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Newsletter N°48 (November 2019)

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OPROEP AAN ALLE BELGISCHE CULTUURWERKERS OM IN SOLIDARITEIT MET PALESTINA EEN CROWDFUNDING TE ONDERSTEUNEN: EEN BEROEP TEGEN DE WEIGERING VAN DE EUROPESE COMMISSIE OM HET BURGERINITIATIEF "EU-VERBOD OP PRODUCTEN UIT DE NEDERZETTINGEN" TE REGISTREREN.

APPEL AUX TRAVAILLEURS CULTURELS BELGES POUR SOUTENIR UN FINANCEMENT COMMUNAUTAIRE AU SERVICE DE LA SOLIDARITÉ AVEC LA PALESTINE: RECOURS CONTRE LE REFUS DE LA COMMISSION EUROPÉENNE D'ENREGISTRER UNE INITIATIVE CITOYENNE "INTERDICTION DE L'UE SUR LES PRODUITS DE COLONISATION"

Op 5/07/2019 heeft een Burgerinitiatief-Comité uit 7 EU-lidstaten, waaronder het Comité voor de Europese Coördinatie van Verenigingen en Comités voor Palestina (ECCP), waar BACBI bij aangesloten is, bij de Europese Commissie een voorstel ingediend om op te roepen tot een handelsverbod met de Israëlische kolonies. Het recente besluit van het Europese Hof van Justitie om de verplichte etikettering van Israëlische nederzettingenproducten goed te keuren is een bemoedigende stap voorwaarts (klik hier!), maar is onvoldoende om de onvervreemdbare rechten van het Palestijnse volk te waarborgen.

Le 05/07/2019, un Comité d'Initiative Citoyenne de 7 États membres de l'UE, dont la Coordination Européenne des Associations et Comités pour la Palestine (ECCP) dont la BACBI est membre, a soumis une proposition à la Commission Européenne pour demander une interdiction du commerce avec les colonies israéliennes. La récente décision de la Cour de justice européenne d'approuver l'étiquetage des produits des colonies israéliennes est un pas en avant encourageant (cliquez ici !), mais il est insuffisant pour garantir les droits inaliénables du peuple palestinien.

In 2019 kozen we het "Europees burgerinitiatief" als middel om onze oproep tot actie tegen alle illegale nederzettingen kenbaar te maken. Wij hebben de Europese Commissie verzocht ervoor te zorgen dat zij binnen haar bevoegdheden op verantwoorde wijze handelt en ijvert voor een verbod op de handel met illegale nederzettingen nastreeft. De Commissie heeft echter geweigerd ons initiatief te registreren (zie het besluit van 4 september). 

En 2019, nous avons choisi l'initiative citoyenne européenne comme moyen d'exprimer notre appel à l'action contre toutes les colonies de peuplement illégales. Les citoyens doivent avoir le droit de s'exprimer. Nous avons soumis une demande à la Commission européenne afin de la faire agir de manière responsable dans le cadre de ses compétences et de progresser vers une interdiction du commerce avec les colonies de peuplement illégales. Cependant, la Commission a refusé d'enregistrer notre initiative (voir la décision du 4 septembre).

We weigeren echter ons het zwijgen te laten opleggen. Help ons de Commissie voor het Europees Hof van Justitie te dagen ten einde haar stilzwijgen en medeplichtigheid aan schendingen van de grondrechten aan te vechten. We zullen samenwerken met een deskundige advocaat die in het verleden een soortgelijke zaak tegen de Europese Commissie heeft gewonnen. Om dat te kunnen doen, moeten we tegen 15 december de 10.300 euro gerechtskosten dekken. Om de juridische kosten te dekken, hebben we  een crowdfunding campagne gestart. Dit is dan ook een oproep aan jullie allen: overweeg alstublieft een bijdrage te leveren, hoe bescheiden ook, om van deze zaak een overwinning te maken in de lange strijd van het Palestijnse volk voor gerechtigheid. BEN JE KLAAR OM HET VERSCHIL TE MAKEN?

