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Anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism in Belgian campuses

European Jewish Parliament (EJP) calls for ban of Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) on Belgian campuses.

The European Jewish Parliament (EJP) has expressed its profound concern on the admission of Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) as a new Student Association by the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and the consequences it could have on the daily lives of Jewish students in Belgium.

Numerous cases of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism have taken place on the campus of ULB recently. Jewish students have received death threats and 'Fake Israeli Checkpoints' were repeatedly installed at the entrances of the University. Furthermore, the Law Faculty Student Association displayed an anti-Semitic cartoon during its annual party and organized an event on the campus premises promoting notorious French anti-Semite Dieudonné and Solvay Business School Students' Association published an anti-Semitic article in its monthly magazine.

The EJP stresses the fact that The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed a French Supreme Court judgment declaring the boycott of Israel illegal.

The EJP strongly urges the Belgian political and academic authorities to reverse the admission of BDS as a Student Association and to condemn its discrimination towards a group of people because of their nationality, in accordance with the European Court of Human Rights and the French Supreme Court.

The EJP's Education and Sport Committee, headed by its co-chairmen Julia Itin and Joel Rochard, and the EJP's Students and Young Professionals Committee, headed by its co-chairmen Iosif Akselrud and Yael Malka, jointly call on the relevant authorities to act swiftly to ensure that hate mongers will be barred from Belgian campuses.

For further details please contact EJP co-chairman Joel Rubinfeld: / +32-475-24-8000