Non-Governmental Organisations supporting Palestine

Boycott and Divestment actions, statements and programmes of NGOs operating at a global, national and local level.

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Argentina

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. YMCA of Argentina. 6/10

    The YMCA of Argentina sent a letter to the Israeli Ambassador in Argentina expressing its deep concern and condemnation of the Israeli military attack on the Gaza aid flotilla on May 31, 2010. http://www.jai-pal.org/content.php?page=906


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Australia

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Austcare (now part of Action Aid Australia). 6/09

    Austcare, an organization working for emergency relief and longer term development in areas of need around the world, signed a 6/09 statement decrying Israel's Gaza policies: "The blockade of the Gaza Strip is creating an atmosphere of deprivation in Gaza that can only deepen the sense of hopelessness and despair among people... Allowing human development and prosperity to take hold is an essential first step towards the establishment of lasting peace." http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument


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Belgium

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Alliance for Freedom and Dignity International. 6/10

    The Alliance for Freedom and Dignity, a European human rights organization based in Brussels, issued a strong denunciation of Israel's attack on the flotilla of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip. Its Spanish branch helped organize a four-day protest over the attack at the Barcelona office of the European Union in mid-June, 2010. It also called for the lifting of the siege of Gaza. http://www.afdbelgium.org/afd/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=322:attaque-de-la-flotille-de-la-paix&catid=87:communiques-afd&Itemid=391 , http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  2. European Coordinating Committee of NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ECCP). 7/05

    Members of the civil society of EU-member states petitioned their governments, the EU Council, and the UN 'to take political and economical measures, including sanctions, to prevent Israel from continuing the construction of the wall and to force it to respect the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion' [which ruled that the Wall on Palestinian soil is unlawful]. They urged their governments to cease military exchanges and agreements with Israel, to provide no aid in construction of the Wall, to honor their commitment to the Fourth Geneva Convention and UN Resolutions, and to suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement. http://www.saar.at/pdf/LettreType8dec2005.pdf, http://www.eccpalestine.org/


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Canada

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, Canada. 6/09

    The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument


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China

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong, 6/10

    The Asian Human Rights Commission and a few other regional human rights organizations based in Hong Kong, strongly condemned Israel's 'brutal attack', and called for the Israeli government to be held accountable for its actions by an impartial, international criminal tribunal. 'We call on the United States government, which has financially supported Israeli military interventions for many years, to take a categorical position on this attack, and accept its own culpability in these events. We call on governments around the world to denounce these events and support the upliftment of the Palestinian people,' senior officials of the organizations said while addressing a demonstration held in Hong Kong on June 01. http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/06/rights-group-condemns-flotilla-attack.html


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Cyprus

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. KISA, Cyprus. 6/10

    KISA (Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism ) is a non-governmental organization established in 1998 in Cyprus. Kisa was one of the many groups in Cyprus that took part in protests condemning the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla on May 31, 2010. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2525441/posts


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Denmark

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Dan Church Aid. 6/09

    Dan Church Aid is one of the major Danish humanitarian NGOs, working with churches and non-religious civil organizations to assist the poorest of the poor. It is a member of ACT Development, a global alliance of churches and related agencies working on development that are committed to working together. Dan Church Aid signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' It has also published many eyewitness reports about the desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza and the West Bank on its web site. http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument, http://www.danchurchaid.org/content/advancedsearch?SearchText=Gaza, http://www.danchurchaid.org/content/advancedsearch?SearchText=West+Bank

  2. Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)

    The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) is a network of more than 60 human rights organizations, institutions and individuals based in 30 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It has established a Working Group on Palestine/Israel and Palestinians. The main goals of the Working Group are to promote and protect human rights regarding the following: 1) Ending the Israeli occupation and realizing the Palestinians' right to self-determination in accordance with international law, including UN resolutions; 2) Respecting the rights of the Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in host countries in accordance with international human rights and humanitarian law; 3) Realizing the rights of the Palestinian refugees in accordance with UN Resolution No. 194; 4) Securing the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel based on international covenants and conventions ratified by Israel; 5) Advocating the right of civilians to protection under international humanitarian law. The group has sent a number of study missions to the Occupied Territories and has published reports on conditions these missions observed. http://en.euromedrights.org/index.php/about_the_network/working_groups/palestine_israel_and_palestinians/3658.html


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France

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Acted, France. 6/09

    Acted, a French global aid and development organization, with other humanitarian organizations, endorsed a statement decrying "the suffocation of Gaza's economy" which "has led to unprecedented unemployment and poverty rates and almost total aid dependency. While Gazans are being kept alive through humanitarian aid, ordinary civilians have lost all quality of life as they fight to survive." http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument http://www.acted.org/en

  2. Enfants du Monde - Droits de l'Homme (EMDH) (Children of the World - Human Rights). 6/09

    Enfants du Monde - Droits de l'Homme (EMDH) is a non-profit association based in France and promoting defense of children's rights and educational programs. It has programs in place in the occupied territories, including one in Bethlehem, where the wall makes its operations very difficult. In Gaza, "women, children and the elderly are the first victims" of Israel's "indiscriminate sanctions," according to a statement supported by EMDH in 2009, in an urgent appeal. The group called for "uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance" http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument, http://www.emdh.org/drupal/palestine,

  3. Premiere Urgence, France. 6/09

    Israel's blockade "is creating an atmosphere of deprivation in Gaza that can only deepen the sense of hopelessness and despair among people," says a statement signed by Premiere Urgence, a French aid organization. The NGO joined with other agencies in 2009 to point out that: "allowing human development and prosperity to take hold is an essential first step toward the establishment of lasting peace." http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=451, http://www.premiere-urgence.org/, http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument,


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India

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. West Asia Conference on War, Imperialism and Resistance, New Delhi. 3/07

    The conference called for boycott, disinvestments and sanctions on Israel as long as it continues its occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories. It demanded that the Government of India immediately break its military and security ties with Israel, noting that India has become the largest importer of arms from Israel. The conference said it "welcomes the advisory judgement of the International Court of Justice on the Apartheid Wall and calls for immediate measures by the international community for dismantling this illegal Wall. 'Israel's so-called 'disengagement' is in fact a re-arrangement of Occupation. It has turned all of Gaza into a vast prison with the Palestinian population there under continuous, murderous assaults and a permanent state of siege.' http://www.tni.org/detail_page.phtml?&act_id=16459


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Israel

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Alternative Information Center

    The Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem has produced an excellent video explaining the economy of occupation and the almost total boycott of Palestinian economy and society by Israel. It is narrated by Israeli economist Shir Hever and is in two parts. The first part is at http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/multimedia/videos?option=com_jtagyoutubevideo&view=video&id=u0-bC9vb8xo&cat_id=1.
    The second part is at http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/multimedia/videos?option=com_jtagyoutubevideo&view=video&id=7yJ49EajFpc&cat_id=1

  2. Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)

