Cultural Boycott

OVERVIEW

Cultural boycott is one element of the international boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign (BDS) called for by Palestinians and supported by people of conscience around the world. The BDS call aims to end economic, political, cultural, and academic relations with Israel until it complies with international law by ending its occupation and colonization, recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and implementing the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Israeli cultural institutions have been largely silent in the face of Israel’s decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid that has denied the Palestinian people their fundamental right to freedom, justice and equality. Moreover, Israeli cultural institutions receive state funding for the explicit purpose of presenting cultural performances abroad to act as ambassadors of Israel and whitewash Israeli crimes.

EconoTimes

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Adalah-NY has released a video featuring eight artists who have come forward to support the cultural boycott of Israel. Since April 2004, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has called upon intellectuals and academics worldwide to “comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions as a contribution to the struggle to end Israel’s occupation, colonization and system of apartheid”, BDS Movement states.

International Business Times, India Edition

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Continuing his cultural boycott of Israel, Roger Waters, activist and co-founder of the iconic band Pink Floyd, and other artistes have refused to perform in Israel in a new video.

The video, released by Adalah-NY, The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, features Waters saying: "How can I perform in Israel when millions of Palestinians cannot attend?"

Salon

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“How can I perform in Israel when millions of Palestinians cannot attend?” asks renowned musician Roger Waters in a new video.

The video, released by Adalah-N.Y.: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, features influential New York City-based artists calling on other cultural workers to pledge their support for the boycott of Israel, in protest of the country’s illegal 48-year occupation of the Palestinian territories and constant human rights abuses against indigenous Palestinians.

American Herald Tribune

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Adalah, a grassroots NYC activist organization for Palestinian rights, has launched a new video advocating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The video was shown at the launch party on Saturday, 14 November, though not released officially until the 17th. Adalah members and related activists met at Verso Books in DUMBO, Brooklyn for music, food and BDS.

Haaretz

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A new video starring Roger Waters and other U.S. artists is calling for a cultural boycott of Israel. The video begins with the artists explaining the different ways in which Israeli control dictates the life of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The clip then details the economic cost of the occupation. [Article in English.]

Haaretz

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Eight American artists and musicians are featured in a new video to promote the cultural boycott of Israel as part of the BDS movement. In the last two days hundreds of artists signed a petition declaring that they refuse to show their work or perform in an apartheid state. [Article in Hebrew.]

Justseeds

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Eight leading artists, all with ties to New York, state their support for the cultural boycott of Israel in our new video. The video features actor Kathleen Chalfant; musician Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd; musicians Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio; musicians Kool A.D. and Tamar-kali; artist and author of Drawing Blood, Molly Crabapple; and visual artist Swoon.

Alternative Information Center

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The NY-based Palestine solidarity group Adalah-NY is calling on artists and culture workers to affirm their support of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and commit to upholding the cultural boycott of Israel.

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