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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  • Christine Shahin
    signed 2019-06-17 22:13:28 -0400
    May you be real champions and stand for human rights – blessings on your path to justice
  • Christine Shahin
    signed 2019-06-17 22:13:28 -0400
    May you be real champions and stand for human rights – blessings on your path to justice
  • Akm Karim
    signed 2019-06-17 21:53:08 -0400
    Boycott israel, an apartheid regime, a murderous illegal state.
  • julia geaghan-breiner
    signed 2019-06-17 21:47:52 -0400
  • J. Beverly
    signed 2019-06-17 21:43:22 -0400
  • Meredith Geaghan-Breiner
    signed 2019-06-17 21:41:51 -0400
  • Beatrix Geaghan-Breiner
    signed 2019-06-17 21:39:11 -0400
  • Dan Pb
    signed 2019-06-17 21:35:45 -0400
    Raptors legacy would be tarnished by legitimizing apartheid
  • Emma Maxwell
    signed 2019-06-17 21:30:40 -0400
  • Ecstatic Browns Fan
    @MoeGoHam tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-17 21:20:03 -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=842679
  • Moe Hamdan
    signed 2019-06-17 21:19:46 -0400
  • Jimmy Rashed
    signed 2019-06-17 21:18:08 -0400
  • Jenny Neuman
    signed 2019-06-17 21:16:48 -0400
  • Ian MacCuish
    signed 2019-06-17 21:14:16 -0400
  • Jim Bulluck
    signed 2019-06-17 21:13:17 -0400
  • Imran Dhanji
    signed 2019-06-17 21:12:46 -0400
  • Patricia Padilla
    signed 2019-06-17 20:58:40 -0400
  • Yasmina Mrabet
    signed 2019-06-17 20:48:02 -0400
  • Carlos Fiol
    @cajofima tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-17 20:47:10 -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=842670
  • Saad Shajira
    signed 2019-06-17 20:46:48 -0400
  • Carlos Fiol
    signed 2019-06-17 20:46:35 -0400
  • Mo Alhasan
    signed 2019-06-17 20:20:00 -0400
  • Aminaz Lila
    signed 2019-06-17 20:15:28 -0400
  • Annapurna Kreaden
    signed 2019-06-17 20:14:47 -0400
  • Lynn Hutchinson Lee
    signed 2019-06-17 20:11:05 -0400
  • Daniel Francis
    signed 2019-06-17 20:10:12 -0400
  • Drew Goldstein
    signed 2019-06-17 20:01:39 -0400
    Just supporting human rights, equal rights, justice, liberty, and freedom for all people, including Palestinians. Does anyone oppose that?
  • Ryan W
    signed 2019-06-17 19:57:06 -0400
    Free Palestine!
  • Greg Rose
    signed 2019-06-17 19:56:34 -0400
  • Mohsin Harhara
    signed 2019-06-17 19:56:24 -0400
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