Newsletter Archive:.

  April  2012  

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 international and 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 BDS.  A 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.


Serrat and Sabina: Resisting Oppression or Entertaining it?
You both 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.


Appeal to L. Subramaniam to boycott Tel Aviv White City Music Festival

In the spirit of international solidarity and resistance to injustice and oppression, the Indian 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.



Brazilian 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. 


PACBI Editorial

Respecting BDS 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 part.

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.

Consistency 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.


Palestinian Appeal to Legal Scholars: Boycott inJustice Conference at Hebrew University!

PACBI urges international scholars and professionals to boycott the Minerva Jerusalem Conference on Transitional Justice, October 2012. Hebrew University is deeply complicit in occupation and apartheid.  

Tracy Chevalier and Tom Rob Smith: Jerusalem Writers Festival whitewashes Apartheid

Funded by the state of Israel, the Festival is a highly political event: in 2010 its keynote speakers were President Shimon Peres and Minister of Culture Limor Livnat.

Heeding boycott call, Irish band Dervish pulls out of Israel concerts

The Irish band Dervish announced that it has pulled out of a series of Irish music concerts in Israel this June, so as not to violate calls for the cultural boycott of Israel.


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