Israel’s 60th Birthday

Israeli Apartheid Week 2009 Trailer by Dave
February 21, 2009, 10:18 pm
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Excellent short animation announcing Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).  From the website PULSE.  Watch the 2008 trailer here.


Moral Investments Campaign from End the Occupation by Ann
August 21, 2008, 7:25 pm
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Slides courtesy of End the Occupation — visit their site to download and for more resources.

Welsh Assembly Sparks Outrage in Boycott Call by Dave
June 20, 2008, 4:28 pm
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Welsh Assembly Presiding Officer Dafydd Elis-Thomas is to be commended for urging colleagues to boycott a visit by Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor. In a leaked email he is quoted as saying “I am unwilling to accept the invitation to meet the ambassador because of my objection to the failure of the state of Israel to meet its international obligations to the Palestinian people of the Holy Lands. I would invite other colleagues to do the same.” This call has generated a lot of press: I count at least 9 newspaper articles including the Daily Mail, BBC, Jerusalem Post, Jewish Chronicle, AFP, Wales Online, etc. All of them negative I might add.

The BBC counters Mr Elis-Thomas’s email with 6 spokesmen and you’ll notice they quoted no-one who was in favour of the boycott. One of the 6 was Rodney Berman, the leader of Cardiff council, who believes Wales’ Jewish community would be shocked at the “strident tone.” He then adds “If AMs have concerns, as I do myself, about policies followed by the Israeli government then surely it’s better to use this event to talk about those concerns rather than to put up barriers which can only promote further misunderstanding.”

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Nadine Gordimer and Israel’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations by Dave
April 28, 2008, 12:57 pm
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Excellent post from Chet Justice:

There is very little that can be said to add to the eloquence of Dr. Haidar Eid’s appeal to Nadine Gordimer not to participate in “Israel at 60” celebrations. He reviews her anti-apartheid, anti-racist credentials and calls attention to other prominent South Africans, such as Archbishop Tutu, who have condemned Israel’s occupation and compared it, not favorably, to apartheid. He recalls Israel’s sordid history with the South African apartheid regime, and her friendship with Edward Said. By the time I was done reading the letter, I couldn’t imagine what had possessed her to agree to come in the first place.

The letter also subtly reminds us that Gaza is not simply war-torn and beaten down, but still a place where dedicated teachers teach and students study. It is unfortunate but true that we need this reminder.

The second article suggests that the pressure may be working, and that Ms. Gordimer is considering pulling out of her appearance in Israel next month. If this should occur, it would certainly be a boon to the boycott Israel movement. Israel’s 60th anniversary, similarly to China’s Summer Olympics, may turn out to be a more effective tool for protests than a celebration of Israel’s 60 years.

–Rebecca Vilkomerson, Guest Editor for JPN

Nadine Gordimer on her decision to participate in “Israel at 60 Celebrations”
April 24, 2008 By Dr. Haidar Eid
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Iran to join boycott of Paris book fair over tribute to Israel’s 60th anniversary by Dave

TEHRAN: Iran will boycott this year’s Paris book fair in protest because Israel is being invited as guest of honor, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency said Saturday. Iran “has participated in previous fairs but this year, because of France’s decision, Iran is boycotting the fair,” said Ali Alipour, an official at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Iran does not recognize Israel and has sharpened its rhetoric against it during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Islamic Republic is one of several Muslim and Arab countries and writers’ associations that have said they will stay away from the March 14-19 Paris book fair.

Lebanon announced it would boycott the event on Wednesday, after organizers announced that 39 Israeli writers were being invited to mark the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state. Paris expressed regret at Beirut’s decision. “It is an extremely regrettable decision,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Pascale Andreani said Friday. “This kind of event should remain open.” Continue reading

Israel’s Sixtieth: Lebanon to boycott Paris book fair by Dave

BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon is to stay away from this year’s Paris book fair in protest at the invitation of Israel as guest of honour, Culture Minister Tarek Mitri announced on Wednesday.”Lebanon will not participate this year in protest at the cultural event’s organisers’ decision to select Israel as guest of honour,” Mitri said in a statement.Lebanon is the first Arab government to announce a boycott of the March 14 to 19 event after organisers announced that 39 Israeli writers were being invited to mark the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state.

On Tuesday, the 50-nation Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISECSCO), called for a boycott of the event by Islamic states. Continue reading

Book fair in Italy thrown into emotional debate over Israel’s role at event by Dave

Fury over plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in Italy.  The Italian Government has now felt the need to write and appologise to Israel.

ROME: The decision to select Israel as guest of honor at this spring’s International Book Fair in Turin has set off a furious debate among Italian, Israeli and Arab authors and intellectuals, including calls to boycott the event.

Critics of the choice say that offering such an honor at the opening of the fair in May, when Israel will celebrate its 60th anniversary as a nation, ignores its policies toward the Palestinians.

“A prestigious event like the book fair can’t pretend it doesn’t know what’s happening in that part of the Middle East,” said Vincenzo Chieppa, a local leader of the Italian Communist Party, who was the first to raise objections.

The calls to boycott the fair – coming both from far leftist political activists and prominent Italian and Arab intellectuals and authors – have produced a wave of newspaper articles, some raising concerns about censorship, others extolling the need to place art above politics.

“The aim of culture and literature is not to build barriers among people, but to open up to others,” wrote the novelist and playwright A. B. Yehoshua in the Turin daily newspaper La Stampa.

On Thursday, three dozen members of the Italian Parliament drafted a letter of apology to the state of Israel, and invited Israeli authors to visit Turin, “a tolerant and open city.” President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy is scheduled to inaugurate the fair on May 8.

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