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"Belgian Campaign for the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Newsletter N° 32 (June 2018)

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"Israel is a settler colonial project, which began when the Zionist movement aspired to build an exclusive homeland for Jews in Palestine, at the expense of the native inhabitants of that land in the late 19th century. Nothing has changed since. Only facades, legal definitions, and political discourse. The truth is that Palestinians continue to suffer the consequences of Zionist colonialism and they will continue to carry that burden until that original sin is boldly confronted and justly remedied" (Ramzy Baroud).

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At the hospital Razan's mother hugged her daughter's medic vest.
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Contents:

Action(s) and Calls -- Gaza Massacres -- Analysis -- Arts & Culture -- Boycott -- Current Affairs -- Events -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls:

B'Tselem: "Say no to forcible transfer! 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. Dozens of these communities face imminent expulsion, and others are subject to various forms of abuse, violence and dispossession.


Sign the Petition! Free Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian parliamentarian and feminist" (Samidoun via change.org):

Khalida has been imprisoned since 2 July 2017 - without charge and without trial - under Israeli "administrative detention." 15 June: Khalida's administrative detention extended - keep up the campaign for freedom!


Sign the Petition! "Mahmoud Abbas: Lift the sanctions on Gaza and end repression in the West Bank!" (Samidoun, change.org):

PA security forces attacked Palestinian protesters marching in Ramallah on Wednesday, 13 June, as they demanded an end to the PA´s sanctions imposed on Gaza.


11.11.11.- CNCD 11.11.11: "BNP Paribas & Deutsche Bank betrokken bij Israëlische nederzettingsindustrie" (Bankwijzer, 28 mei)  //  "Les banques investissent dans les territoires occupés en Palestine" (Scan des banques, 28 mai): NL: "Stuur je klacht!" - FR: "Envoyez votre plaine!"


"EBU: Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Jerusalem!" (change.org petition):

As an appropriate response to the deliberate massacre of Palestinian protesters on the border with Israel on May 14 we ask the members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to boycott Eurovision 2019 set to be held in Jerusalem.


Working for "Peace and Justice Hebron Freedom Fund".

HFF supports Palestinian nonviolence and resilience in the most heavily occupied city in the West Bank. We advocate for a just and peaceful solution based on principles of international law and human rights and support Palestinian communities living under the most difficult circumstances of Israel´s occupation. Please donate.


B'Tselem: "Over 300 public figures from around the world: Forcible transfer of Khan al-Ahmar community a war crime" (June 11):

Over 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders, and activists from around the world and Israel published (in Haaretz) an open letter voicing opposition to Israel's plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the West Bank. The letter focuses on Khan al-Ahmar in particular, a community under imminent threat of demolition and forcible transfer.


"Ook Belgische politici beschuldigen Israël van oorlogsmisdaad wegens geplande vernietiging Palestijns dorp" (De Morgen, 11 juni): Tientallen Belgische politici, onder wie Mark Demesmaeker (N-VA EP) en Groen-voorzitster Meyrem Almaci.

Gilles Devers, "Nous portons plainte pour crimes de guerre" (Pierre Barbancey, l'Humanité, 31 mai):

Gilles Devers, avocat au barreau de Lyon, s'occupe des dossiers déposés devant la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) par des centaines de victimes palestiniennes... G.D.: Pour ce qui concerne les scènes que tout le monde a vues à Gaza, nous travaillons avec une équipe très organisée des services de santé sur place. À ce jour, j´ai déposé une plainte au nom de 560 blessés ou victimes, c´est-à-dire leurs familles.


"Israeli activists bring images of Gaza dead to the heart of Tel Aviv" (Orly Noy, +972, June 18):

In the middle of the night, left-wing activists hung 115 kites along Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv's central street - one for each Palestinian protester killed by Israeli forces during the Great Return March protests.


Gaza Massacres:

"Wanneer een collega wordt doodgeschoten: na de dood van Razan al-Najjar, hulpverleenster in Gaza: 24 artsen en professoren reageren" (De Morgen, 15 juni).

