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<p>1</p> <p>Academic &amp; Cultural Boycott ReaderAbout the Campaign Palestinian Call for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Palestinian Filmmakers, Artists and Cultural Workers Call for a Cultural Boycott of Israel A Call from Palestine: Palestinian Students Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) John Berger and 93 other authors, film-makers, musicians and performers call for a cultural boycott of Israel PACBI Guidelines for the International Academic Boycott of Israel PACBI Guidelines for the International Cultural Boycott of Israel Implementing the Academic Boycott: Individuals vs. Institutions Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) - Frequently Asked Questions Academic Boycott and the Israeli Left Enough. It's time for a boycott The Academic Boycott of IsraelObjections and Defense p.1 p.4 p.5</p> <p>p.12</p> <p>p.13</p> <p>p.18 p.23 p.27 p.29 p.32</p> <p>p.36 p.38</p> <p>2</p> <p>ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN"The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure-- in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s. Over the past six months, a similar movement has taken shape, this time aiming at an end to the Israeli occupation". Desmond Tutu The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel was launched in Ramallah in April 2004 by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals to join the growing international boycott movement. The Campaign built on the Palestinian call for a comprehensive economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel issued in A ugust 2002 and a statement made by Palestinian academics and intellectuals in the occupied territories and in the Diaspora calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions in October 2003. In July 2004, the Campaign issued a statement of principles, addressed to our colleagues in the international community urging them to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions until Israel withdraws from all the lands occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem; removes all its colonies in those lands; agrees to United Nations resolutions relevant to the restitution of Palestinian refugees rights; and dismantles its system of apartheid. This statement was met with widespread support, and has to date been endorsed by nearly sixty Palestinian academic, cultural and other civil society federations, unions, and organizations, including the Federation of Unions of Palestinian Universities Professors and Employees and the Palestinian NGO Network in the West Bank. The campaign has also established an advisory committee comprised of wellknown public figures and intellectuals. The Palestinian Campaign is inspired by the historic role played by people of conscience in the international community of scholars and intellectuals who have shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in their struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott. During the past two years various calls for divestment, sanctions and economic boycott of Israeli products as well as a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions have been issued by groups and individuals in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere. These calls recognize that Israeli academic institutions (mostly state controlled) and the vast majority of Israeli intellectuals and academics have either contributed directly to the Israeli occupation or at the very least have been complicit through their silence. In April 2002 British academics issued a call for a moratorium on European research and academic collaboration with Israeli institutions. In France, an appeal to the European Union not to renew its 1995 Association Agreement with Israel was issued by the University</p> <p>3 of Paris-VI (Pierre-et-Marie-Curie) in December 2002 and was endorsed by several other French universities. Similar calls were published in Italy and Australia, while in the United States, student and faculty groups at several universities including New York University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton launched divestment from Israel campaigns. Most recently the Church of Sweden has called for a boycott of goods produced by Israeli colonies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the Presbyterian Church in the United States has decided to divest from Israel. Boycotting Israeli academic and cultural institutions is an urgently needed form of pressure against Israel that can bring about its compliance with international law and the requirements for a just peace. Posted on 21-12-2008 at: d=868</p> <p>Advisory Board </p> <p>Abdel Jawad Saleh George