Defend free speech and human rights and support the BDS
  • Petitioning Jake Lynch

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Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
Jake Lynch

Defend free speech and human rights and support the BDS

    1. Petition by

      Australians for BDS

Prof. Stuart Rees, Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation and Assoc. Prof. Jake Lynch, Director of Sydney University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), have been threatened with legal action by Shurat HaDin, an Israeli Law Centre, through agents acting on their behalf in Australia.


The claim is that Rees and Lynch are backing racist and discriminatory policies through their support for the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
These accusations are unfounded and intimidatory. They are intended to stifle free speech.


The BDS movement is a call for justice by all sectors of Palestinian civil society and supported around the world by unions, churches, civil society and human rights groups. It is a form of non violent popular resistance and international solidarity in protest against Israel's persistent violation of Palestinian human rights and international law.


BDS policies make it clear that it is a human rights based movement and opposed to racism in all forms, including anti-Semitism.
Inspired by the effective movement against apartheid South Africa, BDS is directed against the illegal military occupation and settlements of the West Bank, the collective punishment of Gaza and Israeli discrimination of its own Palestinian citizens.
BDS opposes corporations, institutions and organizations which support Israel's violation of human rights and international law including businesses such as Caterpillar, Motorola, G4S and Veolia.


In 2009, Assoc. Professor Lynch wrote to the Sydney Vice Chancellor asking him to revoke fellowships schemes between the University of Sydney and two Israeli universities: Technion University, Haifa and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In 2012, Professor Don Avnon of Hebrew University contacted Assoc. Prof. Lynch, seeking permission to use his name on an application under the Sir Zelman Cowan fellowship program. Prof Lynch refused, citing his and CPACS’ support for a boycott of institutional links with universities in Israel.


By supporting BDS and in resisting derision and threats for doing so, Rees and Lynch have rejected the attempt by a foreign agency – in this case the Israeli law firm Shurat HaDin – to stifle dissent in Australia. This letter invites you to do the same, and in the following terms:

I hereby support the global BDS movement.
I wish to be named a co defendant.

To:
Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
I hereby support the global BDS movement.
I wish to be named a co defendant.
I agree to my name being published.




Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Boycott,Divestment and Sanctions-all you want to know but are afraid to ask

      Australians speak out for BDS - Sydney forum April 8th - Footbridge Theatre, Parramatta Road, Camperdown
      Come along if you can and bring your friends - this will be a great opportunity to hear a range of Australians from all walks of life show their support for the BDS and also hear the guest French activist, Olivia Zemor who was recently part of the group of women held in Egypt and refused entry into Gaza.

      http://australiansforbds.wordpress.com/

      Australians for BDS

      28 February 2014, CPACS, by Jake Lynch - CPACS and the Academic Boycott of Israel, in CPACS Annual Report 2013, pp.18-23 [pdf 2.4MB] 8 February 2014, Sydney Morning Herald, by [...] Read Article → February 2014 FIGHTING FUND FOR ACADEMIC BOYCOTT Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of Sydney University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), has been taken to the Federal Court of [...]

    2. From Jake Lynch: Please help me to defend BDS and freedom of speech

      Thank you again for signing on to be a co-defendant with me in the Federal Court case brought by the Israeli law centre, Shurat HaDin.
      Now is the time to make good on that commitment.
      The case is proceeding, there have been several hearings already and more are scheduled. It is going well so far, but there is everything to fight for.
      The legal bills are substantial. I have spent $30,000 of my own money on it and I could do with your help.
      We have over 4,000 signatures - if everyone donated a modest amount, we would be in a very good position to defend our right to advocate for the boycott as a nonviolent campaign against Israeli militarism and lawlessness.
      Please visit the following page: http://australiansforbds.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/make-a-donation/

      Australians for BDS

      February 2014 FIGHTING FUND FOR ACADEMIC BOYCOTT Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of Sydney University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), has been taken to the Federal Court of Australia in a legal action brought by Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Centre, alleging racial discrimination due to his support of the Palestinian call for...

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. Truth,justice, peace:The moral foundations of the BDS movement-Stuart Rees

      Truth, justice, peace: The moral and legal foundations of the BDS movement

      At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, British Prime Minister David Cameron told the Sri Lankan President that if he did not conduct a serious investigation into alleged war crimes and continued human rights abuses, the British Government would lead the push for an investigation by international human rights bodies.

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Articles on Shurat HaDin lawfare attack on Professor Jake Lynch

      Prof Stuart Rees Op Ed in New Matilda – Two Thousand Defendants for Human Rightshttps://newmatilda.com/2013/10/28/two-thousand-defendants-human-rights

      Randa Abdel-Fattah – Who's afraid of BDS? Israel's assault on academic freedom – Opinion – ABC Religion and Ethics http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2013/10/31/3880687.htm

      Samah Sabawi – Israel and the erosion of democracy : An Australian Storyhttp://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/10/israel-erosion-democracy-an-australian-story-2013101511625981682.html

      Dr Peter Slezak - Is It Anti-Semitic To Protest Injustice? https://newmatilda.com/2013/11/05/it-anti-semitic-protest-injustice

      Antony Loewenstein - To Support the BDS is not Anti-Semitic
      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/07/to-support-the-boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-movement-is-not-anti-semitic

    7. Update on Shurat HaDin lawfare attack on Professor Jake Lynch

      The Shurat HaDin complaint against Professors Stuart Rees and Jake Lynch in the Human Rights Commission was finalised in August 2013, with no resolution.

      Subsequent to this on Tuesday Oct 29th, 2 Israeli based organisations and three individuals made an application to the Australian Federal Court against Professor Jake Lynch. The case is Shurat HaDin – The Israel Law Center & Ors v Jake Lynch, NSD2235/2013.
      The applicants are: Shurat HaDin, Green Freedom Limited (Israel Company Number 514 331 479), Andrew Hamilton, David Hans Lange and Jonathan Rose.

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

      • 28 days ago

      I support BDS movement, a pacific movement to stop israeli persecution of the palestinian people

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    • John Dounas AUSTRALIA
      • 29 days ago

      Truth and the freedom of speech to offer support to the oppressed should never be stifled by heavy handed tactics.

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    • Stanley Chobahoff AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      I believe in free speech and the right of the individual to protest against one country invading another.

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      • about 1 month ago

      I believe in free speech and support Jake Lynch.

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      • about 1 month ago

      Because Jake Lynch is a professional bigot not for free speech but for violence against Jews and the destruction of Israel.

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