Newsletter Archive:.

  October 2011  

BNC: Occupy Wall Street Not Palestine!

We are part of the world’s 99% yearning for freedom, justice and equal rights!
If a people one day wills to live    fate must answer its call
And the night must fade    and the chain must break
Abou-Al-kacem El-Chebbi (Tunisia)

Our aspirations overlap; our struggles converge. Our oppressors, whether greedy corporations or military occupations, are united in profiting from wars, pillage, environmental destruction, repression and impoverishment. We must unite in our common quest for freedoms, equal rights, social and economic justice, environmental sanity, and world peace. We can no longer afford to be splintered and divided; we can no longer ignore our obligations to join hands in the struggle against wars and corporate exploitation and for a human-friendly world community not a profit-maximizing jungle.

The Occupy Wall Street movement and its counterparts across the US, Europe, Latin America and elsewhere are -- at least partially -- inspired by the Arab Spring for democracy and social justice. Leaders of the Arab popular revolts tell us that they, in turn, were largely inspired by our own, decades-old struggle against Israel’s occupation of our land, its system of discrimination that matches the UN’s definition of apartheid, and its denial of the right of Palestinian refugees to return home

End European Academic Collaboration with Israeli Apartheid

Palestinian academics, students and civil society organisations call for an end to all research collaboration between European universities and Israeli military companies, universities and research institutes that are involved in violating international law and human rights.

Boycotting the Haifa International Film Festival

Following a call from the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Committee to John Michael McDonagh to refrain from attending the Haifa International Film Festival (HIFF), the director of The Guard has pulled out of attending the screening of his film “in view of the political situation”.

Paco de Lucia: Playing Apartheid is not for you!

Palestinian civil society groups are calling on artists to shun Tel Aviv in the same way that South African activists called on artists to boycott Sun City. All we are asking is for you to refrain from crossing our picket line, endorsed by international organizations and, increasingly, by progressive-Israelis.


PACBI Editorial

Israel’s Exceptionalism: Normalizing the Abnormal

PACBI defines normalization “as the participation in any project, initiative or activity, in Palestine or internationally, that aims (implicitly or explicitly) to bring together Palestinians (and/or Arabs) and Israelis (people or institutions) without placing as its goal resistance to and exposure of the Israeli occupation and all forms of discrimination and oppression against the Palestinian people.”

It is helpful to think of normalization as a “colonization of the mind,” whereby the oppressed subject comes to believe that the oppressor’s reality is the only “normal” reality that must be subscribed to. In an attempt to whitewash its violations of international law and human rights, Israel attempts to re-brand [1] itself, or present itself as normal -- even “enlightened” -- through an intricate array of relations and activities encompassing hi-tech, cultural, legal, LGBT and other realms.

A key principle that underlines the term normalization is that it is entirely based on political, rather than racial, considerations and is therefore in perfect harmony with the BDS movement’s rejection of all forms of racism and racial discrimination. Countering normalization is a means to resist oppression, its mechanisms and structures. As such, it is categorically unrelated to or conditioned upon the identity of the oppressor.

Saluting Academic Boycott Initiative at Stockholm’s KTH

PACBI salutes Swedish colleagues at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm for their principled support for the cause of justice in Palestine by issuing a call for the academic boycott of Israel.

Open Letter from Palestinian Students to Peers in Europe

Palestinian students of the Gaza Strip send a message to all European student groups in solidarity with the Palestinian people to do all they can to increase BDS against Israel this academic year.

Martha Frintzila and Husam Hayek cancel participation in Israeli Oud Festival

After concerted efforts from Israeli BDS activists and Greek Palestine-solidarity group, INTIFADA, Greek singer Martha Frintzila withdrew from Israel’s Oud Festival for conscientious and political reasons.

  Risala in Arabic means mission, message or letter