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Israel Found Guilty by the ICJ over its Colonial Wall


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.

July 9, 2004

Posted on 09-07-2004

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