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

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CURRENT CAMPAIGNS & DENUNCIATIONS:

"EU AND ISRAEL: The Case of Complicity"
(ECCP: European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, Dec 2019, pdf, 12p.): click here!

EU research funds have been a very important source of funding for Israeli academics, corporations, and state institutions, among them several military companies and those involved in illegal Israeli settlements. Although Israel is not an EU country since 1995 Israeli applicants have been able to access EU research funds on the same basis as EU member states through the EU-Israel Association Agreement. This briefing analyses and outlines ways in which the EU is channeling European taxpayers’ money into Israeli entities accused of war crimes and violations of international law.

"Let's take the EU to court!"
Crowdfunding for the #StopSettlements Campaign:
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We are a coalition of anti-racist associations and committees within the Palestine solidarity movement in Europe. In 2019 we chose the European Citizens' Initiative as a means to voice out our call for action against all illegal settlements. We submitted an application to the EC in order to make it act responsibly within its competences and move towards a ban of trade with illegal settlements. However the Commission refused to register our Initiative (see the decision on September 4). We refuse to be silenced. Help us take the Commission to the EU Court of Justice to challenge its tacit complicity with fundamental rights violations. In order to do so, we need to raise the remaining 10.300 euros by December 15th to cover the cost of legal proceedings.
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"Attaquons l'UE en justice"
Crowdfunding pour la campagne #StopSettlements:
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Nous sommes une coalition d’associations et comités anti-racistes faisant partie du mouvement de solidarité avec la Palestine en Europe. En 2019, nous avons choisi l'initiative citoyenne européenne comme moyen d'exprimer notre appel à l'action contre toutes les colonies de peuplement illégales. Nous avons soumis une demande à la Commission européenne afin de la faire agir de manière responsable dans le cadre de ses compétences et de progresser vers une interdiction du commerce avec les colonies de peuplement illégales. Cependant, la Commission a refusé d'enregistrer notre initiative (voir sa décision du 4 septembre). Nous refusons d'être réduits au silence. Aidez-nous à poursuivre la Commission devant la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne afin de contester sa complicité tacite avec des violations des droits fondamentaux. Nous voulons poursuivre la Commission européenne devant les tribunaux pour la mettre face à ses responsabilités et faire reconnaître son rôle dans le commerce avec les colonies illégales. Pour ce faire, nous devons encore lever les 10 300 euros d'ici le 15 décembre afin de couvrir le cout des procédures judiciaires.
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UPDATE: "Birzeit University continues to lose international faculty as Israel persists in discriminatory policy"
(BirZeit University, Nov 14, 2019): click here!

Heightened restrictions on Birzeit University's right to hire and maintain international faculty persist into the 2019-2020 academic year. Israel has escalated what can only be understood as a policy whose ultimate goal is the elimination of any international faculty presence at Palestinian universities. Our 14,800 students returned to classes on 4 September with a third of their international faculty missing, the Israeli authorities having denied them entry or forced their departure by refusing them any viable means to stay in the country or return. The status of international faculty able to make it to campus remains extremely precarious; 60% have lapsed or only short-term visas due to expire before the end of the first semester. In short, except for a handful of instructorsunder foreign government fellowships or programs, all of our international faculty currently in the country are under constant threat of deportation.

"No justifying Israel’s bloodshed in Gaza"
(Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada, 14 Nov 2019): click here!

Israel triggered this latest voluntary confrontation in Gaza by firing a missile into the home of an Islamic Jihad military commander early Tuesday, killing him and his wife. Gaza’s Health ministry stated that Israeli forces killed 34 Palestinians during the fighting, nearly half of them civilians, including eight children and three women. No Israeli fatalities were reported. Canada, Germany, the EU, US and UK and Democratic presidential candidates rushed to condemn rocket fire but not Israel’s extrajudicial execution that triggered the violence, even as the Palestinian death toll mounted. Caused, apparently, by the IDF's use of an outdated target database, on Thursday, shortly after midnight, four missiles from two fighter planes were fired at two tin shack houses in the Deir al-Balah refugee camp, inhabited by the Al-Sawarkah family. Nine of its members, including five children, aged 2, 3, 7, 12 and 13, were killed while 11 other family members were injured.

