30th March - annual Palestinian Land Day

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Wed Apr 13 22:34:05 BST 2011

Interesting date that.... Gerrard Winstanley's Diggers first moved on 
to St George's Hill in Surrey on April 1st 1649.

In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of 
boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it 
complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly 
global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in 
response to this call.

BDS Blossoms Across U.S. on Palestinian Land Day!

Dear Supporter,

Congratulations to us! Last week's Palestinian Land Day marked the 
largest global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) Day of Action 
to date. According to the fantastic new global BDS movement web site, 
the United States hosted the most actions of any country in the 
world. Great job to all those who participated!

Want to be inspired? Here is a tiny taste of the more than 25 
fantastic events across the U.S.:

  In San Francisco, activists demonstrated and delivered a letter to 
the IRS to protest the tax-exempt status of the Jewish National Fund, 
which re-appropriated the land of Palestinian refugees whom Israel 
exiled in 1948 and which continues to restrict land use for Jewish 
Israelis only.

  There were BDS flash mobs by member groups in Chicago and New York 
City! The latter was taken down in what appears to be a pattern of 
YouTube censorship.

  The Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign held an advocacy training at 
the state capitol. More than 110 activists from around the state 
gathered to urge their legislators to divest state funds from Israeli bonds.

  Activists delivered a letter with over 2,500 signatures to the 
management at 15 Bed, Bath & Beyond stores along the West Coast, 
asking the retail chain to discontinue sales of Ahava cosmetics and 
SodaStream home carbonation systems, both manufactured in illegal 
Israeli settlements.

  Students at the University of Arizona constructed a mock Apartheid 
wall to symbolize the walls in Palestine and on the U.S./Mexico border.

There were dozens more actions from Corvallis, Oregon, to Fort Worth, 
Texas; from St. Louis, Missouri, to Washington, D.C. You can find 
report-backs from around the world by clicking here.

As always, please send us your reports of local actions so we can 
include them in our biweekly newsletter, Occupation End Notes!

With Land Day behind us, there are many more upcoming dates in 
Palestinian history to remember, including April 9 (Deir Yassin), May 
15 (Nakba Day) and July 9 (6th anniversary of the Palestinian call for BDS).

Plus, don't forget to join us at the "Move Over AIPAC" Conference, 
May 21-24, in Washington, DC...

...for four days of trainings, workshops, cultural events, and 
creative protests to challenge the 2011 AIPAC policy conference and 
U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid, and to promote 
campaigns of BDS.

Above: Flash mob in New York's Grand Central Station. Photo: Bud Korotzer.

The US Campaign is helping to support local activism around the 
country, including through an upcoming BDS Mentors Bureau and general 
speakers list.

And, if those flash mobs in New York and Chicago gave you an itch to 
get your BDS groove on, we hope this BDS Flash Mob How-To Kit can 
help you plan and execute a flash mob in your community.

Let's keep the pressure on!

Anna Baltzer
National Organizer


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