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 and rally behind sanctions on Israel: Dear friends, This is an emergency. Israeli warplanes murdered 9 children in Gaza. The far-right Israeli government is planning to displace over 1500 Palestinians from Jerusalem, starting this month with families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood who are facing the worst kinds of abuse. Palestinians are bravely protesting in the streets. The Israeli government is responding with maximum cruelty. In Jerusalem, hundreds of unarmed protesters are being attacked, including elderly people and children. This is just another example of the racist brutality of Israel's military occupation over Palestinians, an injustice that has lasted for decades.  Enough is enough. Palestinian lives, homes, and rights matter. Sanctions work. In South Africa, sanctions helped free black citizens from Apartheid. Now it's time for the world to rally behind sanctions on Israel to free the Palestinians.
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Israeli troops just murdered 9 children in Gaza, injured over 200 unarmed protesters, and are moving to violently displace 1500 Palestinians from Jerusalem and Sheikh Jarrah. Israel is now led by one of the most brutally racist regimes on the planet -- it's time for the world to declare that Palestinian rights matter, and rally behind sanctions on Israel:
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Dear friends,
This is an emergency. Israeli warplanes murdered 9 children in Gaza. The far-right Israeli government is planning to displace over 1500 Palestinians from Jerusalem, starting this month with families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood who are facing the worst kinds of abuse. 

Palestinians are bravely protesting in the streets. The Israeli government is responding with maximum cruelty. In Jerusalem, hundreds of unarmed protesters are being attacked, including elderly people and children. 

This is just another example of the racist brutality of Israel's military occupation over Palestinians, an injustice that has lasted for decades.  

Enough is enough. Palestinian lives, homes, and rights matter.

Sanctions work.
In South Africa, sanctions helped free black citizens from Apartheid. Now it's time for the world to rally behind sanctions on Israel to free the Palestinians.
Human Rights Watch, one of the most respected human rights organizations in the world, and B’tselem, the most respected Israeli human rights organization, both recently concluded that Israel is committing crimes against humanity of Persecution and Apartheid against Palestinians.

Meanwhile, extremist Israeli settlers march in the streets chanting “Death to Arabs”, and have burned thousands of olive trees that many Palestinains rely on to survive. A member of the Israeli parliament has even demanded for Palestinian women to be discriminated against in maternity wards, so they don’t give birth in the same rooms as Jewish women!

This is a vicious downward spiral. 

The Palestinian people are not perfect. They have made many painful mistakes in their struggle for freedom. But there is no question that the Israeli government, with the fourth strongest military in the world, is the actor with maximum power on the ground. Israel controls the land, air, water, access to food, and even the freedom of movement of ALL Palestinians. For 70 years, it has been punishing, evicting and discriminating against millions of Palestinians whose lives it controls.

The Israeli government believes it has a green light to continue committing these crimes, and crushing Palestinians - because it believes it can block people around the world from organizing at scale to push their governments to impose sanctions. Let’s prove them wrong by turning this petition into a massive people’s movement that no decision maker can ignore. 
Virtually every other tool has been tried, for decades, to encourage the Israeli regime to treat Palestinians better, and they just keep treating them worse. Targeted sanctions, covering things like Israeli blood diamonds, a boycott on arms sales (Israel sells weapons to some of the world's most brutal regimes) as well tech and cultural sanctions (like banning Israel from sporting events and the Eurovision song contest) may finally affect the calculus of the regime.

With hope and determination,

Fadi, Marie, Christoph, Mo, Nax, John, Risalat, and the entire Avaaz team

PS: Israel’s many enablers will knee-jerk accuse Avaaz and our many Jewish staff and leadership of hating Jews. But our team and our members love the Jewish people, as we love all people. The Holocaust was real, the Jewish community has long been horrifically oppressed and still faces anti-Semitism worldwide. This campaign is not about identity politics, or about Jews versus Palestinians. It is about protecting basic human rights and equality, to ensure that the international community is not complicit in the decades long systematic oppression by the Israeli government of the Palestinian people. The goal is to achieve freedom and peace for ALL people in the region. Sanctions are necessary to push for this goal because the Israeli government continues to profit from the status quo.

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