Enough with the criminalisation of the BDS movement for justice in Palestine! Let’s support right to boycott!




Enough with the criminalisation of the BDS movement for justice in Palestine! Let’s support right to boycott!

Why this is important:

The French High Court has upheld the conviction of activists who called for the boycott of Israeli products

The British government is implementing a new set of rules that will make it harder for local councils and other public bodies including universities to make ethical procurement or investment decisions.

The Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said at the largest Israeli anti-BDS conference, held on March 28 in Jerusalem, that Israel should engage in “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS “leaders” with the help of Israeli intelligence

All over the world, non-violent grassroots activists are under threat!



Dear Mr Juncker – President of the European Commission

Dear Mrs Astola – Director General of the DG Justice and Consumers of the EC


We, the undersigned citizens of Europe are deeply alarmed by the ongoing attempts by some European governments to criminalise political activism against Israeli violations of international law.

The Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said at the largest Israeli anti-BDS conference, held on March 28 in Jerusalem, that Israel should engage in “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS “leaders” with the help of Israeli intelligence. That was at the very same conference at which EU Ambassador to Israel was participating alongside the settler leaders. It is seriously alarming when government ministers anywhere make such threats against human rights defenders!

We wish to express our outrage at such an incitement and attacks on civil rights and seeking your support in upholding the basic rights for European citizens for a freedom of speech and expression in support for the Palestinian people and/or other people worldwide to defend their fundamental rights.

In addition we’d like to recall the statement from the Swedish foreign ministry re-affirming basic democratic principles by saying that BDS “is a civil society movement” and that “governments should not interfere in civil society organization views”

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) affirms the right to hold opinions without interference and the right to freedom of expression. These rights are interrelated and are the foundation of other rights, including the rights to freedom of assembly and association. Accordingly, the Human Rights Committee has affirmed that the holding of an opinion should not be criminalized.

The European Union have to uphold its legal responsibilities, including by defending against illegitimate attacks against individuals, groups, and institutions involved in BDS movement, and to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law.

We, the undersigned European citizens strongly believe that your role in the European Commission is of the highest importance in this case. Therefore we call on you to introduce the human rights guidelines guaranteeing freedom of speech and right to boycott and to use all other means you have in your disposal to support European citizens in their struggle to uphold basic human rights.


Your sincerely,




1. Transform!Europe – European network for alternative thinking and political dialogue

2. European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP)


3. Center for Active Non-Violence – NGO platform, Austria

4. Women in Black (Vienna), Austria

5. Talk Together, Austria

6. Steirische Friedensplattform, Austria

7. BDS Austria

8. Society for Austro-Arab Relations, Austria


9. PTB-PVDA – political party, Belgium

10. Sp.a – political party, Belgium

11. Ecolo – political party, Belgium

12. La Centrale Générale-FGTB/De Algemene Centrale-ABVV – trade union, Belgium

13. ACV/CSC Brussels – trade union, Belgium

14. Pax Christi International – international catholic peace movement, Belgium

15. Oxfam Wereldwinkel Mariakerke – NGO, Belgium

16. CNCD-11.11.11 – NGO platform, Belgium

17. www.11.be– NGO, Belgium

18. G3W-M3M – NGO, Belgium

19. GVHV-MPLP – NGO, Belgium

20. Defence for Children – NGO, Belgium

21. FOS socialistische solidariteit – NGO, Belgium

22. Human Rights Center – University of Ghent, Belgium

23. Solidarité Socialiste – NGO, Belgium

24. Progress Lawyers Network, Belgium

25. Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique (UPJB), Belgium

26. Forum Nord Sud pour un contrat de génération, Belgium

27. Vredesactie, Belgium

28. Association belgo-palestinienne (ABP), Belgium

29. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Belgium

30. Palestina Solidariteit, Belgium

31. Artistes contre le mur, Belgium

32. Les Amis du Monde diplomatique Belgique, Belgium

33. Via Velo Palestina, Belgium

34. Plateforme Watermael-Boitsfort Palestine, Belgium

35. Links Ecologisch Forum, Belgium

36. Intal, Belgium

37. Antwerp for Palestine, Belgium

38. Victoria Deluxe, Belgium

39. Vrede vzw, Belgium

40. Gents ActiePlatform Palestina (GAPP), Belgium

41. Comac, Belgium

42. Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine, Belgium

43. Käthe Kollwitz Vredesloop, Belgium


44. Palestinaorientering, Denmark


45. Vasemmistonuoret, The Left Youth of Finland, Finland

46. ICAHD Finland

47. Finnish Arab Friendship Society, Finland

48. Finnish Peace Committee – Suomen Rauhanpuolustajat, Finland

49. Women for Peace, Finland

50. Committee of 100 in Finland

51. Physicians for Social Responsibility, Finland

52. Finnish Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Finland


53. Union syndicale Solidaires – trade union, France

54. Federation syndicale unitaire – trade union federation, France

55. Parti de Gauche – political party, France

56. Parti communiste français (PCF) – political party, France

57. Ensemble ! – political party, France

58. Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) – political party, France

59. Parti des Indigènes de la République (PIR) – political party, France

60. Mouvement Jeunesse Communiste de France (MJCF), France

61. Pax Christi – NGO, France

62. CCFD-Terre Solidaire (Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development-Terre Solidaire) – NGO, France

63. Plateforme des ONG Françaises pour la Palestine – NGO

64. Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine – AURDIP, France

65. Collectif Palestine71, France

66. Collectif Chalon Palestine, France

67. Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS), France

68. CCIPPP34, France

69. Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine, France

70. CoordinationBDS37, France

71. French Jewish Union for Peace – UJFP, France

72. BDS France

73. Comité De Vigilance Pour Une Paix Réelle Au Proche-Orient, France

74. Organisation Femmes Egalité, France

75. La Courneuve-Palestine, France

76. Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples, MRAP, France

77. Forum Palestine Citoyenneté, France

78. Parti Communiste des Ouvrier de France (PCOF), France

79. Women in Black (Femmes en noir), France

80. AITEC, France

81. Comité Justice et Paix en Palestine et au Proche-Orient du 5°, Paris (CJPP5), France


82. DIE LINKE. BAK Gerechter Frieden Nahost (DIE LINKE. Federal Working Group on “Just Peace in the Middle East”), Germany

83. DIE LINKE. Niedersachsen LAG Gerechter Frieden Nahost (DIE LINKE. State Working Group Lower Saxony on “Just Peace in the Middle East”), Germany

84. DIE LINKE. Kreisverband Donnersberg (DIE LINKE. District chapter Donnersberg), Germany

85. Kommunistische Plattform der Partei DIE LINKE Niedersachsen (Communist Platform of the party DIE LINKE in Lower Saxony), Germany

86. LAG Antikapitalistische Linke DIE LINKE.Niedersachsen, Germany

87. Kairos Palästina Solidaritätsnetz Deutschland – NGO Platform, Germany

88. AK Nahost Berlin, Germany

89. Aktionsbündnis für einen gerechten Frieden in Palästina, Germany

90. Arbeitskreis Nahost-Hagen, Germany

91. BDS Berlin, Germany

92. BDS-Gruppe Bonn, Germany

93. BDS Hamburg, Germany

94. Berlin Academic Boycott, Germany

95. Das Palästina Portal, Germany

96. Deutscher Koordinationskreis Palästina-Israel, Germany

97. Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft e.V., Germany

98. Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft Bremen e.V., Germany

99. Deutsch-Palästinensische Gesellschaft NRW Süd, Germany

100. Deutsch-Palästinensischer Frauenverein e.V., Germany

101. Freunde von Sabeel Deutschland, Germany

102. G.H.U.P. e.V., Germany

103. Hochschulgruppe AKtion Gerechter Frieden Nahost Göttingen, Germany

104. Initiative Schule für EineWelt, Germany

105. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions – Germany (ICAHD)

106. Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost e.V., Germany

107. Jüdisch-Palästinensische Dialoggruppe München, Germany

108. Ökumenisches Netz Bayern e.V., Germany

109. Palästina/Nahost-Initiative Heidelberg, Germany

110. Palästina-Forum Nahost Frankfurt/M, Germany

111. Palästinakomitee Stuttgart e.V., Germany

112. Palästinensische Gemeinde Deutschland, Germany

113. Solidarität International – Nürnberg, Germany

114. Stopp Ramstein Region Kaiserslautern, Germany

115. Vitaminepalestine, Germany


116. Fiom/CGIL – trade union federation, Italy

117. Ibriq, Italy

118. Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo Comitato di Trieste, Italy

