Open Letter from Christian Palestinians to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement
Things are beyond urgent. We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse. The current status-quo is unsustainable. This could be our last chance to achieve a just peace. As a Palestinian Christian community, this could be our last opportunity to save the Christian presence in this land.
Dutch reject calls to cease funding Palestinian groups By Adri Nieuwhof Lobby Watch 7 December 2016 The Dutch government has rejected calls to cease funding organizations that […]
. by Adri Nieuwhof. A German court ruled against the often expressed accusations by pro-Israel groups that advocate for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel is anti-Semitic.
Resist efforts to outlaw BDS, says anti-apartheid veteran Ronnie Kasrils. Anti-apartheid veteran Ronnie Kasrils finds attempts to outlaw boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activism against Israel “absolutely ludicrous” and activists should resist such efforts. In May 2016, Adri Nieuwhof interviewed Kasrils about his views on BDS and apartheid on his visit to Amsterdam. “… It got to a point that they could not bear it anymore and then they wanted to see a change…”
Joseph Schechla, coordinator of the Housing and Land Rights Network of Habitat International Coalition (HIC), explains how local governments have the same extra territorial obligations as states. Sometimes, national governments or local administrations argue that they do not bear responsibility for human rights violations outside their territorial jurisdiction. They refer to trade, investment or procurement without reference to human rights criteria. Sometimes, they oppose BDS, while BDS demands the implementation of international law.
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