The state of Israel was built on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners. A majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are stateless.
Since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel's colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal, and called for effective remedies.
People of conscience in the world have historically fought the injustice of apartheid through diverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions. As in the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, we in the Hudson Valley support the Palestinians in their fight for justice.
-Whereas: Israel occupies Palestinian land in opposition to official US policy and international law, and holds Gaza under siege, murderously attacking its residents; -Whereas: Israel and its lobby undermines US efforts to reach a peace agreement with Iran and pays our politicians millions of dollars to advocate for renewed war in the Middle East; -Whereas: A boycott of Israeli products is a nonviolent way to pressure Israel to reform its policies toward the Palestinians and its Middle East neighbors in general; -Whereas: Williams Lumber in Rhinebeck, NY carries SodaStream, still manufactured in the illegally occupied West Bank;
We the undersigned therefore respectfully request that Williams Lumber Company promptly stop selling SodaStream products in its stores.