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Appeal: Welcome to Palestine 2012
an article by Palestine Justice Network

"We, the undersigned, endorse the call from the Welcome to Palestine 2012 initiative for supporters of Palestinian human and national rights around the world to openly visit Palestine during Easter 2012.

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There is no way into Palestine other than through Israeli control points. Israel has turned Palestine into a giant prison, but prisoners have a right to receive visitors. Welcome to Palestine 2012 will again challenge Israel's policy of isolating the West Bank while the settler paramilitaries and army commit brutal crimes against a virtually defenceless Palestinian civilian population.

We call on governments to support the right of Palestinians to receive visitors and the right of their own citizens to visit Palestine openly. The participants in Welcome to Palestine 2012 ask to be allowed to pass through Tel Aviv airport without hindrance and to proceed to the West Bank to take part in a project there for children to benefit from the right to education."

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SIGNED (partial list):

Desmond TUTU (Afrique du Sud, archévêque, prix Nobel de la Paix pour sa lutte contre l'apartheid)
Ronnie KASRILS (Afrique du Sud, ancien membre du Congrès National Africain)
Noam CHOMSKY (Etats-Unis, auteur, linguiste, philosophe)
Tony BENN (Grande-Bretagne, ancien ministre socialiste)
John PILGER (Australie, journaliste et cinéaste)
Nawal Al SADAAWI (Egypte, auteur, féministe)
Nurit PELED ELHANAN (Israël, professeur, activiste de la paix)
Sam BAHOUR (Palestine, Right to Enter Campaign)
Jonathan COOK (Grande-Bretagne, journaliste indépendant vivant à Nazareth)
Vauro SENESI (Italie, dessinateur et auteur)
AbdelFattah ABU SROUR (Palestine, directeur du centre culturel Al-Rowwad, camp de réfugiés d'Aïda à Bethléem)
Xavier RENOU (France, fondateur et porte-parole des « Désobéissants »)
Jean ZIEGLER (Vice-President of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council)
Rabbi Lynn GOTTLIEB (Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence)

(Click here for a French version of this article)


Question(s) related to this article:

Presenting the Palestinian Side of the Conflict, Does this promote a culture of peace?

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We have been pre-occupied with the Israeli bombing of Gaza for the past two weeks and have been receiving horrific photos of the dead and injured from our Palestinian friend in Gaza. We showed the film 'Little Town of Bethlehem' on November 22nd. There is another chance to see it at St. Barnabas Church, Rainbow Hill tonight. We are also showing an exhibition of art from Atfaluna school for deaf children in Gaza. Their pictures were drawn after the bombing of Gaza for three weeks in December/January 2008/2009 when about 1400 Palestinians were killed, including nearly 400 children. There will be many children traumatised by the recent bombing of Gaza when more than 30 children were killed and dozens injured. The total number of deaths was more than 160 Palestinians and 5 Israelis. . ...more.

This report was posted on January 28, 2012.