BELGIAN CAMPAIGN FOR AN ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL (BACBI)
 

 
 


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# BACBI Academic Newsletter, Nr 34 (April 2018): click here!
# BACBI Cultural Newsletter, Nr 30 (April 2018): click here!

Why Boycott?

  • "What is BDS?" (BDS Movement): click here!
    Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
  • The case for an academic boycott of Israel (BDS Movement): click here!
    For decades, Israeli universities have played a key role in planning, implementing and justifying Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies, while maintaining a uniquely close relationship with the Israeli military...
  • The case for a cultural boycott of Israel (BDS Movement): click here!
    Israeli government officials have summed up how Israel instrumentalizes culture to cover up its grave violations of international law. "We are seeing culture as a hasbara [propaganda] tool of the first rank,” one official admitted, “and I do not differentiate between hasbara and culture."...


Gaza Killings:

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  • Maureen Clare MURPHY: "Israel kills child and crushes bones in Gaza" (The Internet Intifada, 20 April 2018): click here!
    Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including a child, as mass rallies were held along Gaza’s eastern perimeter for the fourth consecutive Friday as part of a six-week Great March of Return protest. Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub, 14, shot in the head east of Jabaliya in northern Gaza on Friday, is the fourth child among the more than 30 Palestinians killed during protests since the rallies began on 30 March.
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  • "Vier doden na nieuw Israëlisch geweld tegen Palestijnse demonstranten" (The Rights Forum, 21 April 2018): click here!
    Vrijdag werden bij nieuwe demonstraties in de Gazastrook vier Palestijnen door Israëlische militairen doodgeschoten. Onder de doden is een kind van 15.
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  • Gideon LEVY: "Gaza: The Lesser Child of Israel’s Occupation" (The New York Times, 20 April 2018): click here!
    Israel, being Israel, is deploying unbridled force against a helpless population. Dozens of snipers, backed by tanks, fire live ammunition against demonstrators whose only weapons are their own bodies — and maybe a tire or a mirror. Israel has always acted like this in Gaza, because it can...

(Calls to) Action:

  • BACBI: “Het bloedbad aan het Gazahekken: ook journalisten onder de slachtoffers.” Brief aan Pol Deltour, secretaris-generaal van de Vlaamse Vereniging van Journalisten (11 april 2018; 4p.): click here!
  • BACBI: "Lettre ouverte de condamnation du massacre à Gaza perpétré par l’État d’Israël" (le 5 avril 2018; 3p.): click here!
  • BACBI: "Open brief naar aanleiding van het bloedbad in Gaza aangericht door de staat Israël" (5 april 2018; 3p.): click here!
  • "Israel/OPT: "Palestinian activist Munther Amira must be released immediately and unconditionally!" (Amnesty International, March 12, 2018): click here!
    The Israeli authorities must immediately release Palestinian prisoner of conscience Munther Amira, whose arrest, continued detention and sentencing to six months in prison and five years' probation for peacefully participating in protests is a blatant and appalling attempt to intimidate those who peacefully protest against Israel's occupation, Amnesty International said today.
  • BACBI: "Lettre à nos députés: 'Il faut libérer la jeune palestinienne Ahed Tamimi" & "Brief aan onze volksvertegenwoordigers: 'Voor de vrijlating van Ahed Tamimi'" (21-02-2018):
    Lettre envoyée par voie électronique à tous les députés de toutes les parties démocratiques dans toutes les assemblées belges - Brief verzonden via email aan àlle vertegenwoordigers van àlle democratische partijen in àlle parlementen Dans votre navigateur à l'adresse: cliquez ici!! (6p.); in uw browser op url: klik hier! (11 blz.). Sommaire: cliquez ici! ; Samenvatting: klik hier!.
  • "Statement from Birzeit University on Jerusalem" (Birzeit, Dec 7, 2017): click here!
    Condemnation and verbal warnings are no longer sufficient; we call upon all Palestinians to form a united front defending Jerusalem, peace, and liberty to put an end to the Israeli Occupation's defiance of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people and its violation of the sanctity of the Palestinian homeland.
  • "Free Ahed Tamimi and all child prisoners!" (change.org petition): click here to endorse!
    Ahed has been defending Palestine since she was 7 years old. Now she needs us to get her out of prison. Add your name to make this the largest petition ever to free Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails.
  • "Take Action: Palestinian nonviolent leader's son, Abdul-Khalik Burnat, abducted by Israeli occupation forces!" (Samidoun, Dec 12): click here to endorse!
    Abdul-Khalik Burnat, 17 y., the son of Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat, an active leader of the Nonviolent Resistance Movement in the Palestinian village of Bil'in, was kidnapped, beaten and detained in the night of Dec 10 while getting pizza along with his friends Hamzah Al-Khatib and Malik Rahdi.
  • Sign the "STOP THE DEMOLITION OF SUSIYA Petition!" (change.org): click here to endorse!
    As I write this letter, our village, Susiya, located in the South Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank of Palestine, is under immediate threat of demolition. The only way to stop the demolition is through international pressure. Please sign this letter with your name, institution or organisations!

