A Statement of Determination to Boycott Israel Sponsored by The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP)
If you would like to add your name to this declaration please send an e-mail to GazaEmergency@bricup.org.uk giving your name and the city where you live.
Enough is enough
The Israeli government is sending waves of F16 fighter jets to bomb the Palestinian population of Gaza, many of whom are already weak and sick from two years of siege and encirclement by Israel. Children, says an Israeli spokeswoman, are legitimate targets because if they inhabit a house allegedly being used to manufacture home-made rockets to fire into Israel, they are 'terrorists' themselves. On Saturday December 27, Israel says it dropped 100 tonnes of bombs on Gaza.
We say enough is enough. As long as the state of Israel continues to defy humanity and international law, we, the citizens of the world, commit ourselves to boycotting Israel.
When Nazi planes firebombed the Basque town of Guernica in 1937, to advance General Franco's revolt against the democratically elected Republican government, Britain, France and other European powers continued to refuse military and political support to the Republic, and Franco and his Nazi allies prevailed.
Since our governments decline to take action against Israel, we, as citizens, must act.
We declare that, in solidarity with the bombed, maimed, tortured and ethnically cleansed people of Palestine, we will, individually and collectively:
- refuse to buy any fruit, vegetable, flowers, cosmetics, underwear, swimwear or piece of technology manufactured or produced in Israel or the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and we will inform shops that we object to them stocking Israeli products;
- we will not go on holiday to Israel;
- we will research which brands of computer contain Israeli-designed and manufactured components, make the information public, and and press all computer manufacturers to end research partnerships with Israel;
- we will boycott Israeli films, theatre companies, dance groups and orchestras, and make known our objections to the management of theatres and cinemas;
- we will campaign actively for our governments not to allow citizens of our countries to serve in the Israeli army, navy, airforce and security services;
- we will lobby in our professional organisations and trade unions for Israeli institutions to be boycotted unless they state publicly that they oppose their government's actions, will not co-operate with the state (for instance by teaching courses for the security services, which all Israeli universities do), and support the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.
Signed on behalf of BRICUP:
Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, London
Dr Sue Blackwell, Birmingham
Professor David Pegg, York
28 December 2008
1. Join or organize emergency protests and direct actions in partnership with Palestine solidarity and social justice organisations in your area. Send reports of actions you participate in so this information can be shared with people around the world.
2. Donate money through:
Medical Aid for Palestinians
Middle East Children's Alliance
to pay for desperately needed medical supplies and their delivery. The current conditions in Gaza medical facilities are dire.
3. Flood Israeli embassies and consulates with letters and calls decrying the attacks. Find contact info for Israeli embassies around the world.
4. Shift the framing of Israel's actions in the media by phoning into a talk show or writing a letter to the editor.
5. Sign the petition in support of UN General Assembly President Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann
He has spoken out to condemn Israeli Apartheid and called for boycott, divestment and sanctions.
6. Sign the petition to the UN and the EU in support of the Palestinian human rights community call for international action (in English, Hebrew, Arabic and French)
7. Write to your member of parliament.
If you are in the UK, you can find your MP's details on this site:
ask them to sign Early Day Motion 408 on Gaza
8. If you are in Europe write to your MEP
9. Write to members of the Israeli government and members of the Knesset
10-13. If you are in the UK you can do the following (or the equivalents if you live elsewhere)
10. Write to:
(a) the Labour Party using this online form:
(b) the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron
(You could mention you are appalled that he has been on the BBC calling for restraint on all sides when nearly 300 Palestinians have been killed.)
11. British Consulate Jerusalem
+972 (02) 541 4100
12. British Embassy Tel Aviv
+972 (02) 3510 1167 / +972 (03) 527 1572
13. Fax the office of the UK Prime Minister - Gordon Brown -
on +44 20 7925 0918
A call from Gaza for BDS signed by the Gaza academic trade union and others
Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) Stop the Massacre in Gaza – Boycott Israel Now!
End the Carnage in Gaza--Boycott the Israeli Academy Now! Press Release from the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE)
Why American academics must join boycott of Israel - Rania Masri and Marcy Newman, The Electronic Intifada, 18 January 2009
A lefty in Israel - attacks on protestors against the invasion
International Federation for Human Rights mission calls for the urgent establishment of an independent commission of investigation into all the alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.
