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Academic and Cultural Boycott

  • 8 فنانين عالميين يتحدثون عن مقاطعة إسرائيل Artists support cultural boycott

  • 8 فنانين عالميين يتحدثون عن مقاطعة إسرائيل Artists support cultural boycott

  • !Boycottez le concert de Charles Aznavour au Liban

    La campagne de boycott des partisans d'Israël au Liban et la Campagne BDS France se sont addressées à Charles Aznavour en 2012 et en 2013afin de lui demander de rejoindre les centaines d'acteurs, de chanteurs, de musiciens et d'académiciens internationaux qui ont décidé de boycotter l'état d'apartheid.

  • !De ''Baalbeck'' à ''Trio Wanderer'': soyez du côté des opprimés

     Une lettre du comité ''Baalbek contre la normalisation'' à l'équipe des musiciens ''Trio Wanderer'', la veille de son concert musical dans les temples de la ville (30/07/2017).

    Mise à jour: Le concert du Trio Wanderer prévu le 30 juillet dans le cadre du Festival de Baalbeck a été annulé

  • !Open letter from Lebanon to DJ Tiesto: Don’t entertain an outlaw state

    Dear DJ Tiesto,

    We read with great regret that you will be performing in Israel (July 2) before heading to Lebanon (July 3). As you know, music cannot be isolated from politics. A visit to Israel, particularly now, is viewed by Israel, and internationally, as implicit support for Israeli policies and indifference to the victims of Israeli crimes. A performance in Israel, regardless of intentions, helps Israel cover up its violations of international law, particularly its criminal siege of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza and its recent bloodbath aboard a humanitarian relief ship carrying hundreds of international human rights activists.

  • 200Legal scholars back right to boycott Israel

    More than 200 European legal scholars have signed a statement affirming that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality represents “a lawful exercise of freedom of expression.”

    The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is welcoming the statement as “a major blow to Israel’s repressive legal war” against the movement.

  • 700 British Artists Vow to Boycott Israel

    Seven hundred British artists have signed a pledge to boycott Israel as long as it "continues to deny basic Palestinian rights," the latest major success for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).

  • ?Le nouvel ambassadeur d' ''Israël" serait-il bienvenu à Jounieh

    Johnny Hallyday, sera au Liban le 9 Juillet 2015 pour participer au Festival International de Jounieh.  Source: www.sizedoesntmatter.com/tag/france/page/6
    Le concert de Hallyday est organisé par ''Jounieh International Festival'' en collaboration avec les deux sociétés de production ''2U2C'' et ''Star System''.

  • Academics at Italian universities call for boycott of Israeli institutions

    170 academics from more than 50 Italian universities and research institutes have signed a pledge committing to a boycott of An Islamic University damages,hit in an Israeli strike in Gaza City northern Gaza Strip. USACBIIsraeli academic institutions. The call was launched in solidarity with the Palestinian civil society campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with International Law and Principles of Human Rights and is inspired by similar boycotts during the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

  • Acid Arab: We have decided not to perform again in Israel

      French Acid Arab Statement:

    In response to some propaganda claims regarding Acid Arab shows in Jaffa and Haiffa, we would like to clarify that these shows are performed in Palestinian venues, and organized by Palestinian promoters.

  • Alice Walker declines request to publish Israeli edition of The Color Purple

     FILE - In this March 10, 2009 file photo Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. writer Alice Walker pauses during an interview with the Associated Press in Gaza City. On June 9, 2012 Walker said in a letter sent to an Israeli daily newspaper an Israeli publisher can t release a new Hebrew edition of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple, because of Israel s treatment of the Palestinian people. Parts of the letter were published June 19, and June 20. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill, File) Photograph: Tara Todras-Whitehll/APThe Pulitzer prize-winning author Alice Walker has refused to allow an Israeli edition of her classic novel The Color Purple to be published because she believes the country "is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people".

    In a letter to Yediot Books, published on the website of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, Walker explained her decision. Although a Hebrew edition of the award-winning novel was published in the 1980s, the author was a juror on a tribunal that met in South Africa last autumn to discuss the Palestine situation. Walker said the testimony she heard was devastating.

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA) conference passes BDS resolution with a whopping 88% majority

  • Artists Launch “Letter for Palestine” Campaign at Venice Biennale

  • Authors' angry letter calls on New York festival to reject Israeli backing

    More than 100 writers, including Pulitzer Prize winners Alice Walker, Richard Ford and Junot Díaz, have called on the PEN American Center “to  Alice Walker says the organisation is ‘supposed to be a champion of writers’ rights to stand up for Palestinian writers.’ Photograph: Hatem Moussa/APreject support from the embassy of Israel” in a furious open letter.

