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Tell Oscar Nominees: Reject Apartheid!

by Ramah Kudaimi
February 17th, 2016

Cultural Figures Shouldn't Put Pretty Face on Oppression 

In the face of growing BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) campaigns in support of freedom, justice, and equality, Israel is offering actors, actresses, and directors nominated for an Academy Award this year a $55,000 all-expenses paid trip to Israel as part of its ongoing efforts to hide its violations of Palestinian rights. 


Take action to tell nominees to not take a free trip to Israel at the expense of Palestinians!

Getting celebrities to come to Israel is part of a "Brand Israel" strategy to improve Israelís image abroad to counter worldwide outrage over its oppression of Palestinians. Israeli tourism minister Yariv Levin explained: "These are the most senior people in the film industry in Hollywood and leading opinion-formers who we are interested in hosting. Their visit will have enormous resonance among millions of fans and followers, including social media.Ē

Sign the petition to tell the nominees to reject apartheid!


 

 

As the Palestinian Performing Arts Network has pointed out, the decision of the Academy to allow Israel to use the awards as a propaganda vehicle comes in the midst of the #OscarsSoWhite scandal with only white actors and actresses nominated in the top four categories for the second year in a row. Israel has 50 racist laws that directly discriminate against its indigenous Palestinian citizens on the basis of race, meeting the UN definition of the crime of apartheid.


Urge the nominees to stand on the right side of history and refuse this cynical attempt to enlist them in putting a pretty face on Israelís regime of oppression.