Newsletter Archive:.
  August 2014  

1,200 Academics & Teachers in Spain Call for Academic Boycott of Israel

 The campaign, which started two years ago, asks for support from professionals from the academic and scientific field, and also from associations linked to this field, such as student’s and worker’s unions, research centres, professional associations, etc. From the 1,400 people who have signed the manifesto, 150 are professors, 850 are teachers and 200 are researchers. More than 52 associations linked to the academic field have also signed; among them there are research groups and University departments.

 This initiative is part of an international campaign: Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) to Israel. This international calling is a non-violent strategy driven by the Palestinian Society in 2005. It is growing as an effective pressure strategy towards Israel, so that it respects Human Rights and International Law. Last year, the physician Stephen Hawking, the Nobel Peace Prize Desmond Tutu and four American academic associations adhered to the boycott. It’s important to emphasize that this demand is at an institutional level and not at an individual one. On the same line, the European Union has established a de facto boycott to all collaboration with Israeli research centres and Universities placed in the Occupied Territories.

 The campaign will keep collecting signatures and foresees to support specific campaigns which will develop in different Spanish universities, such as the University of Vic and the University of Malaga, where the aim is to break ties with the Haifa University and the Tel Aviv University, respectively.

In Catalonia, activists from the above mentioned campaign, occupied on May 15th the Secretary of Universities and Research asking for transparency in all of the agreements signed last November when a delegation of businessmen, councillors and directors of research centres lead by Artur Mar travelled to Israel to tighten economic and academic ties with Israeli institutions. 


Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel reaches 500 signatures

 IPSC’s “Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel”, described by PACBI as “a ground-breaking initiative”, has just notched up its 500th signatory. This is a significant milestone for such a small country, and includes creative and performing artists residing all over the island of Ireland.


InCACBI appeals to Infosys and other Indian companies to stop collaboration with Israel

 “We at InCACBI believe that research, development, and all collaboration between research partners, are rooted in the values of democracy, equality and justice, which is blatantly denied to millions of oppressed Palestinians living in the Israel occupied territories.”

Bristol film festival refuses Israeli Embassy funding

 A Bristol film festival has refused funding from the Israeli Embassy to cover travel costs for Israeli filmmakers, due to the “Gaza situation.” A spokesperson for the Encounters festival said the decision was taken to maintain "neutral political status"


PACBI Editorial 

Accelerate the Boycott!  End Israeli Colonialism and Genocidal Aggression!

 On the academic front a number of leading academic associations and renowned scholars from across the world have come out in support of the academic boycott: over 500 African scholars and individuals have signed the African Solidarity with Palestine’s endorsement of the academic boycott ; 1,200 Spanish university professors and researchers have demanded an immediate severance of ties with all Israeli academic institutions; over 500 Middle Eastern Studies scholars and librarians, including some leading names in the field, have declared their support for the academic boycott ; the African Literature Association and the Critical Ethnic Studies Association have also endorsed the academic boycott of Israel.

 In addition to the academic front, prominent South American politicians, including Bolivian president Evo Morales, and former Cuban president Fidel Castro, along with leading Latin American intellectuals, have signed a statement endorsing BDS, under the banner of the Network in Defense of Humanity.

 On the cultural scene, 100 high profile Spanish artists, including Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar , as well as US writer Naomi Wolf have condemned Israel’s genocide in Gaza. The Irish singer Sinead O’Conner and the US rapper Taleb Kweli both canceled scheduled performances in apartheid Israel.

 Jewish survivors of the Nazi genocide have also denounced Israel’s massacres.

 Nobel laureates, prominent artists and celebrities have issued a call for an arms embargo on Israel that has received over 45,000 signatories.  The Cultural Studies Association Executive Committee, and anti-racist women of color feminist scholars have all lent their voices to the growing global demand for economic and military sanctions against Israel.  These latest developments are not only taking BDS into the mainstream, but they are making international sanctions against Israel’s racist regime a realizable objective.

 This massive outburst of international solidarity is inspiring. It is an overwhelming vindication of people’s power. As the Israeli onslaught on Gaza continues, we must capitalize on this momentum and take the movement forward. Now is the time to intensify our efforts to boycott Israel, including all its academic and cultural institutions, divest from it, and impose sanctions on it.  


Academic boycott of Israel “no longer fringe”

 More BDS activism is anticipated on American campuses this fall. “Advocates argue that an academic boycott is a powerful tactic through which scholars can exert political and moral pressure on Israel”



Academics Support Salaita Academic Freedom by Shunning Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 “We ask that faculty and administrators honor the boycott until Professor Steven Salaita is made a formal and binding offer of employment with tenure, exactly the same offer that has been revoked.”


“Never Again for Anyone!”

 Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sign a letter, published as an ad the New York Times, condemning "the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza" and calling for a complete boycott of Israel.

  Risala in Arabic means mission, message or letter