    The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is the nation's leading human and civil rights organization through activities involving litigation, legal advocacy, education, and public outreach. Each year it publishes an annual report covering flagrant violations, positive trends, if any, and 'significant human rights-related processes' affecting Israelis and Palestinians. In May, 2007, ACRI joined the Israeli human rights group B'tselem in publishing a report on the impact of the occupation on the town of Hebron entitled 'Ghost Town Israel's Separation Policy and Forced Eviction of Palestinians from the Center of Hebron. http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/02/human-rights-abuses-in-israel-and-occupied-palestine/, http://www.acri.org.il/pdf/ghosttown.pdf

  3. Boycott from Within. 7/10

    Boycott from Within. 7/10 In July, 2010 a group of Israeli activists launched a campaign called 'Boycott from Within,' working in solidarity with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions -- or BDS Campaign, launched several years ago by a broad cross-section of Palestinian non-governmental organizations. It's a non-violent campaign whose goal is to force Israel to withdraw from occupied Palestinian territories. http://www.ucimc.org/content/btlisraeli-activists-organize-boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-campaign-inside-israell, www.boycottisrael.info, http://btlonline.org/2010/ram/neiman070910.ram

  4. Breaking the Silence. 2009

    Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects testimonies of soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifada. In 2009, the group published fifty-four testimonies of Israeli combat soldiers who participated in Operation Cast Lead. These reports 'reveal gaps between the reports given by the army following January's events; the needless destruction of houses; firing phosphorous in populated areas and an atmosphere that encouraged shooting anywhere. Some of these testimonies were published in Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper on July 15, 2009. http://www.shovrimshtika.org/news_item_e.asp?id=30, http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1072040.html

  5. B'Tselem

    B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, documents human rights violations in the Occupied Territories and educates the Israeli public and policymakers about them. B'Tselem acts primarily to change Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories and to ensure that the Israeli government protects the human rights of residents there and complies with its obligations under international law. http://www.btselem.org/English/About_BTselem/Index.asp
    B'tselem published its annual report on human rights in the Occupied Territories, covering the 16-month period from January 2009 to April 2010. http://www.btselem.org/English/Press_Releases/20100614.asp
    B'Tselem's US director Uri Zaki participated in a panel entitled "The Gaza Blockade: Views from the Ground" at the US House of Representatives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfaMh-XDYTQ B'tselem's persistence in reporting and demanding an investigation led to the indictment of an Israeli soldier for the killing of two women holding white flags during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/better-late-than-never-1.296922

  6. Coalition of Women for Peace. 2/09

    CWP is a coalition of independent women and ten feminist peace organizations who work relentlessly for peace and justice. Founded in November 2000, after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, the Coalition today is a leading voice in the peace movement. In February 2009, the group launched a web site dedicated to exposing Israeli and international companies directly involved with Israel's occupation. www.whoprofits.org, http://coalitionofwomen.org/home/english

  7. Gisha. 2005, 6/10

    Gisha is an Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents. Gisha promotes rights guaranteed by international and Israeli law. In June, it released a computer game that allows the user to experience interactively the restrictions on movement between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank through innovative use of animation, flash documents, video clips and a blog. The game includes an archive of dozens of legal documents that shed light on military legislation and legal rulings since the 1990s, when Israel began imposing increasing restrictions on movement between the two areas. Gisha filed a petition at Israel's high court of justice against the decision to deny a lawyer from Gaza permission to travel to the West Bank to study human rights and democracy at Birzeit University. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/01/gaza-lawyer-challenges-study-ban

  8. Gush Shalom. 8/08, 10/09

    In August 2008, Gush Shalom congratulated Barkan Wineries for closing its facilities in a settlement in the northern West Bank. Barkan completed the move into Israel proper after years of negative publicity and demonstrations led by Gush Shalom. A final precipitating factor was a new partnership with Heineken, the Dutch beer company. The Dutch government and Dutch public opinion oppose the Israeli occupation, and Barkan feared international boycotts if it remained within the Green Line. Gush Shalom ('Peace Bloc' in Hebrew) is a highly active Israeli peace organization that started a National Boycott of Settlements' Products in 1997, providing a list of products produced in settlements' industrial parks. The list is constantly revised and is provided to tens of thousands of Israeli households on request and is available on line to international groups seeking such information. Barkan remains on the list because it still owns a vineyard in the occupied Golan Heights. In October 2009 Gush Shalom called for an end to the tax-exempt status provided by the United States to settlement support organizations. http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/events/1220118081/, www.uruknet.info?p=59092

  9. HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual. 5/09

    Founded by Dr. Lotte Salzberger, Hamoked is a human rights organization which was established in order to assist Palestinians subjected to the Israeli occupation which causes severe and ongoing violation of their rights. HaMoked works for the enforcement of the standards and values of international human rights and humanitarian law. On May 12, 2009, HaMoked and other human rights organizations petitioned the High Court of Justice against the continued holding of Palestinian detainees and prisoners from the Occupied Territories in facilities inside Israel, and the policy of holding arrest extension proceedings in military courts which operate outside the Territories: HaMoked's data indicates that 7,119 prisoners and detainees from the Territories were being held in incarceration facilities inside Israel in May 2009. This is a violation of the Geneva Conventions. http://www.hamoked.org.il/pages_en.asp?page_id=1

  10. ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions). 1/05

    ICAHD is comprised of members of many Israeli peace and human rights organizations. ICAHD in 2005 issued a call for sanctions against the occupation which included the following positions: (1) ICAHD supports selective divestment from companies that profit from the Occupation, e.g., Caterpillar, and from Israeli companies that depend on settlements for materials or labor or that produce military equipment used to violate Palestinian human rights; (2) ICAHD reminds churches with investment funds that they have an opportunity to use those funds responsibly in support of peaceful solutions to conflict. Economic pressure is one such means of action. (3) ICAHD urges churches to: A. Exert pressure on companies to discontinue business that supports the occupation. B. When pressure fails, divest from such companies. http://www.icahd.org/eng/news.asp?menu=5&submenu=1&item=218

  11. Ir Amim

    Ir Amim ('City of Nations' or 'City of Peoples') is an Israeli non-profit, non-partisan organization founded to actively engage in issues impacting on Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem and on the political future of the city. Ir Amim seeks to render Jerusalem a more viable and equitable city. On July 11, Ir Amim and a number of prominent academics and civil servants petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice, asking the court to annul the agreement granting Jewish right-wing group "El-ad" the authority to manage the "City of David," a historic site outside the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. An Ir Amim report of the Jerusalem 2000 master plan highlights the plan's political agenda, and especially Israeli interests to control strategic areas while squeezing Palestinian residents out of them. In another report, Ir Amim and 'Bimkom' revealed that according to law, 80% of the property intended for development in Israeli neighborhoods is off limits to the Palestinian population. The group offers tours of East Jerusalem that include the settlements, the wall and archeological excavations that threaten Muslim Holy places. http://www.ir-amim.org.il/eng/

  12. Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (ICIPP)

    ICIPP publishes a Newsletter called The Other Israel, featuring Israeli voices of resistance against the occupation. ICIPP advocates a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders with negotiated modifications, and a shared Jerusalem, which could serve as the capital of the two states. It calls for equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, stating 'ICIPP has never forgotten that even after Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders, many Palestinians will continue to live in Israeli territory, and that Israel, by abolishing all discriminatory laws and practices, must make it possible for these Palestinians to feel themselves truly equal citizens of Israel. http://otherisrael.home.igc.org/ICIPP.html

