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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Criage Lynnette Althage
Mr. E
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Francesca Heather-Hayes
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Romeo LeBlanc
Younis Alsabbagh
Yael Kahn
Judith Goldschmidt
Smadar Carmon
Shahzad Ali
Mary Warren
Chris Manley
Gareth Davey
Cristina Soler Crespo
Terry Brough #Jc9
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  • Criage Lynnette Althage
    signed 2019-12-02 11:35:05 -0500
  • Mr. E
    signed 2019-11-20 23:06:07 -0500
  • Kolton Krulicki
    signed 2019-11-14 19:56:50 -0500
  • Francesca Heather-Hayes
    signed 2019-11-06 09:16:41 -0500
    Please don’t go to Israel. The Palestinian people have been suffering so much and for such a long time. If you refuse this trip you’ll bring some hope to every Palestinian heart. You’ll also be showing the Israeli government that there are serious consequences of their wickedness. Cheers
  • john Tymon
    signed 2019-11-03 11:09:51 -0500
  • Romeo LeBlanc
    signed via 2019-11-01 19:11:43 -0400
    The Raptors need to be true heroes and not support the TERRORIST state of israel for their continuing WAR CRIMES and GENOCIDE against the people of Palestine, Don’t go ! please!
  • Younis Alsabbagh
    signed via 2019-11-01 13:21:00 -0400
  • Yael Kahn
    signed 2019-11-01 11:03:38 -0400
    Thanking TORONTO RAPTORS for refraining from breaching BDS:

    ‘The Canadian BDS Coalition is pleased to announce that the #RaptorsDontGo campaign has been successful. Our campaign was launched in June 2019, immediately following the Raptors victory in the NBA championship; and after team co-owner Larry Tanenbaum received extensive coverage in the Israeli media stating he would bring the team to visit Israel if they won the championship. The Israeli Embassy in Ottawa highlighted the issue, and tweeted the Raptors promising “we’ll call you…to help with the arrangements”.

    However, the 2019-20 NBA new season has now begun and there has been no reported public team visit; and continued silence from all of the team owners on this issue.’

    https://bdscoalition.ca/2019/10/22/raptorsdontgo-campaign-has-been-successful/


    Also see:

    Thanks to #RaptorsDontGo campaign Canadian basketball team Toronto Raptors have not gone on a celebratory trip to Israel:

    “no reported public team visit” to Israel has occurred.

    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/10/activists-declare-victory-in-raptorsdontgo-campaign/
  • Judith Goldschmidt
    signed 2019-11-01 10:16:38 -0400
  • Smadar Carmon
    signed 2019-11-01 09:59:00 -0400
    Please do not travel to Israel. I fear your trip will be used as propaganda, and against issues which I understand you care about.
  • Shahzad Ali
    signed via 2019-11-01 01:23:22 -0400
    Shahzad Ali
  • Mary Warren
    signed 2019-10-31 16:38:07 -0400
  • Chris Manley
    signed 2019-10-31 16:28:34 -0400
  • Gareth Davey
    signed 2019-10-31 15:51:22 -0400
  • Cristina Soler Crespo
    signed 2019-10-31 15:32:50 -0400
  • Terry Brough #Jc9
    @TerryB28937065 tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-31 14:46:37 -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=632524
  • Terry Brough #Jc9
    signed 2019-10-31 14:46:31 -0400
  • Anissa
    @AnissaNain2 tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-31 14:11:08 -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=846650
  • Anissa
    signed 2019-10-31 14:10:52 -0400
  • Patrick Mathelié-Guinlet
    signed 2019-10-31 14:10:05 -0400
  • Rose Whalley
    signed 2019-10-29 15:47:31 -0400
  • Tania Smith
    signed 2019-10-16 22:02:47 -0400
  • Randall Gentry
    signed 2019-10-15 00:01:50 -0400
  • Elena Wood
    signed 2019-09-20 00:12:07 -0400
  • Ariel Faye
    signed 2019-09-17 19:03:57 -0400
  • gabriele stanga
    signed 2019-09-05 02:43:18 -0400
    gabriele stanga
  • Sarah Schulman
    signed 2019-09-03 08:12:24 -0400
  • Rose Burns
    signed 2019-09-01 19:35:10 -0400
    Rose Burns
  • Omar Najjar
    signed 2019-08-29 07:01:38 -0400
    Do not support the dehumanization of millions of children, women and men. Do not tarnish our team by associating with the brutal apartheid state of Israel. Send a message of peace to the people of Israel and Palestine, do NOT go to Israel.
  • Greta Flion
    signed 2019-08-29 03:16:17 -0400
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