Belgian Academics & Artists For Palestine


Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI):

"BDS represents an extraordinary campaign to address an extraordinary situation of prolonged oppressive occumation, colonization, apartheid, refugee and exile confinement, and denial of human rights, including the right of self-determination"
(Richard Falk, "Palestine's Horizon Toward a Just Peace, " Pluto Press 2017, p. 85).

This page offers some information on the international campaign for an academic and cultural boycott of Israel:
(a) the origins and objectives of the BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) and PACBI campaigns ;
(b) international academic associations supporting the academic boycott of Israel;
(c) some resources;
(d) endorsing PACBI's boycott call.

(a) Origins of the Palestinian Boycott Calls:

The "Palestinian Call for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel" was initiated in 2004 to contribute to the international struggle for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. It advocates for a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions because of their deep and persistent complicity in Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights that are stipulated in international law and in order to put international pressure on the Israeli apartheid regime.
PACBI is a founding member of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), and is tasked with overseeing the academic and cultural boycott aspects of BDS. The BNC, including PACBI, is committed to freedom of expression as stipulated in the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and, as such, rejects on principle, boycotts of individuals based on their opinion or identity (such as citizenship, race, gender, or religion). 
The PACBI campaign has been launched by the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees; Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions; Palestinian NGO Network, West Bank; Teachers' Federation; Palestinian Writers' Federation; Palestinian League of Artists; Palestinian Journalists' Federation; General Union of Palestinian Women; Palestinian Lawyers' Association; and tens of other Palestinian federations, associations, and civil society organizations. (BDS Movement, 6 July 2004, click here!)

(b) International 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!
  • Faculty for Palestine (F4P, Canada): 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!
  • Sidney Staff for BDS: 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!
  • Carta de boicot académico a Israel: Hasta febrero del 2022 más de 220 investigadorxs y docentes universitarixs de 14 países latinoamericanos se han adherido a la carta latinoamericana de boicot académico a Israel: click here!
  • (c) Some Resources for the Boycott Calls:

    ─ Why boycott Israel? What is BDS? (BDS Movement): click here!
    ─ PACBI Guidelines for the International Academicl Boycott of Israel (BDS Movement, July 9, 2014): click here!
    ─ PACBI Guidelines for the International Cultural Boycott of Israel (BDS Movement, July 16, 2014): click here!
    ─ Omar Barghouti, "Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions. Globalized Palestinian Resistance to Israel's Settler Colonialism and Apartheid" (Institute for PalestineStudies-USA, Current Issues, December 2020, pdf, 42p.): click here!
    ─ #PACBI Year in Review 2021: An Unprecedented Year of Support for Palestinian Right (BDS, January 11, 2022): click here!
    ─ The European Legal Support Center - ELSC: click here!
    ─ Selection (since 2002) of articles, comments and discussions, click here!

    (d) Endorsing PACBI's Boycott Call:

    Responding to the 2005 Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel (BDS), in our capacity of academics, intellectuals, artists and cultural workers living in Belgium we support PACBI's call to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions. Our friends and colleagues in Belgium's academic, intellectual and artistic community have been called upon to undertake this same commitment while applying the following principles:

    1. Refrain from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint project with Israeli institutions and research entities.
    2. Advocate a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions, but nót of individual Israeli colleagues, at the national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to those institutions.
    3. Promote divestment and disinvestment by international academic institutions from Israel and multinational corporations that are instrumental in the systematic violations of international law committed by the state of Israel.
    4. Work towards the condemnation of Israeli settler colonial policies by pressing for resolutions to be adopted by academic, professional and cultural associations and organisations.
    5. Support constructive dialogue with Israeli colleagues to jointly strive for the respect of international law by the state of Israel, in the same spirit as the call for co‐resistance by Palestinian academics who launched the PACBI initiative;
    6. Support Palestinian academic and cultural institutions, specifically in their fight against Israel policies of scholasticide.

    Under PACBI's inspiration, "BACBI" ─ 'Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel - between 2015 and 2019 organisedthe boycott pledge which has been endorsed by some 495 academics and intellectuals and 198 artists and cultural workers, living in Belgium. After 2019 the campaign for individual pledges stalled. Whenever possible we support international boycott campaigns, not only against Israeli academic institutions complicit with Israel's occupation and violence but also against the organisation of international academic conferences in Israel. In Belgium itself we participated actively in the campaign against Belgian participation in a European research project based on collaboration with the Israel Police (Horizon 2020).

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