We want to publicly re-state our support and commitment to the cultural boycott of the state of Israel. This is because of the on-going genocide that it is perpetrating against the people of Palestine.
In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. We stand in solidarity with this call.
We have taken part in this boycott since the inception of Digital Desperados.
By so doing we are part of an international movement that we hope will have a positive effect. We urge everyone to take this clear stand and to actively encourage others to join them.
Our interpretation of this is that we do not screen any Israeli made films with the sole exception of films made by people of colour residing within Israel that are not supportive of the Israeli state and its military/security policies.
There are many migrants living within Israel who are struggling with racism, poverty etc. and as a project we wish to continue to amplify their voices wherever possible. We believe by doing so we will continue to challenge the abuse of the Palestinian people as the Israeli state relies on maintaining racism within its borders as well as without. This approach is in accordance with the approach of many who are taking part in the cultural boycott. (See http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=415 )
The majority of the 50,000 African asylum seekers in Israel are mostly fleeing from Eritrea and Sudan. Of them only two individuals have been granted refugee status, contrasting with global refugee recognition rates that are approximately 80 % for Eritreans and 62% for Sudanese. A pitiless anti-immigrant approach is demonstrated in the detention centres that imprison asylum seekers without any medical care. Migrants have been labelled with the same term applied to Palestinians – infiltrator. The Israeli city of Eilat has launched an anti-migrant campaign hanging 1,500 red flags around the city and hundreds of banners that read: “ Protecting our home, the residents of Eilat are drawing the line on infiltration.” Should these actions not produce the desired results the plan is to escalate the campaign by closing all access to the city.
We wish to make it clear that we condemn any form of anti-semitism and will never provide a platform for anti-semitic viewpoints.
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