Palestine Update 188
Love Bollywood, hate apartheid!
The Israeli government wants to use Bollywood stars to whitewash its oppression against Palestinians. Join us in urging them to refuse to participate.
Four famous Bollywood actors are due to perform in apartheid Israel. The event has been postponed once already. This is our chance to get it cancelled altogether.
Last year, on a propaganda trip to Mumbai, Michael Oren, as a senior representative of the far-right Israeli government, urged Bollywood producers to invest in Israel. He admitted that the aim of his visit was to “fight BDS”. Earlier this year, while in Mumbai himself, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu said, “we want Bollywood in Israel”.
Bollywood’s multi-billion-dollar film industry is the largest in the world. Israel’s overtures are aimed at exploiting Bollywood’s enormous fanbase and its stars’ media profiles to distract from and art-wash Israel’s war crimes and violations of Palestinian human rights. This is happening at the same time as Israeli arms sales to India have reached new heights.
This year alone, Hollywood figures like Mark Ruffalo, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover and John Cusack have stood up for artists who respected the Palestinian call for the cultural boycott of Israel, against the bullying tactics of Israel and complicit institutions.
Let’s send the message to Bollywood actors that solidarity with Palestinians is a global concern. Use the links below to visit the social media pages of the four Bollywood stars booked for Israel. You can comment on their posts, or create your own, tagging the actors.
Don’t whitewash Israel’s crimes against Palestinians! Withdraw from the ‘Bollywood 4 Ever Israel’ event #LoveBollywoodHateApartheid https://youtu.be/fq6_HN3Eu4Y
What is the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) was initiated in 2004 to contribute to the struggle for Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. It advocates for a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions for their deep and persistent complicity in Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights that are stipulated in international law.
PACBI is a founding member of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), and is tasked with overseeing the academic and cultural boycott aspects of BDS.
The BNC, including PACBI, is committed to freedom of expression as stipulated in the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and as such rejects, on principle, boycotts of individuals base.
Don’t befriend me for a day, and leave me a month. Don’t get close to me if you’re going to leave. Don’t say what you don’t do. Be close or get away.
لا تصاحبني يوماً .. لتهجرني شهراً ولا تقربني .. لتبعدني .. لا تقل ما لا تفعل كُن قريباً .. أو ابتعد.