Sign a petition for the creation of a Special Tribunal to try Israeli war criminals
Petition: Israel must be judged at the International Criminal Court - in 12 languagues
Report from Ewa Jasiewicz of the Free Gaza Movement on the situation in Gaza. Ewa was one of the people who hosted the BRICUP members who visited Gaza.
Imagine: your university is bombarded with tons of explosives!! - Dr Kamalain Sha'ath, President, the Islamic University of Gaza, 31 January
Damage report from the University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS) in Gaza. UCAS, the largest college of its kind in Palestine, was one of the educational institutions suffered during the attack. The College was shelled several times during the multiple Israeli incursions to the College's neighborhood. This resulted in partial and total damage to classrooms, labs, offices, facades, etc.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Al-Mezan Center (Gaza) and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (Ramallah) - Emergency Gaza Updates 28.12.2008 and 5.1.09
Human rights mission gathering evidence of war crimes in Gaza - report by Steve Kamlish QC
Where's the Academic Outrage Over the Bombing of a University in Gaza? - Neve Gordon and Jeff Halper
Israel's PR campaign notes from The Israel Project
The December 2008 Gaza Massacre John Docker and Ned Curthoys Committee for the Dismantling of Zionism (Australia)
BBC propagate IDF propaganda uncritically They can't tell the difference between an oxygen cylander and a missle, or between a civilian and an agressor.
Reports of protests inside Israel - Jewish Peace News
Statement By Israeli Women's Organizations - joint statement by 21 organisations
German Jews say No to Murder by the Israeli Army statement signed by 35 academics and others
Medical facilities under intense pressure in Gaza - Jan McGirk, The Lancet, 17 January
Inside Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital - Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse, The Lancet, 17 January
Still Breathing, A Report from Gaza - Caoimhe Butterly
Israeli and diaspora opposition to the war - Jewish Peace News
Statement of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory - Mr. Maxwell Gaylard, 6th January 2009
The Children of Gaza - Jocelyn Hurndall, New Statesman, 13 January
Israel, Gaza and Iran: Trapping Obama in Imagined Fault Lines - Trita Parsi, January 2009
Open Letter to International Academic Institutions from the R2E Campaign at Birzeit University calling for immediate boycott, divestment and sanctions against the state of Israel until it abides by international human rights and humanitarian laws, dismantles its apartheid regime spanning both the occupied territories and Israel proper, and commits to pursuing a long-lasting, just peace.
Palestinian organisations call for boycott and end of Gaza siege - Press release, Palestinian NGO Network, 29 January
The divestment movement in which you so actively participated understood that the euphemistically and cynically named policy of "constructive engagement" was a moral and practical failure and that only the non-violent force of a financial boycott on the South African regime had any hope of bringing an end to apartheid without an horrific bloodbath. ...
It is time for the United States to place a similar pressure on Israel. That Israel has been America's beneficiary, unchallenged in its war crimes and in its acts of terror, uncontested for its racist civil constitution and illegal occupations, has not been to the United States' advantage. On the contrary, such unquestioning support of Israel has fuelled the legitimate anger of the Islamic world, supplied the justification for terrorism, and continually tarnished the United States' reputation among the democracies of the world.
30 Questions and Answers on Gaza - Stephen Shalom, Znet January 16. An excellent summary of key events and actions.
Consent and advise - Yotam Feldman and Uri Blau, Ha'aretz
ILD's [International Law Division in the Military Advocate General's Office] permissive posture comes as no surprise to jurists who monitor the unit's legal opinions. According to one of them, the unit is considered -more militant than any other legal body in Israel, and is ready to adopt the most flexible interpretations of the law in order to justify IDF operations."
The silence of the jurists - Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz, 1 February
This is not a case of one lawyer-colonel's opinion, as the faculty heads demagogically claim, but her deeds. It is feared that she is an accomplice to the commission of war crimes and as such ought to be disqualified from teaching. Her addition to the faculty will serve as encouragement to those advocating an academic boycott against Israel. Her prospective students will continue to be educated according to the inglorious tradition of silence and legitimization: The jurists of Israel are always ready to keep quiet or legitimize any military operation.
To be in Gaza is to be Trapped - article by Peter Beaumont, Guardian foreign affairs editor
Democracy Now! debate on Gaza: Dr. Moussa El-Haddad and Fida Qishta in Gaza, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti in Ramallah, Gideon Levy in Tel Aviv and Ali Abunimah in the US.
