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

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CURRENT CAMPAIGNS:
  • "Resist With Dareen - My poetry is not A Crime! Will you join me? Click to find out more, add your name and share" (petition Avaaz.org): click here!
    * "De Palestijnse dichteres Dareen Tatour doet een dringend beroep op haar vrienden en supporters om een petitie te ondertekenen ter ondersteuning van haar vrijheid van meningsuiting nadat ze een brief van het Israëlische Hooggerechtshof heeft ontvangen dat het openbaar ministerie de zaak tegen haar wilde heropenen. Ondanks het feit dat ze reeds een gevangenisstraf uitzat en een rechtbank haar gedeeltelijk vrijsprak van de aanklacht tegen haar, vreest Tatour dat de Israëlische autoriteiten opnieuw proberen haar het zwijgen op te leggen.
    * "La poétesse palestinienne Dareen Tatour appelle ses partisans à signer une pétition en faveur de sa liberté d'expression après avoir reçu une lettre de la Cour suprême israélienne l'informant que le ministère public cherchait à rouvrir l'affaire contre elle. Bien qu'elle ait déjà purgé sa peine de prison et qu'un tribunal l'ait partiellement acquittée des charges retenues contre elle, Tatour craint que les autorités israéliennes ne tentent à nouveau de le faire taire de nouveau."
    * Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour is appealing to her supporters to sign a petition in support of her freedom of expression after she received a letter from the Israeli Supreme Court that the public prosecution was seeking to reopen the case against her. Despite already serving her time in prison, and a court partially acquitting her of the charges against her, Tatour fears that Israeli authorities are attempting again to silence her voice.
  • "Letter to the FIA (Internationaal Vakverbond voor Acteurs - Fédération Internationale des Acteurs - International Federation of Actors)": to read and endorse it, click here!
    Org.: BACBI / Palestina Solidariteit / Association belgo-palestinienne / Artistes contre le Mur / Plateforme Charleroi-Palestine / ACOD-Cultuur.
# BACBI Academic Newsletter Nr 48 (June 2019): click here!

# BACBI Cultural Newsletter Nr 44 (June 2019): click here!

Why Boycott Israel?

  • Yousef AL-HELOU: "Why Is The Rise Of BDS Worldwide Worrying Israel?" (International Middle East Media Center, July 10, 2019): click here!
    The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is gaining momentum. There is no doubt about this. The Palestinian-led campaign for an educational, cultural and business boycott of Israel aims to get justice, freedom and equality. Inspired by the South African anti-Apartheid movement, BDS started in 2005 by civil society and governments to take action to put pressure on Israel to comply with international law, mainly by ending its prolonged military occupation and colonisation of Palestinian land. BDS is, by its nature, a non-violent form of resistance. Nevertheless, Israelis believe it to be an existential threat which wants to delegitimise their state’s existence.
  • "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...
  • "WHY BOYCOTT ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES?" (BRICUP Booklet, pdf, 40p.): click here! How we got here - Why Israel - Academic Freedom in Palestine and Israel - Why Boycott - Reasons not to Boycott - Moving On.
  • 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.
  • Nathan THRALL: "Le mouvement BDS rebat les cartes du débat israélo-palestinien" (orient XXI, 28 nov, 2018): click here! La campagne Boycott-désinvestissement-sanctions (BDS) est en train de rebattre les cartes du conflit israélo-palestinien. Depuis sa création il y a treize ans, elle s’est attiré des ennemis dans tous les camps. Elle a contrarié les efforts des États arabes qui cherchaient à renoncer à leur propre boycott vieux de plusieurs décennies en faveur d’une coopération avec Israël. Elle a discrédité le gouvernement de l’Autorité palestinienne (AP) à Ramallah en dénonçant sa collaboration sécuritaire et économique avec l’armée israélienne et l’administration militaire. Elle a indisposé l’Organisation de libération de la Palestine (OLP) en empiétant sur son rôle de défenseur internationalement reconnu et de représentant des Palestiniens de l’étranger

