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

 
 


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# BACBI Academic Newsletter, Nr 27 (September 2017): click here!
# BACBI Cultural Newsletter, Nr 25 (September 2017): 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.
  • "Boycot Israël (BDS), een morele plicht" (BACBI-Dossier Nr 3, pdf, 55 blz.): click here!
    Het recente rapport van een VN Commissie over de behandeling van het Palestijnse volk door de Israëlische Staat concludeert dat “het beschikbare bewijsmateriaal buiten iedere redelijke twijfel aantoont dat Israël zich schuldig maakt aan... de misdaad van apartheid”. Civiele samenleving en burgers hebben als “morele plicht” er ook bij middel van boycot (BDS) toe bij te dragen dat een einde wordt gesteld aan dat Israëlische apartheidsregime.
  • "Le boycott d'Israël (BDS), un devoir moral" (BACBI-Dossier Nr 3, trad. J.-M. Flémal, pdf, 45p.): click here!
    Un rapport récent d'une commission des Nations unies sur la façon dont Israël traite le peuple palestinien conclut que « le matériel de preuves disponible prouve au-delà de tout doute raisonnable qu'Israël se rend coupable (...) du crime d'apartheid ».
  • 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."...

(Calls to) Action:

  • Alice SPERI: "Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses" (The Intercept, Sept 15, 2017): click here!
    It’s not uncommon for residents of America’s most heavily policed neighborhoods to describe their local cops as “an occupying force.” Judging by where many U.S. police forces get their training, the description seems apt.
  • Orly NOY: "Is Israel turning its Bedouin citizens into a stateless people?" (+972, Sept 15, 2017): click here!
    Israel has been systematically revoking citizenship from its Bedouin citizens without as much as telling them. Is this a harbinger of things to come?
  • Steun het burgerinitiatief om Gent uit te roepen tot "Stad, Vrij van Israëlische Apartheid"! (Gents ActiePlatform Palestina, Sept 4): click here!
  • "Two more patients die in Gaza after being denied travel for treatment" (Medical Aid for Palestinians - MAP, Sept 1, 2017): a target="_blank" href="https://www.map.org.uk/news/archive/post/717-two-more-patients-die-in-gaza-after-being-denied-travel-for-treatment">click here!
    Two more Palestinian patients have died after being denied permits by Israeli authorities to exit Gaza for medical treatment. Both women were diagnosed with cancer and denied access to vital treatment in Jerusalem. Please support our campaign and demand health and dignity for Palestinians, including the right to access healthcare which Ka’enat and Fatin were so tragically denied.
  • Defense for Children International - Palestine: "End collective punishment of Gaza’s children", (DCI-P): click here!
  • "Justice for Palestine now – end EUROPEAN complicity! A call from organizations throughout Europe" (ECCP, Feb 7, 2017): click here!
  • Salma KARMI-AYYOUB: "What we can legally do against the anti-BDS campaign" (Al-Jazeera, Jan 5, 2016): click here!
    Activists need a solid legal strategy to resist states succumbing to Israel pressure and imposing BDS bans.
  • LOPENDE PETITIE: "KU Leuven, stop samenwerking met Israëlische politie!", klik hier!
  • "LAW-TRAIN" website + petition (FR-NL-EN): klik hier!
  • Law-Train resources (10 Dec 2016): klik hier!

Current Affairs:

  • "Open Letter of California Scholar for Academic Freedom" (MWC News, July 22, 2017): click here!
  • "50,000 Administrative Detentions Orders since 1967” (International Middle East Media Center, July 18, 2017): click here!
  • Judy MALZ: "Americans Disproportionately Leading the Charge in Settling the West Bank” (Haaretz, June 23, 2017): click here!
    Are they being nudged there by the stealth efforts of the Israeli government and its NGO allies?
  • Akiva ELDAR: "Gaza residents abandoned by Hamas, Abbas and Israel” (Al-Monitor, June 22, 2017): click here!
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu share the shameful responsibility of leaving innocent Gaza residents practically without electricity.
  • Bradley BURSTON: "Israel's Plague of Darkness for Gazans Is an Act of Terrorism” (Haaretz, June 21, 2017): click here!
    It's the worst thing Israel's done all year. It's a punishment which targets huge numbers of people who have committed no crime.
  • "JOINT PRESS RELEASE: (PHROC) denounces the decision to reduce the power supply to the Gaza Strip and warns of a humanitarian disaster ” (Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, June 21, 2017): click here!
    The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) strongly denounces the decision of the Israeli Occupying Authorities to reduce the amount of electricity provided to the Gaza Strip. PHROC further warns the international community of the dangerous repercussions of this decision, which could exacerbate the humanitarian crisis which Gaza has been under due to Israel’s 10-year long closure.
  • Aaron TORDJMAN: "Israël est, par définition, une colonie européenne" (Union juive française pour la paix, UJFP, 6 février, 2017): click here!
    Comment se fait-il que la Palestine, partie intégrante du Moyen-Orient, et morceau de terre habité depuis l’Antiquité par une population orientale ayant adopté, depuis plus d’un millénaire, la culture et la langue arabe, à l’instar de la Syrie, de l’Égypte ou de l’Algérie, soit, en une centaine d’années, devenue un État peuplé de migrants venus du monde entier ?

Resources:

  • "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 (July 11, 2017, pdf, 39 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 (UCLouvain), Prof. Patrick Deboosere (VUBrussel), Dr. Pascal Debruyne (UGent), Prof. Lieven De Cauter (KULeuven), Em.Prof. Herman De Ley (UGent), Lieve Franssen (dirigent Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor), Carl Gydé (director CAMPO), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULBruxelles), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (ULiège), Raven Ruëll (metteur en scène).

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