The ELSC has developed and gathered useful resources for Palestine advocates in Europe.
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When the Notion of “Israel’s Right to Exist” is Used to Target Palestinian Rights Advocates with Unfounded Allegations: Expert Reports
UK-based organisation CAGE published two expert reports signed by leading scholars, Professor John Dugard SC  and Professor Avi Shlaim  on the notion of “Israel’s right to exist”.
As observed in several cases of suppression of Palestinian rights advocacy, this concept is often very broadly interpreted by pro-Israel actors and raised to purport allegations of antisemitism. It has been used, to list a few examples, to repress:
Palestinian rights advocates carrying banners in protests showing the map of historic Palestine, a very common display in Palestinian culture and solidarity movement;
Individuals and organisations expressing about the historical turning point that constituted the Nakba;
Individuals and organisations expressing on the concept of settler colonialism in relation to Israel.
These two reports challenging the prevailing narrative on the notion of “Israel’s right to exist” and replacing it in a legal context can be useful tools to rebut common unfounded claims made against Palestinian rights advocates.
The European Commission “Handbook” Promoting the Controversial IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism: A Legal Analysis
On 7 January 2021, the European Commission (“EC”) published a “Handbook for the practical use of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism” (hereafter: Handbook), notwithstanding the widespread criticism and concerns surrounding the International Holocaust Alliance’s Working Definition of Antisemitism (hereafter: IHRA-WDA) in the last years. As also reflected in its title, the Handbook aims to promote Good Practices in the application of the IHRA-WDA. It contains sections on the IHRA-WDA, presents the 11 Contemporary Examples of Antisemitism attached to it (hereafter: Examples) and lists (alleged) antisemitic incidents. It also offers Good Practices on the use of the IHRA-WDA in various policy areas, including law enforcement, the judiciary and education; and contains a Good Practices checklist.
Can Data Protection Laws Prevent the Surveillance of Critical Voices in Germany?
European courts and national data protection authorities dealt with the so-called “journalistic exemption” rule when the Data Protection Directive, preceding the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’), came into force. The aim of this legal exemption is to relieve journalistic, academic, artistic expressions from certain obligations under Data Protection Law and to reconcile the right to the protection of personal data with freedom of expression and information.
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Infographics: A System of Silencing
As recognition of Israeli apartheid grows, the Israeli regime and its supporters continuously develop tactics to silence advocates for the Palestinian liberation movement as well as any criticism of Israel. This visual, the first in our series on the theme of freedom of expression, captures this system of silencing, and the many actors involved in maintaining it.
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Report: Unveiling the Chilly Climate – The Suppression of Speech on Palestine in Canada
IJV has spent the last year gathering research about the repression faced by academics, students and Palestine solidarity activists, collecting approximately 80 testimonies describing the resulting “chilling effect” in Canada. This report is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, utilizing ethnographic methodology and qualitative analysis to describe both the overarching effects of this repression as well as the deeply personal impact it has on activists, artists, students and professors. While focused on Canada, it also holds international ramifications as many of the processes we describe are present in other countries.
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What Donors Should Know Following the Dutch Government’s Decision to Cut Funding for UAWC
The Charity and Security Network published a briefing paper on the Dutch government’s decision to cut funding for UAWC, with recommendations for Donors Seeking to Support Palestinian Civil Society.
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Freedom of Expression / Right to Boycott
• Transnational Legal Theory, 3-4 (2019), Michiel Bot, The right to boycott: BDS, law, and politics in a global context, pp. 421-445
• Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC): “Right to BDS” Statement
• Journal of Palestine Studies, 49-2 (2020), Ben White, Delegitimizing Solidarity: Israel Smears Palestine Advocacy as Anti-Semitic, pp. 65–79
• Article Harward Law Review, 1360, Wielding Antidiscrimination Law to Suppress the Movement for Palestinian Rights, 10 February 2020
Defunding and Deplatforming
• Charity & Security Network Issue Brief, Financial Services Deplatforming Hurts Aid, Peacebuilding
Business and Human Rights
• Business and Human Rights Journal, 4 (2019), Marya Farah, Maha Abdallah, Security, Business and Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, pp. 7–31
• Business and Human Rights Journal, 3 (2018), Valentina Azarova, Business and Human Rights in Occupied Territory: The UN Database of Business Active in Israel’s Settlements, pp. 187–209