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In 2005, after 38 years of military occupation, land confiscations and illegal settlements, over 170 Palestinian organizations and unions called for a worldwide, nonviolent campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until the state recognizes the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and complies with the precepts of international law by:Sign the BDS Pledge!

• Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands
• Dismantling the Separation Wall
• Recognizing the fundamental rights of all Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel to full equality
• Respecting, promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands as stipulated by international law & U.N. Resolution 194

Today this call by Palestinian civil society is being answered by a rapidly growing global movement to boycott and divest from Israeli and pro-occupation companies, products, services, and cultural activities.

Here are three things you can do to help:

  Read and sign the BDS Pledge to support the nonviolent BDS campaign.
  Learn about products to boycott in our Boycott Guide.
  Read up. See recent global BDS news below and BDS organizations and resources in the sidebar.


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Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel
Global BDS Movement - 2 Dec 2016 Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel Update Stop G4S   December 2, 2016 By: Palestine BDS National committeemore
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) withdraws from event promoting Israeli settlement wine
Global BDS Movement - 1 Dec 2016 Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) withdraws from event promoting Israeli settlement wine In the News Sanctions and governments JETRO staff called Palestine Forum Japan and informed them that JETRO would...more
Support BDS! Stand up for Palestinian rights
Global BDS Movement - 1 Dec 2016 Support BDS! Stand up for Palestinian rights Update The BDS movement for Palestinian rights challenges the support Israel receives from governments, corporations and institutions across the world. Please help the Palestinian...more
University of Chile Social Sciences students overwhelmingly vote for BDS
Global BDS Movement - 30 Nov 2016 University of Chile Social Sciences students overwhelmingly vote for BDS In the News Academic Boycott BDS is growing at an exceptionally impressive rate in Chile. November 30, 2016 By: Palestine...more
BDS impact round up for 2016
Global BDS Movement - 28 Nov 2016 BDS impact round up for 2016 Blog Israel's war of repression has failed to stop the continued growth of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights November 28, 2016 By: Palestinian...more
Still time to join #BoycottHP actions close to you
Global BDS Movement - 27 Nov 2016 Still time to join #BoycottHP actions close to you Update Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against HP Check our  interactive map  to find Boycott HP actions close to you. ...more
Because BDS, Israeli archeologists want West Bank work kept secret
Global BDS Movement - 24 Nov 2016 Because BDS, Israeli archeologists want West Bank work kept secret In the News Academic Boycott An Israeli court rejects a freedom of information request for the names of archeologists digging,...more
‘Global BDS Week of Action’ to target occupation profiteer Hewlett-Packard
Global BDS Movement - 23 Nov 2016 ‘Global BDS Week of Action’ to target occupation profiteer Hewlett-Packard In the News This week an international alliance of Palestine solidarity and social justice activists begins a coordinated week of...more
BDS: Decolonizing Palestine
Global BDS Movement - 22 Nov 2016 BDS: Decolonizing Palestine In the News Academic Boycott From Gaza, Haidar Eid on BDS as a strategy for de-colonization.  November 15, 2016 By: Haidar Eidmore
Faculty Support for Professor Abdulhadi and Campus Advocates for Justice in/for Palestine at San Francisco State University
Global BDS Movement - 22 Nov 2016 Faculty Support for Professor Abdulhadi and Campus Advocates for Justice in/for Palestine at San Francisco State University In the News Academic Boycott Faculty members of the San Francisco State University...more
     

Israeli Apartheid: Vermonters Don't Buy It - BOYCOTT!

Organizations
BDS Conference Montreal
As part of the growing global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid, grassroots organizations in Montréal successfully hosted a conference in October 2010, aimed at moving forward the BDS movement in Québec.

BIG Campaign - Boycott Israeli Goods
The BIG Campaign was launched in the House of Commons on the 4th July 2001. There have been calls for a boycott from within Israel itself as well as in the Occupied Territories. Our decision to launch this campaign follows decades of Israel’s refusal to abide by UN Resolutions, International law and the 4th Geneva Convention.

Boycott & Divestment - U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Boycott & Divestment Resources: The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is supporting a nation-wide municipal and state Boycott & Divestment Project.

Boycott Israel to end the Military Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
A resource for education and for people who want to boycott produce from Israel and illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, by providing sources of information about companies, products etc.

Boycott Israeli Campaign - Innovative Minds
A lively British site full of graphics, poetry, protest and practical boycott information.

Boycott Israeli Medical Association
UK: The Medical Committee for Boycott of the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) will document the systematic torture of Palestinian people by agents of Israel. It will publicise the practice in order to bring world opinion to bear on Israel. And it will challenge the Israeli Medical Association which has repeatedly failed to issue advice to doctors who are involved in any way with torture.

Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call From Within
We, Palestinians, Jews, citizens of Israel, join the Palestinian call for a BDS campaign against Israel, inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid. We also call on others to do the same.

Corporate Watch
Tracking corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine. Corporate Watch’s research intends to strengthen and provide a resource for the growing BDS movement and the wider international solidarity movement.

Dearborn Boycotts Israel
Dearborn, Michigan-based blog promoting boycott of Israel and justice for Palestinians.

Divest from Israel
Links to university divesiture campaigns and other useful information.

Divest From Israel - Global Exchange
"I am a black South African, and if I were to change the names, a description of what is happening in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank could describe events in South Africa. " - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Global BDS Movement
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions for Palestine - This website is overseen by the steering committee of the Palestinian BDS National Committee and has been adopted as a tool of the ICNP (International Coordinating Network on Palestine) to support efforts of networking and coordination.

Global Exchange Activists’ Toolkit - BDS guide (PDF)
Global Exchange has produced an activists’ toolkit which you can download here. This booklet will help you identify your target institution and begin researching its holdings, define your campaign goals, create a petition, enlist support through media outreach and educational events, pass a divestment resolution, and connect with the global divestment movement.

Interfaith Peace Initiative
For Peace and Human Rights in Israel-Palestine - The Interfaith Peace Initiative seeks to provide a forum for dialog and learning about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and examining America’s relationship to this region.

Israeli Apartheid Week
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events held in cities and campuses across the globe. The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement.

Labor for Palestine
U. S. Trade Unionists Support South African and Australian Dockers’ Boycott of Israeli Cargo. Join us in demanding immediate and total: 1. End to U. S. aid for Israel. 2. Divestment of business and labor investments in Israel. 3. Labor boycott of Israel. 4. Withdrawal of U. S. and allied forces from the Middle East. Sign the petition!

New England Conference of the United Methodist Church - DIVESTMENT TASK FORCE
Christ has called us to be a light to the nations, to replace darkness and despair with hope rooted in love for all God’s creation. Refusing to support an occupation that endangers Israelis as well as Palestinians is an effective way to show our light to the world.

Palestine BDS Campaign
Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel was launched in Ramallah in April 2004 by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals to join the growing international boycott movement.

