Belgian Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel
Newsletter N°39 (September 2018)
At 7am on Sunday, 26 August 2018, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen sailing off the coast of Beit Lahia town in the North Gaza district. The warships proceeded to seize one boat that carried two fishermen, detaining the two and confiscating the fishing boat and equipment. Al Mezan's documentation shows that from the start of 2018, Israeli forces have carried out 233 attacks on fishermen - 232 of them with live fire - killing one fisherman, injuring 15, detaining 41, and confiscating 13 fishing boats (Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Aug 26). _______________________________________
Une délégation du comité a été reçu mercredi 22 août. Voir aussi: "Campaign grows to free Belgian artist Mustapha Awad as labor unions, parliamentarians sign on" (Samidoun, Aug 26). SVP Signez la pétition Free Mustapha ici! Nous avons également besoin d'un soutien financier. Mustapha a deux avocats, l'un ici en Belgique et l'autre sur place en Israël. Merci d'avance de faire un dépôt et de transmettre le no de compte à vos amis: "Free Mustapha" BE96 7360 5044 3805.
"Since the beginning of the academic year 2017-2018, scores of foreign passport holders, many of Palestinian origin but without residence documents, living and working in the occupied Palestinian territory have been denied entry in the country, or have had their visa renewal applications refused by the Israeli authorities...".
"We call on concerned individuals, organizations and networks to intensify their efforts to advocate for Palestinians' fundamental right to education and academic freedom as well as the right freedom of movement and to hold the governments of Israel, third States and the Palestinian National Authority to their respective obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law".
1. ENDORSE Birzeit University statement:contact Ghassan Khatib,firstname.lastname@example.org . 2. Send letters to relevant Israeli, UN and your own government representatives as well as the Quartet Representative's Office demanding immediate action (See list of contacts)5. Mobilize colleagues, teacher and student unions, and academic networks through sharing of information, public actions and statements, petitions and letter writing campaigns.An important example:
"Dear Prime Minister and Ministers, We write to you on behalf of theCommittee on Academic Freedomof the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our dismay regarding the severe and unreasonable limitations imposed on foreign nationals who are faculty members at Birzeit University (BZU) and other Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza...".
Two US citizens and long-time academics at Birzeit University were recently forced to leave the country as Israeli authorities denied the renewal of their visas. Roger Heacock, professor of history, and his wife Laura Wick, midwife and health researcher, both have been working and living in Palestine since 1983.
Israel has completely shut down a Palestinian university in Jerusalem amid a series of assaults on academic freedom. On 14 July, Israeli police raided and shut down the Hind al-Husseini college in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, prohibited an academic conference from taking place and detained 15 participants of the conference.
The new policy has devastating consequences, not only on family life in the occupied territories, but also for the Palestinian economy. Preventing foreign nationals - some of whom are not "foreign" at all, but are descendants of West Bank residents who were prohibited from returning - from extending their stay, or barring their entry altogether, sabotages Palestine's natural development process. It is part of an effort to isolate it from the rest of the world.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is one of over 80 organizations to sign on to this statement in support of the Palestinian struggle against the scheduled demolition of the village of Khan al-Ahmar by the Zionist occupation. The statement was coordinated and issued by the Palestinian Youth Movement.
Il y a un an, le 23 août 2017, notre compatriote Salah Hamouri était arrêté en pleine nuit, chez lui à Jérusalem, par l'armée israélienne. Trois jours auparavant il avait prêté serment devant le barreau de Ramallah : il était devenu avocat et allait enfin pouvoir mettre son énergie à la défense des droits humains de ses compatriotes, de manière professionnelle et reconnue.
Two Palestinians lost their lives on Friday as Israel used lethal force against Great March of Return protests along Gaza's eastern perimeter. One of those killed, Abdallah al-Qatati, 22, was a volunteer medic on duty.