  13. MachsomWatch. 2001

    MachsomWatch, in existence since 2001, is an organization of peace activist Israeli women against the Israeli Occupation of the territories and the systematic repression of the Palestinian nation. The group calls for Palestinian freedom of movement within their own territory and for an end to the Occupation that destroys Palestinian society and inflicts grievous harm on Israeli society. The group maintains a presence at checkpoints and reports abuses not covered by the media. http://www.machsomwatch.org/en

  14. New Profile. 2/05

    New Profile, an Israeli peace group, active with army Refusers, women's groups, and other peace groups, said in 2005 it 'opposes the Occupation on three counts:
    1. Its destruction of Palestinian life, society, land, and property.
    2. Its role in maintaining militarism in Israel.
    3. Its erosion of Israel's socio-economic and mora fabric.' The statement continued, 'We therefore seek non-violent means of ending this catastrophic Occupation. One such means is using economic sanctions to pressure the government to change its policy To this end New Profile welcomes and supports selective divestment aimed at divesting from companies tha contribute to the continuation of the Occupation by supplying arms, other equipment, or staff . . . [E]nding the occupation is not only to the benefit of the Palestinians but also necessary for the welfare of Israel, its youth and future generations. Over 20,000 Israeli soldiers have died in its wars since 1948. Enough. http://www.newprofile.org/english/?cat=7

  15. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), Israel. 3/09

    The Israeli chapter of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) issued a report in March, 2009 stating that the military violated medical ethics codes during its Gaza offensive in December and January. PHR described alleged incidents which 'reveal that not only did the (military) not evacuate besieged and wounded families, it also prevented Palestinian (medical) teams from reaching the wounded.' In June, 2010, the group issued a report saying that Gazans are allowed treated in Israel in life-threatening cases only. PHR called this a 'violation of medical codes.' In July, 2010, PHR issued a report documenting violence by Israeli security forces directed against Palestinian residents of Jerusalem. The organization's web site states 'It is PHR-Israel's view that Israel's prolonged occupation over Palestinian territory is the basis of human rights violations. For this reason we oppose the occupation and endeavor to put an end to it.' http://www.phr.org.il/default.asp?PageID=152&ItemID=630 ,
    http://www.phr.org.il/default.asp?PageID=190&ItemID=761 ,
    http://www.phr.org.il/default.asp?PageID=190&ItemID=768 ,
    http://www.phr.org.il/default.asp?PageID=145

  16. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Israeli Section. 7/09

    In a statement released in July, 2009, this organization joined the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel to help end the occupation. The statement read, in part, 'WILPF Israel supports and participates in the nonviolent struggle against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, and against the civil/social effects within the Israeli society that accompany this occupation.' It continued, 'Taking into account that up till now our calls for significant international pressure on Israeli policy have not been answered, and in spite of having utilized all the means we have had available to us, these actions have not brought about change in Israeli policies, we, therefore join the call for BDS on Israel'. The full statement may be found at http://www.wilpf.int.ch/PDF/Statement%20on%20BDS%20Movement.pdf


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Italy

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Terre des Hommes Italy. 6/09

    Terre des Hommes in Italy joined other NGOs in signing a statement expressing "deepening concern over Israel's continued blockade of the Gaza Strip," noting that "These indiscriminate sanctions are affecting the entire 1.5 million population of Gaza and ordinary women, children and the elderly are the first victims." The web site of the international organization Terre des Hommes states that 'The embargo also affects the beneficiaries of the sanitary aid programme (including food support) implemented by the local organisation Ard el Insan (TDH in Arabic), an organisation created and supported by Terre des Hommes...' http://www.terredeshommes.org/index.php?lang=en&page=act.eme , http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=451,


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Japan

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Japan International Volunteer Centre. 6/09

    The Japan International Volunteer Centre signed a statement in June 2009 on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip.' The statement called for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument


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Lebanon

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Amel. 1/09

    Amel is a Lebanese non-governmental organization which has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). On January 6, 2009, the group issued a statement calling for an immediate cessation of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza. http://www.icva.ch/search.html?searchmax=10&searchstring=Israel


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Libya

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Kadhafi Foundation, Libya. 7/10

    The Kadhafi Foundation, a Libyan charity headed by a son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, left Greece on July 10 for the Egyptian port of El-Arish to take humanitarian aid supplies to the people of Gaza. The ship had originally been organized to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, but under pressure from Israel agreed to transfer its goods through the Egyptian terminal at Rafah after docking at El-Arish. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100710/wl_afp/israelconflictgazagreecelibyaun


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Malaysia

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Malaysians for Peace. 6/10

    Malaysians for Peace condemned Israel's attack on the Gaza aid flotilla, which carried six volunteers from Malaysia, including a member of Parliament and media representatives. The group is a coalition of NGOs, comprising volunteers, youth, uniformed bodies, political parties, religious, welfare, students and professionals with the common goal of pursuing a comprehensive, permanent and just world peace. http://www.peacemalaysia.com/malaysia-condemns-israeli-raid-on-gaza-aid-flotilla-read-more-malaysia-condemns-israeli-raid-on-gaza-aid-flotilla/

  2. Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO). 5/10, 6/10

    The Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO), headed by former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, helped to fund three ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip in May 2010. It condemned the Israeli military attack on those ships, which killed nine Turkish volunteers. On July 11, it helped sponsor a one-day international conference on Gaza, entitled "Breaking the Siege: In the Spirit of Rachel Corrie and Mavi Marmara" at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. http://www.perdana4peace.net/


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Malta

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Malta Peace Council. 6/10

    The Malta Peace Council issued the following statement in the wake of Israel's attack on the Gaza aid flotilla: 'The Malta Peace Council strongly condemns, with alarm and apprehension, the killings which took place as Israeli troops, in defiance of international law, boarded, assaulted, killed and wounded many civilians in its attempt to break and shut out the humanitarian aid mission to the people of Gaza. The fact that this raid took place in international waters, as confirmed by senior United Nations officials, causes further alert and trepidation amongst all decent and peace-loving humans. This is a violation of international law and nothing less than a massacre...' http://www.thegovmonitor.com/world_news/international/malta-peace-council-condemns-israeli-raid-on-humanitarian-mission-32371.html


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Netherlands

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Taskgroup Turningpoint, Netherlands. 3/02

    The Taskgroup Turningpoint in the Netherlands endorses the appeal by the World Council of Churches 'to put an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and to support a just peace in the Middle East' (March 5, 2002). http://www.werkgroepkeerpunt.nl/english.php

  2. United Civilians for Peace (UCP). 2006

    United Civilians for Peace (UCP) is a Dutch NGO partnership including Oxfam Novib, ICCO, Cordaid, and IKV Pax Christi. The group is committed to a just and peaceful solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict based on international law. In 2006, it hired the research firm Profundo to publish a report on Dutch investments in Israel's illegal West Bank settlements. The report identified 35 Dutch companies that support or facilitate Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territories. UCP regularly takes groups into the region to increase their knowledge of the causes of the conflict and to see the situation on the ground in person. http://www.unitedcivilians.nl/nl/doc.phtml?p=Profundo+Report+(English)