Nous refusons toutefois d'être réduits au silence. Aidez-nous à poursuivre la Commission devant la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne afin de contester sa complicité tacite avec des violations des droits fondamentaux. Nous travaillerons avec un avocat expert qui a gagné un procès similaire contre la Commission européenne dans le passé. Pour ce faire, nous devons encore lever les 10 300 euros d'ici le 15 décembre afin de couvrir le cout des procédures judiciaires. Pour couvrir les frais juridiques, nous avons lancé une campagne de crowdfunding. Il s'agit donc d'un appel à chacun d'entre vous : veuillez envisager de contribuer, même modestement, à faire de cette affaire une victoire dans la longue lutte du peuple palestinien pour la justice. ÊTES-VOUS PRÊTS À FAIRE LA DIFFERENCE ?

"Attaquons l'UE en justice!" - "Let's take the EU to court!"

Cliquez-ici pour contribuer! / Klik hier voor uw bijdrage! 

 

Contents:

Actions and Calls -- Analyses -- Arts, Culture, Heritage -- BDS -- Current Affairs -- EU, US, World -- Gaza -- Israel -- Palestine -- Prisoners -- Resources -- Agenda -- Videos

Actions & Calls:

"Palestinian Refugees Movement Belgium"

We Palestinian asylum seekers are asking for international protection and better treatment of our files. We are opposed to the reasons of refusals because it is unfair and unrealistic: the fact that we are under the responsibility of UNRWA, the fact that the situation in Palestine is stable and secure, the reopening of Rafah, ... Resolution 194 of the United Nations General Assembly stipulates the right of return for Palestinians to their lands occupied by Israel. So we are here as refugees without a country, whether we are in exile or living under brutal occupation. We demand that Belgium respects the international laws and conventions it has signed and to respects our right to receive international protection without punishing Palestinians with prolonged proceedings and unfair refusals for asylum Your silence is a disgrace on humanity, you have to support refugees and give positive response to Palestinian asylum seekers.

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Endorsing Belgian organisations: Plateforme Charleroi Palestine - Amitié sans frontières - Bruxelles Panthères - Palestina Solidariteit - Belgian Committee for Palestinian Prisonners - Association Belgo-Palestinienne - Actrices et Acteurs des Temps Présents - Mouvement citoyen Palestine - Intal - Belgian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI) -

Analyses & Comments:

Tom Moerenhout, "Why I'm suing EU for trading with settlements" (The Electronic Intifada, 28 Nov):

I am part of a group of seven people who are suing the European Union's executive over its trade with settlements in territories under military occupation. It may seem strange that we are taking this action around the same time that the EU's top court ruled that all products from Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights must be labeled accurately. Yet it should be emphasized that despite this verdict, the EU still allows trade with settlements. By doing so, the EU and its governments violate their obligations under international law. Trading with settlements - all of which breach the Fourth Geneva Convention - is tantamount to conferring recognition on them. It also helps occupying powers to maintain and expand their illegal colonies. [Tom Moerenhout is a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University in NY]

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Arts, Culture & Heritage:

Oren Ziv, "Palestinian political prisoners tell their stories in new Israeli play" (+972, Nov 28):

Actress Einat Weitzman's documentary play about Palestinian political prisoners finally hits the stage, more than two years after its cancellation at a prominent theater festival caused an uproar. "Prisoners of the Occupation" was performed this week in Tel Aviv, a fact that Einat Weitzman, the actress who wrote and produced it, regards as a triumph for art. One of the central scenes in the play was written by Walid Daka, a Palestinian citizen of Israel who has been a political prisoner since 1986, when he was convicted of involvement in a plot to kidnap and murder an Israeli soldier.

