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PALESTINIAN ORGANIZATIONS

The following Palestinian organizations have called on the international community to support the Global March to Jerusalem

Al-Rowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Centre
www.alrowwad-acts.ps

Al-Walaja Popular Resistance Committee

The Alternative Information Center
www.alternativenews.org

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
www.badil.org

Beit Ummar Popular Resistance Committee

Bil'in Popular Resistance Committee
www.bilin-village.org

Friends of Freedom and Justice, Bil'in
www.www.bilin-ffj.org

Handala Center
www.handalla-center.org

Holy Land Trust
www.holylandtrust.org

International Solidarity Movement
www.palsolidarity.org

Nebi Saleh Popular Resistance Committee

Ni' lin Popular Resistance Committee

Palestinian Centre for Rapprochement between People
www.pcr.ps

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
www.stopthewall.org

Palestine Justice Network
www.palestinejn.org

Palestine Solidarity Project
www.palestinesolidarityproject.org

Popular Struggle Coordinating Committee
www.popularstruggle.org

Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies
www.sirajcenter.org

Youth Against Settlements www.youthagainstsettlements.org

Youth Activity Center – Aida Camp
www.key1948.org

The International Solidarity Initiative www.internationalsolidarity.org

Palestine National Initiative
www.almubadara.org




All people of conscience must support the Global March to Jerusalem, and the bravery of those who undertake it. It appeals to our sense of justice, moral and religious sentiments, and in my case to a personal attachment to the city of my birth. May I and all Jerusalemites who were expelled from it return there.

- Dr. Ghada Karmi, Co-Director, Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter





Palestinians and supporters are encouraged to come and challenge restrictions and occupations. By sea, air and land people of good conscience will come to recognize Land Day and help us emphasize the centrality of Jerusalem and its plight under colonial occupation.

- Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Palestinian Author, Academic and Civil Rights Leader





As world leaders have done nothing over the past six decades to curb Israel's persistent campaign of ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Palestinian population, civil societies all over the world are taking initiatives to demand an end to the relentless cruelty and mercilessness aimed at a principally unarmed civilian population. The Global March to Jerusalem is another effort by people of conscience to take a stand for justice and for human dignity. The importance of such civil action cannot be overstated.

- Susan Abulhawa, novelist and human rights activist





As an anti-war organizer and activist working for justice for the Palestinian people, I hope to see a sea of people marching in unity towards Jerusalem in March of 2012. The march will be a powerful act of solidarity with Palestinians who are fighting for their basic human rights, particularly the right to free movement which the Israeli government has so severely restricted. It is critical that we support non-violent forms of resistance such as these, which are the only way to attain a peaceful and just solution for everyone in the region.

- Medea Benjamin





Jerusalem is a holy city unto the Children of Abraham. I lament the plight of Palestinian friends living in Bethlehem (and throughout the West Bank and Gaza) who have not been permitted to visit Jerusalem for almost two decades. As a rabbi who believes that my Abrahamic cousins possess an equal right to access Jerusalem, barring entry offends my faithfulness to Judaism. Israel cannot call itself a democracy as long as Palestinian Muslims and Christians are prevented from pilgrimage and prayer in Jerusalem. This is among the many reasons I support the global nonviolent march to Jerusalem. May the Compassionate One who is the Parent of us all, open the gates of compassion and justice for everyone who desires to enter.

- Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence





We have tried to sail to Gaza with the Gaza Freedom flotillas and we have tried to march to Gaza with the Gaza Freedom March. We have gone to Gaza with Viva Palestina. Over the years, in the West Bank, international solidarity activists helped farmers, merchants and students. Now the Global March to Jerusalem provides an opportunity for international activists to again demonstrate their support the Palestinian quest for justice.Come with us to Jerusalem in March, 2012!

- Ann Wright, former United States Army colonel





...it is important for all those committed to peace and justice to support and applaud an initiative such as Global March to Jerusalem…[which]…poses a vivid challenge to the unlawfulness and cruelty of the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestine.

- Dr. Richard Falk, Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University





Israel is currently inflicting outright genocide against the Palestinians in violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention, particularly article II(a)—killing members of the group; and article II(b) causing serious bodily and mental harm to members of the group; and article II(c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. Article I of the 1948 Genocide Convention requires everyone in the world “to prevent” the ongoing Israeli genocide against the Palestinians. That is exactly what the Global March to Jerusalem is all about.

- Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of Illinois College of Law



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Mission Statement

Governments of the world have failed Palestinians. The fundamental human and national rights of Palestinians have been ignored or denied for more than six decades. The US brokered "peace process" is a failure, and has further dispossessed Palestinians of their homes, land and nation. For this reason, we believe that it is necessary for the people of the world to act through civil organizing.

As North Americans, we support the "Global March to Jerusalem" on March 30, 2012. The March is initiated and will be directed by Palestinians from around the world. The Global March to Jerusalem will reassert and affirm the Palestinian refugees' Right of Return and right of access to Jerusalem.