Giacaman Ibrahim Dakkak Jaqueline Sfeir Jamil Hilal Samia Khoury</p> <p>Founding Committee </p> <p>Bashir Abdel Razek Inam Obeidi Islah Jad Lisa Taraki Omar Barghouti Riham Barghouti Rowan Al-Faqih Zuhair Sabbagh</p> <p>Steering Committee </p> <p>Carmela Armanious Gabi Baramki Omar Barghouti Riham Barghouti Samia Botmeh Haidar Eid Rania Elias Islah Jad Linda Tabar Lisa Taraki</p> <p>4</p> <p>Palestinian Call for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel</p> <p>Palestinians, which has manifested itself in many forms, including siege, indiscriminate killing, wanton destruction and the racist colonial wall, In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community of scholars and intellectuals have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in their struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott, Recognizing that the growing international boycott movement against Israel has expressed the need for a Palestinian frame of reference outlining guiding principles, In the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression, We, Palestinian academics and intellectuals, call upon our colleagues in the international community to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions as a contribution to the struggle to end Israels occupation, colonization and system of apartheid, by applying the following: 1. Refrain from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli institutions; 2. Advocate a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at the national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to these institutions; 3. Promote divestment and disinvestment from Israel by international academic institutions;</p> <p>Whereas Israels colonial oppression of the Palestinian people, which is based on Zionist ideology, comprises the following:</p> <p>Denial of its responsibility for the Nakba -- in particular the waves of ethnic cleansing and dispossession that created the Palestinian refugee problem -- and therefore refusal to accept the inalienable rights of the refugees and displaced stipulated in and protected by international law; Military occupation and colonization of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza since 1967, in violation of international law and UN resolutions; The entrenched system of racial discrimination and segregation against the Palestinian citizens of Israel, which resembles the defunct apartheid system in South Africa;</p> <p>Since Israeli academic institutions (mostly state controlled) and the vast majority of Israeli intellectuals and academics have either contributed directly to maintaining, defending or otherwise justifying the above forms of oppression, or have been complicit in them through their silence, Given that all forms of international intervention have until now failed to force Israel to comply with international law or to end its repression of the</p> <p>5 4. Work toward the condemnation of Israeli policies by pressing for resolutions to be adopted by academic, professional and cultural associations and organizations; 5. Support Palestinian academic and cultural institutions directly without requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or implicit condition for such support. Endorsed by: Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees; Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions; Palestinian NGO Network, West Bank; Teachers Federation; Palestinian Writers Federation; Palestinian League of Artists; Palestinian Journalists Federation; General Union of Palestinian Women; Palestinian Lawyers Association; and tens of other Palestinian federations, associations, and civil society organizations. PACBI, P.O. Box 1701, Ramallah, Palestine;; Download statement (PDF) Posted on 21-12-2008 On July 12th, Israel brought its campaign of collective punishment and military violence to Lebanon, with "Operation Just Reward". A complete assault, via land, sea, and air, of the Lebanese population and infrastructure has led to total destruction. In just 3 weeks, almost 1 million Lebanese civilians have been displaced and the death toll has reached 900 Lebanese and 160 Palestinians, with a UN count saying one-third of the dead are children. Additionally, in violation of Dear Filmmakers &amp; Artists, During the past few weeks we have borne witness to the escalation of Israeli aggression into open war on both Palestine and Lebanon. With Israels invasion of Gaza on June 27th, 2006, ministries and educational institutions have been destroyed, as has the plant that supplies nearly 50 percent of Gaza's electricity. Bridges, roads, dozens of homes, and hundreds of dunams of agricultural land have also been destroyed. Sixty-four elected Palestinian legislators, cabinet ministers and officials have been detained without charge.