The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights called last week for the boycott of three anti-Palestinian German clubs because of their complicity in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians, according to a statement by the Israel boycott movement.
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the largest Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the global BDS movement, called in a statement for boycott of Conne Island in Leipzig, Golden Pudel in Hamburg, and in Berlin.
“Conne Island, Golden Pudel and have, to varying degrees, demonstrated glaring and persistent anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab racism. All three are complicit in promoting Israel’s regime of apartheid, settler-colonialism and occupation and shielding it from criticism and accountability in accordance with international law,” said PACBI. “These clubs have repeatedly cancelled or denied performances to electronic artists who have given their support to the inspiring #DJsforPalestine initiative, engaging in censorship, intimidation and outrageous suppression of freedom of expression.”
PACBI said the three clubs have taken measures against DJs who support Palestinian rights and denied them appearance in shows in Germany.
“Conne Island, Golden Pudel and should end their shameful complicity in whitewashing Israel’s decades-old oppression against Palestinians, especially by ending their censorship,” said PACBI. “Until then, we urge artists and cultural workers to refuse offers from these repressive, anti-Palestinian venues, and we call on progressive club-goers to refrain from attending, in support of freedom of expression and in principled opposition to racism, censorship and intimidation against progressive artists who support Palestinian human rights.”