Perdana4Peace
The Perdana Global Peace Foundation, a first but resolute step in the arduous journey towards global peace, moves towards the single goal of putting an end to war. Its founder, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, envisages “a serious, active and sustained struggle against war and for peace”.

Stop Caterpillar
Jewish Voice for Peace site dedicated to the Caterpillar boycott.

US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Responding to the CALL of Palestinian civil society to join the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel, we are a US campaign focused specifically on a boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions.

Who Profits from the Israeli occupation?
Israeli and international corporations are directly involved in the occupation: in the construction of Israeli colonies and infrastructure in the occupied territories, in the settlements’ economy, in building walls and checkpoints, in the supply of specific equipment used in the control and repression of the civilian population under occupation.

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EVENT: What Is BDS?
4 Dec 2016 The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing...
SJP Op-Eds
4 Dec 2016 Sample op-eds by Students for Justice in Palestine about divestment campaigns
Campus Divestment Digital Appendix
4 Dec 2016
#FreeSalah Update: Court postpones decision to December 11
3 Dec 2016 Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign FreeSalah At the court hearing held on December 1 at Ofar detentino facility, the Israeli military court decided to postpone its decision on Salah Khawaja's...
Rev. Graylan Hagler dedicates Bethlehem shrine to two teen victims, one Palestinian, one African-American
3 Dec 2016 Violence / Detention — West Bank / Jerusalem ‘Young lives taken too soon’: Activists dedicate memorial to Tamir Rice in ‘Aida refugee camp BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 3 Dec by Yumna Patel — In...
Brutal US Colonialism in Puerto Rico
3 Dec 2016 Recently, I’ve been reading Overthrow Americas Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq , a book by veteran New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer, which focuses on US-backed coups from...
BDS supporter seeks presidency of UK Jewish students union
2 Dec 2016 Eran Cohen says many students feel “pushed out” of Jewish societies that emphasize links to Israel.
Ontario lawmakers vote to smear BDS movement
2 Dec 2016 False accusation of anti-Semitism being used to stifle criticism of Israel, human rights defenders say.
Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel
2 Dec 2016 Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel Update Stop G4S   December 2, 2016 By: Palestine BDS National committee
New anti-Semitism legislation may stifle campus activism for Palestinian rights
1 Dec 2016 Increasingly, students on American campuses perceive advocating for justice in Palestine as a moral imperative. The steady growth of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom has...
 
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Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2016 - Human rights campaigners to intensify pressure against the company… G4S announces sale of most of its Israel business, following intense BDS pressure G4S remains involved in Israeli police training and settlement construction business BDS human rights...

New York Governor blacklists BDS businesses
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2016 - "This state will not stand for the politics of discrimination... and we will continue to demonstrate our unwavering support for the people of Israel in the fight for freedom, liberty and democracy."

Norway`s 3rd largest city votes to boycott settlement products
Occupation Magazine 2 Dec 2016 - Itamar Eichner - Ynet - Israel`s Ambassador to Norway Raphael Schutz slammed the resolution and asked the Jewish community in the city to condemn the decision. However, the Jewish community decided against condemning the resolution, saying it was a political issue, while its policy is only...

Why a settlement boycott is so scary for Israel
Occupation Magazine 2 Dec 2016 - Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 - Israeli leaders see the idea of a limited boycott of the settlements alone as a farce because they know it would bleed right through the Green Line they’ve been working so hard to erase. [bz]

Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel
Global BDS 2 Dec 2016 - Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel Update Stop G4S   December 2, 2016 By: Palestine BDS National committee

Under Pressure and ‘Reputational Damage’ Caused by BDS: G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Dec 2016 - In a press released issued December 2, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement said the the world’s largest security company, G4S, announced today that “it is selling most of its Israeli business after an effective campaign against the company, waged by the Palestinian-led, global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, caused it ‘ reputational damage .'” Reacting to the breaking news and to “the fact that G4S will nonetheless maintain some illegal projects in Israel,” Rafeef Ziadah, speaking for the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), said: “We have succeeded to push one of the world’s largest corporations into selling its key business in Israel. Our globally coordinated campaign has had a real impact. We will continue campaigning until G4S ends all involvement in violations of Palestinian human rights.” Canadians condemn anti-BDS motion passed in Ontario as attack on free speech https://t.co/9ycS0gkbgd — Electronic Intifada (@intifada) December...more

G4S sells Israel operation for $110 million, denies BDS pressure
Ha'aretz - 2 Dec 2016

UK Labour Party's deputy leader performs rendition of Am Yisrael Chai
YNet News, 2 Dec 2016 - Tom Watson begins singing to his audience while delivering a speech to Labour Friends of Israel in which he repudiates anti-Semitism, attacks moral bankruptcy of BDS Movement. ....

BDS supporter seeks presidency of UK Jewish students union
Electronic Intifada - Eran Cohen says many students feel “pushed out” of Jewish societies that emphasize links to Israel.

Ontario lawmakers vote to smear BDS movement
Electronic Intifada - False accusation of anti-Semitism being used to stifle criticism of Israel, human rights defenders say.

New anti-Semitism legislation may stifle campus activism for Palestinian rights
Mondoweiss - Increasingly, students on American campuses perceive advocating for justice in Palestine as a moral imperative. The steady growth of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian freedom has been met by a wave legislation aimed at punishing or suppressing our 1st amendment rights to...

Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel
Global BDS 2 Dec 2016 - Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel Update Stop G4S   December 2, 2016 By: Palestine BDS National committee

Support BDS! Stand up for Palestinian rights
Global BDS 1 Dec 2016 - Support BDS! Stand up for Palestinian rights Update The BDS movement for Palestinian rights challenges the support Israel receives from governments, corporations and institutions across the world. Please help the Palestinian BDS National Committee to make sure that we are able to continue building our movement and...

Ontario legislature passes anti-BDS motion
Middle East Eye 1 Dec 2016 - Language Undefined Symbolic gesture condemning boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is ‘an attack on freedom of speech,’ rights group says

Breitbart’s Israel bureau chief: Steve Bannon 'interested in exposing' BDS
Ha'aretz - 30 Nov 2016

Why did Rep. Keith Ellison condemn BDS?
Electronic Intifada - Israel lobby pressure mounts on Minnesota congressman who seeks to head DNC.

