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We Need You to Say No to Hipster Apartheid

by Ramah Kudaimi, Membership & Outreach Coordinator
March 14th, 2015

Culture Jam SXSW Collaboration with Israel!

Thousands of you took action recently signing the petition to renowned festival South by Southwest (SXSW) demanding they cancel all planned "Brand Israel" propaganda events March 15-16 designed to market Israel as a technologically modern and culturally sophisticated nation in order to improve its image abroad and counter worldwide outrage over its massacres and apartheid policies targeting the Palestinian people.

The festival organizers have responded to this request by arguing that "this is an open and inclusive forum- shutting voices and ideas out of the mix is not an acceptable option." The problem is that SXSW's decision to collaborate with the government of Israel must be understood in the context of an overt campaign by the state to further an apartheid system.

We need to make it clear that SXSW is 
giving this platform to Israel for whitewashing its war crimes and human rights abuses. Artists and activists in Austin, TX will be on the ground protesting and you can amplify their message by taking action online today, tomorrow, and Monday! 

Post these memes on your social media networks. Just click on an image, right click to save it, and then upload it to 
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and/or Instagram. Use #SXSW when posting. 

Join the Twitter storm from now through Monday at 8pm CDT. Tweet using #NoHipsterApartheid. Click on the tweets below to automatically send them. You can also post on SXSW's 
official Facebook page

  • #SXSW Israel: Small Country, Big Ideas or Israel: Small Country, Big Destruction? #NoHipsterApartheid

  • Israel: Land of Creation or Land of Oppression & Apartheid? #Israeltech #NoHipsterApartheid

  • “Brand Israel” showcases scientific & technological achievements to whitewash war crimes @Hugh_W_Forrest #SXSW

  • More than 6,000 people called on @sxsw to cancel Brand Israel events #NoHipsterApartheid #SXSW

  • Why is #SXSW collaborating with government that killed 500 children this past summer? @Hugh_W_Forrest @kate710

You can find more sample tweets here

Thank you for taking action. 

PS- Are you looking to start a new campaign in your community? Israeli Military Detention: No Way to Treat a Child is a campaign to bring justice to Palestinian children and demand an end to juvenile military detention. Each year an average of 700 Palestinian children- most of them accused of throwing stones- are prosecuted in Israeli military courts and face ill-treatment, including in some cases torture. There will be an online “train the trainer” seminar on Thursday, March 26 from 7:00pm-8:00pm CDT about the campaign. You can register here