What is annexation?
Annexation is a concept in international law, where simply put, one state forcibly takes parts of another state to increase its own land.
In 1967 Israel began its military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, (stole Palestinian land through force).
Consequentially communities of Israeli settlers started moving in to this now ‘occupied Palestinian territory’. Currently, there are roughly 140 Israeli settlements scattered around the West Bank with 75% based on the West Bank border, all of which are illegal under international law.
Donald Trump’s so called “peace plan” backs the annexation of parts of the West Bank, unifying those Israeli settlements close to the border to create a larger Israeli state. This is serious, as Israel will claim sovereignty over the annexed land.
The territorial gap between Palestinian land will widen and Palestinians connection to their land will weaken. It will remove vital water and food resources and destroy the Palestinian peoples right to self-determination.
Even though annexation is illegal under international law, Trump’s support makes Netanyahu’s plan of incorporating the West Bank as Israeli territory and ultimately eliminating Palestinians from the land inevitable.
What should you do?
The UK government officially oppose settlements, because its a blatant violation of international laws but our government is failing to hold Israel accountable.
Write to your MP to urge the UK government to respond robustly to annexation plans with the appropriate actions.
We must act now, occupation is becoming normalised. It is not okay to steal Palestinian land and infringe their human rights!
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Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which has several football teams in illegal Israeli settlements. Just as the Football Association (FA) is the governing body for football in England, the IFA is the governing body for football in Israel.
Six teams that belong to IFA are located in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Settlements are built up Israeli communities on stolen Palestinian land. Pre-existing Palestinian communities are forcibly removed from their homes and deprived of access to their land.
The United Nations and several Human Rights groups have deemed Israeli settlements as illegal and a violation of international law.
By sponsoring the IFA, PUMA is supporting illegal Israeli settlements which violate Palestinian rights and international law.
More than 200 Palestinian sports clubs have called on PUMA to stop supporting the IFA & violating international law. In 2018, Adidas announced it would no longer sponsor the IFA after receiving 16,000 signatures.
Let’s do this again and stop PUMA from supporting Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine!
Central Bottling Company (CBC) is an Israeli manufacturer and distributor of soft drinks, dairy products and alcoholic beverages.
Coca-Cola profits from the occupation by working with CBC which sells its drinks in Israel. CBC has a Coca-Cola factory in Atarot illegal Israeli settlement. Israeli settlements are built on land stolen from Palestinians and are illegal under international law.
By having it’s Israeli franchise in illegal settlements, Coca-Cola ignores international law and profits from the illegal occupation.
FOA is calling for Coca-Cola to cut ties with CBC.
Buying from companies which work in settlements such as Coca Cola means we as consumers are turning a blind eye to the illegal occupation of Palestinian land.
The #HandsoffAlAqsa campaign is about educating people about the significance of Masjid al-Aqsa as the third-holiest site in Islam, which is currently physically deteriorating under the Israeli occupation.
We want to put al-Aqsa on the global political agenda in order to protect Masjid al-Aqsa from occupation and preserve this fundamentally sacred space.
Google has yet to acknowledge Palestine on Google Maps. They are knowingly overlooking Palestine’s international status and providing incorrect location information.
Google Maps does not acknowledge routes for Palestinians or the military checkpoints, leaving Palestinians unable to use its maps.
Erasing Palestine contributes to the disregarding of Palestinian rights and the imbalance of power between Israel-Palestine.
Stand up against the erasing of Palestine and sign our ‘Palestine On The Map’ petition to demand Google recognises Palestine on its Maps.
This petition will be addressed to Google’s Ethan Russell and Ronan Harris who have the power to set Google Maps labelling. This petition will be handed into Google’s London offices.
When shopping, always #CheckTheLabel of produce such as fruits and vegetables.
Always avoid produce labelled from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Produce from here are grown in illegal Israeli settlements on land that has been stolen from Palestinians.
If you shop online, before you add the fruits or veg to your cart, see where the produce is from as this information is usually listed. If you do go to the shops then #CheckTheLabel on the packet to boycott Israeli goods.