University of Chile Social Sciences students overwhelmingly vote for BDS
Global BDS 30 Nov 2016 - University of Chile Social Sciences students overwhelmingly vote for BDS In the News Academic Boycott BDS is growing at an exceptionally impressive rate in Chile. November 30, 2016 By: Palestine BDS National committee

Less symbolism, more action: Towards meaningful solidarity with Palestine
Ramzy Baroud, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/29/2016
      The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) has designated the week, November 25 to December 3, as the ‘Biggest-Ever Campaign’ aimed at boycotting Israeli products and those of companies that contribute to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.
     In a recently issued press release, the civil society-led group highlighted “99 actions that will take place across the world to highlight what they described as “HP companies’ complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights abuses.”
     BDS activities are expected to be staged across at least 18 countries, spanning 6 continents.
     The sharp increase in the boycott campaign activism is a direct result of Israeli pressure – joined by western governments – to thwart the boycott movement. Even financial institutions, such as the Bank of Ireland, have joined in on these efforts, shutting solidarity groups’ accounts and simply trying to raise the price tag for those who dare to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
     However, it seems that the harder Israel tries to impede BDS, the greater the attention and sympathy the BDS movement garners. In some way, Israel’s frantic reaction has helped BDS spread its influence and expand the parameters of debate on the conflict in Palestine. In such scenarios, it is most likely that civil societies, not government intimidation, will eventually prevail – as previous experiences, the anti-Apartheid South Africa movement notwithstanding, have shown.
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Following complaints, bus company halts Arabic-language announcements
John Brown, +972 Magazine 11/29/2016
      Residents of Be’er Sheva were enraged to find out that a new bus company had announcements in both Hebrew and Arabic. After numerous complaints, the Arabic announcements came to an end.
     An Israeli bus company in the southern city of Be’er Sheva stopped activating its Arabic-language announcement system last week, following complaints by city residents.
     The company, Dan Be’er Sheva, won a tender in January of this year, replacing the Metro Dan company to the delight of many residents, who have repeatedly criticized the city’s poor public transportation. The new buses include a PA system, which announces upcoming stations in both Hebrew and Arabic in order to make public transportation accessible to more segments of the population. Tens of thousands of Arabic speakers live in Be’er Sheva, which serves as a metropolis to over 200,000 Bedouin in the surrounding areas. Arabic is Israel’s second official language.
     It turns out that Arabic announcements, however, were too much for some residents. Their complaints over the bi-lingual PA system were first published on social media and included calls for boycotting the company. A local Be’er Sheva news site even ran a story under the headline, “Be’er Sheva’s residents are enraged: ‘Announcements in Arabic on the bus, from Metro Dan we have become Metro-Gaza.'” According to the article, the residents were surprised to discover not only that the bus also includes the written Arabic name for every stop, but that the bus’ PA system announces the name of every station in Arabic. One complainant said the announcements reminded him of Iran, adding that soon they would “start building mosques.”
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Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity with Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Nov 2016 - By Ramzy Baroud The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has designated the week, November 25 to December 3, as the ‘biggest-ever campaign’ aimed at boycotting Israeli products and those of companies that contribute to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. In a recently issued press release, the civil society-led group highlighted “99 actions that will take place across the world to highlight what they described as “HP companies’ complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights abuses.” BDS activities are expected to be staged across at least 18 countries, spanning 6 continents. The sharp increase in the boycott campaign activism is a direct result of Israeli pressure – joined by western governments – to thwart the boycott movement. Even financial institutions, such as the Bank of Ireland , have joined in on these efforts, shutting solidarity groups’ accounts and simply trying to raise the price tag for those who dare to...more

BDS Movement Counts Successes for 2016
IMEMC - 29 Nov 2016 - (Photo: A campaigner in the West Bank puts up a poster in support of a campaign during Ramadan encouraging people to boycott Israeli products. Community boycott campaigns are spreading across the West Bank and the whole of...

FL State Sen. Dwight Bullard opposed an anti-BDS measure — and lost his job
Mondoweiss - Last week, Congressman Keith Ellison released a statement formally opposing BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), the global, Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice, and equality. The statement followed the announcement of Congressman Ellison’s bid for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee and a fairly recent campaign...

Why a settlement boycott is so scary for Israel
+972 Magazine - The Israeli government sees the idea of a settlement boycott as a farce because it knows how impossible it would be to stop even a targeted boycott from bleeding right through the Green Line it’s been working so hard to erase. Palestinians wave flags during a...

2016 BDS Impact round up
Global BDS 28 Nov 2016 - 2016 BDS Impact round up Blog The year 2016 will be remembered by Palestinians and supporters of Palestinian freedom, justice and equality, among other things, as Israel’s year of waging an all-out November 28, 2016 By: Palestinian BDS National Committee

Still time to join #BoycottHP actions close to you
Global BDS 27 Nov 2016 - Still time to join #BoycottHP actions close to you Update Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against HP November 25 marked the launch of the global  November 27, 2016 By: Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Defending the right to protest
Ben Jamal, Director PSC, Palestine Solidarity Campaign 11/28/2016
      In a month where human rights activists across the world absorbed the shock of the election of Donald Trump, Israel’s relentless campaign to silence protest against its abuses of Palestinians continued apace. Last week on, Wednesday 16th November in New York , the Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, hosted hundreds of academics and lawyers who met to discuss how to use the law to render boycott campaigns illegal. Danon added that the struggle against BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns) was taking place in many countries but that mechanisms were being put in place to frustrate the movement’s initiatives.
     “We are advancing legislation in many countries against the BDS, including in the US so that it will simply be illegal to boycott Israel,” he stated. “In my opinion the combination of the courts, legislative houses and students on campus is a winning combination. I sincerely believe that it is possible to beat the BDS movement. We need to raise our heads and fight against them.”
     Earlier in the week on Monday 15th in Washington, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the House of Representatives, a companion bill to one introduced in the Senate in September. The bills seek to impose financial penalties on entities boycotting Israel including those boycotting Israeli settlements.
     On Tuesday 15th November in the House of Commons Eric Pickles MP, Chair of Conservative Friends of Israel, spoke at a meeting organised by a student group looking to promote pro-Israel activism on campus and suppress BDS activity. In his speech he compared activism on behalf of Palestinian rights to Nazi like behaviour, specifically equating BDS with the boycotts imposed by Nazis on Jewish shops in 1930’s Germany. This is a line Pickles has used before. In 2011 student activist at Kings College London protested against a visit by an ex-IDF general....
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FL State Sen. Dwight Bullard opposed an anti-BDS measure — and lost his job
Mondoweiss - Last week, Congressman Keith Ellison released a statement formally opposing BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), the global, Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice, and equality. The statement followed the announcement of Congressman Ellison’s bid for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee and a fairly recent campaign...

