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) salutes the students, faculty members and groups that organized and supported the spectacular campus “occupations” across the United Kingdom in solidarity with Palestine, during Israel’s criminal aggression on Gaza earlier this year. The message to university administrations and academics was unequivocal; there is no room for business-as-usual with Israel, and British universities must take a stand, including divesting from companies implicated in Israel’s occupation and atrocities.
PACBI -- Ramallah, Occupied Palestine, March 8, 2009
Palestinian artists and intellectuals in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are disappointed by the news of your intention to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is writing to urge you not to participate on behalf of Israel in this contest.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) applauds CUPE-Ontario‘s University Workers Coordinating Committee (OUWCC) for its principled support for the cause of justice in Palestine by adopting, at its annual conference on 22 February 2009, significant steps in the direction of applying effective pressure on Israel and holding it accountable for its colonial and apartheid policies which violate international law and fundamental human rights.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) would like to extend its appreciation and support to the Palestine Forum in Japan for its admirable efforts to stop the world renowned novelist, Haruki Murakami, from attending the Jerusalem International Book Fair and accepting the ‘Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society’ on February 15th, 2009.
An Open Letter to Comedienne Anne Roumanof Ramallah, Occupied Palestine, February 19, 2009
We know that your stand-up comedy brings laughter and joy to many French- speaking people around the world. As such we are shocked and disappointed to learn that you are going to perform in support of handicapped Israeli veterans and victims of terrorist attacks in Geneva on March 2nd, 2009.
This latest wanton attack on an academic organization is far from being an exception. It is only the latest episode in what Oxford University academic Karma Nabulsi has termed “scholasticide,” or Israel’s systematic and intentional destruction of Palestinian education centers.
At a time when the Israeli government is unleashing the full force of its military might in an all-out war against an essentially defenceless population in the occupied Gaza Strip, celebrating Tel Aviv while Gaza burns is morally repulsive. It is an indefensible position for an academic institution to take while a population, over half of whom are children, are subject to daily attacks that are widely recognized as violating international humanitarian law and basic human rights.
We believe that honouring Peres is an affront not only to Palestinians, but also to a significant segment of UK academics. These academics‘ determined support for Palestinian rights, by calling for the isolation of Israel in the world community and refusing to treat it as a normal nation until it fully respects international law, has earned the admiration of Palestinian and solidarity movements across the world.