Support BDS in Marrickville

We invite you to add your name to the
Open letter in support of the right of Marrickville Council to endorse the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel as part of its ethical investment and purchasing strategy. Their resolution is copied at the end of this email.
Please email us if you are willing to endorse the letter with:
1. your name   2.  any title or position    3. your suburb/town/city and, if outside Australia:   4.  your country.
Our email address is

The open letter will be presented to Marrickville Council at the next meeting. We will be providing a copy of the letter and a list of signatories to all Councillors. The motion to support the worldwide BDS campaign was supported by 10 councillors; ALP, Green and Independent.

This invitation comes from an ad hoc group of Marrickville residents who have been shocked at the harassment suffered by our local Council, and the councillors who represent us, since they took a conscientious decision to endorse  the Palestinian call for  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until that country complies with international humanitarian law.


12 thoughts on “Support BDS in Marrickville

  1. Dear friends,

    I fully support your endorsement of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions. As with South African apartheid, Israeli apartheid must be boycotted.

    Well done for your integrity.

    In solidarity.

    Best regards,


    Zoë Lawlor

    University of Limerick Language Centre
    School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication

    University of Limerick
    Limerick, Ireland.

    • There is no apartheid in Israel. In South Africa, there were laws discriminating against blacks. There are no such laws in Israel, where anyone – Jew, Christian, Moslem, Arab, Druze – can work, vote, own a business, use public transportation, and so forth. Everyone uses the same hospitals and everyone queues in the same line.
      Do you truly want to see a peaceful solutiion where there are two peoples co-existing? Educate yourself on the ways in which Hamas and the PA work against the peace and against the interest of their own peoples. In general, the Arab world is exploding against their dictators, and what has occurred across the Arab world has nothing to do with Israel. The Pals need to revolt against their own leadership. Your BDS will fail, since, actually, the computer you are using itself probably includes technologies developed in Israel…

      • There are approximately 30 laws in Israel which discriminate against non-Jews. You are making the common mistake of assuming that an apartheid state must be identical to the former South African regime. Just as the form of democrary in the UK and the USA is different to democracy in Australia, Israeli apartheid differs in many respects from apartheid in South Africa.
        Although the Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (hereinafter Apartheid Convention) has it roots in opposition to the discriminatory racial policies of the South African Government, it is clear that this is not the only instance of the crime of apartheid.
        In 1998, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court included the “crime of apartheid” as a form of crime against humanity (art. 7). It may be concluded that the Apartheid Convention is dead as far as the original cause for its creation – apartheid in South Africa – is concerned, but that it lives on as a species of the crime against humanity, under both customary international law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
        The Apartheid Convention declares that apartheid is a crime against humanity and that “inhuman acts resulting from the policies and practices of apartheid and similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination” are international crimes (art. 1).
        Article 2 defines the crime of apartheid –“which shall include similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination as practised in southern Africa” – as covering “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them”. The acts that fall within the ambit of the crime include torture, inhuman treatment and arbitrary arrest of members of a racial group; legislative measures that discriminate in the political, social, economic and cultural fields; measures that divide the population along racial lines by the creation of separate residential areas for racial groups; the prohibition of interracial marriages; and the persecution of persons opposed to apartheid.
        Although you are correct to say that hospitals are not segregated most schools are. On the West Bank Israel implements segregated roads and living areas. It is impossible for persons of different faiths to marry in Israel although marriages contracted outside the country are recognised. Laws regarding the ability of those who marry non-Israelis do not apply equally to all citizens.
        It is as disrespectful to refer to the Palestinian people as “Pals” as it is to call people “Abos” or “Boongs”.
        My computer may well contain technologies developed in Israel but in the words of Naomi Klien “Boycott is a tactic, not a dogma”. Our aim is to change the behaviour of Israel by boycotting strategically in order to bring about behaviour change.

      • Yancy: Obviously you’ve fallen for the lies & deceptiion of zionist propaganda or are you part of the propaganda spin yourself?? I’ve seen enough video footage showing the Nazi tactics of ‘israeli’ soldiers! It’s amazing how former ‘victims?’ themselves become most vicious ‘top-dogs’ Videos don’t lie! That’s how they nailed Hitler & his henchmen! Or was it all filmed in Hollywood?
        And forget the legend that ‘god’ promised ‘israel?’ to the jews! ‘god’ has probably by now legally negated ‘his promise’ – citing ‘bad behaviour’! Big Question: why did jews take so long to hold ‘god’ to his promise?? Why 20th Century? And was Hertzog ‘god’s’ right-hand man?