119. Un ponte per, Italy

120. BDS Italy, Italy

121. Cultura è Libertà, una campagna per la Palestina, Italy

122. Comitati Pistoieses Per La Palestina, Italy

123. Rete Radié Resch – Udine group, Italy

124. Servizio Civile Internazionale, Italy

125. ARCI, Italy

126. Comitato Di Base nNmuos/Nosigonella(Ct), Italy

127. Palestina Rossa, Italy

128. Fronte Palestina, Italy

129. Attac Italia, Italy

130. Associazione Oltre il Mare, Italy

131. Confederazione Cobas, Italy

132. Ildialogo, Italy

133. U.S. Citizens Against War (Florence), Italy

134. Ulaia Artesud onlus, Italy

135. Casale Podere Rosa, Italy

136. Associazione onlus Pace per Gerusalemme, Italy

137. Forum Palestina, Italy

138. Associazione Stelle cadenti, Artisti Per La Pace, Italy

139. Comitato delle associazioni per la Pace e i Diritti Umani, Italy

140. Collettivo Autonomo Studenti Casteddu, Italy

141. Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo-comitato di milano-Onlus (Salaam Children of Olive Tree), Italy

142. Coordinamento Campagna BDS Bologna, Italy

143. Berretti Bianchi Onlus, Italy

144. MAIA onlus, Italy

145. RETE-ECO, Italy

146. Assopace Palestina, Italy


147. The Green Party – political party, Ireland

148. People Before Profit Alliance – political party, Ireland

149. Anti-Austerity Alliance – political party, Ireland

150. Workers Party of Ireland – political party, Ireland

151. Communist Party of Ireland – political party, Ireland

152. Sinn Féin – Political Party, Ireland

153. Workers Solidarity Movement – political organisation, Ireland

154. Irish Congress of Trade Unions – trade union federation, Ireland

155. Trade Union Friends of Palestine – trade union group, Ireland

156. Action from Ireland (Afri) – NGO, Ireland

157. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign – NGO, Ireland

158. Sadaka – the Ireland Palestine Alliance – NGO, Ireland

159. Peace & Neutrality Alliance – NGO, Ireland

160. Academics For Palestine – NGO, Ireland

161. Gaza Action Ireland – NGO, Ireland

162. Grupo Raíces (Grúpa Fréamhacha) Solidarity with Colombia – NGO, Ireland

163. Solidarity Alliance Against Racism and Fascism – NGO, Ireland

164. The Ireland Institute – think tank, Ireland

165. Centre for Global Education, Ireland

166. Irish Anti-War Movement, Ireland

167. AFBE asbl, Luxembourg

168. Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient, Luxembourg

169. Union des Femmes Luxembourgeoises, Luxembourg

170. Action Solidarité Tiers Monde, Luxembourg


171. Norges Kommunistiske Parti (NKP) / Communist Party of Norway, political party, Norway

172. Rødt / The Red Party – political party, Norway

173. Rød Ungdom (RU) /The Red Youth Party – political party, Norway

174. Senterungdommen / The Centre Party Youth – political party, Norway

175. Sosialistisk Venstreparti (SV) / The Socialist Party – political party, Norway

176. The Norwegian United Federation of Trade Unions – trade union federation, Norway

177. Aftenpostens grafiske klubb / Aftenposten Graphic Workers Union – trade union, Norway

178. EL & IT Forbundet /The Electrician and IT workers union – trade union, Norway

179. Fellesorganisasjonen for barnevernspedagoger, sosionomer og vernepleiere (FO) / The Norwegian Union of Social Educators and Social Workers – trade union, Norway

180. Handel og Kontor i Norge / Norwegian Union of Employees in Commerce and Offices – trade union, Norway

181. Industri Energi/ Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers / – trade union, Norway

182. Norsk Transportarbeiderforbund / Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union – trade union, Norway

183. Oslo Grafiske Fagforening /Oslo Graphic Workers Union – trade union, Norway

184. NTL-leaders – trade union, Norway

185. Norwegian Church Aid – humanitarian and ecumenical NGO, Norway

186. Norwegian People’s Aid – NGO, Norway

187. Arbeidernes ungdomsfylking (AUF) / Labour Party Youth, Norway

188. KFUK-KFUM Global/ Norwegian YWCA- YMCA Global, Norway

189. LO i Oslo / Labour Organization in Norway – Oslo dept, Norway

190. Norsk Nærings- og Nytelsesmiddelarbeiderforbund Oslo og Akershus (NNN OA) / Norwegian Food and Allied Workers’ Union Oslo and Akershus, Norway

