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Amnesty International: ban all settlement goods, prevent foreign companies from operating in settlements
Invitation to join Amnesty International`s campaign to ban all settlement
goods, prevent foreign companies from operating in settlements, with
settlement goods

From Edith Garwood
edith.garwood@gmail.com

Greetings All,

Amnesty International has just launched a ground-breaking, bold and exciting
campaign Occupation @ 50. AI is calling on all third party states to
abide by their legal obligations under international law to not recognize or
assist illegal situations. Therefore, AI calls on countries to:

* stop helping to sustain the settlements (illegal activity) by banning all
settlement goods from their markets and

* prevent, through legislation and/or regulations, companies domiciled in
their countries from operating in settlements or trading in settlement
goods.

This is an invitation to organizations that would like to join us and
partner in this initiative to push the U.S. government to ban all imports
from Israeli settlements and prevent U.S. based companies from operating
there or in trading in settlement goods to contact me. We believe this will
be a good first step in ending the human rights violations of Palestinians
living there.

The first six (6) months of this year long campaign will be spent educating,
networking and gathering signatures on a petition that will look much like
this global petition, only formatted specifically for the U.S. The last
half (Jan - May 2018) will be the main advocacy/lobbying push.

This campaign isnt based on any new report, our usual procedure. AI
believes 50 years of condemnation is enough. Its time for action and we
have a body of documentation spanning decades of violations. The campaign
will highlight about a dozen of the more serious violations of international
humanitarian and human rights law that have been happening since 1967 and
their impact on those living under the occupation with a focus on Israels
settlement enterprise. Settlements are sustained through government
subsidies, but also their own internal commercial and business economy.

Outputs so far:
Story Page
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2017/06/israel-occupation-50-
years-of-dispossession/

A Call to States to Stop Sustaining Illegal Settlements
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde15/6296/2017/en/

Global Petition
- https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/stop-supporting-
israeli-settlements-on-occupied-palestinian-land/ (Will base U.S.-focused
petition on this template.)

IS Press Release
- https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/06/states-must-ban-israeli-
settlement-products-to-help-end-half-a-century-of-violations-against-
palestinians/

AIUSA Press Release (just global version) -
https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/states-must-ban-israeli-
settlement-products-help-end-half-century-violations-palestinians/

AIUSA Campaign Launch Blog
https://medium.com/@amnestyusa/united-states-must-stop-propping-up-illegal-
israeli-settlements-2604f6977fec

Al Jazeera OpEd by Philip Luther -

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/06/fifty-years-israeli-
occupation-170608091231946.html

Please let me know if you are interested in taking part in this initiative
to push the U.S. government to ban all imports from Israeli settlements and
prevent U.S. based companies from operating there or in trading in
settlement goods to contact me.

Thank you.
Edie

***********************

Edith Garwood
Amnesty International USA
Country Specialist - Israel/OPT/Palestine
AIUSA Trainer
704.604.7279 (m)
@IOTPA (Twitter)
Edith.Garwood (Skype)
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