Academic Boycotts

  • Judy MALTZ: "In First, European Academic Association Cancels Upcoming Conference in Israel" (Haaretz, July 7, 2019): click here!
    Fearing backlash from boycott movement, association of mental health researchers walks back decision to hold confab in Jerusalem.
  • "British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Endorses Palestinian Call to Boycott Complicit Israeli Academic Institutions" (PACBI, June 24, 2019): click here!
    In a historic vote, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies BRISMES) joins a growing number of academic associations refusing to be complicit in Israel's grave violations of international law. We warmly salute the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) for voting overwhelmingly to support the Palestinian call for a boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions.
  • Lara SHEEHI: "Disavowing Israeli Apartheid" (Middle East Report Online, June 22, 2019): click here!
    The Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists (PUWP) issued a call on October 1, 2018, to clinicians, unions and institutions around the world to join them in boycotting the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy's (IARPP) conference scheduled for Tel Aviv, Israel on June 20-23, 2019. The PUWP asked those engaged ethically and responsibly with human suffering through psychological clinical work, thought and research to heed the call from their clinical colleagues from Palestine and acknowledge and act against the deleterious mental health effects of Israel's repressive military occupation over Palestinians.
  • International list of academic associations supporting an academic boycott of Israel:
    • * Academics for Palestine (AfP, Ireland): click here!
    • * Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions": click here!
    • * Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP): click here!
    • * BDS Académico en Argentina: click here!
    • * Belgian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI): click here!
    • * British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP): click here!
    • * Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI): click here!
    • * Moroccan Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (MACBI): click here!
    • * Norwegian Committee for Academic and Cultural Boycott of the state of Israel (AKULBI): click here!
    • * PACBI - Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel": click here!
    • * Tunisian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (TACBI):: click here!
    • * US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI): click here!

