EU Research Fellows Call to Boycott Israeli Universities

05.08.21

Editorial Note

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is the European Union program for doctoral studies and postdoctoral training. It is named after Marie Curie, a Polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist who researched radioactivity.  The fund provides financial support to researchers for excellent research, boosting jobs, growth, and investments in Europe and beyond.  

Little did the MSCA know that many recipients of their grants try to harm universities.

On July 22, 2021, the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECC Palestine) published a letter by 160 beneficiaries of EU research funding, MSCA, and ERC fellows.   The letter urged the European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture to prohibit the disbursement of European research funds to Israeli institutions, which the letter identified as “complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.”

In particular, the letter urges the EU Commission “to amend Horizon 2020 policy guidelines on the participation of Israeli entities to exclude all Israeli academic institutions that are complicit in Israel’s grave violations of international law from Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, and all EU Research Framework Programmes until they abide by international law and human rights and cease their collaboration and systematic complicity in Israel’s regime of military occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.”

The letter urges the EU Commission to use their leverage to address “Israel’s brutal military assault” and Israel’s “human rights violations.”  

The letter claims that Israel is a “heavily militarized state and an occupying power under international law, and the Palestinians who are an occupied, stateless people under a settler-colonial and apartheid regime.” Therefore, the European Commission and its institutions should “cease any complicity in Israel’s existing regime of injustice oppressing Palestinians.” 

The reasons are “The complicity of Israeli academic institutions in Israel’s structural violence perpetrated against Palestinians across historic Palestine has been broadly and systematically documented.” Furthermore, “Given the evidence of the relationship between Israeli academic institutions and the systematic state practices of settler colonialism, and the crimes of apartheid and persecution, which have escalated again in Israel’s latest round of violence, we urge you to exercise your leverage and ensure the relationship with Israel’s academic institutions is based on respect for international law and human rights.”  

Among the signatories are some Israelis.  Neve Gordon, formerly from Ben Gurion University, now at Queen Mary University of London (UK), is a notorious anti-Israel activist who called for the boycott of Israel on the pages of the LA Times in 2009; Professor Haim Yacobi, University College London (UK), is a political activist with the NGO Zochrot, which promotes the “return” of Palestinian refugees from the West Bank and Gaza into Israel;  Professor Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths University of London (UK), is another notorious anti-Israel activist, who recently put up an exhibition that detailed the environmental effects of Israel’s military action in Gaza and the West Bank, but did not mention the effect of the Gaza missiles which targeted Israel.

Among other signatories are three high profile anti-Israel activists: Professor Niko Besnier, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), who was a member of the AAA Task Force Engagement on Israel-Palestine, in 2015, which recommended a boycott of Israel; Siggie Vertommen, a Post-doc, Ghent University (Belgium), who, as a post-doc at King’s College London, was accused of producing anti-Semitic work, as reported by IAM; Omar Jabary Salamanca, researcher, Ghent University (Belgium), who, in 2011, delivered a talk “The Case for Boycotting Israel” at Ghent University.

Being one-sided, the letter fails to report the violations of Palestinian human rights by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, including the recent Palestinian Authority raiding and killing dissidents.

Interestingly, the various Iranian media outlets promote the letter.

The signatories claim to “take seriously our mandate to generate equitable, responsible and inclusive scientific knowledge.”  However, the group reflects the pernicious politicization of the academe where pro-Palestinian activists have managed to invade numerous professional associations, turning them into platforms that tarnish and delegitimize the State of Israel.   In doing so, they slide into anti-Semitism as described by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which the European Commission already adopted.

References:

https://www.eccpalestine.org/160-recipients-of-eu-research-funding-call-to-exclude-complicit-israeli-universities-from-eu-programmes/
160 Recipients of EU Research Funding Call to Exclude Complicit Israeli Universities From EU Programmes  POSTED ON 22 JUILLET 2021 POSTED IN: ACTIONS, EUROPEAN UNION, NEWS

  • 160 academics, past and current recipients of prestigious European Union research funding, urge the EU to exclude all Israeli academic institutions complicit in Israel’s grave violations of international law and Palestinian human rights from its research funding and programmes. 
  • Signatories commend existing EU prohibition of funding for illegal Israeli settlement entities, but call for complicity to be the determining factor for exclusion rather than solely geographic location.
  • The letter urges the EU to ensure fulfillment of its mandate to generate equitable, responsible and inclusive scientific knowledge via effective measures
  • The initiative is part of growing global trend of scholars taking a stand against complicity with Israeli academic institutions and for Palestinian rights

160 academics from 21 countries urge the EU to exclude all Israeli academic institutions that are complicit in Israel’s grave violations of international law and Palestinian human rights from its taxpayer-funded research programmes. The academics are past and current recipients of some of the most prestigious European Union research funding programmes, including the European Research Council and the Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship.

