Hundreds of Internationals and Hundreds of Palestinians Gear-up for July
Some 40 Palestinian civil society organizations, popular resistance
committees, and political factions announce the “Welcome to Palestine”
initiative July 8-16 where hundreds of Internationals will work with
hundreds of Palestinians for Peace. The hundreds of men, women, and
children will arrive July 8 at the Lod Airport. The international community
must recognize the basic human right to receive visitors from abroad and
support the right of their own citizens to travel to Palestine without
harassment. Where Israel works to isolate us, we invite all to join with us
openly and proudly. We do not accept the attempts to keep us apart or to
force us to speak less than with full honesty.
This July initiative comes in a planned series of events and follows similar
events carried out in December under the slogan of “ending apartheid and
ethnic cleansing.” The week of activities starts on July 9 because that is
the anniversary of the International Court of Justice ruling about the
illegality of the Settlements and the apartheid wall in the occupied
Palestinian Territories and the anniversary of the Palestinian Civil Society
Call to Action: 7/9 Ramallah area, 10/9 Bethlehem area, 11/9 North, 12/9
Hebron and Jordan Valley, 13/9 Neqab, 14-15/9 Jerusalem.
The July “Welcome to Palestine” initiative will take participants
(Palestinians and Internationals) to different parts of Palestine from the
north to the Negev and highlight the power of nonviolence and peace building
efforts. Visitors will be accommodated locally and will enjoy Palestinian
hospitality and a program of networking, fellowship, and volunteer peace
work in Palestinian towns and villages together with hundreds of local
The full program of activities is available for credentialed media outlets.
Volunteers and participants are needed and welcome. Some news stories that
already appeared on this are linked below.