“Don’t Dance With Israeli Apartheid!”
Badayl-Alternatives call on its readers to support the “Don’t Dance with Israeli Apartheid”. The campaign is organising demonstrations against the Batsheva Dance Troupe at the Edinburgh Festival. The troupe is funded by the Israeli state as part of BrandIsrael’s half-truths to divert focus from Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
Why boycott the Batsheva troupe
In 2005 more than 200 organisations in Palestinian civil society issued a call to those in solidarity with their struggle against occupation. They asked that sympathisers use boycott, divestment and sanctions to put pressure on the Israeli government to end the occupation, to recognise the rights of Palestinian citizens ofIsraelto full equality, and to respect the rights of Palestinian refugees to return.
The campaign does not call for a blanket boycott of Israelis. The reason for the protest against Bathsheva is that their international tours are funded by the government (Ministry for Foreign Affairs, MFA). The MFA initiated and drives the “Brand Israel” campaign, with the objective of deflecting the attention of the West from images of conflict and occupation to images of Israeli cool: great arts community, nice beaches, a vibrant gay scene in Tel Aviv, desert ecology (green washing), even a great bird watching community! Brand Israelis an instance of place branding, a marketing concept more typically associated with cities that have a bad reputation (crime, drugs), that they want to dispel.
How you can help the campaign
- Wherever you are, please send off the letter supporting the call from Don’t Dance with Israeli Apartheid to cancel the invitation to Batsheva. It only takes a few seconds.
- Donate to Don’t Dance with Israeli Apartheid. Donations are processed by PayPal, but you can pay with an ordinary credit or debit card.