    Sent to PEN American Center and other festival participants in March but published online on Wednesday, the letter opposes the Israeli embassy’s sponsorship of PEN’s annual World Voices Festival (PWVF), a seven-day event in New York at the end of this month.

    In the festival’s promotional materials, PEN America lists the Israeli embassy as a “champion” of the festival, one of the tiers of festival involvement, and a sponsor of theNinety Minutes, Three Minds panel discussion involving Ethiopian-born Israeli author Dalia Betolin-Sherman.

  • Award-Winning Filmmaker Ken Loach Donates Film Screening Proceeds to BDS Movement

    Award-winning British filmmaker Ken Loach has donated all proceeds from screenings of his latest film in Israeli venues to the BDS Source: BDS movement as a gesture of support for the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

  • Award-Winning Filmmakers Donate Film Screening Proceeds to BDS Movement

    Award-winning British filmmakers Ken Loach, Rebecca O'Brien and Paul Laverty have donated proceeds from screenings of their latest film "I, Daniel Blake" to the BDS movement, as a gesture of support for the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

    Award-winning British filmmakers Ken Loach, Rebecca O'Brien and Paul Laverty of Sixteen Films have donated all proceeds from screenings of their latest film in Israeli venues to the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), as a gesture of support for the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Vincent Maraval, from the sales company Wildbunch, was also instrumental in making this happen. We at the BNC deeply appreciate their solidarity and support.

     The team's film “I, Daniel Blake” was screened in Israel against their wishes. We at the BNC are very moved by their gesture of solidarity and are heartened, as always, by their long-standing, principled and unwavering support for the Palestinian nonviolent struggle against Israeli military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.

    Inspired by the cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa, the BDS movement appeals to conscientious artists to refrain from performing in Israel and to refuse participation in events sponsored by the Israeli government or entities complicit in Israel’s egregious human rights violations, until Israel meets its obligations under international law. The BDS movement does not expect artists who heed the Palestinian call for cultural boycott to do anything beyond their control to isolate Israel’s regime of oppression.

    This team at Sixteen Films creates films that bear witness to grave injustices and brim with integrity, love and human solidarity. They look at the brutality of power head on, and never lose hope in the capacity of decent people acting together to transform the world, to make it kinder and more beautiful.

    Ken, Rebecca and Paul  — working together as film director, producer and screenwriter — embody all the integrity and generosity of their deeply moving and unforgettable films.

    Thank you, each, for your unwavering and principled solidarity.

    BDS - 30 October 2017

     

  • BDS in 2015

    The year 2015 will be remembered as the year that Palestinian popular resistance spread across historic Palestine and that saw tens of thousands of Palestinians take toBDS the streets to resist and confront Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.  
    Seven ways our movement broke new ground against Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid. 

  • BDS takes two big strides, at CUNY and U of Chicago

    Philip Weiss  Source: Mondoweiss


    Two important developments in the campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over human rights violations. Last night the City University of New York (CUNY) Doctoral Students Council overwhelmingly endorsed academic boycott of Israel as a blow against “settler colonialism and structural racism.” And two days ago the University of Chicago student government voted, also overwhelmingly, that the university should divest itself from ten companies that profit from “apartheid” in military-occupied Palestine.

  • Belgian theater group pulls out of Israel Festival after boycott call

    Ali Abunimah

    The Belgian performance group CAMPO is the latest act to cancel an appearance in Israel.

    The Ghent-based dance/theater group had been scheduled to participate in the Israel Festival this summer, but says it pulled out in response to a request from BACBI, the Belgian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

  • Boycotting Placebo: A Lesson in Democracy

  • Brian Eno refuses to let Israeli dance company use his music

    The composer and producer Brian Eno has denied permission for one of Israel’s most critically acclaimed dance companies to  The dance piece using Brian Eno’s music was due to be performed in Turin on Tuesday. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardiancontinue using his music for a series of performances in Italy after he discovered that the Israeli embassy was sponsoring the event.

    Eno, 68, who started his career with Roxy Music but has latterly become known for his ambient music compositions, said he had not been aware his music was being used in a piece by the Batsheva dance company.

    Eno, a prominent supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign aimed at Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, wrote to the dance company last month to deny them permission to use his music.

  • CBSI and Douairi’s The Shock

    Al Sadma (The Shock), by Lebanese film director Ziad Douairi, was shot almost entirely in Tel Aviv, “Israel,” using an Israel crew, and features an Israeli actress. These three unfortunate incidents violate the Lebanese Boycott law of 1955, which prohibits "cooperation with Israeli organizations or businesses whether inside or outside Israel", and led the Minister of Interior to ban the film from Lebanese movie theaters.