On Friday, 24 Aug, using excessive lethal force against the peaceful protesters in eastern Gaza Strip for the 22nd Friday in a row, Israeli forces wounded 89 civilians, including 17 children, 2 women and 3 paramedics, after hitting them with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters. Since 30 March: 130 deaths, 6729 injuries. Investigations and observations by PCHR's fieldworkers emphasize that the demonstrations were as always fully peaceful and the fieldworkers did not witness weapons or armed persons whereas Israeli forces' snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand barriers and in military jeeps along the border fence.
Israel's policy of bringing pressure to bear on Hamas by denying Gazan male and female patients permission to travel out of the Gaza Strip for medical treatment, even in life-threatening situations, has occasioned many requests seeking our help in getting those patients out for treatment.
On Sunday, 12 Augus, the Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that chemotherapy would no longer be available to cancer patients in the Gaza Strip due to lack of supplies coming from the Palestinian Authority.
Overnight on August 8-9, Israeli warplanes bombed the Water and Sanitation system of al-Mughraqa City, central Gaza Strip. ...Gazans have almost zero access to clean water and are slowly dying - and this will cruelly speed up their death.
Le 14 juillet dernier, des avions israéliens ont bombardé des zones de la bande de Gaza lors de ce qui a constitué la plus grave série de frappes sur le territoire assiégé depuis 2014. Au moins deux Palestiniens ont été tués et plusieurs autres blessés. Non seulement la bande de Gaza fait face à de nouvelles tueries, mais elle est également confrontée à une véritable catastrophe écologique, alors que davantage de bâtiments et d'infrastructures sont détruits.
"Restricting the entry of emergency fuel to Gaza is a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza," Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Palestine said in a statement. "The well-being of 2 million people, half of whom are children, is at stake."
The 3-year-old was forced to undergo chemotherapy treatment alone due to restrictions on family members of Hamas. Such a policy enables the normalization of cruel behavior by bureaucrats and military officers. ...So when we report on humanitarian cases, we're inherently accepting the dehumanization of Palestinians, inherent in the Israeli closure policy, which has turned a basic human need like freedom of movement into a rare act reserved for exceptional cases.
Gaza City'sArts and Crafts Village is struggling for survival after parts of it were destroyed by Israeli airstrikes. Founded by Yasser Arafat in 1998, with funding from the UNDP, the Village is a Center that helps to maintain and preserve Palestinian heritage by supporting artists and their art through various projects and exhibitions.
Tant qu'on ne placera pas les autorités face à leurs responsabilités, des bébés continueront à naître dans des foyers sans eau potable, exposés aux maladies, mettant leur vie en danger. Les civils ne parviendront pas à subvenir aux besoins de leur famille et l'aide internationale ne pourra toujours pas franchir le blocus.
Les visées israéliennes dans la bande de Gaza semblent se réaliser. Elles sont illustrées quotidiennement. En 1967, certains avaient jugé qu'il fallait annexer Gaza. Si ce plan ne s'est pas réalisé, il y eut néanmoins de facto une annexion économique.
The US, a major ally of Israel, has cut more than $200m in economic aid to Palestinians, in a move that comes months after also drastically cutting its contribution to the UNRWA. Palestinians slam Trump's move, calling it "cheap blackmail as political tool".
The practice of willful killing of civilian protesters at the Gaza fence is part and parcel of an ongoing Israeli policy targeting the civilian Palestinians of the Gaza strip and systematically denying them their rights to movement, work, medical care, study, livelihood and increasingly life itself. [Haidar Eid is Ass. Prof. of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature at Gaza's al-Aqsa U.].
Ahmed Abu Artema, one of the original founders and organizers of the Great Return March, writes: "The idea of One State is aligned with the spirit of our time. The global consciousness has evolved away from the idea of nationalism toward one of citizenship."
On July 29, 17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi was released from an Israeli prison. Her mother Nariman, who was present when Tamimi slapped an Israel Defense Force soldier in the face and who filmed the incident, was also released.
