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The Academic BDS Support Network

20.02.2020
Editorial Note 
 
The BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007, is the Palestinian leadership of the global BDS movement. According to Israeli experts
it has been headed by Omar Barghouti. It runs a network of groups promoting BDS and operating an international affairs lobby which lends support to native groups such as the Canadian Wet'suwet'en Nation in northern British Columbia.  According to the BNC, the Palestinians stand in solidarity with these land defenders who resist "Canada’s colonial incursions of their unceded territories."

Their next BDS event is taking place at Harvard University today. It features speakers such as Omar Barghouti and Cornell West. The organizers claim that "Palestinian land and livelihood have been stolen... through annexation and Israeli settlement movement's expansion into the West Bank.”  While this issue is controversial, the American administration recently determined settlements as not illegal.   

 
Likewise, the organizers of the conference claim that "Palestinians in Israel are made second-class citizens—through a system of 67 discriminatory laws."  Contrary to this assertion, Israeli Arabs enjoy equality and freedom just like all other Israelis.  The conference organizers went even further to argue 
that the "state of Israel refuses to grant citizenship rights to the millions of indigenous Palestinians made stateless by their policies, including those in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan." These allegations come in contrast to the UN Partition Plan which made clear that Palestinians should find a home in the areas designated for Palestinians. As for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, it is shameful that the Arab States do not grant citizenship to their Palestinian population after so many decades.

 

The conference organizers should certainly discuss racist laws. For example, the Palestinian Authority law bars selling land to non-Palestinian buyers. A year ago, the Palestinian security forces thwarted attempts by Palestinians to sell lands and houses in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to Jews. Last year, the Palestinian security forces announced they have arrested 44 Palestinians suspected of involvement in the alleged real estate transactions.  Three of the suspects have been sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor. Even an American-Palestinian was sentenced to life for selling land to Jews and was found guilty. Even worse, a Palestinian man was shot and killed for the sale of West Bank land to Jews. And another Palestinian prisoner who was accused in 2012 of selling land to Jews has recently died in the prison's hospital.  No protest was heard over such violations. 

 
The organizers of the conference suggest that because Palestinians are not Jewish, they "live under apartheid" resulting from the walls and fences that 
Israel has built to separate from the Palestinians. The conference organizers should also discuss that Egypt is currently erecting a wall along the border with Gaza to prevent extremists from entering the Sinai Peninsula from the Gaza Strip. 

 
Omar Barghouti will be hosted by the conference. Originally from Qatar, Barghouti has lived in the U.S for 11 years and earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He married an Israeli Arab and moved to Israel. He then studied Philosophy at Tel Aviv University for nearly a decade while in the midst he co-founded the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

 
Another speaker is Prof. Cornel West, of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, a famed civil rights activist and a pro-Palestinian, BDS supporter. West is a Bernie Sanders appointee at the Democratic Party. West stated that
in order to achieve a non-violent solution, supporters of BDS such as himself, "see this strategy as a last-ditch effort to avoid more bloodshed." 

 

When West debated Prof. Alan Dershowitz on the issue of BDS, in 2017, he declared, "my argument is BDS is in no way perfect, having its own internal tensions, variety of different voices, the reason why I joined that movement is not because I don't have criticisms of the moment, of course I do. My brother Omar knows that, he lives in ramallah. it is the last nonviolent effort to try to ensure that the moral character and the human values of a settler colonial enterprise that has involved itself in expansion... and leading towards a full-fledged apartheid. Not because Israel is in any way to be compared with the South African apartheid regime in all of its form. Those Palestinians – in Israel, much less apartheid. Those precious brothers and sisters in the West Bank, in Gaza, Bishop Tutu says it is worse that apartheid. That is a moral issue." Not surprising, Dershowitz's arguments against BDS were more compelling and the audience vouched for him.  Still, West's enormous public popularity makes him an important asset to the BDS movement. 

 

The moral issue led by the BNC is questionable, it has attacked the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – with their "grave human rights violations perpetrated by rogue regimes" but it kept silent over Palestinian rogue regimes' human rights violations. 

 
To double their efforts in fighting Israel, the BNC has
 announced the upcoming "Israeli Apartheid Week" (IAW) titled "United Against Racism,” scheduled to take place between 16 March and the International Day against Racism and Racial Discrimination, on 21 March 2020.    


For those who follow the BDS movement in the United States, the BNC support network should be of great concern. 







