Jun 20, 2011

#BDS: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar cancels trip to #Israel

"Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's decision to cancel his appearance and showing of his film "On The Shoulder's Of Giants"  at the Jerusalem Film Festival comes as a welcome victory to thePACBI (Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel), as well as to scores of solidarity activists and humanitarians across the globe.  The legendary basketball player showed us what a giant person he really is when he chose justice and solidarity with the oppressed of Palestine.
On 19 April, 2011, "One Country Israel Palestine: Say "NO" to apartheid"  posted a story titled "BDS : Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Boycott Israel PACBI."  (link).  Since April, many changes in how solidarity for Palestine is viewed have occured.  OneWorld released "Freedom For Palestine" and it went viral on youtube and is still spreading around the globe.  Various young American Jewish activists have courageously stood before AIPAC, and even the US Congress, vocalizing support for Palestinian human rights.  Lupe Fiasco and LUSH cosmetics shared their great concern for the need for freedom for Palestinians.  Students held a Flash Mob at an "ethical" grocery store in Portland, Oregon, singing about the violations of human rights that many businesses actually make a profit from.  Each passing week, brought into question the "appropriateness" of public figures taking the side of the oppressor, in this case, the apartheid nation of Israel."
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