Newsletter Archive:.
  April 2014  

Pink Floyd to Rolling Stones: Boycott Israel

 With the recent news that the Rolling Stones will be playing their first-ever concert in Israel, and at what is a critical time in the global struggle for Palestinian freedom and equal rights, we, the two surviving founders of Pink Floyd, have united in support of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), a growing, nonviolent global human rights movement initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005 to end Israel’s occupation, racial discrimination and denial of basic Palestinian rights.

 To the bands that intend to play Israel in 2014, we urge you to reconsider. Playing Israel now is the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid; regardless of your intentions, crossing the picket line provides propaganda that the Israeli government will use in its attempts to whitewash the policies of its unjust and racist regime. 


Divsetapalooza: University of California at Riverside students endorse divestment

 UC Riverside Student senators voted to support a resolution sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine calling on the university to pull its investments from US companies profiting from Israel’s occupation. A one-minute video of the moment divestment was passed was posted to Facebook.


University of New Mexico graduate students vote for divestment

 The resolution specifically calls out US corporations such as Caterpillar and Hewlett-Packard, the British-Danish corporation G4S, French multinational Veolia and Israeli companies Elbit Systems and Soda Stream (which operates inside the occupied West Bank).

Hilton Obenzinger, Joel Beinin & David Palumbo-Liu Respond to Russell Berman

 Perhaps what really distresses the opponents of the BDS movement, besides its successes in the recent period, is that the cause of Palestine has come to be an emblem of international solidarity in the struggle for global justice.


PACBI Editorial 

Criteria for choosing the optimal BDS target

 As the BDS movement continues to grow at a fast pace, many activists around the world, including in Palestine, often wonder what institution or corporation to target and how. Whether it is an academic, cultural, economic, sports or other BDS campaign, selecting the boycott or divestment target is often not as straightforward as many may think, particularly if the overall BDS strategy of mainstreaming is taken into consideration. Here we focus on cultural and academic boycott targets specifically.

 Every Israeli academic and cultural institution -- and we regard choirs, orchestras and dance groups as institutions -- is complicit in Israel's regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid unless they publicly denounce Israel’s violations of international law and accept the full and equal rights of Palestinians. According to the guidelines for the international boycott of Israel [1] adopted by Palestinian civil society, the mere fact that an Israeli institution receives state funding is not a sufficient condition for calling for a boycott against it. But receiving state funding certainly makes it more incumbent upon the institution in question to take a public stand against the state’s regime of oppression against the Palestinian people.

 As in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, an institution cannot claim to be “above” politics [2] simply because it produces art or science.  The institution is complicit and therefore subject to the boycott so long as it benefits from the unjust order that exists and chooses to remain silent about it. If an international forum invites such a complicit institution, it in turn becomes complicit and boycottable.


Warren Buckland thanked for rebuffing TAU cinema and TV studies conference!

Your refusal to participate in the colloquium should encourage necessary further discussion of BDS and the Academic and Cultural Boycott at Tel Aviv University and in film and media studies more broadly.



Sweeping support for BDS at British and Irish universities

During March, referendums endorsing BDS tactics were carried at the University of Dundee in Scotland, the National University of Ireland - Galway and King’s College London.


A Salute to SUPER UW on their Divestment Resolution

 PACBI salutes Students United for Palestinian Rights and Equality at the University of Washington for advocating divestment from companies profiting from Israel’s abuses of human rights.

  Risala in Arabic means mission, message or letter