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

 
 


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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."...
  • BACBI: Appel pour le boycott académique d'Israël (15 janvier, 2017): cliquez ici!
  • BACBI: Call for the Academic Boycott of Israel (January 15, 2017): click here!
  • BACBI: Oproep voor de academische boycot van Israël (15 januari, 2017): klik hier!

(Calls to) Action:

  • Petition: "UN - either endorse the UN-ESCWA report on Israeli apartheid or disprove it." (change.org): click here!
    We urge the UN to either endorse this report as a factual document written by one of its own committees, and a condemnation of apartheid; or in refuting or distancing from it, to give specific factual evidence as to where this report is factually wrong and clarify these errors or inaccuracies.
  • "Law-Train": BACBI Letter to Ms. Federica Mogherini and Mr. Carlos Moedas (March 8, 2017): click here! Also on AURDIP, 10 March: click here! Trad. française: cliquez ici!; aussi sur AURDIP, mars 13: cliquez ici!. Nederlandse vertaling: klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2: "The Law-Train Project: Why a Partnership with the Israeli Police is Indefensible" (March 8, 2017, 50p.): klik hier!
  • BACBI-persbericht, Antwerpen, 7 maart 2017: Infoavond over Palestijnse gevangenen wordt niet gecensureerd: klik hier!
  • "Racism and Racial Discrimination are the Antithesis of Freedom, Justice & Equality" (Palestinian BDS National Committee, March 7, 2017): click here.
    The global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people is an inclusive, nonviolent human rights movement that rejects all forms of racism and racial discrimination.
  • "Justice for Palestine now – end EUROPEAN complicity! A call from organizations throughout Europe" (ECCP, Feb 7, 2017): click here!
  • "Hundreds of Belgian academics and artists urge their government to end participation in joint EU funded project with Israeli National Police" (ECCP, Feb 4, 2017): click here!
  • "Hundreds of Belgian artists and academics urge government to end participation in EU project cooperating with Israeli National Police (BDS Movement, Jan 30, 2017): click here!
  • Appel au Procureur Fédéral, Frédéric Van Leeuw, d'arrêter la participation belge au projet "Law-Train" (janvier 27, 2017): cliquez ici!
  • Oproep aan Minister Koen Geens de Belgische deelname aan "Law-Train" stop te zetten (januari 27, 2017): klik hier!
  • "Free speech on Israel under attack in universities - Letter from 243 academics" (The Guardian, 27 Feb, 2017): click here!
    "These are outrageous interferences with free expression, and are direct attacks on academic freedom. As academics with positions at UK universities, we wish to express our dismay at this attempt to silence campus discussion about Israel, including its violation of the rights of Palestinians for more than 50 years. It is with disbelief that we witness explicit political interference in university affairs in the interests of Israel under the thin disguise of concern about antisemitism."
  • "TAKE ACTION! Urgent call to free Nael Barghouthi, longest-held Palestinian prisoner" (Samidoun, Petition): click here!
    Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi, 59 has been imprisoned for 36 years in Israeli jails, and he is the longest-held Palestinian political prisoner. Today, on the basis of so-called "secret evidence," he is threatened with the re-imposition of life imprisonment with no charges and no legitimate trial.
  • "Sign the Petition! Stop Israeli Military Detention!" (No way to treat a child): click here!>
    Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes around 700 children in military courts each year. Three out of every four of these children endure some form of physical violence at the hands of Israeli soldiers or officers following arrest.
  • LOPENDE PETITIE: "KU Leuven, stop samenwerking met Israëlische politie!", klik hier!
  • "LAW-TRAIN" website (+ petition, FR-NL): klik hier!
  • List of Law-Train resources (10 Dec 2016):klik hier!

Current Affairs:

