Jewish voices, in Israel and elsewhere, supporting the bds movement1 European Jews for a Just Peace



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Jewish voices, in Israel and elsewhere, supporting the BDS movement1

European Jews for a Just Peace

Network organisation of Jewish European peace groups: Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Near East – Austria; Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique; European Jews for a Just Peace Denmark; Union Juive Francaise pour la paix; Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in Middle East – Germany; Network of Jews Against Occupation - Italy; A Different Jewish Voice – Netherlands; Jews for Israeli-Palestinian Peace – Sweden; Jewish Socialists' Group - United kingdom; Jews for Justice for Palestinians - United kingdom

"The time has come to translate our criticism of and opposition to the Israeli governments and policies into effective, non-violent actions like the BDS campaign. While the effect may seem symbolic in the first instance, such actions will activate a citizen base which will put pressure on the EU and national governments and Israeli society and government."

http://jipf.nu/ejjp/ejjps-bds-deklaration

Independent Jewish Voices (Canada)

A group of Jews in Canada

"Whereas there will be no lasting peace without implementation of international law, United Nations resolutions and respect for the human rights of both Palestinians and Jewish-Israelis [...] Therefore be it resolved that Independent Jewish Voices will [...] Support the Palestinian call for a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and complies with the precepts of international law, including the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194."

http://ijvcanada.org/ijv-vji-statements-enonces/communique-de-presse/ijv-votes-to-support-palestinian-call-for-bds/

Breaking the Law of Return

Over 100 Jews from the United States

"Today there is a growing transnational movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, called for by Palestinian civil society and supported by activists, artists, and academics around the world, including an increasing number of conscientious Israelis. As part of this campaign, we pledge to boycott the “law of return.” As an act of political and ideological divestment, we repudiate the claims the State of Israel makes on us as potential citizens."

http://usacbi.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/breaking-the-law-of-return/
Naomi Klein

Canadian award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, author

"There is a debate among Jews [...] about whether the lesson of the Holocaust should be 'never again to anyone', or 'never again to us.' […] it is precisely because of what we experienced as Jews that we must denounce racism, denounce systems of segregation wherever they crop up, even and especially when they crop up amongst our own."

" [..] part of the reason why there is so little interest in peace within Israel - [there are] two reasons: one is the fact that it is possible to live a relatively normal, fun life in Israel; and the other is that Israeli companies are not feeling the pinch from war."

" […] Everything would be fine if we used words that barely register and tactics that barely worked... But we are here to reject that. We are here to use language that resonates and reaches people. And we want to use tactics that actually work."

http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/465

Judith Butler


American post-structuralist feminist philosopher

"The idea is that we cannot participate in cultural institutions that act as if there is no occupation or that refuse to take a clear and strong stand against the occupation and dedicate their activities to its undoing".

"One cannot 'set aside' the radical impoverishment, the malnutrition, the limits on mobility […] the exercise of state violence in both Gaza and the West Bank and talk about other matters in public [when visiting Israel]. If one were to talk about other matters, then one is actively engaged in producing a limited public sphere of discourse which has the repression and, hence, continuation of violence as its aim."

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1152018.html

Sarah Schulman

Novelist and Professor in the City University of New York


"In November 2009 I had the honor of being invited to keynote the Tel Aviv LGBT studies conference, and very much wanted to attend. However, when I learned that it was being held at Tel Aviv University, I decided to instead go on a solidarity visit to anti-Occupation venues in Israel as well as meeting with Palestinian LGBT groups in the West Bank. LGBT audiences came to alternative venues to speak with me, so I was able to dialogue with queer audiences without undermining the Boycott. Although it took a lot of conversation and thought before I decided to participate in Boycott in this way, the trip convinced me that this was the right decision.