191. Norges Handikapforbund (NHF) / The Norwegian Association of Disabled, Norway

192. Norges Kristelige Studentforbund (NKSF) / Student Christian Movement in Norway, Norway

193. Oslo Bygningsarbeiderforening / Construction Workers in Norway, Norway

194. Palestinakomiteen i Norge / Palestinian Committee, Norway

195. Palestine Network, Norway

196. Sosialistisk Ungdom (SU) / The Socialt Youth League, Norway

197. TeoLOgene / Labour Union of heologians, Norway

198. Ungkommunistene i Norge / Youth Communist League, Norway


199. Movimento pelos Direitos do Povo Palestino e pela Paz no Médio Oriente (MPPM), Portugal

200. Kairos – Sabeel Nederland, The Netherlands

201. Stichting Palestina, The Netherlands

202. Women for Peace,The Netherlands

203. Women in Black, the Netherlands

204. DocP, The Netherlands

205. Stichting Groningen-Jabalya, The Netherlands

206. Stichting Palestijnse Vrouwen in Nederland – Foundation of Palestinian Women in the Netherlands

207. Werkgroep Palestina Enschede, The Netherlands

208. BDS Nederland, The Netherlands

209. Netherlands Palestine Committee (NPK), The Netherlands

210. Mobiele Muziek Producties, The Netherlands

211. World Citizens for International Law, The Netherlands

212. Palestine Link, The Netherlands

213. Stop de Bezetting, The Netherlands

214. Een Ander Joods Geluid (A Different Jewish Voice), The Netherlands

215. Palestina Komitee Rotterdam, The Netherlands

216. Humanstisch Vredesberaad, The Netherlands

217. Students for Justice in Palestine – Maastricht, The Netherlands

218. EMCEMO, The Netherlands

219. Netherlands Philippine Solidarity Association, The Netherlands

220. Studenten voor Rechtvaardigheid in Palestina – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

221. Studenten voor Rechtvaardigheid in Palestina – Rotterdam, The Netherlands

222. Studenten Voor Rechtvaardigheid In Palestina Nijmegen, The Netherlands

223. Netherlands Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Quakers, The Netherlands

224. Breed Platform Palestina, The Netherlands

225. SAP/Grenzeloos, The Netherlands

226. al-Awda, The Netherlands

227. Palestijnse Gemeenschap in Nederland (Palestinian Community in the Netherlands)

228. Internationale Socialisten, The Netherlands

229. HTIB, The Netherlands

230. DIDF, The Netherlands


231. Scottish Friends of Palestine, Scotland

232. Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Scotland

233. Association of Palestinian Community in Scotland, Scotland

234. Steadfast Stitch, Scotland


235. Institut za studije zahodne sahare/Institute for Western Sahara – NGO, Slovenia

236. Društvo za človekove pravice in človeku prijazne dejavnosti Humanitas / Society for Human Rishts and Supportive Action Humanitas – NGO, Slovenia

237. Gibanje za pravice Palestincev BDS Slovenija, Slovenia


238. Initiative for a Just Peace in the Middle East, Slovakia


239. The Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden/Palestinagrupperna i Sverige, Sweden

240. Action Group at KTH for Boycott of Israel, Sweden


241. Gesellschaft Schweiz-Palästina / Association Suisse-Palestine / Associazione Svizzera-Palestina / Association Switzerland-Palestine, Switzerland

242. BDS-Suisse, Switzerland

243. Basler Frauenvereinigung für Frieden und Fortschritt, Switzerland

244. Palestine’s Children (PalCH), Switzerland

245. SolidaritéS, Switzerland

246. Gerechtigkeit und Frieden in Palästina, Switzerland

247. Amérique Latine RÉSISTANCES, Switzerland

248. Theologische Bewegung für Solidarität und Befreiung, Switzerland

249. Arbeitskreis Tourismus & Entwicklung, Switzerland

250. Free Palestine, Switzerland

251. PKZ – Palästinensisches Kulturzentrum Zürich, Switzerland

252. Takafol Swiss – Schweizer Gesellschaft gegenseitiger Unterstützung, Switzerland

253. Jewish Voice for Democracy and Justice in Israel/Palestina, JVJP, Switzerland

254. Collectif Urgence Palestine Vaud, Switzerland

255. Palästina-Solidarität Region Basel, Switzerland

256. Collectif Action Palestine, Switzerland

257. AL Bern, Switzerland


258. Confederación General del Trabajo CGT Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – trade union federation, Spain

259. Confederación General del Trabajo CGT España – trade union federation, Spain

260. Podemos – political party, Spain

261. Izquierda Unida, political party, Spain

262. SORTU, basque political party, Basque country

263. Podemos Migraciones Ceuta, Spain

Red Solidaria Contra la Ocupación de Palestina (RESCOP) comprised of:

