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Proposal for KPFT’s Local Station Board

May 18, 2011

Proposal for KPFT’s Local Station Board

KPFT LSB members,

We ask that you pass this proposal locally and instruct our representatives on the National Board to pass this resolution for the Pacifica Network:

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Proposal for Pacifica to sign on to the BDS campaign

Media collaboration boosts Israel’s image on the international stage. By refusing to participate in media partnerships, media institutions globally can send a clear message to Israel that their occupation and discrimination against Palestinians is unacceptable. While Israeli media enjoys relatively free global freedom of movement and access to well equipped facilities, Israel has subjected Palestinians to movement restrictions and a lack of adequate funding, economic damage caused by the occupation, and restrictions for media facilities.

Whereas all forms of international intervention have until now failed to force Israel to comply with international law or to end its repression of the Palestinians, which has manifested itself in many forms, including siege, indiscriminate killing, wanton destruction, and the separation wall built on occupied land and ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice,

In light of the escalation of human rights violations in the Occupied Territories of Palestine,

And until Israel meets the minimum obligations under international law by:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall,

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194,

KPFT’s LSB recommends Pacifica Radio agree to join AMARC (The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) in supporting Palestinian civil society’s call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions; and in particular:

a. There will be no form of restriction on the work of individual Israeli media workers, or on conducting interviews and debates with people from any institution, but we will not turn over program production, or enter into collaboration or joint projects with official Israeli institutions or institutions supported by the Israeli state.

b. We will discuss and hold dialogs about BDS on the air.

c. We will support Palestinian media institutions directly without requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as an explicit or implicit condition for such support.

We affirm our commitment to anti-racism by adding that Pacifica will not turn over program production, or enter into collaboration or joint projects with anti-Jewish racists, white supremacist, Nazi holocaust deniers, as well as Islamophobic, or any other type of racist groups.

This proposal is not meant to set up a new review board or authority, but to establish a new commitment for our programmers, staff and management in addition to our Mission and Bylaws.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Tobias permalink
    May 20, 2011 2:53 am

    On May 10, this petition was debated by Nick Cooper and myself in front of some KPFT LSB board members. I argued that this petition is NOT the way to peace, and goes counter to the needs of KPFT. Anyone that is supportive of BDS, and who views themselves as open minded and a seeker of truth and justice, owes it to themself to listen to this debate. It can be found at http://www.elusivecommonalities.org/.

    Peace – Salaam – Shalom

    Steve

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