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15 April 2005

Activism News ACADEMIC BOYCOTT AND THE ISRAELI LEFT Omar Barghouti and Lisa Taraki The Electronic Intifada, 15 April 2005

Some of the most committed Israeli opponents of their state’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian territories have recently expressed serious reservations about, if not strident opposition to, the Palestinian call for boycott of Israel’s academic and cultural institutions. We think that their concerns are worth addressing. Almost all of the publicized reservations we have seen are prefaced with moral support for the right of Palestinians to resist the occupation — nonviolently, most would write — even by calling for boycotts to achieve that goal.

Activism News NYC ACTIVISTS CALL FOR END OF CAT’S SUPPORT FOR ISRAELI HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES REport, Palestine Activists Forum of New York (PAFNY) 15 April 2005

April 14, 2005, New York, NY – In Manhattan yesterday, sixty human rights activists marked the International Day of Action Against Caterpillar by protesting outside of the Manhattan office of Caterpillar Board member Gail Fosler. Chanting and holding large photos of CAT bulldozers demolishing Palestinian homes and of Rachel Corrie who was killed by a CAT bulldozer in Rafah, activists handed out hundreds of flyers to passersby and individuals leaving Fosler’s office building at 845 3rd Avenue. Fosler, who was attending the CAT shareholder meeting in Chicago, works as a Senior Vice President for The Conference Board in Manhattan.

Art, Music & Culture STAR POWER DEFLECTS ATTENTION FROM ONGOING DEBATE Maureen Clare Murphy, Palestine Report, 14 April 2005

Last week in Ramallah, two major cinematic events took place; one was reported by the English-language press, while the other wasn’t. On April 6, the Ramallah Cultural Palace was packed with people for the second world screening of Hany Abu-Asad’s award-winning film Paradise Now. The following night, the same venue was filled with an invitation-only audience, consisting of youth bussed in from refugee camps and Palestinian ministers, to see the new Arabic-dubbed version of the 1982 Academy Award-winning film Gandhi.

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