# BACBI Academy's Newsletter Nr 53 (December 2019): click here!

# BACBI Culture's Newsletter Nr 48 (November 2019): click here!

Why Boycott Israel?

  • Michiel BOT: "The right to boycott: BDS, law, and politics in a global context" (Transnational Legal Theory, 21 Sept 2019, pdf, 26p.): click here!
    Abstract: This article discusses the global campaigns for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, which frame their objectives primarily in legal terms, as well as the transnational strategy to suppress BDS campaigns by means of the law. After arguing that the strategy to suppress BDS campaigns by means of the law exemplifies an instrumentalisation of law that is fundamentally at odds with the rule of law, I discuss two landmark judgments that recognised a right to boycott, and demonstrate that what is ultimately at stake in these judgments is the right to participate in politics. I then analyse the various concepts of politics exemplified by the campaigns for BDS. Reflecting on the relationship between BDS, law, and politics in a global context, I pose the question how law might facilitate emancipatory and transformative politics across the boundaries of the nation-state.
  • 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

  • "For justice: SA Jews support the academic boycott of Israeli universities" (Mail&Guardian, Sept 17, 2019): click here!
    Like Judith Butler, many Jewish academics in Israel and the diaspora have adopted and supported the Palestinian call for an academic boycott. These academics are joined by rapidly growing numbers of Jews in South Africa and globally who support an academic boycott, including ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’, an American organisation with close to 100 000 members, the Israeli organisation ‘Boycott from Within,’ as well as Jewish organisations in Europe, Britain, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, and South Africa.
  • 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.
  • Paul LOOKMAN: "Hoe wetenschappers kunnen bijdragen aan een oplossing van de kwestie-Palestina" (Geopolitiek in Context, 7 juli, 2019): click here!
    Terreuraanslagen en de kwestie-Palestina hangen met elkaar samen. Het plan-Kushner is de laatste nagel in de doodskist van een tweestatenoplossing. De alternatieven zijn apartheid of etnische zuivering. Annexatie van de Westelijke Jordaanoever overschrijdt een Europese rode lijn. Media, politieke wetenschappers en intellectuelen kunnen het verschil maken..
  • "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.
    Notice on the DBRISMES website (June 27): "The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) has not endorsed the academic boycott of Israeli Institutions as advocated by BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions). There was an indicative vote of the membership held at the Annual General Meeting. The majority of those attending voted in favour of the boycott. This vote is not binding on the Society. The Society's position on BDS remains that which was endorsed at the 2015 Annual General meeting."
  • 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



  • Jaclynn ASHLEY: "Israel is turning Palestinian students into criminals" (+972, Oct 11, 2019): click here!
    According to data collected by Right to Education, a grassroots campaign aimed at defending education in Palestine, Israeli forces have detained at least 64 university students since the start of this year. A spokesperson at Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners’ rights organization, told +972 that Israel has been targeting an increasing number of Palestinian students since the start of 2019. There are currently 260 Palestinian high school and university students in Israeli prisons. Of the 18 Birzeit students who were arrested in August, Israel has released only three.
  • Amira HASS: “Israeli university heads say won’t intervene in discrimination against Palestinian schools" (Haaretz, Aug 28, 2019): click here!
    Committee says refusal to grant visas to guest lecturers is not in its purview. Hundreds of academics ask top officials to match guidelines at West Bank institutions to those at Israeli ones.
  • David PALUMBO-LIU: "Israel’s restrictions on international academics at Palestinian universities must be opposed" (Times Higher Education, July 27, 2019): click here!
    While the denial of visas to international scholars might seem a small inconvenience by comparison, put into the context of the overall weakened conditions of Palestinian schools and universities, as well as the totality of deprivation the Palestinians suffer under, it is a terrible thing indeed. The international community, especially the international academic community, needs to wake up.
  • 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”.
  • BZU, Adalah & Al-Haq: "Israel forcing international lecturers out of West Bank Palestinian universities" (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.
  • Brendan O'MALLEY: "Israel 'blocks international academics' in West Bank, Gaza" (University World News, 11 July 2019): click here!
  • 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."
  • "Campagne menée dans les universités belges en solidarité avec l'Université de BirZeit: Lettre modèle envoyée aux recteurs belges" (2018, 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."

