Philippine movements denounce massacre of Palestinians on eve of Nakba Day, burn US-Israel flags

 

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Filipino organizations led by the International League of Peoples’ Struggles – Philippines Chapter and the Philippines-Palestine Friendship Association (PPFA) gathered on May 15, 2018 to condemn the brutal killings of at least 58 Palestinian individuals and more than 2,000 wounded perpetrated by Israeli armed forces in the Gaza strip.

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Rev. Alan Sarte, ILPS-Philippines General Secretary denounced the massacre saying “it is appalling to hear that on the eve of the 70th year of Nakba, another catastrophe has befallen the Palestinians in their struggle for the recognition of their right to return to their own lands.” Nakba, the Palestinian term for catastrophe, occurred originally in May 15, 1948 when more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced to flee from their homes by Israel Zionists. Since then, the Israeli government has prevented them from returning.

He described yesterday’s events in Gaza as “the deadliest single day of protest in the weeks-long struggle of the Palestinian people dubbed as the Great March of Return.” The Great March of Return was launched last March 30 by Palestinians demanding that their refugees and descendants be allowed to return to their original lands. They also protested the moves of the U.S. to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, a supposedly neutral territory for Israel and Palestine recognized by international conventions.

“Since the start of the Great March of Return, Israeli armed forces have been using lethal force to suppress the Palestinian protest. But what occurred yesterday is simply an overkill,” Sarte added. “What they did will only heighten the resolve of the Palestinian people.”

“History will never forget that the hands of U.S. President Trump and Israel Prime Minister are now stained with the blood of Palestinians. They have further unmasked themselves as the real terrorists in this world and has added another platform of unity for oppressed peoples all over the world,” he concluded.

Amira Lidasan of Moro-Christian Peoples’ Alliance expressed solidarity with the Palestinian protesters, saying that Palestinians and indigenous peoples in Mindanao too face the same struggles against land occupation, militarism, and imperialism.

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“The Maranaos of Mindanao are also experiencing forced dislocation, harassment, and killings under the Martial Rule imposed by the US-puppet regime of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. We too are launching our own Great March of Return to reclaim our homes, defend our rights, and assert our self-determination and sovereignty.”

Rita Baua of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan meanwhile emphasized that the struggle of Palestinians for freedom and self-determination are part of the global struggle against imperialism and must be supported by all Filipino patriotic forces.

“The victory of the Palestinian struggle for national liberation will be a heavy blow to US imperialism in the Middle East region and will further weaken US imperialism’s global hegemony. Thus it is in the Filipino peoples’ interest to see the defeat of Israeli Apartheid State that is US imperialism’s most dependable ally in the Middle East,” according to Baua.

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Shortly following the forum, participants held a mass action along EDSA, Quezon City. Leaders from different mass organizations gave solidarity speeches, including from Jerome Succor Aba, a Moro activist who was scheduled for a speaking tour in the US about the human rights situation in the Philippines but was arbitrarily detained, tortured, and deported by US immigration officials.

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“We in Suara Bangsamoro denounce the lethal use of force against non-violent Palestinian protesters that left more than 50 dead and many more wounded. What we witnessed today is a horrible reprise of the massacre of Palestinians by Israeli troops that happened 70 years ago.

We hold the US accountable for backing the crimes committed by the Zionist government of Israel, instigating atrocities across Arab nations and in Mindanao. I have witnessed first-hand US’ cold-blooded treatment of individuals and groups they deem as barriers to their imperialist expansion when I have been tortured and illegal detained for 28 hours at the San Francisco International Airport”, said Aba.

Ivan Enrile, PPFA Campaign Coordinator, stated that “the continued complicity of the Israeli and U.S. governments has further fueled the conflicts in the region. Their actions are instigating violence at the expense of civilian lives. This has been their mantra for decades and has to stop immediately.”