2016 BDS Impact round up
Global BDS 28 Nov 2016 - 2016 BDS Impact round up Blog The year 2016 will be remembered by Palestinians and supporters of Palestinian freedom, justice and equality, among other things, as Israel’s year of waging an all-out November 28, 2016 By: Palestinian BDS National Committee

An Appeal to Green Party of Canada Members: Don’t Reverse Your Support for Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Nov 2016 - As Israel’s illegal military occupation approaches a half-century, it’s long past time for concrete international action to pressure its government to reverse course. The Green Party of Canada’s recent vote to support “the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (BDS) that are targeted at those sectors of Israel’s economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories” represents such a measure. Without international pressure, Israel will continue to steal Palestinian land, demolish olive groves, build Jewish-only roads, imprison without due process and impose collective punishment on innocent Palestinians. It will continue to violate international law and dominate a defenseless people. Canadians cannot wash their hands of Palestinians’ plight. Ottawa has long been a close ally of Israel and each year registered Canadian charities channel millions of dollars to projects supporting Israel’s powerful military and illegal settlements. We urge you not to succumb to political pressure...more

Equal Israeli Access to Stolen Palestinian Land
IMEMC - 27 Nov 2016 - The ‘regularization law’ to sanction land theft in the West Bank has a solid basis: most Israelis live on Palestinian land confiscated in 1948. The cries of the Cossacks in the West Bank Samarian hills are...

‘Tis the season, to boycott!
Mondoweiss - One of the accusations most frequently lobbed at BDS activists (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) is that “boycotts are divisive.” Apparently, they drive a wedge in society, pitting community members against each other.  Our response has consistently been that the division is already there, between...

Still time to join #BoycottHP actions close to you
Global BDS 27 Nov 2016 - Still time to join #BoycottHP actions close to you Update Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against HP November 25 marked the launch of the global  November 27, 2016 By: Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Kuwait opposition clinch strong showing in first election after years of boycott
Middle East Eye 27 Nov 2016 - Language Undefined Nearly half of the Kuwaiti parliament's seats went to Islamist-dominated groups, leaving the government in a fragile position

Kuwaitis take to the polls after opposition ends years of boycott
Middle East Eye 26 Nov 2016 - Language Undefined Analysts say Kuwait's 'empowered' parliament may be the reason it is struggling to diversify its economy post oil-crash

Norwegian City Boycotts Israeli Settlements
IMEMC - 23 Nov 2016 - A banner reads “Recognize Palestine, Boycott Israel” during a May Day parade in Oslo this year. (Ryan Rodrick Beiler ActiveStills) Elected representatives in Trondheim,

Militarized BDS Backlash Targets College Campuses
IMEMC - 23 Nov 2016 - Reservists on Duty and the Lone Soldier Center recruit recently released American Israeli soldiers to attack the BDS movement on college campuses. Israeli anti-BDS organization Reservists on Duty (RoD) is partnering with the Lone Soldier Center...

Spain: Israel violated Spanish law, EU sanctions by gifting drone to Russia
Ha'aretz - 25 Nov 2016

Israel furious as France to label settlement goods
Daily Star 25 Nov 2016 Israel has accused France of aiding a boycott of the Jewish state, after Paris announced new guidelines for labeling goods from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Because BDS, Israeli archeologists want West Bank work kept secret
Global BDS 24 Nov 2016 - Because BDS, Israeli archeologists want West Bank work kept secret In the News Academic Boycott An Israeli court rejects a freedom of information request for the names of archeologists digging, under IDF license, in the occupied territories, and where Israel is storing the antiquities they uncover....

What Trump's new UN envoy could mean for Israel-Palestine
Samer Badawi, +972 Magazine 11/24/2016
      Whatever disruptions are afoot in the balance of international power will eventually be reflected at the United Nations. And when that happens, even a staunch supporter of Israel like Nikki Haley may have to yield to a new order.
     When she signed into law the first state legislation penalizing companies that boycott “based on race, color, religion, gender or national origin,” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was lauded by the bill’s author, State Representative Alan Clemmons, who made clear its intent.
     Citing “tactics employed by the Nazis,” Clemmons called the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement a prime example of “hatred and bigotry” for “its effort to harm our great ally, Israel.”
     Haley’s stance on the issue may be the closest thing to foreign policy experience this newly named U.S. ambassador to the United Nations can claim. But as news of her selection made the media rounds, most reports zeroed in on her history of public spats with the incoming U.S. president, who announced Haley’s selection today.
     Several outlets recalled a March tweet in which Trump scolded the governor for publicly disavowing his views, including on immigration. “The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!” Trump wrote.
     And The Jerusalem Post reminded readers that Haley, who signed a 2015 bill removing the Confederate flag from her state’s capitol building, excoriated the then-candidate for “not speaking out more forcefully against white supremacists,” according to the paper.
     In the lead up to the Confederate flag legislation, Haley guided her state through the aftermath of a mass shooting by a self-professed white supremacist....
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Fighting Back: BDS Activists to Launch ‘Biggest-Ever Campaign’
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Nov 2016 - In a press release issued today by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, organizers said that this week “99 actions will take place across the world to highlight HP companies’ complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights abuses.” Here is the text of the press release produced in full, Human rights activists supporting the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement against the state of Israel have launched their biggest-ever campaign since the 2005 call was made by Palestinian civil society. Targeting Hewlett Packard (HP) companies, who campaigners say are “deeply complicit in Israel’s occupation and oppression of Palestinians”, an international week of action has been launched, with 99 actions across at least 18 countries spanning 6 continents. In the UK, where the BDS movement has faced various attempts this year by the British Government to suppress their campaigns, more than 30 protests and actions are planned,...more

Keith Ellison seeks to placate Israel lobby, by saying he is against BDS
Mondoweiss - A battle has begun inside the Democratic Party over Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to be Democratic Party chair, and the Israel consensus is again the central question. Ellison is one of the few critics of Israel inside the party. The rightwing Israel lobby is quietly mounting...

‘Global BDS Week of Action’ to target occupation profiteer Hewlett-Packard
Global BDS 23 Nov 2016 - ‘Global BDS Week of Action’ to target occupation profiteer Hewlett-Packard In the News This week an international alliance of Palestine solidarity and social justice activists begins a coordinated week of actions across the globe that targets occupation profiteer Hewlett-Packard (HP). Boycott HP November 23, 2016 By:...

BDS: Decolonizing Palestine
Global BDS 22 Nov 2016 - BDS: Decolonizing Palestine In the News Academic Boycott From Gaza, Haidar Eid on BDS as a strategy for de-colonization.  November 15, 2016 By: Haidar Eid

Faculty Support for Professor Abdulhadi and Campus Advocates for Justice in/for Palestine at San Francisco State University
Global BDS 22 Nov 2016 - Faculty Support for Professor Abdulhadi and Campus Advocates for Justice in/for Palestine at San Francisco State University In the News Academic Boycott Faculty members of the San Francisco State University as well as other institutions worldwide, express distress over recent developments on the SFSU campus. November 1, 2016...

