12 September, 2005

Petition to the UN to protest Sharon addressing General Assembly

September 11, 2005
On September 15, 2005 war criminal Ariel Sharon is expected to address the U.N. General Assembly's sixtieth regular session. Ironically, September 16 to 18, 2005 mark the twenty-third anniversary of the deliberate and systematic massacre of more than 2000 Arab civilians, mostly Palestinian and Lebanese, in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Then Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, the chief architect of Israel's invasion of Lebanon, was found by an Israeli commission of inquiry to have been personally responsible for the massacre.

The statement below calling for the boycott of Sharon's upcoming address, as well as the implementation of UNGA Resolution 194, is today being sent to members of the General Assembly and other relevant parties.
The victims of Sabra and Shatila -- those who perished, as well as those who continue to be saddled with the memories and horrors of the massacre on a daily basis, would never forgive us if we were not to do our utmost against Sharon's visit to the UN.

Please join in this important campaign as we continue to encourage and add institutional, organizational and individual endorsements.

We also request that you circulate this statement as widely as possible.

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For information on the NY demo on September 15, please go to
Al-Awda New York's website
WE, the undersigned, DEMAND that Ariel Sharon not be permitted to address the sixtieth regular session of the General Assembly. Sharon's refusal to abide by international law, particularly as it pertains to the right of return for Palestinian refugees, is matched only by his long career as a war criminal:

* In 1952 Ariel Sharon was appointed commander of special 101 Commando Unit which carried out raids on West Bank village of Qibya in which 69 civilians were murdered, many of them women and children.

* The massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps occurred between September 16 and 18, 1982, after the Israeli invading army, then occupying Beirut and under Sharon's overall command as Israel's Defense Minister, permitted members of the Phalange and local allied militias into the camps. The over 2000 civilian victims of the massacre included infants, children, women, and elderly.

* In February 1983, a three-member official Israeli commission of inquiry charged with investigating the events, known as the Kahan Commission, named former Defense Minister Sharon as one of the individuals who "bears personal responsibility" for the Sabra and Shatila massacre.

* The Al-Aqsa Intifada started after Sharon visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem under heavy Israeli military and police guard. The visit was a calculated step that sparked the expected resistance from the oppressed Palestinian people.

Ariel Sharon continues his utter disregard for international law. His refusal to abide by scores of United Nations' resolutions addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict is legendary. Only recently, Sharon reiterated his rejection of the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to theiroriginal homes and lands. Such outright disregard for the will of the international community constitutes a grave violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of AllForms of Racial Discrimination, the European, the American and the African Conventions on Human Rights, and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.

It also reflects Sharon's refusal to implement UN resolution 194, which has been reaffirmed practically every year since 1948. Generally, the same position has been affirmed by the Treaty-Based UN Committees, the regional conventions on human rights and practically all human rights NGOs.

We find it peculiar that the General Assembly would permit a war criminal like Ariel Sharon to address it, especially considering his explicit loathing of the UN and the collective will of the vast majority of its member states.

We also DEMAND that the General Assembly embark on enforcing its resolution No. 194. The right of the Palestinian refugees and uprooted to return to their homeland is a historical right that is guaranteed by international law. It is an individual and collective right which cannot be relegated, diminished, reduced or forfeited by any representation on behalf of the Palestinian people in any agreement or treaty. As such, the Right of Return is not substituted or affected in any way by the establishment of a Palestinian state in any form. According to international law, agreements that purport to trade away the right of refugees to return to their homes, or any other inalienable right, are illegal.

The right of refugees to return has been exercised, with the support of the international community, in Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, Rwanda, Guatemala and many other places. Yet, it continues to be ignored and neglected in Palestine. This selective enforcement of international law and UN resolutions serves to undermine rather than strengthen efforts to build apeaceful and just world.

