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From Sharpeville to Gaza: 5 years since the Palestinian call for BDS

October 14th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Palestine
    BDS conference Montreal 2010

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    Friday October 22nd 7pm
    Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
    Salle Marie-Gérin-Lajoie
    405 st Catherine east
    pavillion Judith-Jasmin
    (metro Berri-UQAM)

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Reasons BDS movement is ‘gaining speed’

October 12th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine, Economy
    Mondoweiss by Lawrence Davidson.

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Photo Palestinian woman flying flag at protest in West Bank.

On September 5, 2010 the Israel newspaper Haaretz published an article the headline of which read “Anti-Israel Economic Boycotts are Gaining Speed.” The subtitle went on to state that “the sums involved are not large, but their international significance is huge.” Actually, what seems to have triggered the piece was not international. Rather, it was the decision of a “few dozen theater people” to boycott “a new cultural center in Ariel,” an illegally settled town in the Occupied Territories. This action drew public support from 150 academics in Israel. The response from the Israeli right, which presently controls the government and much of Israel’s information environment, was loud and hateful.

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Artists Against Apartheid XIV

October 4th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Culture, Palestine

BDS Quebec concert co-presented by AfroLatin Soul, feat. Detroit MC Invincible.

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    Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
    doors 20h30. $8-10
    Le Consulat, 1442 Bleury 2nd floor
    métro Place-des-Arts
    Montreal, Quebec

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Israel: 150 academics, artists back actors’ boycott of settlement arts center

September 21st, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine
    Haaretz September 2010.

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    Photo Israeli apartheid wall painting against Israeli occupation.

The actors’ boycott of the new Ariel cultural center received a boost yesterday with over 150 academics and several dozen authors and artists signing letters in their support.

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British Palestinian rapper conducts a ‘musical intifada’

September 16th, 2010 | Posted in Culture, Palestine
    BBC News September 2010

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    Photo Flo Razowsky Israeli apartheid wall in Bathlehem, Palestine.

“It’s a musical intifada, a musical uprising,” says Shadia Mansour squinting in the sunshine outside the hip hop workshop she is running in the West Bank city of Hebron.

From inside, a DJ can be heard cutting out beats on his decks.

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Palestinian hip-hop artist surrounded by gunmen in Israeli airport

September 10th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine, Politics, Repression
    September 9, 2010. Detroit HipHop news

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    Photo Matthew Cassel Shadia Mansour at Chicago concert.

British-born Palestinian Hip Hop artist, Shadia Mansour was surrounded by airport security and “intelligence officers” armed with guns on Saturday, September 4, 2010, in Ben Gurion Airport, Israel.

Ms. Mansour was told to return to her luggage after a usual baggage xray and multiple searches, when eight agents ran towards her, weapons drawn and pointed, they aggressively kicked away her bags and surrounded her.

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Artist Action for Education in Palestine

September 8th, 2010 | Posted in Canada, Culture, Palestine, Quebec

solidarity concert for the World Education Forum in Palestine fall 2010

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    Friday September 24th 21h 2010
    suggested donation: $10-20
    download PDF poster
    Cabaret Mile-End
    5240 avenue du Parc
    (close to Fairmount)
    Montréal, Québec

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An artist’s pledge to boycott

September 4th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine
    Dave Lordan, Electronic Intifada 27 August 2010

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Photo ActiveStills Oren Ziv The boycott movement threatens the visage of respectability and normality which the leaders of apartheid Israel so desperately crave.

I am proud to be among the many Irish and Ireland-based artists from across creative disciplines who have chosen to publicly support the growing campaign of boycott against apartheid Israel. Compared to the imprisoned Palestinian people themselves and to those taking part in flotillas and other perilous anti-apartheid activities in Palestine our contribution and risk may be justly considered small. At most we might lose the chance of lucrative invitations to read, perform or display our works in parts of the US where apartheid Israel’s supporters hold the power of censorship. Departments of foreign affairs and ministries of culture may also not include us among those artists they can rely upon to project a lying image of a harmonious, bon vivant and, above all, harmlessly apolitical intelligentsia. We are sure to be slandered and ridiculed by the hired bullies of the global media empires.

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Massive Attack on Israel boycott

September 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine
    William Parry, 3 September 2010, New Statesman

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    Photo Massive Attack performing in London.

The movement for a cultural boycott of Israel in response to its treatment of the Palestinians, modelled on the boycott of apartheid South Africa, could eclipse decades of disingenuous political charades in engaging western intellectuals, academics and artists. Internationally renowned figures such as Naomi Klein and Ken Loach have supported the call, and now one of Britain’s most successful bands, Massive Attack, is publicly backing the boycott.

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A million dollar festival will not rescue Israel’s image as an apartheid state

August 17th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Culture, Palestine
    PACBI – Occupied Ramallah, 15 August 2010

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    Photo Palestinian walks along Israeli apartheid wall.

Once again, the Brand-Israel machine is in high gear, this time organizing a million-dollar international youth extravaganza in Eilat in September 2010 called “Funjoya.” This unabashed propaganda exercise is sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Tourism and the Israeli Student Union, among other official and semi-official bodies. The Ministry of Tourism explains one of the aims of the festival: “branding Israel as an attractive tourism destination for students, an improvement in Israel’s image among this target group and facilitating multi-cultural encounters for students from Israel and European countries.” [1]

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