Gaza Strip, the untold story: blog by Photojournalist, Sameh A. Habeeb
Tales to Tell - Gaza blog
Land, sea, sky: all will kill you In a series of phone calls to friends besieged in Gaza, Karma Nabulsi reveals the reality of life under daily attack - The Guardian
'I expected an ambulance, but a donkey cart carried the injured' Ewa Jasiewicz spends a harrowing week in Gaza documenting life under attack - The Guardian
The destruction of Gaza (a small sample)
- Israeli Massacre Against Thousand of Chickens In Gaza - Sameh A. Habeeb 23 January
- Israeli troops shot and killed zoo animals - Ashraf Helmi, Gulfnews.com, 25 January
- The Devastation of Gaza: From Factories to Ice Cream - Tim McGirk, Time, 28 January
- First evidence of damage to Gaza’s cultural sites emerges - Lauren Gelfond Feldinger, The Art Newspaper, 28 January
- Life in Gaza is not 'back to normal' - Amira Hass, Ha'aretz, 1 February
The war that wasn't - Reuven Pedatzur, Ha'aretz, 25 January
Other outcomes of this fighting method [senior command decided to avoid endangering the lives of soldiers, even at the price of seriously harming the civilian population] were the extensive damage and the deaths of many civilians. According to IDF statistics, almost two thirds of Palestinians killed were civilians. Moreover, even though it was one of the war's aims, hardly any Hamas fighters were taken prisoner, and the holding center set up to imprison them remained almost empty.
The Plot Against Gaza: From diet to shoah - Jonathan Cook, The Palestine Chronicle, 18 January
Slowly, the hope is, Gaza’s physical and political separation from the West Bank will be cemented, with the enclave effectively being seen as a province of Egypt. Its inhabitants will lose their connection to the wider Palestinian people and eventually Cairo may grow bold enough to crack down on Hamas as brutally as it does its own Islamists. The regime of Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, meanwhile, will be further isolated and weakened, improving Israel’s chances of forcing it to sign a deal annexing East Jerusalem and large swaths of the West Bank on which the Jewish settlements sit.
Palestinian self-determination is the real issue - Guardian letters
The trauma etched on every face - Interview with Haidar Eid, Socialist Worker, 26 January
Jewish leaders in Morocco condemn Israeli Gaza offensive - AFP, 15 January
"Exterminate all the Brutes": Gaza 2009 - Noam Chomsky, ZNet, 20 January
Gaza: the logic of colonial power : Nir Rosen, Guardian Comment is Free
The true story behind this war is not the one Israel is telling: Johann Hari, The Independent
Gaza is Burning: Prof Beshara Doumani, UC Berkeley
Richard Falk, The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
Witnesses say Israeli soldiers deliberately targeted civilians in Gaza - Big News Network.com, 30 January
The role of Rabbis in the IDF
- Army rabbi 'gave out hate leaflet to troops' - Ben Lynfield, The Independent, 27 January
- IDF rabbinate publication during Gaza war: We will show no mercy on the cruel - Amos Harel, Haaretz
- Israeli army chief rabbi under fire over booklet - Al Jazeera video, 28 January
Palestine’s Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood: Mustafa Barghouti Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative
Gaza photos sent by Avner Faingulernt, who lives few miles from Gaza, on the Israeli side.
