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  July 2013  

Mira Nair boycotts Haifa Film Festival to protest Israeli “apartheid”

The award-winning film director Mira Nair has rejected an invitation to attend the Haifa International Film Festival, saying she will only visit Israel "when the walls come down".

 In a series of messages that Nair posted on Twitter on Friday evening, she said she was backing the Palestinian campaign for a cultural boycott of Israel in protest at its 46-year occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

 She had been invited as a guest of honour at the Haifa festival following the release this year of her latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. "I will not be going to Israel at this time … I will go to Israel when occupation is gone," she wrote. "I will go to Israel when the state does not privilege one religion over another. I will go to Israel when apartheid is over."

 The 30-year-old Haifa festival, to be held in September, bills itself as Israel's leading cinematic event. Its website says its home, the Jewish-Arab city of Haifa on the Mediterranean coast, "has become a symbol of coexistence, tolerance and peace, ideals that the Haifa festival wholeheartedly promotes"…

 Artists, performers and academics routinely come under pressure from pro-boycott campaigners to refuse invitations to visit, lecture or perform in Israel. Nair's support was "very valuable", said Samia Botmeh, of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. "It helps to highlight the struggle against colonialism and apartheid."

 Nair, who lives in New York, has won many awards for her films, which include Monsoon Wedding and Vanity Fair. The most recent high-profile boycott success was the refusal of physicist Stephen Hawking to attend a conference in Jerusalem in June.  


BDS France appeals to Salif Keita, Amadou and Mariam to boycott Israel

Racist riots against the Blacks recently took place on the streets of Tel Aviv, where a member of parliament described African immigration as “a cancer in Israeli society”. Your presence in Israel will no doubt distract from these deplorable incidents, but is this really what you want?.

Iranian artists & scholars oppose Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s participation in Israeli festival

Performing in Israel today is a political statement. Israel openly admits to using cultural events as a propaganda tool. … Mr Makhmalbaf's presence will be instrumentalized as a token for Israeli “tolerance” while Israel  continues to implement the most intolerant of colonial policies against Palestinian people.


African Americans Affirming the Jim Crow analogy in Palestine/Israel

Leading African Americans “affirm the accuracy of parallels drawn between the experience of African Americans in the U.S. under Jim Crow and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians,” adding that Israel’s racist system “fits the definition under international law of ‘the crime of apartheid.’”  


PACBI Editorial

Dubai: Tell Alicia Keys those who entertain apartheid Israel are not welcome!

We at the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) call on our sisters and brothers in the United Arab Emirates to cancel Alicia Keys’ scheduled concert in Dubai on November 15 due to her support for apartheid Israel.

 Alicia Keys has not only undermined our civil resistance to Israel’s regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid, but she has reportedly visited a support group for the Israeli occupation army based in occupied Jerusalem, ignoring the fact that the Israeli army is the key instrument of oppression and war crimes against the Palestinian, Lebanese and other people in the region.

 As was the case in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, artists who insist on crossing the boycott picket line and entertaining apartheid should be shunned by people of conscience everywhere. In 1984, at the height of the struggle against South African apartheid, Enuga S. Reddy, director of the United Nations Center against Apartheid, stated that artists who performed in South Africa despite the cultural boycott called for by the oppressed must have done so out of “ignorance of the situation or the lure of money or unconcern over racism,” adding, “They need to be persuaded to stop entertaining apartheid, to stop profiting from apartheid money and to stop serving the propaganda purposes of the apartheid regime.”

 On July 4th Alicia Keys ignored appeals from thousands worldwide who called on her to uphold the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it ends its military occupation, dismantles its system of racial discrimination and upholds the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes of origin, as stipulated in UN resolution 194. These calls included a petition signed by 16,000 individuals, letters for Alice Walker, Roger Waters and others, and a statement signed by dozens of prominent African Americans affirming the similarities between Israel’s apartheid system and the system of racial segregation and subjugation African Americans endured under Jim Crow. 



BfW to Skunk Anansie: Concert in Israel is fu%^& political!

 “We'd like to point out that a concert in Israel is patently political, not least because Israel openly and expressly uses music concerts … to create a semblance of normalcy and a glamorous image.”  


Israeli BDS activists call for boycotting “Red Sea Jazz Festival”

 Instead of celebrating the free spirit of Jazz, The Red Sea Jazz Festival “uses music as a tool for whitewashing military occupation, apartheid and oppression of the Palestinian people.”


Israel says EU's new guideline would slash R&D funding by 40 percent

 Israeli universities seeking EU research grants will have to declare that they have no ties to organizations that operate in the occupied Palestinian territory, and European scientists may shun joint projects. 

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