Academy against Israel Scholasticide



  • Amira HASS: "Israel's Academy for Indifference" (Haaretz, July 15, 2019): click here!
    Why should Israeli professors and students care that their country is subverting the academic freedom of Palestinian universities and interfering with their hiring of foreign lecturers? This routine Israeli interference with the ordinary life of Palestinian universities doesn’t interest presidents, faculty deans or senior lecturers of Israeli universities, nor their student population. Their voices are not heard despite the fact that the meddling of the Interior Ministry and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories in granting visas to academics and students headed for the Palestinian enclaves began long ago, and has only exacerbated over the last three years.
  • Amira HASS: "As Israel Tightens Entry Rules, Foreign Lecturers at Palestinian Universities Forced to Leave" (Haaretz, July 13, 2019): click here!
    Short-term tourist visas and refusals to extend them are routine obstacles, but the West Bank's Birzeit University is now fighting back... Israel's scholasticide policies are clearly driven by "the desire to weaken our institutions and destroy the Palestinian future. When they fight against the quality of the Palestinian academic institution, they’re weakening our future”.
  • Brendan O'MALLEY: "Israel 'blocks international academics' in West Bank, Gaza" (University World News, 11 July 2019): click here!
  • "Israel forcing international lecturers out of West Bank Palestinian universities" (BZU, Adalah & Al-Haq, July 11, 2019): click here!
    Birzeit University, Adalah, Al-Haq are now fighting to end escalating discriminatory Israeli policy aimed at preventing international academics from staying in the West Bank and refusing to renew visas for those with teaching contracts. In a letter sent on 30 April 2019 to Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, Israeli Chief Military Advocate General Sharon Afek, and the Israeli military's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Kamil Abu Rokon, Birzeit University, Al-Haq, and Adalah demand that Israel: lift the restrictions preventing international academics employed by Birzeit University from staying and working in the West Bank; refrain from imposing arbitrary restrictions on the duration of stay or extension of stay for international academics; order the publication of a clear and lawful procedure for issuing entry visas and work permits for international academics in the West Bank, which will enable the university to manage and maintain its academic freedom. Adalah Deputy General Director Attorney Sawsan Zaher, who drafted the letter to Israeli authorities, said: "Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – like all other peoples around the world – are entitled to exercise their right to academic freedom as part of their right to self-determination. The Israeli military occupation cannot prevent Palestinians from exercising this right". Indeed, according to the interpretation applied to Article 43 of the Hague Regulations of 1907, sovereignty of education does not change hands - it is inalienable - and must remain in the hands of the occupied Palestinian population.
  • Maureen Clare MURPHY: "Israel isolates Palestinian universities" (The Electronic Intifada, 11 July 2019): click here!
    Israel is isolating Palestinian universities by forcing international scholars to leave their academic positions in the occupied West Bank. Two Palestinian human rights groups, as well as Birzeit University, are calling on Israel to lift restrictions preventing international academics from working in the West Bank and to publish “a clear and lawful procedure for issuing entry visas and work permits.” Israel’s policy of denying internationals entry to the West Bank, as well as refusing and failing to process visa extension applications in a timely manner, has affected dozens of scholars working at Palestinian universities.
  • Yumna PATEL: "Palestinian universities fight back against Israel forcing international academics out of the country" (Mondoweiss, 11 July 2019): click here!
    Birzeit, which has ranked within the top three percent of universities worldwide, is fighting back. The highly acclaimed university, hand in hand with legal rights groups Adalah and Al-Haq, is "demanding an immediate halt to this policy targeting Palestinian academic freedom and isolating Palestinian institutions of higher learning," the groups said in a press release on Thursday. "Blocking our right to engage international academics is part of an ongoing effort by the Israeli occupation to marginalize Palestinian institutions of higher education," Birzeit University President Abdullatif Abuhijleh said in a statement. "The latest escalation in visa restrictions is just one in a longstanding and systematic Israeli policy of undermining the independence and viability of Palestinian higher education institutions."
  • Judith E.TUCKER: "MESA: Israeli Arrests of Palestinian Students and Professors, Israeli Assaults on Palestinian Campuses" (Informed Comment, Jan 25, 2019): click here!
    Dear Prime Minister, Ministers, and Major, We write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to urge a halt to the Israeli army and security forces conducting arbitrary arrests at and incursions into Palestinian universities, assaulting students, faculty, and staff, and obstructing the education of thousands of students. We also condemn in the strongest possible terms the Israeli Army’s harm to students at all levels of education through these arrests and incursions.
  • American University of Beirut (AUB): "Announcement" (Office of the President, Jan 24 2019, pdf): click here!
    Earlier in January, the university was informed by representatives of the US government that students from the West Bank and Gaza would no longer be eligible for comprehensive scholarships under its US - Middle East Partnership Initiative - Tomorrow’s Leaders (MEPI-TL) program and that their funding would cease effectively January 31, 2019. It was explained that suspension of assistance to all projects in the Palestinian Authority and to citizens of those areas was an unintended consequence of the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018 (ATCA) passed by Congress on October 3 last year.
  • Sari BASHI: "Israel's truthiness on Palestinian academic freedom" (+972, Jan 13, 2019): click here!
    In denying that Israel limits academic freedom in Palestine, the Israeli embassy in Washington seems to forget about the Palestinian students and academics whose movement it restricts.
  • Or KASHTI: "Israeli Ministry Fails to Offer Arabic Preparatory Course for University Entrance Exam" (Haaretz, Jan 2, 2019): click here!
    Ministry promised online course would 'give equal opportunity for all citizens,' but rights group says it 'perpetuates gaps' by putting Arabs at a disadvantage.
