Monthly Archives: September 2005

NYCLAW Flyer: D.C. Demo

924052

Sat., Sept. 24, 2005 in D.C., Workers Demand:
Money for Hurricane
Relief, Not for War
U.S. Out of Iraq & Bring the Troops Home Now!
•End War & Occupation in Palestine, Afghanistan, Haiti & Around the World!
•Fund Relief, Jobs, Housing, Health Care & Schools!
•Fight Racism – Defend Immigrant, Civil & Labor Rights!

Schedule & Assembly Points
10:00 a.m. Labor Rally: AFL-CIO, 16th St.& I St. NW
11:30 a.m. Main Rally & March: Ellipse (behind the White House)
3:00 p.m. Operation Ceasefire Concert: Washington Monument
NYC Buses:
212-633-6646, 212-694-8720, 212-868-5545 (or call your union)
More info:
http://www.troopsoutnow.org/, http://www.internationalanswer.org/
Issued by:
NYC Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
nyclaw@comcast.net
917-282-0139

(Union Labor Donated – 9/22/05)

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NYCLAW Flyer: MONEY FOR HURRICANE RELIEF — NOT FOR WAR

[Download formatted version: 92405-labor-flyer.doc ]

Sat., Sept. 24, 2005 in D.C., Workers Demand:

MONEY FOR HURRICANE RELIEF — NOT FOR WAR
U.S. OUT OF IRAQ — BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!

*End War & Occupation in Palestine, Afghanistan, Haiti & Around the World!
*Fund Relief, Jobs, Housing, Health Care & Schools!
*Fight Racism — Defend Immigrant, Civil & Labor Rights!

NYC Bus Tickets: 212-633-6646, 212-694-8720
(Or call your union)

Issued by: NYC Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
nyclaw@comcast.net, 917-282-0139

The Whole World is Watching: September 24 (International ANSWER)

 In this email:

On Saturday all the major antiwar groups will come together for the massive rally at the White House and march, but it is the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition that has the fullresponsibilityfor the costs of the stage, sound, and setup at the joint rally, where the major speakers will appear.

Please help A.N.S.W.E.R. meet these large expenses by
clicking here to donate.


Ron Kovic on September 24th

This is to express my enthusiastic support for the Sept. 24 demonstrations to End the War in Iraq and the ANSWER Coalition. This demonstration represents an important turning point in the struggle against this war. For the first time, many citizens who have not until now joined in the struggle to stop the war are joining people of all races and classes, veterans, military families, clergy and everyday Americans to speak out and join this dynamic and expanding movement. The recent hurricane disaster in New Orleans underscores the urgent need for all of us to join together to strongly oppose the direction this government is now going in, and to demand funds and resources for our fellow citizens here at home. On September 24, as a Vietnam veteran who knows all too well the horrors of war, I plan to join with hundreds of thousands in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and around the world to demand an end to the war in Iraq, and that the Bush administration immediately bring our troops home to their families and communities. I hope everyone will join us in this important movement for peace.

Ron Kovic, Vietnam war veteran, and author,
“Born on the Fourth of July


Join the massive united action at the White House on the morning of the 24th.
Here’s a partial list of speakers:

