Dear European Society of International Law Board Members, We are writing from the Palestinian Bar Association, representing 10,300 lawyers, and the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE), which represents more than 6,000 Palestinian university staff at 13 institutions of higher education in the occupied Palestinian territory, to urge you to move the planned European Society of International Law (ESIL) Research Forum at Hebrew University outside of Israel.

December 11, 2017 — The Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium has announced its withdrawal from a controversial EU-funded research cooperation project with the Israeli police and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security. The decision comes as EU Foreign Ministers meet this morning with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is struggling to contain Israel’s growing international isolation as a result of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

December 5, 2017 — News has just broken that President Trump plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that he will announce his decision tomorrow. As we wait for the official announcement, we’re already seeing the potential repercussions. All Palestinian factions have called for days of mass protest. The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society leading the global BDS movement for Palestinian rights, said:

November 28, 2017 (Ramallah, Occupied Palestine) — Today, two of the most prominent Palestinian Christian networks joined the calls on Pope Francis to refuse Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s invitation to launch the Giro d’Italia in Israel next May. The endorsements come the day before the official race presentation in Milan on November 29, coinciding with the United Nation’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 

Today, more than one hundred twenty human rights organizations, trade unions, ethical tourism associations, sports and faith-based groups from over 20 countries issued an international call (Spanish, 

December 1, 2017 — This week, on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, more than 350 elected officials across the Spanish state published an open-letter in support of Palestinian human rights.

In response to media inquiries concerning Giro d’Italia bowing to pressure from Israel’s right-wing coalition government by deleting any reference to West Jerusalem on its website and using Jerusalem instead, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned such a move and said:

November 30, 2017 —  Palestinian civil society has condemned Giro d’Italia for yielding to political pressure from Netanyahu’s far-right government by removing references to “West Jerusalem” on its website and using “Jerusalem” instead. This, Palestinian human rights campaigners argue, makes Giro “directly complicit in Israel’s propaganda claim” that Jerusalem is a “unified” city under its sovereignty, which is not recognised by the UN, the EU or Italy.

“You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being. You were not expected to aspire to excellence. You were expected to make peace with mediocrity. Wherever you have turned, … you have been told where you could go and what you could do and how you could do it, where you could live and whom you could marry.” – James Baldwin, 1962. Dear Chris Rock,

November 24, 2017 — Last week, BDS Gulf held its first regional anti-normalization conference in Kuwait City, with a broad participation of speakers, organizations, activists and political figures from the entire Gulf region. The conference, which was followed by workshops focused on campaign strategies and a practical regional action plan, made several recommendations regarding anti-normalization and activating BDS campaigns in the Gulf summarized below.   G4S

His Holiness Pope Francis Apostolic Palace 00120 Vatican City State Your Holiness, Warm Palestinian greetings from the Holy Land. We are writing to you from the largest and most representative Palestinian civil society entities to urge your Holiness not to give your blessing or lend your name in any way to the 2018 Giro d’Italia cycling race because of its unfortunate insistence on whitewashing Israel’s military occupation and grave human rights violations.