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In condemnation, ILPS-Philippines and PPFA burned a joint flag of U.S. and Israel symbolizing the collusion between the two.

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Enrile vowed that Filipinos will continue to support the Palestinians in their struggle and denounce further actions by the U.S. and Zionist Israel forces to escalate tensions in the area. “Rest assured, this unjust war brought about by U.S. and Israel actions will only be met with wider and stronger opposition.”

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Solidarity statements on Nakba Day and Great March of Return

Uphold the Right of Return of the Palestinian people!
End the US-Zionist Israeli regime!
Statement of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle Commission 3*

The 70th anniversary of the Nakba was marked with a massacre in Gaza on Monday, May 14, 2018, with the biggest one-day toll of Palestinians killed since the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza. Israeli forces opened fire on demonstrators in Gaza, killing at least 60 people and injuring thousands of Palestinians protesting the Monday opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. We condemn the gruesome use of lethal force against the Palestinian protesters that reflected both the continuing Nakba and the violence of the 11-year siege on Gaza; the Israeli military attacks on the popular Great Marches of Return since March 30 have taken over 110 lives.

On the very hour of the opening by the United States government of its embassy in Jerusalem, thousands of Palestinian civilians, including children, women and persons with disabilities, were massacred by Israeli snipers, baptizing the US embassy with bloodshed.

We are witnessing the use of unabated brutality and force against civilians to stifle popular protest – an abhorrent violation of human and people’s rights and international humanitarian law. The killing of Palestinian demonstrators is a clear violation of international human rights law, committing what appear to be willful killings constituting war crimes.

Meanwhile, the US blocked the United Nations Security Council’s call for investigation of the deaths in Gaza caused by the Israeli military attack. Washington rushed to justify Israel’s response, accusing the Palestinian movement Hamas of fueling the protests and justifying Israeli brutality, which is funded and supported by billions of dollars in US military aid annually. The US has a long record of using its veto power in the UN Security Council to protect Israel from international scrutiny.

The people of Palestine have been struggling for their liberation and their return to their homeland for 70 years. Imperialist countries especially the US, have refused to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, independence and return. This latest bloodbath in Gaza reflects the continuing nature of the Nakba or the “catastrophe” which began 70 years ago, when is the Palestinian people were forced into a mass exodus from their homes in order for Zionist militiasto establish the exclusionary, racist State of Israel, built on the ruins of their homeland. And while America has supplied Israel with weapons ever since its inception as a state, the US-Zionist Israeli regime, supported by the inaction of the Security Council and the United Nations and the complicity of imperialist nations, has continued to slaughter Palestinians who fight for their human dignity and self-determination. The countless dead and scarred Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank are an undeniable testament to this fact.
US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a provocation — a sabotage to undermine any effort to achieve real justice and peace in the region. Trump and the US are equally responsible and partners with the Israeli state in the bloodshed since the US decision.

The Security Council’s silence and inaction encourages and protects the Israeli regime’s abuses with impunity which will lead to further deaths and human rights violations. Silence is not acceptable in the face of horrific ordeal of the Palestinian people. The international community, most especially the oppressed and struggling peoples, must act to end the siege on Gaza ,to ensure accountability for those responsible for these atrocious violations of human rights and this ongoing colonial nightmare, and to implement the right of return for Palestinian refugees, denied for 70 years.#

* Note: The Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Fundacion Amancio Samuel Villatoro (Guatemala) and Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights-Philippines are among the Steering Committee members of the ILPS Commission 3. Commission 3 tackles human rights in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural fields against state violence, national oppression, class exploitation and oppression, gender oppression, fascism, casteism, racism and religious bigotry; and justice and indemnification for the victims of illegal arrest and detention (especially political prisoners), violations of due process, torture, extra-judicial executions, disappearances, mass displacement, and other blatant forms of human rights violations.

 

 

Kilusang Mayo Uno (May One Movement)
Justice and Freedom for the People of Palestine!
Israel, puppet state of the US, butcher of Palestinians!
End Israeli occupation of West Bank and Gaza!