– Jessica Lange, actor
– George Galloway, British Member of Parliament
– Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
– Cindy Sheehan*
– Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder, United Farm Workers of America
– Malik Rahim, New Orleans community activist who survived Hurricane Katrina
– Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
– Ralph Nader
– Mahdi Bray, Exec. Dir., Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
– Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, attorney/co-founder, Partnership for Civil Justice, National Lawyers Guild
– Elias Rashmawi, National Council of Arab Americans
– Brian Becker, National Coordinator, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
– Lynne Stewart, human rights attorney
– Rev. Al Sharpton*
– Anita Dennis, mother of Iraq War veteran / resister
– Clayola Brown, President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Vice President of UNITE HERE**
– Ben Dupuy, Former Ambassador At Large for the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
– Jos Williams, President, President of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
– Michael Berg, father of Nicholas Berg
– Christine Araquel, Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines
– Andy Thayer, Equality Campaign
– Curtis Muhammed, Community Labor Union of New Orleans*
– Margaret Prescod, Global Women’s Strike
– Hadi Jawad, founder of Crawford Peace House
– Chris Silvera, Teamsters Black Caucus
– Musa Al-Hindi, Al-Awda National
– Michel Shehadeh, L.A-8 defendant, a Palestinian activist framed COINTELPRO-style
– Nancy Wolforth, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
– Manuel Santos, Socialist Front of Puerto Rico
– Brenda Stokely, Million Worker March, New York City Labor Against the War
– Peta Lindsay, Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R. Student, Howard University student
– Mounzer Sleiman, National Council of Arab Americans
– Macrina Cardenas, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras
– Jeanette Caceres, Spoken word artist from New York University
– Gloria La Riva, National Committee to Free the Five
– Riya Ortiz, Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines, Campaign for Justice Not War
– Larry Holmes, Troops Out Now Coalition
– Chuck Kaufman, Nicaragua Network
– Women’s Anti-Imperialist League
– Representative of Bayan USA
– Eugene Puryear, Youth and Student A.N.S.W.E.R. Student, Howard University student
– Patti Smith, singer

All speakers confirmed by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition except those indicated by an asterisk (*) are confirmed by UFPJ and those indicated by two asterisk (**) are confirmed by USLAW.

ANSWER has secured the permit for a massive march that will go directly on Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the White House for the first time in many years, and then onto the FBI and the Justice Department.



Even if you can’t come to Washington, you can still help
by clicking here to give a tax-deductible donation


On Saturday the antiwar movement and all the above speakers will come together on one stage at the White House/Ellipse for a powerful, united display of opposition to Bush’s criminal war. But first, we have to pay for that stage.

Since May, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition has been actively promoting the united antiwar demonstration on September 24 – now all the major groups are working together in Washington. But it is the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition that has full responsibility for paying all of the expenses for the joint rally at the White House, including sound, stage, communications, porta-toilets and other logistics expenses. Together, these expenses total more than $52,000 – all of which must be paid before the march and rally. These expenses do not include the tens of thousands of dollars spent on bus rentals, printing and other publicity.

We are making an urgent appeal to you as friends and supporters to make as generous a contribution as possible to help us pay these necessary expensesTo make this tax-deductible contribution, click here, where you can also obtain information to make a donation by check.


A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
http://www.ANSWERcoalition
info@internationalanswer.org
National Office in Washington DC: 202-544-3389
New York City: 212-694-8720
Los Angeles: 323-464-1636
San Francisco: 415-821-6545
For media inquiries, call 202-544-3389.

Sept.15: Protest Ariel Sharon at the United Nations, NYC (Indymedia)

http://cleveland.indymedia.org/news/2005/09/17149.php

Sept.15: Protest Ariel Sharon at the United Nations, NYC
by Al-awda New York (repost andy) Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2005 at 11:24 AM

New Yorkers will say NO to Israeli Prime Minister and War Criminal Ariel Sharon at the UN on Thurs.

 

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Sept.15: Protest Ariel Sharon at the United Nations, NYC

By Al-Awda NY

On Thursday, September 15, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the man
responsible for the massacres of thousands of Palestinians and Lebanese,
will speak before the United Nations General Assembly as part of the
“World Summit.” On the twenty-third anniversary of the killing of
thousands of Palestinian refugees at Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon
under Sharon’s watch, the war criminal Ariel Sharon will speak as an
honored guest at the United Nations in New York City. JOIN US to express
our outrage at Sharon’s presence in New York City before the United
Nations, a body whose resolutions he has repeatedly flouted and ignored!

NEW YORK SAYS “NO” TO THE BUTCHER ARIEL SHARON!!
-Thursday, September 15-
-3:00-6:00 PM-
-Dag Hammerskjold Plaza-
-47th St. and 2nd Ave (across from the UN), NYC-
subway: E, V Train to 53/Lexington Ave. Walk south to 47th St., turn
left onto 2nd Ave. 4, 5, 6, 7, S Train to 42nd St./Grand Central
Station. Walk east until 2nd Ave. and north to 47th St.

