Saturday, August 16, 2014

BAYAN supports Gaza call for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel

For photos of the protest action, please visit the BAYAN website.
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN, New Patriotic Alliance)  joins the rest of the world in a sustained action against the continuing air strikes by US-Israeli forces that have killed nearly 2000 Palestinians, flattened homes, vital civilian infrastructure, and other establishments in Gaza City.
Bayan condemns in the strongest terms the heinous crimes the Israeli Zionists have perpetrated against the people of Gaza City. They have had no compunction in killing the defenseless Palestinian people. The Israeli occupation of Palestine is the root cause of the strife in that region.
For decades now, Israel has turned Gaza into the world’s biggest open air prison, where people suffer from economic embargo, daily humiliation at the hands of the Israeli armed forces, and ultimately, genocide. The peoples of the world continue to condemn the mounting civilian deaths that include babies, toddlers, children, elderly and women.
In the same breath, we also condemn the Obama regime for giving military aid to the Israeli government.
On 14 July 2014 while Obama was assuring the world that he would continue to do everything possible to facilitate a return to the 2012 ceasefire, the US State Department approved a “possible US$544 million sale of AIM-9x sidewinder missiles and associated support services to Israel. These missiles can be used by F-16s to hit ground targets.” ( “US Provides Israel the Weapons Used on Gaza”, by Ken Klippenstein and Paul Gottinger, July 23, 2014, for Truthout/News Analysis )
“Official US military aid to Israel stands at about $3 billion per year due to a 10-year, $30 billion military aid package originally signed by former President George W. Bush and upheld under President Obama.” (ditto)
Between January and May 2014, the United States exported $39 million in parts of armored fighting vehicles, a category that includes M109 Doher Howitzers, which Israel has used against targets in Gaza.” (ditto)
Bayan supports the call of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle “to launch and develop a movement to stop US-Israel  1.) in proceeding further in a full occupation of Gaza and the rest of the diminishing Palestinian land, 2,)in doing more massacres of communities” without being held to account by an international criminal court  and 3) in inflicting “collective punishment” on various sectors of Gaza.”
Bayan likewise calls on all its territorial chapters, member-organizations and other groups in the Philippines to support the people of Gaza in creating a movement that will call for “boycotts, divestment, and sanctions” on Israel
We also condemn the Philippine government, a staunch US ally, for its silence on the Israeli genocide on Palestine. The Philippine government is a recipient of Israeli military aid under the excess defense article program.
Bayan conveys to our Palestinian sisters and brothers our unwavering solidarity in their struggle for national liberation.


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