Rayyah has lived in Khan al-Ahmar all of her 47 years. She raised nine children there, and 24 grandchildren; one more is on the way. Her family and neighbors, members of a Bedouin community known as the Jahalin, found refuge on this scorched patch of rocks and dust in the 1950s, after they were expelled from the land they had inhabited for generations, in the Negev desert, following the establishment of the Israeli state.
In an interview Adalah's General Director, Attorney Hassan Jabareen offers a probing analysis of the "Basic Law: The Jewish Nation-State," which, he argues, calls for a shift in how one conceptualizes the Israeli regime on both sides of the Green Line.
"The nation-state law, according to which the State of Israel is the national state of the Jews only, expressly permits racial and religious discrimination, nullifies Arabic as an official language alongside Hebrew, does not mention democracy as the foundation of the country and does not mention equality as a basic value."
Tens of thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel led a march through the centre of Tel Aviv on Saturday night protesting against a law passed last month that downgrades the rights of non-Jewish citizens and decrees that Jews - domestic and foreign - have exclusive national rights.
Trump's administration and Israel are pressuring Palestinians to accept a disastrous deal in part to cement closer relations with Gulf states against Iran. Al-Shabaka's Diana Buttu, Osamah Khalil, and Mouin Rabbani examine how US actions work to the detriment of Palestinians, the repercussions of these developments on Hamas-Iran relations, and what Palestinians can do in response.
Has Israel been covertly fuelling claims of an "anti-Semitism crisis" purportedly plaguing Britain's Labour Party since it elected a new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, 3 years ago? That question is raised by a new freedom of information request submitted by a group of Israeli lawyers, academics and human rights activists, as evidence grows of meddling by Netanyahu government in UK politics.
Aan unprecedented intervention occurred into the debate in the UK over the definition of antisemitism. Over 80 community, professional and rights-based organizations representing black, minority ethnic and diaspora peoples decried what they say is the framing of antisemitism in a way to 'silence' Palestinians, and other migrant groups, from speaking about their history.
Much of the ongoing acrimonious and toxic debate in Britain about allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party centers on expressions of opposition to Israeli laws, policies, ideologies, actions and declarations. It is imperative to emphasize that it is Israel and its supporters who conflate Israel with all Jews, and then claim that condemning Israel, its laws, policies, actions and ideology amounts to condemning the Jewish people.
Israeli Occupation Forces yesterday raided a Palestinian school in Al-Khader neighbourhood in the occupied city of Bethlehem. Coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committees Ahmed Salah told Anadolu that the IOF raided Said Bin Al-As School while students were sitting exams, and detained teachers and students.
This most recent policy brief from 7amleh the Arab Center for Social Media is focused on the dramatic upsurge in the number of laws being put forth by Israeli legislators that violate the right to privacy, freedom of expression and often exhibit racist and discriminatory features.
In 2012 I wrote a short book entitled"Cultural Genocide". It looked at 4 case studies of this phenomenon: the American Indians, Russian treatment of Jews in the 19th c., Chinese assimilation of Tibet and Israel's ongoing treatment of the Palestinians.
Here's a short-list of moments in 2018 demonstrating growing recognition of Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people and inspiring efforts around the world to hold Israel accountable for its gross violations of human rights. Support for Palestinian rights has grown in parliaments, city councils, universities, trade unions, cultural institutions, among artists and bands, and well beyond.
The letter was sent on Aug 2 to invited speakers of the "Inflation, Alternatives and Gravitational Waves" workshop to be held Sept 3-6 at Ariel University. The university is built on occupied Palestinian land in the illegal settlement of Ariel. Over half those invited to speak have confirmed they will not be attending.
This August, the Tunisian General Labour Union, Tunisia's main labor federation, and Tunisian civil society succeeded in turning back a cargo ship that was seeking to unload its goods in the Tunisian port of Radès.