SAY NO TO ARIEL SHARON!
SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO RETURN FOR PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!
REMEMBER SABRA AND SHATILA!
FREE PALESTINE!

UN Resolution 194 guarantees the right to return to all Palestinian
refugees. While Sharon speaks before the UN, he refuses to honor and
implement UN Resolution 194 or countless additional resolutions
denouncing Zionist occupation of Palestine and requiring the recognition
of the rights of the Palestinian people. On the contrary, he has
continued his decades-long campaign of brutality against the Palestinian
Arab people, dedicated to eradicating their very existence. From Qibya
in 1952 to Sabra and Shatila in 1982 to Jenin in 2002, Ariel Sharon is a
butcher and a war criminal who should be on trial at the Hague, not
speaking before the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Join Al-Awda New York on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
to declare that SHARON IS NOT WELCOME HERE and to demand the UN
immediately act to implement Resolution 194, the RIGHT TO RETURN OF ALL
PALESTINIAN REFUGEES TO THEIR ORIGINAL HOMES AND PROPERTIES!

Organizational endorsements and involvement are welcome! Please email
protestsharon@al-awdany.org to endorse or for more information!

Endorsers include: NY Committee to Defend Palestine, NJ Solidarity –
Activists for the Liberation of Palestine, Palestine Solidarity
Group-Chicago, Troops Out Now Coalition, ANSWER NY, New York City
Labor Against the War
, NYC Jericho Movement, Coalition to Free the
Angola 3, NYC Free Mumia Coalition and many more. List in formation:
email protestsharon@al-awdany.org

For more information: http://www.al-awdany.org/
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ACTION ALERT

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2005
For Immediate Release

ACTION: PETITION SENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS

OPPOSE SHARON’S ADDRESS TO THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY!
DEMAND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UN RESOLUTION 194!
DEMAND THE RIGHT OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMELAND!

On September 15, 2005 war criminal Ariel Sharon is expected to address
the U.N. General Assembly’s sixtieth regular session. Ironically,
September 16 to 18, 2005 mark the twenty-third anniversary of the
deliberate and systematic massacre of more than 2000 Arab civilians,
mostly Palestinian and Lebanese, in the Sabra and Shatila refugee
camps. Then Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, the chief architect of
Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, was found by an Israeli commission of
inquiry to have been personally responsible for the massacre.

The statement below calling for the boycott of Sharon’s upcoming
address, as well as the implementation of UNGA Resolution 194, is
today being sent to members of the General Assembly and other relevant
parties.

The victims of Sabra and Shatila — those who perished, as well as
those who continue to be saddled with the memories and horrors of the
massacre on a daily basis, would never forgive us if we were not to do
our utmost against Sharon’s visit to the UN.

Please join in this important campaign as we continue to encourage and
add institutional, organizational and individual endorsements.

We also request that you circulate this statement as widely as possible.

Please email your endorsements to: opposesharon@yahoo.com

Provided is a list of organizational and individual signatories (lists
in formation)

For information on the NY demo on September 15, please go to Al-Awda
New York’s website

For other mobilizations of public protest against Ariel Sharon’s
address to the United Nations, see: http://www.stopthewall.org

——————————————-

WE, the undersigned, DEMAND that Ariel Sharon not be permitted to
address the sixtieth regular session of the General Assembly. Sharon’s
refusal to abide by international law, particularly as it pertains to
the right of return for Palestinian refugees, is matched only by his
long career as a war criminal:

* In 1952 Ariel Sharon was appointed commander of special 101 Commando
Unit which carried out raids on West Bank village of Qibya in which 69
civilians were murdered, many of them women and children.

* The massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps occurred between
September 16 and 18, 1982, after the Israeli invading army, then
occupying Beirut and under Sharon’s overall command as Israel’s
Defense Minister, permitted members of the Phalange and local allied
militias into the camps. The over 2000 civilian victims of the
massacre included infants, children, women, and elderly.

* In February 1983, a three-member official Israeli commission of
inquiry charged with investigating the events, known as the Kahan
Commission, named former Defense Minister Sharon as one of the
individuals who “bears personal responsibility” for the Sabra and
Shatila massacre.