Ondertekend door: Prof Marleen Temmerman - Prof Marc Van Ranst (KU Leuven) - Prof em Jan De Maeseneer (UGent) - Prof. Paul Van Royen (UAntwerpen - Dr. Natalie Eggermont, spoedarts - Dr. Anne Delespaul, huisarts  - Dr. Hanne Bosselaers, huisarts, voormalig arts in Gaza - Dr. Dirk Van Duppen, huisarts - Dr. Sofie Merckx, huisarts - Dr. Wim De Ceukelaire, directeur G3W-M3M - Dr. Benoit Nemery (KU Leuven) - Dr Wouter Arrazola de Oñate, arts-onderzoeker - Dr. Selwa Othman, spoedarts - Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULB) - Dr. Geert Van Moorter, spoedarts - Dr. Rita Vanobberghen, huisarts - Dr. Naima Hammami, specialist Infectieziektebestrijding en preventie - Dr. Lieve De Lille, kinderarts - Dr. Hakim Zoubeïdi, spoedarts - Dr. Daan Van Brusselen, kinderarts - Prof. Stéphanie De Maesschalck (UGent) - Dr. Sigrid Huyghe, huisarts - Dr. Sarah Swannet, huisarts - Dr. Jan Schrijvers, spoedarts - Dr. Fransesca Donders, gynaecologe.


Florian Neuhof: "'I wake up screaming': Child trauma in Gaza deepens after bloody protests. Plagued by conflict, injury and loss, the enclave´s youth are its silent victims" (The Nation, June 16):

In a modest house on a sandy patch of land near the border fence, 14-year-old Riham Qudaih stands next to her wounded father's bed as she describes the night terrors that plague her daily.


Donna Miles-Mojab: "Le discours sur les Palestiniens met leur vie en péril" (The Palestine Chronicle, 7 juin):

Le langage utilisé par la plupart des médias pour rapporter et analyser les événements à Gaza n'est pas seulement honteux, il met en péril des vies palestiniennes. Il semble que l'esprit collectif des médias est tellement saturé de propagande israélienne qu'ils sont prêts à mettre en doute ce qu'ils voient de leurs propres yeux et entendent de leurs propres oreilles.


Analysis & Comments:

Human Rights Watch: "Israel: Apparent War Crimes in Gaza - Accountability Needed for Officials Who Authorized Lethal Force" (Human Rights Watch, June 13):

Israeli forces´ repeated use of lethal force in the Gaza Strip since March 30 against Palestinian demonstrators who posed no imminent threat to life may amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza and wounded thousands with live ammunition.


Yossi Gurvitz: "The Knesset officially declares that Israeli democracy is for Jews only" (Mondoweiss, June 13):

A bill moved by Palestinian parliamentarians saying that Israel must be a State of All Its Citizens was not permitted to be debated in the Israeli Knesset. Even left and centrist Zionist parties blocked its movement.


Orly Noy: "The well-oiled legal machine that enables IDF violence" (+972, June 1):

The majority of complaints by Palestinians about violence by Israeli soldiers go nowhere, and when they do, it can take over a year for the military prosecution to decide whether to even open an investigation.


Joshua Leifer: "'They destroyed everything': Israel's decades-long war against the Jahalin Bedouin" (+972, June 13):

Expelled by Israeli forces from the Negev, then forced to live next to a garbage dump, the Jahalin Bedouin have lost their ancestral homes and their traditional way of life. The impending forced displacement of Khan al-Ahmar is just the latest struggle in the Bedouin tribe's history of dispossession.


Arts & Culture:

"Israel arrests Palestinian music band for 'producing songs that incite to resistance'" (MEMo, June 13):

Israeli occupation forces yesterday arrested members of a Palestinian music band in the southern West Bank town of Hebron under the pretext of "incitement". According to a statement by the Israeli army, six Palestinians were arrested over "producing songs and provocative videos that incite to resistance."


Sarah Hawas: Essay: "Palestine and the Recomposition of the Normal" (Politics/Letters, June 28):

One of the most commonly cited differences between BDS and anti-normalization campaigns in the Arab world is that the latter, besides being older, also encompass a hard boycott that includes "individuals".


Boycott:

"Le boycott du Festival de films LGBT de Tel Aviv s'amplifie après de nouvelles annulations" (PACBI France, 1 juin):

Quatre nouveaux cinéastes viennent de rejoindre un nombre croissant d’artistes qui boycottent le Festival international de films LGBT de Tel Aviv (TLVFest), en réponse à un appel palestinien. Cinq artistes avaient déjà annulé leur participation avant l´ouverture du festival, qui se déroule entre le 31 mai et le 9 juin.


"La Campagne Palestinienne pour le Boycott Académique et Culturel d'Israël salue l'annonce de l'annulation du concert de Shakira" (29 mai):

La CPBACI salue l'annonce que Shakira ne se produira pas à Tel Aviv prochainement, ruinant les espoirs d'Israël d'utiliser son nom pour blanchir par l'art son dernier massacre à Gaza.


