Tunisian Call for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Soumis par admin le dim 07/01/2018 - 13:30

The recent recognition by US President Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, with the proven complicity and support of some Arab regimes, offers Arab citizens a cruel but salutary reminder of the progress of the rampant normalization of relations of the Arab world with the Zionist colonial state.

We — Tunisian academics, intellectuals and artists  — express our full solidarity with our Palestinians sisters and brothers in their struggle for the defense of their legitimate and inalienable rights against Israeli occupation, colonization and apartheid.

Responding to the call of the Palestinian Civil Society for Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions against Israel (BDS), we declare our commitment to the International Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and in particular to the international BDS movement.

We pledge to fight all forms of normalization of relations of the Arab world with the Zionist colonial state.

We invite our colleagues from the Tunisian community in Tunisia and abroad:

  1. to refrain from participating in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint project with Israeli institutions and research organizations;
  2. to 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. to work toward the condemnation of Israeli policies by pressing for resolutions to be adopted by academic, professional and cultural associations and organizations in accordance with the principles of PACBI and BDS;
  4. to defend the Palestinian right to education and academic freedom and to support the faculty and student of Palestinian universities in defending these rights;
  5. to support Palestinian cultural institutions and artists in their struggle against Israeli occupation, discrimination and apartheid and to promote Palestinian cultural production in Tunisia.

Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the international BDS campaign, led by Palestinian civil society, aims to intensify economic and political pressure on Israel until it recognizes the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and complies entirely with the precepts of international law:

(i) by ending the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Separation Wall;

(ii) by recognizing the fundamental rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality (the Palestinians who resisted the ethnic cleansing during the Nakba of the creation of Israel in 1948); and

(iii) by respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to recover their homes and property as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

These paragraphs reproduce the appeal of the Palestinian civil society of 9 July 2005.

We call on all Tunisian democratic forces and civil society to adhere to the appeal:

(a) by opposing the normalization of Arab regimes that maintain official or unofficial ties with Israel, exerting effective pressure to end all diplomatic, security, economic, tourism, cultural and sports relations with the Zionist colonial state and its representatives;

(b) by intensifying ongoing Arab boycott campaigns against Israel and its companies, and international companies involved in Israeli crimes, particularly in Jerusalem, such as the G4S security company, Alstom (specializing in railway transportation), Hewlett-Packard (HP), Caterpillar, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Volvo (involved in the demolition of houses and settlement construction) and the Israeli pharmaceutical company TEVA;

(c) by actively contributing to international campaigns for the release of Palestinian political prisoners detained in Israel, in flagrant violation of international law, many of whom are in "administrative detention" (that is, imprisoned without charge or trial).