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

 
 

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# BACBI: Academic Newsletter Nr 41 (November 2018): click here!
# BACBI: Cultural Newsletter Nr 36 (October 2018): click here!

Why Boycott Israel?

  • "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."...
  • Nathan THRALL: "BDS: how a controversial non-violent movement has transformed the Israeli-Palestinian debate" (The Guardian, The Long Read, Aug 14, 2018): click here!Israel sees the international boycott campaign as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Palestinians regard it as their last resort.


Gaza Killings:

  • Maureen Clare Murphy, “Bloody Friday as Gaza marks six months of protests" (The Electronic Intifada, 29 Sept): click here!
    Friday marked what Gaza's health ministry described as the single bloodiest day of the Great March of Return protests since 14 May, when Israeli occupation forces fatally injured more than 60 Palestinians. Seven Palestinians, including two children [one 11 and the other 14 years old], were slain on Friday, two days shy of the six-month anniversary of the protest launch.
  • Marianne BLUM: "Laboratoire d'un Palestinocide progressif" (Ass. belgo-palestinienne, Bulletin N° 76, 16 août): click here!
    Les visées israéliennes dans la bande de Gaza semblent se réaliser. Elles sont illustrées quotidiennement.
  • Haidar EID: “Israel's Policies in Gaza are Genocidal” (Mondoweiss, Aug 3): click here!
    The practice of willful killing of civilian protesters at the Gaza fence is part and parcel of an ongoing Israeli policy targeting the civilian Palestinians of the Gaza strip and systematically denying them their rights to movement, work, medical care, study, livelihood and increasingly life itself.

(Calls to) Action:

  • "Hagai El-Ad's address at the United Nations Security Council, 18 Oct. 2018" (B'Tselem): click here!
  • "Campaign grows to free Belgian artist Mustapha Awad as labor unions, parliamentarians sign on" (Samidoun, Aug 26, 2018): click here!
  • "Birzeit University condemns breach of academic freedom after academics forced to leave Palestine" (BZU, July 12, 2018): click here!
    Since the beginning of the current academic year (2017-2018), scores of foreign passport holders, many of Palestinian origin but without residence documents, living and working in the occupied Palestinian territory have been denied entry in the country, or have had their visa renewal applications refused by the Israeli authorities. At Birzeit University alone, we have 15 foreign passport-holding faculty members whose requests for visa renewals have been refused or significantly delayed.
  • 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!
  • 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.

Analyses & Current Affairs:

  • Stephen MCCLOSKEY, "Palestine’s forgotten refugees in Lebanon" (OpenDemocracy, Nov 2, 2018 ): click here!
    Massive cuts by the Trump administration to the budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency will exacerbate an already marginal existence for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
  • Herman DE LEY, "“Moreel verwerpelijk”: Tweede open brief aan minister Alexander De Croo" (De Wereld Morgen, 28 sept 2018 ): click here!
    "Telkens als in uw repliek de Israëlische zijde ter sprake komt, kenmerkt uw woordgebruik zich door een hoge mate aan empathie en gevoelsmatig inlevingsvermogen. Dit empathische taalgebruik blijft bij u achterwege zodra de duizenden onschuldige, Palestijnse slachtoffers ter sprake komen. Dit volharden in een 2-maten-2-gewichten-politiek, waarin de zwakke wél zwaar wordt aangepakt maar men de sterke de facto laat betijen, hoe moeten we dat vanuit moreel opzicht benoemen, geachte Minister De Croo? Ik zou durven gewagen van: “moreel verwerpelijk”."
  • Herman DE LEY, "'Vrijheidsstrijder' versus 'Terrorist': Open brief aan De Croo, minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking" (De Wereld Morgen, 21 sept 2018 ): click here!
  • Herman DE LEY, "Lettre ouverte à Alexander De Croo, Vice-Premier ministre et ministre de la Coopération au développement" (Pour la Palestine, 19 sept 2018 ): click here!
  • Joseph MASSAD: "Anti-Semitism vs. anti-colonialism" (The Electronic Intifada, Aug 24): click here!
    Much of the ongoing acrimonious and toxic debate in Britain about allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party centers on expressions of opposition to Israeli laws, policies, ideologies, actions and declarations. It is imperative to emphasize that it is Israel and its supporters who conflate Israel with all Jews, and then claim that condemning Israel, its laws, policies, actions and ideology amounts to condemning the Jewish people.
  • Robert FISK, "Uri Avnery was was one of my few Middle East heroes" (Independent, Aug 20): click here!
  • Jonathan LIS & Noa LANDAU: "Israel Passes Controversial Jewish Nation-state Bill After Stormy Debate" (Haaretz, via: If Americans Knew, July 19): click here!
    Israel passed early Thursday a controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and asserts that “the realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people,” sparking outrage from Israel’s Arab community and provoking concern from the international community.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moshé MACHOVER: "Anti-Zionism does not equal anti-Semitism" (Labour Party Marxists, Sept 21): click here!
    The whole campaign of equating opposition to Zionism with anti-Semitism has, in fact, been carefully orchestrated with the help of the Israeli government and the far right in the United States.

Resources:

  • "I've Been There: A Study of Torture and Inhumane Treatment in Al-Moscabiyah Interrogation Center" (Report of Addameer, 25 Oct 2018, pdf, 46p.): click here!
  • "September 2018 Demolition and Displacement Report" (ICAHD - The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Oct 3): click here!
  • "Questions & Réponses: Ce que vous avez besoin de savoir à propos des réfugiés palestiniens et des personnes déplacées internes" (BADIL, mai 2015, pdf, 32p.): click here!
  • 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". Rapporteurs: Prof. Richard Falk & Prof. Virginia Tilley. UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (Beirut 2017, 74p., was removed but is saved on bacbi.be): 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!

BACBI's Coordinating Committee:

  • Em. 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), Em. Prof. Madeline Lutjeharms (VUB), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULB), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (Université de Liège), Raven Ruëll (régisseur), Em. Prof. Christiane Schomblond (ULB), Dr. Nozomi Takahashi (UGent), Prof. Karin Verelst (VUB).

Secretariat: click here!





 

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