This marks the first international initiative of EU funding recipients calling on EU institutions to stop funding complicit Israeli academic institutions until they cease their well-documented and systematic complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights and international law.

The letter was launched following Israel’s recent escalation of violence against Palestinians in Jerusalem, Gaza, the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory and in present-day Israel. The signatories recognize Israel’s latest round of violence as part of its “decades-long campaign of repression” against “Palestinians who are an occupied, stateless people under a settler-colonial and apartheid regime.”

The academics praise the EU’s existing policy which, in line with the EU’s mandate to generate equitable, responsible and inclusive scientific knowledge, prohibits the allocation of research funds to Israeli entities situated in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), or for research carried out there. The EU Commission has recently reiterated that research and innovation activities funded by the EU must comply with ethical principles and be in conformity with international law, though this has not been the case on several occasions.

The signatories, regardless, urge the EU to extend “the prohibition of European research funds to include Israeli institutions complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights, regardless of where they are situated.”

The signatories further note and provide evidence of “the relationship between Israeli academic institutions and the systematic state practices of settler colonialism, and the crimes of apartheid and persecution.”

The letter stresses the “emerging consensus among some of the most prominent human rights organisations,” including Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, that the violations and war crimes (including the crime of apartheid) perpetrated by Israel are part of a single regime from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

The signatories urge the EU to exercise its “leverage and ensure the relationship with Israel’s academic institutions is based on respect for international law and human rights.”

They call on the EU “to amend Horizon 2020 policy guidelines on the participation of Israeli entities to exclude all Israeli academic institutions that are complicit in Israel’s grave violations of international law from Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, and all EU Research Framework Programmes until they abide by international law and human rights and cease their collaboration and systematic complicity in Israel’s regime of military occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.”

The initiative is part of a growing global trend of scholars taking a stand against complicity with Israeli academic institutions and in solidarity with Palestinian rights. In recent weeks, nearly 350 academic departments, programs, unions and associations and over 23,000 university faculty, staff and students have endorsed statements in support of Palestinian rights, most committing to or calling for accountability measures to end complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.
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http://www.eccpalestine.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/EU-Funded-Researchers-Signed-Letter-to-European-Commission.pdf

