THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Since 1967, Israel is the occupying Power in the Palestinian territories
the Westbank, East Jerusalem and Gaza (3), despite UN Security
Resolution 242, calling on Israel to withdraw from the territories
it had conquered during the june war (1967), among which
That has not happened untill today, with as a consequence a
47 years occupation.
Inherent to every occupation are oppression, human rights violations
and war crimes.
Occupation is terror.
In Israel it has lead to structural human rights violations
and war crimes because of military operations as in the
Westbank as in Gaza. (4)
Recently the Israeli military operation in Gaza
´´Protective Edge´´has caused 2137 Palestinian deadly victims
from who 80 percent civilians. (5)
Houses have been destroyed, schools and hospitals
have been bombed and medical workers have been
In january of this year, Amnesty International has
uttered a sharp condemnation of Israeli
military conduct in a report
´´Trigger Happy. Israel´s use of excessive force in the
Westbank. ´´ (7)
To go further
The continuing annexation of the occupied Westbank by expansion
of the settlements, which are illegal to International Law and have led
to mass Palestinian land expropriations.(8)
Discrimination is official, since the settlers enjoy the benefits of
Israeli Law and the Palestinians are subjected to martial Law,
with less rights. (9)
Then there is the Israeli Wall, illegal since the route is within
the Westbankl, not along the Green Line. (10)
Moreover, the Palestinian population is often cut off
from schools, hospitals and their farm lands. (11)
I want to point out to you also the strangling Gaza Blockade,
since 2007, from which the whole population in Gaza became victim,
which makes it a collective punishment, prohibited according
International Law. 
Since year and day, Israel is violating International Law
by continuing the occupation, expanding the illegal settlements,
continuing the construction of the Illegal Wall and not ending the
And systematically Israel is committing war crimes.
That’s disgustable and unacceptable, so it deserves a strong answer
of the International Community by taking economic sanctions, untill
Israel is prepared to fulfill International Law and end the
policy of occupation, oppression and human rights violations.
But economic sanctions are not enough.
There must follow a sport and cultural boycot too.
Perhaps you will say
”But cultural colloberation has nothing to do
Then, dear Mrs Netz, you are wrong, because there is a close
By connecting the cultural ties with Israel and its cultural
representatives, Israel gets a positive upgrading, which means
bagatellising the Israeli occupation and its crimes.
By giving your cooperation to that, you become morally
responsible for covering Israeli occupation, oppression and
Since I assume that you will not have that on your conscience,
I appeal to you, to cancel this weekend event.
There is still time for that.
I will end with words, which have made a deep; impression
It are the words of more than 350 Holocaust survivors and their
descendents, who have condemned the recednt Israeli attack on
Gaza ”Protective Edge” and also fight the Israeli occupation
and colonization of Palestine.
´´We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. We call for an immediate end to the siege against and blockade of Gaza. We call for the full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel. “Never again” must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!´´ ¨(13)
Take that as your moral guidance.