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World Social Forum 2013

Declaration: Palestine Convergence Assembly in Tunis

Thursday 4 April 2013

The Convergence Assembly on Palestine at the World Social Forum (WSF) is meeting in Tunis in a moment of intense popular struggle in Palestine against Israel’s system of colonialism, occupation and apartheid. We meet to reaffirm our full support for the implementation of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. We appreciate the central place given to Palestine in this World Social Forum in Tunis.

The convergence assembly on Palestine reaffirms its support to the Palestinian popular resistance and its full commitment to the following common objectives :

-  Full implementation of the right to self-determination for the Palestinian People
-  Full enforcement of all aspects of international law regarding Palestine, including dismantling the illegal Wall as called by the ICJ in its 2004 advisory opinion
-  Israel must cease its apartheid acts and its policies of persecution and offer appropriate assurances and guarantees of non-repetition.
-  The immediate end of the Gaza blockade
-  The full implementation of the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homes and lands as stipulated in UN Resolution 194
-  Immediate release all Palestinian political prisoners
-  Immediate cessation of the ethnic cleansing (“Judaization”) of Jerusalem
-  Reaffirm the significance of the UN General Assembly vote to admit Palestine as a non-observer state.

We denounce widespread state, corporate and civil society complicity in Israel’s violations of international law which allow Israel’s impunity to remain unchallenged. We denounce the unjust use of the veto power at the UN Security Council to block the consistent application of international law to Israel.

Towards realizing these objectives we support the following actions and campaigns:

-  Supporting and expanding the Palestine-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005 (including advancing specific campaigns against corporations complicit in the occupation such as the world’s largest Private Military and Security company G4S which profits from Israel’s prison system and military checkpoints).
-  Suspension of the EU-Israel association agreement and other international free-trade agreements that give Israel free access to international markets (including in the Arab world).
-  Building the two way arms embargo on Israel as called by Palestinian Civil Society in 2011
-  Continuing to work to end the Gaza blockade through civil society efforts including the Freedom Flotillas and Gaza Ark.
-  Bringing the case of Palestine in front of the International Criminal Court
-  Demanding that the UN reconvene the special committee against apartheid and open a special session on Israeli policies and prolonged occupation
-  the dissolution of the Quartet
-  Supporting Palestinian refugees in Syria and other countries where Palestinians are exposed to state violence
-  Increasing cooperation with trade unions that stand in solidarity and support Palestinian rights
-  Continuing civilian missions to Palestine and defending the right of travel in, to, and out of Palestine
-  disseminating the conclusions of Russell Tribunal on Palestine and demanding actions accordingly

We are committed to continue the work of building a strong international solidarity movement for Palestine. We commend the continuing, important role of the World Social Forum process in the strengthening of international and regional solidarity with the struggle for Palestinian liberation.