BGU Neve Gordon to speak in an "Israeli apartheid" conference on April 26, 2014 in Belgium.
In 2009 Professor Neve Gordon (Ben Gurion University) published an article in the Los Angeles Times calling for a boycott of Israel. The article created a firestorm, including demands to fire Gordon but Ben Gurion University refused to sanction him on the ground of academic freedom.
In 2011 the Knesset passed the Boycott Law that makes it illegal to advocate BDS. IAM found that, with few exceptions, the legislation stopped Israeli academics from engaging in BDS activity.
Neve Gordon, arguably one of the most radical academic activist, has found ways to speak on the subject. On Saturday 26, April, he will speak on "Ethnic Segregation in Education and its Impact on Israeli Society" at an event organized by Palestinian Solidarity in Belgium. The group supporting Palestinian causes including BDS. The organizers seek to compare Israel to the apartheid state of South Africa in order to make the case for BDS.
Gordon's writings presenting Israel as an apartheid state are widely used by BDS activists to provide academic legitimacy to their own cause. As the invitation for the event demonstrates, Gordon's academic credentials are prominently displayed.
The group cites Gordon as saying: "The most accurate way to describe Israel today is as an apartheid state. For more than 43 years, Israel has controlled the land between the Jordan Valley and the Mediterranean Sea. Within this region about 6 million Jews and close to 5 million Palestinians reside. Out of this population, 3.5 million Palestinians and almost half a million Jews live in the areas Israel occupied in 1967, and yet while these two groups live in the same area, they are subjected to totally different legal systems. The Palestinians are stateless and lack many of the most basic human rights. By sharp contrast, all Jews — whether they live in the occupied territories or in Israel — are citizens of the state of Israel."
The question to the BGU management still remains, should a public university pay a salary to an employee wishing to sanction his own employer?
This question, among others, will be discussed in the IAM event on BDS, on the 14th of May, in Tel Aviv University, Webb 1, at 18:00.
Panelists are: Kenneth L Marcus, Ofira Seliktar, Richard Landes and Ben Dror Yemini.
Palestina Solidariteit vzw
Palestine Solidarity supports the call by the Palestinian organizations calling for :
A boycott of Israeli companies and their products
Economic sanctions against Israel
Divestment in Israeli companies
A cultural and academic boycott
Apartheid still exists today?
More than a month ago named Richard Falk , U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories , Israel's policies towards the Palestinian population apartheid. More and more the term is not only linked to South Africa , but there is also a recognition from the academic world that the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians can be called apartheid .
Thursday, April 10, 2014
More than a month ago named Richard Falk , UN Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories , Israel's policies towards the Palestinian population apartheid . Also a recognition from the academic community recognizes that the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians can be called apartheid .
Although the regime of Israel is not completely synchronized with that of apartheid in South Africa , it can indeed be regarded as an apartheid regime .
According to the UN Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid , the crime of apartheid consists of " inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial groups people and they oppress" systematically.
Actions within the crime of apartheid include murder, torture , inhumane treatment and arbitrary arrest of members of a racial group , the intentional infliction of conditions of life on a racial group that should lead to the physical destruction of the group; legislative measures that discriminate on political, social , economic and cultural fields ; actions the population along racial lines divided by the creation of separate residential areas for racial groups , banning interracial marriage , and the prosecution of persons against apartheid.
Israeli discrimination against Palestinians inside Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories is indeed institutionalized so that one can speak . An apartheid system Also Jewish Israeli Professor Neve Gordon Human Rights recognizes this fact:
"The most accurate way to describe Israel today is as an apartheid state . For more than 43 years , Israel has controlled the land between the Jordan Valley and the Mediterranean Sea . Within this region about 6 million Jews and close to 5 million Palestinians reside . out of this population , 3.5 million Palestinians and almost half a million Jews live in the areas Israel occupied in 1967 , and yet while hypothesis two groups live in the same area , they are Subjected to totally different legal systems . The Palestinians are stateless and lack many of the most basic human rights By sharp contrast , all Jews - . whether they live in the occupied territories or in Israel - are citizens of the state of Israel."
Although currently spoken in the academic and legal world , inside and outside Israel , is Israel as an apartheid state , do not dare to take it. Mouth many Belgian and European politicians The Flemish and Brussels youth are very limited at the height of Israel's apartheid laws and regulations . Showing this movie .
On Saturday, April 26th Palestine Solidarity is organizing a conference : " Palestinian in Israel undesirable citizen ? ', Where Prof . Dr. Neve Gordon and Palestinian activist Khulood Badawi , the issue of human rights violations , discrimination and apartheid come and explain . More info at www.palestinasolidariteit.be
Palestinians in Israel undesirable citizens?
Welcome by Palestina Solidariteit
Khulood Badawi: "Palestinians in Israel: the same rights as Jews in Israel?"
Neve Gordon: “Ethnic segregation in education and its impact on Israeli society."
film Nurit Peled: ‘Palestinians in Israeli school books’
Moderated discussion with the keynote speakers and questions from audience
Khulood Badawi is since the 1990s engaged in the struggle for the rights of Palestinian citizens in Israel. She is also active as a politician in Nazareth.
Prof . Dr. Neve Gordon teaches political science in Israel and is a founding member of the Hagar School for Jewish- Arab Education for Equality. He wrote numerous books and articles, mainly on issues related to human rights.
Moderator: Tjhoi Ng Sauw ( Radio 1 )
Sensibilization movie on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI_3TpYroLQ
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 14:00 to 18:00
Entrance: € 8 (€ 6.50 for members , € 6 for students and unemployed)
Where: Rue Eloy 80, 1070 Anderlecht, (near South Station )
Organization: Palestina Solidariteit vzw
With the support of : VGC , Gents Actieplatform Palestina, Leuvense actiegroep Palestina, Vrede vzw, artistes contre le mur