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BDS :

"Belgian officials boycott trade delegation to Israel" (Cnaan Liphshiz, The Times of Israel, Nov 30):

Two local governments in Belgium have pulled out of a trade delegation to Israel, citing alleged violations of international law and lack of progress in the peace process. The foreign trade secretary of the government of the Brussels region, Pascal Smet, announced the decision Thursday, the RTBF broadcaster reported. Elio Di Rupo, prime minister of the Belgian state of Wallonia and a former prime minister of the kingdom of Belgium, pulled out of the delegation last week.

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Current Affairs:

* Gideon Levy, "Deport me, too" (Haaretz, Nov 7: archive.today):

If Omar Shakir deserves to be deported, then so do I and others like me. Shakir is being expelled for his views. But his views are my views exactly, even though we've never met. If they are forbidden and dangerous, then everyone who advocates them must be deported. Therefore, it is obligatory to deport everyone who holds those positions that were prohibited Tuesday by the Supreme Court, sitting as the State of Israel's Court of Thought Control... Today it's foreigners, tomorrow it will be Israelis. Because what's the difference? If an opinion is dangerous, it should be forbidden to all. We'll start with foreigners, go on to deporting Arab citizens who support a boycott, and we'll finish off with the leftists. We'll start with those who support sanctions against Israel, continue with those who oppose the occupation and finish with those who dare to criticize Israel...

* Julia Conley, "Israel Expels Human Rights Watch Director for Opposition to Illegal Settlements" (Truthout, Nov 25):

Human Rights Watch on Monday vowed to continue fighting the violation of Palestinians's human rights by the Israeli government as the organization's director for the region was expelled from Israel.

* Juan Cole, "In Expelling Human Rights Watch Director, Israel Joins Burundi, Uzbekistan and Other Authoritarian States" (Informed Comment, Nov 25):

Israel on Sunday expelled the in-country director of Human Rights Watch from the country. Israel thereby joins dictatorships such as Uzbekistan, Burundi, Azerbaijan, and Egypt, which have also expelled HRW human rights workers. Breathless headlines in the US are saying that Israel became the first democracy to do so, but the expulsion is happening because Israel is not actually a democracy. Or, it is a democracy in the same way that Apartheid South Africa was... It is the slow ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and the settling on their property of Israeli squatters that Tel Aviv did not want Human Rights Watch to observe... Last week the Israeli squatters engaged in an orgy of violence against the indigenous Palestinians, torching autos, olive trees, and other Palestinian property.

EU, UN, US & the World:

Freddy De Pauw, "We zijn antisemieten" (Uitpers, 3 dec):

Talrijke joodse slachtoffers van de Holocaust zijn postuum antisemiet verklaard. Althans, volgens een resolutie dinsdag aangenomen door de Franse Nationale Vergadering. Want tal van die joodse slachtoffers waren antizionisten. En dus, aldus die Franse resolutie, antisemieten. Die goedkeuring kwam er ondanks een waarschuwing van 127 joodse intellectuelen tegen dit soort amalgaam - waaraan het EU-parlement zich al eerder schuldig maakte.

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Gaza:

Pétition "Urgence humanitaire à GAZA: levée du BLOCUS ! #OpenGaza" (change.org, 2 déc, déjà: 361,684):

Quatre cents manifestants européens étaient présents devant la Cour Pénale Internationale (CPI) vendredi, à l'occasion de la Journée Internationale de Solidarité avec la Palestine, pour dénoncer son inaction face aux criminels de guerre israéliens.

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Entsar Abu Jahal, "Israel's spastic shifts in fishing zones endanger Palestinians" (Al-Monitor, Dec 2):

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli gunboats opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats near al-Sudaniya, northwest of the Gaza Strip, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) said Nov. 23. The boats were within the allowed fishing area, according to the union, but Israel changes the zones erratically and sometimes with no warning.