Israel’s New Friends
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Nov 2016 - By Neve Gordon Israel’s leaders and their right-wing Jewish allies in the United States have no problem stomaching anti-Semitism so long as the anti-Semite supports Zionism. But if an anti-Semite can be a Zionist then anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are not the same. In February, the Israeli prime minister praised the British government for introducing new guidelines prohibiting publicly funded bodies from boycotting Israeli products. ‘I want to commend the British government for refusing to discriminate against Israel and Israelis and I commend you for standing up for the one and only true democracy in the Middle East,’ Netanyahu said. ‘Modern anti-Semitism,’ he went on, ‘not only attacks individual Jews, but attacks them collectively, and the slanders that were hurled over centuries against the Jewish people are now hurled against the Jewish state.’ Progressive voices such as Jewish Voice for Peace have tried for years to counter the insidious conflation of criticism...more

Palestinian BDS group in US rebrands itself
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2016 - “Any action that puts Israel in a normal light goes against everything the BDS movement is going for."

Italian gay advocacy group denounces BDS movement
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2016 - “These organizations must reject all the ideologies opposing the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state."

Because BDS, Israeli archeologists want West Bank work kept secret
+972 Magazine - An Israeli court rejects a freedom of information request for the names of archeologists digging, under IDF license, in the occupied territories, and where Israel is storing the antiquities they uncover. The reason: so they don’t face academic boycott. The visitor’s center at the West Bank...

‘Global BDS Week of Action’ to target occupation profiteer Hewlett-Packard
Mondoweiss - This week an international alliance of Palestine solidarity and social justice activists begins a coordinated week of actions across the globe that targets occupation profiteer Hewlett-Packard (HP).  The Global BDS Week of Action against HP companies- taking place from November 25th through December 3rd, with more...

BDS: Decolonizing Palestine
Global BDS 22 Nov 2016 - BDS: Decolonizing Palestine In the News Academic Boycott From Gaza, Haidar Eid on BDS as a strategy for de-colonization.  November 15, 2016 By: Haidar Eid

Faculty Support for Professor Abdulhadi and Campus Advocates for Justice in/for Palestine at San Francisco State University
Global BDS 22 Nov 2016 - Faculty Support for Professor Abdulhadi and Campus Advocates for Justice in/for Palestine at San Francisco State University In the News Academic Boycott Faculty members of the San Francisco State University as well as other institutions worldwide, express distress over recent developments on the SFSU campus. November 1, 2016...

BDS activists to launch HP consumer boycott on Black Friday
Global BDS 21 Nov 2016 - BDS activists to launch HP consumer boycott on Black Friday Update Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against HP Global Week of Action Inspired by South Africa Boycott of Polaroid Will Target HP Companies: Nov. 25 – Dec. 3 Human rights groups plan to protest...

Because BDS, Israeli archeologists want West Bank work kept secret
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 11/22/2016
      An Israeli court rejects a freedom of information request for the names of archeologists digging, under IDF license, in the occupied territories, and where Israel is storing the antiquities they uncover. The reason: so they don’t face academic boycott.
     The Jerusalem District Court on Monday refused to reveal the names of archeologists performing digs at antiquities sites in the occupied West Bank, as is the practice of the Israel Antiquities Authority inside the Green Line. The reason: the archeologists’ (and the State’s) fear of academic boycotts, and the difficulties it would pose for ongoing (Israeli) archeological projects in the occupied territories.
     The decision was issued in response to a petition filed by human rights organization Yesh Din and archeology NGO Emek Shaveh, against the Israeli military government in the West Bank (the Civil Administration) and the staff officer of its Archeology Department, who are responsible for issuing licenses for archeological excavations in the occupied territory. The petitioners sought information that the military refused to provide as part of a freedom of information request, mainly the names of the archeologists, and where Israeli authorities store antiquities they uncover in the West Bank.
     The main thrust of District Court Judge Yigal Marzel’s decision dealt with releasing the names of the archeologists. Judge Marzel recognized the importance of publishing their names, as is customary inside Israel, partly for reasons of transparency, but also because the findings of the excavations are often published academically — which requires publishing one’s name.
     However, the State managed to convince Judge Marzel that the archeologists, who testified in an ex parte hearing (without the presence of the petitioners), that publishing their names would pose a real threat of academic boycott due to their work in the occupied territories under a license issued by the military regime.
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Norwegian city boycotts Israeli settlements
Electronic Intifada: 22 Nov 2016 - Trondheim council also calls on national parliament to display solidarity with Palestine. more..

BDS Movement Announces Global Week of Action Against Hewlitt-Packard (VIDEO)
IMEMC - 20 Nov 2016 - The International Boycott HP Network and the Palestinian BDS National Committee are calling for an international week of action against Hewlett-Packard, over its role in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.

Ashton Kutcher defends Airbnb to BDS protestor
YNet News, 20 Nov 2016 - Holding a sign that called for the home-sharing company to refrain from listing properties in West Bank settlements, the CODEPINK activist was led offstage by the actor and investor, who told the crowd, 'This company is about bringing people together.' ....

Qatar University: Student Council Votes for Boycott of Israel
IMEMC - 17 Nov 2016 - The representative council of Qatar University students voted for the provincial movement and the refusal of normalization with the Israeli occupation, in a new victory of the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) in the Arabian...

UN Envoy Danon lauds anti-BDS successes
YNet News, 17 Nov 2016 - Israel’s ambassador leads a UN conference entitled ‘Lawyers Against BDS,’ tells Ynet Israel becoming the ‘prosecutors instead of the defendants. It’s too early to say we have won but there is a real change.’ ....

Why was the Clinton campaign obsessed with fighting BDS?
Mondoweiss - During the presidential campaign, we ran a lot of posts based on Wikileaks releases from the Clinton campaign that touched on Israel; but Wikileaks saved one of the best for last, the day after the election: an email from Stu Eizenstat, an ambassador to the Jewish...

German Jewish NGOs urge bank to close BDS account
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2016 - Fringe group posts ‘Stop JNF,’ claims ‘ethnic cleansing’ on website.

Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks Joins Boycott of Trump Hotels
The Forward New 16 Nov 2016 - The NBA team announced that it would no longer book rooms at Trump hotels, according to a report in Sports Illustrated.

The oldest trick in the book, and we're still falling for it
Ilan Manor, +972 Magazine 11/14/2016
      While Netanyahu distracts the Left with attacks on the media, his right-wing coalition partners are taking far more dangerous steps.
     Like many on the Israeli left, my Facebook feed last week was swarming with images of veteran journalist Ilana Dayan trouncing Prime Minister Netanyahu. Friends from all over country felt certain that Netanyahu’s long, violent, personal, and erratic public rebuke of Dayan would be his undoing, that the prime minister had finally gone too far in his war on the media. Soon, journalists joined the choir berating Netanyahu for labelling Dayan a left-wing saboteur and propagandist.
     While Netanyahu’s war on the media is distressing, it is but a trifle compared to the activities of his coalition partners in the Jewish Home party, for it is they who are transforming Israel on his behalf.
     Under the leadership of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, the Jewish Home party is promoting a conservative legislative agenda that undermines many of the founding principles of Israel. Such was the case with a law limiting freedom of speech by making the promotion of boycotts against Israel cause for civil action. While left-wing ideologists have been silenced, right-wing ideologists are allowed to continue railing against traitors in their midst.
     Another new law mandates that left-wing and human rights NGOs that receive the majority of their donations from abroad portray themselves as foreign agents. Political opinion was thus turned into a scarlet letter. Now Shaked wants to alter the selection process of Supreme Court justices, in an attempt to make them subservient to political masters.
     This legislative agenda is more than just another attack on left-wing journalists, or any journalists for that matter....
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Herzog, Livni clash over bill to bar BDS supporters from Israel
Ha'aretz - 15 Nov 2016

Legendary British punk rock band The Stranglers refuse to be intimidated by BDS
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2016 - The Stranglers emerged as one of the first and longest-lasting bands of the punk era.