The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel - known as BDS - has been driving the world a little bit mad. Since its founding 13 years ago, it has acquired nearly as many enemies as the Israelis and Palestinians combined.
This is the first story in a series on covert tactics targeting Israel's critics. Strange things started happening at George Washington University this April, as their student government prepared to vote on a resolution supported by pro-Palestinian campus activists.
Since the occupation of the West Bank in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. According to stats curated by Palestine, there are more than 700,000 Jewish settlers now living in 196 Israeli government-approved settlements and at least another 200 non-approved settler outposts across the occupied West Bank.
With the overwhelming feeling that no American diplomatic process is in the offing, the settlements are enjoying a new era of well-being and calm on all fronts. As far as construction in the settlements is concerned, the White House and the government are silent - but so is the political left. After such a hard time finding its own voice, it too has almost gone silent.
Donderdag uitte de EU scherpe kritiek op de recente Israëlische stappen voor verdere uitbreiding van de illegale kolonies ('nederzettingen') in bezet Palestijns gebied. In de afgelopen twee weken brachten de Israëlische autoriteiten de bouw van meer dan 2.000 nieuwe woningen naderbij. De Europese kritiek is een herhaling van zetten, een ritueel waarvan iedereen weet dat het zinloos is zolang er geen sancties aan worden verbonden.
Ali Dar Ali was arrested at his home near Ramallah last week for two posts he published on Facebook. But the prosecution and the judge are far more concerned with his large following than the content of the posts.
Her family was awaiting the release of Palestinian prisoner Fidaa Akhalil, from the village of Beit Ummar near al-Khalil on Friday, 17 August. However, instead of being released after serving a 95-day prison sentence, she was ordered to six months in administrative detention without charge or trial.
Former Palestinian prisoner recounts the anguish of travelling for hours in a metal cage (the bosta), at the mercy of Israeli guards. The misery begins when a prison officer briskly announces that one of the jailed women will be going on an "excursion". From that moment onwards, all are wrought with worry. This "excursion" is not a touristic expedition or a pleasant stroll, but a journey of relentless anguish and fatigue.
In July 2018, Israeli occupation forces arrested 520 Palestinians from the oPt, including 69 children, nine women and five journalists, according to Palestinian human rights and prisoners' institutions that released their monthly reporton 13 August.
The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) prevented during the first half of 2018 nearly 1.717 Palestinians from traveling through Karama border crossing, the only outlet connecting the West Bank with the outside world through Jordan.
On July 24, the bloc of developing countries at the UN chose Palestine as its next leader. This decision by the bloc - known as the Group of 77 - to designate Palestine as the group's 2019 chair (starting in January), greatly strengthens the diplomatic status of Palestinian leadership as an international player, just six years after the UN recognized Palestine as a non-state member.
When Mike Treen, the National Director of the 'Unite Union' in New Zealand, arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the native Haka dance.
Uri Avnery vient de nous quitter [le 20 août] mais il restera dans l'histoire comme un des pionniers en Israël qui ont tracé la voie vers une paix véritable, une paix fondée sur la reconnaissance des droits nationaux du peuple palestinien.
It was somehow fitting that first news of Uri Avnery's plight should reach me from one of Israel's staunchest enemies, the Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt. One legend sending sad news of another, you see, a socialist preparing to mourn a fellow socialist, sending his sympathy for the 94-year-old Israeli political philosopher.
"It is crucial that we recognize this. It decides our outlook. Quite literally. Are we looking towards Jewish centers like New York, London, Paris and Berlin, or are we looking towards our neighbors, Damascus, Beirut and Cairo? Are we part of a region inhabited by Arabs?...The new Nation Law, by its clearly semi-fascist nature, shows us how urgent this debate is..."
The detention and interrogation of high-profile figures such as Peter Beinart and Reza Aslan at Israeli entry points is forcing liberal American Jews to reckon with what Israel is becoming. Over the last month, the Israeli and international media reported several incidents involving Shin Bet agents at ports of entry to Israel detaining prominent Jewish Americans for lengthy, aggressive questioning about their political views.