LGBT people in Israel and Palestine are deeply involved in the anti-occupation movement, and they need and want our support of Boycott and Sanctions. I participated in a demonstration against the Wall in Bilin, and easily half of the Israelis supporting the Palestinian villagers were queer. The "Boycott Me" movement among Israeli academics is growing. I met with two different Palestinian LGBT organizations who clearly articulate the relationship between LGBT liberation and the Boycott and want and need our help. Economic pressure - on the model of the South Africa Divestment Movement- is the primary popular strategy for change in Israel and Palestine. American students are now increasingly involved in getting their schools to divest, and the LGBT community can be a dynamic force in this effort. Through conversation and thought, the LGBT community will expand our freedom visions to include Palestinians human rights."



BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within

Over 100 Israeli citizens and residents

"We, Palestinians, Jews, citizens of Israel, join the Palestinian call for a BDS campaign against Israel, inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid [...] We stand against all forms of racism and oppression, and support and encourage BDS actions as a legitimate political activity and a necessary a means of non-violent resistance."

http://boycottisrael.info/node/2/

Rachel Giora

Israeli feminist and Professor of Linguistics

"I am writing to express my support of your actions toward helping the boycott movement become engulfing and effective [...] In light of Israel's widely documented disregard for international laws exercised in our area for so many years, culminating in two recent wars against civilians in Lebanon and Gaza, it is left for us citizens of the world to attempt to hold up a mirror to Israel's real face in the hope that it will give it a chance to choose justice and peace over occupation."

http://www.bricup.org.uk/documents/israel_unis/Giora.pdf

Udi Aloni

Israeli-American film maker

"The aforementioned violations of human rights are precisely the reason why many Jews all over the world have joined the BDS campaign, a key issue for those of us who are trying to prevent violence against Israel while simultaneously countering its arrogant and aggressive policies against the Palestinians living under its rule."

"The most provably-effective form of pressure known to us so far is BDS. Thus, BDS action does not amount to negative, counter-productive action, as many propagandists try to portray it. On the contrary, BDS action is a life-saving antidote to violence. It is an action of solidarity, partnership and joint progress. BDS action serves to preempt, in a non-violent manner, justified violent resistance aimed at attaining the same goals of justice, peace and equality."



http://usacbi.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/udi-aloni-why-we-support-the-non-violent-bds-movement/

Ilan Pappe

Israeli-British Professor of History

"We should not tire from mentioning the alternative in the 21st century: BDS -- Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions -- as an emergency measure -- far more effective and far less violent -- in opposing the present destruction of Palestine. And at the same time talk openly, convincingly and efficiently, of creating the geography of peace."

http://www.arabworldbooks.com/arab/ilanpappe.htm

Michel Warschawski

Israeli Journalist, writer, founder of the Alternative Information Center (AIC)

"The BDS campaign was initiated by a broad coalition of Palestinian political and social movements. No Israeli who claims to support the national rights of the Palestinian people can, decently, turns it back to that campaign: after having claimed for years that “armed struggle is not the way”, it will be outrageous that this strategy too will be disqualified by those Israeli activists. On the contrary, we have all together to join “Boycott from within” in order to provide an Israeli backup to that Palestinian initiative. It is the minimum we can do, it is the minimum we should do."

http://ijvcanada.org/israel/yes-to-bds-an-answer-to-uri-avnery/

Appendix: The BDS Movement's founding documents


http://bdsmovement.net/?q=node/52

Palestinian Civil Society



Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel

Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights

9 July 2005

   


One year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israel's Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal; Israel continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court's decision. Thirty eight years into Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and is now de facto annexing large parts of the West Bank by means of the Wall. Israel is also preparing - in the shadow of its lanned redeployment from the Gaza Strip - to build and expand colonies in the West Bank. Fifty seven years fter the state of Israel was built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners, a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are stateless. Moreover, Israel's entrenched system of racial discrimination against its own Arab-Palestinian citizens remains intact.

In light of Israel's persistent violations of international law; and

Given that, since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel's colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate, adequate and effective remedies; and

 

Given that all forms of international intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarian law, to respect fundamental human rights and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine; and



 

In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions; and

 

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression;



 

We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.

