"...Con Gaza isolata dal resto del mondo da più di due anni e la creazione di un sistema di “riserve indiane” in tutta la Cisgiordania, la Palestina oggi è diventata il banco di prova della nostra umanità, sono queste le motivazioni che ci spingono a rispondere alla chiamata al boicottaggio del Campagna palestinese per il boicottaggio accademico e culturale di Israele (PACBI)..."
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WHY WE WILL BOYCOTT THE 45th “MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE DEL NUOVO CINEMA DI PESARO”
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign - Marche, made up of associations and individuals working since years for a just peace in the Middle East and against the Israeli occupation, agrees to the call of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) for the boycott of the 45th Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema. The Festival in fact, will host a retrospective of the Israeli cinema in collaboration with the Israel Film Fund.
We asked in vain for explanations on the planning and execution of the event to the Municipality of Pesaro and to the organization of the Festival. Therefore, we decided to express our right to criticize Israeli policies of occupation and colonization of Palestine, with a nonviolent boycott of the Pesaro’s film festival.
Consistently with the principles of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), the call for the boycott is not about individual films, directors or in general the cinematography, but it is about the presence of an Israeli organization (Israeli Film Fund) directly linked to the Israeli government institutions.
As active associations in solidarity with the Palestinian people and for a just peace in the Middle East, we want to remember that the municipality of Pesaro, since years, is twinned with the Palestinian city of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip.
This city was hardly-hit during the Israeli military operation “Cast Lead” last months, which left hundreds of houses damaged or demolished, and which have killed or injured hundreds of civilians.
Today, sixty years after the eviction of the Palestinian in 1948 and 41 years after the Israeli occupation of the ‘67 Palestinian Territories, the ongoing Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people is increasing, as demonstrating by the closure of the Gaza Strip and the military operation “Cast Lead” that left over 1,440 Palestinians dead, thousands injured and caused serious damages to the already precarious civil infrastructures of the Gaza Strip.
Investigations into Israel’s use of illegal weapons during the operation “Cast Lead” are being conducted by numerous international human rights agencies.The UN itself called for an independent and accurate investigation and the actual UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur in the oPt Richard Falk, clearly accused Israel of war crimes.
As we write, Israel continues to build thousands of illegal houses and new only-Jewish colonies on occupied Palestinian land, and to confiscate Palestinian lands as it is happening in these days in some villages near Bethlehem.
By December 2007, just in the occupied East Jerusalem Area, Israel planned the construction of 13 000 new housing units, while it continues the endless process of demolition of Palestinian houses. By 1967, Israel demolished about 24 000 houses in the occupied Palestinian Territories, of which 1 600 between January 2000 and September 2007, all in violation of the ’49 Geneva Convention.
Israel has repeatedly violated international legality that prohibits any territorial, demographic, social and cultural change made by the occupier in the occupied areas. Israel has also established a real system of apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territories. With regard to this, the former UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the oPt, John Dugard, announced that Israel's policies resemble those of apartheid in South Africa.
As the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) underlines, “…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 boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it recognizes Palestinian rights and fully complies with international law . Virtually all Palestinian filmmakers, artists and cultural figures stand behind this call and have urged their colleagues worldwide to boycott Israeli cultural and arts institutions due to their complicity in perpetuating Israel's occupation and other forms of oppression against the Palestinian people… throughout the world, groups of artists, comedians, filmmakers, students and academics have consolidated their efforts to show solidarity with the occupied Palestinians, to condemn Israel’s war crimes and its apartheid regime, and to call for effective political action such as boycotts, divestment drives, and sanctions (BDS)…”
The two years lasting isolation of Gaza from the rest of the world and the creation of a “Red Indian reservations” system all over the West bank, make Palestine be today the testing ground of our humanity. That is why we answer to the call for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
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