Statement: Japan must end participation with US and Israel warmongering!

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Statement: Japan must end participation with US and Israel warmongering!

We are deeply concerned with the recent decision of the Japanese government
to make a crucial exception to its decades-long policy of strict arms export
control by allowing Japanese companies to contribute to the manufacturing of
the US F-35 fighter jet which in turn will be exported to Israel.

Since 1967, Japan has adhered to a commendable policy of prohibition of
weapons exports to “countries involved in or likely to be involved in
international conflicts” as part of its efforts to promote international
peace in conformity with Japanese Constitutional Law which vowed to
“renounce war.” Therefore, breaking these principles, particularly in
the case of Israel, a country implicated in war crimes and crimes against
humanity in the course of its oppression of the Palestinian people, marks
a dangerous and deplorable shift to Japanese foreign policy.

The F-35 fighter jet will very likely be used by the the Israeli military
in its warmongering against Palestinian, Lebanese and other Arab peoples as
seen during the recent assault against the besieged Palestinians of Gaza.
Furthermore, the F-35 is a key instrument of the failed American war machine
that has destabilized the world and decimated lives. Japanese participation
in this project will come at a cost of the lives of Palestinians, Afghans
and other innocent peoples around the world.

Therefore, we demand that:

1. the Japanese government immediately rescind its decision to participate
in the manufacturing for the F-35 fighter jet and make explicit its
prohibition of arms export to Israel as a country that wages war;

2. Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
who is to be the main contractor for the F-35, refuse to participate in
this project or be the target of international boycotts for complicity
with the Israeli occupation, colonization and apartheid against the
Palestinian people.

March, 2013

Agence Media Palestine (France)

Al-Awda New York, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Al-Jisr — The Bridge (Japan)

Artists Against Occupation

Association for support of Al Ahli Arab Hospital (Japan)

ATTAC Kansai (Japan)

BDS France

Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign – Vancouver (Canada)

Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from Within (Israeli
citizens for BDS)

Campaign against Nuclear weapons and Missile defence (Japan)

Campagne Civile Internationale pour la Protection du Peuple
Palestinien (CCIPPP France)

Canada Palestine Association

Citizens Asociation against Revising Constitution (Japan)

Committee on Social Concerns of the United Church of Christ in Japan
(UCCJ), Osaka District

Echo-Echanges ONG France-Japon

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Kansai Common Action (Japan)

National Lawyers Guild International Committee (US)

National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee (US)

Netherlands Palestine Committee (NPK)

Palestine Forum Japan

Palestine Peace Solidarity (South Korea)

Palestine Solidarity Network-Edmonton (Canada)

Palestine Solidarity – Sapporo (Japan)

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid – Vancouver (Canada)

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Toronto (Canada)

Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine (Canada)

US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (US)

Viva Palestina Malaysia

Voice of Palestine (Canada)

Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Canada)


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