As the date of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) scheduled to take place in New York from September 13, 2022 to next year draws near, the African National Boycott and Divestment Strategy (BDS) Council stated that the failure of the international community to implement relevant United Nations resolutions based on international law is a crucial factor in the entrenchment of Israel’s age-old regime of apartheid, colonialism and military occupation decades, and all the death, suffering, violence, fragmentation and ethnic cleansing it inflicts on the indigenous Palestinian people.
BDS said the failure of the international community to implement relevant UN resolutions based on international law is a crucial factor in entrenching Israel’s decades-old apartheid regime, adding that the Palestinians have demanded the implementation of UN resolutions that guarantee their inalienable rights and pave the way for true justice and peace.
According to BDS, for decades the Palestinian people have been calling for the recognition and dismantling of Israeli apartheid through UN mechanisms, such as legal and targeted sanctions, as was done in the case of Israel. apartheid in South Africa.
“To date, 12 states from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe have addressed or otherwise condemned Israel’s apartheid and called for effective measures to dismantle it at the Human Rights Council. United Nations man. This is reflected in a consensus, backed by hard facts and legal analysis, among Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights organizations, UN experts as well as former presidents, MPs and leading cultural and political personalities in the countries of the South. It is high time that the apartheid regime of Israel is now taken up by the UN General Assembly at its 77th session,” he said.
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For public visibility of this demand and to increase pressure on governments and their delegations at UNGA 77, the group is calling for a global social media storm on September 12 and a Global Day of Action (GDA) on September 19, a day before the States deliver their opening speeches in the General Assembly.
According to the group’s Africa coordinator, Saleh, “it is of the utmost importance to prepare a media strategy for each action organized in order to increase the chances of media coverage and create global momentum. We believe it will be powerful to have grassroots actions around the world for governments and UN officials to feel the heat and speak out at UNGA 77 for #UNinvestigateApartheid.
“We want this GDA to be held not only online but also on the streets around the world.
For the GDA on September 19, as well as during UNGA77 in October and November, we encourage BDS partners to organize one or more of the following activities: project the video produced in capitals around the world on the walls of business buildings foreign countries, UN buildings or any other appropriate place that might attract public and media attention, a press conference to share our demands with the media, write and publish opeds in local mainstream newspapers /national and creative actions in public spaces (flashmobs, projection of slogans on public buildings, other direct actions in line with the guidelines of the BDS movement, among others,” he added.