UPDATES FROM THE PALESTINIAN BDS NATIONAL COMMITTEE (BNC): POSTED BY THE ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK 2020 COORDINATING COMMITTEE

IN THE NEWS

Join Israeli Apartheid Week 2020: United Against Racism

Advocating for Palestinian rights in the context of global struggles against racial oppression, IAW 2020 will take place between 16 March and the International Day against Racism and Racial Discrimination on 21 March

ECONOMIC BOYCOTTCULTURAL BOYCOTTACADEMIC BOYCOTTMILITARY EMBARGO
February 14, 2020
By:
The Israeli Apartheid Week 2020 Coordinating Committee  

Join Israeli Apartheid Week 2020: United Against Racism

 

Advocating for Palestinian rights in the context of global struggles against racial oppression, IAW 2020 will take place between 16 March and the International Day against Racism and Racial Discrimination on 21 March

 

In March, we will launch Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2020 under the theme, “United againt Racism,” advocating for Palestinian rights in the context of global struggles against racial oppression. It is more urgent than ever to join together our struggles for freedom, justice, equality and dignity and to recognize that Israel’s far-right regime is a key partner of authoritarian and even genocidal regimes worldwide, supplying them with deadly military and security technologies. 

Israeli apartheid poses a serious threat not just to the indigenous Palestinians but also to oppressed communities worldwide. For example:

  • Through Israeli-US exchange programs, Israeli soldiers, police, border agents, are sharing worst practices of racialized and repressive policing with US police, ICE, border patrol and the FBI to criminalize asylum seekers and immigrant communities.
  • Israel has been a key supplier of weapons and security systems to genocidal regimes from Rwanda to Myanmar, and its security/espionage technology has played a crucial role in grave human rights violations perpetrated by rogue regimes like the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, among others.
  • Israeli “field-tested” military and surveillance doctrines and products, including drones, are used by the US and EU for the creation of militarized borders that prevent entry of refugees and migrants from the Global South fleeing armed conflicts, climate devastation and poverty
  • Israel sells India an average of $1 billion in arms per year, fueling India’s militarization and repression in Kashmir, training Indian police, and serving as a model for the Hindu nationalist government’s increasingly repressive measures targeting its Muslim population and other minoritie
  • In Brazil, Israeli weapons and population control technologies fuel more militarization and racist police violence by the fanatic Bolsonaro government against blacks, indigenous communities and residents of the favelas.

Palestinians and progressives worldwide are resisting the Trump-Netanyahu “deal of the century” not only because it is designed to entrench Israeli apartheid and liquidate Palestinian rights. It also embodies a trend of undermining international law and, with it, world peace. 

In this context, resisting anti-democratic attempts to silence and demonize advocacy of Palestinian rights, especially in western states, becomes crucial in defending universal civic and democratic rights, including freedom of expression. 

From Palestine and other Arab countries, and across wider Asia, Africa, Europe and North and South America, IAW 2020 will take place primarily between 16 March and the International Day against Racism and Racial Discrimination on 21 March. This latter day commemorates the massacre committed in Sharpeville in 1960 by the South African apartheid regime.

IAW activities will raise public awareness and take to the streets to convey the message that what was unacceptable in South Africa under apartheid must not be accepted in Palestine today. Israel’s regime of racial superiority and segregation, settler colonialism, ethnic cleansing and expropriation of the indigenous Palestinian people, underpinned and “legalized” by a system of racist Israeli laws and military orders, is a regime of apartheid as defined in international law.  

Governments worldwide and the United Nations have defined apartheid as a crime against humanity that must be suppressed and punished wherever it is perpetrated. Joining the Palestinian civil society-led BDS movement in global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns is a moral duty of citizens, and it is the most effective means for building pressure on governments to eventually impose sanctions on Israeli apartheid similar to those that helped end apartheid in South Africa.  

IAW 2020 calls on progressive movements, groups and organizations fighting all forms of racism, racial discrimination, marginalization and oppression to join forces. 

Join IAW 2020!