Actions & Calls:

  • "Palestinian student activists among 23 seized by Israeli occupation forces" (Samidoun, Aug 27, 2019): click here!
    Israeli occupation forces seized at least 23 people from their homes on Monday morning, 26 August, including several Palestinian student leaders and activists at Bir Zeit University. They join approximately 60 fellow students at Bir Zeit and over 300 Palestinian students overall held in Israeli prisons. Student activists involved in the elected council or other organizations are particularly targeted for arrest, interrogation and imprisonment; nearly every year, the Bir Zeit student body president is seized by occupation forces and prevented from carrying out his or her term on campus.
  • "BDS veroordeelt antisemitische, fascistische krachten in Duitsland en de rest van de wereld" (Palestijns Nationaal BDS Comité, 28 aug 2019): click here!
    De BDS-beweging voor Palestijnse rechten veroordeelt in de meest krachtige bewoordingen de opkomende racistische en fascistische groeperingen in Duitsland en in heel Europa. Onze geweldloze beweging verzet zich principieel tegen alle vormen van racisme en rassendiscriminatie, waaronder antisemitisme en islamofobie.
  • "Guarantee full freedom of movement for international academics working at Palestinian academic institutions!" (petition, googleform, Academia for Equality): click here!
  • "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.

Analyses:

  • Awad ABDELFATTAH & Jeff HALPER: "A just future demands the decolonization of Palestine – and a democratic state for all" (+972, Dec 10, 2019): click here!
    Understanding the 'conflict' as a settler colonial struggle allows us to build a holistic path toward a liberated society for Palestinians and Israelis.
  • Amjad IRAQI: "Unlike South Africa, the world is giving Israel a pass on apartheid" (+972, July 26, 2019): click here!
    A UN Security Council resolution rejecting South Africa’s 1983 constitution shows that there is precedent and necessity to act against Israel’s Nation-State Law.
  • Paul LOOKMAN: "Hoe wetenschappers kunnen bijdragen aan een oplossing van de kwestie-Palestina" (Geopolitiek in Context, 7 juli, 2019): click here!
    Terreuraanslagen en de kwestie-Palestina hangen met elkaar samen. Het plan-Kushner is de laatste nagel in de doodskist van een tweestatenoplossing. De alternatieven zijn apartheid of etnische zuivering. Annexatie van de Westelijke Jordaanoever overschrijdt een Europese rode lijn. Media, politieke wetenschappers en intellectuelen kunnen het verschil maken..
  • 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's Incremental Genocide:

