Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Local Greens Adopt Resolution on PFC Israel Boycott

Huron Valley Greens
a local chapter of the Green Party of Michigan
548 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
http://www.hvgreens.org ph. (734) 663-3555

Resolution on the Boycott of Israeli Goods by the People's Food Co-op

Adopted by consensus at the regular business meeting of the Huron Valley Greens on March 12, 2007.

WHEREAS on July 9, 2005, 171 Palestinian political parties, unions, associations, coalitions and organizations called upon "international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts ... against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era" until "it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights;" and

WHEREAS in Resolution 190 of 2005, the Green Party of the United States calls upon all civil society institutions and organizations around the world to implement a comprehensive boycott program against the State of Israel until such time as the full individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people are realized; and,

WHEREAS on June 12, 2006, and July 13, 2006, respectively, the Huron Valley Greens and the Green Party of Michigan adopted resolutions affirming their solidarity with the Palestinian people and endorsing the July 9, 2005, call by Palestinian civil society organizations "for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel;" and,

WHEREAS the People's Food Co-op (PFC) "promotes a healthy world and closer connection to food sources by managing its economic power with community-focused, cooperative values;" and,

WHEREAS the PFC "values mutually supportive relationships among members of our local and global communities;" and,

WHEREAS according to the Economic and Social Development Center, a Palestinian NGO: "The roots of the cooperative movement in Palestine [go] back to the year 1933" and "the number of active cooperatives in Palestine is around 400 cooperatives with more than fifty thousands members representing 300,000 families."

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Huron Valley Greens urge the members of the PFC to adopt a policy that the PFC will neither purchase nor sell goods produced in part or in whole in Israel or Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories of East Jerusalem, Gaza, Golan Heights, and the West Bank until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling its "security barrier" within the West Bank and far from the "Green Line;"
2. Respecting the fundamental rights of the Arab citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this resolution together with copies of the Palestinian call of July 9, 2005, Resolution 190, and Huron Valley Greens resolution of June 12, 2006, shall be hand-delivered to the PFC Board of Directors by the Recording Secretary and/or a Co-Chairperson at a regular Board meeting.

For a printable PDF version of this resolution click here.

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