Organizational Signatories

Action Center For Justice, Charlotte, NC
Aidoun Group - Lebanon
Aidoun Group - Syria
Aktionsbuendnis fuer Einen Gerechten Friedern in Palaestina, Germany
Al-Awda Popular Committees - Gaza, Palestine
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition - North America
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition - ItaliaAl-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition - Espana
Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition - United Kingdom
Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center- Aida Camp, Palestine
Al-Shorouq Newspaper - British Columbia, Canada
Americans For Justice in Palestine-Israel
Americans & Palestinians for Peace (AMPAL), USA
A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, USA
Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles/People Against Racist Terror (ARA-LA/PART-LA)
Anti-War Coalition - South Africa
Arab Committee to Support the Intifada - Brazil
Arab-American Forum, New Hampshire, USA
Arab American Union Members Council- USA
ASKAPENA (Herriekiko Euskal Elkartasuna - Solidaridad Vasca con los Pueblos)
Association of Democratic Palestinian Educators
Association Palestine En Marche – France
Association Une Toile Contre Un Mur
Atlanta Palestine Solidarity (APS)
Bay Area United Against War, BAUAW
Bourj Sahamali Refugee Camp
Break The Chains Collective, Eugene, Oregon USA
Break the Silence Mural Project, San Francisco, USA
Cafe Intifada
Canada Palestine Association
Citizens for Fair Legislation, USA
Centro de Documentacion en Derechos Humanos "Segundo Montes Mozo S.J., Quito-Ecuador
Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Indianapolis
Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Collectif Judeo-Arab et Citoyen pour la Paix, Strasbourg, France
Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe, Madrid, Spain
Comité de Lutte Contre La Barbarie et l'Arbitraire - France
Comité Rennais France Palestine Solidarité
Committee for Democratic Palestine - Brazil
Democratic Palestinian Women's Organization
Democratic Union for Palestinian Youth
Democratic Palestinian Teacher's Gathering
East Jerusalem YMCA
Egypt's Renaissance and Support for Arab Rights Group
Enfants de la Palestine, Association des familles Franco-Palestiniennes
European Coordinating Committee of NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ECCP):
Italian NGO Platform for Palestine--Italy
Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine--France
Greek Committee for International Democratic Solidarity--Greece
CAABU (The Council for the Advancement of Arab-BritishUnderstanding)--United Kingdom
Norwegian Association of NGOs for Palestine--Norway
Danish/Palestine friendship association--Denmark
Films For Justice In Palestine St. Petersburg, Florida
The Freedom Archives
Freedom Road Socialist Organization, USA
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition
Free Palestine Alliance - USA
Free Palestine Club, Santa Monica, California
Generation Five, San Francisco, USA
Gesellschaft Schweiz Palästina, GSP, Association Swiss Palestine, ASP Switzerland
Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Glasgow PSC) UK
Heartland Muslim Women's Network Houston
Coalition for Justice Not War (HCJNW), USAHuman Rights Protection Center - Palestinian NGO, Beirut, Lebanon
Humans Against Israeli Occupation Team
International Action Center, USA
Interfaith Council for Peace in the Middle East, USA
International Socialist Organization
International Solidarity Movement - USA
International Solidarity Movement in France
Jews for a Free Palestine, San Francisco
Jews Against Zionism, UK
Jordanian Women's Union - Amman - Jordan
Justice for Palestinians, USA
Justice in Palestine Coalition, San Francisco
L.A.U.G.H.O.E. Let's All Unite to Gain Heaven On Earth
L'Associazione di Amicizia Italo-Palestinese, Italy
L.A. Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee
MarWen Media.com
Middle East Children's Alliance, USA
Middle East Crisis Committee
Middle East Committee of Women Against Military Madness
Middle Eastern Student Society-California State University, Fullerton
MidEast: JustPeace, Traverse City, MI
Movement for Peace and Justice Mumbai - India
Muslim Voters of America, Oak Park, Illinois
Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa
Najdeh Association, Lebanon
Nakba '48, a student organization at the University of Florida
National Council of Arab-Americans (NCA), USA
New England Committee to Defend Palestine
New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)
New York City Jericho Movement
New York Committee to Defend Palestine
New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
Palestine Community Centre - British Columbia, Canada
Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
Palestinian National Initiative Southern California Chapter
Palestine Media Watch
Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK
Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG) - Chicago
Palestine Solidarity Group of Vancouver
Palestinian Solidarity Committee - South Africa
Palestine Support Committee, Durban, South Africa
Palestine Youth Organization - Jordan
Palestine Youth Organization - Lebanon
Palestine Youth Organization - Syria
Palestine 13, local group of the French-Palestine Solidarity Association(AFPS), Marseille, France
Palestinian American Women's Association
Palestinian Arab Association - Sao Paulo, Brazilia and Koromba
Palestinian Arab Cultural Center - El Rio Grande Do Sul
Palestinian Women Democratic Association Party for Socialism and Liberation
Peace and Freedom Party, California, USA
Pomona Valley Greens
Progressive Democratic Alliance
RAWAN (the Radical Arab Women's Activist Network)
RESOCI (Réseau Solidaire et Citoyen) France
Right of Return Congress
Right of Return Congress - USA
Riverside Area Peace and Justice Action, Riverside California
Scottish Palestinian Mediawatch
Socialist Workers Party, Belgian section of the Fourth International
Solidarity Association for Social and Cultural Development
Stanford University Coalition for Justice in the Middle East (CJME)
Stanford University Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN)
The House of Peace and Non-Violence, St. Petersburg, Florida
Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Southern California
Troops Out Now Coalition, USA
Union of Palestinian Youth Center
Union of Committees of the Right to ReturnUnion of Palestinian Women- Jordan
Union of Palestinian Democratic Youth
Union of Palestinian Youth
Women in Black-Los Angeles

