Belgian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Academic Newsletter Nr 36 (June 2018)
Dedicated to the memory of Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, a Palestinian heroine.
"The dehumanisation of Palestinians has reached such an extent that even the human right to protest inhumane and unjust political and humanitarian conditions is denied them."
Friday 1 June, the 10th consecutive Friday in theGreat March of Return protests at the Gaza fence, Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic in the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, was fatally shot in the back with live ammunition by an Israeli sniper. She was rushed to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, where half an hour later doctors pronounced her dead. The eye witnesses to the incident reported that when Razan was shot, she was helping treat and evacuate wounded protesters, at a distance of 100 meters west of the Gaza fence. She was wearing a white uniform clearly identifying her as a medic, the human rights groupAl Mezan stated, citing eyewitnesses. A CNN video confirms that Razan and her colleagues had approached the fence with both arms raised to show the Israeli soldiers a 100 yards away that she posed no threat. Razan had become known for her bravery and insistence on carrying out her medical rescue work despite the obvious danger."This is a war crime against health workers and a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention which gives medics the right to offer their assistance in times of war and peace," Mohammed al-Hissi, director of Red Crescent emergency medical team, denounced.Since March 30 the soldiers already injured 223 medics, including 29 who were shot with live fire or after being directly targeted with high-velocity gas bombs.
Lettre au Premier Ministre Charles Michel et le Ministre des Affaires étrangères Didier Reynders, de la part de l'Algemene vereniging van beroepsjournalisten in België (AVBB) et de l'Association générale des Journalistes de Belgique (AGJB),le 31 mai 2018 (extraits):
"L´Association générale des journalistes professionnels de Belgique est très inquiète de l´augmentation des actions militaires israéliennes contre des journalistes palestiniens ou présents en Palestine. Le 14 mai dernier, 13 journalistes ont été blessés alors qu´ils couvraient les manifestations palestiniennes dans la bande de Gaza... Ces agressions contre les journalistes s´ajoutent à d´autres, perpétrées plus tôt dans l´année, lors desquelles deux photographes de presse palestiniens ont perdu la vie, et 6 autres journalistes ont été blessés... Face à ce violent ciblage de la presse rarement observé, qui met en péril gravement la liberté d´information, nous vous demandons une réaction forte, qui dépasse l´indignation et se traduise dans des actes diplomatiques. Avec nos confrères palestiniens de PJS, nous soulignons l´importance de la résolution 2222 du Conseil de sécurité de l´ONU portant sur la sécurité des journalistes en zone de conflit, texte qui s´impose également à Israël...".
One of the main tactics used on the Palestinian population in Hebron is to make life so difficult that they are forced from the city. Checkpoints, violence from settlers, arrest of children, closed streets, and a 77% unemployment rate are just a few of the adversities families face each day. HFF assists them to remain in their homes despite the difficulties they face. We provide grants for children´s activities, repair to homes, educational activities and infrastructure improvement in the old city. We give people the support they need to stay in their homes until justice prevails for Hebron families!
Depuis 17 ans, Pascal Boniface est victime d´une campagne infamante l´accusant d´antisémitisme. Elle n´a strictement aucun fondement. Il n´y a nulle trace d´antisémitisme dans aucun écrit ou déclaration de Pascal Boniface.
Oncologists to the Ministry of Health & CGAT: Let Women Cancer Patients Leave Gaza for Lifesaving Medical Treatment. Over the past year, Israel has significantly delayed the urgent treatment of at least 45 cancer patients from the Gaza Strip.
On Saturday, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, stated that the U.S. Veto against a resolution demanding international protection to the Palestinian people, is an absolute proof of moral corruption of the U.S. administration, providing impunity to the ongoing Israeli crimes against the unarmed Palestinian population.
Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians, with its armed forces killing and maiming demonstrators who pose no imminent threat to them, AI revealed today, based on its latest research, as the "Great March of Return" protests continued in the Gaza Strip.
L'armée de l'air israélienne annonce que la semaine prochaine elle accueillera une conférence internationale au cours de laquelle des représentants de plus de 20 pays, dont la Belgique, se réuniront pour discuter de la coopération internationale et de la "stabilité régionale"....
