Belgian Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel Academic Newsletter No 34 (April 2018)
"I hear most frustrating discussions by solidarity activists that are constantly centered around defending themselves against accusations of antisemitism. They cite Israeli writers to prove their point. They reference Haaretz not the Electronic Intifada or the Palestine Chronicle. They know everything that can be known about the history of the Zionist movement; little about Palestine. They go out of their way to prove their good intentions and demonstrate their innocence" (Ramzy Baroud).
"It is hard to predict the future consequences of Israel's policy towards Palestinian school children in the territory it occupies, but easy to understand the goal. The Israeli army is forcing Palestinians to make a cruel choice between their land and their children's futures"(Orly Noy).
Join the movement: We're not talking about something hypothetical. It's something that's happening right now, every day: Israel is trying to displace thousands of Palestinians who live in about 200 farming-shepherding communities throughout Area C of the West Bank. They face imminent expulsion and are subject to abuse, violence and dispossession. VIDEO.
The Israeli authorities must immediately release Palestinian prisoner of conscience Munther Amira, whose arrest, continued detention and sentencing to six months in prison and five years' probation for peacefully participating in protests is a blatant and appalling attempt to intimidate those who peacefully protest against Israel's occupation, Amnesty International said today.
The British Association of Social Workers joins with Amnesty International in calling on the Israeli authorities to release Munther Amira, who has been sentenced to six months in prison after being arrested for peacefully protesting the detention of Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman.
Imprisoned Palestinian student leader Omar Kiswani is on hunger strike in Israeli prison in protest against his ongoing detention without charge and interrogation. Kiswani is the president of the Student Council at Bir Zeit University and was seized on 7 March when undercover Israeli occupation forces invaded the university campus, pretending to be journalists.
photo: Palestinian and Israeli activists march in Hebron to mark the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre and oppose the occupation, March 2017. Palestinian-Israeli co-resistance as a concept, position and practice is not a matter of choice. Rather, it is a political, social and cultural necessity imposed by the reality of the long-enduring Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territory, Prof Michael Lynk, has found Israel to be "in profound breach of the right to health with respect to the OPT" in his latest report.
"Salute to all Palestinian women and women of the world. On this International Women's Day, I affirm the importance of solidarity among women in their national and social struggles against colonization, discrimination, and social & economic exploitation."
From 30th of March till 15th of May, there will be 6 weeks of protests for Palestinian refugees' returning right to their occupied lands. Protests will be in border of Gaza-Israel. Will the occupier Israelis attack these Palestinian protesters, too?
I am the Gaza correspondent for a blog called "Canada Talks Israel Palestine." In response to my introduction, an Israeli man named Amir wrote a message which sparked an intense exchange. My reply to Amir might be helpful if you encounter similar arguments in defense of Israeli policies and behavior.
En tant qu'universitaires, nous sommes très préoccupés par le fait que, parmi tous les objectifs énumérés dans la suite, il n'y en a pas un seul qui se propose de faire progresser la démocratie, les droits de l'homme et la liberté d'expression dans l'UE et à l'international.
The EU has set up a military research programme for the first time this year, with the objective of helping to preserve the competitiveness of the arms industry. The so-called Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) allocates a total sum of 90 million euros to military research projects over a three-year period up to 2020.We invite all scientists, academics and researchers to sign this pledge and to call on the EU to stop funding military research programmes.
Last Wednesday, 21 March, Ahed, Nariman, and Noor Tamimi were all sentenced under a plea agreement with the Military prosecutor. Ahed will serve 8 months in jail, receive a 3-year suspended sentence, and pay 5,000 shekels ($1,400 USD). Nariman will serve 8 months, pay 6,000 shekels ($1,700 USD), and also receive a 3-year suspended sentence.
The continued imprisonment of Palestinian child activist Ahed Tamimi is a flagrant attempt to intimidate those who dare challenge the circumstances of the ongoing occupation, AI said today.“By sentencing Ahed to 8 months in prison the Israeli authorities have confirmed yet again that they have no regard for the rights of Palestinian children, and have no intention to reverse their discriminatory policies".
The conviction rate in Israel's military courts in the West Bank is almost 100% - not because the military prosecution is so efficient, but because Palestinian defendants reluctantly sign plea bargains in which they plead guilty. A new report published yesterday by B’Tselemshows how the measures that Israel has showcased over the last decade as examples of its improved treatment of Palestinian minors in military courts have little to do with the protection of minors and everything to do with public relations. In fact, the function of the military juvenile court boils down to signing off on plea bargains.
"Het Israëlische militaire rechtsysteem wordt gekenmerkt door langdurige voorlopige hechtenis, misbruik van kinderen en schijnprocessen", zegt Sarah Leah Whitson van mensenrechtenorganisatie Human Rights Watch.
...The centuries-old victimization, persecution and finally attempted annihilation of the Jewish people by European fascism does not entitle the State of Israel to use the historic and collective pain of an oppressed people to disguise and excuse the fascist principles of national, cultural and xenophobic supremacy of Zionism and the oppression and annihilation of Palestine and Palestinians.