  • Chile students vote to end ties with Israeli universities

    Ali Abunimah


     Students at one of Latin America’s top-ranked universities have voted to back the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions by a large margin.

    The student federation at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, elected from the institution’s 25,000-strong student body, passed the measure by 37-2 with 20 abstentions.

  • Despite threats Kate Tempest affirms her support for Palestinian rights

    Artists for Palestine UK (APUK) strongly condemns threats made against British artist Kate Tempest as a result of her support for Palestinian rights. A poet, spoken word artist and author, Tempest is one of more than 1200 UK-based artists to sign APUK’s pledge to uphold the cultural boycott of Israel. This conscientious decision by so many principled artists stands in stark contrast to the shameful intimidation tactics, including personal threats, directed against Tempest, which led to the cancellation of her concert, scheduled for October 6th 2017 at Berlin’s former airport Tempelhof. Tempest’s management said that she did not want to perform in an “aggressive atmosphere”, having received “personal threats via email and over social media”, adding that they did not want to risk the safety of her team.

  • Diagram: college divestments & divestment motions from South Africa & Israel

  • Earlham Student Senate passes resolution in support of divestment from Israeli occupation

    The following press release was sent out yesterday by Earlham BDS:BDS

    On April 22, following three weeks of deliberation, the Student Senate of Earlham College passed a resolution in support of divestment from companies directly involved in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. The resolution, presented by Boycott Divestment Sanctions Earlham (BDS Earlham), calls for divestment from three major companies profiting from the Occupation: Motorola Solutions, Hewlett Packard, and Caterpillar.

  • Edinburgh Students Vote 62% for BDS

    The Edinburgh University Students’ Association passed a motion backing a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions resolution against Israel. Edinburgh University
    The nonbinding motion passed Thursday by a vote of 249 to 153, with 22 abstentions, the London-based Jewish Chronicle reported.

  • EU Research Collaboration With Israeli Police in Tatters After Belgian University Exit

    The prestigious Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium has announced its withdrawal from a controversial EU-funded research cooperation project with the Israeli police and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security.

  • Famed feminist British historian refuses prestigious Israeli award

    Catherine Hall withdraws from $330,000 prize due to Tel Aviv University’s complicity in the occupation.Catherine Hall - Source: ucl.ac.uk

    Famed British feminist historian Catherine Hall announced she will withdraw her acceptance of a prestigious award presented by Tel Aviv University for political reasons. Hall was awarded $330,000 by the Dan David Foundation, and was supposed to accept the award at a university ceremony held Sunday. The BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement called on her and other recipients to refuse the prize due to Tel Aviv University’s complicity in the occupation.

  • Fred Moten’s Statement in Support of a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

    I’ve been learning something recently as the rhetorical energy surrounding the idea and actuality of an academic and cultural Fred Moten By Kari Orvik
    boycott of Israel—which is the least those of us who are still concerned not only with human life in Palestine but also, and more generally, with unsettled, non-colonial life can do—has increased and intensified. Two ploys are often used in anti-boycott rhetoric and are, therefore, deserving of special notice. One takes the form of a radical refusal/inability to distinguish between individual and institution that emerges as essential to the defense of Israeliacademic freedom. The other is the suggestion that an academic and cultural boycott of Israel is legitimate if and only if it is accompanied by similar action directed at every regime structured by the selective application of brutality upon populations under its control or, more specifically, at every settler colony including, and most specifically, the United States of America.

  • Genocide scholars pull out of Israel conference

    Ali Abuminah INoGS

    The vice-president of the International Network of Genocide Scholars has pulled out of the group’s conference at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, following appeals by Palestine solidarity campaigners.

  • Gloria Gaynor: Walk out the Door of Israeli Apartheid; Do not Perform in Tel Aviv on July 29, 2015

    We, the undersigned, the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon (CBSI) and the Palestinian Campaign for the Gloria Gaynor (Source: facebook.com/GloriaGaynor)Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) are pleased to learn that you plan to perform in Lebanon on July 31, 2015 but are deeply dismayed that, two days earlier, you are scheduled to sing in Tel Aviv. We call on you to cancel your Tel Aviv performance, as no matter what your intentions are, Israel’s regime of oppression will use your name, as the South African apartheid regime used artists’ names, to whitewash its crimes.

  • Growing number of hip-hop artists cancel gigs in Israel: report

    The number of North American hip-hop artists cancelling performances in Israel is on the rise, according to a report by Israeli news site Walla, with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign a key factor behind the phenomenon.