 

These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:



 

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

 

Endorsed by:



The Palestinian political parties, unions, associations, coalitions and organizations below represent the three integral parts of the people of Palestine: Palestinian refugees, Palestinians under occupation and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

   


Unions, Associations, Campaigns

• Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine (Coordinating body for the major political parties in the Occupied Palestinian Territory)

• Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen's Rights (PICCR)

• Union of Arab Community Based Associations (ITTIJAH), Haifa

• Forum of Palestinian NGOs in Lebanon

• Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)

• General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW)

• General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT)

• Federation of Unions of Palestinian Universities' Professors and Employees

• Consortium of Professional Associations

• Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC)

• Health Work Committees – West Bank

• Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)

• Union of Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)

• Union of Health Work Committees – Gaza (UHWC)

• Union of Palestinian Farmers

• Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI)

• General Union of Disabled Palestinians

• Palestinian Federation of Women's Action Committees (PFWAC)

• Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

• Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign

• Union of Teachers of Private Schools

• Union of Women's Work Committees, Tulkarem (UWWC)

• Dentists' Association – Jerusalem Center

• Palestinian Engineers Association

• Lawyers' Association

• Network for the Eradication of Illiteracy and Adult Education, Ramallah

• Coordinating Committee of Rehabilitation Centers – West Bank

• Coalition of Lebanese Civil Society Organizations (150 organizations)

• Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), Network of Student-based Canadian University Associations

 

 

Refugee Rights Associations/Organizations



  1. Al-Ard Committees for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria

  2. Al-Awda Charitable Society, Beit Jala

  3. Al Awda - Palestine Right-to-Return Coalition, U.S.A

  4. Al-Awda Toronto

  5. Aidun Group – Lebanon

  6. Aidun Group – Syria

  7. Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center, Aida refugee camp

  8. Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced (ADRID), Nazareth

  9. BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Bethlehem

  10. Committee for Definite Return, Syria

  11. Committee for the Defense of Palestinian Refugee Rights, Nablus

  12. Consortium of the Displaced Inhabitants of Destroyed Palestinian Villages and Towns

  13. Filastinuna – Commission for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria

  14. Handala Center, 'Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem

  15. High Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Jordan

(including personal endorsement of 71 members of parliament, political parties and unions in Jordan)

  1. High National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return , Ramallah

  2. International Right of Return Congress (RORC)

  3. Jermana Youth Forum for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria

  4. Laji Center, Aida camp, Bethlehem

  5. Local Committee for Rehabilitation, Qalandia refugee camp, Jerusalem

  6. Local Committee for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem

  7. Palestinian National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria

  8. Palestinian Return Association, Syria

  9. Palestinian Return Forum, Syria

  10. Palestine Right-of-Return Coalition (Palestine, Arab host countries, Europe, North America)

  11. Palestine Right-of-Return Confederation-Europe (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden)

  12. Palestinian Youth Forum for the Right of Return, Syria

  13. PLO Popular Committees – West Bank refugee camps

  14. PLO Popular Committees – Gaza Strip refugee camps

  15. Popular Committee – al-'Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem

  16. Popular Committee – Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem

  17. Shaml - Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Center, Ramallah

  18. Union of Women's Activity Centers – West Bank Refugee Camps

  19. Union of Youth Activity Centers – Palestine Refugee Camps, West Bank and Gaza

  20. Women's Activity Center – Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem

  21. Yafa Cultural Center, Balata refugee camp, Nablus

 

 