The organizers, endorsers and participants have committed themselves to a nonviolent march and have no intention to harm any person. We encourage other individuals and organizations that are committed to human rights and justice to support the Global March to Jerusalem: participate as marchers; volunteer services to the project; take legal, official and diplomatic intervention on behalf of the refugees; and, offer financial support.

ENDORSERS



Organizations

Following is a partial list of organizations that have endorsed the Global March to Jerusalem. It includes those that are based or have a significant presence in North America, and are either participating in the organizing of the North American contingent of the GMJ or have been invited to do so. If your organization wishes to endorse and/or participate in the organizing, please contact organize@gmj-na.org. For organizations outside North America, see www.globalmarchtojerusalem.org.

  • A.N.S.W.E.R-Act Now to Stop War & End Racism - Coalition

  • Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

  • American Indian Movement - West

  • Bay Area Women in Black

  • Birthright Unplugged

  • Canada Palestine Association

  • Canada-Palestine Support Network

  • Canadian Arab Federation

  • Canadian Boat to Gaza

  • Canadian Peace Alliance

  • Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

  • Centre for Research on Globalization

  • Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid

  • CNY Working for a Just Peace in Palestine & Israel

  • CODEPINK Women for Peace

  • Existence is Resistance

  • Freedom Socialist Party

  • Free Palestine Committee, National Lawyers Guild

  • Free Palestine Movement

  • Friends of Sabeel - Hawaii

  • Friends of Sabeel - North America

  • Friends of Sabeel - Northern California

  • General Union of Palestinian Students - San Francisco State University

  • Global Exchange

  • Hamilton Coalition to stop the War

  • Hilton Head for Peace

  • Independent Jewish Voices

  • International Committee, National Lawyers Guild

  • International Socialist Organization

  • International Solidarity Movement Bard College

  • International Solidarity Movement Northern California

  • Intifada Tent - Occupy Oakland

  • ICAHD USA

  • Leadership Team of Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN

  • Middle East Childres's Alliance

  • Middle East Crisis Response

  • Middle East Study Group

  • Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) York University

  • Muslim American Society Immigrant Justice Center

  • North Coast Coalition for Palestine

  • Our Neighbors in Palestine

  • Palestine House

  • Palestinian American Congress

  • Palestinian Association of Brantford

  • Palestinian Association of Hamilton

  • Resource Center for Nonviolence

  • San Jose Peace & Justice Center

  • Science for Peace

  • September15

  • South Alameda County Peace & Justice Committee

  • Students for Justice in Palestine - UC Berkeley

  • United Progressives

  • U.S. Dominican Palestine Coordinating Committee

  • Voice of Palestine

  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club


Individuals

Following is a list of indivduals who endorse the Global March to Jerusalem. Additional endorsements are welcome and may be sent to organize@gmj-na.org.

  • Dr. Amir M. Maasoumi

  • Ann Wright, United States Army colonel, ret.

  • Benjamin Monnet, World Assembly Member, USA/Korea

  • Clayborne Carson, Professor & Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute, Stanford University

  • Cornell West, Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University; Philosopher, writer and Civil Rights Activist

  • David Hartsough, Director, Peaceworkers, San Francisco

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  • Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake, Presiding Minister, Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco

  • Edward Peck, Retired US Ambassador and career US Diplomat

  • Professor Francis A. Boyle, University of Illinois College of Law

  • George Galloway, British Member of Parliament

  • Dr. Ghada Karmi, Co-Director, Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter

  • Dr. Hatem Bazian, Senior Lecturer in Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

  • Izzet Sahin, International Affairs Secretary, IHH

  • Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Pastor Emeritus, Trinity Church of Christ, Chicago

  • Joe Meadors, Veteran and Survivor of the 1967 Israeli Attack on the USS Liberty

  • Dr. Judith Butler, American philosopher and Professor, University of California, Berkeley

  • Lauren Booth, English broadcaster, journalist and pro-Palestinian activist

  • Fr. Louis Vitale, Order of Franciscan Monks; Pace e Bene; nonviolent resistor

  • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, American rabbi in the Jewish Renewal movement

  • Mairead Maguire, , Nobel Peace Laureate

  • Marcy Winograd, Los Angeles teacher, peace activist and former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Medea Benjamin, Co-founder Code Pink and Global Exchange

  • Mustafa Barghouti, Palestinian democracy activist and former presidential candidate

  • Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT

  • Richard Falk, Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University

  • Roger Leisner, Radio Free Maine

  • Ronnie Kasrils, South African ANC leader and cabinet minister

  • Samuel F. Hart, U.S. Ambassador, ret.

  • Susan Abulhawa, Palestinian-American author and Founder of Playgrounds for Palestine

  • Tariq Ali, British Pakistani military historian, novelist, journalist, filmmaker, public intellectual, political campaigner, activist, and commentator