NO GIFT IS FOR FREE

BDS Colombia has been censored by Facebook for exposing the cultural whitewashing of the israeli regime #ocultandoapartheid

On March 1st the campaign in Colombia of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions for Palestine was informed by Facebook the removal of one of the contents of its page, since they had violated the copyright in one of the publications.

Reviewing the complaint, it was noted that it had been made from an email @ israel.org, which redirects to the israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Whoever denounced the post by BDS Colombia affirms that it was his photo and that he had not allowed its use. So we can easily deduce that it was the embassy of israel in Colombia that provoked the censorship in Facebook of the information.

It was not just any other publication, but one in which BDS Colombia denounced the way in which Israel seeks to use Colombian artists to conceal its Apartheid regime. In days gone by, they had given an all-paid trip to several Colombian artists, directing them only to see what the government of the regime found convenient and hiding the reality of Apartheid against the Palestinians.

The publication came to have such an impact that it was one of their most shared in the social media networks. This likely alerted the israeli embassy and made it to realize that the denouncement by BDS Colombia had such an impact.

Although we are aware that this is more than a defeat — this in fact shows that the work of BDS Colombia is having an effect in the diffusion of the Palestinian reality a midst of Apartheid – we still consider that this sample of censorship must be strongly rejected by Colombian society, since it builds a wrong reference: evading the debate with denial.

We urge social and political organizations in Colombia to express their rejection of this type of censorship and to express solidarity with the cause of the Palestinian people, which today is materialized with the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions launched since 2005 by more than 170 organizations of the civil society of that nation.

Likewise, we call on israel – instead of denying the reality through censorshi – to comply with the obligations demanded by international law and to end its segregation and military occupation of and against the Palestinian people.

Talking with BDS Colombia, none of us know the exact reason behind the paid trip (like the Oscar package last year), but as the picture points out: NO GIFT IS FOR FREE

Above we reproduced the censored picture:

1. In the middle of the couch the bald man with glasses is the ambassador of the israeli regime in Colombia.
2. Standing at the right of the picture is the actress and singer Adriana Bottina.
3. The one sitting next to her is Adriana Tarud (of Palestinian descent), who was Miss Colombia in 2004.
4. The man with a beard behind the ambassador is an actor and a model, Rafael Novoa.
5. The woman standing at the left is Cristina Hurtado, model and host of an entertainment program.

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