  • Eyal SAGIV, “Israel killed 222 Gaza protestors since 2018. Only one soldier has been indicted" (+972, Nov 6, 2019): click here!
    As Othman Hiles began climbing the Gaza fence, an Israeli soldier opened fire and killed the unarmed boy. The soldier’s sentence? Community service.
  • Gideon LEVY, “No one in Israel knew they were committing a massacre, and they didn't care" (Haaretz, Nov 17, 2019): click here!
    "The bomber pilot didn’t know. His commanders who gave him the orders also didn’t know. The defense minister and the commander in chief didn’t know. Nor did the commander of the air force. The intelligence officers who aimed at the target didn’t know. The army spokesman who lied without a qualm also didn’t know. None of our heroes knew. The ones who always know everything suddenly didn’t know. The ones who can track down the son of a wanted man in a Damascus suburb didn’t know that sleeping inside their miserable hovel in Dir al-Balah was an impoverished family. They, who serve in the most moral army and the most advanced intelligence services in the world, didn’t know that the flimsy tin shack had long since stopped being part of the “Islamic Jihad infrastructure,” and it’s doubtful that it ever was. They didn’t know and they didn’t bother to check — after all, what’s the worst that could happen? Reporter Yaniv Kubovich revealed the shocking truth on Friday on the Haaretz website : The target had not been re-examined for at least one year prior to the strike, the individual who was supposedly its target never existed and the intelligence was based on rumors. The bomb was dropped anyway. The result: eight bodies in colorful shrouds, some of them horrifically tiny, all in a row; members of a single extended family, the Asoarkas, five of them children — including two infants."
  • Report: "Poverty Rate in Gaza Strip Highest Worldwide" (Ashark Al-Awsat, Oct 21 2019): click here!
    The Ministry of Social Development in the Gaza Strip said in a report that the 2019 poverty rate in the enclave is the highest in the world. On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, celebrated on Oct. 17, the Ministry’s undersecretary, Ghazi Hamad, said that poverty and unemployment rates have reached nearly 75 percent in 2019.
  • Jonathan COOK, “Uninhabitable: Gaza Faces Moment of Truth" (The Link, Vol. 55, Issue 3, Augustus-September 2019, pdf, 16p.): click here!
    The only way Israelis can be made to sit up and take note of the disaster unfolding next door in Gaza, it seems, is when they fear the fallout may spill out of the tiny coastal enclave and engulf them too. Environmental experts from two Israeli universities issued a report in June warning that the imminent collapse of Gaza’s water, sewage and electricity infrastructure would soon rebound on Israel.
  • Motasem A DALLOUL, “Israel’s Harsh Collective Punishment of Gaza Palestinians aims at Ethnic Cleansing" (MEMo via Informed Comment, Aug 28, 2019): click here!
    Last week, Israel announced that it was ready to open its ports for the Gaza residents who want to emigrate. This suggests strongly that the government in Tel Aviv has been inflicting suffering on the Gaza Strip intentionally in an effort to push its residents to leave.
  • 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:

  • *PALESTINIAN REFUGEES IN (19) WEST BANK & (8) GAZA STRIP CAMPS (pdf, 2p.): click here!
  • *List of (110) international Solidarity with Palestine organisations: click here!
  • *List of (18) Jewish Solidarity Movements: click here!
  • *List of (70) Israeli & Palestinian Human Rights & Humanitarian Organisations (14 Nov 2019): click here!

  • ADDAMEER Annual Violations Report 2018 (pdf, 98p.): click here!
    In 2018, the Israeli occupation authorities continued implementing their main policy to enshrine the apartheid and racism regime against Palestinians, this policy is integrated within its laws, judiciary and practices… In 2018, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested around (6500) Palestinians, including (1080) children, (133) women, (6) PLC members and (17) journalists. Additionally, they issued (912) administrative detention orders, (398) of which were new. In 2018, the IOF continued its policy of arbitrary detention of Palestinians. The year, 2018, ended with 5700 Palestinian detained in Israeli prisons, this number included (230) were children, (54) are females including one minor, approximately (500) administrative detainees, (19) journalists, (8) PLC members, and around (700) prisoners with health issues needing urgent medical attention. There are also (27) long-term prisoners who were arrested before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993; including the two longest serving prisoners, Karim and Maher Younis, who were arrested in 1983.”
  • Kenniscentrum Israël Palestina. Documentatie over Palestijnen, Israël, Midden-Oosten (docP): click here!
    Een volledig vernieuwd digitaal kenniscentrum over Israël en Palestina. Met inmiddels een kleine honderd artikelen over onderwerpen die belangrijk zijn voor het begrip van wat er is gebeurd in het Palestina van vóór 1948, in de joodse staat vanaf 1948 en in de bezette gebieden. En voor wat er vandaag de dag aan de hand is in de Negev woestijn, in de Jordaanvallei en in Jeruzalem...
  • Court of Justice of the European Union, "Press Release No 140/19, 12 November 2019" (pdf, 2p.): click here!
    Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin, accompanied, where those foodstuffs come from an Israeli settlement within that territory, by the indication of that provenance.
  • "Letter from European researchers and academics concerning Israel's participation in Horizon Europe" (June 4, 2019, pdf, 6p., with list of 155 endorsers): click here!
    Letter sent to: Ms. Federica Mogherini - High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and to: Mr Carlos Moedas - European Commission, DG for Research and Innovation. The letter was answered by Commissioner Moedas, July 11: click here!
  • 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!