Filipino workers condemn US and Israel for the massacre of Palestinians fighting for national liberation!

Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement), the Philippines’ anti-imperialist labor center, vehemently condemns the massacre of protesting Palestinians by the US-backed and Zionist-run government of Israel on May 14. Even as we mourn this tragedy, we hail the over 50 killed and 1,300 injured Palestinians as heroes of the tenacious struggle of the Palestinian people for national and social liberation.

This massacre is only the latest and most outrageous addition to the long list of crimes committed by the US and Israel against the Palestinian people, who have every right to hold a peaceful protest against the US embassy’s transfer from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Israeli government has embraced the move as recognition by the US of Israel’s claim to Jerusalem – an outright insult on the Palestinian people’s claim on the same territory.

The protest also marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, which led to the displacement, marginalization, and brutal colonization of the Palestinian people, with the full support of the US and other imperialist powers. The massacre is part of the 70-year history of violence and genocide which is being inflicted by the US and Israel, and which has already killed millions of Palestinians.

We are disgusted by the arrogance of the US in trying to block the United Nations’ investigation into the massacre, which demonstrates their continuing determination to cover up the crimes perpetrated by the Israeli Zionist government using American funds, intelligence, and weapons.

The Israeli occupation of Palestine should end now. US support for the murderous Israeli state should be terminated immediately. We support the Palestinian people’s struggle for national and social liberation. Peace in Palestine and the Middle East could only be attained with the end of US and Israel’s dominance in the region and the respect for the oppressed peoples’ right to self-determination and liberation.

Indeed, the massacre reflects the US policy of supporting state fascism and violence against people struggling for national and social liberation, whether in India, Colombia, Indonesia, the Philippines, or other countries.

The bankruptcy of US foreign policy, especially under the leadership of Donald Trump, is a challenge to the countries of the world to oppose the wars of aggression and plunder being carried out by US imperialism. We call on all movements, political parties, countries and international coalitions in the world to condemn the massacre and the heightening militarism and violence being imposed on the people of Palestine. We stand with all the workers and peoples of the world in intensifying our revolutionary struggles against US imperialism and its allies, and in struggling for a world where peace, justice, sovereignty and democracy reign.

Justice and freedom for the people of Palestine!
US imperialist, No. 1 terrorist!
Israel, puppet state of the US, butcher of Palestinians!
End Israeli occupation of Gaza and Palestine!

#FREEPalestine

 

PCFS and APC firmly stand with the people of Palestine, strongly support the “Great Return March”

May 14, 2018

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The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) firmly stand with the Palestinian people in their global campaign to return to Palestine.

We join the Palestinian people and people of the world in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the occupation of Palestine. Some 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their native towns and villages prior, during and after Israel’s so-called declaration of independence on May 15, 1948. Today, there are over 12 million Palestinians worldwide (of which 5.4 million are refugees), who regard Israel’s independence  day as the Nakba – or the “catastrophe”.

Both Coalitions support the struggle of the Palestinian people as a rightful assertion for food sovereignty. The past seven decades saw hunger and poverty plaguing Palestine due to the Israeli government’s economic restrictions on their access, especially to land and food. It is high time to end the Zionist rule that have deprived the Palestinian people their land and life.

Last March 30, the Israeli army opened fired and killed at least 34 unarmed Palestinians and wounded 1,400 others during a peaceful demonstration along the Gaza-Israel border for the launch of the six-week “Great Return March”. Just hours before, a Palestinian farmer was also killed by artillery fire from Israel. We decry these acts as an escalation of the war crimes of Israel as it continues its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.

