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The Palestinian medical and health service providers who signed the Open Letter did not call for an outright ban on Palestinian-sraeli cooperation in the health sector, but rather deplored the fact that some international donors have increasingly made Palestinian-Israeli cooperation projects a condition for the provision of support to the Palestinian health sector.

Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights

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Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights 9 July 2005

Un an après que l'avis consultatif historique de la Cour Internationale de Justice (CIJ) qui a jugé illégal le mur qu'Israel construit sur le territoire palestinien occupé, Israel continue sa construction du mur colonial au mépris total de la décision de la Cour. Après trente huit ans d'occupation par Israel de la Cisjordanie palestinienne (y compris Jérusalem-Est), de la Bande de Gaza et des Hauteurs du Golan syriens, Israel continue à accroître les colonies juives.

We strongly urge you to extrapolate your Call to reach the logical next step: Calling upon Israeli academics to conscientiously object to service in the occupation army. As you know, most Israeli academics do serve in the reserve forces, thereby witnessing in silence or directly participating in Israel's crimes against the civilian Palestinian population. The collusion of Israel's academic institutions in the violation of international law and basic human rights

Durante años, académicos israelíes han servido en el ejército de ocupación, participando o al menos siendo testigo de los cotidianos crímenes cometidos sobre la población civil palestina. Apenas han denunciado públicamente la ocupación de Israel, ni su sistema de discriminación contra sus propios ciudadanos palestinos, ni su imperturbable rechazo al derecho internacionalmente reconocido de los palestinos para volver a sus hogares y propiedades. Todo esto constituye un hecho de complicidad.

Boycotting Israeli institutions due to their complicity in Israel’s racist and colonial policies against the Palestinians remains formidably on the agenda. We may not get tangible results this year, but the prospects for success next year or the following one are much greater now. Many more years separated the ANC’s call for boycott of apartheid -- issued in 1956 -- and the actual implementation of meaningful sanctions. What matters most is that the taboo has indeed been shattered.

PACBI has called for a comprehensive boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions due to their complicity in Israel’s racist and colonial policies. The Association of University Teachers (AUT) in Britain heeded that call in its Council meeting on 22 April 2005, when it voted to boycott Bar-Ilan and Haifa Universities as well as to consider boycotting the Hebrew University. In October 2004, a similar call for comprehensive boycott of Israel was endorsed by major South African

Durante años, académicos israelíes han servido en el ejército de ocupación, participando o al menos siendo testigo de los cotidianos crímenes cometidos sobre la población civil palestina. Apenas han denunciado públicamente la ocupación de Israel, ni su sistema de discriminación contra sus propios ciudadanos palestinos, ni su imperturbable rechazo al derecho internacionalmente reconocido de los palestinos para volver a sus hogares y propiedades. Todo esto constituye un hecho de complicidad.

Such projects, largely conceived and funded by international and/or Israeli institutions, include ventures involving Israeli institutions such as the Peres Peace Center and Galilee College with the cooperation or active involvement of Palestinian health professionals, whether such involvement is in the area of training, referral to Israeli health services, capacity building, or other joint ventures; initiatives aiming at ‘promoting dialogue and collaboration between Palestinian and Israeli health professionals, NGOs and health institutions’; projects that entail joint scientific/research co

The Association of University Teachers (AUT) in the UK voted in its Council meeting today to boycott Haifa and Bar-Ilan Universities and to disseminate to all its chapters our Call for Boycott of Israeli academic institutions. This historic decision, which sets a landmark precedent, stands as a major achievement in the struggle to attain a just peace in our region. Finally, boycotting Israeli institutions, as a morally and politically sound response to Israel’s crimes, is on the mainstream agenda in the west; and no one can ignore it now.