Dear Friends, Allies, and Supporters of Philly BDS,
We write to you on the occasion of Palestinian Land Day 2011, the annual commemoration of the 1976 general strike and non-violent protests against massive land appropriation by Israel in which six Palestinians were killed and hundreds of others were jailed and wounded. Since then it has been a day to recall many decades of Palestinian resistance to historic and on-going displacement and dispossession.
Given the significance of this day to Palestinians, it is particularly offensive that the Jewish National Fund has just proclaimed March 30 as “Buy Israeli goods Day.” Nevertheless, we take this as a measure of the growing power of the global movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
March 30, 2011 also marks the launch of an important internationally coordinated campaign to challenge the JNF. The Jewish National Fund is a quasi-governmental organization that has spearheaded and provided cover for the ongoing appropriation of land by the Israeli state. We urge you to sign the Stop the JNF Call to Action at http://stopthejnf.org.
Through the boycott of Tribe Hummus and Sabra Hummus, launched in Philadelphia in 2010, individuals and organizations have the opportunity to be personally involved in stopping the JNF; Osem Corporation, owner of Tribe, is a major corporate patron of the Jewish National Fund. If you’d like to become more involved in our local campaign, we’d love to hear from you.
We hope that Land Day 2011 is a day of renewed commitment to the struggle for a free Palestine.
In strength and solidarity,