Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

Update 9
August 6, 2006

In this update:

  -Call from Palestinian filmmakers, artists and cultural workers,
  -Call for sanctions from Foreign Affairs committee in the Irish
  -Statement from JUBILEE South Africa,
  -SIPTU calls for Sanctions,
  -Metal and Electrical Workers Union of South Africa Support Sanctions,
  -Statement from Sanctions Against Israel Coalition on the Qana Massacre.

  -Israel's cricket match in Glasgow canceled
  -Thousands march in SA against Israel
  -Venezuela Recalls Ambassador From Israel
  -Brtisih MPs attack government for continuing to sell arms to Israel
  -Edinburgh International Film Festival Returns Israeli Money in response
to Boycott Plans
  -Greece pulls out of Israeli film festival
  -Letter to Peter Hain, British Cabinet Minister and former

  -Is a cultural boycott ever justified?
  -The case for boycotting Israel now!
  -Abed & Berkani: Israel's assault on Lebanon harms democracy
  -Israel's Latest Massacre in Qana: Racist Jewish Fundamentalism a Factor

Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions:

1.Palestinian Filmmakers, Artists and Cultural Workers Call for a Cultural
Boycott of Israel
 | August 4, 2006

Dear Filmmakers & Artists,
During the past few weeks we have borne witness to the escalation of Israeli
aggression into open war on both Palestine and Lebanon.

2.Unanimous statement of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Irish
| Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Irish Parliament | August 2, 2006

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs- Calls:
That Ireland raise at the next meeting of the EU Council of Ministers the
implementation of sanctions on Israel under the terms of Article II of the
Euromed Trade Agreement on grounds of human rights abuses;

The National Executive Committee, Jubilee South Africa | | August 1, 2006

The National Executive Committee of Jubilee South Africa wishes to add its
voice to those of millions round the world on the barbaric war unleashed by
the Apartheid State of Israel against the people of Palestine and Lebanon.

4.SIPTU calls for sanctions against Israel
  Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) | | July
27, 2006

At its meeting in Liberty Hall today, SIPTUs National Executive Council
unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Irish Government to move for
the immediate suspension of the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement
with Israel until such time as that country ends its violations of
international law.

5.Metal and Electrical Workers Union of South Africa Support Sanctions
Against Israel Coalition Statement on the Qana Massacre-30.07.06
| MEWUSA | August 2, 2006

Metal and Electrical Workers Union of South Africa (MEWUSA)support the
SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL COALITION and further hereby condemns in the
strongest possible terms barbaric savage acts by the Israel Zionist
Government and we condemn the latest massacre of civilians, mostly children,
at Qana.

| The Sanctions Against Israel Coalition (South Africa) | July 30, 2006

The SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL COALITION hereby condemns in the strongest
possible terms the latest massacre of civilians, mostly children, at Qana.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions news:

1.Cricket / Protestors leave Israel groundless at European Championship
Ilan Evyatar | Haaretz | August 6, 2006

Israel's opening match at the European Cricket Championship in Glasgow was
canceled yesterday after organizers were unable to find a venue amid fears
of protests by Muslim groups over Israel's military action in Lebanon.

2.Thousands march in SA against Israel
| Mail and Guardian | August 5, 2006

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Cape Town to Parliament
on Saturday to demand diplomatic and trade sanctions against Israel.

3.Venezuela Recalls Ambassador From Israel
| The Associated Press | August 3, 2006

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday he has
withdrawn his country's ambassador from Israel to show his "indignation"
over the military offensive in Lebanon.

4.Israel cricket match in Glasgow cancelled
| Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign | August 2, 2006

Antiwar campaigners have been informed by police that tomorrows scheduled
cricket match involving Israel in Glasgow has been cancelled. The organisers
were unable to find a venue large enough for the planned protests. However,
the matches on Saturday and Sunday are still on, though antiwar groups are
maintaining that they should be cancelled given the ongoing situation in

5.MPs attack government for breaking its own guidelines on arms sales to
  Richard Norton-Taylor | The Guardian | August 3, 2006

The government must explain why it continues to approve the sale of arms to
Israel in apparent breach of its own guidelines, a cross-party committee of
senior backbenchers demand today.

