Newsletter Archive:.

  February  2012  

Public appeal to international writers: do not partake in celebrating apartheid Jerusalem!

PACBI urges international writers, in the strongest terms, to cancel their participation in the International Writers Festival to be held in Jerusalem (Mishkenot Sha'ananim) from May 13-18, 2012. With Israel's continued disregard for international law and the basic rights of the Palestinian people, the kind of solidarity we expect from people of conscience around the world is to heed the Palestinian civil society call for BDS against Israel and its complicit institutions, as international artists and cultural workers did in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

In heeding the Palestinian call for boycott, these writers will be joining the increasing number of international writers including John Berger, Arundhati Roy, Alice Walker, Judith Butler, Iain Banks, Naomi Klein, Ahdaf Soueif, Eduardo Galeano, among others, who have in recent years refused to engage apartheid Israel and who have chosen not to cross the Palestinian picket line.

INCACBI Appeal to Swarup: Boycott Complicit Jerusalem Festival!

In response to a recent boycott call from PACBI, the Indian Campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel (INCACBI) urges you to withdraw your participation in the Writers Festival.

Cassandra Wilson: A Salute for Not Playing for Apartheid

Various groups working in solidarity with the Palestinian people come together to applaud Cassandra Wilson for her courageous decision not to perform for apartheid. They thank her for her statement in support of the cultural boycott of Israel as called for by Palestinian civil society.

Israeli Apartheid Week Reaches New Heights in UK

Coming towards the end of an academic year that has seen many BDS successes and students’ unions across the country as well as the National Union of Students move to support BDS initiatives , IAW has been hailed as having taken the UK student movement for Palestine to new heights.




PACBI Editorial

End Cornell’s Collaboration with Technion

The Palestinian academic community was deeply disturbed by the recently revealed plan of collaboration between Cornell University and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The two institutions have won a multi-billion-dollar competition held by the City of New York to establish “a 2 million square foot engineering and applied sciences university campus” on Roosevelt Island, NY [1]. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Cornell University have petitioned the City of New York and Cornell University to end this collaboration with an Israeli institution that is "directly implicated in war crimes [2]." Similarly, the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) has launched an appeal calling on students and faculty to put pressure on their university to withdraw from this troubling partnership [3].

PACBI would like to join these groups in deploring the collaboration between US higher institutions of learning and Israeli Academic institutions complicit in Israel’s violations of international law and the rights of Palestinians. In view of our focus this year on academic boycott, we call on US civil society to bring the injustices of this venture to light. In the first instance, all New York City residents should, rightfully, be outraged that their tax dollars are being apportioned in the service of such an endeavor, and we appeal to them to pressure the City of New York administration to end this collaboration

  Cat Power cancels Israel show!

American musician Cat Power canceled her show in Israel, joining a list of artists shunning the country over its conflict with the Palestinians. Cat Power was to perform in Tel Aviv on February 12th.

US Educators can’t stay silent about Israeli apartheid 

We urge our academic colleagues to join us in endorsing the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and upholding the principles of BDS in solidarity with our Palestinian counterparts.

University of Regina Students Union endorses BDS!

Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Regina is pleased to announce that a motion was passed at the University of Regina Student Union AGM to support the Palestinian call for BDS.
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