United against Israeli apartheid

United against all forms of racism and racial discrimination

The IAW 2020 Coordinating Committee

February 14, 2020

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Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine Launch 
Public · Hosted by Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine and 7 others 
Thursday, 20 February 2020 from 18:00-19:30 EST 
Emerson Hall 105

Details
Join us at our launch event featuring a panel discussion with:
CORNEL WEST—philosopher, activist and professor
OMAR BARGHOUTI—founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement
RAMI YOUNIS—cultural activist and fellow at the Harvard divinity school
YARA DOUMANI and ANCHITA DASGUPTA: ORGANIZERS FROM BROWN DIVEST—a recent student movement at Brown University that saw success in getting the Brown Advisory Committee to vote in favor of divesting from companies facilitating human rights abuses in Palestine .

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Palestinian land and livelihood have been stolen with the active support of the United States and the complicity of institutions like Harvard. Join us to say "Harvard Out Now!"

Palestinian land is stolen through annexation and Israeli settlement movement's expansion into the West Bank. The recent "peace" plan proposed by the Trump administration legitimizes this occupation of Palestinian land and restricts 4 million Palestinians to mere slivers of land simply because they are not Jewish. Palestinians live under apartheid.

Palestinians in Gaza are subject to a siege where their water and food supply is controlled by Israel and leveraged as a weapon of war. The UN reported that Gaza would be unlivable by 2020—this year.

Palestinians in Israel are made second-class citizens—through a system of 67 discriminatory laws. The state of Israel refuses to grant citizenship rights to the millions of indigenous Palestinians made stateless by their policies, including those in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan.

We demand that Harvard:
1. Disclose direct and indirect investments in companies complicit in human rights abuses towards Palestinians,
2. Divest all direct and indirect holdings in these companies,
3. Reinvest in Palestinian history, culture, and communities

In the footsteps of the campaign to pressure Harvard to divest from South African Apartheid, join us to say "Harvard out NOW!"

Whether you agree, disagree or have no idea about what is happening in Palestine, we would love to have you!

Co-sponsoring organizations:
Harvard Jewish Coalition for Peace
Harvard College Act On a Dream
Harvard Organization for Prison Education and Advocacy
Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign
Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard
The Task Force on Asian and Pacific American Studies
Harvard for Bernie
Society of Arab Students
Harvard Asian American Womxn's Association
Jewish Voice for Peace Boston
Student Labor Action Movement
Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition

P.S There will be food!
Hosted by
Harvard Out of Occupied Palestine
Harvard Society of Arab Students
Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee
Harvard Student Labor Action Movement - SLAM
Divest Harvard
Harvard College Act on a Dream
Harvard Asian American Womxn's Association
Harvard Students for Bernie Sanders

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https://bdsmovement.net/news/palestinians-stand-solidarity-wetsuweten-nation-and-land-defenders  
Palestinians stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation

February 13, 2020  / By  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)  / Canada

The TransCanada Coastal Gaslink pipeline aims to steal Wet’suwet’en land, use resource extraction to solidify control over Indigenous territories, destroy the environment and violate Indigenous laws.


From the occupied Palestinian territory, we stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation and land defenders at the Unist’ot’en Camp and Gidimt’en who continue to resist Canada’s colonial incursions of their unceded territories.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, sends a message of support to your struggle.

We call on the Palestine solidarity movement in Turtle Island and elsewhere to stand with the Wet’suwet’en nation.

As Palestinians, we have firsthand experience with a colonial power, Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid, that systemically works to dispossess, divide and strip us of our lands and resources.

We know too well, from our own experience, that the TransCanada Coastal Gaslink pipeline aims to steal Wet’suwet’en land, use resource extraction to solidify control over Indigenous territories, destroy the environment and violate Indigenous laws. We also know that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) attacks, sanctioned by the Trudeau government, against the Hereditary Wet’suwet’en leadership, matriarchs and land defenders, are used to violate Indigenous sovereignty. The RCMP is employing tactics and equipment similar to Israel’s government, including Caterpillar bulldozers, to seize indigenous lands.

We are deeply grateful for the Wet’suwet’en people for their indomitable spirit, and their tireless defence of the land and water resources. We stand firmly with you in your struggle for your land and ancestral rights.

Palestinians owe the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island a great debt for teaching us how to resist settler colonialism generation after generation through your powerful resistance, grace and indomitable spirit.

The BNC is committed to building stronger ties of solidarity between our peoples and movements, and we will work with our partners in Turtle Island to make this a reality.

From Palestine to Wet’suwet’en, we stand united with you in the struggle against settler colonialism, racism, corporate criminality and your inalienable rights for justice and self-determination.

We would be honoured to welcome you in Palestine, when the time is right.
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