Organized by Forum Palestina.

Rome, March 30: Palestine contingent joining trade union demonstration. Organized by Forum Palestina.

Norway

Kristiansand, March 30 Debate: “How to sanction Israeli human rights violations? Boycott, divestment, sanctions and other mechanisms.” Organized by the Socialist Youth of Norway at the University of Agder.

Oslo, March 30: Three BDS events will be held in Oslo. The Norwegian Association of NGO’s for Palestine (FuP) will hold a debate and workshop entitled, “Boycott, divestment and sanctions – which tools can we use to pressure Israel?” In selected neighborhoods of Oslo, the Socialist Youth will engage in a face to face boycott action, going door to door and informing inhabitants about the BDS campaign, which products to boycott, and how they can get involved. Finally, the Palestine Committee and others will hold a joint BDS demonstration at the Israeli embassy in Oslo.

France

Nantes, March 26:
Film screening of ” The Iron Wall” and debate organized by Young Muslims in France

Lille, March 28: Demonstration at 3.30 pm at Euralille organized by AFPS

Manosque, March 28: Conference for the Land Day with Nidal Shiwani and Rene Brackman organized by AFPS

Le Mans, March 28:
Day of solidarity with the Palestinian People organized by AFPS

St Brieuc, March 28: Film screening of “The Iron Wall” and debate organized by AFPS

St Denis (near Paris), March 28/29:
Conference on the Right to Return
http://www.france-palestine.org/article11335.html

Paris, March 28: Demonstration à 2 pm, Place du Chatelet organized by a coalition of organizations

Paris, March 28: Concert at 7.30 pm at the Palais des Congrès de Paris. (Métro : Porte Maillot Périphérique : sortie Porte Maillot, St Denis (near Paris) organized by AFPS

Marseille, March 30: Panel discussion at 7 pm at the CRDP, Amphi Paul Cezanne (Metro Saint-Charles)
. Speakers: Mme Alima Boumediene-Thiery, Maitre Gilles-Devers, spokesperson of the NGO coalition that has brought a case against Israel in front of th International Criminal Court , M.Nabil El Haggar, vice president of the university in Lille.
Press conference with the speakers at 5 pm.

Brazil

Across Brazil, March 30: Various BDS actions and demonstrations

Sao Paulo, March 30: Demonstration in support of BDS and against the Mercosur – Israel FTA organized by Frente de Solidariedade ao Povo Palestino

Venezuela

March 30, Caracas:
Morning
– Demonstration before the UN representation in Venezuela, in order to express popular discontent with the UN’s failure to defend the right to self determination and the human rights of the Palestinian people. A letter condemning the lack of action taken to enforce UN resolutions and 2004 ICJ advisory opinion will be handed over.

Afternoon
– Global action day activity will be held in the Teatro Municipal, Caracas, with music, film and speeches. The Event will show solidarity with peoples oppressed by war and imperialism, particularly in Iraq and Palestine, and promote the Global BDS Palestinian call in Venezuela.

Organized by the local solidarity movement with Palestinian people’s struggle.

USA

San Diego (California), March 30: Commemoration of Land Day and film screening of Wounds of the Heart: An Artist and Her Nation sponsored by San Diego Coalition for Justice in Palestine and the San Diego Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

New York (New York), March 30: New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel (NYCBI) launch of a city-wide boycott Motorola campaign.

Los Angeles (California), March 30: “From la Frontera to Gaza: Chicano-Palestinian Connections.” Focuses on links between Mexico and Palestine, History of Palestine, Boycott as a Non-Violent Tool, and The Right to Education. USACBI event sponsored by the USC Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, Chicano and Latino American Studies, and USC Students for Justice in Palestine.

Santa Cruz (California), March 29: “We are all Gazans” program consisting of screening Dispatches: The Killing Zone, speakers recently returned from Gaza, and discussion of BDS actions in Santa Cruz.

Kentucky, March 28:
‘What Really Happened in Gaza?’ The Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East organizes an afternoon with plays, spoken word and testimonies on the siege and attack on Gaza.

New Jersey, March 30: Street action to support the March 30 Day of Global Action on Boycott Divest and Sanction Israel. Meet at Corner George & Albany St from 5 to 7 pm.

Canada

Toronto, March 30: “Resisting War from Gaza to Kandahar” George Galloway talk organized by the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War (note: Galloway has been banned by Canadian authorities from entering the country).

Montreal, March 30: Demonstration in front of the Israeli consulate organized by CJPP.

Greece

Crete, April 2: Demonstration in support of sports boycott and protest of the Greece – Israel soccer match in Heraclion.

Belgium

March 28 – 31, The Hague – Brussels: Cycling event calling for suspension of the EU – Israel Association Agreement. Bicyclists will begin at the International Courts of Justice at The Hague on the 28th and arrive at European Parliament in Brussels on the 31st to deliver petition to European MPs. Organized by The Peace Cycle

India

Delhi, March 30: Exhibition, poetry and film commemorating Land Day.

Netherlands

The Hague, March 28: Start of The Peace Cycle in The Hague at the International Court of Justice, passing by the International Criminal Court. That cycling event from The Hague to Brussels calls for suspension of the EU – Israel Association Agreement. Support the petition and see http://www.thepeacecycle.com/

Utrecht, March 28: Conference from Friends of Sabeel.

Vlaardingen (near Rotterdam), March 29: Memorial meeting from Al Awda, Netherlands Palestine Committee and others.

Utrecht, March 30: Political debate GreenLeft Party.

Australia

March 30, Melbourne: The launch of the “The Sack Connex, Boycott Israel” campaign will be launched by the Coalition of Palestine support groups.

** You can list your event on the Scottish PSC website.  Just register to submit your event. **

Join Scottish PSC- we are all volunteers with no paid staff – or make a financial donation to help us continue campaigning work:
Send a cheque to:

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign

c/o Peace & Justice Centre
2 Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 4BJ

secretary@scottishpsc.org.uk
www.scottishpsc.org.uk
SPSC is affiliated to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK)
www.palestinecampaign.org

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