Based on the UNâs World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) affirmation in itsÂ statutesÂ that it fundamentally aims at âthe promotion and development of tourism with a view to contributing to […] universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religionâ;
Given the escalating grave Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and freedoms, most notably in the continued illegal and brutalÂ siege on Gaza, which will be uninhabitable by 2020, according to a UNÂ report;Â forcible displacementÂ of Palestinians from their homes; entrenched apartheid through the adoption of the âJewish nation-state lawâ, whichÂ embeds institutionalized racial discriminationÂ in Israelâs basic laws, in addition to the already existingÂ more than 65 discriminatory laws; and ongoing refusal to respect the rights of Palestinian refugees as stipulated inÂ international law;
Taking into account that Israel’s tourism sector âbenefitsÂ from and drives Israel’s unlawful policies and practices in the occupied West Bank, including the confiscation of Palestinian land and exploitation of Palestinian natural resources, unlawful excavations at archeological sites, the obstruction of the Palestinian economy, and the transfer of the protected Palestinian population,â denying Palestinians their right to sovereignty over their own heritage and culture;
Given Israelâs continuousÂ sabotage and/or theftÂ of Christian, Islamic and evenÂ JewishPalestinian heritage sites and properties in Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territory, including attacks on and harassment ofÂ ChristianÂ and Muslim faith leaders, in addition to its direct responsibility for the rampantÂ vandalism of Palestinian churches and mosquesÂ through its systematic and deliberate failure to identify, indict or penalize those responsible;
In the light of the fact that Israel employs tourism to whitewash itsÂ war crimesÂ and grave violations of Palestinian human rights, as part of its âBrand Israel,â âTel Aviv Globalâ  andÂ pinkwashingÂ campaigns which cynically promote LGBTQIA tourism, and which are condemned by leadingÂ Palestinian queer groups;
Based on the moral obligation of all visitors, especially pilgrims, to do no harm, and on the 2009 Kairos Palestine call fromÂ Christian Palestinian leaders, which considered âboycott and disinvestment as tools of non violence for justice, peace and security for allâ;
And inspired by the global struggle against apartheid in South Africa, which included calls for boycotting tourism there,
Palestinian civil society calls on all international visitors , especially pilgrims, and people of conscience to do no harm to our nonviolent struggle for our rights under international law by respecting the following guidelines:
Do not visit historical/religious/touristic sites  in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and its Old City, that are illegally controlled by the Israeli occupation authorities, especially those in illegal settlements, such as the âCity of Davidâ, or that are promoted as âIsraeliâ sites, such as the âTower of Davidâ.Â [SeeÂ partial list]
Avoid all products and services provided by Israeli or international companies that are complicit  in Israelâs human rights violations — including but not limited to Israeli airlines, hotels and other accommodation services, travel agencies, tour guiding services, bus companies and restaurants — and substitute those with Palestinian or non-complicit providers.
Pressure online tourism companies, such asÂ Booking.com, Airbnb, Expedia and TripAdvisor, that are implicated in Israelâs violations of international law, to stop operating in or otherwise promoting visits to illegal Israeli settlements, âcontributing to their existence and expansionâ, and to stop listing âPalestinian homes unlawfully taken under Israel’s âAbsentees’ Property Lawâ.â
Boycott all LGBTQIA+ events organized by or in cooperation with the Israeli government or complicit Israeli institutions , and refrain from using any LGBTQIA services or utilities like beaches, bars, hotels or clubs, provided by operators and companies that are complicit in Israelâs human rights violations.
Avoid any travel itinerary to present-day Israel or illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory that include any links to the Israeli government or complicit Israeli corporations or institutions.
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
Â This is an initiative by the Tel Aviv municipality to whitewash theÂ apartheid realityÂ of the city.
 Not applicable to the Arab world, where special, context-sensitive guidelines apply.
Â These include: 1) Archeological sites which usually require entry payment to the occupation authorities, such as Qumran and Herodium; 2) parks and nature reserves under Israeli control which include the Dead Sea; 3) leisure activities, usually by private companies, such as wine tasting in illegal settlements; and 4) Military-related tourism such as “training camps” or “shooting camps”.Â SeeÂ partial list.
Â Any Israeli institution, company or corporation that does not publicly recognize the UN-stipulate rights of the Palestinian people and does not refrain from involvement in Israeli projects that violate Palestinian human rights is considered complicit and must be shunned.
Â Most of such LGBTQIA+ propaganda events take place in Tel Aviv as part of âTel Aviv Global.â
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.