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Lettre ouverte au Directeur de l’Opéra de Paris - Open Letter to the Director of the Opéra de Paris

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Lettre ouverte au Directeur de l’Opéra de Paris,

Monsieur le Directeur,

Nous citoyens israéliens, nous vous demandons de dire NON à Batsheva et à la propagande israélienne. Nous sommes engagés contre la politique raciste, d’apartheid et d’occupation de notre gouvernement à l’encontre du peuple palestinien. Nous combattons depuis longtemps la colonisation illégale en Cisjordanie.

Flashmob: Cape Town Opera say NO

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On july 9 2005, the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC) issued its unified call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions from Israel, demanding full rights for Palestinians.  

It is particularly troubling that the Cape Town Opera House decided to perform in Tel Aviv, with no other play than Porgy and Bess.

As the opera did not heed Desmond Tutu's call to cancel the show, a group of Israeli BDS supporters decided to emancipate the songs on opening night.

Watch it on youtube!

What Is, and Isn’t, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

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By Emily Schaeffer

The call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel is gaining momentum. At the same time, it is widely misinterpreted, unfortunately by skeptics, opponents and proponents alike.The basic premise behind BDS movements initiated by civil society  is that they are a grassroots, international, non-violent means of expressing stern disapproval of a country’s choice to oppress or discriminate against a group of people in contravention of international law and principles of equality, humanity and justice – with the hopes of bringing about positive change. The idea is to refuse to normalize interactions with such a country until it aligns its behavior with these laws and standards. Ideally, it is a short-term action because the change sought is achieved. Such was the case in South Africa, and so too do BDS supporters aspire regarding Israel.

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