Newsletter Archive:.

  August 2011  

Hands of Peace: Normalization of Israeli Oppression

Hands of Peace (HOP), a non-profit “dialogue-based,” American organization identifying itself as “an interfaith organization developing peace-building and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships” has started recruiting teenagers from The Gaza Strip. This is supposed to be an experience which seeks to “foster long-term peaceful coexistence among Jewish-Israelis, Arab Citizens of Israel, and Palestinians by bringing together teenagers from the Middle East with American teenagers in an interfaith setting.” The Palestinian Students' Campaign for the Academic boycott of Israel and Palestinian Youth Against Israeli Apartheid consider this an act of normalization. HOP seems to ignore the fact that the reason why Palestinians and Israelis cannot get together is because the former are colonized and the latter are settler colonists.

Debate Storm around the Indian Artists Boycott of Israel

While some mainstream media in India have described a call by Indian artists to boycott a Tel Aviv exhibit as evoking divisions, there is near unanimity across the board on the brutality of the Israeli state and strong arguments on art/politics and in favor of boycott.

Angela Davis endorses South African students’ BDS campaign

The BDS campaign that seeks to isolate Israeli apartheid has garnered support all over the world. Given the role that international boycott strategies played in the defeat of South African apartheid, it is fitting that decisive leadership of international BDS has come from South Africa.

Tuba Skinny cancels show at jazz festival in Israel

The group has joined the picket line of Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, The Pixies, the late Gil Scott-Heron, Carlos Santana, Pete Seeger, Massive Attack, Faithless, Gorillaz Sound System, The Tindersticks and the Klaxxons.


PACBI Editorial

Real Solidarity Should Respect BDS Guidelines

In this month’s editorial, we wish to clarify our responsibility to Palestinian civil society, our wide BDS coalition in Palestine, and our international allies. It is important to note that PACBI is part of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC), a mass coalition of leading Palestinian civil society organizations. This coalition represents a near consensus in Palestinian society around the principles and guidelines of the BDS movement. The BNC has entrusted PACBI with promoting the guidelines for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

As such, PACBI is, first and foremost, accountable to the BNC, and the guidelines that the BNC seeks to promote are the minimum requirements that Palestinian civil society has agreed upon. When international allies ask us for exceptions to the guidelines, as is sometimes the case, and when PACBI does not agree to such exceptions, this must be understood in the context of our mandate and our consistent adherence to the boycott’s principles and logic.

We cannot agree to exceptions because we are accountable to our coalition. Our commitment to international activists and new allies who join our movement is that we will remain firm on anti-racist principles and on principles of human rights. We will continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards that Palestinian civil society expects from us and to whom we are accountable. Our advice to allies is offered in that spirit.

Taraki interview: Why Boycott Israel?

The basic logic of BDS is that of pressure, not diplomacy, persuasion, or dialogue. Diplomacy has proven to be futile, due to the protection and immunity Israel enjoys from hegemonic world powers.

Appeal to Riverdance not to tour Israel

Since Riverdance’s management seems determined to tour Israel, we now call upon the company’s artists to refuse to participate in this tour, as set designer Robert Ballagh has done.

VICTORY: Canadian Community radio broadcasters endorse BDS

The National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada (NCRA) have passed a groundbreaking national motion to join the Palestinian-led call for BDS against Israel.

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