Newsletter Archive:.

  April 2011  

BDS Developments: From North America to South Africa

April was fertile with academic and cultural boycott developments from North America to South Africa. In Canada, Carleton University activists from Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) and their supporters shut down a Board of Governors meeting to protest the University's investment in Israel's occupation. The especially inspiring protest was publicized on Youtube.

In St. Louis, Missouri, Washington University’s Hip-Hop Program revoked an invitation to Israeli "Cultural Ambassador" artist Marvin Casey, after pressure from the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee and many local and international artists who threatened to boycott the event if complicity with the Israeli state is accepted.

In Durban, the world renowned South African music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo confirmed that it is not performing in Israel.

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights

Arch. Desmond Tutu: "A lucid and morally compelling book."
Judith Butler: "A conceptually lucid argument for the BDS movement that is difficult to refute. … [A] principled position accompanied by nuanced and thorough analyses."

Bond: Unfriending Israeli Universities--South African View

Unfriending Israeli universities is a step we should all take with confidence. The growing support for BDS reminds of South African anti-apartheid sports, cultural, academic and economic boycotts.

Demand Hot Docs Respect Cultural Boycott of Israel

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) in Canada is asking filmmakers, artists, organisations and individuals to pressure Hot Docs to stop working with cultural institutions supported by the Israeli state.


PACBI Editorial

Violating Cultural Boycott of Israel

As the cultural boycott of Israel gains pace around the world, some artists, writers and cultural workers are finding it increasingly difficult to engage consistently and coherently with the arguments posed by those advocating for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

Insisting on performing music, exhibiting artwork or accepting literary prizes in Israel, these cultural figures have resorted to three main arguments to defend their violations of the cultural boycott guidelines set by Palestinian civil society. Some argue that they do not know enough about the nuances of the “conflict” between Palestinians and Israelis to take a position, so they prefer to “go see for ourselves.” Others ask why not boycott other countries that fall into the same category as Israel and may even be worse.

A more politically aware third group argues that BDS is not in the best interest of Palestinians and that artists should engage Israelis since it is through dialogue and communication that “peace” will come about. We have thought it necessary to address these points.

Israel is an Apartheid State: Response to "Vanguard Leadership Group"

VLG ad is not only harmful to the cause of justice for the Palestinian people, but exposes a lack of understanding of South African apartheid.

Decolonizing Concordia’s Bilateral Institutional Links

If you knew that your university maintains bilateral links with an academic institution involved in colonization, occupation and apartheid, how would that make you feel?

BfW: Marc Almond, don’t choose the side of the oppressor

Performing in Israel makes a statement of “Business as usual”, and your performance will be used to whitewash our government's vicious policies.

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