Red Hot Chili Peppers urged to abandon Israel gig
The BDS movement is
appealing to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to cancel their show in Israel. Last
November, the band played at a benefit for Palestinian refugee children at
Cafe de Paris in London. Thus, their decision to play in Israel after
supporting Palestinian refugees is quite strange, for they must know of the
64 year plight of Palestinians who have been denied the right to return to
their land. Fighting for the implementation of this right is one of the
central tenets of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) and the
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).
To date, there are already
several letters circulating by
Lebanese organizations, as well as
Israeli activists, who are requesting that the Red Hot Chili Peppers not
cross the international picket line and respect the Palestinian call for
petition is also circulating to get the band to cancel their show, and
we urge all those who have not yet signed to do so, and to share the
petition with their networks.
and Sabina: Resisting Oppression or Entertaining it?
struggled under the oppressive and fascist regime of Franco in Spain, and
must know what it means to resist oppression, and not to entertain it on its
terms. We ask you in this spirit to stand with the oppressed Palestinians
who are appealing to you to reconsider your performance.
to L. Subramaniam to boycott Tel Aviv White City Music Festival
In the spirit of
international solidarity and resistance to injustice and oppression,
Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
calls upon you
and all fellow Indians to comprehensively
and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions.
civil society to Daniela Mercury: cancel your gig in Tel Aviv!
A show in
Israel is not a neutral act: it has a political message. If you participate
in this event you will be whitewashing Israeli violations of international
law and will project a false image of normality. Along with Palestinian
civil society we appeal to you to cancel your show.
Guidelines: Self Determination and International Solidarity
In the Palestinian Campaign
for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), we often face criticism
from people who wish to stand in solidarity with Palestinians without respecting
the boycott guidelines set by Palestinian civil society. Setting guidelines,
the argument goes, is too restrictive and rigid, alienating the liberal
mainstream from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The
alternative proposed by some is to let everyone decide how he or she wants to
implement BDS, thus allowing for maximum flexibility and growth for the
movement. We are specifically criticized for insisting that internationals and
Israelis who wish to support our struggle against Israel’s apartheid and
colonial oppression must take their lead from the oppressed—in this case, the
Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), of which PACBI is a small but critical
The issue of double standards
arises in some cases when one considers how academics, cultural figures and
others had no qualms during the struggle against apartheid in South Africa to
take their lead from the anti-apartheid leadership in that country, whereas now,
they are calling into question whether Palestinians should set boycott
principles or not.
aside, we wish to offer the rationale for our position, as we maintain that we
should be consulted in the process of planning events that involve Israeli
institutions in whole or in part, especially when such events fall within gray
areas of the BDS guidelines. The insistence of Palestinians to set and
interpret the guidelines may lead to misunderstanding, but it is an important,
yet sensitive, element of building a social movement in solidarity with
Palestinians. This insistence is related to the importance of self-determination
and empowering a disempowered, colonized community. It is the oppressed who can
best decide what they need from others in the struggle for self-determination,
and for others to then decide to what degree, if at all, they are capable and
willing of heeding the call of the oppressed.