International Solidarity Movement (ISM)


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International Solidarity Movement (ISM)

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles. Founded by a small group of activists in August, 2001, ISM aims to support and strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by providing the Palestinian people with two resources, international protection and a voice with which to nonviolently resist an overwhelming military occupation force.

The Caipirinha Foundation supported ISM's Freedom Summer 2009, which ran from June 6th until August 15th. The Freedom Summer aimed to challenge the continued theft of Palestinian land for the rapid expansion of illegal Israeli settlements and their infrastructure in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, as well as Israel's crippling siege of the Gaza Strip. ISM volunteers are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian families of occupied East Jerusalem who face dispossession. In the West Bank, volunteers are joining Palestinian villagers in nonviolent demonstrations against the Wall, and other apartheid infrastructure of the occupation such as checkpoints, settlements, and Israeli-only roads. The ISM volunteers in the Gaza Strip continue to accompany Palestinian farmers who frequently face live fire from the army as they work their land in the buffer zone. Volunteers stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza against the crippling siege and sporadic attacks on the region. Following their direct action work in Palestine, experience has shown that ISM volunteers return home and become better advocates for the freedom and self-determination of the Palestinian people in their home communities.

Website: www.palsolidarity.org
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