  • "Israeli Forces Raid Al-Quds University" (The Palestine Chronicle, Dec 12, 2018): click here!
    Israeli forces raided the al-Quds University, on Wednesday, in Abu Dis village, southeast of the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem. Local sources confirmed that a large number of heavily armed Israeli forces raided the campus, ransacking several faculties and offices, causing material damages.
  • Robert BOYCE, "Scholasticide: Israel's attempt to destroy Palestine's universities" (BRICUP, Nov 2018, pdf, 9p.): click here!
    Supporters of the academic boycott of Israel are frequently told it's wrong in principle to boycott universities since they are bastions of free speech, and it's downright perverse to boycott Israeli universities since they are islands of liberal opinion in an otherwise reactionary country...
  • Sophia BROWN, "Israel's assault on Palestinian universities is a threat to human rights and a tragedy for this generation of students" (The Independent, Oct 21, 2018): click here!
    Palestine has had to contend with Israel's systematic obstruction of education: from enforced closures, campus raids, and the oppression of individual students and teachers, including arbitrary arrests and detention without trial.
  • "Fobzu joins with education unions in calling on the UK government to stand up for Palestinian universities" (Friends of Birzeit University, Oct 15, 2018): click here!
    On Monday 15th October, Fobzu and representatives of the major education unions – including UCU, NEU, NASUWT, EIS and UNISON – wrote to Minister of State for the Middle East, The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP to call on the UK government to stand up for Palestinian students and educators. Responding to the growing restrictions on foreign national faculty working at universities in the occupied West Bank, we raised our collective concern about the declining access to the occupied Palestinian territory and the impact this is having on Palestinian education.
  • "Campagne menée dans les universités belges en solidarité avec l'Université de BirZeit: Lettre modèle envoyée aux recteurs belges" (pdf, 6p.): click here!
    "Monsieur le Recteur, Au nom des signataires de la présente lettre je vous fais part d'un appel à bien vouloir entendre et diffuser le plus largement possible le cri d'alarme émanant de l'Université de Birzeit,...".
  • "Campagne aan de Belgische universiteiten in solidariteit met BirZeit University: Brief toegezonden aan de Vlaamse rectoren" (27 september 2018, pdf, 7p.): click here!
    "Geachte Rectoren, In naam van de ondergetekenden sturen wij u een oproep om aan de noodkreet vanuit de Palestijnse Birzeit Universiteit gehoor en weerklank te geven en een krachtig signaal uit te sturen tegen het feit dat de Israëlische autoriteiten de universiteiten en hogescholen in de Bezette Palestijnse Gebieden steeds verder internationaal isoleren en aldus de academische vrijheid van onze collega’s beknotten...."
  • "Belgian academic campaign in solidarity with Birzeit University: Letter sent to the Belgian university presidents" (form letter, draft, pdf, 7p.): click here!
    "Dear President, On behalf of the endorsers of this letter, we would like to urge you to access and disseminate as widely as possible the urgent call from Birzeit University, and to send a strong signal against the alarming academic isolation imposed by the Israeli authorities on Palestinian universities in the Occupied Territories."
  • "Letter from BRISMES protesting against Israeli violations of Palestinian academic freedom" (BRISMES): click here!
    "Dear Prime Minister and Ministers, I am writing on behalf of the British Society for Middle East Studies (BRISMES) to protest against Israeli violations of Palestinian academic freedom..." (The letter) has been forwarded to Prof. Ghassan Khatib at Birzeit university to support its campaign of protest against the enforced departure of academics from Palestinian campuses
  • Raja SHEHADEH, "Israeli restrictions on overseas academics are holding Palestinian universities back" (The World University Rankings, Sept 13): click here!
    A labyrinthine visa process and perverse decision-making are making life increasingly untenable for non-Palestinian academics.
  • MESA, Committee on Academic Freedom: "Arbitrary demands on foreign national academics working in Palestinian universities" (MESA, Aug 6): click here!
    "Dear Prime Minister and Ministers, We write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our dismay regarding the severe and unreasonable limitations imposed on foreign nationals who are faculty members at Birzeit University (BZU) and other Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza...".
  • Daphna GOLAN, "The Destruction of Palestinian Universities" (Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, July 29, 2018): click here!
    Destroying Palestinian Universities. Foreign lecturers as well as Palestinian lecturers who studied or taught abroad are being expelled from West Bank academic institutes with a form of bureaucratic violence.
  • "Call to Action by Academic Networks, Global Civil Society & Individuals, August 2018" (Right to Enter, pdf): click here!
    "We call on concerned individuals, organizations and networks to intensify their efforts to advocate for Palestinians' fundamental right to education and academic freedom as well as the right freedom of movement and to hold the governments of Israel, third States and the Palestinian National Authority to their respective obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law".
  • Rania ZABANEH, "Foreign residents in Palestinian territories denied visa renewals" (Al-Jazeera, July 13, 2018)): click here!
    Israel is increasingly rejecting applications to renew residency visas and families face being split up. Four suitcases, memories of 35 years and a hope to meet friends again, in Palestine, are what US citizens Roger Heacock and Laura Wick are leaving Ramallah with. The couple arrived to Palestine in 1983, initially planning to stay for a few years in solidarity. But they ended up with a family and a career here: Heacock is a renowned history professor and Wick is a midwife and health researcher at Birzeit University.
  • "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. Contact: Ghassan Khatib.
  • <Right to Enter: “Academia Undermined: Israeli Restrictions on Foreign National Academics in Palestinian Higher Education Institutions. Report of the Campaign for the Right to Enter the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” Field research by Ruhan Nagra (Right to Enter, May 2013, pdf, 24 pp.): click here!
    This report focuses on only one of the many problems related to movement and access restrictions that affect the quality of and access to education in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt): the implications of Israeli restrictions on entry and residency for foreign academics wishing to serve at institutes of higher education operating in the oPt.

