Stop the Censorship of Israeli Apartheid Week at VUB
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Students at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels), a Dutch-speaking university in Brussels, Belgium, have organized three events this year as part of the global Israeli Apartheid Week events (https://www.facebook.com/events/667739040014750) in support of the Palestinian people and exposing Israel's apartheid nature and policies. These events are under attack and facing cancellation or the imposition of pro-apartheid speakers by the university administration because of the intervention of the Israeli Ambassador in student organizing at the University. Please sign this petition to stop the censorship of IAW at the University and defend the academic freedom and freedom of expression at VUB.
IAW at VUB includes a presentation by author Lucas Catherine, a Skype address by Palestinian leftist parliamentarian, advocate and feminist Khalida Jarrar, a presentation by activist and writer Ludo De Brabander, and a presentation by former Israeli military pilot and current BDS activist Yonatan Shapira. The participation of Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar has come under particular attack.
Students at the university have the right to organize and practice their academic freedom and to hear from Palestinian voices - and their supporters - about Israeli apartheid, without censorship or silencing at the behest of the Israeli Embassy.
Any cancellation or change of a program as a result of external pressure is not democratic and is against freedom of speech, principles that the VUB itself defends.
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