Quit Actions In Support of
Divestment and Boycott of Israel
Out of the Castro!
QUIT! launched a campaign of tabling and street theater
to get Cliff's Variety to dump SodaSttream. SodaStream
manufactures its home soda makers in illegally occupied
West Bank territory. The international boycott is
picking up steam, and we're asking Cliff's to get on
board. Cliff's is one of the oldest businesses in
the Castro, which is an international symbol of the
queer community. We need to show them that being
pro-queer means supporting human rights for all, not
just carrying cool products.
more about the SodaStream campaign and what you can
do to help Cliff's see the light.
Government Out of
Our Film Festival
2007, QUIT! initiated a campaign to get Frameline, which
presents the San Francisco International LGBT Film
Festival, the largest queer cultural event in the world,
to drop its long-standing partnership with the Israeli
Consulate. For a time it seemed that the festival
had heeded this call but in 2010, the Consulate stepped
up the pressure and Frameline agreed to be part of the
"Brand Israel" campaign we call "pinkwashing."
In 2010 and 2011 we held spirited demonstrations outside
the festival. The call for Frameline to respect
the international campaign for boycott of Israeli
institutions has been joined by Jewish
Voice for Peace, Palestinian
Queers for BDS, and a
number of prominent queer artists, writers and filmmakers.
Government and Frameline documents
Protesting Batsheva Dance Company in San Francisco
QUIT joined with activists from New
York, Montreal, Minneapolis and Arizona to protest the
Batsheva Dance Company's 2012 North American tour.
At Yerba Buena Cultural Center in San Francisco, QUIT
greeted dance-goers with a flier
asking, "Which Tutu Is for You,"
counterposing Bishop Desmond Tutu’s stance opposing
Israeli apartheid with the silence of the Israel Ballet
Company and Bathseva in the face of international calls
for solidarity with Palestinian liberation. When theater
managers complained that the singing was too loud and
threatened to call the cops, a protester responded,
“The traffic on Howard Street is much louder than us,
so why don’t you call the police on the cars?”
No Pinkwashing of War Crimes
support human rights protested outside the Roxie Theater
on Thursday, April 8th, the opening night of the Out
In Israel LGBT Cultural Festival. Out in Israel
is a marketing event series aimed at convincing LGBT
people in the U.S. that Israel is a cool, progressive,
gay-friendly country. This is all part of a public
relations scheme by supporters of Israel in this country
to repair an image tarnished by atrocities, such as its
massacres in Gaza last year.
A recent report by a leading Israeli think tank, alleges
that the “deligitimization challenge” to Israel’s
policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing radiates out
from “hubs,” including the Bay Area. Out in
Israel is the first salvo in this new propaganda
war, and if last week’s film night was any indication,
it’s not having much success. Only about 50 people
showed up for the films.
QUIT! called the action, which featured a skit called
“Queer Eye for the Palestinian Village.” A couple
Queer Guys were called in to give a makeover to a West
Bank village so it could be turned into a queer-friendly
Jewish settlement. Just rip out those unsightly olive
trees, get a Caterpillar bulldozer to get rid of that
mosque — so over — and you’ll have a perfect view
of Tel Aviv and a great square for nude sunbathing. Oh,
but you’ll need some hot Israeli soldiers to come in
and kill all the people who are living there.
more on Indybay, including the statement
from Palestinian groups Aswat and Al Qaws urging
queer groups to protest this festival.
article in the Bay Area Reporter.
Schulman takes on Pinkwashing in the New York Times.
Day of Deshelving Israeli Goods
end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning
accomplishments of the last century, but we would not
have succeeded without the help of international
pressure. There is no greater testament to the basic
dignity of ordinary people everywhere than the
divestment movement of the 1980s.
similar movement has taken shape recently, this time
aiming at an end to the Israeli occupation of
Palestinian territories. We should hope that average
citizens again rise to the occasion, since the obstacles
to a renewed movement are surpassed only by its moral
urgency..." Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2002, http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Israel/Israel_Time_To_Divest.html
Since mid-2001, QUIT! has been working, along with
other Bay Area Palestine solidarity groups, to support
the international Palestinian-led campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
March 2009: Call
to international queer filmmakers to withdraw from the
Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival. Read
we are proud to introduce our new Victoria's Secret
Weapon line! Most of Victoria's Secret's bras and
some of its other products are produced by the Israeli
textile giant Delta Galil. "Delta Galil is
the nation's largest manufacturer and marketer of
textiles and is one of the largest private-label
underwear manufacturers in the world," reports a
1999 article in The Jerusalem Post. "The company
was one of the first local firms to benefit from the
peace process, as it moved manufacturing to neighboring
countries with low labor costs." QUIT! launched its
campaign to show Victoria's customers who's under their
underwear with a fashion show at a VS outlet in San
our lovely full-color catalogue! More
info about Delta Galil and Victoria's Secret.
October 2006, we
have produced a leaflet to distribute at showings of "Catch
a Fire," a film about resistance in South
Africa starring Tim Robbins and Derek Luke. We urge
other groups to distribute it as well. Download
the flier (MS Word) (view
October 2006, we protested an event hosted by
the Israeli consulate general at the San Francisco LGBT
Center featuring Israeli novelist Alon Hilu. Read
our flier asking queers to respect the cultural boycott.
2005-2006 QUIT led the international Boycott
World Pride campaign, protesting Interpride's
decision to hold the second World Pride celebration in
occupied Jerusalem. This campaign grew to
include dozens of queer organizations internationally
and had a significant effect on the way the event was
perceived in the media and in queer communities.
QUIT published op-eds, gave several radio interviews and
maintained a website which provided a focal point for
diverse boycott efforts. Learn
more about the World Pride Boycott.
Slaughter campaign, targeting the company owned
by Ron Lauder, a major supporter of Israel's policies of
dispossession and repression of Palestinians.
June 2003, QUIT dropped a
banner on stage at the end of the showing of "Yossi
and Jagger," at the San Francisco International
LGBT Film Festival. The film centers on a gay
relationship between Israeli soldiers on the Lebanon
of the action. Read
to deshelve Israeli products at Rainbow
Settlers landed on Starbucks, dubbing it "A Cafe
without People for People without a Cafe." Read
about this creative direct action which inspired
copycat settlements from New York to Australia.
For more information
about the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment