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

 
 


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# BACBI Academic Newsletter, Nr 32 (February 2018): click here!
# BACBI Cultural Newsletter, Nr 28 (January 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.
  • "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 ».
  • "Boycott Israel (BDS), A Moral Duty": Part 1: "Apartheid" (BACBI-Dossier N° 3, Part 1, pdf, 60p.): click here!
    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.
  • 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."...
  • "Chomsky clarifies position on the cultural boycott of Israel" (BDS Movement, Oct 12, 2017): click here!
    Prof. Noam Chomsky makes the essential point: the presence of international artists in Israel is used by the government to cover up its occupation and human rights abuses.


LAW-TRAIN:

  • "KU Leuven announces it will not continue participation in LAW-TRAIN" (Samidoun, Dec 7): click here!
    Following a wide campaign by a faculty action group and a variety of community organisations, the president of the Catholic University of Leuven announced that it will not continue future participation in the LAW-TRAIN project, a joint cooperation program with the Israeli police funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 program.

    # Rector Luc Sels: "Een mensenrechtencharter als leidraad bij internationale onderzoeksprojecten" (KU Leuven blogt, 6 dec): click here!
    # Leuvense Actiegroep Palestina (transl.), press release 6 Dec: "KU Leuven stops collaboration with Israeli police": click here!

    BACBI: "The Law-Train campaign ended admittedly not with a "resounding" success: the current collaboration of KULeuven with the Israeli police (the project is running till April 2018) is nót halted immediately. The fact, however, that the rector of one of the most prestigious Belgian universities publicly questions the ethics of a partnership with the Israeli Police because of the latter’s strong involvement in the occupation and repression of the Palestinian people, ànd that he announces that KULeuven will nót participate in a future extension of the project, is unprecedented. This success goes well beyond Law-Train: with his statement (on Dec 12 repeated by him on the public radio) Rector Sels, because of his moral and academic authority and prestige, also contributes to the legitimisation of the BDS campaign for justice in Palestine, in general."

(Calls to) Action:

  • "Open Letter from academics at Birzeit University in Palestine" (Birzeit, Jan 8, 2018): click here!
    We at Birzeit University call on the academic community to protest the Israeli government’s deliberate harassment of international students and academics who travel to Palestine in order to study or work in Palestinian academic institutions.
  • "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.
  • "Reconnaissez la Palestine, maintenant !" (Avaaz petition created by Association Belgo-Palestine, Dec 7): click here to endorse!
    Au Pm Charles Michel et Ministre Didier Reynders: Avec la décision du Président D.Trump de reconnaitre Jérusalem comme capitale de l’Etat israélien, il est essentiel et urgent d’envoyer un message fort aux Palestiniens et aux Israéliens : la communauté internationale ne peut plus tolérer l'impunité israélienne... Nous demandons donc que la Belgique reconnaisse sans tarder l’Etat de Palestine, avec Jérusalem‐Est pour capital.
  • "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!
  • "Help us say No! No New Settlement Units in Hebron!" (Youth Against Settlements): click here to endorse!
    Israel has approved 31 new settlement units to be built on Shuhada Street in Hebron. If construction goes through, they will be the first new units in Hebron in 15 years. They will increase the settler population by 20 per cent.
  • "Norman G. Finkelstein must walk free! Sign the Petition!" (change.org): click here to endorse!
    Finkelstein, a scholar of world renown (forthcoming: "Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom"), has been subjected to police brutality and is threatened with a lengthy jail sentence because of having defended a former student.

Analysis & Current Affairs:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tamara NASSAR, “Youngest children held by Israel jailed for months” (EI, 29 Jan, 2018): click here!
    Abdel Raouf al-Bilawi, 13, from Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, was sentenced to four months for throwing stones at occupation forces, the most common charge leveled against Palestinian children in Israeli military courts, according to prisoners rights group Samidoun.
  • "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.
  • Richard FALK: "Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital" (Foreign Policy Journal, Dec 18): click here!
    Donald Trump’s Jerusalem policy ignores morality and international law while damaging the US’s more constructively conceived national interests.
  • Stuart LITTLEWOOD: "Jerusalem belongs to us all!" (Redress Information & Analysis, Dec 29): click here!
    2018: The world must save the Holy City from Israel, fearlessly confront false claims, challenge the cruelty and expose the lies. Campaigners for justice - and that includes civil society in all countries - need to reframe the Palestine-Israel narrative and demolish the Zionist fantasy.
  • Ariel GOLD & Taylor MORLEY: "Where is the #MeToo movement for Ahed Tamimi" (Mondoweiss, Dec 29): click here!
    Ahed is a threat to Israel’s entire system of power. She is not only aware of her own internal power – she is completely unafraid of her aggressors. This is the same bravery required for sexual assault survivors to tell their stories and hold their accusers responsible.
  • Gideon LEVY: "Ahed Tamimi est une héroïne, une héroïne palestinienne" (Pour la Palestine, 20 déc): click here!
    Mardi dernier, les FDI ont abattu Hamed al-Masri, 15 ans, d'une balle dans la tête, blessant grièvement l'adolescent de Salfit qui, par ailleurs, ne portait pas d'arme. Vendredi, les militaires ont fait de même avec Mohammed Tamimi, de Nabi Saleh, sans arme lui aussi, le blessant tout aussi grièvement à la tête. Et, le même jour, sa cousine, Ahed Tamimi, dans la cour de sa maison avec une amie, a giflé un soldat qui avait fait irruption chez elle.
  • Inès ABDEL RAZEK: "The 13 questions on life in Palestine that non-Palestinians always ask me" (Mondoweiss, Oct 11): a target="_blank" href="http://mondoweiss.net/2017/10/questions-palestine-palestinians/">click here!
    Al-Shabaka's Inès Abdel Razek has been asked the same questions about her homeland so many times that she decided to write a simple document to answer them.
  • 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:

  • "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: "Apartheid" (Oct 31, 2017, pdf, 59 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. Madeline Lutjeharms (VUB), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULBruxelles), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (ULiège), Raven Ruëll (metteur en scène), Dr. Nozomi Takahashi (UGent).

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