* The Al-Aqsa Intifada started after Sharon visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque
and Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem under heavy Israeli military and
police guard. The visit was a calculated step that sparked the
expected resistance from the oppressed Palestinian people.

Ariel Sharon continues his utter disregard for international law. His
refusal to abide by scores of United Nations’ resolutions addressing
the Arab-Israeli conflict is legendary. Only recently, Sharon
reiterated his rejection of the right of the Palestinian refugees to
return to their
original homes and lands. Such outright disregard for the will of the
international community constitutes a grave violation of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of
All
Forms of Racial Discrimination, the European, the American and the
African Conventions on Human Rights, and the Fourth Geneva Convention
of 1949.

It also reflects Sharon’s refusal to implement UN resolution 194,
which has been reaffirmed practically every year since 1948.
Generally, the same position has been affirmed by the Treaty-Based UN
Committees, the regional conventions on human rights and practically
all human rights NGOs.

We find it peculiar that the General Assembly would permit a war
criminal like Ariel Sharon to address it, especially considering his
explicit loathing of the UN and the collective will of the vast
majority of its member states.

We also DEMAND that the General Assembly embark on enforcing its
resolution No. 194. The right of the Palestinian refugees and uprooted
to return to their homeland is a historical right that is guaranteed
by international law. It is an individual and collective right which
cannot be relegated, diminished, reduced or forfeited by any
representation on behalf of the Palestinian people in any agreement or
treaty. As such, the Right of Return is not substituted or affected in
any way by the establishment of a Palestinian state in any form.
According to international law, agreements that purport to trade away
the right of refugees to return to their homes,
or any other inalienable right, are illegal.

The right of refugees to return has been exercised, with the support
of the international community, in Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, Rwanda,
Guatemala and many other places. Yet, it continues to be ignored and
neglected in Palestine. This selective enforcement of international
law and UN resolutions serves to undermine rather than strengthen
efforts to build a
peaceful and just world.

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
E-mail: info@al-awda.org
WWW: http://al-awda.org
Tel: 760-685-3243
Fax: 360-933-3568

