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Statement on Solidarity Mission with Palestinian Farmers

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-07bandera_palestina.jpgElaborated by SOC, EHNE-Bizkaia, ELB, VSF-Justicia Global Alimentaria, Mundubat, Bizilur, UztaroKoopt, and Mikelazulo.

During the first nine days of November, a number of representatives of social and political movements, trade unions, and farmers’ organisations from Euskal Herria and Andalucia (Spain) visited Palestine, in response to an appeal from La Via Campesina. The group’s mission was to monitor human rights violations in the region, especially with regard to the rural majority, who are both the country’s economic motor and the main target of the Israeli Zionist regime’s colonialist policies.

Through the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in Palestine and its local committees, we were able to observe the methodical depravity of Israel’s treatment of Palestine society in general and of the rural majority in particular. This treatment shows a disregard for all the rules of international humanitarian law as well as for the obligations that the 4th Geneva Convention imposes on Israel, as an occupying power, with respect to the Palestinian population under occupation. As of today, in its criminal construction, Israel is employing policies and measures that constitute Apartheid, a situation that is being denounced by the principal human rights bodies of the United Nations and by Palestinian - as well as Israeli - social organisations. Apartheid in Palestine manifests itself in a political, economic, and social system that is dominated by discrimination and oppression, a system in which freedom of movement is forbidden and territory is appropriated in order to consolidate the existence of the Israeli State.

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International Call to End Israeli Violations against Palestinian Farmers

UAWC logo 2014.jpegDear friends and activists,

The snow storm that hit Palestine in the past few days was not the only struggle for the Palestinian farmers in this period.  The Israeli settlers from Susiya Settlement chopped down 345 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in Masafer Yata to the south of Hebron; on January 9th settlers chopped down 45 trees and then on January 10th they chopped another 300 trees. Each of these olive trees holds the memory of many proud Palestinian generations; each Palestinian olive tree is history.

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ECVC Youth Coordination: Solidarity letter to MNCI

logo-eurovia.pngECVC YOUTH COORDINATION

Solidarity Letter

Monday, December 15th 2014

Dear comrades:

From our particular corner of the world, the Via Campesina European Coordination of young men and women peasants and farmers feels impelled to contact you, fellow youth members of Via Campesina - as well as relatives, farmers and peasants, herders and shepherds, small-scale fishers, and original indigenous communities, all of whom are part of the National Peasant Indigenous Movement (MNCI), a member organisation of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organisations (CLOC-VC), and who are sowers of struggle and resistance, sowers of ideas, sowers of life – in order to offer to you our solidarity at this historic moment of the trial for the assassination of your comrade Cristian Ferreyra (present).

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La Via campesina demands the release of Huber Ballesteros

huber ballesteros carta.jpgHuber Ballesteros is one of the best known trade unionists and human rights activists in Colombia.

He is also one of those who have been the most threatened.

Huber was arrested on August 25th, 2013, and accused of "rebellion" and of "financing terrorism.

He has not yet been brought to trial. Huber is the vice-president of FENSUAGRO, one of the largest unions in
Colombia and one of the most persecuted by the government. In recent years, more than 1000 members of FENSUAGRO have been assassinated.

We believe that Huber has been targeted because of his activism, and we are demanding his unconditional release from detention, as well as the release of all the other political prisoners in Colombia.

Please take a moment to send a message of protest to the Colombian government. 
http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=2606  

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