Newsletter Archive:.


ACTION ITEM - Armatrading: Oppose Apartheid Israel! PACBI is deeply troubled to learn that you are scheduled to perform in Israel on June 4th and 5th, in violation of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Call, which calls on people of conscience throughout the world to isolate Israel until it ends its colonial and apartheid oppression against the Palestinian people. We urge you, as a prominent artist known for your commitment to social justice, not to perform in apartheid Israel.
Full PACBI Open Letter
Please email Joan Armatrading and ask her to cancel her upcoming performance in Israel, by clicking on this link below, and sending her the PACBI statement:
Contact Joan Armatrading


ACTION ITEM - Call on Elton John to cancel his June 17th concert in Tel Aviv! Palestinian civil society has called on Elton John to cancel his June 17th concert in Tel Aviv. If he does so, he'll be joining Santana and Gil-Scott Heron, who recently cancelled their concerts in Israel. This video suggests six reasons why Elton should join the BDS movement.
Hey Elton

NEWS/OPINION—Gil Scott-Heron: Thank you for heeding the Palestinian call to boycott Israel! In a letter, fifty-seven organizations and artists thank Gil Scott-Heron for heeding the Palestinian call to boycott Israel. The letter was initiated by Adalah-NY
Full News Story

PACBI OPEN LETTER - Atwood: Do not accept prizes from Apartheid Israel! Reject the prize and ceremony presided over by the head of a state accused of war crimes and serious violations of international law.
Full PACBI Open Letter

PACBI OPEN LETTER Irish Theatre Co. cancel performance in Tel Aviv! PACBI is pleased to announce that Gare St Lazare Players have cancelled their performance at Tel Aviv University.
Full PACBI Open Letter and update
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PACBI Columns/Editorials

UCU: Upholding Palestinian rights (BRICUP Column):

Palestinians look forward to another successful UCU Congress that will again endorse unequivocal support for Palestinian rights.
Full Column

Delegitimizing Oppression (BRICUP Column):
“Delegitimization” has become the latest buzzword and rallying point of the Israel lobby worldwide.
Full Column

Geographers on the move (BRICUP Column):
Recently geographers have demanded that the IGU relocate their upcoming conference outside Israel.
Full Column

PACBI OPEN LETTER - Ghosh: Do not undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom! Your acceptance of the Dan David Prize comes at a time when the movement to boycott Israel is gaining ground in response to Israel’s flagrant violation of Palestinian human and political rights.
Full PACBI Open Letter

NEWS/OPINION - Palestinian Youth united against normalization with Israel In commemoration of the anniversary of the Nakba, and as an expression of our commitment to resisting Israeli occupation, colonization and apartheid in accordance with international law, we declare our rejection of normalization with the Israel on all levels. Economic, political, cultural and institutional normalization legitimize Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people by giving the appearance of normalcy to the relationship between oppressor and oppressed. This relationship is hardly one between equals as Israel  continues to violate our inalienable rights, steal our land, and prevent refugees from our right of return in contravention of international law and numerous UN resolutions.
Full Statement from Occupied Palestine

NEWS/OPINION - Open Letters and Statements of Support to the BERKELEY Student Senate in support of the Divestment Bill
Letters and statements of support have come from around the world for the recent Berkeley student divestment initiative (Senate Bill 118A), including from notable figures like Desmond Tutu, Judith Butler and Naomi Klein, in addition to BOYCOTT!, the Israeli group supporting the Palestinian call for BDS. Desmond Tutu said that the issue is the same in Palestine as it was in South Africa, ‘equality’. (Full Letter)

Judith Butler, in a speech lending support stated, “You will not be alone...You will stand with us, and we will most surely stand with you. “ (Full Speech), while Naomi Klein, following the presidential veto of the bill, wrote in an open letter to the members of the senate “I am writing to urge you to reaffirm Senate Bill 118A, despite the recent presidential veto”. (Full Letter)

The Israeli group BOYCOTT! wrote a letter of support to the UC Berkeley Students for Justice in Palestine (the group that initiated the boycott effort), stating that the efforts were “not only the best hope for Palestinians but also for Israelis “
(Full Letter)
NEWS/OPINION - An Open Letter to Margaret Atwood from Gaza: Don’t Stand on the Wrong Side of History. The Palestinian Students' Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) wrote an open letter to Atwood stating that “By accepting the prize at Tel Aviv University, you will be indirectly giving a slight and inadvertent nod to Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide.” and urged her to decline the award. Full Letter

NEWS/OPINION - Chomsky, other scientists condemn Boston museum’s Israeli celebration. Open letter to the Boston Museum of Science objecting to sponsorship of Israeli propaganda...“We, the undersigned group of scientists...condemn the Museum of Science’s decision to co-sponsor and host “Israeli Innovation Weekend” (IIW) on May 2”. Full Letter
A press conference was organized in Turin, announcing the launch and statement of the Italian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel in support of the Palestinian call for BDS. The statement had close to 300 signatures, including academics, artists, students, journalists, and political associations.
Full Press Release

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