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News code: 24701
Published Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018 - 12:58:40

Over 10 million Indian women demand freedom for Ahed Tamimi

Over 10 million Indian women demand freedom for Ahed Tamimi
World  - As Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teenage girl enduring unjust detention in an Israeli prison, begins trial today, major organizations from the Indian women's movement, representing over 10 million Indian women, demand her release alongside all Palestinian child prisoners.

These organizations have also heeded the Palestinian call to endorse the BDS movement as the most effective form of solidarity with Ahed and other child prisoners.

Ahed Tamimi's release has also been called for by major human rights organizations like Amnesty International and in a recent statement by prominent cultural figures and "Dream Defender" activists in the United States.

Majida Masri thanked the Indian women's movement on behalf of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), which represents the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society and leads the BDS movement for Palestinian rights. Masri is also with the Women's Campaign to Boycott Israel.

"We Palestinians welcome the principled solidarity of India's leading women's organizations with Ahed Tamimi, all Palestinian children imprisoned in Israeli jails, and our BDS movement for freedom, justice and equality. This latest expression of solidarity from Indian women is in line with a noble legacy of Indian support for our nonviolent Palestinian anti-colonial struggle. Alongside the millions in India who are calling for an end to deepening ties between the Indian and Israeli governments, we can end India's complicity with decades of Israeli theft of Palestinian land, colonialism, military occupation and apartheid."

India's women's movement asserted that their own struggles against patriarchy, caste, class, religious divides and militarization form the basis of their solidarity with Palestinian women.

Their statement says:

We, the undersigned, demand the immediate release of Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian child prisoners. We further believe that the strongest way to support Ahed's struggle and the Palestinian quest for justice, freedom and equality is to support the BDS movement.

Israeli impunity is built on collaboration of corrupt regimes, and it will be dismantled by the unity of grassroots struggles across the world. Palestinians are leading us by example. We must give shape to our solidarity in the form of the concrete and effective BDS efforts.

Boycotts were an essential part of our own struggle against colonialism, they brought down the South African apartheid regime, and they will break the back of Israeli colonization, occupation and apartheid.

We stand in vigil, demanding justice for Ahed. We urge women's and other grassroots movements in India and across the world to do the same. As Ahed braves Israeli prisons, we must send her a resonating message of support and love. Let that message be one of resistance, of people's power and of BDS.


News Code: 24701
Published Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018 - 12:58:40
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