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

 
 


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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."...
  • BACBI: Appel pour le boycott académique d'Israël (30 mars, 2017): cliquez ici!
  • BACBI: Call for the Academic Boycott of Israel (March 30, 2017): click here!
  • BACBI: Oproep voor de academische boycot van Israël (30 maart, 2017): klik hier!

(Calls to) Action:

  • "Emergency Call to Action: Hold the ICRC Accountable, Demand Action for Hunger Striking Palestinian Prisoners", (Samidoun, May 17): click here!
  • BACBI, 26/04/2017: "La grève de faim de 1 500 prisonniers palestiniens": Appels aux 4 gouvernements belges / De hongerstaking van 1.500 Palestijnse gevangenen: oproep aan de 4 Belgische regeringen. FR: cliquez ici! NL: klik hier!
  • Petition: "UN - either endorse the UN-ESCWA report on Israeli apartheid or disprove it." (change.org): click here!
    We urge the UN to either endorse this report as a factual document written by one of its own committees, and a condemnation of apartheid; or in refuting or distancing from it, to give specific factual evidence as to where this report is factually wrong and clarify these errors or inaccuracies.
  • "Racism and Racial Discrimination are the Antithesis of Freedom, Justice & Equality" (Palestinian BDS National Committee, March 7, 2017): click here.
    The global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people is an inclusive, nonviolent human rights movement that rejects all forms of racism and racial discrimination.
  • "Justice for Palestine now – end EUROPEAN complicity! A call from organizations throughout Europe" (ECCP, Feb 7, 2017): click here!
  • "Hundreds of Belgian academics and artists urge their government to end participation in joint EU funded project with Israeli National Police" (ECCP, Feb 4, 2017): click here!
  • "Hundreds of Belgian artists and academics urge government to end participation in EU project cooperating with Israeli National Police (BDS Movement, Jan 30, 2017): click here!
  • 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:

  • Uri AVNERY: "A Curious National Home" (Gush-Shalom, May 13, 2017): click here!
    THE PRESENT Israeli government coalition consists of 67 (out of 120) members of the Knesset. Each member wants to be elected again (and again and again. In order to be reelected, he or she must attract the attention of the public.
  • Akiva ELDAR: "Netanyahu’s vision of one-state-one-people solution" (Al-Monitor, May 11, 2017): click here!
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promoting neither the two-state solution nor one state for the two people, but one state on Israeli and West Bank territories, only for the Jews.
  • Jonathan COOK: "Israel’s Jewish Nation-State bill ‘declaration of war’" (J.C., May 11, 2017): click here!
    New legislation to cement the definition of Israel as a state belonging exclusively to Jews around the world is a “declaration of war” on Palestinian citizens of Israel, the minority’s leaders warned this week.
  • "Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf" (Jadaliyya, March 18, 2017): click here!
    [The following text is the resignation letter submitted by ESWA Executie Secretary Rima Khalaf in response to the formal request by UN Secretary General that ESCWA withdraw the publication of a report that asserts Israel is committing Apartheid.]
  • "Knesset passes 'BDS ban' preventing foreign boycott supporters from entering Israel" (Ma'an, March 8, 2017): click here!
    Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed an amendment into law on Monday evening forbidding entry into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to foreigners calling for a boycott of Israel, Israeli media reported.
  • Maureen Clare MURPHY: "Prominent Palestinian activist killed in Israeli raid" (IE, March 6, 2017): click here!.
    Israeli forces killed a prominent Palestinian activist during a raid on a home in the town of al-Bireh, near the city of Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, on Monday.
  • 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 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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