Make the Wall Fall

July 9, 2005: One Year Anniversary of the ICJ Ruling on the Illegality of Israel's Wall
June 28th, 2005


ACTION ALERT

Educate your community about the way in which Israel's Wall is destroying Palestinian lives and prospects for justice and peace.

Start date: July 1
End date: July 9


BACKGROUND

Palestinians from all parts of Palestine are organizing massive popular resistance to the Wall on July 9. The Palestinian-led Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign is calling for global solidarity on this day, which marks the first anniversary of the International Court of Justice Opinion reaffirming the illegality of the Wall Israel is constructing in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign is calling for education and debate around the World Bank's direct international financial support for Israel's project, beginning with the G8 on July 1.  It has published a major report - "Do -it-yourself Apartheid in Palestine - Israel, the World Bank and 'Sustainable Development' of the Palestinian Ghettos".  Click here for the summary analysis.

The full publication also includes a comprehensive chronology on the Apartheid Wall and resistance, a supportive statement from internationally renowned economist Samir Amin, photos and maps.  The Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign is calling upon all solidarity groups to organize presentations of the book in their country and city some time during the week of July 9 to "Highlight the complicity of international institutions and governments in Israeli crimes. Moreover, we hope to prepare the ground for global mobilization against the Bank and the Occupation.  Apartheid can never survive without international support!"

ACTION
* Take part in the US Campaign's July "Washington Wednesday" action alert and contact the President, State Department, and Members of Congress about US funding for Israel's illegal Wall.

* Organize an educational event in your community some time between July 1 and 9 and highlight the responsibility of U.S. citizens for what's going on because of U.S. policy

* Organize a press launch of the report (for copies of the full report contact europe@stopthewall.org)

* Write to your newspaper, TV and radio station and let them know how you feel about what's going on in Palestine and Israel
* Post your action on the U.S. Campaign Calendar and send the info to europe@stopthewall.org so the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign can know of your support

TALKING POINTS

* The World Bank's two reports Stagnation or Revival: Israeli Disengagement and Palestinian Economic Prospects and Disengagement, the Palestinian Economy and the Settlements accept the Wall as part of the West Bank landscape.  The Bank's approach to economic development is to support projects that allow Israel to continue control Palestinian movement through checkpoints, gates in the Wall, and road tunnels.  Its plans place free trade above international law, human rights, and self-determination the  Palestinian people.

* The U.S. is the dominant member of the World Bank. It has a special responsibility to ensure the Bank's policies uphold the International Court of Justice Opinion and international law.

* The ICJ ruling states in paragraph 163(D) that all States are under an obligation to not recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall, to not render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction, and to ensure compliance by Israel with international humanitarian law as embodied in the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

* The U.S. Administration has not adhered to international law by:

 - Voting no on UN General Assembly Resolution ES-10/13 on Oct. 21, 2003, which declared the wall to be in "contradiction" to international law and again on Resolution ES-10/14 on Dec. 8, 2003, which sent the matter to the ICJ;

- Submitting a written statement to the ICJ on Jan. 30, in which it argued that an advisory opinion "risks undermining the peace process and politicizing the Court"
- Taking no action when U.S. corporations such as Caterpillar violate international law and U.S. law by continuing to sell bulldozers to Israel even though it uses them to build the Wall, raze Palestinian lands, and demolish Palestinian homes.

* The U.S. Congress has not adhered to international law.  The US House of Representatives has acted to undermine the ICJ decision by passing House Resolution 713 deploring the Court's decision. In the Senate, 46 senators co-sponsored a similar bill that has not yet come to a vote.

* Legislation is already in place that would bring the U.S. into compliance with the ruling:

- Loan guarantees can be used "only to support activities in the geographic areas which were subject to the administration of the Government of Israel before June 5, 1967."  President deducted only $289.5 million from available loans in Nov. 2003.  Human Rights Watch estimates $1.3 billion for total construction of wall.

- Arms Export Control Act (Public Law 90-829) limits the use of U.S.military aid to "internal security" and "legitimate self-defense" and prohibits its use against civilians.  As Caterpillar sells bulldozers to Israel through the US Foreign Military Sales Program, they are subject to this law.

- Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (PL 87-195), Section 116, states that "No assistance may be provided under this part to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights".

For more information visit our fact sheets on the Wall as well as on U.S. Policy

Click the PDF link below for the summary analysis of "Do -it-yourself Apartheid in Palestine - Israel, the World Bank and 'Sustainable Development' of the Palestinian Ghettos"