"Artistes et journalistes palestiniens : pour un boycott de l'Eurovision 2019 !" (Pour la Palestine, 14 juin):

Le 12 juin: Nous, membres du syndicat des journalistes palestiniens et de réseaux d’organisations culturelles palestiniennes, appelons les membres de l´Union européenne de radio-télévision (UER), les États participants, les concurrents et le public à boycotter le concours de chansons de l’Eurovision 2019 qui doit être accueilli en Israël.


"Wolf Alice, Shame, Portishead and more lend support to #ArtistsForPalestine" (Andrew Trendell, NME, May 22):

"A means of peaceful protest against the brutal occupation". Wolf Alice, Shame, Portishead, Circa Waves and Carl Barat are among the hundreds of artists calling for a boycott of Israel, in unity against their continued and violent clashes with Palestinian protestors.


"Palestinians Warmly Welcome Gilberto Gil's Cancellation of Tel Aviv Gig Following Israel's Massacre in Gaza" (BDS, May 21):

Palestinians warmly welcome news that 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.


"Le Conseil de Barcelone appelle à un embargo militaire global sur Israël" (PIC, June 9):

Le conseil municipal de Barcelone et une écrasante majorité de ses membres a appelé à imposer un embargo militaire global sur "Israël", demandant au gouvernement espagnol à assurer sa mise en oeuvre.


BDS: "Over 60 cities, towns in Spain 'free of Israel apartheid'" (MEMo, June 12):

The BDS movement has succeeded over the last two years in persuading more than 60 Spanish cities and towns to boycott companies involved in the Israeli occupation and crimes.


"Spain's third-largest city votes to boycott Israel" (The Times of Israel, June 8):

Following a major Spanish city´s vote to boycott Israel, the leader of Spain´s third-largest party called the Jewish state a "criminal country" during an interview aired by a public television broadcaster.


"Joburg Mayor suspends city official over attendance at Israel event" (BDS, June 12):

Earlier this morning Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, suspended senior city official, MMC of Health, Mpho Phalatse, over her participation at a pro-Israeli anti-BDS event on Sunday 10 June 2018.


"John Maus, Shopping Pull Out Of Berlin Festival Criticized By BDS" (Stereogum, June 6):

John Maus, Shopping, and several more artists have cancelled their scheduled performances at Berlin music festival Pop-Kultur due to its controversial association with the Israeli embassy in Germany. The festival is partners with the embassy, which is contributing €1,200 for the travel and accommodation of three Israeli artists on the lineup.


"Nobel Peace Prize-Nominated Palestinian Movement Responds to Pop-Kultur Festival's Racism" (BDS, June 9):

Despite the growing number of cancellations facing Pop-Kultur Berlin festival due to the Israeli embassy´s sponsorship, the festival director told the German media that the question of dropping this sponsorship "really does not arise".


" Saison France Israël " (Union Juive Française pour la Paix, 6 juin):

Lunettes Rouges Je suis peut-être le critique d'art français ayant le plus écrit sur les artistes contemporains israéliens (juifs)... Mais je ne vais pas écrire de critiques d’une série d’expositions qui vont avoir lieu cette année dans le cadre d´une "Saison France Israël".


Current Affairs:

"Timeline: Israel's anti-Palestinian laws since 1948" (Middle East Monitor):

2006-Present:

13 June 2018: Israel plans to limit helium supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip, a move which would restrict vital supplies to hospitals;

10 June 2018:  Israel admits to the High Court of Justice that a decision to evict 700 Palestinians from their land after it was transferred to a settler institution was "flawed"...


Amira Hass: "Night raids and attack dogs: For West Bank Palestinians, their homes are not their castles" (Haaretz, June 17):

Israel's Border Police are increasingly using dogs to attack people in the middle of the night, while soldiers have used creative solutions like welding a door shut and keeping a family prisoners in their own house.


B'Tselem: "Three Israeli Supreme Court justices greenlight state to commit war crime" (27 June):

On Thursday, 24 May 2018, three Israeli Supreme Court justices - Noam Sohlberg, Anat Baron and Yael Willner - ruled that the state may demolish the homes of the community of Khan al-Ahmar, transfer the residents from their homes and relocate them.