Individual Signatories

Abbas Hamideh, Al-Awda Celveland - Abdallah Omar, UK - Acoury Nadine - Ada H. Banasik, Portland, OR - Ahmad Khatib, Chicago - Ahmed Osman, Egyptian Judge - Ahlam Muhtaseb, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, CSUSB - Aida Porteneuve, Long Beach, California - Alan Greig, Berkeley - Alan Millar - Alice and John Severs, Durham City, U.K - .Alessandro Bellucci, Italy - Ali Al-Abudi, an Iraqi Writer - Ali Sha'atAli Zeidan, PhD, Palestinian, Lebanon - Amany Fraih - Abu Middain - Amina Balafrej , pédiatre, Rabat, Maroc - Amira Howeidy, journalist, Cairo, Egypt - Andy Griggs, Santa Monica, CA - Angelica Jimenez - Anna Shenk, USA - Anne Selden Annab, Pennsylvania - Anthony Bird Arab - Abdel-Hadi - Arlene Eisen, MA, MPH, writer - Arshima Dost, Cambridge, UK - Averil Parkinson - Asem Al-Masri, Vancouver, Canada - Bajis Dodin - Bassemah Darwish, El Cajon, California - Benjamin Merhav, Australia - Betty Lawlor, Ireland - Bill Ross, Delta, Ontario, Canada - Bob Kirkconnell, Academics for Justice, Veterans for Peace - Brian Fry, Justice Coordinator, Congregation of St. Joseph, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - Brian Johnston, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh - Carole Regan - Carlos Artur Ferreira de Moura, Portugal - Carol Frances - Catriona Pennell - Charlier Colette - Cherif Sami - Cherine Allstars - Chris Burns Cox, MD - Chris Leadbeater, Al-Awda London, UK- -Christiane Lutun - Claudia Waddams - Claude Marks, Director, The Freedom Archives - Claudia Saba - Claudine DAUPHIN Honorary Professor, The Universities of Wales, Lampeter - Coche Fanny, France - Connie Pratt, Chico, California - Connie Pratt, USA - Cynthia Marcopulos - D. Wickersham Cheatham - Dhakiyya Anders, Devon, UK - Darlene Wallach, San Jose, California, USA - Dave Danmore, USA - David Dimitri - David Dixon, Coordinator Action Center For Justice - David A Gardner, Glasgow Scotland - Deborah A. Gordon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA - David L. Gresham - Deborah Hyams dual US/UK citizenship, Ithaca, New York - Denise Alvarado, Clearwater, FL, USA - Denise Shomaly, Chile - Dick Morris, Riverside Area Peace & Justice Action Member - Donald Dinelli, USA - Donna Wallach, Justice for Palestinians, San Jose, California - Dorinda Moreno, Hitec Aztec Communications, California, Sybersysters for Mideast Solidarity - Dorli Rainey, Women in Black, Seattle, Washington - Dorothy Stein - Dr. Abdel Fattah Abu-Srour, Director of Al-Rowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center - Dr A Butt, UK -Dr A E Dangor, Imperial College London, London UK - Dr. Bakr A. Hassan, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia - Dr. C. J. Burns-Cox