Newsletter Archive:.
  September 2014  

Over 640 Swiss artists call for cutting military cooperation with Israel

 640 Swiss artists and cultural actors published a public statement on the 23rd of September condemning the war crimes committed by Israel during its fifty-day-long assault on the Gaza Strip. The statement calls on the Swiss Council to suspend all military cooperation with the Israel, including canceling a recent order of Elbit H-900 military drones, which were tested in Gaza and would are intended to be used by the Swiss intelligence to monitor Switzerland’s own population.

 The statement and signatures have been published in print and on the website of the newspaper Le Courrier and can be read here: English, Arabic, German, and Italian versions can be accessed at

 Shocked by the acts committed by the Israeli army against the Palestinian population trapped in the Gaza Strip, hundreds of personalities from the world of culture request that Switzerland, as a depository state of the Geneva Conventions, convene a meeting of states parties to the IV Convention pertaining to the protection of civilians. Such a meeting would serve as a response to the demand made by State of Palestine officially made ​​July 9, 2014.

 On the eve of a new session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a press conference was held at one of the most important cultural institutions in Switzerland, the Comédie de Genève. 

 The exceptionally high number of signatories this statement received is unprecedented and a reflection of the gravity of the crimes committed by Israel. This act of solidarity with Palestinians by Swiss actors and cultural workers follows in the footsteps of the Swiss artist 2011 declaration of support and call for boycott of Israel and adherence to the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) principles. 


South Africa: ANC leader calls for academic and cultural boycott of Israel

 "[We are] joining the call for [a] cultural, academic and education boycott of Israel, including travel bans for members and leaders of the ANC, the alliance, members of Cabinet, Members of Parliament and government officials," said Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary general in Johannesburg.


BDS Sports Victory: UEFA drops Jerusalem tournament bid

 Abdulrahman Abunahel, the BDS National Committee coordinator in Gaza said: “Given that awarding Israel the right to host the games would have been a sign of support for Israel’s massacre in Gaza and its war on Palestinian football, UEFA has made the only sensible decision.”

U.S. Anthropologists Endorse Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

 “We pledge not to collaborate [with] Israeli academic institutions, not to teach at or to attend conferences … at such institutions, and not to publish in academic journals based in Israel … until such time as these institutions end their complicity in violating Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law.”


PACBI Editorial 

Hollywood, Israel and the New McCarthyism

 The Israeli government and its lobby groups around the world have responded to the 2005 Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), including the academic and cultural boycott, with well-oiled propaganda, across-the-board bullying and intense repression.  In the west, nothing short of a new wave of McCarthyism is setting in, except this time around the required blind loyalty is to apartheid Israel.

 A-list Hollywood stars have begun to criticize Israel, especially its latest war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip.  The latest bombshell, from Viggo Mortensen of The Lord of the Rings fame, exposed a seldom talked about atmosphere of vilification and suppression of freedom of expression created by the Israel lobby.

 “If anyone dares express any objection to the Israeli government’s acts of state terrorism against Palestinian civilians, one is rapidly vilified and censored,” said Mortensen in what many agree was an unprecedented, uninhibited moment of truth in the U.S. arts ivory tower.

 As a growing number of Hollywood and music industry celebrities criticize Israel’s crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory, veering off the dogmatic and increasingly tyrannical Israel party line, Israel and its lobby groups are stridently upping the ante in a frenzied attempt to prevent any breach of the thick walls of one of the last -- and most influential -- forts of blind defense of Zionism and Israel’s regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.

 With its latest 51-day massacre in Gaza this past summer, Israel seems to have triggered unprecedented vocal opposition among U.S. celebrities, making its McCarthyist war on dissent even harder to win, even if it succeeds in some battles.

 At the height of Israel’s Gaza onslaught, the Hollywood Reporter stated:

 “[Jon] Stewart, director Jonathan DemmeTori AmosRob SchneiderKim KardashianMark RuffaloAnthony BourdainRoger Waters, NBA stars Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire, Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, D.L. HughleyMia FarrowWhoopi GoldbergStephen Hawking and Annie Lennox are among the … big names who have weighed in with some degree of support for the people of Gaza or outright criticism of the Israeli government.”  


French and Israeli BDS activists protest the Salon d'Automne in Tel Aviv

 BDS France and Boycott from Within have protested the reported cooperation between the Salon d'Automne and the Israeli government, particularly in light of the Israeli massacre in Gaza



Greece: Cacoyannis Foundation must end collaboration with Hebrew University

 Reiterating that Israel, like apartheid South Africa, is a pariah state, PACBI urges Greek foundation to cancel its partnership with the Hebrew University and to reject any Israeli funding.


LA pro-Israel group conceals right-wing identity from Hollywood celebs

 CCFP conceals from Hollywood luminaries and media that the group is “actually a sanitizing front for the right-wing, pro-settler organization StandWithUs, that has deep ties to the Israeli government?”

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