Emergency Global BDS Day of Action on Saturday 5 June 2010
Join Adalah-NY in the Freedom BDS March
the Blockade on Gaza and the Attack on the Flotilla
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Locations: Gather at Union Square and March to Max Brenner (841 Broadway), Ricky's NYC (7 East 14th St) and Aroma Espresso Bar (145 Greene St.)
Heeding the Palestinian civil society call for intensifying boycott and sanctions, as Israel massacres humanitarian workers and international solidarity activists, we invite you to join the BDS movement this Saturday, June 5 in calling for Israeli accountability and protesting its piracy against the Freedom Flotilla.
Israel’s ongoing violations of human rights and international law are enabled by the international community who do not hold Israel accountable for its actions. After the recent assault on the Freedom Flotilla, Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories, said "the best hope for the Palestinians is not on a governmental level or through reliance on the United Nations, but rather through the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign."
Meet us at Union Square, where we will gather and start marching, singing and performing for BDS and ending the illegal blockade on Gaza. Our first stop will be Max Brenner Chocolatier, an Israeli business whose parent company directly supports Israeli military brigades. We will then stop at Ricky’s NYC, which carries AHAVA Cosmetics, a company whose main factory is in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank and 43% of whose profits go to subsidize two West Bank Settlements. AHAVA also excavates mud from the shores of the Dead Sea in Occupied Palestine, a practice that is against international law. We will end our march at Aroma Espresso Bar, the Israeli coffee chain that has at least one branch located in an illegal Israeli settlement, Maaleh Adumim.
We will call for an end to the illegal blockade of Gaza, the release of all Flotilla activists, vessels and cargo, and for the guarantee of safe passage to Gaza for the humanitarian vessel MV Rachel Corrie. We will also call upon all people of conscience to engage in a concerted effort of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
Governments have by and large refused to act, therefore as citizens we must take action ourselves! Come join us in the campaign end the blockade on Gaza.