Diplomacy or armed struggle? Palestinian factions look ahead
Ronit Marzan, +972 Magazine 11/4/2016
      Against the backdrop of a crisis of governance in Palestine and the brewing battle of succession, Palestinian Islamic Jihad is proposing a return to armed struggle. But is that what the Palestinian people want?
     On October 21 of this year, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Ramadan Shalah gave a speech marking 29 years since the movement’s founding. Shalah’s speech largely resembled those he has given in the past, but the historical and geopolitical context has changed. Twenty-three years have passed since the failure of the Oslo Accords and changes are taking place in the Palestinian, Arab-Muslim and international arenas. In light of all this, Shalah was able to abandon his question of what will happen after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ departure, and move on to the more pressing question: What will happen after the loss of Palestine?
     PIJ, formed in the 1980s, was one of the instigators of the First Intifada. But it was pushed to the political margins after the signing of the Oslo Accords and for more than 20 years has been a fractious military movement that torpedoed any truce it disagreed with. It has not developed a regional base for itself, nor has it stood in local council elections or for the Palestinian Legislative Council, meaning it has effectively sidelined itself in the Palestinian political scene.
     On the verge of finding himself and his movement in a new political arrangement featuring Marwan Barghouti as Palestinian president and Khaled Meshal as prime minister, Shalah is seeking to return to past glories. During his speech, Shalah called for a number of steps: the cancelation of both the Oslo Accords and the recognition of Israel; the building up anew of the Palestine Liberation Organization; a strategic alignment of all Palestinian groups (within the Green Line, in the West Bank and Gaza, and in the diaspora) for a common, armed struggle; and the strengthening of the boycott movement against Israel. He also harshly criticized Arab regimes for abandoning the fight for Palestinian liberation and normalizing ties with Israel.
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US Just Backed Right to Boycott Israel, But will Trump Agree?
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Nov 2016 - Michael F. Brown  reported in the Electronic Intifada on November 9 that the “The US State Department this week joined  the European Union ,  Sweden ,  Ireland  and  the Netherlands  in recognizing the right to boycott Israel.” Brown added, “but whether this position will survive under the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump is an open question, given his  history of erratic statements  on the Middle East.” “State Department spokesperson Mark Toner was asked on Monday if the US has a view on a  bill  introduced in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, that would bar supporters of BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – from entering the country. “Our strong opposition to boycotts and to sanctions of the state of Israel is unchanged and well known,” Toner  said . But then he added, “We value freedom of expression, even in cases where we do not agree with the political views espoused.” This stance aligns...more

US backs right to boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada - But will policy survive under new administration?

Knesset Authorizes Bill to Ban BDS Supporters from Israel
IMEMC - 8 Nov 2016 - A bill preventing supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering Israel was authorized on Monday,  for its first reading in the Israeli parliament, according to Israeli media. Ma’an News Agency reports that,...

US backs right to boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada - But will policy survive under new administration?

‘Dozens of hours of convos with Bibi’ convinced Clinton he actively supported two-state solution
Mondoweiss - You may have seen the news that just in time for the election, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation Friday barring state business with organizations or individuals who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Wolf called the BDS movement “a cause that is antithetical...

Top chef withdraws support for Tel Aviv event
Global BDS 8 Nov 2016 - Top chef withdraws support for Tel Aviv event In the News Cultural Boycott The names of Gustu and its  world-renowned  head chef Kamilla Seidler have been taken off the list of participants on the official  Round Tables website  and removed from the schedule of public appearances...

US backs right to boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada: 9 Nov 2016 - But will policy survive under new administration? more..

‘Dozens of hours of convos with Bibi’ convinced Clinton he actively supported two-state solution
Mondoweiss - You may have seen the news that just in time for the election, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation Friday barring state business with organizations or individuals who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Wolf called the BDS movement “a cause that is antithetical...

Top chef withdraws support for Tel Aviv event
Global BDS 8 Nov 2016 - Top chef withdraws support for Tel Aviv event In the News Cultural Boycott The names of Gustu and its  world-renowned  head chef Kamilla Seidler have been taken off the list of participants on the official  Round Tables website  and removed from the schedule of public appearances...

French labour union backs BDS
Global BDS 7 Nov 2016 - French labour union backs BDS In the News Right To Boycott Trade union solidarity Far from seeking a just and peaceful solution with the Palestinians, the State of Israel, through its successive governments, engages ever more in the violence of the occupation and colonisation an October...

Campaigners denounce international chefs participating in ‘apartheid’ Round Tables tour in Tel Aviv
Global BDS 7 Nov 2016 - Campaigners denounce international chefs participating in ‘apartheid’ Round Tables tour in Tel Aviv Update Cultural Boycott International chefs come to Tel Aviv sponsored by illegal settlement businesses Oxfam urged to distance itself from participating restaurants 140 civil society organizations urge chefs to cancel event amid protests...

Israeli Parliament Moves to Ban BDS Supporters from Entering Country
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Nov 2016 - A bill preventing supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering Israel was authorized on Monday for its first reading in the Israeli parliament, according to Israeli media. According to the Jerusalem Post , the interior committee of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, approved the bill, which was initiated by Knesset Member Yinon Magal from the ultranationalist Home Party, paving the way for the bill to enter its first reading in the Israeli Knesset. Israeli parliamentarians advance new law that will deny entry to those who support the Palestinian-led #BDS campaign https://t.co/N6SPJTARyd — Ben White (@benabyad) November 7, 2016 The move came after several months of renewed Israeli efforts to crack down on the BDS Movement. Israeli Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri and Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan announced in August that they were forming a joint task force to  “expel and ban the entry of BDS...more

Bill banning boycotters from Israel moves forward
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2016 - Knesset Interior Ministry authorizes legislation for a first reading.

‘Dozens of hours of convos with Bibi’ convinced Clinton he actively supported two-state solution
Mondoweiss - You may have seen the news that just in time for the election, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation Friday barring state business with organizations or individuals who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Wolf called the BDS movement “a cause that is antithetical...

