nedjelja, 19. kolovoza 2012.

Peticija Red Hot Chili Peppersima: Otkažite svoj nastup u Izraelu

Link na peticiju: red hot chili peppers: Cancel your performance in Israel 

Na linku možete potpisati peticiju Američke kampanje za akademski i kulturni bojkot Izraela upućenu Red Hot Chili Peppersima kojom ih pozivamo da poštuju globalni kulturni bojkot Izraela i otkažu svoj zakazani nastup u toj zemlji.

Potrebno je upisati Ime (First Name), Prezime (Last Name), E-mail adresu (Email), Ulicu i kućni broj (Street Address), Mjesto (City), odabrati državu, upisati Poštanski broj (Post Code) i kliknuti na SIGN. (Ukoliko ne želite da Vaš potpis bude vidljiv javnosti na internetu uklonite kvačicu u kućici ispred teksta Display my signature publicly. Ukoliko ne želite na e-mail primati obavijesti o ovoj i drugim kampanjama Američke kampanje za akademski i kulturni bojkot Izraela uklonite kvačicu u kućici ispred teksta Keep me updated on this campaign and others from USACBI.) 

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Palestine takes center stage at World Pride 
World Pride, with a march through London and a rally in Trafalgar Square, provided an ideal target audience for an initiative to 'pinkwash' Israel. Surely the fun-loving crowd would be receptive to the idea of partying on the beach in Tel Aviv – particularly with two gay Israeli acts on the main stage in Trafalgar Square? But as Harel Skaat, Israel's 2010 Eurovision entrant, came on stage, a sea of Palestinian flags sprang up in the audience and were waved high above the crowds throughout his performance and through some excruciatingly bad lip-syncing from the next act, 4 Drag Queens from Tel Aviv. 
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Letter from Alice Walker to Publishers at Yediot Books 
Thank you so much for wishing to publish my novel THE COLOR PURPLE. It isn't possible for me to permit this at this time for the following reason: As you may know, last Fall in South Africa the Russell Tribunal on Palestine met and determined that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories. The testimony we heard, both from Israelis and Palestinians (I was a jurist) was devastating. I grew up under American apartheid and this was far worse. Indeed, many South Africans who attended, including Desmond Tutu, felt the Israeli version of these crimes is worse even than what they suffered under the white supremacist regimes that dominated South Africa for so long. It is my hope that the non-violent BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, of which I am part, will have enough of an impact on Israeli civilian society to change the situation. 
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Roger Waters and BDS: Moral Courage and Unwavering Commitment to Human Rights 
Roger Waters is certainly not the first nor the only prominent cultural figure to call for a cultural boycott of Israel. World renowned and bestselling authors, including John Berger, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein, Henning Mankell, and Iain Banks; prize-winning filmmakers, including Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, the Yes Men, and John Greyson; violinist Nigel Kennedy and classical guitarist John Williams; the Irish artists union, Aosdana; and Belgian dance sensations Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Alain Platel were all among many famous cultural figures around the world that have all endorsed one form or another of the Israel boycott in the cultural sphere. Hundreds of artists in Montreal, Canada, Ireland, South Africa and India have also formed artists-against-Israeli-apartheid type groups that have played a critical role in spreading the cultural boycott into the mainstream. Yet, Waters's endorsement of BDS carries special significance, given the combination of his eminence in the rock music world where he enjoys a mass base of millions of fans, his inspiring courage in going all the way in advocating BDS, and his unwavering commitment to speak truth to power in defending equal human rights for all humans. 
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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Now is not the Time to Perform in Israel 
It is with great disappointment that the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has learned of your scheduled performance in Israel set for September 10, 2012. We write to add our voice to the many appeals that you must surely have read by now. We had hoped that the international solidarity, with letters from India, Lebanon, Italy, Israel and the US, not to mention individuals who have appealed to you both publicly and privately, would have convinced you that your future performance in Israel is not well conceived. We hope that a personal appeal from us, a campaign that enjoys overwhelming consensus amongst Palestinian civil society, will convince you otherwise. 
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World Psychiatric Association: Enabling Israeli Apartheid? 
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is deeply disturbed by the decision of the World Psychiatric Association – Transcultural Psychiatry Section (WPA-TPS) to hold its 1st International Conference on Cultural Psychiatry in Mediterranean Countries in Israel in November 2012. We urge the WPA-TPS to uphold its commitment to ethical standards, dignity and human rights by relocating this conference to another country that does not embody injustice through maintaining a regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid, as Israel does. We also appeal to all members of WPA-TPS to refrain from participating in the conference if it is to be convened in Israel. ... More importantly, the Israeli medical establishment has consistently refused to shoulder its ethical responsibility to ensure that its institutions and members do not engage in serious violations of universal medical ethics, not to mention basic human rights, particularly Palestinians' rights to life and freedom from torture and ill treatment. It is in this context that we expect your association not to lend its name to covering up these injustices -- to do no harm, at the very least. Many conveners of this conference are no doubt aware of the persistent calls to the Israeli medical establishment, and the Israeli Medical Association in particular (of which the Israeli Psychiatric Association is a member), to investigate evidence of the collusion of medical personnel, including physicians, in the ill-treatment and torture of Palestinians in detention centers, prisons, and other facilities supervised by the security forces. 
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Call to academics, students and artists around the world: Join the World Social Forum Free Palestine to build Solidarity with the Palestinian People! 
From November 28 to December 1, 2012 the World Social Forum Free Palestine will be held in Porto Alegre (Brazil). This is a historic event that brings together solidarity, human rights and social justice movements and organizations from across the globe to develop and debate ideas, share experiences, network, and plan strategies and campaigns to advance solidarity with the struggle for Palestinian liberation. (For more information and the full call for the WSF Free Palestine, see: and The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel calls on academics, students and artists around the world to mobilize in support of the WSF Free Palestine. By expanding and strengthening academic and cultural boycott campaigns and strategies amongst a broader audience across the globe, we wish to build a new generation of Palestine solidarity. We ask you to join the effort by organizing delegations to the event and developing ideas for discussions and strategies. This can include organizing academic and cultural boycott campaigns, discussing the role of the academy with regards to Palestine, enhancing anti-colonial studies, promoting right to education campaigns, and developing other areas drawing on your own experiences to share and build upon with the global solidarity community. 
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Break free of U.S.-Israel shadow 
India's historical support to the Palestinian cause was dampened in the 1990s when the government sought a new equation with Israel as part of the general pro-U.S. foreign policy tilt. Under the BJP-led government (1998-2004), relations between Israel and India hardened, with intelligence cooperation and arms sales as the cement. By 2006, India registered a record purchase of $1.6 billion of defence equipment from Israel. The head of Israel's Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Department Major General Yossin Ben-Hanan told the Economic Times in 2007 that India was Israel's biggest customer. Over the course of the past five years, India continued to buy Israeli equipment, although both governments are chary about releasing data. Israel's flagging economy has been buoyed by its arms sales sector. The government-owned Israeli Arms Industry (IAI), the Israel Military Industries and the Rafael Arms Development Authority anchor Israel's 150 defence firms, which collectively employ 60,000 people and earn revenues over $4 billion. India has been buying missile systems, radars and early warning systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and field guns from Israel. On March 8, 2012, the Indian Ministry of Defence banned the Israel Military Industries for 10 years over a 2009 bribery scandal, where Israeli bribes opened doors at the Ordnance Factory Board of India. Selling arms is central to the Israeli economy, and selling arms to India has become essential at any cost.