MD Consultant Physician Southend farm, Wotton-under-Edge, UK - Dr Debra Marshall, Cheltenham, UK - Dr Raymond Deane, Dublin, Ireland - Dr Ronit Lentin, Dublin, Ireland - Dr. Agostino Sanfratello, Università di Teramo, Italy - Dr. Ariane Monneron, Marseille, France - Dr. Francois BROUQUISSE, France - Dr. Hisham Bustani, The Anti-Normalization Committee, Amman, Jordan - Dr. Khaldoun El Abed, Bristol, UK - Dr. Mariam Elqura - Dr. Paola Canarutto, Italy - Dr. Seth Farber, NYC - Dr. Timothy Brennan - Dr. Trudy Bond, Toledo, Ohio - Dr. Khamis Salem, Toronto, Canada - Dr & Ms S Spilling Dorset UK - Edie Cacciatore, USA - Edith Cacciatore, USA - Elaine Hagopian, Professor Emerita, Boston, USA - Elana Wesley, Palestine - Elena Vilenskaya, St. Petersburg, Russia - Elias Davidsson, Iceland - Elisa Abedrapo, Chilean activist currently in Argentina - Ellen Cantarow, Ph.D., Medford, MA, USA - Ellen Rohlfs, Germany - Emma Angus - Emma Rosenthal - Fadia Rafeedie, Los Angeles, CA - Feras Darawsheh - Frances Scarrott - Francesca Viceconti/Camden Palestine Campaign - Gary Zatzman, co-editor "Dossier on Palestine" Halifax, NS, Canada - Genevieve Cora Fraser Massachusetts - Gay Lawlor, Ireland - Gianluca Di Giacinto - Gennaro Varriale - Formia - Italy - Gilbert Hanna, Eysines France - Girard Anne, Cestas, France, - Palestine33 adheren - tGreta Berlin, Volunteer, ISM, Women in Black, Ramallah, Palestine - Haidar Dekmak - Hanan Aruri Ramallah, Palestine - Hatem Abudayyeh, Chicago, IL - Hesham Tillawi, Louisiana, USA - Herman DE LEY, Professor, Ghent University (Belgium) - Hesham Tomoum - Huwaida Arraf, USA - Inbar Tamari, London UK - Iman Nijem, Jerusalem - Issa Mikel New York, NY, USA - Ismail Zayid, MD. President, Canada Palestine Association - Jacqueline Rival, Montbrison - James Barrett, UK - James Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild, LA - James O Reilly - Jan Elshout, Paramariobo, Suriname - Jan Moreb - Jan Myers - John Dabeet, Professor, Americans & Palestinians for Peace President U.S.A. - Jonathan Anders-Gomm, Exeter, England - David Myers - Janine BOREL, France - Jeff Abood, President - Interfaith Council for Peace in the Middle East - Jean Martinez - Jean-Daniel & Marie-Christine Zangger, Switzerland - Jean Franklin, Wimborne - Dorset - U.K. - Jean Grudgings - Jean-Luc Mercier, AUBAGNE, France - Jean-Paul François Galibert, Ancien Casque Bleu (1981), Receveur Honoraire P.T.T., France - Jeff Pekrul, San Francisco, California, USA - Jess Ghannam, Al-Awda San Francisco - Joanne Moston - Johnny Gogan - John W. Willmott, Director, The Progressive Liberty Party, Florida - Jonathan Anders-Gomm, Exeter, England - Joseph Backus, Kingston, Ontario, Canada - Judit Druks, UK - Judith Brown, Corner Cottage, Farrington Gurney, Bristol UK - Kees Wagtendonk, Netherlands - Karen Lewis - Karim Khedimi - Kaream Bassem El-Wazir - Karen Spence, Al-Awda MA, Cambridge, Massachussetts - Kathryn E. McClanen, Pennsylvania, USA - Kedrick Tucker, Planstville, CT - Kenneth Barney, USA - Kenneth Brown, Switzerland - Keren Batiyov, Jew of Conscience, Pennsylvania - Khaled Al-Abed, Vancouver, Canada - Khaled Barakat, Vancouver, Canada - Khaled Mouammar, Richmond Hill, Canada - Khalil Bassem El-Wazir - KHAN THERA EYCK - Kris Kaul, UK - Kristi Ellison Jalics, Akron, Ohio, USA - Laetitia Dechaufour, Feminist activist, Montréal, Canada - Lamia Afifi, MD Lander Vander Linden, Belgium - Lauren Shufran - Leila Khaled Mouammar, Canada - Liam Doran, Dublin, Ireland - Liliane Cordova Kaczerginski, France - Lubna Hammad, USA - Ludo De Brabander, Gent, Belgium- M &Mrs Thirriard - Marseille - Madame Boyer Christine, France - Mademoiselle FURIO Marie Louise, MARSEILLE FRANCE - Maha M Dabbagh, Jeddah - Maher AlKarmi - Mahmoud Zubeidi, Al-Awda San Diego - Mahmud Ahmad, Al-Awda Los Angeles - Marcia Visanji - Marie Albert, France - Marie-Claude LEDY, Lyon, France - Mary Edwards, London - Maisha Liwaru, Heartland Muslim Women's Network - Marie Major-Monahan, Canada - Marie-Noëlle LOMBARD - Marika Sherwood Oare, Kent, UK - Marina Galanti, London - Marlene Newesri, New York City, USA -Mary Rizzo, Italy - Maryloo Soweid, Al-Awda New York - Matthew Trcalek, Denham Springs, Los Angeles, USA - Michael Shahin, Los Angeles, USA - Michael Foster - Micheline Garreau - France - Michelle Kay - Mira Khazzam, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Mireille Delamarre, présidente de l'association Voix de Paix en Mediterranée Momin Bannani, UK - Mona Baker, UK - Mona Hadi, Egypt - Monica Leiva, Barcelona, Spain - Moshe Machover, UK - Mourad ZIRARI, Ingénieur, Paris France - Musa al-Hindi, Al-Awda Omaha - Nader Abuljebain, Al-Awda Los Angeles - Nadine Saliba, AIWA (Arab and International Women's Association), San Antonio, Texas - Nancy Lolas - Nancy Murray, Ph.D. USA - Nasr Mansour, MD, Founder and first president of the International Association of Physician In North West Ohio - Nassiba Akahar HoussenNathalie Ollat (France) - Nica Borgese, Milano, Italy - Niloufer Bhagwat - Patricia Towey - Paul & Carol Bradford - Paul Carline, Carlops, Scotland, U.K. - Paul Whitcomb, USA - PEUZIN Marjolaine, Pacé, France - Philippe MICHEL, Une Toile Contre Un Mur, France - Pierre COULON, Bordeaux, FRANCE - Pnina Firestone - Professor Hagit Borer, University of Southern California - Rev Roger Pollard - Sehba S. Arif, Esq. Santa Monica, California, USA - Shirley Bates - Sylvia Baker - Raed Hamdan, Telecommunication