Dear European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture,
We, a group of concerned fellows and alumni of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European
Research Council, and other EU research funding, write to urge you to use your leverage to
address the human rights violations that have occurred in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)
and Israel in recent weeks, and to actively dissuade such violence from resuming.
We acknowledge that the current ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, announced on 21st May 2021, has
brought a necessary respite from 11 days of Israel’s brutal military assault. Nevertheless 254
people have been killed: 242 Palestinians in Gaza, among them 66 children, and 12 Israelis. The
effects of Israel’s attacks on media and health facilities are grave. Amnesty International has
denounced Israel’s targeting of residential buildings in Gaza, “in some cases killing entire families –
including children” that “may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity.”
The UN reports 52,000 Palestinians have been displaced in Gaza, many of whom are already
refugees from prior expulsions by Israel. Israel’s military strikes have destroyed clean water and
electricity infrastructure, and severely damaged health facilities like the Hamad hospital, further
preventing emergency care for the nearly 2,000 Palestinians wounded. The residential tower
hosting offices of Associated Press and Al-Jazeera in Gaza were razed to the ground by precision
Israeli missiles, hindering journalists’ abilities to cover Israel’s attacks on Gaza. This is only Israel’s
most recent violent attack on Gaza. Its 14-year illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip has not been
addressed by the ceasefire.
Since April, Israel has arrested and/or detained at least 1,800 Palestinians, including hundreds of
Palestinian citizens of Israel. These arrests are a repressive measure against legitimate protests
carried out by Palestinians, in solidarity with civilians targeted by Israel in the Gaza Strip and the
West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Over the last months, Israel has escalated its policies of forced expulsions in the East Jerusalem
neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, culminating in a military police attack on worshipers inside the Al
Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem during the last days of Ramadan. Israel’s ongoing arrests and
displacements are part of its decades-long campaign of repression, expulsions, unequal residency
rights, and discriminatory planning policies that have persisted despite multiple ceasefires. These
policies are promoted by extremist settler movements and rubber-stamped by a political and
judicial system that the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch,
recently described as meeting the international definition of “apartheid” from the Jordan River to
the Mediterranean sea. In addition, the transfer of civilians of the occupying state into a militarily
occupied territory constitutes a war crime according to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International
Criminal Court, which EU states have ratified.
We stand in solidarity and grief with all families who lost their loved ones, no matter their
provenance: one victim is already too great a loss. However, portraying the historic and ongoing
violence as a “conflict” between equally powerful parties is misleading. There is a stark difference
between Israel, a heavily militarized state and an occupying power under international law, and the
Palestinians who are an occupied, stateless people under a settler-colonial and apartheid regime.
That is why we believe it is crucial for key political actors like the European Commission and its
institutions to act accordingly and cease any complicity in Israel’s existing regime of injustice
oppressing Palestinians-.
As scholars and researchers who are current and past beneficiaries of EU research funding,
MSCA and ERC fellows and alumni and have benefited from generous EU investment in our
research, we take seriously our mandate to generate equitable, responsible and inclusive scientific
knowledge. The European Commission has already taken a principled position and its funding
guidelines for Horizon 2020 prohibit the allocation of funds to Israeli entities situated in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory, or for research carried out there.
As the EU Commission recently reiterated: “Article 19 of the Horizon 2020 Framework Regulation
provides that all the research and innovation activities carried out under Horizon 2020 must comply
with ethical principles and relevant national, Union and international legislation…” The necessary
provisions have been made in EU legislation and its implementing rules to “ensure the respect of
positions and commitments in conformity with international law on the non-recognition by the EU of
Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967”.
This is a principled position, in line with international law and the respect of human rights. Israeli
entities located in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and built on Palestinian land are structurally
involved in the perpetration of war crimes and human rights abuses. However, we believe that,
given the emerging consensus among some of the most prominent human rights organisations, the
crux of the problem goes beyond the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It would be important to
extend the prohibition of European research funds to include Israeli institutions complicit in Israel’s
violations of Palestinian human rights, regardless of where they are situated.
Indeed, the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in Israel’s structural violence perpetrated
against Palestinians across historic Palestine has been broadly and systematically documented.
Allow us to provide some examples:
1. Israeli universities, irrespective of their location, are structurally involved in Israel’s
violations of international law and human rights, as clearly demonstrated in this report.
2. The military doctrines and weaponry utilised in Israel’s violations of international law and
Palestinian human rights are developed in top Israeli universities, as reported here,
3. Israeli universities have multiple partnerships with and scholarships sponsored by Israeli
weapons manufacturers and numerous joint academic programs with the Israeli military.
4. Hebrew University is partially built on land illegally expropriated from Palestinian owners
and hosts an Israeli military base on campus.
5. Israeli universities perpetrate forms of institutional racism against their Palestinian students
and violate their rights to academic freedom and freedom of expression.
6. The knowledge production of Israeli universities supports and rationalises practices of
ethnic cleansing, as reported by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
7. Some of the most prominent ethicists working in Israeli universities develop the “moral”
justifications for the killing of civilians and the perpetration of war crimes.
8. Israeli universities collaborate regularly with settlement institutions and have involved these
institutions in EU research programs in which they participate, in violation of EU guidelines.
Given the evidence of the relationship between Israeli academic institutions and the systematic
state practices of settler colonialism, and the crimes of apartheid and persecution, which have
escalated again in Israel’s latest round of violence, we urge you to exercise your leverage and
ensure the relationship with Israel’s academic institutions is based on respect for international law
and human rights. As current and past beneficiaries of EU research funding, we urge you to amend
Horizon 2020 policy guidelines on the participation of Israeli entities to exclude all Israeli academic
institutions that are complicit in Israel’s grave violations of international law from Horizon 2020,
Horizon Europe, and all EU Research Framework Programmes until they abide by international law
and human rights and cease their collaboration and systematic complicity in Israel’s regime of
military occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.

