Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) was initiated in 2004 to contribute to the struggle for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. It advocates for a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions for their deep and persistent complicity in Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights that are stipulated in international law.

PACBI is a founding member of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), and is tasked with overseeing the academic and cultural boycott aspects of BDS.

The BNC, including PACBI, is committed to freedom of expression as stipulated in the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and as such rejects, on principle, boycotts of individuals based on their opinion or identity (such as citizenship, race, gender, or religion).  

Click here for a list of key PACBI guidelines and policy documents. 

Click here for a list of pledges by artists supporting the cultural boycott of Israel. 



Hundreds of musicians are boycotting apartheid Israel's complicit cultural sector


Festivalgoers will dance on the ruins of an ethnically cleansed Palestinian village

PACBI Statement

While a welcome – if belated – recognition of the necessity of cultural boycotts to help end Israeli apartheid, its narrow focus risks missing the forest for the trees 


Across the globe, the world of sports stood with the more than 200 Palestinian teams calling to boycott PUMA and thousands of leaflets were distributed at PUMA shops and vendors.

Action Alert

As groups around the world mobilize for the #BoycottPUMA Global Day of Action, join them online to tell PUMA that its greenwashing and pinkwashing can't hide its complicity in Israeli apartheid and to thank queer and trans artists for refusing work with PUMA in solidarity with Palestinians. 

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