To date since then, the Zionist attacks have incurred the following casualties among the Palestinian marchers: 49 martyrs including children and two journalists; 9,545 injured including 900 children, 400 women, 200 medical staff, and 110 journalists, 24 of which were amputations.US imperialism’s and Israel’s attempt to wipe out the Palestinian history of Jerusalem is the height of the Zionist policy of occupation, apartheid, and land grabbing in Palestine. The already tense situation further increased when Trump declared Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. We do not recognize Israel’s claim to the entire city.

We also denounce the move to set up/relocate embassies in Jerusalem, led by US President Donald Trump. This is a blatant disregard for the Palestinian peoples’ rights and international humanitarian laws in relation with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We are with the people of Palestine who resist US imperialism and the ills it brought to their country. We condemn the US counterinsurgency programs and the Israeli government that brand Palestinian activists and freedom fighters as terrorists to legitimize violations of their human rights and of international humanitarian laws.

The Great Return March is a series of protests from March 30 in commemoration of 42nd Land Day, up to May 15 in observance of Nakba. Land Day marks the same day on 1976 when six unarmed Palestinians defending their lands against Israeli takeover were killed. Nakba, meanwhile, commemorates the same day on 1948 when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their lands to Israeli invasion.

We call on all member organizations of the PCFS and APC to support the Great Return March campaign and conduct actions and activities that demonstrate strong solidarity with the Palestinian people. We call on all network organizations of the PCFS and APC to continuously support the Palestinian people in their just struggle against the Zionist occupation of Palestine.

Support Palestinians’ fight for land!

End the Zionist occupation!

Long live International Solidarity!

 

Youth4FoodSov

May 14, 2018

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On the occasion of the 70th Nakba, Youth for Food Sovereignty (YFS) reiterates its support to the Palestinian people fighting for their right to return. We most urgently demand an end to the killing and violence the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has been doing against the Great March protesters for several weeks now. They have killed at least 50 and wounded more than 2,000 now.

YFS strongly condemns the Zionist state of Israel for perpetuating such terrorist acts against the Palestinian people. We condemn the US government and its president Donald Trump for consistently providing material and political support to Zionist Israel, such as the relocation of its embassy in Jerusalem. We likewise condemn the complicity, silence, and disregard of various governments and international bodies towards the IDF’s massacre of the Great March protesters.

We call on everyone who values peace, justice, and democracy to join in demanding an end to the killing of the Great March protesters, and ultimately the attainment of the Palestinian people’s right to return.


International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS)

Asia Pacific Chapter

15 May 2018

US and Israel: No. 1 Terrorists!

We in the ILPS Asia Pacific Chapter denounce in the strongest possible terms the U.S. and Israel for the bloody massacre of at least 58 Palestinians protesting the U.S. Embassy transfer to Jerusalem. Over the past six weeks, over 40 Palestinians have already been killed and thousands wounded in a vain attempt to suppress the Palestinian Great Return March.  No amount of bullets and live fire can stop them.

History will not forget this barbaric act.  The U.S. and Israel will pay for their crimes against Palestinians, Arab peoples and humanity.  The unjust war that the U.S. and Israel are waging in West Asia and the rest of the world shall be met with stronger, wider, and more resolute resistance.

We call on all ILPS affiliates for protest actions across the globe in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation against U.S. and Israel occupation and aggression.

Blood is in the hands of Trump and Netanyahu.  They are the real terrorists.  They deserve the condemnation of the world’s peoples. #


ILPS CONDEMNS CANADA’S ONGOING COMPLICITY IN THE EXPULSION OF PALESTINIANS

May 15, 2018
The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) in Canada condemns in the strongest terms possible the Trudeau government’s ongoing support for US-Zionist imperialism in Palestine on this the 70th Anniversary of the Nakba.

Nakba Day or “Day of the Catastrophe” is commemorated every May 15 to remember the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians from their lands and villages and to celebrate the resiliency and resistance of millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants who continue to struggle for their right to return to their homeland.

