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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  • Donna Dawley
    signed 2019-06-27 15:04:36 -0400
  • .djmn
    @12cool725 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-27 14:47:55 -0400
    Dear @Raptors don’t travel to apartheid Israel w/team owner Larry Tanenbaum. Your @NBA championship win is historic & must not be used as propaganda to cover up Israel’s crimes of occupation & aparthied. #SkipTheTrip #RaptorsDontGo https://www.codepink.org/raptors?recruiter_id=847117
  • Amy Harlib
    @ tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-27 14:45:11 -0400
    Dear @Raptors don’t travel to apartheid Israel w/team owner Larry Tanenbaum. Your @NBA championship win is historic & must not be used as propaganda to cover up Israel’s crimes of occupation & aparthied. #SkipTheTrip #RaptorsDontGo https://www.codepink.org/raptors?recruiter_id=467862
  • Amy Harlib
    signed 2019-06-27 14:45:06 -0400
  • Eila Kokkinen
    signed 2019-06-27 14:25:48 -0400
    Eila Kokkinen
  • manal ramadan
    signed 2019-06-27 14:12:33 -0400
  • c.louis mcguirebutts,jr.
    @drbambam tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-27 13:58:39 -0400
    Dear @Raptors don’t travel to apartheid Israel w/team owner Larry Tanenbaum. Your @NBA championship win is historic & must not be used as propaganda to cover up Israel’s crimes of occupation & aparthied. #SkipTheTrip #RaptorsDontGo https://www.codepink.org/raptors?recruiter_id=343651
  • c.louis mcguirebutts,jr.
    signed 2019-06-27 13:58:34 -0400
  • ghanem ghannam
    signed 2019-06-27 13:31:45 -0400
    Ghanem Ghannam
  • Michelle Da Silva
    signed 2019-06-27 12:56:31 -0400
  • Sadu Nanjundiah
    signed 2019-06-27 12:54:05 -0400
  • Gregory Gillis
    signed 2019-06-27 12:38:40 -0400
    Gregory Gillis
  • David Sickles
    signed 2019-06-27 12:30:28 -0400
  • Shah Juna
    signed 2019-06-27 12:24:42 -0400
  • Patrick Lenon
    signed 2019-06-27 12:19:17 -0400
    Canada is only now coming to grips with its Colonial/Settler history. Israel needs to do the same. Israel is a Zionist/political state that uses Judaism, as Canada used Christianity, to underpin the moral, theological basis of their existence.

    Patrick Lenon
  • Catherine Walther
    signed 2019-06-27 12:14:47 -0400
  • Ben Jette
    signed 2019-06-27 11:46:27 -0400
  • Jenny Stimac
    signed 2019-06-27 11:38:33 -0400
  • Suad Abu-Amara
    signed 2019-06-27 10:50:50 -0400
  • Kitty🇵🇸☯☮♓🕉👽🇵🇸
    @Kittyleakee1 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-27 10:36:38 -0400
    Dear @Raptors don’t travel to apartheid Israel w/team owner Larry Tanenbaum. Your @NBA championship win is historic & must not be used as propaganda to cover up Israel’s crimes of occupation & aparthied. #SkipTheTrip #RaptorsDontGo https://www.codepink.org/raptors?recruiter_id=728159
  • Kitty Stevens
    signed 2019-06-27 10:36:23 -0400
    UNICEF -


    From the 7th of July to the 26th of August 2014 apartheid Israel DELIBERATELY MURDERED HUNDREDS 506 CHILDREN


    You either have to be a paederotophonophile or a Zionist to have no issue with that. If you goto apartheid Israel you are associating with/supporting CHILD KILLERS


    #IsraelKillsKids


    #PalestinesLostBabes


    #IsraelCagesKids


    #CryForPalestine


    #IsraelKillsMedics


    #PalestineWillBeFree


    #IsraelShootsPregnantWomen


    #FreePalestine


    #IsraelUsesChemicalWeapons


    #BoycottIsrael
  • S Parker
    signed 2019-06-27 10:10:14 -0400
  • Teresa Delgadillo
    signed 2019-06-27 09:29:25 -0400
    Dear Raptors, please don’t go to Israel. Don’t support occupation and every day Human Rights violation against Palestinians. Thank you!
  • Todd Himlie
    signed 2019-06-27 09:16:43 -0400
  • george mercier
    signed 2019-06-27 08:08:39 -0400
  • Carolyn Cain
    signed 2019-06-27 08:07:27 -0400
  • Abby Sullivan
    signed 2019-06-27 07:40:50 -0400
  • Thomas Cain
    signed 2019-06-27 05:18:47 -0400
    I am Toronto born Raptors fan now living in Ottawa.

    I watched all the playoff games and proud of you all.

    Please DO NOT GO TO ISRAEL AND BE USED TO BLIND PEOPLE TO THE ABUSES OF THE ISRAELI NATION OVER INNOCENT CHILDREN IN PALESTINE.

    MANY JEWISH LEADERS IN CANADA (are NOT RACIST THEY ARE CANADIAN JEWS) SUPPORT PALESTINIANS.

    STAND UP LIKE NFL PLAYERS WHO REFUSED TO SUPPORT SUCH ABUSE.

    USE YOUR GOOD NAME TO SUPPORT WORTHY HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION. BE PROUD CHAMPIONS REALLY STANDING UP FOR KEGITIMATE DIVERSITY IN TORONTO AND AROUND OUR OBAL VILLAGE.

    GO RAPTORS GO
  • Kathleen McGettigan
    signed 2019-06-27 04:15:50 -0400
  • Rod Dawson
    signed 2019-06-27 02:55:39 -0400
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