The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and Women in Solidarity with Palestine have launched a protest against the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), for their exhibition of the looted Dead Sea Scrolls. For past two weeks, they have conduced successful protests (see video, pictures and media coverage below). Friday pickets are ongoing to keep up the pressure on the ROM and to continue to inform the public about the theft of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The demands of the protest are:
- Demanding the ROM recognize the Scrolls are looted Palestinian artifacts.
Philippa Hawker, The Age, July 18, 2009 - ENGLISH filmmaker Ken Loach has withdrawn his film Looking for Eric from the Melbourne International Film Festival because the festival receives funding from the Israeli Government.
Loach told the festival if it did not reconsider the sponsorship, he would not allow the festival to screen his film.
12 July 2009 - PACBI has been heartened by the untiring efforts of BDS activists in the US and UK in organizing demonstrations and pickets at Leonard Cohen’s performances in advance of his planned concert in Tel Aviv later this summer.
The call, “don’t Play Israel!” has been heard loud and clear.
Palestinian academics have been heartened by the outpouring of solidarity with our people on the part of British academics and students – the latter attested to by the creative "student occupation movement" in the wake of the brutal Israeli war against the Palestinian people in Gaza last December and January.
Below: PACBI Statement: "British academic union deals one more blow to business-as-usual with the Israeli academy"
BRICUP Statement "UCU Congress endorses boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel despite legal warning"
The full text of all the motions, except for late motions and late amendments, can be read here
Mick Napier [Sumoud] 17 May 2009 - Five BDS Campaign activists face charges following their interruption of a performance during the 2008 Edinburgh International Festival by an Israeli musical ensemble.
PACBI, 5 May 2009 - Twenty-one staff members of the University of Tromsø (www2.uit.no/www/inenglish) have signed a call for boycott of all Israeli academic institutions.
The initiative calls for the University to "establish an academic boycott of Israel", of Israel‘s "institutions of education, research and culture, and the institutions‘ representatives, regardless of religion and nationality."