On 1 June 2018, the tenth Friday of the mass demonstrations, Israeli forces employed lethal and other excessive force and opened fire at Palestinian protesters along the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. A 21-year-old volunteer paramedic was shot and killed, and 97 were injured, including 13 children. Al Mezan´s documentation shows that from the start of the Great Return March on 30 March 2018, 98 Palestinians have been killed in protests, including 14 children, two journalists, two paramedics, and three persons with disability. Another 7,130 people were injured, including 1,264 children, 255 women, 45 paramedics, and 63 journalists ~ of them 3,702 were hit by live fire. During the same period, the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces has reached 129.
On one side of the fence, dozens of Israeli soldiers lay positioned behind sand dunes, tracking the Palestinian demonstrators through the crosshairs of their snipers. On the other side, young women, with keffiyeh scarves covering half their faces to avoid tear gas suffocation, stand in front of the young protesting men, providing cover.
Israel's high court rejected two petitions from human rights groups challenging the military's open-fire regulations this week as several more Palestinians died from wounds sustained during ongoing Great March of Return protests. The court “refused to watch video clips documenting Israeli shootings of demonstrators" (see clipsbelow).
Israel´s representatives appear in global media outlets to attempt to whip up hatred and fear of Palestinians seeking freedom from colonialism, using racist and Islamophobic tropes that seek to erase Palestinian humanity and obscure the reality that Israel has been the aggressor against the Palestinian people for 70 years.
(To speak of Gaza's "border") disguises the fact that Palestinians in Gaza are no longer being oppressed outside the Israeli state, but are being caged and brutalized inside it. By invoking the term, Israel insists that its open-fire policyis part of its legitimate right to defend its sovereignty and security.
To date, scores of people, including at least 12 minors, have been killed by live ammunition Israel security forces fired; more than 3,600 have been wounded by live gunfire. According to figurespublished by the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 22 May 2018, Gaza doctors had performed 32 amputations, 27 of them of lower limbs... This mindboggling number of casualties at protests is virtually unprecedented. It is the result of the manifestly unlawful orders given to security forces, allowing the use of live fire against unarmed protestors who pose no danger to anyone and are on the other side of the fence, inside Gaza.
When Malak, 13-year-old, approached the separation fence on the border of the town of Khuza'a east of Khan Younis, a female Israeli soldier raised her thumb and then shot her making her soak in her blood.
Fathi Harb should have had something to live for, not least the imminent arrival of a new baby. But last week the 21-year-old extinguished his life in an inferno of flames in central Gaza. It is believed to be the first example of a public act of self-immolation in the enclave.
The assertion that "the first casualty of war is truth" applies not only to violent conflict but also to violent attacks by state authorities on unarmed protesters, as recently occurred in Gaza. Israeli and US officials continue to produce untruths and half-truths about what Palestinians call the Great Return March and Israel's bloody attempts to silence protesters with snipers.
... Even the BBC has shown films of the deliberate shooting of people who were standing harmlessly or running away, including children and journalists. The sniper-fire is mostly not to the head, with most of the wounds to the lower torso and legs... Whilst various UN and WHO agencies have condemned Israeli actions, Western governments have not uttered a murmur and thus bolster the impunity Israel seems always to have enjoyed in its treatment of Palestinian society.
Au cours des manifestations de la Grande Marche du Retour 115 Palestiniens ont été tués et plus de 13 000 ont été blessés. Beaucoup ont été abattus avec des balles réelles tirées depuis les positions israéliennes derrière la frontière théorique de Gaza et Israël. Des gaz lacrymogènes ont été répandus sur les manifestants par des drones sans pilote qui les survolaient. Les balles à ailettes ont fracassé les membres de vingtaines de Palestiniens...
Op 14 mei bleef het hek staan. Ondanks de bestorming ervan door tienduizenden jonge Gazanen. 58 doden en meer dan 2.600 gewonden waarvan zeker meer dan de helft levenslang verminkt. De fatale dag zal lang blijven nazinderen als een zwarte bladzijde in de geschiedenis.
Through a gritty internet connection, Naji Mahmoud Naji, 26, buoyantly explained how he was part of the beginning of the first Palestinian amputee football team. He enthused about how he loves the sport, and how the team helps him and other people with disabilities in Gaza.
Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians as its armed forces continue to kill and maim demonstrators who pose no imminent threat to them, according to research by Amnesty International.
When Gazan youth stood bare-chested at the border fence, falling one drove after the other, they crossed a fear barrier that no generation of Palestinians has ever crossed. And when people are unafraid, they can never be subdued or defeated.