Organizations



  1. Abna' al-Balad Society, Nablus

  2. Addameer Center for Human Rights, Gaza

  3. Addameer Prisoners' Support and Human Rights Association, Ramallah

  4. Alanqa' Cultural Association, Hebron

  5. Al-Awda Palestinian Folklore Society, Hebron

  6. Al-Doha Children's Cultural Center, Bethlehem

  7. Al-Huda Islamic Center, Bethlehem

  8. Al-Jeel al-Jadid Society, Haifa

  9. Al-Karameh Cultural Society, Um al-Fahm

  10. Al-Maghazi Cultural Center, Gaza

  11. Al-Marsad Al-Arabi, occupied Syrian Golan Heights

  12. Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Gaza

  13. Al-Nahda Cultural Forum, Hebron

  14. Al-Taghrid Society for Culture and Arts, Gaza

  15. Alternative Tourism Group, Beit Sahour (ATG)

  16. Al-Wafa' Charitable Society, Gaza

  17. Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ)

  18. Arab Association for Human Rights, Nazareth (HRA)

  19. Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD)

  20. Arab Center for Agricultural Development-Gaza

  21. Arab Educational Institute – Open Windows (affiliated with Pax Christie International)

  22. Arab Orthodox Charitable Society – Beit Sahour

  23. Arab Orthodox Charity – Beit Jala

  24. Arab Orthodox Club – Beit Jala

  25. Arab Orthodox Club – Beit Sahour

  26. Arab Students' Collective, University of Toronto

  27. Arab Thought Forum, Jerusalem (AFT)

  28. Association for Cultural Exchange Hebron - France

  29. Association Najdeh, Lebanon

  30. Authority for Environmental Quality, Jenin

  31. Bader Society for Development and Reconstruction, Gaza

  32. Canadian Palestine Foundation of Quebec, Montreal

  33. Center for the Defense of Freedoms, Ramallah

  34. Center for Science and Culture, Gaza

  35. Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ramallah- Al-Bireh District

  36. Child Development and Entertainment Center, Tulkarem

  37. Committee for Popular Participation, Tulkarem

  38. Defense for Children International-Palestine Section, Ramallah (DCI/PS)

  39. El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe

  40. Ensan Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Bethlehem

  41. Environmental Education Center, Bethlehem

  42. FARAH – Palestinian Center for Children, Syria

  43. Ghassan Kanafani Society for Development, Gaza

  44. Ghassan Kanafani Forum, Syria

  45. Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Gaza (GCMHP)

  46. Golan for Development, occupied Syrian Golan Heights

  47. Halhoul Cultural Forum, Hebron

  48. Himayeh Society for Human Rights, Um al-Fahm

  49. Holy Land Trust – Bethlehem

  50. Home of Saint Nicholas for Old Ages – Beit Jala

  51. Human Rights Protection Center, Lebanon

  52. In'ash al-Usrah Society, Ramallah

  53. International Center of Bethlehem (Dar An-Nadweh)

  54. Islah Charitable Society-Bethlehem

  55. Jafra Youth Center, Syria

  56. Jander Center, al-Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem

  57. Jerusalem Center for Women, Jerusalem (JCW)

  58. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC )

  59. Khalil Al Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah

  60. Land Research Center, Jerusalem (LRC)

  61. Liberated Prisoners' Society, Palestine

  62. Local Committee for Social Development, Nablus

  63. Local Committee for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Nablus

  64. MA'AN TV Network, Bethlehem

  65. Medical Aid for Palestine, Canada

  66. MIFTAH-Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, Ramallah

  67. Muwatin-The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy

  68. National Forum of Martyr's Families, Palestine

  69. Near East Council of Churches Committee for Refugee Work – Gaza Area

  70. Network of Christian Organizations – Bethlehem (NCOB)

  71. Palestinian Council for Justice and Peace, Jerusalem

  72. Palestinian Counseling Center, Jerusalem (PCC)

  73. Palestinian Democratic Youth Union, Lebanon

  74. Palestinian Farmers' Society, Gaza

  75. Palestinian Hydrology Group for Water and Environment Resources Development-Gaza

  76. Palestinian Prisoners' Society-West Bank

  77. Palestinian Society for Consumer Protection, Gaza

  78. Palestinian University Students' Forum for Peace and Democracy, Hebron

  79. Palestinian Women's Struggle Committees

  80. Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD)