For the past seven decades the Zionist state of Israel has continued a policy of ethnically cleansing the indigenous Palestinian population from their homeland while simultaneously cultivating the myth of a “democratic beachhead’ in the Middle East.

Since the foundation of Israel, successive Canadian governments have been complicit in the theft of Palestinian land, the implementation of Israeli Apartheid and the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people in the Middle East.

Canadian diplomats Lester Pearson and Supreme Court Justice Ivan Rand were architects of the UN Plan to Partition Palestine. Canada has provided support and charitable status to the Jewish National Fund (JNF), a key institution in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian lands. Canada has supported the Zionist State diplomatically – it was the first country after Israel to impose sanctions against the Palestinian Authority in 2006 in an attempt to sow division among the Palestinian political factions.

Canada has quietly supported the building of the Wall that divides Palestinian communities and lands and further encourages settlement. While Israel has continued to build illegal settlements furthering the ethnic cleansing in the West Bank, Canada has actively tried to prevent the sanction of these activities. In 2009 Canada was to sole country to oppose UN Human Rights Council actions against continued settlement activity and the violation of Palestinian rights.

In 2006, when Israel put the entire Gaza strip on a “diet” that restricted the daily caloric intake of food supplies entering the West Bank to starvation levels, Canada said it was a “measured response”. And while Israeli occupation forces this year have murdered 49 unarmed protesters, including 6 journalists, during the Gaza March of Return, Canada has said nothing about these crimes against humanity.

Whenever Palestinians stand up and oppose the occupation, the ethnic cleansing and the collective punishment, Canada has joined with the US to provide a pass on the most barbaric acts and gross human rights violations. Critiques of the Israeli Apartheid regime are now routinely labeled anti-Semitic, Israel’s justification for any sins.

Nonetheless, support for Palestine and Palestinian human rights is growing in Canada. A growing number of people are joining the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, despite efforts by various levels of the Canadian State to repress, condemn and de-legitimize the movement.

It is Israel itself that has become illegitimate in the eyes of the people of the world, as the courageous resistance and struggles of the Palestinian people has exposed it as nothing but a murderous tool of imperialism.

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) expresses its solidarity and support with the peoples of Palestine. We stand with Palestinian refugees and their descendants struggling for their right of return. We stand with Palestinian prisoners who continue to organize and speak out even from the depths of the occupation dungeons. We stand for the liberation of Palestine!

Oppose US-Zionist Imperialism!
Oppose Canada’s shameful support of Israel!
No to Settler Colonialism in Palestine!
Withdraw charitable status from the land-stealing Jewish National Fund!
Free all Palestinian political prisoners!
Support the Right of Return for all Palestinian Refugees!
From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free!

 

Statement on Land Day Massacre

“An indefensible crime against the indigenous people of Palestine!” This is what Pastor Alan Ray Sarte, spokesperson of the Philippines-Palestine Friendship Association called last March 30, Friday’s massacre of 17 Palestinians by Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border.  More than 1,400 more were injured as a result of the shooting.

“In Israel, as in the Philippines, the ruling powers treat the indigenous people with disdain,” added Pastor Alan, “they are killed, their homes and schools are destroyed, and their lands are taken away from them.” Since 1948, the state of Israel has occupied Palestine in violation of the rights of its indigenous people.

Snipers and soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces opened fire and attacked the demonstrators who were gathered to commemorate Land Day, March 30, 1976 when six unarmed Palestinians were murdered for preventing the Israelis from seizing lands to build illegal settlements.

This year’s protest is named the “Great Return March.” Tens of thousands of Palestinians came together for a sit-in demonstration along the border to call for the return of Palestinian refugees to their land. The six-week protest will culminate in the observance of Nakba (Catastrophe) on May 15. On that day in 1948, the indigenous people of Palestine lost their lands to the invading Israeli army.

