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Why Boycott?

  • 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."...


  • List of Law-Train documents (14 Oct 2016):klik hier!
  • "Open brief aan KU Leuven-rector Rik Torfs: "Geen samenwerking met de Israëlische politie"" (, 26 september, 2016): klik hier! Met aangepaste lijst (.docx): klik hier! Uitvoerig dossier (11 okt 2016, pdf, 27 blz.): klik hier!
    Israëlische instellingen en bedrijven genieten een geprivilegieerde toegang tot Horizon 2020, het lopende EU programma voor onderzoek en innovatie. Eén van deze projecten is “LAW-TRAIN”, dat wordt gecoördineerd door de Bar Ilan University en met het Israëlische Ministerie van Publieke Veiligheid, inclusief de Israëlische Nationale Politie, als partner.
  • "Lettre ouverte au recteur de la KULeuven: « Non à la coopération avec le système répressif israélien »" (BACBI, 21 septembre, 2016; trad. par Jean Marie L.M. Flémal): cliquez ici!
    Comme les autres projets faisant partie du programme européen de recherche et d’innovation, « Horizon 2020 », le projet « Law-Train » est financé par l'Union européenne. Coordonné par l'Université israélienne de Bar Ilan, il inclut la participation, pour Israël, du ministère de la Sécurité publique et de la Police nationale.
  • "Over goedbedoelende obsessies". Repliek op dhr M.Geleyn in (4 oktober 2016): "Vanwaar toch die obsessie van goedbedoelende mensen om zich alleen tegen Israel te richten?": klik hier!
  • À propos des « obsessions bien intentionnées ». Réponse à M.Geleyn (, 4 octobre 2016): ""D'où vient cette obsession de gens bien intentionnés de viser seulement Israël?" (trad. par Jean Marie L.M. Flémal): cliquez ici!

Current Affairs:

  • Charlotte SILVER: "Israel lobby lawsuits aim to slow boycott in Spain" (The Electronic Intifada, Oct 27, 2016): click here!
    In July 2014, at the height of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, Spain’s RESCOP launched a national campaign targeting local cultural institutions, businesses and associations, asking that they declare themselves “free of Israeli apartheid.” That effort has since grown, in both size and kind. Today, there are more than 50 participating cities and towns across the country.
  • Hagai EL AD: "B’Tselem klaagt 49 jaar bezetting Palestina aan in VN-Veiligheidsraad” (De Wereld Morgen, 25 okt, 2016): click here!
    Op 14 oktober 2016 hield Hagai El-Ad, directeur van de Israëlische mensenrechtenorganisatie B’Tselem, een indrukwekkende toespraak voor de VN-Veiligheidsraad. In 2017 is de bezetting van de Palestijnse gebieden 50 jaar oud. In een bevlogen betoog neemt El-Ad zijn toehoorders mee naar wat dat betekent voor miljoenen Palestijnen.
  • Nadia NASER-NAJJAB: "A Palestinian perspective on the legacy of Shimon Peres” (+972, Sept 29, 2016): click here!
    The distrust with which Palestinians treat the Israeli peace camp frequently appears as something of a surprise, and even affront, to international observers. But the difference between Israeli left and right is all too frequently one of degree, rather than kind.
  • C.J. POLYCHRONIOU & Lily SAGE: "'A Continuous War Mentality': Richard Falk on Israel's Human Rights Abuses" (truthout, Sept 10, 2016): click here!
    Israel's treatment of Palestinians mirrors the abominable system of apartheid in South Africa, but many members of the "international community" who fueled the gradual delegitimization and eventual collapse of South Africa's apartheid regime are failing to apply similar pressure against Israel. In fact, many nations are even strengthening their ties with the Israeli government.
  • "Lawyer: Israeli authorities torture Palestinian minors during detention, interrogation" (Ma'an, Aug 21, 2016): click here!
    Teenage Palestinians in Israeli prisons and detention centers say they have been tortured, verbally abused, kicked, and slapped by Israeli interrogators during detention and interrogation, according to a lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs, who recently conducted a series of visits with Palestinian teens in Israeli custody.
  • Avigail ABARBANEL: "The Palestine-Israel language trap" (Mondoweiss, Aug 19, 2016): click here.
    Last Saturday I attended a one-day conference on Israeli Settler-colonialism in Palestine organised by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) in Edinburgh. It was a moving and gripping day. All the speakers at the conference acknowledged, each in his own way, that speaking about settler-colonialism in Palestine-Israel clarifies and simplifies the narrative about what is really going on there.


  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2 (EN): "The "LAW-TRAIN" Project: Why A Partnership With The Israeli Police Is Indefensible" (14 november 2016, pdf, 29p.): click here!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2 (FR): "Le projet "LAW-TRAIN": Un partenariat avec la police israélienne est indéfendable" (6 décembre 2016, pdf, 42p.): klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2 (NL): "Het “LAW-TRAIN” Project: Waarom een partnership met de Israëlische politie onverdedigbaar is" (6 december 2016, pdf, 37p.): klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2: "Geen samenwerking met de Israëlische politie. N.a.v. de deelname van KULeuven aan het “LAW-TRAIN” project" (26 oktober 2016, pdf, 29 p.): klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 1: "Het Technion: Universiteit en Kolonialisme. Kritisch commmentaar bij wetenschappelijke partnerships met Israël" (Herman De Ley, 15 oktober 2016, pdf, 89 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 Co-ordinating Committee:

  • Prof. Marie-Christine Closon (UCLouvain), Prof. Patrick Deboosere (VUBrussel), 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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