  81. Popular Art Centre, Al-Bireh

  82. Prisoner's Friends Association – Ansar Al-Sajeen, Majd al-Krum

  83. Public Aid Association, Gaza

  84. Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies

  85. Saint Afram Association – Bethlehem

  86. Saint Vincent De Paule – Beit Jala

  87. Senior Citizen Society – Beit Jala

  88. Social Development Center, Nablus

  89. Society for Self-Development, Hebron

  90. Society for Social Work, Tulkarem

  91. Society for Voluntary Work and Culture, Um al-Fahm

  92. Society of Friends of Prisoners and Detainees, Um al-Fahm

  93. Sumoud-Political Prisoners Solidarity Group, Toronto

  94. Tamer Institute for Community Education, Ramallah

  95. TCC – Teacher's Creativity Center, Ramallah

  96. Wi'am Center, Bethlehem

  97. Women's Affairs Technical Committee, Ramallah and Gaza (WATC)

  98. Women's Studies Center, Jerusalem (WSC)

  99. Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, Jerusalem (WCLAC)

  100. Yafa for Education and Culture, Nablus

  101. Yazour Charitable Society, Nablus

  102. YMCA-East Jerusalem

  103. Youth Cooperation Forum, Hebron

  104. YWCA-Palestine

  105. Zakat Committee-al-Khader, Bethlehen

  106. Zakat Committee-Deheishe camp, Bethlehem

Appel de la Société Civile Palestinienne Appel au Boycott, aux Sanctions et aux Retraits des

Investissements contre Israël jusqu'à ce qu'il applique le Droit International et les

Principes Universels des Droits de l'Homme

 

9 Juillet 2005



Un an après que l'avis consultatif historique de la Cour Internationale de Justice (CIJ) qui a jugé illégal le mur qu'Israel construit sur le territoire palestinien occupé, Israel continue sa construction du mur colonial au mépris total de la décision de la Cour. Après trente huit ans d'occupation par Israel de la Cisjordanie palestinienne (y compris Jérusalem-Est), de la Bande de Gaza et des Hauteurs du Golan syriens, Israel continue à accroître les colonies juives. Il a unilatéralement annexé Jérusalem-Est Occupé et les Hauteurs du Golan et annexe maintenant de facto de grandes parties de la Cisjordanie à l'aide du mur. Israel prépare également, dans l'ombre, son redéploiement prévu de la bande de Gaza - pour établir et accroître les colonies en Cisjordanie. Cinquante sept ans après que l'Etat d'Israel ait été établi principalement sur la terre éthniquement nettoyée de ses propriétaires palestiniens, une majorité de Palestiniens sont des réfugiés, dont la plupart sont apatrides. D'ailleurs, le système de discrimination raciale contre ses propres citoyens Arabes-Palestiniens derrière lequel il s'est retranché demeure intact.

 

À la lumière des violations persistantes du droit international par Israel,



 

Étant donné que, depuis 1948, les centaines de résolutions de l'ONU ont condamné les politiques coloniales et discriminatoires d'Israel en tant qu'illégales et ont appelé à des remèdes immédiats, proportionnés et efficaces,

 

Étant donné que toutes les formes d'intervention internationale et de tentatives de paix n'ont pas jusqu'ici convaincu ou forcé Israel à se conformer à la loi humanitaire, à respecter les Droits de l'Homme fondamentaux et à mettre fin à son occupation et son oppression du peuple de la Palestine,



 

En raison du fait que les personnes de conscience parmi la communauté internationale ont historiquement endossé la responsabilité morale de combattre l'injustice, comme illustré dans la lutte pour abolir l'Apartheid en Afrique du Sud par diverses formes de boycott, de retrait d'investissement et de sanctions;

 

Inspirés par la lutte des Sud-Africains contre l'Apartheid et dans l'esprit de la solidarité internationale, de la cohérence morale et de la résistance à l'injustice et à l'oppression,



 

Nous, représentants de la Société Civile Palestinienne, invitons les organisations des sociétés civiles internationales et les gens de conscience du monde entier à imposer de larges boycotts et à mettre en application des initiatives de retrait d'investissement contre Israel tels que ceux appliqués à l'Afrique du Sud à l'époque de l'Apartheid.