264. Anticapitalistas

265. Asociación Al-Quds de Solidaridad con los Pueblos del Mundo Árabe (Málaga)

266. Asociación de Amistad Palestina-Granada «Turab»

267. Asociación Andaluza por la Solidaridad y la Paz – ASPA

268. Asociación Hispano Palestina Jerusalén (Madrid)

269. Asociación Palestina Biladi

270. Asociación Pau Ara i Sempre

271. Asociación Pro-Derechos Humanos de Andalucía

272. Asociación Propalestina del Campo de Gibraltar

273. Asociación Unadikum

274. BDS Alacant

275. BDS Catalunya

276. BDS Madrid

277. BDS País Valencià

278. Castelló per Palestina

279. Centro de Estudios Rurales y de Agricultura Internacional (CERAI)

280. Coalició Prou Complicitat amb Israel

281. Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe (Madrid, Asturias)

282. Comité de Solidaridad con los Pueblos – Interpueblos (Cantabria)

283. Comunidad Palestina en Canarias

284. Comunitat Palestina de Catalunya

285. Comunitat Palestina de València

286. Coordinadora de apoyo a Palestina (La Rioja)

287. Ecologistas en Acción (Confederal)

288. Fundación IEPALA

289. Fundación Mundubat

290. Grupo de Cooperación Sevilla Palestina

291. Izquierda Anticapitalista Revolucionaria (IZAR)

292. Komite Internazionalistak (Euskal Herria)

293. MEWANDO (Euskadi)

294. Movimiento de Jóvenes Palestinos

295. Mujeres en Zona de Conflicto – M.Z.C.

296. Mujeres por la Paz – Acción Solidaria con Palestina (Canarias)

297. Pallasos en Rebeldía

298. Paz Ahora

299. Paz con DignidadPlataforma de Solidaridad con Palestina (Sevilla)

300. Plataforma Palestina Ibiza

301. Plataforma Solidaria con Palestina de Valladolid

302. Palestina Toma la Calle, Madrid

303. Red Judía Antisionista Internacional – IJAN

304. Sodepau

305. Sodepaz

306. Sodepaz Balamil

307. Taula per Palestina (Illes Balears)

308. UJCE (Unión de Juventudes Comunistas de España)


309. Alternativa Sindical Obrera Canaria ULL SOC_ULL, Spain

310. Asociación Paz Ahora, Spain

311. BDS Murcia, Spain


313. Comisión de Derechos Humanos Hispano Guatemalteca, Spain

314. La Gaviota Arabe Hispana, Spain

315. Hillombé Solidaridad, Spain

316. ISM en el Estado Español, Spain

317. Nación Andaluza, Spain

318. Paraguay Resiste, Madrid, Spain

319. Plataforma Bienvenidas Refugiadas, Spain

320. Plaza de los pueblos 15M, Madrid, Spain

321. Rubí Solidari, Spain

322. Sodepaz Pachakuti, Spain

323. Tierra y Libertad Peru, Spain

324. Asamblea de Parad@s de Canarias Autogestionaria. ” APAGA Y Vámonos”, Spain

325. CERAI, Spain


327. Rumbo a Gaza, Spain

328. APDHA, Spain

329. Asociación Café Despacio – Las Palmas, Spain

330. Alternativa antimilitarista.Moc Canarias – Las Palmas

331. A. Canaria de economía Alternativa – Las Palmas, Spain

332. BDS Tarragona, Spain

333. Centro Humanista de las Culturas, Spain

334. Comunidad Palestina en Canarias, Spain

335. Plataforma Bolivariana de Canarias, Spain

336. Ayuntamiento de la Villa de Agüimes, Spain

337. Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law – AEDIDH, Spain

338. Acciónenred-Canarias


339. Kairos Palestine – NGO platform, UK

340. Hexham Kairos- NGO, UK

341. Kairos Sheffield – NGO, UK

342. British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), UK

343. Pendle Palestine Twinning Group, UK

344. Palestine Solidarity Campaign, UK

345. Stop G4S, UK

346. Waltham Forest Palestine Solidarity Campaign, UK

347. Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, UK

348. Leicester Palestine Solidaity Campaign, UK

349. UK-Palestine Mental Health Network, UK

350. The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK

351. Amos Trust, UK

352. The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), UK

353. EuroPal Forum, UK

354. Zaytoun CIC, UK

355. Friends of Sabeel UK, UK

356. Orkney Friends of Palestine, UK

357. Edinburgh Action for Palestine, UK

358. Hereford Palestine Support Group, UK