Palestinian activist Issa Amro, who has been recognized as a Human Rights Defender by the European Union and the United Nations, is undergoing Israeli military trial1 on 18 charges dating all the way back to 2010.
Mr. Amro’s case is an example of widespread targeting of human rights activists using old and exaggerated charges in a military court system whose conviction rate for Palestinians is over 99%
As civil and human rights advocates and faith groups, we ask that you call on the Israeli government to drop the politically-motivated charges against Issa Amro and allow him to continue his important work of protecting human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720/H.R. 1697) aims to quell the movement for Palestinian rights by penalizing companies and individuals that support the nonviolent tactic of boycott to hold Israel accountable for violations of Palestinian rights. Specifically, the legislation seeks to amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to prohibit U.S. individuals and companies from taking action to comply with calls by the U.N. to boycott Israel or illegal Israeli settlements, with stiff penalties. H.R. 1697/S. 720 would provide legal support to illegal settlements and upend decades of established U.S. policy. The bill has been widely criticized, including by the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil liberties groups, for violating First Amendment protections for free speech and against political discrimination. Jewish Voice for Peace opposes the legislation and has issued a backgrounder for engaging members of Congress.
We, several Jewish American Contact Improvisation teachers, and committed practitioners are writing to the Contact Improvisation community on the eve of the Global Underscore in the spirit of friendship and a desire to make our CI world stronger and more whole. We applaud the Global Underscore organizers for creating an opportunity for us to feel more connected and committed to each other across the globe. We are communicating with our global family in response to recent conversations among some organizers about how to position ourselves in relation to the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and to support fellow CI participants in more deeply considering their global context as they dance... READ MORE ONLINE AT THE PETITION SITE.