 

Nous faisons appel à vous pour faire pression sur vos états respectifs afin qu'ils appliquent des embargos et des sanctions contre Israel. Nous invitons également les Israéliens honnêtes à soutenir cet appel, dans l'intérêt de la justice et d'une véritable paix.



 

Ces mesures de sanction non-violentes devraient être maintenues jusqu'à ce qu'Israel honore son obligation de reconnaître le droit inaliénable des Palestiniens à l'autodétermination et respecte entièrement les préceptes du droit international en :

1. Mettant fin à son occupation et à sa colonisation de tous les terres Arabes et en démantelant le Mur

2. Reconnaissant les droits fondamentaux des citoyens Arabo-Palestiniens d'Israel à une égalité absolue; et

3. Respectant, protégeant et favorisant les droits des réfugiés palestiniens à revenir dans leurs maisons et propriétés comme stipulé dans la résolution 194 de l'ONU

 

Approuvé par :



Les partis politiques, les syndicats, les associations, les coalitions et les organisations palestiniens ci-dessous représentent les trois parties intégrales du peuple de la Palestine : Réfugiés palestiniens, Palestiniens sous occupation et Citoyens palestiniens d'Israël.

http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=869

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)



CALL FOR ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

Whereas Israel‘s colonial oppression of the Palestinian people, which is based on Zionist ideology, comprises the following:



  • Denial of its responsibility for the Nakba -- in particular the waves of ethnic cleansing and dispossession that created the Palestinian refugee problem -- and therefore refusal to accept the inalienable rights of the refugees and displaced stipulated in and protected by international law;

  • Military occupation and colonization of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza since 1967, in violation of international law and UN resolutions;

  • The entrenched system of racial discrimination and segregation against the Palestinian citizens of Israel, which resembles the defunct apartheid system in South Africa;

Since Israeli academic institutions (mostly state controlled) and the vast majority of Israeli intellectuals and academics have either contributed directly to maintaining, defending or otherwise justifying the above forms of oppression, or have been complicit in them through their silence,

Given that all forms of international intervention have until now failed to force Israel to comply with international law or to end its repression of the Palestinians, which has manifested itself in many forms, including siege, indiscriminate killing, wanton destruction and the racist colonial wall,

In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community of scholars and intellectuals have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in their struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott,

Recognizing that the growing international boycott movement against Israel has expressed the need for a Palestinian frame of reference outlining guiding principles,

In the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression,

We, Palestinian academics and intellectuals, call upon our colleagues in the international community to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions as a contribution to the struggle to end Israel‘s occupation, colonization and system of apartheid, by applying the following:



  1. Refrain from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli institutions;

  2. Advocate a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at the national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to these institutions;

  3. Promote divestment and disinvestment from Israel by international academic institutions;

  4. Work toward the condemnation of Israeli policies by pressing for resolutions to be adopted by academic, professional and cultural associations and organizations;

  5. Support Palestinian academic and cultural institutions directly without requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or implicit condition for such support.

Endorsed by:

Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees; Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions; Palestinian NGO Network, West Bank; Teachers‘ Federation; Palestinian Writers‘ Federation; Palestinian League of Artists; Palestinian Journalists‘ Federation; General Union of Palestinian Women; Palestinian Lawyers‘ Association; and tens of other Palestinian federations, associations, and civil society organizations.



1 For the Palestinian-led global BDS movement's founding documents see the Palestinian Civil Society's Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights and and PACBI's Call for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Both documents are also copied here as an appendix to this document.



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