  3. War Child Holland. 6/09

    War Child Holland strives for healthy mental development of children who have lived through war. The organization joined other NGOs in criticizing Israeli sanctions that are "affecting the entire 1.5 million population of Gaza," stressing that "ordinary women, children and the elderly are the first victims." Children are affected when "even clothes and shoes, toys and school books are routinely prohibited." They urged "uninhibited access" for aid under universally recognized international standards. http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument, http://www.warchild.org/aboutus/warchild_holland/warchild_holland.html


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Norway

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Norwegian Association of NGOS for Palestine. 11/09

    The Norwegian Association of NGOS for Palestine, the Palestine Committee of Norway and others marched on the Israeli embassy in Oslo on November 14, 2009 to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and the siege of Gaza. http://stopthewall.org/worldwideactivism/2130.shtml

  2. Norwegian People's Aid (NPA). 6/09

    Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) is the humanitarian organization of the Norwegian trade union movement. In June 2009, on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza, the group signed a statement criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognizsed international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument,

  3. Norwegian Refugee Council. 2010

    The Norwegian Refugee Council has signed a statement calling for an end to the isolation of the Gaza Strip. The statement said, in part, that 'The decision to limit fuel and potentially electricity to the general population constitutes a form of collective punishment which directly contravenes international humanitarian law.' http://www.nrc.no/?did=9217477


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Palestine

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. CARE International West Bank and Gaza. 6/09

    Representatives of CARE International responsible for CARE's work in the West Bank and Gaza signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument

  2. The International Women's Peace Service

    The International Women's Peace Service in Palestine (IWPS-Palestine) is a team of human rights volunteers, based in the village of Deir Istiya, Salfit district, in the occupied West Bank. The group provides international accompaniment to Palestinian civilians, documents and non-violently intervenes in human right abuses, and supports acts of nonviolent resistance to end the illegal Israeli occupation and the building of the apartheid wall. IWPS is an NGO supported by donations from people around the world. http://iwps.info/?page_id=62

  3. Life Source. 6/09

    Life Source signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument
    More information on Lifesource: http://www.lifesource.ps/

  4. Addameer. 2009

    Addameer is a Palestinian prisoners' rights and human rights organization. In 2009, Addameer and another organization called Stop the Wall released a report entitled 'Repression Allowed, Resistance Denied', which detailed the repression of Palestinian human rights defenders active against the Wall since 2002. http://www.addameer.org/detention/background.html

  5. Al-Haq

    Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-government human rights organisation based in Ramallah, West Bank. Established in 1979 to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the OPT, the organisation has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It has a representative on a committee of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, which is working for an end to the Israeli occupation. http://en.euromedrights.org/index.php/members/list_of_members/3100.html

  6. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Gaza Strip.

    Al Mezan's mandate is 'to promote, protect and prevent violations of human rights in general and economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights in particular, to provide effective aid to those victims of such violations, and to enhance the quality of life of the community in marginalized sectors of the Gaza Strip.' It conducts workshops, sponsors research, and issues monitoring reports on the situation in Gaza. It has issued numerous press releases on violations of economic, social and cultural rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory as well as a Joint Statement with the Habitat Coalition on Israel's Oppression of Palestinian Economy. It has a representative on a committee of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, which is working for an end to the Israeli occupation. http://en.euromedrights.org/index.php/members/list_of_members/3101.html

  7. BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights. 2/10

    BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights released a working paper in February 2010 under the title: 'Principles and Mechanisms to Hold Business Accountable for Human Rights Abuses: Potential Avenues to Challenge Corporate Involvement in Israel's Oppression of the Palestinian People.' BADIL is an independent, community-based non-profit organization mandated to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). http://bdsmovement.net/?q=node/639, http://www.badil.org/en/about-badil

  8. Bilin Popular Committee. 2005 - 2009

    Every Friday, this group of citizens in the small West Bank village of Bilin marches in nonviolent protest on their land to the Israeli fence/wall being built through their fields. They regularly endure tear gas attacks from Israeli soldiers in which members of their group have been killed or wounded. Dozens have been arrested. Israeli soldiers have begun nighttime raids on the village to take away leaders of the movement. Their consistent protests, which began in 2005, have been widely praised around the world as an example of courage and commitment to ending Israel's occupation and theft of their land. http://www.bilin-village.org/english/

  9. International Solidarity Movement (ISM). 2001 - 2009

    ISM is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles. Founded by a small group of activists in August, 2001, ISM aims to support and strengthen Palestinian popular resistance by providing the Palestinian people with two resources, international protection and a voice with which to nonviolently resist an overwhelming military occupation force. http://palsolidarity.org/about

  10. Joint Advocacy Committee, East Jerusalem YMCA. 2006

    The Joint Advocacy Committee of the East Jerusalem YMCA is one of 170 civil society organizations that joined together in 2006 to call for boycott divestment and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights. http://www.jai-pal.org/content.php?page=173

  11. Open Bethlehem. 2005

    Open Bethlehem's launch in November 2005 was a response to the state of emergency imposed by the Israeli-built wall which cuts deep into the heart of the city, taking most of its agriculture land, confiscating heritage landmarks and creating a prison-like environment for Bethlehem's citizens.' According to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 'Open Bethlehem is a nonviolent attempt to save a city that belongs to many in the world. It is unconscionable that Bethlehem should be allowed to die slowly from strangulation.' Open Bethlehem has prepared educational power points and other presentations which may be downloaded from its web site at http://openbethlehem.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=68&Itemid=29

  12. Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI). 2005

    At the World Social Forum in 2005, OPGAI delivered a joint call for intervention by the international community to end Israel's occupation. The call was signed by the following member organizations:
    Alternative Tourism Group, atg@p-ol.com;
    ADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Bethlehem Palestine, info@badil.org;
    Defense for Children International/Palestine Section, george@dci-pal.org;
    The Joint Advocacy Initiative (incorporating YWCA of Palestine and The East Jerusalem YMCA), advocacy@ej-ymca.org;
    Environmental Education Center, eec@p-ol.com;
    Golan for Development, taiser@jawlan.org;
    Ibdaa Cultural Center, ziadabbas@yahoo.com;
    Jerusalem Center for Women, jcw@palnet.com;
    Palestinian Grass-roots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, http://www.stopthewall.org/.