</p> <p>Palestinian Filmmakers, Artists and Cultural Workers Call for a Cultural Boycott of Israel</p> <p>6 international law, Israel continues to occupy Gaza, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), and Syrias Golan Heights. In violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel continues to hold 9,600 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails and detention centers without due process, among them 130 Palestinian women and 388 children, many of them taken from their homes in the middle of the night. We, the undersigned Palestinian filmmakers and artists, appeal to all artists and filmmakers of good conscience around the world to cancel all exhibitions and other cultural events that are scheduled to occur in Israel, to mobilize immediately and not allow the continuation of the Israeli offensive to breed complacency. Like the boycott of South African art institutions during apartheid, cultural workers must speak out against the current Israeli war crimes and atrocities. We call upon the International community to join us in the boycott of Israeli film festivals, Israeli public venues, and Israeli institutions supported by the government, and to end all cooperation with these cultural and artistic institutions that to date have refused to take a stand against the Occupation, the root cause for this colonial conflict. We call upon you to take a stand in order to appeal to the Israeli people to give up their silence, to abandon their apathy, and to face up to their responsibility in the destruction and killing their elected government is wreaking. To the Lebanese and Palestinians terrorized by this Army's planes, bombs and missiles, this silence, apathy and lack of action from Israelis, are regarded as complicit in the ongoing war crimes, as for those Israeli artists, academics and intellectuals who continue to serve in the Israeli army they are directly implicated in these crimes. We call upon you to give way to action that would replace words spoken too often and forgotten too quickly. We call upon you to make your voices heard in calling for an end to this bloodshed and an end to this oppression that has lasted too long. To endorse or answer this call for a cultural boycott of Israel please send an email with your name, position and country to [email][/em ail]</p> <p>Signatures (Alphabetical): 1.AbdelFattah Abu-Srour,Al-Rowwad Cultural Center 2.Abdelsalam Shehadeh,Filmmaker 3.Adila Laidi,Lecturer 4.Ahmed R. S. Qatamesh, Musician/Flutist 5.Ala' Abu Ghoush,Graphic Designer 6.Alexandra Handal,Artist 7.Ali Nassar,Filmmaker 8.Amer Hlehel, Actor/ director 9.Amer Shomali,Artist 10.Anan Brakat,Filmmaker, Arab Cinema School, 11.Annemarie Jacir,Filmmaker 12.Azza ElHassan,Filmmaker 13.Bahia Munem,Filmmaker 14.Bashar Ibrahem,Film critic 15.Benaz Batrawi,Filmmaker 16.Betty Shamieh,Writer 17.Buthina Canaan Khoury,Filmmaker 18.Carol Michel,International Center of Bethlehem 19.Cherien Dabis,Filmmaker 20.Dahna Abourahme,Filmmaker 21.Dima Abu Ghoush,Filmmaker 22.Emily Jacir,Artist 23.Enas Muthaffar,Filmmaker 24.Fadi Zmorrod,Artist 25.Faten Farhat,Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center 26.Faten Nastas,Artist 27.Firas Abdelrahman,Filmmaker 28.George</p> <p>7 Azar,Photojournalist / Cinematographer 29.Ghada Kanafani, Poet 30.Ghada Terawi,Filmmaker 31.Hadeel Karkar,Writer 32.Hafez Moeen Omar, Artist 33.Hala AlYamani,Drama Teacher 34.Hanna Atallah,Filmmaker 35.Hanna Elias,Filmmaker 36.Hanna Musleh,Filmmaker 37.Hany AbuAssad,Filmmaker 38.Haya AlJareedy,Filmmaker 39.Hayan Charara,Writer 40.Hazim Bitar,Filmmaker 41.Hussein Isbitani, Actor 42.Iman Aoun,Ishtar Theatre 43.Iman Hammouri,Popular Art Centre 44.In'am ElObeidi,Media Department, Birzeit University., 45.Ismail Habbash,Filmmaker 46.Jamil Daraghmeh,Photographer 47.Jibril Awad,Filmmaker 48.John Halaka,Artist 49.Juliano Mer Khamis,Actor &amp; Director 50.Kamal Boullata,Artist 51.Karma AbuSharif,Writer 52.Khadijeh.H.AbuAli,Filmmaker 53.Khaled Hourani,Artist 54.Khaled Jubran,Musician 55.Khaled Katamish,Dancer 56.Lana Zreik,Movement Director and Actress 57.Larissa Sansour,Artist 58.Leila Sansour,Filmmaker 59.Liana Badr,Filmmaker 60.Liana Saleh,Filmmaker 61.Lina Bokhary,Artist 62.Lisa Suhair Majaj, Writer, Palestine/Cyprus 63.Lois Nakhleh,Artist 64.Mahmoud Massad,Filmmaker 65.Mai Masri,Filmmaker 66.Manal Issa,A.M.Qattan Foundation 67.Marwan Abado,Musician 68.Maysoun Rafeedie, Dancer 69.Mazen Saade,Filmmaker &amp; Writer 70.Michel Khleifi,Filmmaker 71.Miguel Littin,Filmmaker 72.Moeen Omar, Artist 73.Nabila Irshaid,Artist 74.Nada El-Yassir,Filmmaker 75.Nader Jalal,Palestinian Institute for Cultural Development (...</p>