Newsletter Archive:.

  June 2011  

British Academic Union Upholds Palestinian Rights, will Circulate PACBI Call

BRICUP welcomed the motions passed at the University and College Union (UCU) Congress, held in May, which upheld Palestinian rights, gave encouragement to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, and committed the Union to distributing the PACBI Call for academic and cultural boycott of Israel and its complicit institutions.

UCU also rejected the "so-called EUMC working definition of anti-semitism", expressing concern at its use in attempts to ban speakers and prevent free speech on campus. UCU will now "campaign for open debate on campus concerning Israel's past history and current policy, while continuing to combat all forms of racial and religious discrimination". Sue Blackwell, who has co-authored a recent academic paper on definitions of anti-semitism, said, "the EUMC definition was created by Zionist organisations in order to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-semitism."

Jello Biafra cancels Tel Aviv gig

After weeks of sustained protest and outcry from punk rock supporters, Palestinian solidarity activists, and boycott campaigners, punk rock icon Jello Biafra has agreed to cancel his upcoming show in Tel Aviv, planned for next week. See PACBI's appeal to Biafra in early June.

Gaza: Young Palestinians Lead a Global Movement

"We as youth and students address youth and students about the academic boycott, and connect it with the cultural boycott…We just tell people that we are here. You should know about Gaza, and you should know about Israel and the reality of its apartheid."

Armin Van Buuren - Don't Play For Israeli Apartheid in Eilat

We are a group of Israeli citizens and we urge you to heed the call by Palestinian civil society. We ask that you not undermine the efforts of a rapidly growing human rights based international movement to bring a just solution to the oppressed in Israel/Palestine.


PACBI Editorial

On BDS Bashers and their Search for Fig Leaves

In the context of applying the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement's guidelines for the international academic and cultural boycott of Israel, PACBI sometimes faces scenarios where boycott bashers attempt to redeem their conscience, and with it some moral ground, by using token Palestinians (or more rarely other Arabs) as a fig leaf to cover up their complicity in Israel's violations of international law and Palestinian rights.

While the pool of available "fig leaves" is diminishing every year, thanks to the recent impressive spread of BDS consciousness among Palestinians and in the Arab world, there are still those who are ready to accept for their names to be manipulated in the cynical political agendas of international boycott violators. When these Palestinians and Arabs play such roles, it is sometimes due to a lack of political understanding, but, more often than not, it is due to a willingness to put personal interest ahead of collectively upheld principles of resistance to colonial oppression and apartheid.

Earlham College (US) students launch divestment campaign

At Earlham College, a group students supported by alumni are calling on their college to join the BDS movement against Israeli apartheid. They are asking you to join by signing their petition.

Riham Barghouti: Palestinian Struggle for Academic Freedom

Struggles by Palestinian scholars for academic freedom and equal rights are inextricably linked to Israel's decades-long, belligerent occupation and "scholasticide."

"Kairos-Palestine" to be taught in Palestinian Christian schools

The Ecumenical Committee for Christian Education in Palestine decided to apply the Kairos – Palestine document in both the 9th and 10th grades, during its meeting in Bethlehem.

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