Engineer Gaza Strip - Palestine - Riel Bilto, 48-2A Knox Terrace, Wayne, NJ -Robert & Shaune Shearer - Roy Hickey, Cheltenham, UK - Pat Read - David Grace - Martin Shirley - Claire Rutigliano - Pamela Sellars - Tricia Goddard - Annemieke Wigmore - Barbara Loveluck - James and Tricia Goddard - Rachel Stolzman, Brooklyn, NY, USA - Rachid Yassine - Raeda Bandak - Raghida OUSSEIRAN, France - Raja Chemayel, The Hague Netherlands - Raja Ibrahim - Randa Jamal, Al-Awda New York - Reem Al-Nuwieiri, Vancouver, Canada - responsable de publication du webzine illustré - Rezeq Faraj, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada - Rhoda Shapiro, Al-Awda Press, Halifax, NS,Canada - Rima Anabtawi, Al-Awda Massachusetts - Reverend Robt Dan Simmons, Evangelical Covenant Church, Tigard, Oregon - Rev Hazel Barkham - Roland Rance, London UK - Ron Ganzfried, Switzerland - Rosa Valles Martinez, Espana - Rotana El-Ruby - Russel Bates, USA - Ruth Hall, UK - Sadek Neaimi Professeur Egypte - Sajid Hussain - Said Elnashaie, Professor, USA - Said Zulficar, Network for Colonial Freedom - Saleem Saleem - Sami Chaffar - Sami Joseph, UK - Samia Saleh, Al-Awda DC, Washington DC, USA - Sara Kershnar, Berkeley - Sara Powell, Journalist, Washington DC - Sawsan Barghouti - Sayed Abdelrady - Sehba S. Arif, Esq. Santa Monica, California - Senan Khairie, Al-Awda San Francisco - Shirley Bates - Shirley Rose, Nofim Towers Apt 804, 2 Henrietta - Shmuel Yerushalmi - Poet and activist - Sholey Argani, physician, Takoma Park, MD - Silvia Asensio Ruiz - Simine B. Tepper - Sirine Rached, Student, France - Soraida Abed Hussein, Head of Research Department Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, Jerusalem - Stephane GAILLARD, France - Stephen Simon, Lecturer, Emeritus, Calif. State University, Fullerton - Sue Goldstein, Toronto - Susanne Scheidt, Al-Awda Italy - Suzan Muaddi, Philadelphia - Szold St. Jerusalem - Talaat Ahmed Mosallam, Egypt - Taleb Alkurdi - Tarek- Ibrahim Nowara, Cairo Egypt - Tayseer Nasrallah,
www.nasrallah.org -Timothy A. and Judith A. King - Tony Chakar, Beirut, Lebanon - Tony Rea - Tracy Walsh - Ty Twibell, Attorney, Kansas City, Missouri - Vivi Valentine, Clearwater, FL, USA - Walid Ashoor - Walid Farouq, Haifa, Palestine - Wayne K. Aller, Ph.D., Granada Hills, CA - Methodists for Social Action - Waselah Alhaj - Wendy Lewis, member, PSC South Wales - Yahiaoui Ouardia - Yasser Abuseedo - Yasmeen Bassem El-Wazir - Yolanda Birdwell, Houston, Tx, USA - Yousef Abudayyeh, El Cajon , California - Yves Traynard, Paris, France - Zahi Damuni, Ph.D., Al-Awda San Diego - Zainab Khan, LAUSD Teacher, Culver City, California - Zoë Lawlor, Ireland
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