Action Center For Justice, Charlotte, NC
Aidoun Group – Lebanon
Aidoun Group – Syria
Aktionsbuendnis fuer Einen Gerechten Friedern in Palaestina, Germany
Al-Awda Popular Committees – Gaza, Palestine
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – Egypt
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – Espana
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – Italia
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – North America
Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition – United Kingdom
Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center- Aida Camp, Palestine
Al-Shorouq Newspaper – British Columbia, Canada
Alternative Information Center, Palestine/Israel
Alternative Palestinian Agenda
Americans For Justice in Palestine-Israel
Americans & Palestinians for Peace (AMPAL), USA
A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, USA
Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART-LA)
Anti-War Coalition – South Africa
Arab Committee to Support the Intifada – Brazil
Arab-American Forum, New Hampshire, USA
Arab American Union Members Council- USA
Arab Media Watch, UK
ASKAPENA (Herriekiko Euskal Elkartasuna – Solidaridad Vasca con los Pueblos)
The Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally
Displaced Persons in Israel ADRID
Association of Democratic Palestinian Educators
Association Palestine En Marche – France
Association Une Toile Contre Un Mur
Atlanta Palestine Solidarity (APS)
BADIL
Bay Area United Against War, BAUAW
Bourj Sahamali Refugee Camp
Break The Chains Collective, Eugene, Oregon USA
Break the Silence Mural Project, San Francisco, USA
Cafe Intifada
Canada Palestine Association
CAPJPO-EuroPalestine, France
Citizens for Fair Legislation, USA
Centro de Documentacion en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.,
Quito-Ecuador
Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Indianapolis
Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Collectif Judeo-Arab et Citoyen pour la Paix, Strasbourg, France
Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe, Madrid, Spain
Comité de Lutte Contre La Barbarie et l’Arbitraire – France
Comité de Soutien au Peuple Palestinien , Ottignies-LLN , Belgique
Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient – Luxembourg
Comité Rennais France Palestine Solidarité
Committee for Democratic Palestine – Brazil
Democratic Palestinian Women’s Organization
Democratic Union for Palestinian Youth
Democratic Palestinian Teacher’s Gathering
East Jerusalem YMCA
Egypt’s Renaissance and Support for Arab Rights Group
Enfants de la Palestine, Association des familles Franco-Palestiniennes
European Coordinating Committee of NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ECCP): Italian NGO Platform for Palestine–Italy
COMITE DE ONG SOBRE LA CUESTIÓN PALESTINA–Spain
Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine–France
Greek Committee for International Democratic Solidarity–Greece
CAABU (The Council for the Advancement of Arab-British
Understanding)–United Kingdom
Norwegian Association of NGOs for Palestine–Norway
Danish/Palestine friendship association–Denmark
Filastiniyat, Palestine, Ramallah
Films For Justice In Palestine St. Petersburg, Florida
The Freedom Archives
Freedom Road Socialist Organization, USA
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition
Free Palestine Alliance – USA
Free Palestine Club, Santa Monica, California
Generation Five, San Francisco, USA
Gesellschaft Schweiz Palästina, GSP, Association Swiss Palestine, ASP
Switzerland
Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Glasgow PSC) UK
Harrisburg Middle East Justice and Peace Group
Heartland Muslim Women’s Network
Houston Coalition for Justice Not War (HCJNW), USA
Human Rights Protection Center – Palestinian NGO, Beirut, Lebanon
Humans Against Israeli Occupation Team
International Action Center, USA
Interfaith Council for Peace in the Middle East, USA
International Socialist Organization
International Solidarity Movement – USA
International Solidarity Movement in France
Jacques & Françoise SALLES – 33410 – Sainte croix du mont – France
Jews for a Free Palestine, San Francisco
Jews Against Zionism, UK
Jordanian Women’s Union – Amman – Jordan
Justice for Palestinians, USA
Justice in Palestine Coalition, San Francisco
Kolectivo Kahuin, Chile
L.A.U.G.H.O.E. Let’s All Unite to Gain Heaven On Earth
L’Associazione di Amicizia Italo-Palestinese, Italy
L.A. Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee
MarWen Media.com
Middle East Children’s Alliance, USA
Middle East Crisis Committee
Middle East Committee of Women Against Military Madness
Middle Eastern Student Society-California State University, Fullerton
MidEast: JustPeace, Traverse City, MI
Movement for Peace and Justice Mumbai – India
Muslim Voters of America, Oak Park, Illinois
Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa
Najdeh Association, Lebanon
Nakba ’48, a student organization at the University of Florida
National Council of Arab-Americans (NCA), USA
Network of Christian Organizations/Bethlehem
New England Committee to Defend Palestine
New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
New York City Jericho Movement
New York Committee to Defend Palestine
New Jersey Solidarity – Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
Niagara Palestinian Association, Ontario
Niagara Coalition for Peace NC4P, Ontario
Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition
OPTICS (Organizing Pittsburgh To Increase Community Solidarity),
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Palestine Community Centre – British Columbia, Canada
Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
Palestinian National Initiative Southern California Chapter
Palestine Media Watch
Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK
Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG) – Chicago
Palestine Solidarity Group of Vancouver
Palestinian Solidarity Committee – South Africa
Palestine Support Committee, Durban, South Africa
Palestine Youth Organization – Jordan
Palestine Youth Organization – Lebanon
Palestine Youth Organization – Syria
Palestine 13, local group of the French-Palestine Solidarity
Association(AFPS), Marseille, France
Palestinian American Women’s Association
Palestinian Arab Association – Sao Paulo, Brazilia and Koromba
Palestinian Arab Cultural Center – El Rio Grande Do Sul
Palestinian Women Democratic Association Party for Socialism and Liberation
Peace and Freedom Party, California, USA
Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee
Pomona Valley Greens
Progressive Democratic Alliance
RAWAN (the Radical Arab Women’s Activist Network)
RESOCI (Réseau Solidaire et Citoyen) France
Right of Return Congress
Right of Return Congress-USA
Riverside Area Peace and Justice Action, Riverside California
Scottish Palestinian Mediawatch
Palestinian Refugee and Diaspora Center- Shaml
Socialist Workers Party, Belgian section of the Fourth International
Solidarity Association for Social and Cultural Development
Stanford University Coalition for Justice in the Middle East (CJME)
Stanford University Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN)
The House of Peace and Non-Violence, St. Petersburg, Florida
Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Southern California
Troops Out Now Coalition, USA
Union of Palestinian Youth Center
Union of Committees of the Right to Return
Union of Palestinian Women- Jordan
Union of Palestinian Democratic Youth
Union of Palestinian Youth
Vlaams Palestina Komitee – Flemish Palestine Solidarity Committee – Belgium
Women in Black-Los Angeles

