Social organizations and human rights defenders across Latin America have signed an open letter denouncing CEMEX, a Mexican-based multinational building firm, for aiding and abetting Israel in its “racial segregation,” occupation and colonization of the Palestinian people, in the first BDS campaign in Latin America.
The letter, written by the Palestine-Mexico Solidarity Coordinator and titled, “Open Letter to CEMEX: Stop Building Occupation and Colonization in Palestine!” also calls on the company to “break its ties with Israel's illegal policies against the Palestinian people.”
Founded in 1906, CEMEX specializes in the production of cement and ready-mix concrete and aggregates. Israel is one of the 50 countries it supplies with vital building material. However, the zionist state is known to use these materials to continue building illegal colonies, annexing Palestinian territories, segregating families, and stealing their natural resources.
The open letter acknowledged the International Court of Justice's 2004 ruling which explicitly states that “the Israel Wall is illegal, as well as any support by the international community to Israel's violations of International Law.” It also emphasized that CEMEX is “directly facilitating and profiting from Israel's illegal and inhumane policies, therefore building a future increasingly distant from equality, justice, and freedom.”
Some of the document signatories include Friends of the Land-Latin America and Caribbean; World Women's March; Permanent Assembly of Human Rights in Argentina; National Coordination of Human Rights in Peru; Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights; Mexican Union of Electricians; Rural Landless Worker's Movement in Brazil; and many more. Argentine Nobel Peace prize winner, Adolfo Perez Esuivel also added his signature to the document.
As part of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, the new campaign joins the group in working to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.
Ironically, CEMEX also supplies its neighbor to the north, the United States, with construction material. If U.S. President Donald Trump follows through with his campaign promise to build a “great border wall” between the two nations, don't be surprised to find CEMEX bidding for a profitable construction contract.