Newsletter Archive:.

  August  2012  

Join the World Social Forum Free Palestine to build Solidarity with the Palestinian People!


From November 28 to December 1, 2012 the World Social Forum Free Palestine will be held in Porto Alegre (Brazil). This is a historic event that brings together Palestinian groups together with solidarity, human rights and social justice movements and organizations from across the globe to develop and debate ideas, share experiences, network, and plan strategies and campaigns to advance solidarity with the struggle for Palestinian liberation.  (For more information and the full call for the WSF Free Palestine, see: and )

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) calls on academics, students and artists around the world to mobilize in support of the WSF Free Palestine. By expanding and strengthening academic and cultural boycott campaigns and strategies amongst a broader audience across the globe, we wish to build a new generation of Palestine solidarity.


Palestinian academics reject normalization

Palestinian academics urged Al-Quds University President Dr. Sari Nusseibeh to end all forms of “normalization” with Israeli universities until Israel “ends its occupation.” Normalization projects are today the strongest weapon employed by Israel in its battle against anti-Israel boycott campaigns.



Judith Butler: “I affirm a Judaism that is not associated with state violence”

“[F]or me, given the history from which I emerge, it is most important as a Jew to speak out against injustice and to struggle against all forms of racism. … [I wish] to affirm a Judaism that is not identified with state violence, and that is identified with a broad-based struggle for social justice.”


Boycott Batsheva, Israeli Apartheid’s Cultural Ambassador

During the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, no respectable festival invited South African dance or music groups that were complicit in any way in justifying or whitewashing apartheid. Israel and its complicit institutions, including dance companies, should be treated with the same principles.


PACBI Editorial

Gabi Baramki … Boundless giving, undefeatable spirit
1929 – 2012

Days before he departed, Gabi asked his life companion, Mrs. Haifa Baramki, to read for him the latest email from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), so he could contribute to the discussion and share his views regarding a letter PACBI was drafting to encourage BDS campaigners in South African Universities to intensify their efforts. We in PACBI’s Steering Committee were astonished to see Gabi’s timely answer to the email! How could anyone in the intensive care unit, barely clinging on to his life, keep on thinking about resistance and his contribution to the national struggle till his last breath?

But here is where the secret lies, our dear colleague and friend Gabi was not just “anyone;” he was a distinguished, highly accomplished professional, yet also a most principled, dignified and compassionate human. He dedicated his entire life to education and resisting Israel’s colonization as well as the fight for the full rights for the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination, freedom, justice and the right of return.

Gabi never made us or anyone else feel his prominence as a Palestinian figure, or even his seniority in terms of age, despite his eight decades with all their wealth of experiences, eminent achievements and lessons learned. He used to engage and participate with everyone as colleagues on equal terms, and did not seek to be distinguished, though distinction was in his DNA.


InCACBI: Boycott Asian Science Camp 2012 in Israel

None of the foundational principles on which academic and cultural contacts are based on can be fulfilled when Palestinian students and teachers are not allowed to reach their universities...

Lebanese filmmakers pull out of Israeli-run workshop in Jordan

Three Lebanese filmmakers have pulled out of an international film training project in Jordan after learning that Israel was among its key sponsors.

Witwatersrand Student Council Unanimously adopts BDS

On 27 July 2012, The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Student Representative Council (SRC) unanimously endorsed the cultural and academic boycott of Israeli institutions.
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