Toronto Raptors: Skip the Trip to Apartheid Israel

Tell the Toronto Raptors: Don’t celebrate your historic NBA win by becoming ambassadors to sports-wash occupation, apartheid, and war crimes.

Prior to winning the 2019 NBA title, Raptor's billionaire co-owner Larry Tanenbaum told the team if they won he would take them on a trip to Israel. Traveling to Israel on such a trip would help cover up (sports-wash) Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people. Sign our letter to the Raptors’ players asking them to heed the Palestinian call for boycott — including a sports and cultural boycott — and reject the trip.


Dear Raptors players,

As sports fans and human rights supporters, we appeal to you to decline to travel to Israel as part of a propaganda trip that would serve to cover up (sports-wash) the daily nightmares of siege, occupation, and apartheid that Palestinians live under.

Since 1967, Israel has been holding Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza under military occupation and in a system of apartheid. Palestinians are subject to a web of checkpoints, they endure home demolitions, land confiscations, closed military zones, and a separate and unequal system of military laws and courts. Palestinians are subjected to inadequate access to water and other resources, separate roads and walkways, and a separation wall that snakes throughout the West Bank, preventing Palestinians from accessing their crops. Under military law it is illegal for Palestinians to participate in protest of their circumstances and military courts have an over 99% conviction rate. Children as young as 12 are detained, abuses, and tried in the only juvenile military court in the world.

In Gaza, Palestinians live under a crippling siege, often referred to as the largest open-air prison on earth. 97% of the water in Gaza is unfit for consumption. Medical supplies and sufficient food cannot get in. Unemployment is 52% (70% for youth) and the densely populated strip is often bombed. The United Nations says that since March 2018, Israel has likely been committing war crimes by shooting Palestinian citizens, children, journalists, medics, and the disabled.

Inside Israel, Palestinian citizens face discrimination in housing, resources, and more. In 2005 Palestinian civil society put out a call for boycott — including academic, cultural and sports — and divestment from Israel until such a time as Israel ends its occupation and colonization of the West Bank and its siege of Gaza, dismantles the Apartheid system of racial discrimination and segregation for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and recognizes the Right of Return of over 5 million Palestinian refugees in accordance with UN resolution 194.

Around the world, poor and oppressed people embrace basketball as a sport of the people, and basketball players — many of whom come from poor and struggling backgrounds — have an important history of taking progressive positions and giving back to their communities, including NBA players showing up on the side of social and racial justice. Rather than participating in a propaganda trip that will help Israel continue its policies of racism and oppression, we encourage you to travel to the West Bank and meet with Palestinians living under occupation. CODEPINK is happy to provide you with contacts and resources to do this.

As NBA Champions, you have the opportunity to use your success and influence to help end Isreal’s abuses of Palestinian human rights. Please support the Palestinian struggle for freedom and liberation by not traveling to Israel as part of a propaganda trip.

Sincerely,

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Michael Tamarack
Andrew Shapiro
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Mary Avice
Efraín Alvarez Caborno
Valeriy Retyunin
Lena Meigard
Diane Hunt
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Samuel Clark
Dino Nazamodeen
Linda Corey
Judy Rubio
Byron Swafford
Debbie Tolson
Abdullah Al-Haj
Dr Dwyer Sullivan
Jill Glessing
diane horner
Robert Riddle
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Elaine Nonneman
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  • Michael Tamarack
    signed 2019-07-06 17:12:18 -0400
  • Andrew Shapiro
    signed 2019-07-05 21:19:24 -0400
  • Giuliano Albertini
    signed 2019-07-05 08:24:32 -0400
  • Mary Avice
    signed 2019-07-04 18:10:42 -0400
  • Efraín Alvarez Caborno
    signed 2019-07-04 16:55:46 -0400
  • Valeriy Retyunin
    signed 2019-07-04 11:48:13 -0400
  • Lena Meigard
    signed 2019-07-04 08:37:43 -0400
  • Diane Hunt
    signed 2019-07-04 02:28:00 -0400
  • Miguel Raldiris
    signed 2019-07-03 20:57:37 -0400
  • Samuel Clark
    signed 2019-07-03 17:47:36 -0400
  • Dino Nazamodeen
    signed 2019-07-03 15:35:34 -0400
  • Linda Corey
    signed 2019-07-03 14:27:46 -0400
  • Judy Rubio
    signed 2019-07-03 11:37:36 -0400
  • Byron Swafford
    signed 2019-07-03 11:17:55 -0400
    Do not support Israel. They are just Nazis under a different flag. Gaza and the West Bank are Concentration Camps.
  • Debbie Tolson
    signed via 2019-07-03 07:52:03 -0400
    Please do not travel to the apartheid state of Israel.
  • Abdullah Al-Haj
    signed 2019-07-03 02:27:47 -0400
  • Dr Dwyer Sullivan
    signed 2019-07-03 00:13:51 -0400
    PLEASE ON’T SUPPORT APARTHEID. SKIP ISRAEL. YOU ARE A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF A MULTICULTURAL TEAMKEEP IT THAT WAY. PEACE, DWYER
  • Jill Glessing
    signed 2019-07-02 22:43:01 -0400
    Dear Raptors, Fans love you.. please deserve their love – refuse to go to Israel, violator of human rights, international law and guilty of war crimes through their occupation of Palestinian lands.
  • diane horner
    signed 2019-07-02 22:03:02 -0400
  • Robert Riddle
    signed 2019-07-02 19:42:29 -0400
  • Linda Prostko
    signed 2019-07-02 17:20:03 -0400
  • Michael Moore
    signed 2019-07-02 17:00:15 -0400
  • Elizabeth Roberts
    signed 2019-07-02 16:55:05 -0400
  • Kim Koyama
    signed 2019-07-02 15:04:27 -0400
  • Ruhila Begum
    signed 2019-07-02 14:16:31 -0400
  • michael fish
    signed 2019-07-02 10:12:21 -0400
    black people have a particular responsibility to reject Racist Israel’s ambitions to oppress a people because of the oppression that blacks everywhere suffer mostly from white racists
  • Elaine Nonneman
    signed via 2019-07-02 02:52:13 -0400
    Raptors, keep your honor intact!
  • Ragheed Idrees
    signed 2019-07-01 15:07:34 -0400
  • John Dickerson
    signed 2019-07-01 12:41:55 -0400
  • Ke Jarvis
    signed 2019-07-01 10:56:33 -0400
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