Welcome to Palestine 2012 Confronting Israel’s Blockade & Apartheid April 5, 2012 On April 15th, hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists from around the world will converge on Israel as part of “Welcome to Palestine 2012”. I’m proud to say I will be among them.
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 challenge Israel’s policy of isolating the West Bank while the settler paramilitaries and the IDF commit brutal crimes against a defenseless 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.”
Inspired by the sit-ins and freedom rides of the civil rights movement, in the USA in the ‘60s, and the Freedom Flotilla that attempted sail to Gaza last year, we intend to exercise our right to travel to Palestine. Israel’s arbitrary and abusive control over entry into the Occupied Palestinian Territories is unlawful and must be vigorously opposed.
Israel must recognize the basic human right of entering to Palestine by those who want to visit the Palestinian people. We will get a big ‘Welcome to Palestine’ on April 15th if we can get through Israel’s illegal blockade. I see my participation in this delegation as part of multi-faceted communication and direct action campaign with the University of Colorado called CU-Divest! CU-Divest! is asking the University of Colorado to stop investing in companies that support Israel’s oppression.
People can stand in solidarity with our delegation by signing our petition on line: https://sites.google.com/site/cudivest/
Michael Rabb, CU-Divest!, firstname.lastname@example.org