"May 2018 report: 605 Palestinians seized by Israeli occupation forces" (Samidoun, June 14):

In May Israeli occupation forces arrested 605 Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem, including 94 children and nine women. They seized 197 Palestinians from the city of Jerusalem, 104 from Ramallah and el-Bireh, 70 from al-Khalil, 33 from Jenin, 44 from Bethlehem, 48 from Nablus, 15 from Tulkarem, 32 from Qalqilya, 5 from Tubas, 20 from Salfit, 8 from Jericho and 29 from the Gaza Strip.


"Tested on Palestinians: Israel hopes to export 'pre-emptive' policing" (MEMo, June 13):

In recent years, Israeli authorities have carried out dozens of "pre-emptive" arrests of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, on the basis of so-called intelligence gathered from big data technology and surveillance. Now, Israel is keen to export this approach.


Rami Younis: "The night the Palestinian Authority showed us whose side it is on" (+972, June 14):

The violence meted out by PA forces against Palestinian demonstrators Wednesday night was unlike anything I've ever experienced. When it was all over, one thing became clear: the PA isn't a subcontractor of the occupation, they are in lock step.


Amnesty International: "State of Palestine: Amnesty staff member arbitrarily detained and tortured by Palestinian security officers" (June 14):

The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank revealed a dark underbelly of violence and dysfunction yesterday when its security forces launched a vicious crackdown on peaceful protesters demonstrating against sanctions on Gaza.


"VRT: uw berichtgeving over bloedbad in Gaza was degoutant" (Christophe Callewaert, De Wereld Morgen, 24 mei):

Beste collega's van de VRT-nieuwsdienst, We zullen het toch nog eens moeten hebben over uw verslaggeving over de slachtpartij in Gaza van vorige week. We hebben het even laten bezinken. Op het moment zelf konden we enkel een pantoffel naar het scherm gooien telkens één van uw sterreporters in beeld verscheen.


Events:

§ Bruxelles, samedi, 23 juin, 18h-20h: "Conférence/Débat avec Haneen Zoabi, députée palestinienne à la Knesset". Org.: Ass. belgo-palestinienne. Lieu: Foyer Européen- European Trainees Residence, rue Traversière,17, 1210 Saint-Josse-Tenode. Traduction simultanée FR-EN.

Haneen Zoabi est la personnalité palestinienne la plus connue en Israël. Née à Nazareth, elle est membre du Balad, parti progressiste et national arabe d’Israël et est élue depuis 2009 à la Knesset. Elle y porte avec ferveur le flambeau de la lutte pour les droits des Palestiniens.


§ Antwerpen, zondag 1 juli, 15u-22u: "Solidaire Dag met Ahed en Palestijnse jeugd". Org.: intal i.s.m. Kavka, Antwerp for Palestine, G3W, Kif Kif en Een Andere Joodse Stem. Waar? Kavka, Oudaan 14, 2000 A'pen. Volledig programma: http://www.intal.be/nl/solidariteit-met-jongeren-verzet-palestina.


Publications, 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

@ Ronen Bergman, "Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations"  Penguin Random House, 12 Jan 2018,  448 p., ISBN 9781400069712. 27,99 euro (bol.com). "The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF's targeted killing programs" (NYT).

"Israel assassinates more people than any Western country, concludes new book" (MEMo, Jan 26): Blowing up commercial airliners and an entire stadium full of spectators were just two of the plans ordered by the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in his long quest to assassinate the late PLO leader, Yasser Arafat.


Videos:

Interview with Bassem Tamimi: "Why Ahed slapped the soldier"

Eric Cantona at HOPING for PALESTINE

PATTI SMITH - PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER (The Roundhouse, London, 4/06/2018)

# "The Palestinian Refugees want to return to their homes": https://www.facebook.com/aburtema/videos/10211861553518150/

# Roger Waters, U Arena - Nanterre, 10 juin: https://www.facebook.com/100008319338978/videos/2134260153527942/

# Hebron: Israeli army harassing Palestinian family during Ramadan:  https://www.facebook.com/media.yas/videos/10155225380541829/

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Belgian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

Coordinating Committee: Em.Prof. Marie-Christine Closon (UCL), Prof. Patrick Deboosere (VUB), Dr. Pascal Debruyne (UGent), Prof. Lieven De Cauter (KULeuven), Em.Prof. Herman De Ley (UGent), Lieve Franssen (director Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor), Carl Gydé (director CAMPO), Prof. Perrine Humblet (ULB), Prof. Marc Jacquemain (ULiège), Prof. Madeline Lutjeharms (VUB), Raven Ruëll (metteur en scène), Prof. Christiane Schomblond (ULB), Dr. Nozomi Takahashi (UGent), Prof. Karin Verelst (VUB).

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