Boycott, Divest & Sanction  Israel:

Israeli universities are major, willing and persistent accomplices in Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. They are involved in developing weapon systems and military doctrines deployed in Israel’s recent war crimes in Lebanon and Gaza, justifying the ongoing colonization of Palestinian land, rationalizing gradual ethnic cleansing of indigenous Palestinians, providing moral justification for extra-judicial killings, systematically discriminating against“non-Jewish” students, and other implicit and explicit violations of human rights and international law.  To end this complicity in Israel’s violations of international law,  Palestinian civil society has called for an academic boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions. Refusing to normalize oppression, many academic associations, student governments and unions as well as thousands of international academics now support the academic boycott of Israel.

Israel overtly uses culture as a form of propaganda to whitewash or justify its regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people. Just as South African anti-apartheid activists had called on international artists, writers and cultural institutions to culturally boycott South Africa, PACBI urges international cultural workers and cultural organizations, including unions and associations, to boycott and/or work towards the cancellation of events, activities, agreements, or projects involving Israel, its lobby groups or its cultural institutions.

International venues and festivals are asked to reject funding and any form of sponsorship from the Israeli government.  Thousands of artists across the world now refuse to perform in Israel, including a host of global superstars such as Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, Lauryn Hill and Chuck D.  The BDS movement is building an economic boycott of Israel and developing effective campaigns against companies that participate in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.

International companies aid and abet Israel’s violations of international law, including by operating in illegal Israeli settlements and acting as contractors for the Israeli military and government.  Campaigning has led to major companies such as Veolia and Orange selling up and leaving Israel altogether and a range of investors divesting from Israeli and international companies.

The UN, the World Bank and other experts say that BDS is having an important economic impact on Israel and that this could well grow as the movement develops.  Israel uses military force and sophisticated technology to maintain its oppression of Palestinians. Human rights organisations have documented that Israel violates international law and carries out war crimes during its frequent attacks on Palestinians.

Israel is only able to act with such impunity because governments and companies around the world cooperate with its military and with its military companies.

Palestinian civil society has called for a comprehensive and immediate military embargo on Israel. BDS campaigning is starting to have an impact on Israeli military companies such as Elbit Systems.  Having failed to stop the rise in worldwide support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality, Israel is now launching a desperate and dangerous fight back.

Israel is persuading supportive governments in the US, UK, France and elsewhere to repress the BDS movement. Israel has implemented a travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti and is using its security services to spy on BDS activists across the world.

This war of repression has prompted the Swedish, Irish and Dutch governments and mainstream organisations such as Amnesty International to speak out.

 

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One Response to “Boycott, Divest & Sanction  Israel:”

  1. Ron says:

    Yes, there is a “SH–” hole in this Great Country of OURS.
    America & American citizens of America.
    NOT for AIPAC, ISRAEL,
    and Illegal immigrants in America. It seems because of CAMPAIGN
    funding, and dual citizenship with-in our government we end
    up with no real consideration by a bought out congress.
    ALL THE NO VOTES CAUSES DOUBT IN WHO YOU WERE ELECTED TO REPRESENT.

    CONGRESS, has no idea how we AMERICANS are ready to show our
    support for President Trump, and for MAKING AMERICA GREAT
    AGAIN. Democrats and Republicans voting no alike are taking a
    course they will regret in the end.

    WE will send you all packing, get your luggage packed.

    We want Campaign reform.
    We want a huge change in foreign relations.
    We want our infrastructure rebuilt.
    We want our borders SECURED, not by contracts and no
    bid deals.It is a National Security Issue, built by
    our corp. of Engineers, and pentagon, personnel &
    equipment, all by made in AMERICA Materials.
    When we had a draft, it was serve for two years.
    why not have enlistment for two years, with award of
    education for doing so.
    Lets get going on a progressive stance instead of waiting
    for someone else.
    WELL OF COURSE, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WASHINGTON, DC
    and the occupants that are running the “Dog Doo Doo SHOW”

    President Trump we support you, and only those that also do.

    Commander-In-Chief Take charge of National Security–Build-it.

    DRAIN THE CORRUPT—WE WILL WORK & VOTE YOUR WAY……

    Tweet to your friends & Base, not our DAM ENEMIES.

    Follow the money; AUDIT the Federal Reserve.

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