Newsletter Archive:.
  July 2014 www.pacbi.org  
 


As the Gaza crisis deepens, boycotts can raise the price of Israel’s impunity

 Gaza has been under Israeli siege for seven years. Fishermen are shot when they go out to sea. Trade is blocked. Travel is nearly impossible. Water is contaminated. Hospital supplies are lacking. The economy is kept in controlled collapse, just short of catastrophe. Israel is rationing everything that enters Gaza, from calories to world literature.

 After 21 days of bombing, Israel still refuses a comprehensive ceasefire that meets the minimal, unified demand of all Palestinians – to let people lead normal lives. This is not a war, let alone one of self-defence, but a punitive expedition aimed at maintaining the siege and illegal military occupation. Civilians, hospitals and residential blocks bear the brunt of the attack because the only “military” aim of onslaught is to cower Palestinians into complete submission.

 The attack on Gaza is not a war between two equal sides. It is an onslaught by a powerful military state, armed and supported by the west, against an impoverished, besieged and displaced people. The talk of governments is cheap. As long as talk is all there is, the life of our children remains even cheaper. We must step up our boycott, divestment and sanctions, campaigning internationally to end Israel’s impunity. 

 


Celebrities, artists and activists call for Palestinian freedom in #GazaNames project

 The video expresses support for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice. It features Chuck DJonathan DemmeGloria SteinemWallace ShawnTony KushnerMira NairRoger WatersBrian Eno, and others holding signs with names and ages of civilians recently killed by the Israeli military in Gaza.


  

Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Denounce Israeli 'Genocide' in Open Letter

Dozens of Spanish film stars, directors, musicians and writers, led by Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardemand Pedro Almodovar, have denounced Israel’s incursion into Gaza. In an open letter, they described Israel’s actions as "genocide." They also called on the European Union to take action.



Thank you, Sinead O’Connor, for boycotting Israel

“Nobody with any sanity…would have anything but sympathy for the Palestinian plight,” O’Connor’s said.  Also, suggesting that concert promoters are offering enormous fees to musicians willing to ignore the Palestinian-led call for BDS against Israel... Her decision is a timely gesture of solidarity.


 

PACBI Editorial 

Israeli universities deeply involved in Gaza massacre: Academic Boycott Now!

 Israeli universities that have for decades played a key role in planning, implementing, justifying and whitewashing racist and colonial policies of the Israeli regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid, are once again exposing their complicity in Israel’s genocidal aggression against 1.8 million Palestinians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip.

 While international law experts still debate whether or not Israel’s crimes in Gaza constitute genocide, as defined by the UN, international figures who have accused Israel of committing acts of genocide include Spain’s top artists, a Brazilian official, US writer Naomi Wolf, Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, along with several world leaders. Former British and French leaders have called Israel’s carnage in Gaza a “massacre,” urging sanctions against it.

 Virtually all Israeli academic institutions have by now issued official statements declaring support for the Israeli massacres in Gaza.  They have promised faculty and student reserve soldiers actively involved in the killing fields of Gaza various perks and privileges as rewards for their contribution to the state’s “security.” Israeli academics have not distinguished themselves from the rest of Jewish-Israeli society, where 95% have justified the bloody assault on the Palestinian people in Gaza, according to a recent poll.

 In light of this added level of complicity by Israeli academic institutions in Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinian people, PACBI reiterates the need to intensify efforts to boycott all Israeli academic institutions, with the top priority being a halt to all funding and joint research with them that relate to the military domain.  

 
 

Rock stars Peter Gabriel and Bobby Gillespie urge arms embargo on Israel

 The video expresses support for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice. It features Chuck DJonathan DemmeGloria SteinemWallace ShawnTony KushnerMira NairRoger WatersBrian Eno, and others holding signs with names and ages of civilians recently killed by the Israeli military in Gaza.

 

     

Tweet and delete: On Gaza, celebrity courage — and cowardice — over social media

 Dozens of Spanish film stars, directors, musicians and writers, led by Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardemand Pedro Almodovar, have denounced Israel’s incursion into Gaza. In an open letter, they described Israel’s actions as "genocide." They also called on the European Union to take action.

     

Ready to Take Action? 15 Ways to Support BDS

“Nobody with any sanity…would have anything but sympathy for the Palestinian plight,” O’Connor’s said.  Also, suggesting that concert promoters are offering enormous fees to musicians willing to ignore the Palestinian-led call for BDS against Israel... Her decision is a timely gesture of solidarity.


 
   
 
 
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