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Hilary Rose: Building the Academic Boycott in Britain

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Hilary Rose | Resisting Israeli Apartheid conference | 5 December 2004 [Note: French translation available here.] We are here today at SOAS to set in train nothing less than an international boycott movement of historic significance. The size and difficulties of the task we have set ourselves, and the bitterness of our enemies are immense. We should not indeed cannot underestimate this. Palestinian Universities operate under unacceptable conditions.

John Docker: Settler Colonialism as Genocide: Implications for a Strategy of Solidarity with the Palestinians

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) John Docker | Resisting Israeli Apartheid conference | 5 December 2004 [Note: French translation available here.] I would first like to express my pleasure to the conference organizers for inviting me to come to London from Australia. It is an honour to be here. It is also a great pleasure to see again Hilary Rose and Steven Rose, whom I met for the first time in London in May 2004, and Ilan Pappé, who visited Canberra and Sydney in August 2004.

Haim Bresheeth: Stand Up and Be Counted

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Haim Bresheeth | Resisting Israeli Apartheid conference | 5 December 2004 [Note: French translation available here.] Much energy is spent unnecessarily, comparing the Apartheid regime in South Africa and the State of Israel, in order to equate the two and make a boycott acceptable. In my view there is no need for this comparison as, apart from some superficial features, such as the start date of both political ventures, they are very different, as pointed out clearly by Edward Said.

Ben Young: The Role of Students: Lessons from South Africa

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Ben Young | Resisting Israeli Apartheid conference | 5 December 2004 [Note: French translation available here.] Hello everyone, I hope that you're finding this conference as illuminating and informative as I have. I'm in total accord with the other speakers who have clearly stated that there is so much we can do in terms of isolating Israeli apartheid. I believe that for various reasons circumstances are changing in our favour and I will outline these later.

Ilan Pappe: Summary of the Day

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Ilan Pappe | Resisting Israeli Apartheid conference | 5 December 2004 [Note: French translation available here.] We began I think all by acknowledging we were here because of Hilary and Steven Rose, whose moratorium initiative moved us all to action. Victoria Britain started our day by reminding us that the anti-apartheid movement appeared at a time when the ANC felt almost defeated and demoralized. It was indeed, as Tom Paulin remarked in his keynote address, a mass movement that took time to materialize.

WRMEA Special Report: London Conference a Prelude to Academic Boycott of Israel

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Paul de Rooij | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs | 5 December 2004 ON DEC. 5, some 270 academics from around the world convened in London to discuss the implementation of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions and the severing of cultural links with Israel. The aim of the conference was to refine the arguments, clarify the rationale, and determine how to act next.

Stopthewall.org: London University Conference Stresses Call for Boycott to Fight Israeli Apartheid

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign | Stopthewall.org | 8 December 2004 On Sunday, December 5, 2004, a large audience packed the lecture theatre of the Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies for “Resisting Israeli Apartheid: Strategies and Principles.” The all-day conference offered strategies for countering the Israeli occupation and Israeli Apartheid policies. The speakers were largely academics from the U.K., the U.

Electronic Intifada: Palestinians Call for Boycott of Israeli Academia

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Victor Kattan | The Electronic Intifada | 15 December 2004 The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel has called upon their colleagues in the international community to “comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions” as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott. The call was made at an international conference on “Resisting Israeli Apartheid Strategies and Principles” at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London on Sunday 5 December.

Betty Hunter: The Boycott Israeli Goods (BIG) Campaign

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Betty Hunter | Resisting Israeli Apartheid conference | 5 December 2004 When the Palestinian people started the second Intifada in September 2000, the world was forced to look again at the sham of the ‘peace process', a process which had allowed the human rights violations of the illegal occupation and the land grab to increase with impunity. International civil society had to ask, how can we support the Palestinian people in their struggle for justice, how can we support their resistance in a non-violent and democratic way?

Lawrence Davidson: Divestment: Isolating Apartheid Financially

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Lawrence Davidson | Resisting Israeli Apartheid conference | 5 December 2004 [Note: French translation available here.] 1. Working Assumption: Governments in the West, left to themselves, do not have the will to sanction Israel for its illegal occupation of the Occupied Territories and its violent destruction of Palestinian society. Therefore, an international grass roots movement must be organized to educate significant parts of the Western populations on the nature of Israeli behavior, and simultaneously build pressure on Israel to change its ways, and governments to act to encourage this change.