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Palestinian Campaign for the Academic &
Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI):
a cheat-sheet :D

[note: PACBI's existed for 20 yrs; as with the shows, this isn't "my" thing, i'm just ~compiling resources~!! palestinian organizers are a f*ckin WONDER]



what's PACBI?
statements [to copy/paste]


"The cultural boycott is a material demand coming from Palestinians. No matter how small, every group or project signing on to PACBI is taking a public stand against the spread of Israeli propaganda." –– WAWOG

"... boycotts shorten the perceived distances between moral actors. ... PACBI reveals intentionally obscured ties ... PACBI commitments are an opportunity for institutions to evaluate the 'hidden' cost of the support they receive."
–– Kotecha & Hamilton, "PACBI Now," The New Inquiry


what's PACBI?

details at PACBI guidelines!

PACBI *is* non-violent direct action asking that academic & cultural institutions / organizations / groups...
–– boycott events, activities, institutions, & products funded by the state of Israel or a complicit institution (e.g. "Brand Israel") *&* normalization projects (activities, events, orgs, etc.) suggesting that Israel's violence is justified or that "both sides" are equally responsible for "the conflict"
–– make a public commitment to refuse material support from the state of Israel & reject projects that normalize Israel’s forced dispossession of Palestinians

PACBI *is not*:
–– a commitment to stop taking money from Zionist donors (focus = isolation of state, not individual, capital)
–– a commitment to stop working with Israeli artists or any targeting of individuals *unless* they represent Israel (or a complicit Israeli institution) or are involved in normalization projects; PACBI does not target individuals on the basis of their identity or opinion.
–– extended to secondary boycotts; you can partner with entities sponsored by a boycottable entity & still be PACBI-compliant
–– a blanket boycott of all Israeli cultural institutions; there are exemptions for those recognizing the rights of Palestinians & enacting policies & practices to end the violation of their rights

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statements [to copy/paste]

longer version as seen, w/ slight alterations & additions, in statements by 8-Ball, Dweller, the Poetry ProjectWendy's Subway; dweller & wendy's also include example commitments. u can treat these as nyc noise's pacbi statement(s) & also as templates: just remove the red & plug in name of yr thing –– then email me (subject "PACBI") to add you to NYC PACBI list!


In total solidarity with the people of Palestine, [NYC Noise] commits to adhering to the Palestinian international call for Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions (BDS) & to complying with the underlying guidelines of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

[NYC Noise] commits to:
• boycott any cultural product or event funded, commissioned, &/or sponsored by an official Israeli body
• not collaborate with or take money from Israeli institutions
• refuse "normalization" efforts seeking to justify Israel's violence or present a false symmetry between oppressed & oppressor
• advocate for others to similarly divest from Israel, end support for the oppression of Palestinians, & pressure Israel to comply with international law

for clarity:

As PACBI rejects on principle boycotts of individuals based on their identity or opinion, the boycott only applies to Israeli individuals if they are representing the state of Israel or a complicit Israeli institution, or are recruited to participate in Israel’s rebranding efforts.

[NYC Noise] opposes white supremacy & white nationalism, & believes this means rejecting all forms of racism (including Islamophobia & antisemitism) & aggressively criticizing violence perpetuated by states (like the U.S. & Israel) formed &/or maintained by the ethnic cleansing & genocide of indigenous populations. [NYC Noise] is annoyed to state the obvious fact that criticizing a state is not racism.


In total solidarity with the people of Palestine, [nyc noise] commits to adhering to the Palestinian international call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and to complying with the underlying guidelines of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

In our organizational and individual capacities we therefore commit to:

• Refrain from participation in any form of academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration, or joint projects with Israeli institutions;
• Advocate a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at the national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to these institutions;
• Promote divestment and disinvestment from the state of Israel by international academic institutions;
• Work toward the condemnation of Israeli policies by pressing for resolutions to be adopted by academic, professional and cultural associations and organizations;
• Support Palestinian academic and cultural institutions directly without requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or implicit condition for such support.

The BDS movement, including PACBI, rejects on principle boycotts of individuals based on their identity (such as citizenship, race, gender, sexuality, or religion) or opinion. Mere affiliation of Israeli cultural workers to an Israeli cultural institution is therefore not grounds for applying the boycott. If, however, an individual is representing the state of Israel or a complicit Israeli institution, or is commissioned/recruited to participate in Israel’s efforts to “rebrand” itself, then their activities are subject to the institutional boycott the BDS movement is calling for.

More information available at

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images to share:

u can (or not!) image-tag @nyc_noise if u post to insta & i'll boost! squares & 4x5s in folder, hopefully ~design ppl~ send something prettier for u lol

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PACBI ends when palestine is free NY hearts PACBI This is a call for NYC arts spaces & collectives to commit to PACBI 




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