  • Hatikvah and Beirut Don’t Mix

    Dear Members of Guns n Roses,

    s occupation of Arab lands, its racial discriminatory practices, and its prevention of Palestinians from returning to their cities and villages.[1]

  • Hillary Clinton weighed into Edinburgh film festival row

  • History professor pulls out of event linking Tel Aviv, Brown universities

    Ali Abunimah 

    Last week, I wroteabout a symposium at Brown University’s Cogut Center for Humanities entitled “The Humanities in Israel/Palestine: Reflections on the State of Knowledge.”

    My interest was not so much for the content, but for the politics around it: PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, condemned the symposium as a violation of its boycott guidelines.

  • Hundreds of academics call for boycott of genocide conference in Israel

    In a letter to the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS), 270 academics from 19 countries have called for the cancellation of the 5th Global Conference on Genocide taking place on 26-29 June at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

    The letter sent to the organizers of the conference on the 3rd of May points at the hypocrisy of having the conference in Israel at a time when Israel’s actions are “increasingly being viewed through lenses of ethnic cleansing and genocide linked to settler colonialism”. The signatories call on scholars and professionals to boycott the conference should it go ahead.

  • Hundreds of Belgian artists and academics urge government to end participation in EU project cooperating with Israeli National Police

    In Belgium, 482 professors and researchers, and more than 190 artists, have written an open letter calling on their authorities to withdraw from participating in a European Union funded research project called LAW TRAIN, in which Belgium and Spain cooperate with the Israeli National Police. The project, aimed at developing joint interrogation methods, is coordinated by an Israeli university with particularly deep ties to Israel’s army and notorious security services. The signatories of this open letter highlight that Israeli methods are tested on Palestinians. Israel’s illegal detention of Palestinian political prisoners, and the systematic abuse and torture perpetrated by Israeli security forces during interrogations, is well documented. And in 2016 alone, Israelis interrogated at least 7,000 Palestinians, including over 400 children.

    This open letter is part of broader efforts by the Belgian Coalition To Stop Law Train, and broader European-wide efforts against the participation of the Israeli military, homeland security and police sector in research and development funded by the European Union. Other forms of mobilizing have included direct actions, conferences, and lobbying. Portuguese civil society successfully pressured their authorities to withdraw from LAW TRAIN in July 2016 –  marking the first time a government withdrew from an EU funded project following civil society pressure in support of Palestinian rights. Belgium civil society aims to achieve the same.

    We welcome the efforts of the organizers of this letter, the Belgian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI), and every person who signed the letter in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Thank you for telling the Belgian government that a Belgian partnership with the Israeli police is wrong, and that it should follow the example of the Portuguese authorities and withdraw from this project that “is neither ethically nor legally defensible.”

    * BACBI’s letter:  http://bit.ly/BACBI  
    * BACBI’s accompanying dossier:  http://www.bacbi.be/pdf/lawtraindossier_EN.pdf 
    * For a summary of campaigning against LAW TRAIN, supported by the EU funding program called Horizon 2020:  http://bit.ly/2kTeIM6 

    BDS Movement- 30/01/2017

  • In Canada, BDS loses in the House of Commons but wins on university campuses

    So the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement had a big day on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 in Canada, both in the House of Commons and on university campuses. Students voting for BDS at Students voting for BDS at McGill University-Noah Sutton- McGill Tribune

    Within a few hours of each other, Canadian politicians voted 229-51 to condemn BDS and even individuals who promote it; then the Students Society at McGill, a leading university in Montreal, voted to support BDS. An interesting irony here is that the new Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau is an alum of McGill and even personally condemned the efforts to support BDS at McGill when it was first introduced a year ago.

  • IPSC salutes the Musicians’ Union of Ireland’s decision to boycott Apartheid Israel

  • KOREA – Seoul Human Rights Film Festival cancels Israeli participation

    SEOUL, (PIC)-- The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement has achieved another success after it managed to  convince organizers of the Seoul Human Rights Film Festival to reject the participation of an Israeli film in the event.

  • Lara Fabian cancels Lebanon tour after boycott campaign

     Belgian singer Lara Fabian announced via Facebook on Thursday that she has cancelled her February concert in Lebanon after boycott activists campaigned against her visit.

  • Lauryn Hill cancels Israel show after Palestinian boycott call

    (Photo:The Electronic Intifada)

    Lauryn Hill has canceled a 7 May concert in Israel, following a request by Palestinians and a campaign by many of her fans.

  • Lebanese activists want Lara Fabian concert cancelled after pro-Israel gig

     The Lebanese government is under pressure to nix an upcoming performance in Lebanon by a prominent Belgian singer after footage emerged of her performing at an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel.