L'armée israélienne semble ne plus reculer devant rien pour briser la résistance, pourtant pacifique, de la famille Tamimi, au coeur de la Cisjordanie occupée. La propagande israélienne s'est longtemps efforcée de stigmatiser comme " terroriste " toute forme de résistance de la part de la population palestinienne.
Alors qu’Israël célébrera son “indépendance”, en plus de la ruine et de l’exil des Palestiniens, Elor Azaria pourra célébrer sa ‘libération” en plus de la ruine de la vie d’Ahed Tamimi, sans que la fin de sa captivité ne soit en vue, même quand elle sortira de prison.
Despite the hardships, Arab women are making gains in the Israeli legal establishment, local politics, academia, and even in the Islamic Movement. What is certain is that social norms in the Arab community are constantly changing, mainly thanks to the tens of thousands of Arab women who do not give up on themselves.
More than a decade ago, US President Jimmy Carter warned that Israel was practising apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territories.But in truth, it would be more accurate to say Israel itself is an apartheid state.
Scientific research has been accorded a high priority in cooperation between Israel and the EU. Israel is an active participant in Horizon 2020, an EU scheme aimed at encouraging innovation, which has been earmarked almost $100 billion over a seven-year period.
In breathtaking cognitive dissonance that is impossible to explain, so-called liberal Zionists stand against every wrong known to man except for the wrong meted out by the Zionist movement to Palestinian Arabs.
Après une semaine de festival sur la Palestine à Gand, Rasmea Odeh est intervenue au Space à Bruxelles le 24 février 2018 à la conférence " Une vie de lutte pour la justice " co-organisée par le Space, l'Ass. Belgo-Palestinienne, Palestina Solidariteit et Eye on Palestine. Qui est Rasmea Odeh ?
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories (OCHA) has published a report detailing the ramifications of Israel's military occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Numerous projects work to flood social media with pro-Israel propaganda, while blocking facts Israel dislikes. The projects utilize Israeli soldiers, students, American teens and others, and range from infiltrating Wikipedia to influencing YouTube.
Last Wednesday, Palestinians in Jerusalem were hit with yet another travesty. The Israeli parliament ratified a bill that allows the minister of interior to revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian who poses a threat to Israel, or, more specifically, is suspected of a "breach of loyalty" to Israel.
The peacemaking of the Oslo Accords is stuck over the same linked problems that thwarted peacemaking during the previous generation: terrorism, settlements, Jerusalem, borders, the economy, and refugees.
Despite Israel's efforts to censor it, Omar Barghouti gave this talk at the "Israeli Settlements in Palestine and the European Union" conference held at the EP on February 28, 2018. It was organized by MEP Ana Gomes of Portugal.
Dear Ms. von Schnurbein, we wish to record our dismay at the smear campaign directed against Ana Gomes MEP following the event she held in the EP on the 28th of February entitled "The Israeli settlements in Palestine and the EU".
Students have voted for Trinity College Dublin Students' Union (TCDSU) to support the BDS movement against Israel and work towards its implementation in Trinity. BDS won the support of 1287 students, representing 64.5% of the total poll of 2050.
A university lecturer and Palestine rights activist will be allowed to speak at Arizona State University next month, after initially being barred due to a state law blacklisting advocates of an Israel boycott.
Dexia Israel Bank was sinds de aankoop in 2001 een favoriete schietschijf van vredesactivisten, die de kredietverschaffer van Israëlische lokale besturen beschuldigen de bezetting van Palestijnse gebieden in de West Bank te financieren.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report identifying, but not naming, 206 companies doing business linked to illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
On se souviendra du célèbre scientifique, maintenant décédé, non seulement pour son travail mais également pour son soutien à la Palestine. Hawking a fait les gros titres en Mai 2013 lorsqu'il a décidé de boycotter une conférence de haut rang en Israël où il devait prendre la parole.
The Israeli authorities are exerting pressure on Facebook to comply with more of their demands. Earlier this month, members of the Knesset discussed how to suppress content of which they disapproved on the social media website.
6 maart ondertekenden vrijwel alle partijen die meedoen aan de Amsterdamse gemeenteraadsverkiezingen een zgn. 'Joods Akkoord'. Ze verbinden zich aan een aantal uitgangspunten en maatregelen ter bestrijding van antisemitisme in de stad.
UN officials condemned the continued arbitrary detention of Palestinian children by Israel saying the practice has become "systematic and widely spread". A series of UN reports presented at the Human Rights Council show how the living conditions of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza have dramatically worsened over the past year, and how children are bearing the brunt of the Israeli occupation.
2 ex-militairen staan terecht voor het doodschieten van een 16-jarige jongen in 2013. De strafzaak is 'een selectieve toepassing van de wet', stellen zij. Militairen worden bijna nooit aangeklaagd na het doden van een Palestijn. Waarom zij dan wel?
The Al-Khalil activist group, Human Rights Defenders, and the residents of Shuhada street organized a demonstration on 4 February led by kindergartners and other children to protest the imprisonment of 350 child prisoners currently being held in Israeli jails. Some of the children being held in jail are as young as twelve years old.
