Dear Pic.Nic Festival invitees, please do not collaborate with apartheid, occupation and racism

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Dear members of Interpol, Blonde Redhead, and Jane's Addiction,

We are a group of Israeli citizens who support the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and sanction (BDS) on Israel until it complies with international law and human-rights values. [1] We love your music, and we would love the opportunity to attend your show, but at this time we would like to ask you to reconsider your planned performances in Israel.

What Is Rael?

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Dear South African students,

We are members of BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within [1], a group of Israeli students, professors, citizens, and residents who are active against our government's policies of apartheid, occupation and racism. We would like to express our solidarity with South Africa's leading student groups, who intend to challenge and boycott a delegation of Israeli students arriving in South Africa on a propaganda mission, titled, "What Is Rael", on 11/8/2011. The Israeli student delegation is part of a well-orchestrated Israeli establishment attempt to whitewash severe violations of human rights, including war crimes, through a fictitious display of "diversity and democracy".

Renee Fleming, a performance at 'Binyanei Hauma' will legitimize apartheid and the construction of settlements on occupied land!

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Dear Renee Fleming,
 
We are a group of Israeli citizens. We would like to inform you of a few important details.
 

The venue which has been selected for your concert in Jerusalem, Binyanei Hauma, is owned by the Jewish Agency and the Jerusalem municipality (http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=211329). 

The Jewish Agency has been a key player in Israel's violent colonization project throughout the occupied West Bank (http://www.jafi.org.il/JewishAgency/English/Aliyah/Absorpton+Options/Bayit1/Regional+Councils/bayitemekjordan.htm). 

The Jerusalem Municipality is a racist authority which demolishes Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, and severely discriminates against Jerusalem's Palestinian population (http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2010/12/19/separate-and-unequal-0).

We Will Not Be Silent: Statement in Regard to Israeli Anti-Boycott Law

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PDF version available here
July 11, 2011

"We’re going to arrest you, but it’s difficult with you because all you do is talk.”
- Israeli soldier to Palestinian organizer Mohammad Othman, 2009
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We, Israeli citizens, members of Boycott![2], hereby reiterate our support and promotion of the Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights[3]. We declare this in spite of the new legislation by the Israeli Knesset, which aims to penalize our and our partners' activities, curbing freedom of speech and political organizing and most importantly – banning Israeli citizens from acting according to their conscience when it conflicts with the deplorable policies of the state.
 

Sanrio, PLEASE FOLLOW MUJI AND REFRAIN FROM OPENING HELLO KITTY STORES IN APARTHEID ISRAEL !

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To: The President and board of directors of the Sanrio company,

Dear Sir/Mme

We are a group of Israeli citizens. We support the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel's policies. We find it deeply regrettable that your company has decided to cooperate with Israeli franchiser Leader Brands and open a Hello Kitty store in Givatayim, followed by the opening of stores in other Israeli cities. Your decision comes at a time when Israel intensifies its brutal occupation and apartheid policies against Palestinians, while ignoring hundreds of the UN resolutions.

101 Organizations Praise Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Decision Not to Visit Israel

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Source: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=3039

The Jerusalem Film Festival foreign office has confirmed that legendary basketball star and actor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reversed plans to visit Israel due to concerns arising “after the Nakba Day violence.”

Abdul-Jabbar was slated to present his film, “On the Shoulders Of Giants,” at the festival next month, as a candidate for the “Spirit of Freedom Award ." According to YNet News, his visit was scheduled in coordination with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Consulate of New York.

Joint Letter to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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June 28th, 2011

Dear Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,

We are writing to commend you for your principled decision not to attend the Jerusalem Film Festival in response to “concern over the Nakba Day violence,” as indicated by the festival’s foreign office. Indeed, Israel’s brutally violent suppression of peaceful Palestinian youth demonstrations and its shoot-to-kill policy during the Nakba Day protests, in particular, should convince any person of conscience not to lend his or her good name to institutions that divert attention away from Israeli state brutality and human rights violations.

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