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Skip the Trip!

In the face of growing BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) campaigns in support of freedom, justice, and equality, Israel is offering actors, actresses, and directors nominated for an Academy Award this year a $55,000 all-expenses paid trip to Israel as part of its ongoing efforts to hide its violations of Palestinian rights. 

Sign the petition to tell nominees to not take a free trip to Israel at the expense of Palestinians!

Getting celebrities to come to Israel is part of a "Brand Israel" strategy to improve Israel’s image abroad to counter worldwide outrage over its oppression of Palestinians. Israeli tourism minister Yariv Levin explained: "These are the most senior people in the film industry in Hollywood and leading opinion-formers who we are interested in hosting. Their visit will have enormous resonance among millions of fans and followers, including social media.” 

This trip offering comes in the midst of the #OscarsSoWhite scandal with only white actors and actresses nominated in the top four categories for the second year in a row.

See below for actions to take to support the campaign.  

Actions
Sign the Petition
Urge the nominees to stand on the right side of history and refuse this cynical attempt to enlist them in putting a pretty face on Israel’s regime of oppression.
Watch "Thanks, Oscar"
Video made by Apartheid Adventures.
Join the Twitter Storm!
Sample tweets and more!
Memes to Share!
Post these images on your social media networks using #SkiptheTrip.

Resources
Palestinians welcome Academy distancing itself from Oscars gift bag
February 17th, 2016
Campaigners will continue to urge nominees to reject Israel’s latest propaganda attempt to whitewash its war crimes.
Oscar nominees: ‘Give your Israeli swag bag to a Palestinian refugee!’
February 17th, 2016
Press release from Artists for Palestine UK.
Statement from Palestinian Performing Arts Network
February 16th, 2016
Organisations and individuals that represent the majority of the Palestinian cultural sector, call on Oscar nominees to reject the trip.
Palestinians call on Oscar nominees to reject Israel propaganda trip
February 10th, 2016
Statement from the Palestinian BDS National Committee.

Media
Swag Reflex
by Salon
February 26th, 2016
This year’s Oscars goodie basket is worth a record $230,000. Even the academy is disgusted.
Racy Items in Oscar 'Swag Bag' Prompt Lawsuit
by Voice of America
February 26th, 2016
Brian Eno: “Oscars’ swag bag is part of Israel’s cultural propaganda campaign”
by Salon
February 26th, 2016
Israel is using artists, again, to obscure its dismal human rights record. We must all demand the truth
Pro-BDS Groups Urge Oscar Nominees to Skip Free Israel Trip
by Haaretz
February 25th, 2016
U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Jewish Voice for Peace place full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times, five days before the Academy Awards ceremony.
Oscar Nominees Urged to Skip Trip to Israel
by AJ+
February 25th, 2016
Oscar nominees urged to skip Israel swag bag trip
by Reuters Video
February 24th, 2016
LA Times Runs BDS Ad Advising Top Oscar Nominees To #SkipTheTrip To Israel
by MintPress News
February 24th, 2016
‘We want them to join our movement for human rights,’ said one organizer of the campaign to urge celebrities to boycott a free trip to Israel found in top Oscar nominees’ giveaway bags.
Hollywood stars urged to reject free Oscar goodie bag trip to Israel
by The Telegraph
February 24th, 2016
Two US groups take out full-page newspaper advert denouncing junket being offered in nominees' gift bag at this year's award ceremony
Ad accusing Israel of apartheid published in LA Times
by Jewish Telegraph Agency
February 24th, 2016
Oscar nominees urged to skip Israel swag bag trip
by Reuters
February 24th, 2016
Variety Refuses to Publish a pro-BDS Ad Accusing Israel of Apartheid in Oscars Issue
by Haaretz
February 23rd, 2016
After the sponsored trip to Israel included in the swag bags for the Oscars, the magazine rejected Jewish Voice for Peace ad due to the sensitivity of the topic and the rude tone it has.
Variety pulls pro-BDS ad accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’
by Jewish Telegraphic Agency
February 23rd, 2016
Variety Censors Ad Supporting Palestinian Human Rights
February 22nd, 2016
Ad Calls on Oscar Nominees to “Skip the Trip” to Israel Offered in Swag Bags
Academy disavows Oscars gift bag featuring Israel junket
by The Electronic Intifada
February 18th, 2016
Academy Sues Over Oscar Gift Bags that Include Sex Toys, Vaporizers
by Variety
February 17th, 2016
A lawsuit was launched by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences against the company marking Oscars gift bags that include a free trip to Israel.
This year’s Oscar swag bag includes a $55,000 trip to Israel
by The Washington Post
February 11th, 2016
Israel offers free holidays to Oscars contenders in effort to improve image
by The Guardian
February 8th, 2016
Government says visits by ‘leading opinion-formers’, should they take up voucher for 10-day trip, would have ‘enormous resonance’ among their fans