By Al-Awda NY info@al-awdany.org http://www.al-awdany.org

Oppose Sharon’s Address to the UN General Assembly (Al-Awda)

http://www.al-awda.org/alert-sharon.html 

ACTION ALERT

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2005
For Immediate Release

ACTION: PETITION SENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS

OPPOSE SHARON’S ADDRESS TO THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY!
DEMAND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UN RESOLUTION 194!
DEMAND THE RIGHT OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMELAND!

On September 15, 2005 war criminal Ariel Sharon is expected to address the U.N. General Assembly’s sixtieth regular session. Ironically, September 16 to 18, 2005 mark the twenty-third anniversary of the deliberate and systematic massacre of more than 2000 Arab civilians, mostly Palestinian and Lebanese, in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Then Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, the chief architect of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, was found by an Israeli commission of inquiry to have been personally responsible for the massacre.

The statement below calling for the boycott of Sharon’s upcoming address, as well as the implementation of UNGA Resolution 194, is today being sent to members of the General Assembly and other relevant parties.

The victims of Sabra and Shatila — those who perished, as well as those who continue to be saddled with the memories and horrors of the massacre on a daily basis, would never forgive us if we were not to do our utmost against Sharon’s visit to the UN.

Please join in this important campaign as we continue to encourage and add institutional, organizational and individual endorsements.

We also request that you circulate this statement as widely as possible.

Please email your endorsements to: opposesharon@yahoo.com

Provided is a list of organizational and individual signatories (lists in formation)

For information on the NY demo on September 15, please go to Al-Awda New York’s website

For other mobilizations of public protest against Ariel Sharon’s address to the United Nations, see: http://www.stopthewall.org

——————————————-

WE, the undersigned, DEMAND that Ariel Sharon not be permitted to address the sixtieth regular session of the General Assembly. Sharon’s refusal to abide by international law, particularly as it pertains to the right of return for Palestinian refugees, is matched only by his long career as a war criminal:

* In 1952 Ariel Sharon was appointed commander of special 101 Commando Unit which carried out raids on West Bank village of Qibya in which 69 civilians were murdered, many of them women and children.

* The massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps occurred between September 16 and 18, 1982, after the Israeli invading army, then occupying Beirut and under Sharon’s overall command as Israel’s Defense Minister, permitted members of the Phalange and local allied militias into the camps. The over 2000 civilian victims of the massacre included infants, children, women, and elderly.

* In February 1983, a three-member official Israeli commission of inquiry charged with investigating the events, known as the Kahan Commission, named former Defense Minister Sharon as one of the individuals who “bears personal responsibility” for the Sabra and Shatila massacre.

* The Al-Aqsa Intifada started after Sharon visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem under heavy Israeli military and police guard. The visit was a calculated step that sparked the expected resistance from the oppressed Palestinian people.

Ariel Sharon continues his utter disregard for international law. His refusal to abide by scores of United Nations’ resolutions addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict is legendary. Only recently, Sharon reiterated his rejection of the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their
original homes and lands. Such outright disregard for the will of the international community constitutes a grave violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Racial Discrimination, the European, the American and the African Conventions on Human Rights, and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.

It also reflects Sharon’s refusal to implement UN resolution 194, which has been reaffirmed practically every year since 1948. Generally, the same position has been affirmed by the Treaty-Based UN Committees, the regional conventions on human rights and practically all human rights NGOs.

We find it peculiar that the General Assembly would permit a war criminal like Ariel Sharon to address it, especially considering his explicit loathing of the UN and the collective will of the vast majority of its member states.