  13. Palestinian Artists and Filmmakers. 2006

    Over 100 Palestinian filmmakers, artists and cultural workers have called on filmmakers and artists worldwide to cancel art exhibitions planned in Israel, to boycott Israeli film festivals, Israeli cultural venues, and to end all cooperation with Israeli art, film and cultural organizations and institutions sponsored by the Israeli government. Artists and filmmakers of good conscience around the world are asked to cancel all exhibitions and other cultural events that are scheduled to occur in Israel and to 'speak out against the current Israeli war crimes and atrocities,' as they did in boycotting South African art institutions. A goal of the campaign is to 'appeal to the Israeli people to give up their silence, to abandon their apathy, and to face up to their responsibility in the destruction and killing their elected government is wreaking.' People can endorse this call by sending an email with name, position and country to pal.filmmakers@gmail.com. http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=333

  14. Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

    The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel was launched in Ramallah in April 2004 by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals to join the growing international boycott movement. In July 2004, the Campaign issued a statement of principles, urging colleagues in the international community to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions until Israel withdraws from all the lands occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem; removes all its colonies in those lands; agrees to United Nations resolutions relevant to the restitution of Palestinian refugees rights; and dismantles its system of apartheid. This statement has been endorsed by nearly sixty Palestinian academic, cultural and other civil society federations, unions, and organizations, including the Federation of Unions of Palestinian Universities Professors and Employees and the Palestinian NGO Network in the West Bank. Steering Committee member Omar Bargouti spoke at the University of Minnesota in November 2009. http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=868

  15. Palestinian Civil Society (includes 170 organizations). 7/05

    This group, comprising most of the NGOs and other civil society organizations throughout Palestine, issued a call for 'Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.' The group stated that South Africa's apartheid is a historical precedent. It called for an end to the occupation and dismantling the wall. It called for recognition of the rights of the Arab- Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the Palestinians' right of return as called for under UN Resolution 194. http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=66


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Portugal

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation. 6/10

    The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation was among the groups whose members joined hundreds of protesters in protesting Israel's military raid on the Gaza aid flotilla at the Israeli Embassy in Lisbon Portugal on June 3, 2010. The group, along with the Portuguese Communist Party, the Friendship Association Portugal Cuba, Democratic Intervention, and the Movement for the Rights of the Palestine People and the Peace in Middle East issued a joint statement, saying they condemned "the inhuman Israeli raid against the ship with humanitarian aid, on May 31st, where nine people were killed." http://www.indymedia-letzebuerg.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=53143&Itemid=27


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Senegal

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Forum Social Sènègalais (FSS), Senegal. 6/10

    The Forum Social Sènègalais (FSS), a Civil Society organization (CSO) based in Dakar, Senegal, issued a statement on June 2, 2010, condemning the Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid ships, calling it a 'monstrous crime,' and calling on the UN to lift the Gaza blockade. FSS also asked that Israel be tried for crimes against humanity. A union of CSOs demonstrated 4 June in Dakar against the Israeli raid. http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/64935, http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/101685207/AFP


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South Africa

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. People's Health Movement (PHM) currently co-ordinated in South Africa 6/10

    This global group was formed in 1978 in response to the International Conference on Primary Health Care. Its goal is quality health care for all people. The PHM issued a statement signed by its representatives in 18 countries saying 'The People's Health Movement strongly condemns the Israeli government's violent and premeditated attack on the civilian flotilla's carrying peaceful activists and humanitarian aid to Gaza on 31st May 2010.' The statement called for a credible and independent investigation; the free flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza; immediate suspension of the economic blockade on Gaza; an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories; severance of diplomatic, trade and military ties with Israel by governments around the world; and support for the international campaign of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Apartheid Israeli state. http://www.phmovement.org/en/statements/israel-attack


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Spain

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Acsur-Las Segovias. 6/09, 6/10

    Acsur-Las Segovias signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip.' It called for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' The statement also urged a return to normalized trade for the Gaza Strip. ACSUR-Las Segovias helped organize a three-day protest at the headquarters of the European Commission Delegation in Barcelona, June 11-14, to bring an end to the siege of Gaza and to condemn Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza. ACSUR has a representative on a committee of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, which is working for an end to the Israeli occupation. http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2 http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument

  2. Asamblea de Cooperacion Por la Paz, Spain. 2006, 2009

    The Assembly of Cooperation for Peace in Spain issued a statement following Israel's bombardment of Lebanon in 2006, calling upon citizens to press against the war and Israeli impunity, and to work for peace in the Middle East by engaging in mass demonstrations and public events on November 9, marking the International day of struggle against the Wall in Palestine. In June 2009, the Assembly signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' http://www.acpp.com/english/prensa.htm, http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument

  3. Biladi Cultural Center, Spain. 6/10

    Biladi Cultural Centre is a non-profit organization established in 2003 to tighten the cultural ties between the Palestinian people and the Basque region of Spain. Biladi means 'my land' in Arabic, the land of 8 million of Palestinians distributed in the Occupied Territories and the refugee camps. Biladi Cultural Centre seeks to promote and bring the Palestinian reality, their life, culture, habits, traditions to all the people and institutions interested in knowing and supporting their cause. Biladi was one of many NGO's signing a statement that condemned the Israeli attack on ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, and called for a lifting of the Gaza blockade. http://www.biladipalestina.com/, http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument

  4. Catalan Association for Peace (ACP or Associacio Catalana per la Pau), Spain. 6/10

    The Catalan Association for Peace helped organize a three-day protest at the headquarters of the European Commission Delegation in Barcelona June 11-14 to bring an end to the siege of Gaza and to condemn Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza. http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  5. CIEMEN, Spain. 6/10

    CIEMEN is an international organization for the protection of minority rights. In Spain, the organization helped organize a three-day protest at the headquarters of the European Commission Delegation in Barcelona, June 11 - 14, to bring an end to the siege of Gaza and to condemn Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza. http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  6. Consell de la Joventut, Barcelona, Spain. 6/10

    The Barcelona Youth Council (Consell de la Joventut) joined in sponsoring a gathering of human rights organizations at the headquarters of the European Commission Delegation in Barcelona, June 11-14, to bring an end to the siege of Gaza and to condemn Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  7. Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya (The Human Rights Institute of Catalonia) (IDHC), Spain. 6/10

    The Human Rights Institute of Catalonia (IDHC) was created more than twenty years ago by a group of people committed to fighting for the progress of freedom and democracy in the world. Their aim was to join both individual and collective forces coming from both public and private institutions, in order to expand the political, social and cultural rights of everyone. IDHC was one of many groups that organized a four-day protest (June 11-15) outside the offices of the European Union in Barcelona to denounce the Israeli raid on the ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip. The groups also called for a lifting of the siege of Gaza. www.idhc.org/, http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  8. Movimento per la Pau, Spain. 6/10

    Movimento per la Pau is an NGO in the Catalan region of Spain which works on land mine removal and other issues involving human rights. In June 2010, the group helped organize a four-day protest at the European Union office in Barcelona to demand an end to the siege of Gaza and to condemn Israel's attack on ships bearing aid to the Gaza Strip. http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  9. Mujeres por la Paz y Acci█n Solidaria de Palestina, Canary Islands. 6/09

    Women for Peace and Solidarity with Palestine was formed to coordinate the efforts of residents in the Canary Islands for a free and democratic Palestinian state. They are a group of women and men involved in reporting the Palestinian reality while denouncing injustices committed in the [occupied] territory. In June 2009, on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza, the group signed a statement criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument, http://mpaspalestina.org/

  10. New Horizons, Spain. 6/10

    New Horizons is a political and social science research group. It was one of many Spanish organizations demonstrating June 11-15 in front of the European Union office in Barcelona Spain to protest Israel's raid on the Gaza aid ships and to demand a lifting of the siege of Gaza. http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  11. Nexes. Spain. 6/10

