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PACBI | 9 July 2004

PACBI statement on the occasion of the ICJ ruling on the illegality of Israel's colonial wall

Israel Found Guilty by the ICJ over its Colonial Wall

In light of todayís historic ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israelís colonial wall built on occupied Palestinian territories to be illegal, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel calls upon people of conscience the world over to participate in diverse forms of boycott against the state of Israel, its institutions and industries, as a minimal show of civil opposition to its persistent violations of international law, its continued military occupation of Palestinian territories, its system of racial discrimination against its own Palestinian citizens and its denial of Palestinian refugeesí rights.

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 Africaís occupation of Namibia, triggered what became the worldís largest and most concerted campaign of sanctions directed against the apartheid regime. Todayís ICJ ruling should equally inspire a comparable reaction.

We are specifically focusing on boycotting Israeli academic institutions -- mostly state controlled -- because they have contributed, directly or indirectly, to maintaining, defending or otherwise justifying Israelís colonial
policy, including the construction of its colonial Wall. The Israeli academyís silence is a telling sign of its complicity in this policy.

Since scholars and intellectuals have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in their struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa, and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and universal resistance to injustice and oppression, we call upon our colleagues in the international community to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions as a contribution to the struggle to end Israelís occupation, colonization and system of apartheid.

This call for academic and cultural boycott has been endorsed by close to 60 of the most representative academic, cultural, professional and trade unions and associations in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, including the Federation of Unions of Palestinian Universitiesí Professors and Employees and the umbrella organization of Palestinian NGOs in the occupied West Bank, PNGO.

Posted on 09-07-2004


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