Thursday, December 17, 2009

This is what accountability looks like.

What does accountability for human rights abuses and violations of international law look like? Maybe like this: Following a letter from Oxfam to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown which "raised humanitarian concerns about the impact of the occupied Israeli territories [sic] on the Palestinian people," the UK is requiring retailers to clearly label products which come from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Check out coverage of this development here. Or maybe it looks a bit like the Palestinian Christian community calling on churches around the globe to join the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). Or perhaps like this effort to put the S in BDS:
"Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni cancelled a visit to Britain this weekend over fears pro-Palestinian lawyers would seek to have her arrested. Ms Livni had been due to speak at Sunday’s JNF Vision 2010 conference in Hendon, north-west London. She had also been expected to meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown for private talks. But she pulled out of the trip for fear of lawyers obtaining an arrest warrant."
Or maybe it looks like this open letter from Labor for Palestine to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka calling for a boycott of Israel's apartheid practices. Or perhaps it looks like the individual boycott efforts highlighted by Andrew Kadi of US Campaign member group Adalah-NY on Flashpoints this week. Get involved in this growing movement for accountability--get involved in BDS work in your community, faith group, or on campus today.