Newsletter Archive:.

  July 2010  

Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC) marks 5 years of BDS

On the fifth anniversary of the Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) warmly salutes all our local and international partners and supporters, individuals and organizations, who have contributed to the establishment and spectacular growth of what is now a truly global movement for accountability and upholding international law. After five years of BDS, the movement has proven, indisputably, to be the most effective and morally consistent form of solidarity with the people of Palestine in our struggle to end Israel's occupation, apartheid, and persistent denial of the UN-sanctioned right of return for the Palestinian refugees.

Israel Academic Boycott? Umberto Eco misses the point

PACBI consistently targets Israel's complicit institutions, not individuals. The South African anti-apartheid struggle teaches us that boycotting institutions that are complicit in grave human rights violations is not only justified; it is also an ethical duty.

Hollywood Stars Snub Israel Film Festival

Hollywood actors Meg Ryan and Dustin Hoffman backed out of attending this year's Jerusalem Film Festival, following the international outcry over Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

Israeli Univ. Head: Fire Academics who Support BDS

President of Bar-Ilan University has called for Israeli professors who support an academic boycott of their country to quit or be fired.


Indian Chapter for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

In response to the PACBI Call, the India chapter of the international movement for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel has been formed by a group of intellectuals. The movement has come together to "stand in firm and relentless opposition to India's strategic, scientific, military, and economic relations with Israel and are determined to reverse these morally repugnant policies of the Indian state…[an] act of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle [that] is a reaffirmation that the Indian people have not abandoned the Palestinian people or forgotten their own history."

As Indian academics, intellectuals and artists in the decolonised world, we have historically played a crucial role in the liberation of our peoples, and to this day continue to lend our voices in support to all those who are struggling to be rid of the yoke of colonialism and foreign domination.

In a reality in which the Israeli state daily tramples on the academic freedom and cultural life of the Palestinian people, a continued association with the instruments of such a state is unconscionable.

Leftfield cancel Israel show

British duo Leftfield cancelled their August 31st scheduled concert in Israel after receiving a letter from the Israeli BDS group, Boycott from Within, urging them not to cast "a vote of confidence in Israel's oppressive policies."

UNESCO Covers up Israeli Academy's Complicity in Occupation and Apartheid!

UNESCO's partnership with Israeli universities helps them cover up their historic complicity in planning...

Lebanese letter to Diana Krall: Don't entertain apartheid Israel!

Please do not allow your music to be used to whitewash repression and apartheid.

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