« Made in Illegality » . Press conference, Thursday 27 February,

« Made in Illegality » : STOP economic relations between Belgium and Israeli settlements
Press conference/Thursday 27 February, 10h30, Residence Palace (Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels)

CNCD-11.11.11, 11.11.11-KVNZB and FIDH invite you to a press conference for the launch of the campaign « Made in Illegality » asking, in accordance with international law, that Belgium and the European Union stop all economic and trade relations with Israeli settlements.

Israeli colonization is expanding and taking more and more occupied Palestinian territories. Day after day, it causes the eviction of Palestinian residents, the destruction of their homes, the loss of their farmland and water resources. In addition, it physically destroys any chance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is severely detrimental to the viability of the Palestinian economy.

By allowing the import of produce from these settlements, Belgium and the European Union participate in the support of this policy of colonization and contribute to its prosperity and its expansion. However, legal obligations under international law prohibit aid that helps maintain an illegal situation.

The campaign "Made in illegality", launched this Thursday 27th of February, comprises over 20 organisations [1] (human rights organisations, development organisations, peace organisations, trade unions) united at a national level to ask for Belgium and the European Union to act concretely so that Israel ends the colonisation of Palestinian territories.

How ? Put an immediate stop to all economic and trade relations with the Israel settlements.

Agenda :

1. Introductory staged scene (see below) ;
2. Introduction by Arnaud Zacharie, secretary general, CNCD-11.11.11, Gaëlle Dusepulchre, FIDH permanent representative to the EU, Bogdan Vanden Berghe, secretary general, 11.11.11-KVNZB ;
3. Presentation of the report « International obligations of the European Union and its member States regarding economic relations with Israeli colonies » by François Dubuisson, professor of international law, ULB ;
4. Intervention by Rabab Khairy, in charge of research and advocacy Middle East/North Africa for CNCD-11.11.11 ;

Film/Photo opportunities :

A staged scene is planned during the conference. Actors dressed as European customs officials will check the legality of different products in relation to international and European law. Participants will be available for interviews.

Press contact

Grégory Dhen, press officer for CNCD-11.11.11 ; 02/613 30 33 ; 0485/46 99 23 ; gregory.dhen@cncd.be ; @Dhengreg

Rabab Khairy, in charge of research and advocacy Middle East/North Africa for CNCD-11.11.11 ; 02/250 12 47 ; 0473/35 65 62 ; rabab.khairy@cncd.be ; @Rabab_Khairy

[1Associations participating to the campaign are : "Made in illegality" sont : 11.11.11, Association belgo-palestinienne, Broederlijk Delen, CGSP wallonne, CNAPD, CNCD-11.11.11, CSC, FGTB-ABVV, FIDH, FOS, intal, La Centrale Générale-FGTB, Ligue des droits de l’Homme, MOC, Palestina Solidariteit vzw, Pax Christi Vlaanderen, Pax Christi Wallonie-Bruxelles, Solidarité Socialiste, Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique, Vrede vzw, Vredesactie