Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ariel Theater Boycott Update

Will she or won't she?

PACBI (The Palestinian Campaign for Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel) tells the signatories of the boycott petition, 'Sorry folks, that's just not good enough.'

Their announcement states that, "While we welcome acts of protest against any manifestation of Israel’s regime of colonialism and apartheid, we believe that these acts must be both morally consistent and anchored in international law and universal human rights. First, we believe that the exclusive focus on settlement institutions ignores and obscures the complicity of all Israeli academic and cultural institutions in upholding the system of colonial control and apartheid under which Palestinians suffer. PACBI believes there is firm evidence of the collusion of the Israeli academic and cultural establishment with the major oppressive organs of the Israeli state. Focusing solely on obviously complicit institutions, such as cultural centers in a West Bank colony, serves to shield mainstream Israeli institutions from opprobrium or, ultimately, from the growing global boycott movement that consistently targets all complicit institutions."

So inquiring minds want to know: what will the signatories (including newbie Julianne Moore) do now? We know that several of them, such as Vanessa Redgrave, will have no trouble accepting the new conditions, but the others? Are they ready to renounce Israel completely?


  1. What? A bunch of self-regarding luvvies turn out to be as much use a condom machine in the Vatican when it comes to political judgment?


    ~*has attack of the vapours*~

    I really do wish PACBI would hurry-up and boycott the Zionist PhP their web-forums run-off.

  2. I didn't know what "Zionist PhP" meant. So I looked it up: PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor (the name is a recursive acronym) is a widely used, general-purpose scripting language that was originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages. It was developed by, among others, Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans, two Israeli developers at the Technion IIT.

  3. Ah, but watch out! If you mention this to the loonies they’ll retort that PhP was *first* compiled by a bacon-snarfling Canuck (i.e. Danish-Canadian), Rasmus Lerdorf.

    I encountered this last week (on a Facebook discussion, no less, which is fully reliant on Suraski and Gutmans’ innnovations), and the need to refute the presence of any Israeli product/service which they could not easily avoid was palpable.

    Well, yes. One could go back to Lerdorf’s original coding, but it would be like Google Groups.

    Maybe if these goons ever require a prelimary colonoscopy, they'll elect for the traditional method rather than an ingestable pill as developed by Fireman at the gastroenterology department in Hillel-Yaffe.


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