Thank artists for withdrawing from Israeli government-backed Pop-Kultur in Berlin

On World Photography Day, over 40 Portuguese photographers, teachers of photography and photography students have launched a pledge not to accept professional invitations or financing from the State of Israel and to refuse to collaborate with Israeli cultural institutions complicit in  Israel’s regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) condemns the Pop-Kultur festival for spreading outrageous lies about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights in a desperate attempt to divert attention from its shameful acceptance of Israel's sponsorship and its resultant complicity in whitewashing Israel's regime o

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel salutes the artists who have cancelled their participation in Pop-Kultur to protest Israel's sponsorship. As in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, a regime of oppression and racism should never be welcomed in cultural spaces claiming to advocate for openness, inclusion and human rights.

A group of Palestinian, Israeli, and international scientists and academics has called on colleagues to cancel their participation in a forthcoming conference in Israel, to show their solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation.

Shabaab of Rafah became the first Gazan team to win football's Palestine Cup in more than a decade Friday, despite Israeli restrictions keeping 10 of its players off the pitch. Rafah and Ahly al-Khalil from the southern West Bank city of Hebron which hosted the game ended the second leg nil-nil, but Rafah's 2-0 first leg lead meant it took the title. The Gazan club had to field a weakened side, with only 15 of its 25 members of the playing squad given Israeli permits to travel.

On July 19, and while Israeli forces were brutally suppressing nonviolent Palestinian protests in occupied East Jerusalem, Radiohead crossed the Palestinian boycott picket line to play in Tel Aviv.

G4S, the world’s largest security company, is actively training Israeli police forces currently attacking Palestinians in Jerusalem.

One of the most dangerous places where the regimes of Trump and Netanyahu converge are in exchange programs that bring together police, ICE, border patrol, and FBI from the US with soldiers, police, border agents, etc from Israel. In these programs, “worst practices” are shared to promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries including extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.

Israel uses military force to maintain its oppression of Palestinians. It targets people with tear gas grenades, rubber-coated bullets and live ammunition, and carries out mass arrests, house demolitions and extrajudicial executions. The international HSBC bank is a major shareholder in companies selling weapons and military technology to Israel and also provides those companies with the loans they need to operate.

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