Where peace is a problem: Haim Bresheeth, The Electronic Intifada
The IAF, bullies of the clear blue skies: Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz
Is the UN complicit in Israel's massacre in Gaza? Omar Barghouti, The Electronic Intifada, 1 January 2009
Harm to civilians during the fighting in Gaza and Southern Israel Reports from Israeli human rights groups
Israel may face UN tribunal on war crimes in Gaza - Afua Hirsch, The Guardian, 14 January
Déja vu in Gaza: Do events in Gaza show the "responsibility to protect" to be nothing but pious buzz-words? - Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Open Democracy, 5 January
If Hamas Did Not Exist Jennifer Loewenstein, Counterpunch
Inside Hamas: Slowly, warily, leaders consider the options - Ian Jack, The Guardian, 16 January
Molten Lead in Gaza Uri Avnery, Counterpunch
Bringing Hamas in from the cold Arthur Neslen, Ha'aretz
Israel keeps ban on foreign journalists in Gaza in defiance of ruling by Israel's Supreme Court
CNN reports that Israel broke the ceasefire not the Palestinians at last someone does some fact-checking
Israel's blonde bombshells and real bombs in Gaza Yosefa Loshitzky, The Electronic Intifada. Gives the origins of the name'Operation Cast Lead'
Norwegian doctor describes what he is seeing and doing in Shifa Hospital, Gaza City
Israeli Professor Under Hamas Rocket Fire, Neve Gordon Condemns Israeli Invasion of Gaza Interview by Amy Goodman on Democracy now
Gaza conflict: Who is a civilian? Discussion of legal definitions on the BBC website
US academic group decries the targeting of schools in Gaza - Statement by California Scholars for Academic Freedom
Israel is targeting medics - Eva Bartlett Electronic Intefada, 12 January 2009
Israel Is Preventing Repair of the Electrical, Water and Sewage Systems in Gaza - Gisha, 28 January
Israel in Gaza: A Critical Reframing - ICAHD, 10 January
Top 5 Lies About Israel’s Assault on Gaza - Jeremy R. Hammond, Foreign Policy Journal
UN rejects IDF claim Gaza militants operated from bombed-out school - Akiva Eldar, Amos Harel, Amira Hass, Avi Issacharoff and Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Correspondents, and The Associated Press, 7 January
Depleted uranium found in Gaza victims - Press TV
Israel rains fire on Gaza with phosphorus shells - Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem and Michael Evans, Defence Editor, The Times
Video shows proof of phosphorous bombs in Gaza - Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian 16 January
Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israel's use of white phosphorus against Gaza civilians "clear and undeniable" Amnesty International,19 January
"The Incendiary IDF": The Israel Defense Forces use phosphorous shells and forfeit credibility - Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch, 22 January
Even in Sderot, Israelis Say No to Endless War - Adam Horowitz, Huffington Post
500 Citizens of Sderot Contradict the Israeli Government - Janine Roberts, The Palestine Chronicle, 13 January
History did not begin with the Qassams - Amira Hass, Ha'aretz
The Jailer State - Oren Yiftachel, NewMatilda.com, 12 January
Israel has turned Gaza into a massive prison, and is choosing to prolong the cycle of state terror and prisoner resistance that goes with that,
US Cancels Munitions Shipment To Israel Via Greece - Morningstar
Eliyahu [ex-Chief Rabbi of Israel] advocated carpet bombing Gaza - Matthew Wagner, Jerusalem Post, 31 May 2007
British Jews condemn Israel's war on Gaza - Letter to The Guardian, 10 January - see second letter.
congress votes to back Israel by 390 votes to 5 - Al Jazeera, 10
Watch extracts from debate
Olmert claims he told Bush to backtrack on UN ceasefire deal - Kim Sengupta, The Independent 14 January
How Many Divisions? - Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom
The Moral and Military Meltdown of Israel - Hamid Dabashi, Palestine Chronicle
Sacrificing Gaza to revive Israel's Labor party - Smadar Lavie, The Electronic Intifada, 19 January 2009
The Boss Has Gone Mad - Uri Avnery Gush Shalom, 17 January
COSATU leader Zwelinzima Vavi: Sanction and boycott apartheid Israel! Links, 14 January
Gaza invasion: Powered by the U.S. - Robert Bryce, Salon.com, 16 January
Taxpayers are spending over $1 billion to send refined fuel to the Israeli military -- at a time when Israel doesn't need it and America does
Mike Cushman and Jonathan Rosenhead of BRICUP sailed to Gaza on the FreeGaza boat Dignity. Their trip, which lasted from 8-12 December 2008 was to help 11 students escape from the siege of Gaza and continue their studies abroad.
While they were there: they met trade unionists and civil society groups; and toured Gaza and saw the effects of the blockade and of Israeli bombing and shelling.
In Gaza as the storm clouds gathered - Mike Cushman and Jonathan Rosenhead of BRICUP report on their visit in December 2008.
If you would like to ask Mike or Jonathan to speak at a meeting or ask them a question about their visit send a mail to GazaSailors@bricup.org.uk
Two videos of interviews of Mike Cushman and Jonathan Rosenhead by Haim Brasheeth about their visit.