Amnesty International’s campaign to ban all settlement goods…

Posted on Jun 13, 2017

Greetings All,

Amnesty International has just launched a ground-breaking, bold and exciting campaign ‘Occupation @ 50’.  AI is calling on all third party states to abide by their legal obligations under international law to not recognize or assist illegal situations.  Therefore, AI calls on countries to:

  •  stop helping to sustain the settlements (illegal activity) by banning all settlement goods from their markets and
  • prevent, through legislation and/or regulations, companies domiciled in their countries from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods.

This is an invitation to organizations that would like to join us and partner in this initiative to push the U.S. government to ban all imports from Israeli settlements and prevent U.S. based companies from operating there or in trading in settlement goods to contact me.  We believe this will be a good first step in ending the human rights violations of Palestinians living there.

The first six (6) months of this year long campaign will be spent educating, networking and gathering signatures on a petition that will look much like this global petition, only formatted specifically for the U.S.  The last half (Jan – May 2018) will be the main advocacy/lobbying push.

This campaign isn’t based on any new report, our usual procedure.  AI believes 50 years of condemnation is enough.  It’s time for action and we have a body of documentation spanning decades of violations.  The campaign will highlight about a dozen of the more serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that have been happening since 1967 and their impact on those living under the occupation with a focus on Israel’s settlement enterprise.  Settlements are sustained through government subsidies, but also their own internal commercial and business economy.

Outputs so far:

Please let me know if you are interested in taking part in this initiative to push the U.S. government to ban all imports from Israeli settlements and prevent U.S. based companies from operating there or in trading in settlement goods to contact me.

Thank you.

Edie

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Edith Garwood

Amnesty International USA

Country Specialist – Israel/OPT/Palestine

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