6.Edinburgh International Film Festival Returns Israeli Money in response to
Boycott Plans
| Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign | August 2, 2006

The organisers of the Edinburgh International Film Festival have cancelled
an official Israeli Embassy sponsorship of their programme and returned the
Israeli cheque following a huge public outcry over Israeli Embassy

7.Greece pulls out of Israeli film festival
| The Daily Star | August 2, 2006

ATHENS: Greece's governing body for film has decided to pull out of Israel's
autumn Haifa film festival in protest over the Lebanon crisis, a
representative said on Tuesday. "We're going to be pulling out at least two
films, there may have been more but our full movie list had not been
finalized," a Greek film center (EKK) spokesperson said.

| Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign | August 2006

Dear Peter
You are now a Cabinet Minister under Tony Blair, sitting alongside the
odious Margaret Becket as Foreign Minister. Some remember you, however, as
the Chair of an excellent campaign which disrupted tours by the South
African Rugby Union and cricket teams in 1969 and 1970. Your advocacy of
direct action led to successful, high-profile, disruptions of the South
African tours and gave hope to many living under brutal apartheid rule.

Related Articles and Analysis:

1.Protesters want this Israeli film dropped from the Edinburgh Film Festival
and an Israeli cricket team banned ...Is a cultural boycott ever justified?
Mark Brown| Sunday Herald | August 6, 2006

ISRAELS war on Lebanon has thrown into stark relief the debate about
sporting, cultural and economic boycotts. By the time you read this article,
the Israeli cricket teams latest game in the European tournament in
Glasgow, scheduled for yesterday, may have been cancelled. For sure,
hundreds will have joined the Stop The War Coalitions protest outside the
Glasgow Academicals ground.

2.The Case for Boycotting Israel-Boycott Now!
Virginia Tilley | Counterpunch | August 5-6, 2006

It is finally time. After years of internal arguments, confusion, and
dithering, the time has come for a full-fledged international boycott of
Israel. Good cause for a boycott has, of course, been in place for decades,
as a raft of initiatives already attests. But Israel's war crimes are now so
shocking, its extremism so clear, the suffering so great, the UN so
helpless, and the international community's need to contain Israel's
behavior so urgent and compelling, that the time for global action has
matured. A coordinated movement of divestment, sanctions, and boycotts
against Israel must convene to contain not only Israel's aggressive acts and
crimes against humanitarian law but also, as in South Africa, its founding
racist logics that inspired and still drive the entire Palestinian problem.

3.Abed & Berkani: Israel's assault on Lebanon harms democracy
Mohammed Abed & Karima Berkani | The Capital Times | August 4, 2006

Condoleezza Rice recently referred to Israel's aerial bombardment of Lebanon
as "the birth pangs of democracy in Middle East.

4.Arab states must repudiate ties with Israel now
  Ali Abunimah | ELECTRONIC LEBANON | July 31, 2006

The scenes of carnage from Qana, where ten years after an almost identical
massacre, rescue workers are pulling the broken bodies of children from the
rubble, break the heart and generate a deep and boiling anger. But it is not
enough to point the finger at Israel's war criminal government which carried
out the atrocity, nor the United States administration, which encourages
Israel, funds and arms it. We must also demand that all those with the power
to act do so immediately.

5.Israel's Latest Massacre in Qana: Racist Jewish Fundamentalism a Factor
  Omar Barghouti | Electronic Lebanon | July 30, 2006

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora condemned Israel's massacre in Qana
today as a "heinous crime" and called Israeli leaders "war criminals."
Reacting to an earlier atrocity, he wondered: "Is the value of human life in
Lebanon less than that of the citizens of other countries?"[1] The answer,
at least as far as Israel is concerned, is an unambiguous "yes!" Israel's
latest bloodbath, which claimed the lives of dozens of children and women
hiding from the relentless bombing in what they hoped was a secure basement
in Qana, betrays not only Israel's criminal disregard for the value of Arab
human life, a typical colonial attitude towards natives, but also its
increasingly fundamentalist perception of Gentiles in general as lesser

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