  • Lebanese boycott campaign targets Armin van Buuren

    Lebanon's chapter supporting the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign of Israel has called for a boycott of Armin van Buuren's concerts scheduled to be held in Beirut this weekend.

  • Lebanese Concert Promoter Sues BDS Activists

    Lebanese anti-Israel activists are being sued by a concert promoter for their boycott campaign against a popular British rock group.

  • Lebanese filmmakers pull out of Israeli-run workshop in Jordan

     

    Marc Abizeid 

    Three Lebanese filmmakers who were scheduled to participate in an international film training project in Jordan have pulled out after learning that Israel was among its key sponsors.

  • Lebanon’s Mashrou’ Leila cancels on Chili Peppers after latter refuses Israel boycott call

    Internationally acclaimed Lebanese group Mashrou’ Leila today tweeted “we will not be opening for the red hot chili peppers on september 6 in beirut.” 
    This decisionfollows mounting calls on the group to cancel after Red Hot Chili Peppers rejected calls from the campaign to boycott supporters of Israel in Lebanon & the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement to cancel a 10 September show in Tel Aviv.

  • Lebanon’s Mashrou’ Leila Take a Stand

     Pierre Abisaaab 
    (This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.)

    Making a difficult choice, the Lebanese band backed out of opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers after it emerged that the American band will soon be playing in Israel.

  • Letter: Over 100 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel

    Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today that we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel.

  • Listen: Why “Wonder Woman” is banned in Lebanon & other countries

    Lebanon has banned Wonder Woman from showing in the country’s movie theaters because the film’s lead actor, Gal Gadot, is  Israeli.

    Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere in Lebanon, which is officially at war with Israel.

    Wonder Woman has been promoted around Lebanon and was scheduled to premiere in the country until hours before the ban went into effect. Lebanon’s Grand Cinemas movie theater chain announced the ban on its Twitter feed.

    Though Wonder Woman had passed the country’s normal screening procedures, the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon put pressure on the government to block the film, describing it as “the Israeli Soldier film”.

    Gadot, who is from Tel Aviv, was a combat trainer in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) for two years and crowned Miss Israel at age 18. The Campaign had previously tried to block Lebanon’s screenings of Batman v Superman, which also features Gadot as Wonder Woman, but was unsuccessful.

    The Guardian - 31/05/2017

    Updating:  
    TunisiaAlgeria, Palestine, Qatar, Kuwait& Jordan follow Lebanon in banning Wonder Woman screenings because lead actress Gal Gadot is Israeli.

    Bahrain: Civil organazations letter to cinema theater to stop showing Wonder Woman. 

     

     

  • Lorde Cancels Tel Aviv Concert After Calls to Boycott Israel

    Lorde has decided to cancel her 2018 concert in Tel Aviv following calls for the Melodrama singer to  withdraw from the gig due to the ongoing cultural boycott.

  • Major Chilean Universities Heed BDS Call, Cancel Events Sponsored by Israeli Embassy

    Two Chilean universities cancel events sponsored by the Israeli embassy which featured a speaker directing illegal Students at the University of Chile call for an end to ties with Israeli academic institutionsarchaeological digs in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

  • Manchester students vote to cut links with Israel

     A motion in favor of BDS was approved by 60 percent of the student union senate at the British university last week.

    The decision is a bold challenge to the university’s administrators who have developed strong links with Israel in recent years.

    In 2013, the University of Manchester signed a cooperation pact with the Technion, Israel’s technology institute.

    The Technion works in partnership with a number of Israel’s arms manufacturers and has even helped develop a remote-controlled function for the D9 bulldozers that Israel uses to demolish Palestinian homes.

     The BDS motion also demands that the University of Manchester sells nearly £15 million ($19 million) worth of shares in corporations linked to Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians. These corporations include Caterpillar, maker of the D9 bulldozer.

    The vote is the result of a long campaign by Palestine solidarity activists in Manchester, who insisted that their tuition fees must not be used to support institutions complicit in Israel’s crimes.

    The BDS motion was approved following a poignant speech by Huda Ammori, a British-Palestinian student, who chairs the Recognise Refugee Rights society in the university. She referred to how her own father had to leave Palestine when he was just 6 years old. His family’s home in the Tulkarem area of the West Bank came under attack by Israeli forces in 1967.

    “My father was forced out of his house in Palestine,” Ammori said. “The Israeli military shot at him and his siblings. He had to hide under the table, hoping to survive. They ran from the back of their house barefoot and had to hide in caves without any means of survival.

    “I wish I had the privilege to say that my grandparents were in Palestine. But I don’t because they were ethnically cleansed. My great grandparents were there. My great great grandparents were there, too. But they [my grandparents] were forced out in order for the State of Israel to exist and to maintain a majority Jewish population – on the ruins of Palestinian refugees.”