  • "Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf" (Jadaliyya, March 18, 2017): click here!
    [The following text is the resignation letter submitted by ESWA Executie Secretary Rima Khalaf in response to the formal request by UN Secretary General that ESCWA withdraw the publication of a report that asserts Israel is committing Apartheid.]
  • "Palestine and the Israeli Occupation, Issue No. 1: Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid, Executive Summary" (Unescwa.org, 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".
  • "Knesset passes 'BDS ban' preventing foreign boycott supporters from entering Israel" (Ma'an, March 8, 2017): click here!
    Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed an amendment into law on Monday evening forbidding entry into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to foreigners calling for a boycott of Israel, Israeli media reported.
  • Maureen Clare MURPHY: "Prominent Palestinian activist killed in Israeli raid" (IE, March 6, 2017): click here!.
    Israeli forces killed a prominent Palestinian activist during a raid on a home in the town of al-Bireh, near the city of Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, on Monday.
  • Aaron TORDJMAN: "Israël est, par définition, une colonie européenne" (Union juive française pour la paix, UJFP, 6 février, 2017): click here!
    Comment se fait-il que la Palestine, partie intégrante du Moyen-Orient, et morceau de terre habité depuis l’Antiquité par une population orientale ayant adopté, depuis plus d’un millénaire, la culture et la langue arabe, à l’instar de la Syrie, de l’Égypte ou de l’Algérie, soit, en une centaine d’années, devenue un État peuplé de migrants venus du monde entier ?
  • "They try to equate Zionism and Judaism”- Interview with lecturer Eleonora Roldán Mendívil (FU Berlin) (Die Freiheitsliebe, 17 Jan, 2017): on this site
    Lecturer Roldán Mendívil has been accused of anti-Semitism for calling Israel a colonialist and apartheid State. For the time being, her next academic assignment is suspended.
  • Pascal DEBRUYNE: "Ontsnappen aan de perpetuum mobile van geweld in Israël en Palestina" (MO*, 16 jan, 2017): click here!
    Dat er grenzen zijn aan geweld is een terechte vaststelling van hoofdredacteur Karel Verhoeven van De Standaard. Dat Dyab Abou JahJah die grens zou hebben overschreden is, politiek én legaal gezien, erg betwijfelbaar. Dat betoogt onderzoeker Pascal Debruyne van de Universiteit Gent in een diepgaande analyse. Want welke grenzen zijn er dan wel aan het geweld en hoe is vrede nog mogelijk in Israël en Palestina?
  • Richard FALK: "2017: A year to recall three bleak Palestinian anniversaries" (Middle East Eye, Dec 27, 2016): click here!.
    Only nonviolent resistance of Palestinians to their prolonged ordeal and transnational civil society activism seem to have any capacity to exert positive change to the status quo.
  • "Resolution 2334 (2016) Adopted by the Security Council at its 7853rd meeting, on 23 December 2016" (UN Security Council, 23 Dec, 2016): click here!
  • "Groundbreaking statement by 200 European Legal Scholars Upholds the Right to BDS for Palestinian Rights" (BDS Movement, Dec 8, 2016): click here! *Dutch version: klik hier! * Version française: cliquez ici!
    Palestinians welcome statement as “a major blow to Israel’s repressive legal war” on the BDS movement: Renowned legal scholars and lawyers from 15 European countries consider BDS as “a lawful exercise of freedom of expression”. Palestinian BDS human rights defenders welcome the statement as a “defining moment” in asserting their right to boycott Israel to realize Palestinian rights

Resources:

  • "Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian. People and the Question of Apartheid" (UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Palestine and the Israeli Occupation, Issue No. 1, Beirut 2017, 74p., removed but saved on bacbi!): click here!
    This report establishes, on the basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid. However, only a ruling by an international tribunal in that sense would make such an assessment truly authoritative... 4. National Governments should support boycott, divestment and sanctions activities and respond positively to calls for such initiatives.
  • "The Palestinian Revolution". A bilingual Arabic/English online learning resource that explores Palestinian revolutionary practice and thought from the Nakba of 1948, to the siege of Beirut in 1982: 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.): klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 2 (NL): "Het “LAW-TRAIN” Project: Waarom een partnership met de Israëlische politie onverdedigbaar is" (17 maart 2017, pdf, 54p.): klik hier!
  • BACBI-Dossier Nr 1: "Universiteit en Kolonialisme. Bedenkingen bij partnerships met Israël" (Herman De Ley, update 4 maart 2017, pdf, 97 p.): klik hier!
  • Katarzyna Lemanska: "Les liens entre la Belgique et l'occupation israélienne" (Étude, avril 2014; mise à jour en août 2014, pdf, 89p.): klik hier!
  • Uri Yacobi Keller: "Academic Boycott of Israel and the Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in Occupation of Palestinian Territories" (in: The Economy of the Occupation, A Socioeconomic Bulletin, No 23, October 2009, The Alternative Information Center), pdf, 64pp.: click here!

The Coordinating Committee:

  • Prof. Marie-Christine Closon (UCLouvain), Prof. Patrick Deboosere (VUBrussel), Dr. Pascal Debruyne (UGent), Prof. Lieven De Cauter (KULeuven), Em.Prof. Herman De Ley (UGent), Lieve Franssen (dirigent Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor), Carl Gydé (director CAMPO), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULBruxelles), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (ULiège), Raven Ruëll (metteur en scène).

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