Sunday, December 5, 2010

Don't Buy Apartheid for Christmas - Melbourne Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

Melbourne Pro-Palestine BDS Action - Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid:

"IjenoTakirin | December 03, 2010

Pro-Palestine Anti-Israeli Apartheid BDS Action in Melbourne Central
Hosted by: C.A.I.A. (Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid)
Target: Jericho Cosmetics

Be sure to check out the websites Global BDS Movement for more info ( and David Rovics ( for more songs about Palestine and other left-wing topics and issues.

Both the songs 'They're Building A Wall' and 'Palestine' are David Rovics', I own neither nor did I make the songs.

Don't Buy Israeli Apartheid for Christmas Melbourne Dec 2010:

"BrisbaneBDS | December 07, 2010

Melbourne anti apartheid activists disrupt business at the Israeli Jericho Cosmetics stall in Melbourne Central as part of the Australia wide Don't Buy Apartheid for Christmas Campaign. The action was part of the global BDS movement to Boycott Israeli goods. The Boycott Divestment Sanctions Campaign initiated by Palestinian trade unions and civil society in 2005 that has the aim of * Ending Israel's occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall * Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and * Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194
Boycott Divestment Sanctions Campaign Action Melbourne Australia December 03 2010

Don't Buy Israeli Apartheid for Christmas - Melbourne 3 Dec 2010.wmv:

"rufiqa | December 05, 2010

In October 2010, Australian Palestine solidarity activists and supporters of human rights held their first national Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) conference in support of Palestine. The Conference brought together more than 150 activists and supporters of human rights from around the country and launched a year-long national BDS campaign (for details see: http://australianbdscampaign.wordpres... )

Following the successful BDS conference, Melbourne Palestine solidarity groups and individuals formed the 'Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid'. On 3 December, as part of the national 'Don't Buy Israeli Apartheid for Christmas' actions, the Coalition held a successful picket of the Israeli cosmetic company, Jericho.

Jericho uses minerals exploited from the Dead Sea. While Jericho profits from the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley region has been declared off limits to the Palestinian people by Israel. Palestinian access to the Dead Sea is prevented due to Israel's military occupation, via a network of checkpoints, military orders, exclusions zones and the Apartheid Wall. As a result, Palestinians are denied not only access to a major economic resource such as the Dead Sea, but also their traditional agricultural land and water sources in the Jordan Valley (see: )

The Palestinian initiated BDS campaign was launched in 2005 by Palestinian civil society, including more than 171 Palestinian organisations, political parties, trade unions and associations (see the call here: )

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, the Palestinian-initiated BDS campaign is conducted in the framework of international solidarity and resistance to injustice and oppression and calls for non-violent punitive measures to be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law.

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