    Nexes is a non-profit youth organization based in Barcelona. Nexes helped organize a three-day protest at the headquarters of the European Commission Delegation in Barcelona, June 11-14, 2010, to bring an end to the siege of Gaza and to condemn Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza. They joined other Spanish groups in signing a statement saying, 'We do not want history to judge us because we were complicit in the largest and most enduring concentration camp of the century through our silence and inaction.' http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  12. Nova, Centre per a la Innovaci█ Social (NOVACIS). 6/10

    Nova, Centre per a la Innovaci█ Social or Center for Social Innovation (NOVACIS) helped organize four days of protests in front of the Barcelona office of the European Commission in June, 2010, to condemn Israel's raid on the Gaza flotilla and to demand a lifting of the siege of Gaza. http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  13. Paz Ahora (Peace Now), Spain. 6/09

    Paz Ahora, which has branches in six Spanish cities, signed a statement in June 2009, criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument

  14. Peace and Solidarity Haydèe Santamar'a, Cultural Asociation, Spain. 6/09

    The Cultural Association of Peace and Solidarity Haydee Santamaria aims to promote peace and social justice, prioritizing action on the needs of Palestinian refugees. In June 2009 the group expressed "concern over Israel's continued blockade of the Gaza Strip which has now been in force for two years," in joining with other NGOs to urge free access to humanitarian assistance and normalized trade. http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=451, http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument, http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=114471548703&topic=1038

  15. Servei Civil Internacional (SCI), Spain. 6/10

    Service Civil International (SCI) is an international non-governmental voluntary service organisation and peace movement with 43 branches and groups worldwide. Its Catalonia branch helped organize a four-day protest at the office of the European Union in Barcelona, calling for lifting the siege of Gaza and condemning the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla. http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2

  16. Sodepau, Spain. 6/10

    Sodepau is an NGO working for solidarity, development, peace and human rights in the Mediterranean. It has led a number of solidarity trips to the occupied Palestinian territories. The group helped organize a massive demonstration at the Barcelona offices of the European Union after Israel attacked a convoy of ships carrying aid to Gaza. From June 11-15, those demonstrating demanded an end to the siege of Gaza, and condemned Israel's lethal raid. http://www.nexescat.org/CA/Inter/Redes/Redes.aspx?ID=278&LG=2, http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A/ www.sodepau.org/spip/%3Flang%3Dca&langpair=auto|en

  17. Spanish Committee of UNHCR. 6/09

    The Spanish Committee of UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee agency, joined other UN and humanitarian organizations in stating their concern about the effect of Israel's blockade on Gaza: "[T]he amount of goods allowed into Gaza under the blockade is one quarter of the pre-blockade flow." They added, "The suffocation of Gaza's economy has led to unprecedented unemployment and poverty rates and almost total aid dependency." They called for "a return to normalized trade to enable the poverty and unemployment rates to decrease." http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=451,

  18. Spanish Committee of UNRWA. 6/09

    The Spanish Committee of UNRWA, the UN's Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, along with other humanitarian organizations worldwide, endorsed a statement by global NGOs decrying the plight of the citizens of Gaza, saying: "The consequences of Israel's recent military operation remain widespread as early recovery materials have been prevented from entering Gaza. Thousands of people are living with holes in their walls, broken windows and no running water. We call for free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards." http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=451,


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Sweden

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Swedish Organization for Individual Relief (SOIR). 6/09

    The Swedish Organization for Individual Relief (SOIR) (In Swedish: Individuell Mënniskohjëlp or IM) is a Swedish aid organization fighting and exposing poverty and exclusion. SOIR works mainly with individuals who have intellectual disabilities and their families, maintaining programs in 14 countries. In June 2009, SOIR signed a statement criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' http://www.englishpal.ps/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=viewlink&link_id=336&Itemid=69 , http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=451,


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Switzerland

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Association for International Development Agencies (AIDA). 1/09

    The Association for International Development Agencies (AIDA), representing more than 80 NGO's, issued a statement highlighting the impact of the Gaza blockade on the health of the region's population and on health services. 'The Government of Israel has a legal duty to guarantee the right to health for people in Gaza,' they concluded. 'The humanitarian community calls for the crossings into Gaza to be reopened.' http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100121/-gravely-concerned-ngos-u-n-agencies-call-for-immediate-end-to-gaza-blockade/index.html

  2. Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE). 2009, 2010

    The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), based in Geneva, is a non-governmental human rights organization with consultative status to the UN and many international governmental bodies. In June 2009, COHRE joined other global NGOs in a statement of concern about Gazans' suffering under Israel's two-year blockade. On housing, they stated: "[R]ecovery materials have been prevented from entering Gaza. Thousands of people are living with holes in their walls, broken windows and no running water." The statement called for "human development and prosperity" as "an essential first step towards the establishment of lasting peace." In November 2009, COHRE released its third quarterly report on violations of the right to adequate housing in the occupied Palestinian territories, covering the period July-September 2009.The report focuses on the Jerusalem Master Plan for building and planning, the impact of the Wall and the water and sanitation crisis in Gaza. COHRE was one of a number of organizations who signed onto a statement for the twelfth session of the UN Human Rights Council, September 14 - October 2, 2009, raising concerns about recurring dispossession and displacement of 1948 Palestinian refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory. In June, 2010, COHRE and Al-Haq submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Committee (July 2010) addressing issues of violations of housing rights and right to water and sanitation in the occupied Palestinian territories. http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument, http://www.cohre.org/opt

  3. Defense for Children International. 6/09

    Defense for Children International has joined a large group of NGOs around the world in criticizing Israel's continued siege of the Gaza Strip. "Even clothes and shoes, toys and school books are routinely prohibited from reaching Gazan children,' according to a statement signed by the organizations in 2009. http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument

  4. International Committee of the Red Cross. 6/10

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), based in Geneva, has demanded an end to Israel's siege of the Gaza Strip. The group said the siege violates the Geneva Conventions and causes "acute hardships" for nearly 1.5 million Palestinians in the territory. According to an ICRC statement, "The whole of Gaza's civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law." The Red Cross further accused Israel of choking off any real possibility of economic development in the Gaza Strip, and criticized Israel for its May 31 attack on the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=130305§ionid=351020202

  5. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 6/09

    The Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) is a United Nations agency that oversees the implementation of international rights agreements and programs to protect human rights worldwide. In 2009, OHCHR joined other UN organizations and NGOs in expressing "deepening concern over Israel's continued blockade of the Gaza Strip." The document decried "indiscriminate sanctions affecting the entire 1.5 million population of Gaza" through a highly restricted flow of goods that was causing nutritional shortfall and "unprecedented unemployment and poverty rates and almost total aid dependency." The organizations urged "uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance" in accordance with "universally recognized international human rights and humanitarian law standards" and a return to development, to normalized trade, and to prosperity "as an essential first step toward the establishment of lasting peace." www.ohchr.org/, http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=451