Civil rights groups: Facebook should protect, not censor, human rights issues
Global BDS 7 Nov 2016 - Civil rights groups: Facebook should protect, not censor, human rights issues In the News Right To Boycott A coalition of more than 70 civil rights groups have written to  Facebook demanding that the company clarifies its policies for removing October 31, 2016 By: Olivia Solon

Campaigners denounce international chefs participating in ‘apartheid’ Round Tables tour in Tel Aviv
Global BDS 7 Nov 2016 - Campaigners denounce international chefs participating in ‘apartheid’ Round Tables tour in Tel Aviv Update Cultural Boycott International chefs come to Tel Aviv sponsored by illegal settlement businesses Oxfam urged to distance itself from participating restaurants 140 civil society organizations urge chefs to cancel event amid protests...

Palestine solidarity campaigners target HP
Global BDS 6 Nov 2016 - Palestine solidarity campaigners target HP In the News Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against HP HP has long been criticized by the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign due to its role in Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.  November 6, 2016 By: Stephanie...

Global BDS Week of Action Against HP
Global BDS 6 Nov 2016 - Urgent Campaign Global BDS Week of Action Against HP The International Boycott HP Network is calling for an International Week of Action targeting occupation and prison profiteer HP

Israel imprisons Palestinian boycott activist without trial
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/5/2016
      Last week, Israel fired the latest salvo in its “war” against the non-violent boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS). This time it came on the streets of Ramallah. As happens so often with Israeli abuses against the civilian population of the occupied West Bank, the soldiers invaded in the middle of the night. At 2am on Wednesday 26 October, Israeli occupation forces crashed their way into the home of Salah Khawaja, a well-known Palestinian activist against the occupation, and a campaigner for the boycott of Israel.
     According to Stop the Wall, an organisation of which Khawaja is a leading member, the troops ransacked his home, turning out drawers, destroying furniture and generally causing chaos. Stealing one computer and breaking the monitor of another, they also grabbed Khawaja’s phone before taking him to Ofer military base and prison built on stolen Palestinian land near Ramallah. He remains there more than a week later, denied any access to a lawyer.
     Palestinians kidnapped by Israel in this manner are often held using the practice of “administrative detention”, an Israeli euphemism for internment without trial or charges. This is an “emergency law” which dates back to the British “Mandate” occupation of Palestine; technically, Israel has been under a state of emergency ever since its foundation in 1948 on top of the ruins of historic Palestine.
     The latest data shows that the use of such detention without trial is on the rise. About 700 Palestinians are currently held by Israel in “administrative detention”, and even Palestinian citizens of Israel have begun to be targeted by the abusive practice over the past two years.
     At the moment, Khawaja is being held under a 15-day order issued by a military court. In Israel’s apartheid system in the West Bank, only Jews have access to the civilian court system....
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Erdogan blasts West; HDP to boycott House
Daily Star 6 Nov 2016 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Europe Sunday of abetting terrorism by supporting Kurdish militants and said he did not care if it called him a dictator.

ISIS to US Muslims: Don't vote, spill blood
YNet News, 6 Nov 2016 - The Islamic State's communications department published an article calling for Muslims in the United States to boycott the upcoming presidential elections, and to perpetrate attacks against those who do vote. ....

Palestine solidarity campaigners target HP
Global BDS 6 Nov 2016 - Palestine solidarity campaigners target HP In the News Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against HP The boycott of US information technology giant Hewlett-Packard has recently gained renewed interest, becoming the “ hot new ” target November 6, 2016 By: Stephanie Westbrook at Electronic Intifada...

Anti-BDS Stance Now Law in Pennsylvania
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2016 - Pennsylvania’s governor signed into law a bill that requires companies doing business with the state to certify that they do not boycott or discriminate against any sovereign state, including Israel.

Global BDS Week of Action Against HP
Global BDS 6 Nov 2016 - Urgent Campaign Global BDS Week of Action Against HP The International Boycott HP Network is calling for an International Week of Action targeting occupation and prison profiteer HP

Global BDS Week of Action: Protest HP Nov 25 - Dec 3!
Global BDS 5 Nov 2016 - Global BDS Week of Action: Protest HP Nov 25 - Dec 3! Action Alert Boycott HP The International Boycott HP Network is calling for an International Week of Action targeting occupation and prison profiteer HP  October 13, 2016 By: International Boycott HP Network

Poll: Majority of UK citizens see Israel as closest ally in Mideast
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2016 - The poll, surveying some 2000 adults over the internet, also found that 51% do not boycott Israeli products, with 56% believing that boycotts disadvantage both Israelis and Palestinians.

The power of hasbara culture
Mondoweiss - In my last article , I compared the opposition to the Palestinian-led Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) of two influential Jewish journalists, Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart. I demonstrated that as Zionists they both opposed the BDS movement but with significant differences. I gave examples of...

How Bibi is trying to punish Arab MKs for skipping Peres’ funeral
Al-Monitor 4 Nov 2016 - The Arab Joint List rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to boycott the list’s members who were absent from former President Shimon Peres’ funeral, but how long can Israel’s Arab population withstand these Israeli pressures?

Naor letter ignites political debate on judicial activism
Jerusalem Post 3 Nov 2016 - Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, a vocal opponent of judicial activism, compared Naor to the boycott Israel movement.

A modern blood libel
YNet News, 2 Nov 2016 - Op-ed: BDS is focused on national character assassination that is aimed to lay the groundwork for the annihilation of Israel. It is time that the marketplace of ideas forthrightly reject such discriminatory, racist and despicable ideas. ....

Roger Waters urges Chemical Brothers to cancel Israel gig
Electronic Intifada - Thousands call on British duo to heed Palestinian call for cultural boycott.

Habima Theater and the need for a cultural boycott of Israel
Global BDS 2 Nov 2016 - Habima Theater and the need for a cultural boycott of Israel In the News Cultural Boycott The national theater's upcoming performance in Kiryat Arba settlement proves that boycotts against Israeli activity in the West Bank alone will never destabilize the occupation. October 30, 2016 By: Alternative...

UNESCO must go one step further with a cultural boycott of Israel
Dr Daud Abdullah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/2/2016
      Though depicted by Israel and its allies as “controversial” and “inflammable”, the UNESCO votes were by no means historical oddities
     The UN’s record of standing up to Israel’s bully-boy tactics is littered with failure. Last month, however, that trend was bucked when UNESCO adopted two telling resolutions on Jerusalem. Not only did the organisation reject Israel’s claims of ownership within the occupied city, but, more importantly, it also reaffirmed that all attempts by the self-styled Jewish state to change the demographic and religious character of Jerusalem are illegal, null and void.
     Naturally, it would take much more than a UNESCO resolution to deter the Israelis from their attempts to “Judaise” Jerusalem. Scores of similar resolutions have been passed before, all to no avail. Times have changed, though, and a growing number of member states are no longer prepared to be browbeaten into supporting illegal policies that usurp the rights of other people.
     As expected, the Netanyahu government reacted to the UNESCO decision in the only way it knows how, with diplomatic tantrums, political threats and state violence. Incredibly, it produced, almost out of thin air, a “unique 2,700-year-old papyrus” which it claims is evidence of a connection between the city of Jerusalem and the period when the Kings of Israel were on their relatively unimportant throne. This was taken immediately as a green light to intensify excavation activities beneath Al-Aqsa Mosque. Yisrael Hasson, Director of the Israeli Authority of Antiquities, announced that it has agreed with the government that it will become mandatory for every Israeli youth to take part in the excavation works.
     In what can only be interpreted as retaliation for the UNESCO vote, Israel followed up by razing a number of Muslim graves in the historical Bab Al-Rahmeh Cemetery....
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Roger Waters urges Chemical Brothers to cancel Israel gig
Electronic Intifada: 2 Nov 2016 - Thousands call on British duo to heed Palestinian call for cultural boycott. more..