Today, May 15th, 2018: On this day of catastrophe, 70 years ago, Palestinian families were forced from their homes. Many Palestinians living in Gaza today are actually refugees, forced to flee from what is now called Israel. There they wait, in "an open air prison" (Chomsky), suffering in ways most people cannot even begin to imagine, hoping to one day return home.
Since 30 March 2018, over 1,000 children have been injured in violence in the Gaza Strip. Many of these injuries are severe and potentially life-altering, including some resulting in amputations. Recent violence has exacerbated the already weak health system, which is crumbling because of severe power cuts and shortages of fuel, medicine and equipment.
Martin Hizer was driving his taxi through London when he learned that a group of Jews were saying a public mourning prayer for Palestinians killed in Gaza. "Frankly, I was fuming," Hizer, who is Jewish, said in an interview on YouTube for a pro-Israel channel.
Bab al-Rahmah is an Islamic cemetery that sits outside of the eastern walls of the Old City, abutting al-Aqsa Mosque. It is over 1,000 years old. Palestinian residents of Silwan have long buried their dead there. Israeli authorities want to confiscate the graveyard by integrating it into the Jerusalem Walls (City of David) National Park.
The policy of Judaization and ethnic cleansing practiced by Israeli occupation authorities, to displace the Palestinian population from their land, restrict their life, and to expand settlements and military areas, are continued.
This month, the Israeli minister of culture Miri Regev announced plans to funnel $17 million toward archaeological excavations in East Jerusalem. ...Regev´s pledge to expand the City of David´s activities supports government plans to destroy evidence of Palestinian history in the Old City, Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah, the Mount of Olives, Ras al-Amud, Musrara and Mamilla and build tourist sites that peddle messianic justifications for Israeli colonization.
On Sunday, Mohammad Tamimi, 15, was thrown into the back of an unmarked car by undercover Israeli agents dressed as Arabs in the occupied village of Nabi Saleh and detained until the end of the night. He is recovering from a life-threatening injury after being shot in the head by Israeli forces 5 months ago.
For the last 20 years, and increasing even more over the last two years, Israeli settlers have been illegally installing signs on the streets and walls of Palestinian shops in Hebron. They have changed Arabic street names to Hebrew names, even on streets where Palestinian residents are the majority.
On 24 May, 3 Supreme Court justices - Noam Sohlberg, Anat Baron and Yael Willner - ruled that the state may demolish the homes of the Palestinian community of Khan al-Ahmar, transfer the residents from their homes and relocate them.
Israel's public security minister, Gilad Erdan, has said he is seeking to revoke members of Hamas's right to watch television in jail ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup next month. He instructed prisons service chief Ofra Klinger that Hamas prisoners should be banned from being able to watch...
Syria's Yarmouk camp "lies today in ruins with hardly a single building that has not been destroyed or damaged," the UNstated this week. The Syrian military announced in recent days that it had taken full control of Yarmouk camp and surrounding areas on Monday following a month-long operation aimed at routing armed insurgents from southern Damascus.
British defence contractors are selling record amounts of arms to Israel, new figures reveal, just days after it was confirmed that Prince William will represent the UK government on a visit to the country next month.
Minister-president Geert Bourgeois laveert op missie in het Midden-Oosten tussen twee vuren. Terwijl hij in Ramallah het museum over de Palestijnse voorman Yasser Arafat bezoekt, gaat hij in Israël naar Yad Vashem, het belangrijkste Holocaust-museum in het land.
The PLO asks the EU: Do you stand by your representative's praise for Israel's record on 'human rights' and 'the rule of law'? By his partying with Israeli extremists? Who actually speaks for your policy on Israel and Palestine?
Under Trump, the Israel lobby has come to exercise unrivalled power, because it is now far more than just one lobby. Since Trump took office, it has mobilised four other powerful lobbies: Christian evangelicals, the alt-right, the military-industrial complex and Saudi Arabia.
Israel may be without remorse, but are Western leaders feeling shamed? Apart from South Africa and Turkey, none has so far withdrawn an ambassador. There are no calls for embargos on sales of arms, no demands for war crimes investigations, no threats of trade sanctions...
This spring's mass nonviolent protests in Gaza come as the human rights conditions in the "open-air prison" have even further deteriorated. Last year, the UN issued a report warning Gaza is already "unlivable."
Les massacres du 14 mai commis par l'armée israélienne ont marqué le point culminant et dramatique de la " marche du retour " à Gaza. Les mobilisations ont confirmé la prise de distance des Palestiniens à l'égard de leurs directions, et notamment à l'égard de Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas has been trying to present itself as the leader of the Great Return March protests to the dismay of many Palestinians, who believe that this gives Israel more credibility and grounds to use violence against peaceful demonstrators.
