Sign by 11 September

The European Union recently announced new
guidelines
that should prevent Israeli universities, companies and
projects based in settlements from receiving EU funding. This important
policy change is the result of grassroots campaigning across Europe,
including a letter to the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton signed
by 250 academics from across Europe last year.

Israel and the US are applying pressure on the EU to drop the new guidelines,
or water them down to the point where they become meaningless. ahead
of negotiations on Israel’s participation in the upcoming Horizon 2020
EU research funding program starting on Thursday. John Kerry has called
for the new guidelines to be dropped and a US official has claimed that
there is an “openness” to this request among EU officials.
The intensive round of talks between the EU and the Israeli’s
about the latter’s participation in the Horizon 2020 programme
opens this Thursday September 12th.

The British Committee for Universities in Palestine and the Association
des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine
are organising a joint letter to be signed by academics from across
Europe urging the EU to maintain its current stance.