Resources: Books

  • Yasmeen ABU-LABAN & Abigail B. BAKAN, "Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race." I.B. Tauris 2019, ISBN: 9781780765334, 352p. Online price: £20.69: click here!
    As the situation in Israel/Palestine seems to become ever more intractable and protracted, the need for new ways of looking at recent developments and their historical roots is more pressing than ever. Bearing this in mind, Yasmeen Abu-Laban and Abigail B.Bakan discuss the historic and contemporary dynamics in Israel/Palestine, and their international reverberations, from the unique vantage point of 'race', racialization, racism and anti-racism. They therefore offer close analysis of the 'idea' of Israel and the 'absence' of Palestine by examining the concepts of race and identity in the region. With fresh coverage of themes relating to gender, indigeneity, the environment, surveillance and the war on terror, "Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race" will appeal to scholars in political science, sociology and Middle East studies.
  • Massoud HAYOUN, "When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family's Forgotten History." The New Press, 2019, hard cover, 304 p., ISBN: 978-1-62097-416-2; $ 24.29.: click here!
    Review/Report: Dana El Kurd, "Memoir of a Jewish Arab" (Middle East Report Online, Oct 04): click here!
  • Noura ERAKAT, "Justice for Some. Law and the Question of Palestine." Stanford UP, April 2019, Cloth ISBN: 9780804798259, 352 pages, $30.00: click here!
    Justice for Some offers a new approach to understanding the Palestinian struggle for freedom, told through the power and control of international law. Focusing on key junctures — from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to present-day wars in Gaza — Noura Erakat shows how the strategic deployment of law has shaped current conditions. Over the past century, the law has done more to advance Israel's interests than the Palestinians'. But, Erakat argues, this outcome was never inevitable. Interview & excerpt on Jadaliyya: click here!
  • Uri BEN-ELIEZER, "War over Peace: One Hundred Years of Israel’s Militaristic Nationalism." Transl. by Shaul Vardi. 2019, University of California Press, ISBN: 9780520304345, 328p., $34.95/£27.00: click here!
    Review by Rod Such, "Religiously inspired colonial nationalism feeds Israel’s wars" (The Electronic Intifada, 14 Aug): click here!
    Religiously inspired colonial nationalism feeds Israel's wars. "War over Peace", by the Israeli sociologist Uri Ben-Eliezer, raises several questions about the nature of Israeli society, chief among them being: Why has Israel attempted to solve virtually every conflict it has encountered or engendered by military rather than diplomatic means? His answer might briefly be summarized as follows: War and violence are embedded in Zionist ideology.
  • Ronit LENTIN, "Traces of Racial Exception. Racializing Israeli Settler Colonialism" Bloomsbury, 2018, ISBN: 9781350032057, 224p.; online price: £73.44: click here!
    Positioning race front and centre, this book theorizes that political violence, in the form of a socio-political process that differentiates between human and less-than-human populations, is used by the state of Israel in racializing and ruling the citizens of occupied Palestine. Lentin argues that Israel's rule over Palestine is an example of Agamben's state of exception, Goldberg's racial state and Wolfe's settler colony; the Israeli racial settler colony employs its laws to rule besieged Palestine, while excluding itself and its Jewish citizen-colonists from legal instruments and governmental technologies. Governing through emergency legislation and through practices of exception, emergency, necessity and security, Israel positions itself outside domestic and international law.
  • Ilan PAPPE, "Ten Myths About Israel" Verso, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-78663-019-3, 171p.; £9.99: click here!
    In this groundbreaking book, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Occupation, the outspoken and radical Israeli historian Ilan Pappé examines the most contested ideas concerning the origins and identity of the contemporary state of Israel.

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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