Know the Professor: Alon Liel

  • Former Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israeli Ambassador to South Africa.
  • Supports boycotting products from Judea & Samaria.[1]
  • Wrote an op-ed in The Guardian titled “For Israelis, Palestinian Oppression Is out of Sight and out of Mind,” in which he expressed support for a pro-boycott initiative to remove the “Made in Israel” labels from goods produced in Judea & Samaria, arguing that they are “occupied land…not Israel.”[2]
  • Was secretly recorded urging members of the anti-Israel NGO “Breaking the Silence” to continue drumming up international pressure against Israel and suggested that they try to get Israel kicked out of the United Nations.[3]
  • Signed a petition calling on EU member states to boycott “organizations and companies if they are active, directly or indirectly, in the occupied territories.”[4]
  • Filed a petition to Israel’s High Court of Justice asking it to prevent the deportation of a known BDS activist.[5]
  • Signed an open letter calling on the German government to reject a resolution equating BDS with anti-Semitism. The letter also urged Germany to continue funding organizations, including pro-BDS NGOs, that “peacefully challenge the Israeli occupation” and “expose severe violations of international law.”[6]
  • Signed a letter urging the British parliament to recognize a Palestinian state.[7]
  • Signed a petition calling to lift the “siege” on Gaza.[8]
  • Signed a petition congratulating the EU on its decision to label Israeli products from Judea & Samaria, and urged “the EU and other world governments to take further steps in this direction.”[9]

[1] https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2012/0717/Ex-Israeli-diplomat-Boycott-my-country

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jun/27/made-in-israel-erasing-green-line

[3] https://www.pressreader.com/israel/jerusalem-post/20160210/281590944610280

[4] https://www.eccpalestine.org/israeli-petition-supporting-eu-guidelines-on-funding-of-israeli-entities/

[5] https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/07/18/former-diplomats-rally-to-aid-bds-activist-facing-deportation/

[6] https://bdsmovement.net/news/240-jewish-and-israeli-scholars-german-government-boycotts-are-legitimate-and-non-violent-tool

[7] https://knowbdsinisrael.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Letter-to-British-parliament.pdf

[8] https://sites.google.com/site/verapetition/

[9] https://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2014_2019/documents/dpal/dv/israelipetition/israelipetitionen.pdf

 

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