Yours,
The 160 Signatories attached below
1 Samer Abdelnour Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh (UK)
2 Lilith Acadia Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University (Taiwan)
3 Luigi Achilli Researcher, European University Institute (Italy)
4 Ahmet Akkaya Independent Researcher (Belgium)
5 Nida Alahmad Lecturer, University of Edinburgh (UK)
6 Walaa Alqaisiya PhD, London School of Economics, London (UK)
7 Lorenzo Alunni MSC Fellow, EHESS, Paris (France)
8 Diego Andreucci Postdoc, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)
9 Miriyam Aouragh Reader, University of Westminster (UK)
10 Marta Araujo Senior Researcher, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
11 Karel Arnaut Associate Professor, Leuven University (Belgium)
12 Nishat Awan Senior Researcher, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
13 Stefania Barca Senior Researcher, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
14 Marie Beauchamps Independent writer and researcher (Netherlands)
15 Maria J Beltran Muñoz Lecturer, Pablo de Olavide University (Spain)
16 Berenice Bento Professor, University of Brasília (Brazil)
17 MatteoBenussi MSC Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
18 Niko Besnier Professor, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
19 Benedetta Bessi MSC Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
20 Brenna Bhandar Associate Professor, University of British Columbia Canada)
21 Susan Blackwell Lecturer, University of Utrecht (Netherlands)
22 Tamar Blickstein MSC Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
23 Camillo Boano Professor, UCL, London (UK)
24 Xavier Bonal Professor, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
25 Sarah Bracke Professor, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
26 Eva Brems Professor, Ghent University (Belgium)
27 Rita Calvario Postdoc, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
28 MatteoCapasso MSC Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
29 Giovanni Capellini Professor, University of Roma Tre (Italy)
30 Giovanni Carbone Professor, University of Milan (Italy)
31 Gabriel Catren Researcher, National Centre for Scientific Research (France)
32 Millicent Churcher MSC Fellow, Free Universiy of Berlin (Germany)
33 Linda Clarke Professor, University of Westminster London (UK)
34 Olga Cojocaru Researcher, Centre of Migration Research Warsaw (Poland)
35 Eileen Connolly Retired Professor, Dublin City University (Ireland)
36 MatteoCosci MSC Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
37 Massimiliano CovielloResearcher, Link Campus University of Rome (Italy)
38 Costanza Curro Postdoc, University of Helsinki (Finland)
39 Petr Daněk Senior Lecturer, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
40 Romina De Angelis Researcher, UCL London (UK)
41 Silvia De Bianchi ERC grant holder, University of Barcelona (Spain)
42 Chiara De Cesari Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
43 Valerie De Craene Post-doc, Ghent University (Belgium)
44 KatrienDe Graeve Associate Professor, Ghent University (Belgium)
45 Marco Demichelis Senior Researcher, IUAV University of Venice (Italy)
46 Marco Di Branco MSC Fellow, University La Sapienza of Rome (Italy)
47 Cesare Di Feliciantonio Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
48 John Doyle Professor, Dublin City University (Ireland)
49 Sinéad D’Silva Researcher, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
50 Constance Dupuis Researcher, Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Netherlands)
51 Sergio Durante Professor, University of Padua (Italy)
52 Dian Ekowati Senior Researcher Officer CIFO (Indonesia)
53 Jan Engelen Professor Emeritus, University of Leuven (Belgium)
54 Irmak Ertor Assistant professor, University of Barcelona (Spain)
55 Nur Aiman Fadel PhD ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
56 Layal Ftouni Assistant Professor, Utrecht University (Nethelrands)
57 Pablo Garcia Researcher, University of Leiden (Netherlands)
58 Maziyar Ghiabi MSC Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
59 Cristiano Gianolla Researcher, University of Coimbra (Portugal)
60 Emanuela Girei Lecturer, University of Sheffield (UK)
61 Eduardo Gómez-Sánchez Professor, University of Valladolid (Spain)
62 Neve Gordon Professor, Queen Mary University of London (UK)
63 Xavier Guignard PhD Candidate, University of Paris-1 (France)
64 Michael Harris Emeritus Researcher, Institute of Mathematics of Jussieu, Paris
(France)
65 Alex Henley MSC Fellow, University of Oxford (UK)
66 Livia Holden Director of Research, Paris Nanterre University (France)
67 Ilenia Iengo PhD Candidate, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
68 Omar Jabary Salamanca Researcher, Ghent University (Belgium)
69 Thibaut Jaulin Researcher, Sciences Po University of Paris (France)
70 Emil G. Howard Joffé Senior Researcher, University of Cambridge (UK)
71 Georgios Kallis Professor, University of Barcelona (Spain)
72 Shivani Kaul PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
73 Christian Kesteloot Emeritus Professor, University of Leuven (Belgium)
74 VK Kolinjivadi Post-doc, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
75 Antti Kupiainen Professor, University of Helsinki (Finland)
76 Michele Lancione Professor, University of Turin (Italy)
77 Madeleine Le Bourdon Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London (UK)
78 Maria Jose Lera Associate Professor, University of Seville (Spain)
79 Les Levidow Senior Researcher, Open University (UK)
80 Chrisoula Lionis Researcher, University of Manchester (UK)