The Zionist state of Israel has refused to conduct an investigation of the shooting and even blames the unarmed Gaza protesters “for provoking” the soldiers. US President Trump’s declaration to open the US Embassy in Jerusalem has emboldened the Israeli government to escalate its attack against the Palestinians. The move defies a UN resolution declaring Jerusalem an international city and denies Palestine’s claim to East Jerusalem as its capital. The US embassy is set to move to its new location in Jerusalem on Israeli independence day, May 14, a day before the anniversary of Nakba.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council was eerily silent on the Zionist government’s latest crime against the Palestinian people.

 

 

Free Ahed Tamimi, Nariman Tamimi and all political prisoners! End the Zionist occupation and military operations in Palestinian lands!

We, members of the Commission 3 of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, vehemently condemn the illegal arrest, torture and continuing detention of Ahed Tamimi and Nariman Tamimi, as we call for their immediate release and the release of all Palestinian political prisoners.

 

Since December 19, 2017, 16-year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been detained in Israel on trumped up charges, after a video taken by her mother, Nariman, went viral, showing how Ahed expressed resistance to soldiers entering their house. Ahed is facing twelve charges, while her mother was charged and detained for posting the video. Ahed has been denied bail as an Israeli military court judge said that she is dangerous and the weight of her offenses “does not allow an alternative to custody.” She and her mother are facing lengthy prison time, possibly up to 14 years. According to their legal counsel, the two have endured extensive and aggressive sessions of interrogations and that the interrogators threatened her family’s safety.

 

Ahed, Nariman and the Tamimi family have been targeted by the Israeli occupation forces for their anti-colonial resistance in the village of 600 Palestinians in Nabi Saleh, a site of long-term organizing and struggle against the confiscation of their land by the illegal Zionist settlement of Halamish. Clearly, the arrests of Ahed and Nariman are attempts of the Zionist Israeli government to quell Palestinian organizing and resistance.

 

Ahed is among the 360 children jailed in Israeli prisons. Many other Palestinian children are detained in Israeli prisons, experiencing torture, solitary confinement, denial of access to their families or lawyers and other human rights violations. On January 16, 13-year old Razan Abu Sal, a Palestinian youth refugee, was sentenced by an Israeli military court to four months in prison and a fine of $800. Razan, like many of the imprisoned Palestinian children, was accused of throwing stones at soldiers.

 

These children prisoners are among the 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons. With the official support from the United States government of the status of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, these violations have worsened. US Pres. Donald Trump’s latest decision has emboldened the Zionist Israeli occupation forces under the Netanyahu regime to intensify their military operations and crimes against the Palestinian people.

 

We call for the immediate release of Ahed and Nariman Tamimi and all Palestinian political prisoners. We call on all member organizations of the ILPS, people’s organizations and human rights activists to continue their support the Palestinian people in their just struggle against the Zionist occupation of Palestine.

 

U.S. Imperialism and Zionist Israel Hands off Jerusalem!

10 Dec 2017

MANILA – The Philippines-Palestine Friendship Association strongly condemns US President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as capital of the apartheid settler state of Israel. In the same vein, we denounce the attempt of President Rodrigo Duterte to follow his imperialist master and move the Philippine embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, ignoring international warnings, Trump announced that the US was formally recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and would begin the process of moving its embassy to Jerusalem. The international community has never recognized Israel’s claim to the entire city.

Trump and Duterte’s plan to construct their respective embassies in Jerusalem is a blatant display of their total disregard for peoples’ rights and international humanitarian laws.

Following US declaration, Israeli forces have already killed 4 Palestinians, including 2 civilians, and wounded 259 others, including 32 children and 4 women in Gaza Strip and West Bank. In a blatant display of mockery of international humanitarian law, Israeli forces obstructed medical crews by targeting ambulances with rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters.

Trump’s imperial declaration comes at a time when thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem are being imprisoned and countless more dislocated and face settler violence in an ethnic cleansing project that has gone on with impunity for 70 long years. The declaration also coincides with the 100th year of the Balfour Declaration and recalls the time when British imperialist power promised historic Palestine to the Zionist movement against the wishes of the Palestinian indigenous peoples.

