International Solidarity Movement
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli apartheid in Palestine by using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles. Founded by a small group of primarily Palestinian and Israeli activists in August, 2001, ISM aims to support and strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by providing the Palestinian people with two resources, international solidarity and an international voice with which to nonviolently resist an overwhelming military occupation force.
Why International Solidarity Movement?
Apartheid is not going to be defeated by words alone; occupation, oppression and domination are going to be dismantled the same way they were erected — through people’s action. The Israeli army and apartheid in Palestine can be defeated by strategic, disciplined unarmed resistance, utilizing the effective resources Palestinians can mobilize — including international participation.
Palestinian-led, non-violent demonstrations against land confiscation are gathering momentum, and tripled in number since the beginning of 2010. Currently ISM supports demonstrations in approximately ten villages, including An Nabi Saleh, Al Ma’asara and Iraq Burin. Previously, ISM supported demonstrations in the villages of Budrus and Biddu. In these villages, peaceful community marches have succeeded in altering the Wall’s path and even stopping Wall construction.