Mr Koïchiro Matsuura,Director-General of UNESCOUNESCO7, Place de Fontenoy75352 PARIS 07 SP, France 2 March 2005 Dear Mr. Matsuura, On behalf of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), we are writing to express our deep concern about UNESCO‘s recent support for establishing a joint Palestinian-Israeli scientific organization, which in our view marks a serious setback to the cause of just peace in Palestine.

We also call upon world governments to impose sanctions against Israel to pressure it to comply with international law and the pertinent UN Security Council resolutions. It is no coincidence that a similar advisory opinion by the ICJ, which in 1971 denounced South Africa’s occupation of Namibia, triggered what became the world’s largest and most concerted campaign of sanctions directed against the apartheid regime. Today’s ICJ ruling should equally inspire a comparable reaction.

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