Actions & Calls:

  • "European researchers and academics protest involvement of Israeli arms companies in EU research programs" (ECCP, June 5, 2019): click here!
  • "240 Israel and Jewish professors urge Germany not to enforce anti-BDS law" (Middle East Monitor, June 12, 2019): click here!
  • "Open Brief aan Alexander De Croo, minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking" (12 feb 2019, pdf, 5blz.): click here!
  • "Lettre ouverte au Vice-Premier Ministre A. De Croo" (14 février 2019, pdf, 6p.): click here!
  • Herman DE LEY et al., "Minister De Croo, bestraf het geweld van de Israëlische bezetter tegen Palestijnse schoolkinderen" (De Wereld Morgen, 5 feb 2019): click here!
    In een open brief aan vice-eersteminister en minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking Alexander De Croo klagen academici en kunstenaars het gebrek aan actie aan tegen de wanpraktijken van de Israëlische bezetter tegen schoolgaande Palestijnse kinderen.
  • "Open letter of Israeli academics and artists warning against equating anti-Zionism with Antisemitism, and against giving Israel immunity for grave violations of human rights and international law" (Nov 2, 2018, pdf, 5p.): click here!
  • Herman DE LEY: “'Vrijheidsstrijder' versus 'Terrorist'. Open Brief aan Alexander De Croo, minister van Ontwikkelingssamenwerking" (17 sept 2018, pdf, 6 blz.): click here!
    Geachte Vice-premier, In De Standaard (dS) van 15 & 16 september lees ik dat u beslist hebt dat België niet langer zal samenwerken met het Palestijnse ministerie van Onderwijs, “zolang Palestijnse scholen genoemd worden naar Palestijnse terroristen”.
  • "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!
  • 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 (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.
  • 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.