Israël verdedigt zich niet, maar voert een oorlog... De dag dat men in Israël het historisch onrecht erkent dat de Palestijnen aangedaan is en in de mate van het mogelijke wil herstellen, is dit conflict opgelost.
The generational break among Jews that is happening in the US has moved to Britain. About 50 mostly young people called "Jews against the killing in Gaza" have slammed British Jewish leadership for blindness to Israeli human rights violations.
I'm no world traveler, but I'm lucky enough to regularly discuss or debate BDS at universities and academic gatherings. Almost uniformly, somebody in the audience asks me about how he or she might broach the subject when the potential for recrimination is so great.
Alors que le conflit israélo-palestinien est loin d´être résolu, les signes ne montrent pas seulement qu´Israël mérite pleinement un boycott universitaire et culturel, mais que sans de telles pressions externes, l´oppression des Palestiniens s´intensifiera.
The following letter was sent to the participants in "The Grand Challenges in the Chemical Sciences," a conference taking place in Jerusalem from June 3-7, 2018. Sponsored by major Israeli academic institutions, including the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the conference is billed as a celebration of "the 70th birthday of the State of Israel."
"We demand that the University of Cambridge honour its ethical responsibilities by immediately terminating the participation of Caterpillar Inc. and BAE Systems in the Cambridge Service Alliance, and cease all institutional links with both companies until they end their role in such terrible violations of international law."
Gilberto Gil, a legendary Brazilian musician and cultural hero, has cancelled his July 4 performance in Tel Aviv. His cancellation appears to be in response to Israel's slaughter of over 100 civilians in Gaza over the past few weeks. Gil has served as minister of culture in Brazil and is widely regarded as among Latin America’s most prominent musicians.
Celle qui fut longtemps ambassadrice de Palestine en France puis auprès de l’Union européenne, met en perspective les manifestations de Gaza, les crimes de guerre israéliens et l’attitude des gouvernements dans le monde. Que cherche Israël en commettant un tel massacre, en perpétrant ce qui semble être des crimes de guerre, voire des crimes contre l'humanité ?
On Monday, the City Council of Bologna, Italy's seventh largest city, approved a motion in support of concrete action to hold Israel accountable for violations of the rights of the Palestinian people, as stipulated in international law. The motion urges the Italian government and European institutions to "commit to suspending supplies of weapons and military equipment as called for by Amnesty International."
L' Eurovision 2019 est encore bien loin, mais le feuilleton a déjà commencé en réservant son lot de rebondissements. Alors que Jérusalem semblait avoir été officieusement désignée pour accueillir le concours, des voix se sont élevées dans plusieurs pays pour appeler au boycott.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation stressed during an emergency meeting on the violence in Gaza the need to impose economic and political sanctions against countries supporting the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, yet some question if any action will actually follow.
Louisiana has become the 25th state to make it illegal to do business with companies that boycott Israel. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday signed an Executive Order that prohibits the state of Louisiana from contracting with any company that participates in a boycott of Israel.
Op 25 mei publiceerde het Israëlische ministerie van Strategische Zaken een lasterlijk en misleidend rapport over Palestijnse en Europese NGO's. Daarin opent de Israëlische regering frontaal de aanval op de Europese financiering van organisaties die haar bekritiseren.
The maker of rifles used during Israel's recent massacres in Gaza will soon exhibit its products at an arms fair sponsored by the French government. Amnesty International's investigations have identified the Tavor as likely to have been one of the main guns fired by Israeli snipers attacking Palestinian demonstrators over the past two months.
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomes Lord Bracadale’s rejection of the IHRA’s ‘working definition of antisemitism’ and his opposition to the creation of “a statutory aggravation to cover hostility towards a political entity”.
Israel has turned Gaza's sea into a battlefield. Israel's military routinely fires on boats, injuring, killing and arresting Palestinian crew members. "In the past, the sea used to be open. We would fish whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted," Rashad al-Hissi, a 74-year-old Gaza fisher, told us.
Cette fois-ci, le gouvernement de Benjamin Netanyahu est peut-être allé trop loin en défendant les actions de ses forces armées à Gaza. Cela pourrait conduire Israël à être contraint de défendre ses actions devant une cour de justice internationale.