We also DEMAND that the General Assembly embark on enforcing its resolution No. 194. The right of the Palestinian refugees and uprooted to return to their homeland is a historical right that is guaranteed by international law. It is an individual and collective right which cannot be relegated, diminished, reduced or forfeited by any representation on behalf of the Palestinian people in any agreement or treaty. As such, the Right of Return is not substituted or affected in any way by the establishment of a Palestinian state in any form. According to international law, agreements that purport to trade away the right of refugees to return to their homes,
or any other inalienable right, are illegal.

The right of refugees to return has been exercised, with the support of the international community, in Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, Rwanda, Guatemala and many other places. Yet, it continues to be ignored and neglected in Palestine. This selective enforcement of international law and UN resolutions serves to undermine rather than strengthen efforts to build a
peaceful and just world.

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-685-3243
Fax: 360-933-3568
E-mail: info@al-awda.org
WWW: http://al-awda.org

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is the largest network of grassroots activists and students dedicated to Palestinian human rights. We are a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible.

http://www.al-awda.org/signatories.html

[September 11, 2005]

Organizational Signatories

The following is a listing of organizations that have so far submitted their endorsement in opposition to Sharon’s address to The UN General Assembly, and to demand implementation of UN resolution 194 and the Right of Palestinian Refugees to Return to their homeland. Please note, this list is in formation. To send your organizational and individual endorsements, email us at: opposesharon@yahoo.com . For background, please go to this Action Call