Analyses & Current Affairs:

  • BACBI: "Beste Belgische regering, stop iedere samenwerking met Israël!" (De Wereld Morgen, 4 april 2018): click here!
    Na het bloedbad van 30 maart 2018 in Gaza door scherpschutters van het Israëlische leger, richten academici, kunstenaars en vertegenwoordigers van de culturele sectoren, verenigd in de Belgische Campagne voor de Academische en Culturele Boycot van Israël (BACBI), een oproep tot de Belgische regering en de EU tot krachtig protest en tot de bevolking om de BDS-boycotcampagne te versterken.
  • BACBI: "Le gouvernement belge doit mettre la pression sur Israël" (Le Soir+ Forum, le 11 avril, 2018): click here!
    La Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israël (BACBI) adresse une lettre ouverte au gouvernement pour l’exhorter à protester officiellement contre la politique israélienne d’expropriation et de répression à l’égard des Palestiniens.
  • BACBI: "Lettre ouverte de condamnation du massacre à Gaza perpétré par l’État d’Israël (BACBI)" (Pour la Palestine, le 5 avril, 2018): click here!
    La Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israël (BACBI) adresse une lettre ouverte au gouvernement pour l’exhorter à protester officiellement contre la politique israélienne d’expropriation et de répression à l’égard des Palestiniens.
  • Ramzy Baroud: "Ahed Tamimi's Generation: Why the Youth in Palestine Must Break Free from Dual Oppression" (Foreign Policy Journal, March 8, 2018): click here!
    A US decision to cut funding for the UN’s Relief and Works Agency, the body that caters to Palestinian refugees who in Gaza number 1.3 million or some two-thirds of the population, could push the situation there over the brink.
  • Omar KARMI, “Gaza in a vice” (EI, Feb 13, 2018): click here!
    A US decision to cut funding for the UN’s Relief and Works Agency, the body that caters to Palestinian refugees who in Gaza number 1.3 million or some two-thirds of the population, could push the situation there over the brink.
  • Gideon LEVY & Alex LEVAC, “Like a Safari: Israeli Troops in Jeeps Hunt a Palestinian Teen and Shoot Him in the Head” (Haaretz, Feb 9, 2018): click here!
    A boy who threw stones at IDF jeeps suffered the punishment of execution by a soldier; it was the third time in recent weeks that soldiers aimed at stone-throwers' heads. Now freely available via If Americans Knew: click here!
  • B’Tselem: “Soldiers fire live bullets at Gazan demonstrators near fence with Israel, killing eight and injuring hundreds” (Jan 30, 2018): click here!
    A boy who threw stones at IDF jeeps suffered the punishment of execution by a soldier; it was the third time in recent weeks that soldiers aimed at stone-throwers' heads.

Resources:

  • Jonathan COOK: "Apartheid Israel" (16 p., The Link, Vol. 51, Issue 2, April-May 2018): click here!
  • "Palestine and the Israeli Occupation, Issue No. 1: Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid" (UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia), Beirut 2017, 74p., removed but saved on bacbi): click here! La traduction française (AURDIP, 62p.): cliquez ici!
    The authors of this report, examining whether Israel has established an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole, fully appreciate the sensitivity of the question. Even broaching the issue has been denounced by spokespersons of the Israeli Government and many of its supporters as anti-Semitism in a new guise.
  • "Palestine and the Israeli Occupation, Issue No. 1: Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid, Executive Summary" (UN-ESCWA, 2017): click here!
    "This report concludes that Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole. Aware of the seriousness of this allegation, the authors of the report conclude that available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law".
  • BACBI-Dossier N° 3 (EN): "Boycott Israel (BDS), A Moral Duty", Part 1 (draft): "Apartheid" (11 March 2018, pdf, 69 p.): click here!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 3 (NL): "Boycot Israël (BDS), een morele plicht" (12 mei 2017, pdf, 55 blz.): klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 3 (FR):"Le boycott d'Israël (BDS), un devoir moral" (traduction par J.-M. Flémal, 10 mai, 2017, pdf, 45p.): cliquez ici!
  • Letter to Ms. Federica Mogherini and Mr. Carlos Moedas (March 8, 2017): click here! Also on AURDIP, 10 mars: cliquez ici! Trad. française: cliquez ici!. Nederlandse vertaling: klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2 (EN): "The "LAW-TRAIN" Project: Why A Partnership With The Israeli Police Is Indefensible" (March 8, 2017, pdf, 50p.): click here!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2 (FR): "Le projet "LAW-TRAIN": Un partenariat avec la police israélienne est indéfendable" (15 février 2017, pdf, 50p.): klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2 (NL): "Het “LAW-TRAIN” Project: Waarom een partnership met de Israëlische politie onverdedigbaar is" (17 maart 2017, pdf, 54p.): klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 1: "Universiteit en Kolonialisme. Bedenkingen bij partnerships met Israël" (Herman De Ley, update 4 maart 2017, pdf, 97 p.): klik hier!
  • Katarzyna Lemanska: "Les liens entre la Belgique et l'occupation israélienne" (Étude, avril 2014; mise à jour en août 2014, pdf, 89p.): klik hier!
  • Uri Yacobi Keller: "Academic Boycott of Israel and the Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in Occupation of Palestinian Territories" (in: The Economy of the Occupation, A Socioeconomic Bulletin, No 23, October 2009, The Alternative Information Center), pdf, 64pp.: click here!

The Coordinating Committee:

  • Prof. Marie-Christine Closon (UCL), Prof. Patrick Deboosere (VUB), Dr. Pascal Debruyne (UGent), Prof. Lieven De Cauter (KU Leuven), Em.Prof. Herman De Ley (UGent), Lieve Franssen (dirigent Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor), Carl Gydé (directeur CAMPO), Prof. Madeline Lutjeharms (VUB), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULB), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (Université de Liège), Raven Ruëll (régisseur), Prof. Christiane Schomblond (ULB), Dr. Nozomi Takahashi (UGent), Prof. Karin Verelst (VUB).

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