Newsletter Archive:.

  June 2010  

Flotilla Massacre underlines urgency of intensifying BDS
In light of Israel's Flotilla massacre, the BNC calls on people of conscience all over the world to intensify BDS against Israel as the most effective means of ending the siege and holding Israel accountable to international law in the pursuit of a just peace.

Boycott the Jerusalem International Conference on Integrative Medicine

The conference aims to whitewash not just Israel's colonial and apartheid oppression, but also the complicity of the Israeli medical establishment in the use of torture by the Israeli intelligence...

UCU Makes BDS History, Severs Histadrut Links, Boycotts Ariel

Voting overwhelmingly to sever links with Histadrut and to start a boycott process of Ariel colony-college, British academic union, the UCU, makes BDS history at its Congress in Manchester.

Haifa Univ. "Proud to Be Academic Home of (Israeli) Security Forces"

"Haifa University is proud to continue being the academic home for the security forces and to teach the IDF leadership a large number of different and diverse perspectives.


After Flotilla Massacre: Cultural Boycott of Israel Takes Off

Since its establishment in 2004, PACBI has not witnessed a sustained surge in cultural boycott of Israel such as has occurred in the last year and a half, since the Israeli war of aggression on Gaza. Particularly after the Freedom Flotilla Massacre, leading cultural figures and bands reacted swiftly and decisively.

British literary and academic figures appealed to fellow writers and scholars "to boycott all literary, cultural and academic visits to Israel sponsored by the Israeli government, including those organised by Israeli cultural foundations and universities."

British writer, Iain Banks, stated that the best way for international artists, writers and academics to "convince Israel of its moral degradation and ethical isolation" is "simply by having nothing more to do with this outlaw state." Stéphane Hessel, co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, endorsed this position.

World renowned Swedish writer Henning Mankell, who was on the Freedom Flotilla when attacked, called for South-Africa style global sanctions against Israel in response to its brutality.

Recalling the Rosa Parks-triggered Montgomery bus boycott, best-selling US author Alice Walker called for wide endorsement of BDS against Israel as a moral duty in solidarity with Palestinians, "to soothe the pain and attend the sorrows of a people wrongly treated for generations."

In the world of performing arts, the Klaxons and Gorillaz Sound System cancelled their scheduled concerts in Israel; so did the Pixies. More recently US folk singer Devendra Banhart followed suit. The last band to cancel was Archive.

In the weeks before the Flotilla attack, artists of the caliber of Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron and Carlos Santana all cancelled scheduled performances in Israel after receiving appeals from Palestinian and international BDS groups.

South Africa Union: Every Municipality an Apartheid Israel Free Zone

South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) calls for making every municipality in South Africa an Apartheid Israel free zone.

UNICEF: Do Not Cover Up Israel's Violations of Palestinian Children's Rights

UNICEF's participation in a Hebrew Univ. conference would be a regrettable whitewash of the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation.

Gaza Students Call on DJ Tiesto to Cancel Israel Concert

The Gaza-based Palestinian Students' Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) calls on Dutch musician to cancel Israel concert.

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