US imperialism and Israel attempt to erase the Palestinian history of Jerusalem is the height of the Zionist policy of occupation, apartheid, and land grabbing in Palestine. This move exposes the lie of any so-called “peace process” under US auspices and the reality of US imperialism as the main partner of Zionism in carrying out the colonization of Palestine.

Trump’s declaration further increases the already tensed atmosphere in the region. This is not surprising since US imperialism is driven to provoke wars to carve up territories and markets to boost its military industrial complex and to plunder resources to prop up its crisis-ridden economy.

Duterte, by aping his imperialist sponsor Trump becomes complicit in Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine. His slated visit to Israel and expression of interest to follow Trump and move the Philippine embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem are all part of the Zionist effort to normalize Israel’s colonial domination over Palestine and to whitewash the gross human rights violations and crimes that go along with it.

Israel stands guilty too in the brutal killing spree happening in the Philippines under Pres. Duterte. Israel supplies the weapons to Philippines for Duterte’s brutal anti-insurgency and anti-drugs campaign that has seen tens of thousands of innocent and poor civilians dead.

President Duterte is now in league with fascist figureheads Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu as the world’s most notorious war criminals. They are the enemy of the Filipino and Palestinian peoples. We will fiercely resist their reign of terror. ###

STAND WITH PALESTINE! HANDS OFF JERUSALEM, THE CAPITAL OF PALESTINE!
US IMPERIALISM AND ISRAELI ZIONISM ARE TERRORISM!
DUTERTE, LAPDOG OF IMPERIALISM AND ZIONISM!

Filipinos join Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel

The global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel has finally arrived in the Philippines.

The campaign was inaugurated on Feb. 6, 2017 at a forum held at the United Church of Christ chapel in Quezon City. The event was attended by members of various social movements and faith-based organizations in the Philippines. The Philippine BDS campaign is spearheaded by the Philippines-Palestine Friendship Association (PPFA), the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), and the Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum (EBF). Bishop Deogracias Yniguez gave the welcome remarks.

The BDS is a global campaign calling for the boycott of and divestment from all Israeli and international companies profiting from the violation of the rights of Palestinians. It also urges governments to fulfill their legal obligations to hold Israel to account including by ending military and free trade agreements and expelling Israel from international forums such as the UN.

The BDS campaign is rapidly gathering steam in many places around the world and is endorsed by many renowned activists, personalities, artists, and thinkers.
Dr. Edelina dela Paz, chairperson of PPFA, explained the idea behind the campaign:

“BDS operates under the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as everyone else. But Israel is illegally occupying Palestine and violating the human rights of the Palestinian people. BDS aims to undercut the economic and political support that is sustaining the Israeli apartheid system,” she said.

Israeli businesses in the Philippines are mainly involved in information and communication technology, and agriculture. Israel has also developed cooperation with academic institutions and local governments for tourism and study programs.
Recently, the Israel Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines has conveyed Israeli businesses’ interest in expanding investments and operations in the Philippines through public-private partnerships in infrastructures and agro-technology.
Moreover, Israel is actively involved in selling military equipment and artillery to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which, according to the group, the Philippine government uses to militarize rural communities. There are also reports that Mossad intelligence security agents are deployed in the country to train big local and foreign companies and landlords’ private armies and paramilitaries.

“The weapons that Israel uses against Palestinian civilians to occupy their homes are the same weapons being used here in the Philippines to evict indigenous peoples and farmers from their lands, and break workers’ strikes,” according to dela Paz.

The organizers vowed to challenge Israel’s economic and political presence in the country as they believe that this constitutes a form of normalization of the occupation and the apartheid state of Israel. They capped their program with an “Act of Commitment” to affirm their support for BDS and the cause for freedom for the Palestinian people.