Newsletter Archive:.

  November 2010  

South African Artists Against [Israeli] Apartheid: A Declaration

"As South African Artists and Cultural Workers who have lived under, survived, and in many cases resisted apartheid, we acknowledge the value of international solidarity in our own struggle. It is in this context that we respond to the call by Palestinians, and their Israeli allies, for such solidarity. As artists of conscience we say no to apartheid anywhere. We respond to the call for international solidarity and undertake not to avail any invitation to perform or exhibit in Israel."

Tindersticks Cancel Tel Aviv Shows

"When agreeing to play our music in Israel we, perhaps naively, believed that the music we make is beyond political considerations. It is difficult to defy a rapidly growing movement with whose aims we agree, even if we are not wholly convinced by their methods."

PACBI responds to Nobel laureates' attack on academic boycott

We believe that the Nobel laureates would do well to reflect upon their responsibilities as public figures and to speak truth to power, not reiterate the increasingly vacuous defenses of the centers of colonial power.

Adalah-NY: Arava Institute, JNF,

Arava Institute was targeted for boycott due to its failure to condemn Israel's on-going ethnic cleansing of Bedouin residents of the Negev desert, and its very close partnerships with the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and the Israeli government.


PACBI Editorial

Boycott Guidelines Applicable to Visits by International Academics and Artists to the OPT

Some international organizations that are involved in organizing events and activities in cooperation with -- or using the facilities of -- boycottable Israeli institutions and venues have tried to "balance" their involvement in such activities by organizing parallel activities with Palestinian institutions.

PACBI and the entire BDS movement reject any such attempts to break the Palestinian boycott. Any presumed parity between Israel and the Palestinians ignores the concrete reality of Israel's colonial oppression and denies the fact that there can never be symmetry between oppressor and oppressed. Projects premised on such symmetry between the "two sides" are therefore detrimental to the application of international law and the pursuit of justice and comprehensive peace.

The following guidelines, developed through ongoing interaction with the community of Palestinian artists, academics, and BDS activists, represent PACBI's position on this specific means of circumventing and violating the boycott in the academic and cultural fields. We urge international organizations, academics, artists and others to respect these principles and to refrain from undermining them, whether directly or indirectly.

BDS Activists to Leiden Univ.: Cancel Cleveringa Talk at Hebrew Univ.!

The Hebrew University is institutionally complicit in Israel's illegal policies of occupation and racism.

Hot-button issue: Performing in Israel

Archbishop Desmond Tutu called it "unconscionable" for a South African opera company to perform in Israel, the target of an increasingly aggressive international cultural boycott.

PACBI: Other Israel Film Festival Violates Boycott

The Other Israel Film Festival is clearly in conflict with the Guidelines for the International Cultural Boycott of Israel. We urge filmmakers not to participate in it.

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