Coalition of Women for Peace Supports Israeli Occupation


Exposing the hypocrisy of peace organization's "Who Profits" campaign.


By: JONATHAN DAHOAH HALEVI  
Published: March 17th 2010
in News » Israel

Coalition of Women for Peace
Pic: CWP

The Coalition of Women for Peace launched a campaign on January 9, 2009 entitled “Who profits? Exposing the Israeli industry occupation” that is intended to execute “economic activism against the occupation”.[1] Activists of the Coalition have built an online updated database documenting all known financial and commercial activity of Israeli companies, cooperates and institutions in the “occupied territories.” 

 

Economic activism against the occupation

 

The motives for launching the campaign are explained in the “Who Profits?” website as follows:

 

“This database reflects an on-going grassroots investigation effort by activists in The Coalition of Women for Peace, a leading Israeli feminist peace organization dedicated to ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights and reaching a just peace in Israel/ Palestine. In exposing companies and corporations involved in the occupation, we hope to promote a change in public opinion and corporate policies, leading to an end to the occupation.”[2]

 

The Coalition’s goals are not limited to providing general information to the public. Their goal is to spur “economic activism” that in turn will bring about international sanctions against the Israeli companies forcing them to cease any activity related directly or indirectly to the occupation.

 

Letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund

 

On May 14, 2009, the Coalition of Women for Peace along with other left-wing organizations sent a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund asking them to withdraw all investment in Israel that may support the occupation of Arab territories:

 

“We, Israeli organizations, comprised of Jewish and Palestinian women and men and dedicated to building a just peace and to promoting human rights and equal civil rights in Israel/Palestine, call upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

 

“It has come to our attention that the Norwegian governmental Pension Fund, as of December 31st 2008, is heavily invested in corporations whose activities continuously support and maintain the Israeli occupation, in violation of international human rights and humanitarian law. These companies, both Israeli and international, build illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory or provide vital services to them; provide specifically designed equipment for the surveillance and repression of the Palestinian population through restrictions of movement and collective punishments; or take part in the illegal exploitation of Palestinian non-renewable natural resources for the needs of the Israeli market.

 

 

 

“We see the Norwegian Pension Fund’s investments in these corporations as contradicting the Norwegian government’s commitment to international law, the Norwegian people’s longstanding commitment to peace, justice and democracy in our region, and the Pension Fund’s own ethical guidelines. We therefore urge the Council on Ethics to remove from the fund’s investment portfolio all corporations that support and maintain the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.”[3]

 

Israeli banks targeted by the Coalition of Women for Peace

 

A research paper prepared by the Coalition of Women for Peace, entitled “A Case Study: The Norwegian Government's Pension Fund”, mentions 41 Israeli companies and 11 other companies that allegedly support the Israeli occupation and whose names appear in the investment portfolio of the Norwegian fund. The list includes the following Israeli banks:

 

“Bank Hapoalim (Israel) – Provides mortgage loans for the construction of housing in West Bank settlements, and has several branches in the occupied territory.

 

“Bank Leumi (Israel) – Provides mortgage loans for the construction of housing in West Bank settlements, and has several branches in the occupied territory.”[4]

 

Coalition of Women for Peace possesses account at Israeli bank blamed of supporting the occupation

 

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