BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Monday marks the establishment of a European coordinating organization for promoting the academic and cultural boycott of Israel, following a founding meeting in Paris in September. EPACBI currently includes representatives from organizations in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine and the Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine are issuing special newsletters simultaneously to announce declaration. EPACBI will coordinate the campaign across Europe in order to respond more effectively to the call of Palestinian civil society for a comprehensive academic and cultural boycott of Israel. Priority areas for campaigning will include the EU funding of Israeli academic research.