Saturday, 4 February 2017
The “Law-Train” Project Why A Partnership With The Israeli Police Is Indefensible
This open letter is part of broader efforts by the Belgian Coalition To Stop Law Train, and broader European-wide efforts against the participation of the Israeli military, homeland security and police sector in research and development funded by the European Union. Other forms of mobilizing have included direct actions, conferences, and lobbying. Portuguese civil society successfully pressured their authorities to withdraw from LAW TRAIN in July 2016 – marking the first time a government withdrew from an EU funded project following civil society pressure in support of Palestinian rights. Belgium civil society aims to achieve the same.
We welcome the efforts of the organizers of this letter, the Belgian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI), and every person who signed the letter in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Thank you for telling the Belgian government that a Belgian partnership with the Israeli police is wrong, and that it should follow the example of the Portuguese authorities and withdraw from this project that “is neither ethically nor legally defensible.”
* BACBI’s letter: http://bit.ly/BACBI
* BACBI’s accompanying dossier: http://www.bacbi.be/pdf/lawtraindossier_EN.pdf
* For a summary of campaigning against LAW TRAIN, supported by the EU funding program called Horizon 2020: http://bit.ly/2kTeIM6