Luis Gutierrez spoke at a rally in his Chicago district on Monday to urge fellow members of Congress to join him in backing an unprecedented bill that aims to end Israel's violations of Palestinian children's rights.
Israel exercises direct control over the 20% of Hebron City, known as H2, which is home to approximately 40,000 Palestinians and a few hundred Israeli settlers. Israeli policies and practices have resulted in the forcible transfer of Palestinians from their homes in Hebron city, reducing a once thriving area to a ‘ghost town’.
Depuis quelques semaines, l'armée d'’'occupation a entrepris de constituer une énorme base de données contenant les données personnelles du plus grand nombre possible de Palestiniens apparemment choisis au hasard lors de leur passage à un checkpoint routier à l'intérieur de la Cisjordanie.
According to a number of reports in the Israeli and Palestinian media, undercover Israeli security forces impersonated a news crew in order to arrest a student leader at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank on Wednesday.
According to a new report, released by various Palestinian prisoners rights groups, Israel arrested 1,319 Palestinians in January and February. Of them, 274 are minors, 23 are women, and four are journalists.
Israeli occupation forces killed three Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the first two weeks of March, a UN agency reported yesterday. The three fatalities included a demonstrator and a farmer. Some 500 Palestinians were also injured by Israeli forces over the same two-week period.
On Friday, Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinian protesters on their lands near the border fence in the northern and eastern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, and injured at least twenty-five, including eleven who were shot with live fire, while dozens suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
A new Palestinian report reveals that Israel demolished 5.000 homes in Jerusalem since 1967 as well as the demolition of neighbourhoods in the eastern part of the city. The report, issued by the Land Research Center (LRC), also noted that the 380,000 Jerusalemite Palestinians need 2,000 new housing units annually, and that half of them today live in unlicensed homes.
Video captured on Monday shows Israeli forces assaulting Palestinian medics in the central occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh as they were attempting to aid a Palestinian who had been shot during clashes in the area.
Israeli aircraft on Sunday sprayed herbicides along border with the Gaza Strip, according to a Palestinian official. New form of #EthnicCleansing! "These chemicals cause damage to agricultural crops and harm farmlands," Nizar al-Wahedi of the Palestinian Agriculture Ministry told Anadolu Agency.
In the mountainous northern West Bank, a ring of notoriously violent Israeli settlements sits like watchtowers on the hilltops surrounding the Palestinian city of Nablus and a dozen smaller villages. The most infamous of those settlements, all of which have been built in contravention of international law, is Yitzhar, home to more than 200 militant Israelis.
Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel sent an urgent letter yesterday, 21 March 2018, to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to postpone eviction of Bedouin Arab residents and demolition of their homes.
Like many in the ruling coalition, the Culture Minister Miri Regev is openly against the establishment of a Palestinian state and has proposed annexing parts of the West Bank. She curries favor well with voters, in part because she fuses her political agenda with her promise to upend the monopoly that Israel's Ashkenazi elite has had on the country's cultural establishment.
In the town of Umm al-Fahm, more than a third of all letters never reach their destination. Identity cards, passports and drivers' licences go missing, welfare cheques are lost, appointments expire, and penalties mount up over unpaid fines. Hundreds of Umm al-Fahm's streets remain nameless as Israel refuses to allow the Palestinians to honour their national icons.
A Jewish town in the Galilee region has canceled the sale of land for new home construction after it became clear that more than 50% of those purchasing the plots were Arab citizens. Adalah: Kfar Vradim's racist move, aimed to keep Arab citizens out and "preserve town's Zionist-Jewish-secular character," tramples most basic tenets of democracy
After seven years of delays, Israel's governing parties agreed the final terms of controversial new legislation that would define Israel exclusively as "the nation-state of the Jewish people". It effectively blocks any chance for Israel's large Palestinian minority - one in five of the population - to reform Israel in the future into a normal, Western-style democracy.
Gideon Levy says that Israeli idealists dreamed of the day when Israeli soldiers would tell their society about the occupation. Then Breaking the Silence came forward, and it was crushed, with the media's help. Israelis live in denial. No question marks. Only outside pressure will force them to end the tyranny over half the population, the Palestinians.
Many of the Eda Haredit, an ultra-Orthodox group in Jerusalem, are descendants of the Old Yishuv, Jews who resided in historic Palestine under Ottoman rule.The group's members feel a strong connection to the Palestinian struggle: "We are clearly bound to each other. We share the same history and the same struggle." They identify as being Palestinian. "I live on this land, so what else would I be except Palestinian?"
The unemployment rate in adults under 30 in the West Bank stands at 40 percent, report says; Gaza, in the meantime, continues to hurtle towards collapse, and aid cuts to UNRWA will only exacerbate the crisis
Israel has been cutting drinking water supplies for the Gaza Strip since last Wednesday. The move was made without any prior notice being given. PS All of the irrigation wells used by farmers near the Gaza border have collapsed due to Israel taking the underground water sources through their deep wells.