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Palestine:

Ahmad Melhem, "Demolition of Palestinians' Jerusalem homes surges" (Al-Monitor, Dec 2):

RAMALLAH, West Bank - Fatima Abbasi left her Jerusalem home Nov. 19 to go to work. She was caught off-guard, she told Al-Monitor, when a relative called to tell her municipal workers, escorted by Israeli police, were preparing to demolish the house.

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Yumna Patel, "Palestinians reel from violent harassment during Jewish celebration in Hebron" (Mondoweiss, Nov 27):

More than a dozen Palestinians, including a baby, were injured over the weekend in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, when tens of thousands of Jewish pilgrims descended on the city and many became violent. According to local reports, extremist Israelis wreaked havoc on the city, verbally harassing and physically attacking Palestinian residents on their way to mark the occasion of "Chayei Sarah," a portion of Torah reading that discusses the life of Abraham's wife Sarah, who Jews believed is buried in the Ibrahimi Mosque (Tomb of Patriarchs) in Hebron''s Old City.

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Israel :

Jonathan Ofir, "Why the Israeli military is a societal ideological shield for Israeli crimes" (Mondoweiss, Nov 12):

After the 2008-9 Israeli onslaught on Gaza that took 1500 lives, a UN fact-finding mission concluded that the three-week campaign was "a deliberately disproportionate attack, designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population." Note the word " terrorize." But was this an isolated incident? Not at all. Israel has a long and sordid history of state-terrorist activity. There was the pre-state terror, which eventually served as a means of ethnic cleansing, known as the Nakba of 1948. Those Palestinians who tried to return were shot by the thousands, most of them unarmed.

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Prisoners:

Yara Hawari, "The Systematic Torture of Palestinians in Israeli Detention" (Al-Shabaka, Nov 28):

Executive Summary: Since the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Israeli Security Agency has been torturing Palestinians. Al-Shabaka Senior Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari argues that the use of torture in Israeli detention is systematic and legitimized through domestic law, and outlines steps for the international community to hold Israel to account and bring an end to these violations.

Resources:

© Raja Shehadeh, "Going Home. A Walk Through Fifty Years of Occupation." Profile Books 2019, hard cover, ISBN 9781788163064, 208p., £14.99.

In 'Going Home', Orwell Prize winning author Raja Shehadeh travels Ramallah and records the changing face of the city. Walking along the streets he grew up in, he tells the stories of the people, the relationships, the houses, and the businesses that were and now are cornerstones of the city and his community Raja Shehadeh is Palestine's leading writer. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq.

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® "Kenniscentrum Israël Palestina." Documentatie over Palestijnen, Israël, Midden-Oosten:

Een volledig vernieuwd digitaal kenniscentrum over Israël en Palestina. Met inmiddels een kleine honderd artikelen over onderwerpen die belangrijk zijn voor het begrip van wat er is gebeurd in het Palestina van vóór 1948, in de joodse staat vanaf 1948 en in de bezette gebieden. En voor wat er vandaag de dag aan de hand is in de Negev woestijn, in de Jordaanvallei en in Jeruzalem. Wat is de rol van Amerika? Welke rol spelen de zionistische christenen?..

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Agenda:

# Charleroi, le 14 décembre 2019 @ 10 h 00 - 13 h 00: "Israël, État d'apartheid." Où : Charleroi, UT (bâtiment de la bibliothèque). Contact : Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine, 0473/28.63.75.

3e séance d'un cycle de formation: présentation du rapport de Richard Falk et Virginia Tilley qui analyse l'apartheid envers l'ensemble du peuple palestinien. Avec le témoignage d'Ahmed Frassini, journaliste et réalisateur palestinien. Ahmed est né en Palestine, dans la région de Jénine. Emprisonné pour la première fois en 1987, a l'âge de 12 ans, Ahmed a vécu la première et la deuxième Intifadah, les accords d'Oslo, la ré-occupation par l'armée israélienne des territoires palestiniens en 2012.

Videos:

"What I saw in the West Bank was horrible" (Kim Iversen)

Belgian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

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

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