        Another revelation for you: Hamas would not be ‘against peace with ‘israelis’/zionists’ if the zionists hadn’t stolen Palestine from the Palestinians! And I think Hamas is pissed off with ‘israeli’/zionist copy-cat nazi tactics? And who are PA?? I assume you mean PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organisation).
        And don’t be counting on ‘israeli’ computer technologies to cause Marrickville’s BDS to fail. ‘israeli’ war machines are wholly supplied by USA so we should worry about computer parts from ‘israel’? I’m thinking – things are not looking good for zionistas?

  2. Dear Friends,
    Thank you for having the courage to do the morally and ethically right thing. I heartily endose your call for BDS against Israel. Governments have failed to act so it is up the people of the world to right this gross injustice!! Stand firm and know that we support you.

    Lissa Caldwell
    UMIVIM- Palestine
    North Carolina USA

  3. hi guys i cant put this post on my face book because there are too many words could you make it easy for me to cut and paste it im sure it will be more successful if it is done in that format and keep up the good work humans for humanity

    • Here’s a summary you can post on Facebook:

      If you want to endorse the community campaign supporting the right of a local council in Sydney, Marrickville, to determine an ethical investment and purchasing strategy which includes boycotts of Israel until that country complies with international humanitarian law, please send an email to More info at
      Make sure your email tells us your name and suburb (and your country f you are outside Australia)

  4. I fully do not support this movement. The objectives of the BDS movement is to destroy the democratic state of Israel. If we truly want to promote a peaceful solution to the problem, then the call for direct negotiations must be heeded. It is ironic to me that Liberals who support the cause of the Palestinian people are actually supporting a government, in Gaza, that discriminates against women and gays; routinely destroys churches and harrasses (and kills) Christians; and whose open declaration to never negotiate with Israel basically means Israel has no choice but to treat the Hamas government as hostile.

    So Marrickville – please review all of the facts and do not be overwhelmed by the propaganda and lies you might hear from the BDS crowd. Most of them are well intended but unfortunately can only be considered “useful idiots”.

    • The BDS movement has clearly stated its objective is to ensure Israel complies with international law by:
      1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
      2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian 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.
      The BDS does not support any Palestinian political party or faction.
      Negotiations with Israel are not boycotted. The boycott movement puts pressure on our government, and other governments around the world to start negotiating with Israel to ensure it ends its violations of international humanitarian law.
      YOur concern for the people of Gaza is admirable and we look forward to seeing you actively involved in the campaign to break Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza.

    • Yancy Yancy: I see you are still trying to convince us that Marrickville’s BDS movement is on the wrong track!
      And ‘israel’ itself is not seeking ‘a peaceful solution to the problem’. In fact, ‘israel’ is the problem! ‘Direct negotiations’ are constantly negated by ‘israel’ – eg. encroaching on Palestinian lands, destruction of Palestinian homes, infrastructure, farms, mosques. Physical destruction of Palestinian men, women & children! Psychological destruction of Palestinian men, women & children!
      By its actions of hate & hostility towards the Palestinians, ‘israel’ is destroying itself – a slow decay from within, caused by self-knowledge that its existence & expansion was born of selfishness & greed! Even without the Marrickville BDS, ‘israel’ will never be at peace – may even not exist! So .. Marrickville BDS may actually save some remnant of a jewish refuge!
      Also my guess is – you only read & watch USA media that is zionist controlled. USA media cleverly spreads propaganda that paints Palestinians as the hostile aggressors … which is ironic! Don’t you think that ‘israeli’ bull-dozers destroying homes, farms, killing children, women & men ….. everything! ….. is a act of aggression? I’m thinking if I were Palestininian, I’d have reason to be somewhat aggressive & hostile …. what about you?? But …. Palestine legally belongs to Palestinians! There is no question about that! They didn’t agree to give it up! This was something declared by some idiot called Balfour!
      Funny how propaganda works – in its lies & deceit, it tries to turn things around but honestly, most people tend to ask questions, look on flip sides, even become ‘paranoid’ until they realize that their ‘paranoia’ is the real truth! And sorry to burst your bubbles but propaganda & lies are never, never ‘well intended’ as you so ‘idiotically’ put it. And drop the patronising act! I don’t think Marrickville is overwhelmed by any propaganda. In fact, as I said before, propaganda makes one consider the flip-side & … realize the truth. One day the propagandists themselves just may realize this – if they’re smart!

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  6. I fully endorse it. Keep up the goodwork
    @ yancy what does killing innocent
    Civvilians bombing schools hospitals
    Mean worse than apertheid. A South
    African tourist to Palestine said that
    The palestinian apertheid is 100 worse
    Than the south african one. Thanks

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