Announcing 7th Annual OPEN Shuhada St Campaign (22-28/02/2016)
We are very excited to announce the upcoming
7th Annual Open Shuhada St. Campaign from 22-28 February 2016.
Open Shuhada Street Campaign is a Palestinian-led local and international nonviolent campaign to protest against the measures of closure and separation in Hebron, started in 2010 by Youth Against Settlements (YAS). Activists and organizations in Palestine and from around the world join together around February 25 in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Hebron, demanding
the implementation of international law and guarantee of human rights in Hebron through
ending the closure of the city center of Hebron, especially re-opening Shuhada Street to all,
an end of the separation regime in Hebron, and
an end of the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territory.
To this end, in combination with legal action to re-open Shuhada Street, Open Shuhada Street Campaign mobilizes locally and internationally for nonviolent direct actions. It also implements awareness raising and mobilization events and arranges meetings at political and diplomatic levels.
In support of international Open Shuhada Street Campaigns, Youth Against Settlements sends activists and volunteers to European countries for SpeAction Tours. The aim of the SpeAction Tours is to mobilize international solidarity for the rights of the Palestinian people and support for the Open Shuhada Street Campaign and its demands.
From 14 to 29 February 2016, YAS will send one of its activists and one resident of Shuhada Street to Germany , Italy , Denmark to join actions and events in support of Open Shuhada Street Campaign, as well as meetings at political and diplomatic levels.
If you would like to organize and be part of OPEN SHUHADA ST CAMPAIGN 2016 in your city or your University campus please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED in (OSC)
OSC offers ordinary people around the world an opportunity to partake in something truly global. If you would like to get involved and organize your own OSC event or action let us know so that we can share with you the OSC Basis of Unity and organizing principles. Here are some ways that you can actively get involved:
1. Demonstrations, Marches, Vigils, Flashmobs
2. Organize a film screening about Hebron
3. Arrange a lecture, workshop,Presentation
4. Organize a BDS action.
5. Join us online
6. Photo Exhibitions concerning Apartheid in Hebron
7.Twitter: Use this hashtag #OpenShuhadaSt to spread the word and educate the masses about Hebron.
8.Video Message: Create and send video messages to community forums, media, and social media outlets urging the international community to use diplomatic pressure to re-open Shuhada Street
9.Letter-writing and Petitions to the Israeli Ambassador and elected officials in your country asking them to intervene
10.Write letters to the Palestinian Families in Hebron to show solidarity
11. Close roads to show the public the effects of closing the main road in Hebron.
12. Visit Hebron to gain an understanding of the situation and the daily suffering of the people living there.
13. Any other non-violent activity you feel supports the cause, be as creative as possible!!
For more information please visit our website WWW.HYAS.PS
Or by Email Media.email@example.com
About Youth Against Settlements
We are a national Palestinian non-partisan activist group which seeks to end Israeli colonization activities in Palestine (building and expanding settlements) through non-violent popular struggle and civil disobedience.
we would like to ask is why is the well-being of 600 Israeli civilians so much more important than that of thousands of Palestinian civilians? The fact that for over 40 years Israel has insisted on maintaining complete control over the Hebron city center, de-facto annexing it in every meaningful way including giving Israelis financial incentives to move there, yet treats the civilian inhabitants of the area extremely differently solely on the basis of their ethnicity, can be called nothing but apartheid.
In addition, Hebron is also surrounded by Israeli settlements, and the residents of the outskirts of Hebron are constantly subject to harassment, violence, and land theft. In many cases settlers have constructed settlement outposts, illegal even under Israeli law, on private Palestinian land, while Palestinian complaints to Israeli authorities are completely ignored. In protests against these outposts, we, along with Israeli peace activists and the owners of the land, build our own structures next to the illegal outposts, only to be met by violent settlers and the Israeli army and police. Our completely non-violent protesters face arrests and detention, while Israeli soldiers and police ignore acts of violence and assault committed by settlers right in front of them. We, the owners of the land and their guests, are forcibly removed from the land by a Closed Military Zone order (as well as tear gas and sound grenades), while the settlers, who the Israeli state admits are trespassing on Palestinian-owned land, are usually explicitly allowed to stay. In rare cases where they too are ordered to leave, they are allowed to return immediately without interference while we are tailed by Israeli armed forces and continue to be hassled. Our structures, built with the permission and participation of the land owners, are demolished immediately for lack of a permit, while the settler outposts, also built without a permit on land they don't own, are allowed to remain. The actions of the Israeli army and police in these cases clearly show that the Israeli state is not simply an innocent bystander in the settlement outpost enterprise, as it claims, but is actively enabling land theft.
A 100% non-violent, mass Palestinian uprising of civil disobedience that pressures the Israeli government to dismantle the settlements and end the Occupation.
1. Study the colonial strategy of expansion and development of settlements.
2. Raise the awareness level of the local and global community about the methods of land confiscation and theft from Palestinian land owners for settlement-related purposes.
3. Resist all the stages of Israeli colonization, from the planning of settlements to their construction and expansion.
4. Expose Israel's colonial plans and strategies.
5. Support the presence of the Palestinians on their lands that are vulnerable to confiscation by Israel for settlement expansion.
6. Close the gap between local Palestinians and associations and the governmental and non-governmental organizations that work within the scope of resistance and study of Israeli settlement-related activities.
1. Establishing direct contact and continuous follow up with Palestinians in threatened regions.
2. Raising awareness through news letters, advertisements, broadcasting footage, holding workshops and conferences, and any other effective means.
3. Collecting information about settlement activities and organizing, archiving and distributing it.
4. Pursuing legal means such as filing complaints and raising court cases before Israeli and international courts.
5. Building an active network of supportive local, Israeli and international organizations.
6. Non-violent direct actions and civil disobedience like demonstrations, protests and defying racist laws of the occupation.
7. Recruiting all sectors of the Palestinian community to resist and stand against colonial activities on their lands.
8. Spreading the importance of economic and non-economic boycott of settlements, such as labor in settlements, trade with settlers, and buying settlement products.
1. Believing in, and committing to, our goals and means of struggle.
2. Voluntary work to achieve our goals.
3. Taking action through non-violent civil disobedience.
4. The ability to commit to dates and contribute effectively to activities.
5. Never participating in any activity that serves the settlements or supports them.
6. Moral and patriotic commitment, and respect for the beliefs, traditions and general values of Palestinian society.
7. Commitment to assigned tasks and roles.
8. Rejecting partisan fundamentalism, and any possibility of claiming individual or partisan credit for group activities.
9. Expressing respect towards women and their equivalent role to men in resisting colonization and settlement activities, as well as the equivalent roles of all sectors of society.