Analyses:

  • Chemi SHIFF and Yonathan MIZRACHI: "Using archeology in the service of nationalism" (+972, July 5, 2019): click here!
    The inauguration of a supposed ancient Jewish ‘Pilgrimage Road’ by Ambassador David Friedman and White House envoy Jason Greenblatt is a reminder that archeology is never as neutral as some would like to believe.
  • B'TSELEM: "Routine harassment: Israeli military blocks access roads to 4 Palestinian villages in March-April 2019" (B'Tselem, May 20, 2019): click here!
    Route closures in West Bank villages have long since become a routine method of oppression used by Israel against West Bank residents. For example, when allegations are made that young men from some Palestinian village had thrown stones or Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles on local roads, the military punishes the entire population of that and nearby villages by closing the gates it had installed at their entrances over the years. Even when open, the very fact that the gates are there serves as a constant reminder that Palestinians’ freedom of movement is entirely subject to arbitrary Israeli decisions made in complete disregard for the needs of the residents.
  • Megan GIOVANNETTI: "'They have punished the victims': Hebron struggles 25 years after Ibrahimi mosque massacre" (Middle East Eye, Feb 25, 2019): click here!
    The repercussions of the attack are still felt keenly by Palestinians in Hebron, who have seen their rights eroded and their formerly bustling city centre turn into a ghost town.
  • Tessa FOX, "'Ils sont venus tuer': la violence des colons fait un autre mort en Palestine occupée" (Middle East Eye, 28 janvier 2019): click here!
    Hamdi Talib Nasan, père de quatre enfants, a été tué d'une balle dans le dos lors d'un raid des colons dans le village cisjordanien d'al-Mughayyir. Encore une fois, l'armée israélienne à proximité n'a rien fait pour protéger les Palestiniens.
  • Maureen Clare MURPHY, "How Israel makes Palestinians foreigners in their own land" (The Electronic Intifada, 26 February, 2019): click here!
    One of the most insidious aspects of Israel’s military occupation is also one of its most overlooked: its deliberate fragmentation of Palestinian society. While the spectacle of violence is typically the focus of media attention – when international media cover Israel’s oppression of Palestinians at all – the reach of Israeli control over Palestinian family life falls under the radar.
  • "Protect the Palestinian Village of Al-Mughayyir" (Haaretz Edit. Jan 27, 2019): click here!
    Village residents, like most Palestinians living under the occupation, rightly feel there is no one to defend them and no one to secure their property.
  • Gideon LEVY, "In Land of Illegal Outposts and Hate Crimes, Another Palestinian Life Claimed" (Haaretz, Jan 27, 2019): click here!
    Palestinian residents of a West Bank village are being targeted by hate crimes coming from two nearby Jewish outposts.
  • Gideon LEVY, "Welcome to the Palestine Circus" (Haaretz, Jan 27, 2019): click here!
    The Israeli trainer and his Qatari and Egyptian assistants throw a few bones, and the caged animal in Gaza surrenders.
  • Edo KONRAD, "Israel's permit regime isn't about security, it's about segregation" (+972, Jan 9, 2019): click here!
    The permit system for Palestinians allows Israel to recruit informants, suppress political activity, and create an opaque system of segregation and control. Just don't say it's about security, says Yael Berda. The image should be familiar to every person with even the slightest bit of knowledge about Palestine.
  • 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.

Gaza Incremental Genocide:

  • UN Human Rights Council: "Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory." (UNHRC, 40th session, 25 February-22 March 2019, Agenda item 7, Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, pdf, 22p.): click here!
    Briefing: "No Justification for Israel to Shoot Protesters with Live Ammunition": "The Commission has reasonable grounds to believe that during the Great March of Return, Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some of those violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity, and must be immediately investigated by Israel," said the Chair of the Commission, Santiago Canton of Argentina.
  • Maureen Clare MURPHY, “Israel has injured 24,000 Gaza protesters" (The Electronic Intifada, 25 Nov, 2018): click here!
    Palestinians have paid a great price for their call for life with dignity during mass protests held along Gaza's boundary with Israel over the past eight months. Some 180 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli occupation forces and nearly 6,000 others injured by live fire during the Great March of Return. "The vast majority of casualties were unarmed, and were fatally shot from a distance while in the Gaza Strip itself," according to a new report by the Israeli group B'Tselem.
  • Haidar EID, “What Gaza Wants" (Mondoweiss, Nov 9, 2018): click here!
    As we, Palestinians of Gaza, embark on our long walk to freedom, we have come to the conclusion that we can no longer rely on governments; instead, we request that the citizens of the world oppose these ongoing deadly crimes.
  • Maureen Clare MURPHY, “Bloody Friday as Gaza marks six months of protests" (The Electronic Intifada, 29 Sept, 2018): 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, 2018): 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, 2018): 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.

