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NGOs urge Belgian firm to abandon Israel port project
Published Friday 16/05/2014 (updated) 17/05/2014 18:21
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of Palestinian and international NGOs have urged a Belgian firm to pull out of a project to build port facilities in Israel, citing concerns about Israel's continued human rights violations.

On Wednesday, the Palestinian BDS National Committee published an open letter on its website urging the Belgian Jan De Nul Group to reconsider involvement in a project to build new port facilities in Haifa and Ashdod.

According to the group, two other unnamed European firms are already believed to have pulled out of the bidding due to boycott pressure fears.

The open letter stated that "by constructing and operating ports that facilitate the movement of produce from illegal Israeli settlements and weaponry used in Israeli massacres, the Jan De Nul Group would be be making a political decision to become deeply complicit with Israel's violations of international law and Israel’s oppression of Palestinian rights."

"As such, the Jan De Nul Group would become a legitimate target for popular boycotts, protests and campaigns aimed at persuading governments and private sector bodies not to award your business lucrative contracts."

The letter urged the Jan De Nul Group to abandon its plans to operate port facilities in Israel, saying that the project would "enable Israel to continue to violate international law with impunity."

The letter was signed by the following NGOs:

Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, Palestine
Kuwait Democratic Forum, Kuwait
Women Cultural Social & Society, Kuwait
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Kuwait, Kuwait
Freedom Now Association, Morocco
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Morocco, Morocco
Union nationale des ingenieurs Unim (National Union of Moroccan Engineers), Morocco
The Moroccan Association for Human Rights, Morocco
Solidarité Maroc Palestine, Morocco
Algemene Centrale van het ABVV, Belgium
Intal, Belgium
Vredesactie, Belgium
Palestina Solidariteit vzw, Belgium
Nordine Saïdi pour le Mouvement Citoyen Palestine, BelgiumLe Comité Verviers Palestine, Belgium
Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche Orient, Luxembourg
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1 ) Tony / Kenya
17/05/2014 08:58
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2 ) Francine / UK
17/05/2014 09:07
Boycotts of Israel feed into an anti-Semitic feeling and are counter-productive we should be robust on combating boycotters and suggest a visit to Auschwitz which will strengthened the belief that the boycott movement was reminiscent of historical Jew-hatred.

3 ) Sally Liks / Canada
17/05/2014 09:11
Take the construction work away from the European Jew haters, and tender the project to Asia, to enable and build new port facilities in Haifa and Ashdod.

4 ) Chimo / USA
17/05/2014 18:39
More and more, the BDS movement and their array of sycophants who will tell you that Israel treats Palestinians like the Nazis treated the Jews are being shown to be nothing but Jew haters that use this conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as anything more than a conflict over land. Israel won the wars and has the land. If the Israelis had lost, their wouldn't be any Jews left. They would have been deported or killed. Peace could be made if Palestinian leadership wanted it

5 ) Horge / Spain
18/05/2014 01:05
With all the failures and bad press from threats and manipulations, perhaps the BDS movement should stop the drive for divestments world wide. If it dropped the D from its name, it would simply be the BS movement, a more accurate representation of its true nature.

6 ) Guido Joris / Belgium
20/05/2014 10:31
All those NGO's from Belgium have leaders that are racists or antisemites or both. I know them they hate Israeli's in general or jews or both. There only intrest is money from te EU or our government to continue there ugly business. Guido Joris

7 ) Robin / Belgium
20/05/2014 19:18
What a bunch of losers! A NGO should be neutral! It of course shows the real face of THESE ngo's.......
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