The latest confrontation along the Gaza border appears to bolster the prevailing argument in Israel that the conflict with the Palestinians is not rooted in any way to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has never made any bones about the strong grudge he holds against the Arab members of Israel's Knesset. He never misses an opportunity to lash out at them, targeting them in every election campaign.
Jan 4, 2017, Elor Azaria was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison for killing Abdul Fatah al-Sharif. Tuesday, after serving 9 months of jail sentence, he was freed from prison, 2 days early to attend his brother's wedding.
In the past century Palestine's geography has radically changed, turning Palestinians into a fragmented nation. Displacement is a central theme in Palestinian literature, giving a voice to those living in exile, feeling out of place or fearing to become victims of the map. Three Palestinian writers read from their work and discuss how the radically altered geography has affected their personal and artistic lives.
Dans le cadre de "Palestine with love 1948", 3/6 - 10/6. François Dubuisson est professeur de droit international à l'ULB et a publié de nombreux articles concernant les aspects juridiques du conflit israélo-palestinien. Ses travaux l’ont amené à étudier la manière dont le conflit israélo-palestinien est représenté à l’écran. La conférence sera illustrée par la projection de nombreuses séquences.
# Bruxelles, 10 juin, 19h: "Noce en Galilée", de Michel Khleifi. En présence du réalisateur.Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brx, Cinéma Galeries. Coût : 8 / 6. Dans le cadre de "Palestine with love 1948", 3/6 - 10/6.
Né en 1950 à Nazareth, Michel Khleifi se rend à Bruxelles à partir des années 70, où il a suivi des cours de théâtre et de cinéma. Il est aujourd’hui l’un des réalisateurs de références du cinéma palestinien. Son cinéma est à la fois poétique et politique, mêlant le réel à la mémoire.
Review: Marilyn Garson, "« Gaza », de Norman Finkelstein, est un acte de témoignage exhaustif"(AURDIP, 22 janvier): « Gaza : une enquête sur son martyre », rend possible une érudition différente. Norman Finkelstein a entrepris de déconstruire un récit inexact de la guerre à Gaza, en réfutant ses composantes. Une par une. Finkelstein est un auteur, un militant et un érudit avec des décennies d’archives et d’indignation à apporter... Le livre de Norman Finkelstein est d’une valeur immuable pour les Gazaouis, et pour tous ceux qui cherchent à établir les responsabilités dans la violence perpétrée à Gaza.
Reports & Resources:
@ David Cronin, Sara Marusek & David Miller: "The Israel Lobby and the European Union"(Public Interest Investigations, 2016, pdf, 106 p.). Sponsored by: EuroPal Forum. EPF is an independent organisation advocating Palestinian rights and working to build networks throughout Europe to achieve a positive and accurate public opinion on Palestine. It aims to promote dialogue and understanding between Palestinian and European decision makers. EuroPal Forum works towards a just European foreign policy upholding human rights of the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination.www.europalforum.org.uk
De meest recente bevindingen hierover staan in het op 29 mei gepubliceerde rapport 'Financing Occup'Annexation' van 11.11.11, CNCD-11.11.11, FairFin en Financité. Deutsche Bank, bezit of beheert voor 21,96 miljoen euro aandelen in 5 Israëlische banken. BNP Paribas heeft eveneens banden met een Israëlische bank voor een bedrag van 6,8 miljoen euro.
British Committee for Universities of Palestine.Contents a.o.: P. 1: "Entangled: Graphene, arms, Israel and the University of Manchester"", by Greg Dropkin, Liverpool Friends of Palestine. P. 3: "Beyond dual use: Israeli universities´ role in the military- security-industrial complex", by Les Levidow. P. 7: "Free speech at universities", by Jonathan Rosenhead.
@ "Life in Occupied Palestine".Guest Editors: Cynthia G. Franklin Morgan Cooper & Ibrahim G. Aoudé (Project Muse, Volume 37, N° 2, Spring 2014, pdf, 43p.):
Against the backdrop of Israel's invasions of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the summer of 2014, the coeditors introduce this special issue about life in Palestine under conditions of occupation, apartheid, and settler colonialism.
Learn more about the latest news and updates from the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel! A.o.: Call for submissions: "BILADI, BILADI" - A transnational zine for the cultural and academic boycott of Israel, Calling all Palestinian artists and artists in solidarity with Palestine! Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Israel lobby is one of the most powerful and pervasive special interest groups in the U.S. It consists of a multitude of institutions and individuals that work to influence Congress, the president, academia, the media, religious institutions, and American public opinion.