  6. World Alliance of YMCAs, 6/10

    The World Alliance of YMCAs, a federation of YMCA national movements in 124 countries, sent a letter on June 2, 2010 to the Israeli consulate in Geneva expressing its 'concern and dismay at the assault 'on the vessel carrying vital humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza.' The letter stated, 'We are convinced that the assault on the humanitarian convoy was a violation of international law and reiterate the call of the UN Security Council on the Israeli Government to conduct a 'prompt, impartial, transparent and credible' inquiry into the incident. We also urge the Israeli Government to ensure the successful delivery of humanitarian aid from the convoy to Gaza and lift the economic blockade it had imposed on Gaza since 2007. Clearly, the assault underlines more than ever the need for an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories. http://www.jai-pal.org/files/WAY_Letter_2June2010.pdf


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Turkey

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. IHH (The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief), Turkey. 5/10

    The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, also known as IHH, is a Turkish NGO active in more than 100 countries. IHH provides humanitarian relief in areas of war, earthquake, hunger, and conflict. The IHH has held Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2004. In May 2010, it helped launch a flotilla of ships carrying more than 700 volunteers from around the world with humanitarian aid supplies which it hoped to deliver to the people of the Gaza Strip. The flotilla was attacked by Israeli military forces in international waters, and nine volunteers were killed. The attack sparked international condemnation. http://www.ihh.org.tr/anasayfa/en, http://www.mecaforpeace.org/news/slandering-good-guys-some-basic-facts-about-ihh


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United Kingdom

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Amnesty International. 6/07, 8/09

    Amnesty International published a report in 2007, entitled 'Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Enduring occupation. Palestinians under siege in the West Bank.' It described the checkpoints, blockades and 700-km. wall, saying 'The stringent restrictions on movement imposed on more than two million Palestinians who live in the West Bank are unlawful as they are disproportionate, discriminatory and violate the right to freedom of movement.' In 2009, Amnesty withdrew its support from a concert by Leonard Cohen in Israel following pressure from anti-occupation groups around the world. Amnesty has condemned the use of flechette shells by the Israeli army in Gaza, and has also condemned suicide bombings by Palestinians. http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE15/033/2007,http://imeu.net/news/article0017254.shtml, http://livewire.amnesty.org/2009/01/27/a-bloodstained-wall-full-of-flechettes

  2. Amos Trust. 5/10

    Amos Trust promotes justice and hope for forgotten communities. Amos works with a network of community projects from around the world to raise awareness of, and provide support to responses that address the root causes of injustice and poverty. In May, 2010, Amos Trust announced the launch of a new website for its 'Just Peace for Palestine' campaign. Running under the slogan - A Just Peace for Palestine: means peace and security for Israel too, the campaign was set up by Amos with several other charities and campaigning groups to provide basic information about the current situation in Israel and Palestine for churches and other faith and community groups, who often feel ill-equipped or fearful to discuss the issues. Churches and groups are invited to sign up to the campaign's 6 point vision statement and to get involved in campaigning and praying for a fair and even resolution in the middle east. Amos organises regular visits to the region offering a chance to see the Biblical sites in their very different current setting and to hear firsthand from those living out their faith and working for peace in this difficult context. http://www.amostrust.org/projects/index.php?pageNo=48

  3. Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. 3/09

    The Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation helped to launch the Russell Tribunal on Palestine on March 4, 2009 at a press conference in Brussels chaired by Stèphane Hessel, Ambassador of France. The Foundation's web site states, 'In the tradition of the Russell Tribunal on War Crimes in Vietnam, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine is a citizens' initiative that aims to reaffirm the primacy of international law as the basis for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and at raising awareness of the responsibility of the international community in the continuing denial of the rights of the Palestinian people.' http://www.russfound.org/, http://www.opednews.com/articles/Launch-of-the-Russell-Trib-by-Frank-Barat-090306-826.html

  4. Elders. 6/10

    The Elders group of past and present world leaders, including former South African president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, condemned as 'completely inexcusable' the deadly Israeli attack on a flotilla carrying aid for Gaza. http://www.theelders.org/media/mediareleases/elders-condemn-israeli-attack-gaza-relief-ships

  5. Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP). 1/09, 6/09

    Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) held a hugely successful benefit dinner for Gaza at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 25 January 2009. Despite the dinner's being arranged only 12 days earlier, over 450 people turned out to raise money for MAP projects and to show solidarity with the people of Gaza. In June 2009, MAP signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' MAP, with over 25 years experience helping vulnerable Palestinians, has permanent staff on the ground across the Gaza Strip and in Ramallah and Beirut. http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument, http://www.map-uk.org/events/map_gaza_benefit_dinner_-_2009/

  6. Oxfam International. 11/08 and 8/09

    Global charity Oxfam targets products sold in British shops, labeled "West Bank," implying Palestinian origin when these goods originate in illegal settlements. "It's wrong for goods to be stocked in British shops where consumers do not know the conditions or legality under which they were produced," said spokesman Mike Bailey. The charity has said it will not accept support from Lev Leviev, an Israeli entrepreneur and builder of West Bank settlements who runs a lucrative international jewelry chain featuring Israeli-polished diamonds. Leviev routinely publicizes his contributions to charities like Oxfam. In August, 2009, Oxfam suspended celebrity Kristin Davis from publicity work for the charity after being notified that she was also a spokesperson for Ahava, a cosmetics company located in the occupied West Bank that exploits Palestinian resources for profit. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/britain-to-crack-down-on-exports-from-israeli-settlements-986854.html, http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/sex_star_oxfam_part_ways_o5m9VIo99OqHDauO3134aK

  7. Oxfam International. 6/9, 6/10

    Oxfam International. 6/9, 6/10 Oxfam, a UK-based International Aid agency, called on EU officials and the Middle East Quartet to pressure Israel into lifting the Israeli blockade of Gaza. In a press release titled "Gaza needs jobs, not just aid," Oxfam officials warned that Gaza's economy has been nearly demolished by three years of isolation and will continue to degenerate, socially and economically, unless the blockade ends. In June, 2009 Oxfam signed a statement with other NGOs criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance.' http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/display/ContentDetails/i/13390/pid/895 http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument,

  8. Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness

    The Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness has terminated its contract with Eden Springs, which has operations on occupied land in the Golan Heights. http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=5&Itemid=200127

  9. War on Want-UK (WoW), UK.

    WoW asks people 'to challenge the global structures which sustain poverty across the world.' In Palestine, it says, 'Caterpillar's armoured bulldozers have been responsible for the destruction of thousands of Palestinian homes, schools, wells and olive groves' in a systematic campaign to destroy the Palestinian economy and demoralize residents. Caterpillar bulldozers are currently used in almost every significant operation by Israeli forces, and in fact they are, according to one Israeli military commander, 'the key weapon.' ' WoW reported in 2005 that the Israeli army currently has around 100 D9s in operation. D9s are modified by state-owned Israeli Military Industries and by Ramta, a division of Israel Aircraft Industries. Some bulldozers have customized packages, including machine gun mounts, smoke projectors and grenade launchers. The Israeli military recently ordered 25 D9 armored bulldozers reinforced by Israel Aircraft Industries, while the US Department of Defense acquired 14 armored Caterpillar D9Rs from the Israeli army for use in Iraq. WoW asks people to boycott Caterpillar productsˇfrom construction equipment to clothing and footwearˇand to buy Zaytoun fair- trade olive oil to help redress the damage caused to Palestinian farmers. http://bigcampaign.org/uploads/File/WoW_Caterpillar_Report.pdf