Action Center For Justice, Charlotte, NC
Aidoun Group – Lebanon
Aidoun Group – Syria
Aktionsbuendnis fuer Einen Gerechten Friedern in Palaestina, Germany
Al-Awda Popular Committees – Gaza, Palestine
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – Egypt
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – Espana
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – Italia
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – North America
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – United Kingdom
Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center- Aida Camp, Palestine
Al-Shorouq Newspaper – British Columbia, Canada
Alternative Information Center, Palestine/Israel
Alternative Palestinian Agenda
Americans For Justice in Palestine-Israel
Americans & Palestinians for Peace (AMPAL), USA
A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, USA
Anti Globalisation Activists Syria (A.G.A.S)
Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART-LA)
Anti-War Coalition – South Africa
Arab Committee to Support the Intifada – Brazil
Arab-American Forum, New Hampshire, USA
Arab American Union Members Council- USA
Arab Media Watch, UK
Arab Student Union’s (ASU) of The University Of Michigan- Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College
ASKAPENA (Herriekiko Euskal Elkartasuna – Solidaridad Vasca con los Pueblos)
The Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced Persons in Israel ADRID
Association of Democratic Palestinian Educators
Association Palestine En Marche – France
Association Une Toile Contre Un Mur
Atlanta Palestine Solidarity (APS)
BADIL
Bay Area United Against War, BAUAW
Bourj Sahamali Refugee Camp
Break The Chains Collective, Eugene, Oregon USA
Break the Silence Mural Project, San Francisco, USA
Cafe Intifada
Canada Palestine Association
CAPJPO-EuroPalestine, France
Citizens for Fair Legislation, USA
Centro de Documentacion en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J., Quito-Ecuador
Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Indianapolis
Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Collectif Judeo-Arab et Citoyen pour la Paix, Strasbourg, France
Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe, Madrid, Spain
Comité de Lutte Contre La Barbarie et l’Arbitraire – France
Comité de Soutien au Peuple Palestinien , Ottignies-LLN , Belgique
Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient – Luxembourg
Comité Rennais France Palestine Solidarité
Committee for Democratic Palestine – Brazil
The Communist Party of Britain
USA Democratic Palestinian Women’s Organization
Democratic Union for Palestinian Youth
Democratic Palestinian Teacher’s Gathering
East Jerusalem YMCA
Egypt’s Renaissance and Support for Arab Rights Group
Enfants de la Palestine, Association des familles Franco-Palestiniennes
Filastiniyat, Palestine, Ramallah
Films For Justice In Palestine St. Petersburg, Florida
The Freedom Archives
Freedom Road Socialist Organization, USA
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition
Free Palestine Alliance – USA
Free Palestine Club, Santa Monica, California
Generation Five, San Francisco, USA
Gesellschaft Schweiz Palästina, GSP, Association Swiss Palestine, ASP Switzerland
Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Glasgow PSC) UK
Global Exchange, San Francisco
Global Women’s Strike
Harrisburg Middle East Justice and Peace Group
Heartland Muslim Women’s Network
Houston Coalition for Justice Not War (HCJNW), USA
Human Rights Protection Center – Palestinian NGO, Beirut, Lebanon
Humans Against Israeli Occupation Team
International Action Center, USA
Interfaith Council for Peace in the Middle East, USA
International Socialist Organization
International Solidarity Movement
International Solidarity Movement in France
International Solidarity Movement – Northern California
Jews for a Free Palestine, San Francisco
Jews Against Zionism, UK
Jordanian Women’s Union – Amman – Jordan
Justice for Palestinians, USA
Justice in Palestine Coalition, San Francisco
Kolectivo Kahuin, Chile
L.A.U.G.H.O.E. Let’s All Unite to Gain Heaven On Earth
L’Associazione di Amicizia Italo-Palestinese, Italy
L.A. Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee
Madison-Rafah Sister City Project
MarWen Media.com
Middle East Children’s Alliance, USA
Middle East Crisis Committee
Middle East Committee of Women Against Military Madness
Middle Eastern Student Society-California State University, Fullerton
MidEast: JustPeace, Traverse City, MI
Le Mouvement des Indigènes de la République, France
Movement for Peace and Justice Mumbai – India
Muslim Voters of America, Oak Park, Illinois
Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa
Najdeh Association, Lebanon
Nakba ’48, a student organization at the University of Florida
National Council of Arab-Americans (NCA), USA
Nederlands Palestina Komitee/ Netherlands Palestine Committee
Network of Christian Organizations/Bethlehem
New England Committee to Defend Palestine
New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
New York City Jericho Movement
New York Committee to Defend Palestine
New Jersey Solidarity – Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
Niagara Palestinian Association, Ontario
Niagara Coalition for Peace NC4P, Ontario
Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition
OPTICS (Organizing Pittsburgh To Increase Community Solidarity), Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Palestine Aid Society of North America
Palestine Community Centre – British Columbia, Canada
Palestine Media Watch
Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK
Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG) – Chicago
Palestine Solidarity Group of Vancouver
Palestine Support Committee, Durban, South Africa
Palestine Youth Organization – Jordan
Palestine Youth Organization – Lebanon
Palestine Youth Organization – Syria
Palestine 13, local group of the French-Palestine Solidarity Association(AFPS), Marseille, France
Palestinian American Women’s Association
Palestinian Arab Association – Sao Paulo, Brazilia and Koromba
Palestinian Arab Cultural Center – El Rio Grande Do Sul
The Palestinian Community in Norway
Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy – MIFTAH
Palestinian National Initiative Southern California Chapter
Palestinian Refugee and Diaspora Center- Shaml
Palestinian Solidarity Committee – South Africa
Palestinian Women Democratic Association Party for Socialism and Liberation
PAYDAY, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Peace and Freedom Party, California, USA
Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee
Pomona Valley Greens
Progressive Democratic Alliance
RAWAN (the Radical Arab Women’s Activist Network)
RESOCI (Réseau Solidaire et Citoyen) France
Right of Return Congress
Right of Return Congress-USA
Riverside Area Peace and Justice Action, Riverside California
Scottish Palestinian Mediawatch
Socialist Workers Party, Belgian section of the Fourth International
Solidarity Association for Social and Cultural Development
The South Asian Collective in Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Stanford University Coalition for Justice in the Middle East (CJME)
Stanford University Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN)
Stop United States of Aggression, Belgium
The House of Peace and Non-Violence, St. Petersburg, Florida
Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Southern California
Troops Out Now Coalition, USA
Union of Palestinian Youth Center
Union of Committees of the Right to Return
Union of Palestinian Women- Jordan
Union of Palestinian Democratic Youth
Union of Palestinian Youth
UNISON
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Vlaams Palestina Komitee – Flemish Palestine Solidarity Committee – Belgium
Young communist League
Women in Black-Los Angeles