Resources:

  • World Health Organization - Occupied Palestinian Territories & Health Cluster oPt: "Emergency Trauma Response to the Gaza Mass Demonstrations 2018–2019. A One-Year Review of Trauma Data and the Humanitarian Consequences" (Issued May 2019, pdf, 86p.): click here!
    Gaza’s health system is chronically deteriorating and more than a decade of blockade has led to a serious deterioration of the social determinants of health. Water from the aquifer is basically unfit for human consumption, sewage flows largely untreated into the Mediterranean and the economy is stifled, with unemployment rates way over 50%. Of the 1.4 million Palestinians in need of humanitarian interventions in 2019, 1.2 million live in the Gaza Strip.
  • "Israeli & Palestinian Human Rights Organisations" (BACBI, pdf, 2p.): click here!
  • Report: "House Demolitions as a Central Tool for the Dispossession and Concentration of the Bedouin Population in the Negev/Naqab: Updated Data for 2017" (Dukium, Nov 27, 2018, pdf, 33p.): click here!
    In the course of 2017, an unprecedented amount of 2,220 structures were demolished in the Bedouin communities in the Negev/Naqab - an unfathomable number. The State of Israel implements its demolition policy in all Bedouin localities, recognized and unrecognized alike, and demolishes new structures alongside old ones, in order to force its Bedouin citizens to settle according to the government’s aspirations and the various master-plans it created.
  • Ico MALY: "Over Racisme en beeldvorming in het Israëlisch-Palestijnse conflict" (Licentieverhandeling, UGent 2001): click here!
  • "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" (16p., 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.): click here!
    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".
  • 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”."
  • Alexander DE CROO: "De Croo reageert op kritiek tegen stopzetting Belgische ondersteuning van Palestijns ministerie van Onderwijs" (De Wereld Morgen, 25 sept 2018 ): click here!
  • 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!
  • 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 N° 3 (EN): "Boycott Israel (BDS), A Moral Duty", Part 2 (draft): "Boycott" (23 Oktober 2018, pdf, 78 p.): click here!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 3 (NL): "Boycot Israël (BDS), een morele plicht" (12 mei 2017, pdf, 55 blz.): click here!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 3 (FR):"Le boycott d'Israël (BDS), un devoir moral" (traduction par J.-M. Flémal, 10 mai, 2017, pdf, 45p.): click here!
  • Letter to Ms. Federica Mogherini and Mr. Carlos Moedas (March 8, 2017): click here! Also on AURDIP, 10 mars: click here! Trad. française: click here!. Nederlandse vertaling: click here!
  • 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.): click here!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2 (NL): "Het “LAW-TRAIN” Project: Waarom een partnership met de Israëlische politie onverdedigbaar is" (17 maart 2017, pdf, 54p.): click here!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 1: "Universiteit en Kolonialisme. Bedenkingen bij partnerships met Israël" (Herman De Ley, update 4 maart 2017, pdf, 97 p.): click here!
  • Katarzyna LEMANSKA: "Les liens entre la Belgique et l'occupation israélienne" (Étude, avril 2014; mise à jour en août 2014, pdf, 89p.): click here!
  • 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), Prof. Lieven De Cauter (KU Leuven), Em. Prof. Herman De Ley (UGent), Em. Prof. Marc De Meyere (UGent), Prof. Serge Deruette (UMons), 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).

BACBI's Secretariat: click here!

 

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