81 RaquelMachaqueiro Post-doc, Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal)
82 Marianne Maeckelbergh Professor, University of Leiden (Netherlands)
83 Pieter Maeseele Professor, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
84 Cephas Mandizvidza Senior Researcher, Scientific Research Development Centre
(Zimbabwe)
85 Sabrina Marchetti Associate Professor, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
86 Emma Martin Diaz Professor, University of Seville (Spain)
87 Alice Massari Researcher, University of Florence (Italy)
88 Francesca Mazzilli MSC Fellow, University of Bergen (Norway)
89 Richard McNeil-Willson Research Associate, EU University Institute (Italy)
90 Bruno Meeus Post-doc, University of Leuven (Belgium)
91 Laura Mentini PhD Candidate, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
92 Julie Metta PhD Candidate, University of Leuven (Belgium)
93 Nina Isabella Moeller Associate Professor, Coventry University (UK)
94 Rahman Momeni Researcher, University of Nottingham (UK)
95 Annelies Moors Emeritus Professor, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
96 Clément Mouhot Professor, University of Cambridge (UK)
97 Frank Moulaert Emeritus Professor, Leuven University (Belgium)
98 Muhammad Umair Researcher, Mukati Technical University of Denmark
99 Vjosa Musliu Assistant Professor, Free University of Brussels (Belgium)
100 Yael Navaro Professor, University of Cambridge (UK)
101 Aysha Navest PhD University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
102 Azadeh Nematy Junior Fellow, University Bielefeld (Germany)
103 Idesbald Nicaise Professor, Leuven University (Belgium)
104 Elana Ochse Associate Professor, University of Turin (Italy)
105 Ruud Oeters Emeritus Professor, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
106 Michelle Pace Professor, Roskilde University (Netherlands)
107 Polly Pallister-WilkinsAssociate Professor, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
108 Mario Pansera ERC grantee, University of Vigo (Spain)
109 Christopher Parker Associate Professor, Ghent University (Belgium)
110 Esther Peeren Professor University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
111 Alfonso Perez Researcher, Pompeu Fabra University (Spain)
112 Nicola Perugini Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh (UK)
113 Sean Phelan MSC Fellow, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
114 Daniela Pioppi Associate Professor, University of Naples (Italy)
115 Andrea Pollio MSC Fellow, Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy)
116 Stefano Portelli Researcher, University of Leicester (UK)
117 Caitlin Procter Professor, European University Institute (Italy)
118 Mauro Puddu MSC Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
119 Sabrina Puddu MSC Fellow, Leuven University (Belgium)
120 Raija-Leena Punmäki Professor, Tampere University (Finland)
121 Carlo Alberto Redi Professor, University of Pavia (Italy)
122 Hilary Rose Emeritus Professor, University of Bradford (UK)
123 Steven Rose Emeritus Professor, Open University (UK)
124 Jonathan RosenheadEmeritus Professor, London School of Economics (UK)
125 Anna Rosinska MSC Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
126 Catherine RottenbergAssociate Professor, University of Nottingham (UK)
127 Sahar Saeidnia Post-doc, Free University of Brussels (Belgium)
128 Salah Eddine Salhi Researcher, University of Abou Bakr Belkaïd (Algeria)
129 Francesca Savoldi Post-doc, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
130 Todd Sekuler Post-Doc, Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
131 Paula Sequeiros Associate Researcher, University of Coimbra (Spain)
132 Jonathan Silver Researcher, University of Sheffield (UK)
133 Maria Ainara Sistiaga Gutierrez Post-doc, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
134 Thomas Smith Assistant Professor, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
135 Joana Sousa Researcher, University of Coimbra (Spain)
136 AngeloStefanini Researcher, University of Bologna (Italy)
137 Mikki Stelder Postdoc, University of British Columbia (Canada)
138 Andy Stirling Professor, University of Sussex (UK)
139 Erik Swyngedouw Professor, University of Manchester (UK)
140 Lewis Turner Lecturer, Newcastle University (UK)
141 Barbara Van Dyck Associate Professor, Coventry University (UK)
142 Gert Van Hecken Assistant Professor, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
143 Geert Van Hootegem Professor, Leuven University (Belgium)
144 Geertrui Van Overwalle Professor, Leuven University (Belgium)
145 Dirk Vandermeulen Professor, Leuven University (Belgium)
146 Diana Vela Almeida Researcher, University of Science and Technology (Norway)
147 Giorgos Velegrakis Researcher, University of,hens (Greece)
148 Jef Verhoeven Emeritus Professor, Leuven University (Belgium)
149 Siggie Vertommen Post-doc, Ghent University (Belgium)
150 Foteini Vervelidou Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston (USA)
151 Lorenzo Vianelli Post-doc, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
152 Gordon Walker Professor, Lancaster University (UK)
153 Eyal Weizman Professor, Goldsmiths University of London (UK)
154 Susanne Wessendorf Professor, Coventry University (UK)
155 Kalpana Wilson Lecturer, Birkbeck University of London (UK)
156 Bilge Yabanci MSC Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
157 Haim Yacobi Professor, University College London (UK)
158 Alexandra Zavos Researcher, Panteion University (Greece)
159 Dina Zbeidy Researcher, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
160 Francesco Zucconi Researcher, IUAV University of Venice (Italy)