    “BDS is necessary to strip Israel of its impunity,” she added. “It is necessary to ensure that Palestinians regain their most fundamental human and political rights: freedom, justice, equality and return.”

     Reputational damage?

    The vote is particularly significant as the University of Manchester has strong historical links to the Zionist movement. Chaim Weizmann, the Zionist movement’s top lobbyist in Britain during the first half of the 20th century, worked as a scientist in the university. He went on to become Israel’s first president.

    Today’s Zionist lobby is dedicating much energy to try and counter the BDS movement. The pro-Israel lobby tries to portray the BDS movement as motivated by anti-Semitism, despite how the movement explicitly condemns all forms of racial and religious bigotry.

    Some opponents of the BDS motion in Manchester alleged that it made Jewish students feel unsafe. Ammori stressed, however, that growing numbers of Jews are insisting that Palestinians be granted justice and equality.

     “This support is growing because they understand that it has nothing to do with Jewishness but with the Zionist oppressive colonial ideology that enables Israel’s ongoing oppression against Palestinians,” Ammori told The Electronic Intifada.

     The BDS work will have to be sustained in the University of Manchester, even if demanding respect for Palestinian rights would appear to be in line with the college’s official commitment to “social responsibility.”

     “It’s a great victory but this is only the beginning,” Etisha Choudhury, chair of the Action Palestine society in the university, said. “We are going to celebrate it but also work harder to be stronger and more effective in order to bring about more victories. We still have a massive journey ahead. We will continue until the university divests and cuts ties with the Technion.”

     Palestine solidarity activists expect that they will encounter attempts to prevent the BDS motion from being enforced, despite how it was endorsed in a democratic vote. One fear is that the university’s administration will use the argument that cutting its links with Israel will cause “reputational damage.”

     Ammori contended that the university would suffer worse damage to its reputation if it kept doing business with the Technion.

     “They [the university’s administrators] claim to be socially responsible,” she said. “This is impossible given their association with the Technion, the weapons laboratory of the Israeli military.”

    The electronic intifada -13 December 2016

  • MARINAH, FIRST SINGER IN SPAIN TO CANCEL CONCERTS IN ISRAEL

    • Marinah had planned to participate in the Méditerranée Festival in Ashdod the upcoming 11th June and also at the World Music of Photo: BDS CatalunyaTel Aviv.

    • The Ashdod Festival has broad institutional support and is financed by companies which are directly linked to the violation of Palestinian rights.

  • Medical Students at Chile’s Largest University Overwhelmingly Vote for BDS

     More than three-fourths of students at the University of Chile’s Faculty of Medicine voted to break institutional ties with Israeli  universities in a student referendum held last month. They also voted against Israeli government sponsorship or attendance of events at their university.

  • New "Lara Fabian" faces Lebanon boycott calls

    A French singer is facing calls to apologize for her support for Israel or abandon a Middle Eastern tour, a few weeks ahead of a planned performance in Lebanon.

  • New victory: Four Colombian film festivals join cultural boycott of Israel

    As a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, BDS en Colombia  decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid, four Colombian film festivals join the cultural boycott against Israel’s regime. Local BDS group in Colombia (BDS en Colombiasays this is just the beginning: “We expect more artists and cultural workers in Colombia to activate their conscience and take this important standard against the Israeli apartheid”.

  • Norway’s Largest Trade Union Federation Endorses Full Boycott of Israel to Advance Palestinian Human Rights

    Today, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), representing close to one million workers, endorsed a full boycott of Norway’s Largest Trade Union Federation Endorses Full Boycott of Israel to Advance Palestinian Human Rights - Credit: Ole PalmstrømIsrael to achieve Palestinian rights under international law. LO is the largest and most influential umbrella organization of labor unions in Norway.

  • Open letter from Lebanon to Diana Krall: Don’t entertain an apartheid state

    Dear Ms. Krall,

    We learned, with great enthusiasm, that you would be performing in Lebanon on August 2nd. Many of us were excited about finally getting the opportunity to hear you live, since we had enjoyed your music for years. However, when we later learned that you are planning to perform in Israel on August 4th after your performance in Lebanon, we no longer are willing to attend your Lebanon performance.

  • Open letter from Lebanon to the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Come to Lebanon, but not to Israel: Until All Palestinians Have the Right of Return"

    Dear Red Hot Chili Peppers,

  • Ottawa cites hate crime laws when asked about its 'zero tolerance' for Israel boycotters

    Neil MacdonaldPublic Safety Minister Steven Blaney and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson appear together at a House of Commons committee last week. Has the minister directed the RCMP to pursue hate crimes against BDS advocates? (The Canadian Press)

    The Harper government is signalling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel. 

