Sept.15: Protest Ariel Sharon at the United Nations, NYC (Indymedia)

Sept.15: Protest Ariel Sharon at the United Nations, NYC
by Al-awda New York (repost andy) Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2005 at 11:24 AM

New Yorkers will say NO to Israeli Prime Minister and War Criminal Ariel Sharon at the UN on Thurs.

Sept.15: Protest Ariel Sharon at the United Nations, NYC

By Al-Awda NY

On Thursday, September 15, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the man
responsible for the massacres of thousands of Palestinians and Lebanese,
will speak before the United Nations General Assembly as part of the
“World Summit.” On the twenty-third anniversary of the killing of
thousands of Palestinian refugees at Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon
under Sharon’s watch, the war criminal Ariel Sharon will speak as an
honored guest at the United Nations in New York City. JOIN US to express
our outrage at Sharon’s presence in New York City before the United
Nations, a body whose resolutions he has repeatedly flouted and ignored!

-Thursday, September 15-
-3:00-6:00 PM-
-Dag Hammerskjold Plaza-
-47th St. and 2nd Ave (across from the UN), NYC-
subway: E, V Train to 53/Lexington Ave. Walk south to 47th St., turn
left onto 2nd Ave. 4, 5, 6, 7, S Train to 42nd St./Grand Central
Station. Walk east until 2nd Ave. and north to 47th St.


UN Resolution 194 guarantees the right to return to all Palestinian
refugees. While Sharon speaks before the UN, he refuses to honor and
implement UN Resolution 194 or countless additional resolutions
denouncing Zionist occupation of Palestine and requiring the recognition
of the rights of the Palestinian people. On the contrary, he has
continued his decades-long campaign of brutality against the Palestinian
Arab people, dedicated to eradicating their very existence. From Qibya
in 1952 to Sabra and Shatila in 1982 to Jenin in 2002, Ariel Sharon is a
butcher and a war criminal who should be on trial at the Hague, not
speaking before the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Join Al-Awda New York on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
to declare that SHARON IS NOT WELCOME HERE and to demand the UN
immediately act to implement Resolution 194, the RIGHT TO RETURN OF ALL

Organizational endorsements and involvement are welcome! Please email to endorse or for more information!

Endorsers include: NY Committee to Defend Palestine, NJ Solidarity –
Activists for the Liberation of Palestine, Palestine Solidarity
Group-Chicago, Troops Out Now Coalition, ANSWER NY, New York City
Labor Against the War
, NYC Jericho Movement, Coalition to Free the
Angola 3, NYC Free Mumia Coalition and many more. List in formation:

For more information:


For Immediate Release
September 11, 2005
For Immediate Release



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

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.

Please email your endorsements to:

Provided is a list of organizational and individual signatories (lists
in formation)

For information on the NY demo on September 15, please go to Al-Awda
New York’s website

For other mobilizations of public protest against Ariel Sharon’s
address to the United Nations, see:


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 their
original 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
Forms 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 a
peaceful and just world.

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-685-3243
Fax: 360-933-3568

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 – Egypt
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – Espana
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – Italia
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition – North America
Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition – United Kingdom
Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center- Aida Camp, Palestine
Al-Shorouq Newspaper – British Columbia, Canada
Alternative Information Center, Palestine/Israel
Alternative Palestinian Agenda
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
Arab Media Watch, UK
ASKAPENA (Herriekiko Euskal Elkartasuna – Solidaridad Vasca con los Pueblos)
The Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally
Displaced Persons in Israel ADRID
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
CAPJPO-EuroPalestine, France
Citizens for Fair Legislation, USA
Centro de Documentacion en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.,
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 de Soutien au Peuple Palestinien , Ottignies-LLN , Belgique
Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient – Luxembourg
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-British
Understanding)–United Kingdom
Norwegian Association of NGOs for Palestine–Norway
Danish/Palestine friendship association–Denmark
Filastiniyat, Palestine, Ramallah
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
Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Glasgow PSC) UK
Harrisburg Middle East Justice and Peace Group
Heartland Muslim Women’s Network
Houston Coalition for Justice Not War (HCJNW), USA
Human 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
Jacques & Françoise SALLES – 33410 – Sainte croix du mont – 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
Kolectivo Kahuin, Chile
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
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
Network of Christian Organizations/Bethlehem
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
Niagara Palestinian Association, Ontario
Niagara Coalition for Peace NC4P, Ontario
Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition
OPTICS (Organizing Pittsburgh To Increase Community Solidarity),
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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
Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee
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
Palestinian Refugee and Diaspora Center- Shaml
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 Return
Union of Palestinian Women- Jordan
Union of Palestinian Democratic Youth
Union of Palestinian Youth
Vlaams Palestina Komitee – Flemish Palestine Solidarity Committee – Belgium
Women in Black-Los Angeles

By Al-Awda NY

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.