Newsletter Archive:.

  February 2011  

BNC: Revolutions in the Arab world, and the "Palestine Papers"

The release of the "Palestine Papers" has shown that the so-called negotiations were never based on principles of international law and human rights and never promoted just peace. With popular revolutions scoring immense successes in the region, particularly in Egypt, Israel's impunity, intimidation and "deterrence" power, and its ability to maintain occupation, colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people have been substantially weakened.

March 30th: Land Day, Global BDS Day of Action

Palestinian Land Day commemorates the day on March 30th, 1976 when Israeli military forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel. The BDS National Committee (BNC) is calling on you to join the Global BDS Day of Action on Land Day, March 30th, 2011.

Open letter to Carreras

The Cultural Boycott is an effective way of putting pressure on Israel and has a real chance of obtaining a change in the policies that contravene International Law; this was made clear in the case of South Africa. We urge you to cancel your concert in Israel.

Adalah-NY: US Protests against Israel Philharmonic whitewashing of apartheid

Palestine-solidarity activists across the US, starting with New York, protested at playing venues of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Chants, banners, and street theatre highlighted the IPO's role in whitewashing Israel's apartheid policies towards Palestinians.


PACBI Editorial

From Palestine with Love: In support of Arab popular revolutions

Confronting the US- and EU-backed Israeli agenda is not only a Palestinian responsibility; it is also one of the critical obligations facing the young revolutionary movements sweeping the Arab world today. Aside from its decades-old settler-colonial usurpation of the Palestinian people's land and repression of its rights, Israel's oppression has always been a leading domestic issue facing every people in the region. Israel, after all, has constantly been the key component in the imperial designs to subjugate the peoples of the Arab region, exploiting their resources, and inhibiting their quest for freedom, true political sovereignty, home-grown democracy, and economic independence.

We believe that the Arab popular revolutions have delivered a decisive blow to pro-normalization institutions and personalities who shamefully abet in whitewashing Israel's violations of Palestinian rights and international law. Whether in the academy, the arts, or other civil society milieus, complicity cannot be sustained in a polity that is more democratic and representative of the authentic will of the people.

PQBDS: Open letter to Queer academics, artists, and activists

Queer communities must protest any grave human rights violations as part of LGBTQ struggle, especially where the country in question oppresses, discriminates, and implements apartheid.

Gilberto Gil, Don't Undermine the Palestinian Struggle for Freedom!

Two hundred Israeli supporters of BDS call on Gil, an artist who was himself imprisoned and exiled by a military regime, to cancel his April 14th show in Tel-Aviv.

PACBI Letter to William Kentridge: Don't Exhibit for Apartheid!

We believe you would probably stand by the side of those brave anti-apartheid Israelis calling for a boycott of their country had you been born in Israel rather than South Africa.

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