Update 29 April 2010:
PACBI is pleased to announce that Gare St Lazare Players Ireland have decided to cancel their performance at Tel Aviv University on May 26 after learning that the Palestinian venue in Ramallah would not be hosting their production of "First Love" on 27 and 28 May.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) urges through this letter the Irish touring theatre company Gare St Lazare Players Ireland to cancel their scheduled performance of Samuel Beckett’s “First Love” at Tel Aviv University on May 26, 2010.
We are addressing this appeal to the company particularly in view of the fact that its artistic directors made an effort to understand the rationale for the Palestinian call for the cultural boycott of
We urge you to respect the 2005 Palestinian Unified Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (
We would like to remind Gare St Lazare Players Ireland that by putting on a performance at Tel Aviv University (TAU), they will be giving credibility to one of the worst violators of fundamental human values. TAU, as other Israeli academic institutions, is notorious for its deep and well documented collaboration with the Israeli military and intelligence establishment. A recent comprehensive study  presents strong evidence of intensive, purposive and open institutional partnership between TAU with the Israeli military establishment, particularly in the development of weapon systems and military doctrines that were used in Israel‘s atrocious war on Gaza, which was condemned by the Goldstone Report and the UN General Assembly as constituting war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.
TAU is also complicit in providing cross-departmental legal, technological and strategic support for maintaining and deepening the Israeli occupation by assisting ongoing lethal assaults on the occupied Palestinian territories and by defending and justifying
TAU has also conspicuously refused to recognize and commemorate the Palestinian
In conclusion, and appealing to your sense of justice and moral consistency, we hope that, until Israel fully abides by international law and respects Palestinian rights, you shall treat it exactly as most of the world treated racist South Africa, or indeed any other state that legislates and practices apartheid: a pariah state. By respecting the cultural boycott of Israel, which was endorsed by an overwhelming majority of Palestinian cultural workers and cultural institutions in 2006,  you will be joining internationally acclaimed cultural figures such as Ken Loach, as well as John Berger, Brian Eno, Raymond Deane, Leon Rosselson, Sophie Fiennes, Jenny Morgan, Arundhati Roy, Ahdaf Soueif, Eduardo Galeano, John Greyson, among many others, who issued a call urging their fellow artists to respect the aforementioned Palestinian appeal . The 2006 appeal by Palestinian artists, filmmakers and cultural workers stated:
We, the undersigned Palestinian filmmakers and artists, appeal to all artists and filmmakers of good conscience around the world to cancel all exhibitions and other cultural events that are scheduled to occur in
We are also hopeful that you shall not betray the rich Irish tradition of solidarity with the oppressed, nor let down your fellow Irish citizens who have fought tirelessly in support of the Palestinian call for boycott. Don‘t let your art be abused to cover up apartheid and occupation!