29 April 2010 Edition

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You can help stop apartheid Israel's membership of the OECD

ISRAEL wants to get into the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – but you can help stop it happening.
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is urgently requesting your support for a last-minute attempt to try and stop Israel’s membership of the OECD.
The OECD is scheduled to convene in May 2010 in order to take a formal decision on Israel’s application for membership. A vote for Israel’s accession to the OECD will be regarded by an overwhelming majority of Palestinians, Arabs, and people of conscience around the world as a decisive and far-reaching act of complicity in rewarding and perpetuating Israel’s occupation, colonisation and apartheid against the Palestinian people.
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign is asking people to use the sample letter in the link below as a template and write/e-mail/phone the Department of Foreign Affairs/An Taoiseach and Ireland’s OECD representative.
The IPSC says:
“One letter might not make a difference but 25, 50, 250, 2,500 letters are more difficult to ignore. Please pass this on to your friends, colleagues, trade unions.
“We refuse to be complicit and we refuse to vote in support of Israel’s war crimes and other grave violations of human rights.”

The OECD

THE OECD says its mission is to bring together the governments of countries “committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world” to support sustainable economic growth; boost employment; raise living standards; maintain financial stability; assist other countries’ economic development; contribute to growth in world trade.

It adds:
“The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and co-ordinate domestic and international policies.”

Here is a link to a model letter and more info: http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayRelease.php?releaseID=316 


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