  • Over 200 South African scholars join academic boycott of Israel

  • PACBI salutes over 200 Brazilian Intellectuals for Joining the Academic Boycott of Israel

    The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) salutes Brazilian professors and researchers forPACBI their principled solidarity with our struggle for freedom and justice. In just three days, an online letter endorsing the academic boycott of Israeli institutions, circulated by Brazilian intellectuals, received as much as 200 signatories from faculty across Brazilian universities. We are inspired by this public outpouring of support.

  • Palestinian boycott activists salute the 1,000+ Black activists, scholars and artists for endorsing BDS for Palestinian rights

    “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) clarifies position on local campaign to cancel Matisyahu’s show at Rototom Sunsplash festival

    Occupied Palestine, 23 August 2015  

    Rototom Sunsplash festival organizers had canceled the performance of US artist Matisyahu from this year’s program after pressure from human rights activists in Spain objecting to his incitement to racial hatred and his defense of Israeli war crimes. The festival, which focuses on human rights and issues of justice, has now backtracked on the decision, following reported high-profile pressure by Israel lobby groups and the Spanish government.

  • Palestinians Salute Cádiz Municipality for Cancelling Israel-Sponsored Film Series

    Spanish state municipality upholds commitment to avoid contributing to whitewashing Israel’s regime of military occupation and human rights violations through cultural events.

     The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) salutes the Municipality of Cádiz for cancelling an Israeli film series due to the Israeli embassy’s sponsorship. The scheduled opening ceremony included the participation of the director of cultural projects in the Israeli Embassy in Spain, Jesus Arcos García.

  • Pharrell Williams cancels Israel gig

  • Prominent anthropologists join academic boycott of Israel

    Earlier this year, the blog Savage Minds and Anthropologists for a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions joined forces to post a series of six essays on the issue of the academic boycott of Israel.

  • R&B Fans: Support Lebanese Rights and Boycott Chris Brown in Beirut on July 29

    This July, American R&B artist Chris Brown will rap his way across the apartheid walls of “Israel” to perform, 48 hours later, in Source: Mix FmBeirut. Brown is slated to sing at the Rishon LeZion amphitheater in Tel Aviv on July 27, 2015 before appearing on stage at one of Lebanon’s major exhibition centres, Biel on July 29.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers urged to abandon Israel gig

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been urged to abandon a planned gig in Israel, after it emerged that they performed at a pro-Palestinian gig that raised over US$500,000. 

  • Roger Waters to Dionne Warwick: “You are showing yourself to be profoundly ignorant of what has happened in Palestine since 1947″

    EXCLUSIVE: Dionne Warwick called me out by name in asserting she'd play Tel Aviv. Here's what she misunderstands
    Roger Waters (Photo:Salon)

  • San Jose State University becomes first California State University to pass student government BDS resolution

    Image: Students for Justice in Palestine at SJSU Facebook pageThe following press release was issued by Students for Justice in Palestine at San Jose State University:

    San Jose State University Students Pass Resolution to Divest from Corporations that profit from the Israeli Occupation.

    On Wednesday November 18, 2015, San Jose State University became the first California State University to pass a student government resolution to divest from companies complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. This was achieved in a 10-5-0 vote (10 yes, 5 no, 0 abstained). 

  • Singer Humperdinck faces calls to boycott Israel

    Veteran British pop star Engelbert Humperdinck faced calls to refrain from returning to Israel on Saturday, ahead of a planned trip to Lebanon in March.

  • SOAS votes for academic boycott of Israel

    SOAS* students and staff have endorsed an academic boycott of Israel, after the results of a week-long referendum were released Friday evening.

  • South African universities join academic boycott of Israel

  • South Africa’s CSVR Withdraws from Genocide Studies Conference in Israel

    The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) salutes the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in South Africa for taking the principled decision to cancel its participation at the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) conference next week (26-29 June) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • SUCCESS: UK'S NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS VOTES TO JOINS BDS BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

    In a 19-4 vote with one abstention, the confederation of 600 student unions across the United Kingdom  Source: BDS movementpassed the pro-BDS boycott of Israel proposal last Tuesday at a meeting of its National Executive Council.

  • Surge in Support for Boycott of Israeli LGBT Film Festival Shows Growing Respect for Palestinian Picket Line

    Fourteen filmmakers and other artists declared their support for boycotting Israeli government sponsored TLVFest. 

  • The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3902 Endorses Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel

    In a landslide vote at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 27 April 2015, the Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902 voted to endorse the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

  • The National Women’s Studies Association is the newest scholarly group to back the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel

     The National Women’s Studies Association is the newest scholarly group to back the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.

