Updates from the palestinian BDS (Germany)
A German court confirms that advocating for BDS and Palestinian rights constitutes freedom of expression and assembly, rights that are protected by the German constitution and are essential for democracy. The court ruled that the German city of Oldenburg unlawfully violated these fundamental rights when it revoked a permit for an event space, forcing a Palestinian solidarity group to cancel its public lecture on Palestinian rights. The court's ruling is "an important step toward a more informed and democratic public discussion in Germany when Israel and the Palestinian people are concerned."
"We appeal to progressives and social movements everywhere to pressure their governments to impose strict military embargoes on all states that are perpetrating crimes against humanity and war crimes, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Myanmar."
In a response to the campaign, Adidas claims it "acts in a politically neutral way.” Sponsoring the Israel Football Association, which hosts clubs based in illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land, is anything but “politically neutral.”
Festival cancels Young Fathers’ gig after award-winning band insists on supporting Palestinian rights and BDS
Pop-Kultur festival's arrogant dismissal of the appeals of Palestinians and progressive artists to drop Israel's sponsorship betrays apathy, and worse, to Palestinian human rights
Palestinians thank the UK artists for their principled stand and urge all participating artists to withdraw from the festival until it ends all forms of collaboration with Israel’s regime of oppression.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel calls for the boycott of Pop-Kultur Berlin, until it drops Israel’s sponsorship.