Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is writing to urge you not to accept Israeli government funding for the hosting of a one-month series of new Israeli films beginning in June 2009. We understand that the program for the film series indicates that it is being organized in cooperation with the Israeli embassy in Switzerland. Collaborating with the Israeli government just as Israel ended its bloody war against the occupied Gaza Strip, would be tantamount to endorsement of the heinous war crimes it has committed and is still committing in Gaza.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) urges all filmmakers, particularly Palestinian filmmakers, not to take part in the 45th Mostra Internationale del Nuovo Cinema in Pesaro, Italy. Italian solidarity groups, responding to the Palestinian call for boycott, have called for a boycott of the Festival due to its hosting of a retrospective on Israeli cinema, in collaboration with the Israel Film Fund, an organization that is founded and funded by the Israeli government.
PACBI salutes the British Committee for Universities of Palestine, BRICUP, for its decisive role in the University and College Union Congress’s overwhelming endorsement of several motions unequivocally supporting Palestinian rights; condemning Israel’s occupation and apartheid; denouncing the complicity of Israel’s academic institutions in the state’s system of oppression against the Palestinians; and adopting the logic of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, despite intimidating legal threats.