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Palestinian filmmakers and artists have widely condemned attempts to whitewash the crimes of the state of Israel through events such as the Forum. This event is organized and officially supported by the state to bring international attention and exposure to Israeli documentary filmmakers and portray Israel as a place of great documentary film production.
Participating in an event that is designed to promote Israel in such a manner is, at best, an implicit endorsement of its persistent violation of international law and Palestinian rights. In the face of this grave brutality and wretched colonial oppression, filmmakers and artists should stand against such injustice and work to oppose it - not sustain and whitewash it!
This event comes at a time when Israel has just completed a brutal military assault on the Gaza Strip that left over 1, Palestinians dead, of whom were children, and injured another To claim otherwise would ignore our contemporary history. Since its establishment on the ruins of Palestinian society 61 years ago, Israel has routinely violated fundamental Palestinian rights with impunity, as documented by local and international human rights organizations.
Israel extra-judicially kills Palestinian leaders and activists; keeps over 11, Palestinians imprisoned, including numerous members of parliament; systematically demolishes Palestinian homes as a form of collective punishment; indiscriminately kills Palestinian civilians, including children; and uproots hundreds of thousands of Palestinian trees.
Until now, Israel continues to build illegal Jewish colonies on occupied Palestinian land and an apartheid infrastructure of Jewish-only roads, blockades and the separation Wall, declared illegal by the International Court of Justice at the Hague in Furthermore, Israel continues to deny millions of Palestinian refugees their internationally recognized right to return to their lands and maintains a system of institutional racial discrimination, reminiscent of South African apartheid, against its own Palestinian citizens.
By taking part in the Israeli Forum for International Documentary Co-Productions, you would be celebrating Israel while it harshly subjugates the Palestinian people and carries out its ethnic cleansing policies.
You would be cooperating with an event and an organization that has direct links to the Israeli government, currently facing calls for investigation regarding war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the face of decades of such unrelenting oppression, Palestinian civil society has called upon people of conscience throughout the world to take a stand in support of our struggle for freedom and the realization of our inalienable human and national political rights by heeding our call for a boycott against Israeli academic and cultural institutions .
As was the case in South Africa, where principled international solidarity played a crucial role in bringing down apartheid by boycotting the economic, sports and cultural institutions of the apartheid state, we sincerely hope you will not participate in this festival.
Refusing to abet, contribute to, or whitewash Israeli apartheid is a moral duty incumbent on all people of conscience who want to see a just peace reign in our region.Then, according to Nina Butler of the Rhodes University Palestinian Solidarity Forum, writing for the Mail & Guardian last week, another local university “was approached by BGU with a large.
The Israel Forum for Academic Writing (IFAW) IFAW connects people engaged in the teaching and research of academic writing in Israel. We held our first meeting on November, at Tel Aviv University, and ever since, our organization has grown considerably.
May 13, · The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is writing to urge you not to participate in any form in the Israeli Forum for International Documentary Co-Productions, to be held in Tel Aviv at the end of May.
Palestinian filmmakers and artists have widely condemned attempts to whitewash the crimes of the state. Academic boycotts are deeply controversial in the U.S.: the American Association of University Professors reiterated its longstanding opposition to the tactic in May, writing that an organized boycott “threatens the principles of free expression and communication on which we collectively depend” and urging academic associations to “seek.
Sep 20, · Campus Watch demands academic integrity in North American Middle East studies (MES) programs. Launched the bipartisan Congressional Israel Victory Caucus (CIVC) and the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus (KIVC), The Forum’s writing fellows shine a light on controversial and difficult issues others avoid – questioning assumptions.
Nov 11, · The Forum’s writing fellows shine a light on controversial and difficult issues others avoid – questioning assumptions, provoking thought, and offering new solutions for policy-makers.
He went beyond the simple endorsement of Arab positions, something common among other Israeli academic leftists, and also well beyond mere chic anti.