Newsletter Archive:.

  March 2011  

Making History: University of Johannesburg Severs Links with Israeli Apartheid

A post-apartheid South African university that is in the process of transforming itself to a truly democratic institution has proven that it cannot possibly complete this necessary transformation while maintaining a partnership with an apartheid institution elsewhere. PACBI sincerely salutes the University of Johannesburg for completely severing its institutional links with Ben Gurion University and look towards other universities around the world to be inspired by this historic precedent.

Roger Waters: My Journey to BDS

Where governments refuse to act, people must, with whatever peaceful means are at their disposal. For some that meant joining the Gaza Freedom March.For me it meant joining the campaigns for BDS.

Israeli Apartheid Week: A Beginner's Guide

As activists around the world take part in IAW, Zionist lobby groups have swung into action. Ben White, author of "Israeli Apartheid: A Beginners Guide", explains how to challenge their mix of candy-coated distractions, lies, and trained hasbarists.

BDS Berlin: Letter to Int'l Tourism Fair organizers

We appeal to you not to blindly side with the official Israeli public relations policies, which distract international public from the colonial, occupation and settlers policies of Israel.


PACBI Editorial

A Month to Celebrate, a Month of Global BDS Accomplishments!

March 2011 was marked by major successes for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, especially on the academic and cultural boycott front.

There is much cause to celebrate, take stock of and continue to creatively and affectively mobilise around, based on the three basic and just demands of the BDS campaign.

We hail BDS victories, knowing full well that they are the result of remarkable efforts by people of conscience around the world working tirelessly to support Palestinian human rights.

For every victory, we salute BDS activists, from those who stood for hours on street corners leafleting to promote Israeli Apartheid Week, to those who for months built the inspiring campaign that led to the precedent-setting decision by the University of Johannesburg to sever ties with Ben Gurion University over the latter's complicity in human rights violations

Damning report on Ben-Gurion Univ. Complicity

South African report reveals evidence of BGU's collaboration with Israeli military, discriminatory practices, and complicity in human rights abuses.

Irish PSC to Bob Geldof: Do not choose the side of the Israeli oppressor

IPSC calls on Geldof to refuse accolade from Ben Gurion Univ., citing Tutu's words, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

Cronin: Who benefits from EU-Israel academic ties?

Israel's political elite is more concerned with prime-pumping its military and controlling Palestinian land than in ensuring that education helps people realize their potential.

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