Newsletter Archive:.

  October  2012  

ANC Int’l Solidarity Conference Heeds Call by Former Int’l Anti-Apartheid Activists to support BDS

The 3rd International Solidarity Conference, organized by the ANC in Tshwane, South Africa end of October 2012, declared support for the Palestinian civil society’s BDS Call of 2005.

This followed an appeal issued by dozens of former international anti-apartheid activists for the ANC to adopt BDS. The appeal stated: “We -- former international anti-apartheid activists -- supported the African National Congress (ANC) and the people of South Africa in their fight for liberation and against apartheid by mobilizing support for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the South African apartheid regime… On the occasion of the 3rd ANC International Solidarity Conference, we call on the ANC to support the Palestinian people in their fight for freedom, justice and equality. We are deeply concerned about Israel's ongoing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people with total impunity…

We call on the ANC to support the Palestinian call for BDS as expression of the party's solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people to enjoy their rights, including the right to self-determination.”  


Baba Zula Cancels Israel Gig

The famous Turkish alternative band Baba Zula has cancelled their planned concert in Israel. Babu Zula joins US artists Cassandra Wilson, Cat Power, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in refusing to perform in Israel this year, heeding the cultural boycott against it.


Normalize this! Video by Remi Kenazi

Nor·mal·i·za·tion: a "colonization of the mind" whereby the oppressed subject comes to believe that the oppressor's reality is the only "normal" reality. It applies to relationships that convey a deceptive image of normalcy or symmetry despite an abnormal and asymmetric relationship of colonial oppression and apartheid.  


Austria’s Salam.Orient festival reacts to Arab artists’ pull out over Israel sponsorship

Palestinian musician Marwan Abado, Syrian singer Lena Chamamyan, Lebanese hip-hop artist Malikah, and Palestine’s DJ Sotusura and MC Boikutt withdrew from the Salam.Orient 2012 music festival in Vienna because of sponsorship from the Israeli embassy.  


PACBI Editorial

Why Interrogate Israel Studies in the Academy?

For several years now, universities in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere have been establishing academic programs and centers, faculty chairs, fellowships and scholarships, study abroad programs, journals, and other activities and schemes in Israel Studies.  There is no doubt that the proliferation of Israel Studies is linked to the increasing prominence of academic activism on university campuses around the world inspired by the Palestinian call for the academic and cultural Boycott of Israel and the impressive spread of the wider boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.


While the academy has become exposed to many kinds of questionable funding sources that we might oppose, we want to stress here the close connection between Israel-related initiatives and the Israeli establishment’s push to whitewash its violations of international law and crimes against the Palestinian people by rebranding Israel abroad as a center of liberalism and thriving academic life.  Pro-Israel Hasbara (propaganda) initiatives have been well funded by the Israeli government and Zionist foundations. 


To defend the basic mission of the university, we have a responsibility to question the aims and conditions of a new program, center, or post in Israel Studies, regardless of whether or not it has already been established.  Our call to action directed at conscientious academics, staff and students in the academy is an appeal to: 1) identify Israel studies in the academy in their area, and assist us in collating this information so we remain updated about each specific local context; and 2) launch local campaigns against Israel studies as part of an academic boycott against Israel.  Such a campaign would work to refuse the normalization of Israel in the academy around the globe, bring attention to Israel’s violations of international law and human rights, and play a key role in spreading the culture of boycott against Israel in the academy. 



Hip hop duo Rebel Diaz cancel gig over partnership with Israel group

Rebel Diaz  canceled their gig at the Creative Time Summit 2012 in NY because of its partnership with an Israeli-government funded institution, and to “show solidarity with the Palestinian community.”  

InCACBI appeals to the Delhi International Arts Festival to cancel The Cameri Theatre’s performance

The Cameri Theatre serves as an official propaganda tool for the Israeli state, and its performances abroad are sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Angela Davis: “Dismissal of Palestinians is reminiscent of Jim Crow days”

We here in the U.S. should be especially conscious of the similarities between historical Jim Crow practices and contemporary regimes of segregation in Occupied Palestine. 
  Risala in Arabic means mission, message or letter