    In a vote that involved 35 percent of the association’s total membership, 88.4 percent, or 653 individuals, voted in favor of a boycott measure.

    Members of the NWSA’s executive committee then took their own vote on Friday to approve the membership’s recommendation that the association support BDS.

  • UK academics boycott universities in Israel to fight for Palestinians' rights

    More than 300 academics from dozens of British universities have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest at  Palestinian protesters run from teargas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank. Photograph: Emad Drimly/Xinhua Press/Corbiswhat they call intolerable human rights violations against the Palestinian people.

  • United States: UW-Madison graduate student union endorses BDS

    The following press release was sent out by the UW-Madison Union of Graduate Student Workers: Teaching Assistants’ Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison- Source: Mondoweiss

    Members of the Teaching Assistants’ Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison vote overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to divest from the State of Israel and corporations that profit from the illegal occupation of Palestine.

  • University of Chile Social Sciences students overwhelmingly vote for BDS

    BDS is growing at an exceptionally impressive rate in Chile. In the third academic boycott win this year alone, more than 90% of the Social Sciences students of the University of Chile (UChile) voted for BDS yesterday.More than 90% of the Social Sciences students of the University of Chile (UChile) voted for BDS

  • University of Chile’s Law Faculty students vote “yes” for BDS

    In a referendum held on Monday, 64% of the Law students at the University of Chile voted for cutting the university’s ties with Source: BDSIsraeli universities involved in violating Palestinian human rights. In addition, 56% of the students voted that activities involving Israeli officials or state funding should not take place at the Law Faculty.

    One week after holding a successful Israeli Apartheid Week, BDS UChile – a broad student coalition for BDS at the University of Chile – celebrated the referendum results: “This shows that BDS is right and it has strength, and that our comrades understand perfectly what the Israeli colonization process is and how the Israeli apartheid policies are imposed against the Palestinian people on a daily basis”.

  • University of Helsinki cancels G4S contract over support for Israeli prisons

    Michael Deas

    The University of Helsinki in Finland has canceled its security contract with G4S over its role in Israel’s prison system. G4S equips prisons where Palestinians are tortured. (Palestine Solidarity Campaign/Flickr)

    Palestinian organizations launched a boycott and divestment campaign against G4S in 2012 because the British firm provides security equipment and services to Israeli prisons where thousands of Palestinians are detained. 

  • University of South Florida students pass Israel divestment resolution

    On Tuesday night, the student senate at the University of South Florida in Tampa passed a joint resolution calling on the board of University of South Florida students pass Israel divestment resolution - The Electronic Intifadatrustees of the USF Foundation to divest from corporations involved in Israel’s occupation and human rights violations.

    The resolution, which passed in a landslide vote of 32-12 with 5 abstentions, demands that the university pull its investments in corporations that “are continuously and knowingly complicit” in violations of Palestinian rights.

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, endorses academic and cultural boycott of Israel

    Scholar and writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner and associate professor of English and American  Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, has endorsed BDS and the cultural and academic boycott of Israel in support of Palestinian rights.
     
    “Always remember, never forget. These powerful words compel us to think about both the injustices of the past and the injustices of the present. One of those contemporary injustices that we struggle to remember is the Israeli occupation and the deprivation of Palestinian rights. For any of us concerned with justice, the imperative is clear: we must stand with the disempowered and the forgotten against militarism and the state,” said Nguyen.
  • Why won’t Norway theater apologize for embracing Israel’s war crimes ?

    Ali Abunimah

    This short video portrays a dramatic apology from the National Theatre of Norway for its collaboration in recent years with Israel’s government-backed Habima Norway Theater theater.

    The Israeli government has reacted furiously to the video, comparing it to Nazi propaganda.

    “This is a great day for the National Theatre of Norway,” says a woman moving across a darkened stage. “It is the day that we publically apologize for our shameful collaboration with Habima, the national theater of Israel.”

  • Yanni: Don't Play Apartheid ''Israel'' on June 19, 2013/إلى ينّي: لا تغنِّ لدولة القتل و الاحتلال والعنصريّة

    Please sign this petition to call Yanni to boycott ''Israel'' & to be on the right side of history. 
    وقع على هذه العريضة من اجل حث يني على مقاطعة العزف في ''إسرائيل''. 
  • York University Faculty Boycotts Israeli Academic Institution

    Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University (SAIA York) is proud to announce that the Faculty of  Environmental Studies (FES) at the third largest university in Canada has boycotted the Israeli academic institution, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES). This move is a major win for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, as FES has become the first faculty in Canada to honor Palestinian civil society's call for "an academic boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions".

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