Actor Wallace Shawn denounces crimes against Palestinians, and endorses the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Actor Wallace Shawn, best known for his roles in Manhattan, Princess Bride, Gossip Girl, Clueless etc. has spoken out against US complicity in Israel’s crimes, endorsing the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, due to take place in New York City, October 6-7th, 2012.
Giving his reasons for what may widely be regarded as a controversial statement, he said: “As an American taxpayer and sometimes voter, I’m very directly responsible for the crimes that have been committed against the Palestinian people.” Shawn, who is Jewish and is a member of the Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace, recorded this 2.5-minute video clip endorsing the need for a full investigation into the crimes against the Palestinian people by Israel financed by US tax dollars:
Shawn invites everyone to join him in hearing the world’s most prominent public intellectual Noam Chomsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, and civil rights leader Angela Davis who will be offering and weighing testimony at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP), an international people’s tribunal that was created to expose human rights abuses and stir people to action in opposition to Israel’s violations of international law. In addition, Russell Means and Dennis Banks, dubbed by the LA Times, “the two most famous Indians since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse,” will join Israeli historian and Pluto author Ilan Pappé, (Out of the Frame, 2010), former Palestine Liberation Organization legal advisor Diana Buttu, and a who’s who of international human rights figures at RToP in New York City, Oct. 6-7th, 2012.
RToP was launched in 2009 following Israel’s bloody assault on Gaza, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, and has since worked to bring together legal experts, scholars, activists and other people of note to help shed light on the reality of Israel’s 45-year-old occupation of Palestinian land. RToP also shines a light on the active role that third parties — foreign governments and corporations — play in perpetuating human rights violations in Israel-Palestine.
Walker, Davis, Means and Banks are among the Russell Tribunal participants to issue an “urgent call to others who share our commitment to racial justice, equality, and freedom.” They invite people to attend the hearings in New York City on October 6 and 7, writing, “Each and every one of us — particularly those of us and our fellow jury members who grew up in the Jim Crow South, in apartheid South Africa, and on Indian reservations in the United States — is shocked by what Israel is doing to the Palestinians.”
Previous sessions of the tribunal have been held in Barcelona, London and Cape Town. These hearings have addressed, respectively, European Union support for Israel, the complicity of corporations in the occupation of Palestine (see below for details on the Pluto book), and the question of whether Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid. The fourth and final session will be held in New York City this October 6-7th, and will examine the role of the United Nations and the United States in perpetuating Israel’s impunity in depriving the Palestinian people of their right to self-determination.
To learn more about the upcoming Russell Tribunal, see their website.
Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Edited by Asa Winstanley and Frank Barat. Foreword by Alice Walker
Damning exposé of corporate complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land. A vital legal resource on this pressing issue.
“As we prepare for the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this book is an important, practical tool in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the Holy Land.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
“A compelling and urgent read for anyone concerned about corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.” – Omar Bargouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Movement