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https://www.eccpalestine.org/about-us/

Who We Are

The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP) was founded in 1986 as a network of European committees, organisations, NGOs and international solidarity movements, dedicated to the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and justice. ECCP is based in Brussels and has a legal status as a non-profit organisation under Belgian law.

ECCP in its work is trying to challenge EU complicity with Israels ongoing violations of International Law and Palestinian rights. We are coordinating political actions, grassroots campaigns and debates at the European level, highlighting the ways in which the EU, despite its many verbal condemnations, continues to fund Israeli companies and institutions that are directly involved in the maintenance of the Israeli regime of apartheid, colonialism and occupation.

ECCP OBJECTIVES: 

 ECCP supports a ‘rights-based approach’ (focusing on the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people) as opposed to a ‘solution-based approach’.

a) The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination as enshrined in international law and relevant UN resolutions

b) An end to the 1967 occupation of all Arab lands, particularly the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, and its associated regime

c) The right of Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality

d) Respect, protection and promotion of the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes as stipulated in UN Resolution 194

e) The unconditional release of all Palestinian prisoners

MEMBERS

Austria:

Society for Austro-Arab Relations  – SAAR

Women in Black (Vienna)

Belgium:

Association Belgo-Palestinienne (ABP)  

Belgian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel – BACBI

Palestina Solidariteit 

Intal

Centre National de Coopération au Développement (CNCD.11.11.11)

M3M – Médecine Pour Le Tiers Monde

Plateforme Charleroi Palestine

Czech Republic

ISM Czech Republic

Initiative for a Just Peace in the Middle East

Finland

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) – Finland

Finnish-Arab Friendship Society

France

Association France Palestine Solidarite (AFPS) 

Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine

Union Juive Française pour la Paix (UJFP)

BDS France

Germany

Deutscher Koordinationskreis Palastina Israel (KOPI)

Buendnis fuer Gerechtigkeit zwischen Israelis und Palaestinensern e.V.  BIP 

DPG

BDS Berlin

Ireland

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign 

Italy

FIOM-CGIL

AssoPacePalestina  

Cultura è liberta

New Weapons Research Group

Luxembourg

Comite Pour Une Paix Juste Au Proche –Orient (CPJPO)

Netherlands

Netherlands Palestina Komittee

DocP

Norway

Fellesutvalget for Palestina – The Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine

Scotland

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign 

Slovenia

BDS Slovenia

Slovakia

Iniciatíva za spravodlivý mier na Blízkom východe – Slovak Initiative for a Just Peace in the Middle East

Spain

RESCOP

ISM Spain

Sweden

The Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden (PGS)

Switzerland

Collectif Urgence Palestine

BADIL

Association Switzerland Palestine (ASP)

BDS Switzerland

UK

British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP)

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK

Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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