La petite communauté druze d'Israël, longtemps considérée comme " loyale " envers l'État, se dirige vers un affrontement direct avec le gouvernement de droite de Benyamin Netanyahou au sujet d'une nouvelle loi garantissant aux juifs des droits de citoyenneté supérieurs dans le pays, selon des analystes.
With the passing of the Jewish Nation-State Law, Israel has fundamentally redefined its relationship with its Palestinian minority. Now, Arab citizens are coming together to fight a law that entrenches their second-class status.
Editor's Note: On August 6, we published a story by Yoav Haifawi outlining the work and political perspectives of the One Democratic State Campaign, a new initiative seeking to revive the idea of a single democratic state in all of historic Palestine. Below is the first English translation of the campaign's political program.
In een rapport levert het in Londen gevestigde Palestinian Students Forum (PSF) forse kritiek op de Palestijnse Autoriteit (PA), die een beperkt deel van de Westelijke Jordaanoever bestuurt. Studenten aan universiteiten op de Westoever lopen het risico door de PA opgepakt en langere tijd vastgehouden te worden wanneer zij zich kritisch uitlaten.
8 sept @ 10h30 - 9 sept @ 23h00. Où : Kapelstraat, 8450 Bredene. Cette année encore, l'Association belgo-palestinienne tiendra un stand au festival ManiFiesta pour informer, discuter, débattre et soutenir le peuple palestinien en résistance. Entre les concerts et débats, n'hésitez pas à venir à notre rencontre afin de découvrir ou redécouvrir notre campagne "Nakba 70".
Cette soirée s'articule autour de l'oeuvre de l'écrivain palestinien Mahmoud Darwich, ce symbole de "l'étranger" par excellence, qui nous a quitté il y a dix ans, en août 2008. Le photographe Marc Trivier illustrera la soirée avec ses photos de Darwich et la conversation sera modérée par Tarquin Billiet.
Les représentants de la minorité arabe palestinienne d'Israël sont élus à la Knesset, et depuis 2015 ils siègent ensemble dans un seul groupe parlementaire: la "Liste arabe unie", une alliance électorale inédite qui est devenue la troisième force politique du Knesset.
®Brussel, 21 & 22 sept, 20u30: "Taha".Amer Hlehel tekst, acteur – Amir Nizar Zuabi regie, vertaling – Ashraf Hanna scenografie – Habib Shehadeh Hanna muziek – Muaz Jubeh belichting. In het kader van de Universitaire en Culturele Leerstoel Mahmoud Darwisch. Waar: Studio, Bozar. Pr: 10, korting: 8 euro.
Geïnspireerd op het verhaal van de Palestijnse dichterTaha Muhammad Ali, is "Taha" in de eerste plaats een ontroerend werk, dat het leven en het oeuvre van de kunstenaar schetst. Zijn poëzie vertelt de ervaringen van de vluchtelingen en de anderhalf miljoen Palestijnen die na 1948-49 in Israël bleven.
While there has been recent criticism of those taking the position that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion. Prominent scholars of the international law crime of genocide and human rights authorities take the position that Israel's policies toward the Palestinian people could constitute a form of genocide.Those policies range from the 1948 mass killing and displacement of Palestinians to a half-century of military occupation and, correspondingly, the discriminatory legal regime governing Palestinians, repeated military assaults on Gaza, and official Israeli statements expressly favoring the elimination of Palestinians.
Chaque trimestre, l'ABP édite une revue, PALESTINE. L'actualité palestinienne au Proche-Orient et en Belgique, des témoignages, des brèves, des articles de fond (analyses politiques, économiques, culturelles), des numéros hors-série sur des problématiques particulières, un éclairage indépendant et dépassionné sur la Palestine. S'inscrire ici.