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United States of America

Non-governmental organisations (NGO's)

  1. Action Against Hunger. 6/09

    Action Against Hunger joined with other NGOs in June 2009 in a statement on the suffering caused by Israel's blockade of Gaza. In addressing hunger, the statement noted that Israel was permitting "a mere 18 food items" through its blockade, adding: "Seedlings and calves are not allowed so Gaza's farmers cannot make up the nutritional shortfall." The groups called for "free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance" in accordance with international agreements. http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/where-we-work/palestinian-territories

  2. American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). 2/07, 4/09

    The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee wants to leverage US military aid to halt settlement expansion. ADC policy analyst Yousef Munayer has asked the public to back a new policy "conditioning assistance on compliance with a complete and permanent freeze on settlement construction," adding, "Every American administration since Jimmy Carter's has taken a position against settlements in the West Bank. They are not only illegal under international law, but they also jeopardize Israel's long-term security, stability, and prospects for peace with its neighbors." They "debilitate the livelihoods of Palestinians, cut them off from each other, and make a viable Palestinian state unachievable." Munayer's statement is an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 4-19-09. In 2007, the New Jersey Chapter of the ADC joined with other groups in warning New Jersey public officials that the February 25 planned sale of Israeli settlement homes in Teaneck, New Jersey may violate international law and the US government's Roadmap to Peace, and introduce discriminatory sales practices in New Jersey. www.philly.com/inquirer/currents/43237562.

  3. American Friends of UNRWA. 6/09

    American Friends of UNRWA signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' The statement also called for a return to normalized trade for the Gaza Strip. http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument

  4. American Near East Refugee Association (ANERA). 6/09

    American Near East Refugee Association (ANERA). 6/09 ANERA signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognized international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' The statement also called for a return to normalized trade for the Gaza Strip. http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument

  5. Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission, Michigan. 12/03

    The Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission in Ann Arbor, Michigan submitted a resolution to the Ann Arbor City Council on December 4, 2003, calling for the US to end its military support for Israel until Israel ends its occupation of Palestinian land. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Q_cuohbm2B8/S3A2NKsFQFI/AAAAAAAAB9U/6onCKEk1us4/s1600-h/1.jpg

  6. Global Exchange. 8/05

    This international human rights organization working for social, economic, and environmental justice says Palestinians in Israel 'live as third class citizens, facing legal, economic, and social discrimination. In the occupied territories, Israel continues to subject the Palestinians there to home demolitions, closures and checkpoints, extrajudicial detentions and assassinations, immobilizing curfews, and countless other daily abuses and forms of oppression. The system of apartheid that Israel has developed closely resembles that which South Africa once had. Apartheid in South Africa was eventually abolished in large part because of an international grassroots movement to stop financial support of the apartheid regime.' They add: 'Through divestment (stopping capital investment in companies that do business in Israel) and boycott (not buying Israeli products) we can bring justice to the Israelis and Palestinians as well.' (statement updated 8/23/05) http://www.globalexchange.org/countries/mideast/palestine/divestmentfaq.html

  7. Global Fund for Women. 5/10

    The Global Fund for Women issued a statement on May 31, 2010, saying it 'strongly condemns the Israeli army's violent raid on the Freedom Flotilla carrying peace activists and civilians from around the world who were hoping to deliver desperately needed aid to the people of Gaza.' The Global Fund makes grants to "seed, strengthen and link women's rights groups based outside the United States working to address human rights issues." http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/find-out/media-center/point-of-view/1685-global-fund-condemns-israeli-attack-on-freedom-flotilla

  8. Human Rights Watch. 12/04

    HRW reported that the Israeli military uses the D9 bulldozer as its primary weapon to raze Palestinian homes, destroy agriculture, and shred roads in violation of the laws of war and international human rights laws. The group urged the company to cease D9 sales that go to the Israeli military. Caterpillar's CEO claimed the firm lacks 'the practical ability or legal right to determine how our products are used after they are sold.' HRW said this stance ignores international standards on corporate social responsibility. Since 2003, the United Nations has been developing important standards for corporations. The 'UN Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Regard to Human Rights' states that companies should not 'engage in or benefit from' violations of international human rights or humanitarian law and that companies 'shall further seek to ensure that the goods and services they provide will not be used to abuse human rights.' http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2004/11/21/israel-caterpillar-should-suspend-bulldozer-sales

  9. Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)

    The Middle East Children's Alliance was founded in 1988 by two Jewish Americans, Barbara Lubin and Howard Levine, who had gone to the occupied Palestinian territories and witnessed the grave injustice, poverty and violence of the Israeli occupation. They were especially concerned about the children whose lives were being destroyed by violence and by sieges and sanctions. MECA has provided direct aid to children in the occupied territories and works to transform public opinion in the US toward a just and lasting political solution. MECA has organized dozens of demonstrations and actions to protest war, occupation and sanctions against the children and to end US funding for Israel. http://www.mecaforpeace.org/history

  10. Partners for Peace, US

    'Partners for Peace provides a public platform for the voices of Israeli and Palestinian women working for a peaceful and just resolution to the conflict by sponsoring US speaking tours, each featuring Jewish, Christian and Muslim women. The group began its 16th US tour in the fall of 2009. Partners for Peace advocates an end to the occupation 'for the good of both Palestinians and Israelis.' http://www.partnersforpeace.org/tours/

  11. Relief International. 6/09

    Relief International (RI) is a humanitarian nonprofit agency that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide. In 2009, RI joined other NGOs in a statement that decried "the suffocation of Gaza's economy" which "has led to unprecedented unemployment and poverty rates and almost total aid dependency." The humanitarian agencies called for free access to aid and for "a return to normalized trade to enable the poverty and unemployment rates to decrease." Information about RI's initiatives in the occupied Palestinian territories may be found at http://ri.org/country.php?cid=11. http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=451, http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument.,

  12. World Vision International. 6/09

    World Vision International signed a statement on the second anniversary of Israel's blockade of Gaza criticizing Israel's 'indiscriminate sanctions' and 'suffocation of the Gaza Strip' and calling for 'free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance in accordance with the international agreements and in accordance with universally recognised international human rights and humanitarian law standards.' The statement also called for a return to normalized trade for the Gaza Strip. http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20090618-2nd-anniversary-gaza?OpenDocument


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Acknowledgments

  1. The Global DBS Maps, which have been produced by Sadaka, use 'mapper.js' from Christian Effenburger http://www.netzgesta.de/mapper/. Most of the information is taken from 'Global Actions to End Israel's Occupation' (http://www.interfaithpeaceinitiative.com/globalactions.pdf) produced by the Palestine-Israel Action Group, a committee of Ann Arbor, Michigan Quakers (http://www.quakerpi.org/Q-Action.shtml)


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