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.
Andy McKee has canceled performing in Israel. McKee's statement was released on the official website. PACBI welcomes any cancellation to perform in Israel regardless of the stated reasons. The statement reads:
Hey guys. Well I’ve got some bad news, the shows this summer in Israel are canceled. I absolutely hate to have to say those words to you all as I know many of you have been waiting many months, or even years to come to a show.
This letter has been signed by civil society groups and organisations from different parts of the world that support the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. We were saddened to hear that you plan to give a concert in Israel on 30 May.
You may not be aware of the serious breaches of International Law and violations of Human Rights made by Israel against the Palestinian population over the last 63 years.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has recently learned that you are scheduled to accept an honorary degree from Ben Gurion University (BGU) in May, as well as participate in a conference titled “Israeli involvement in Africa: Past, Present and Future,” that will be organized by the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid.
Today 51 Canadian filmmakers issued a statement of protest to Hot Docs documentary film festival stating “as members of the film and arts community, we are deeply disappointed to learn that Hot Docs has decided to partner with the Israeli organization CoPro Documentary Marketing Foundation.
The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) is disappointed to learn that Hot Docs has partnered with the Israeli organization “CoPro Documentary Marketing Foundation” to organise a Canadian Delegation to CoPro 13, a forum for international documentary co-productions to be held in Tel Aviv from 23 – 30 May, 2011.
A 'Brand Israel' event that was due to focus on Israeli food and had been sponsored by the Israeli Embassy has-been canceled following pressure from BDS activists in the Basque country.
The event, due to take place in Hondarribia, a town in the Basque country, was cancelled following pressure from Euskal Herria-Palestina Sarea, the Basque Palestine solidarity network, and other groups and individuals.
The event was due to feature Miller Omer Israeli chefs, Eyal Lavie and Yossi Elad Sharon Mika. Yarden Golan Heights Winery WAS Also Involved in the project.
In my view, the abhorrent and draconian control that Israel wields over the besieged Palestinians in Gaza and the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem), coupled with its denial of therights of refugees to return to their homes in Israel, demands that fair-minded peopl