Palestine flag on London university rugby football kit sparks anger
Middle East Eye 2 Nov 2016 - Language Undefined Goldsmiths rugby club said they used emblem as an act of solidarity and part of the BDS movement

Why Netanyahu and Liberman are boycotting Arab party members
Al-Monitor 2 Nov 2016 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman have called upon the coalition to boycott parliamentary activities of the Joint List for missing the funeral of former President Shimon Peres, even if they themselves were the late president's bitter rivals.

BDS spurs growing anti-Semitism on campuses, Brandeis report finds
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2016 - On these campuses, it appears that the high rates of anti-Semitic harassment and hostility are largely driven by malice toward Israel.

Boycott campaign targets Ivanka Trump clothing line
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2016 - A recent survey found that 57% of women refuse to buy Ivanka Trump branded merchandise following her father's controversial campaign.

MKs boycott Arab List MKs in opening of Knesset winter session
YNet News, 1 Nov 2016 - In a rare show of bi-partisanship, members of the Coalition and Opposition boycott Joint Arab List MKs at opening of winter session; Arab List boycotted Peres funeral, prompting the bi-partisan action. ....

BDS and the shattering of liberal Zionist taboos
Mondoweiss - “We welcome the statement’s shattering of the taboo against boycotting Israeli entities that are complicit in—at least selective—violations of Palestinian human rights”, wrote Angela Y. Davis, Chandler Davis, Richard A. Falk, Rashid Khalidi, and Alice Rothchild, et al. in the New York Review of Books  (November...

Portland State University students vote in favour of Divestment in Support of Palestinian Human Rights
Global BDS 31 Oct 2016 - Portland State University students vote in favour of Divestment in Support of Palestinian Human Rights In the News Student solidarity Portland, OR (October 26, 2016)— The student senate of the Associated Students of Portland State University (ASPSU) passed a resolution earlier this week brought forward by...

Palestinians Reiterate Call for Boycotting Habima after its Decision to Entertain “Fascist” Israeli Settlers in Hebron
Global BDS 31 Oct 2016 - Palestinians Reiterate Call for Boycotting Habima after its Decision to Entertain “Fascist” Israeli Settlers in Hebron PACBI Statement Cultural Boycott The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) strongly condemns the Israeli national theater Habima’s decision to perform next month in the...

EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, affirms the right to BDS
Global BDS 31 Oct 2016 - EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, affirms the right to BDS In the News Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, condemns attacks on human rights defenders and affirms the rights of European citizens to freedom of expression and association, incl Military Embargo Right To Boycott...

Coalition’s lackluster Joint List boycott begins
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2016 - More coalition than opposition MKs were present during so called walk-out.

Habima Theater and the need for a cultural boycott of Israel
Occupation Magazine 30 Oct 2016 - Michel Warschawski - AIC - The national theater`s upcoming performance in Kiryat Arba settlement proves that boycotts against Israeli activity in the West Bank alone will never destabilize the occupation [ry]

Farewell to an Israeli partner in the Palestinian struggle
Ahmad Al-Bazz, Activestills.org, +972 Magazine 10/30/2016
      Renen Raz died last week after a lengthy battle with an illness. For Palestinians activists, he was an example of an Israeli who truly believed in liberation for all.
     Dozens of Palestinians have been expressing their condolences on social media since the death of Israeli activist Renen Raz last week, following a struggle with an illness.
     Raz, who passed away at age 28, grew up on Kibbutz Dorot in southern Israel. From his home he could see Gaza, only three kilometers away, yet growing up he was never taught anything about the Strip or its inhabitants.
     “I asked my teacher about Palestine. She was really terrified and said not to ever mention Palestine in school again,” Raz once said in an interview. The mystery shrouding Gaza motivated him to look into the history of Palestine and its inhabitants.
     “I realized that there has been an ethnic cleansing, the Nakba, carried out by the racist Zionist movement which has nothing to do with Judaism,” Raz said. Later, he would come to terms with the fact that his own kibbutz was established on the ruins of the Palestinian village, Huj.
     As a teenager he refused to be drafted into the Israeli army, leading to pressure from both his community and family, which he said grew ashamed of him, ultimately leading him to move to Tel Aviv.
     Raz used to introduce himself: “I’m Renan Raz from Palestine, I live in Tel Aviv,” and described himself as “anti-Zionist, anti-fascist, and anti-apartheid.” He was an active member of Anarchists Against The Wall, Boycott from Within, and others. Partners in struggle?
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German mayor rejects BDS activity of ‘antisemitic’ teacher
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2016 - “Glanz must be suspended immediately. People like him stoke antisemitism! He provokes small fires, which can spread into a large fire. Unfortunately, the reaction in this country is too slow.”

EU recognizes right to boycott Israel
Occupation Magazine 28 Oct 2016 - Ali Abunimah - EI - The EU declaration comes after Israel or entities aligned with it have launched secret “black ops” aimed at sabotaging the Palestine solidarity movement. This sabotage campaign has been linked to threats and harassment targeting human rights lawyers working with the International...

Amex Cancel Pink Floyd Lead Singer Sponsorship Due to Palestinian Solidarity
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Oct 2016 - Roger Waters, lead singer for rock music giants Pink Floyd, has lost a multimillion dollar sponsorship deal with American Express (Amex) for expressing support to students showing solidarity with the Palestinian people, Mondoweiss reported yesterday. Waters said: “I’m going to send out all of my most heartfelt love and support to all those young people on the campuses of the universities of California who are standing up for their brothers and sisters in Palestine and supporting the BDS movement.” The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, better known as BDS, is a movement that seeks to apply non-violent, peaceful means of resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestine through the use of grassroots economic measures. ."I'm sending love/support to all young people in campuses in California who are..supporting Palestine/BDS movement" https://t.co/lKzt8dxiIH — Damanda C_Palestine (@amanda_damanda) October 29, 2016 Waters added that he was supporting these students in their stand for the Palestinian...more

EU recognizes right to boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada - Official affirmation that BDS is free speech comes in face of Israeli sabotage efforts.

Israel lobby lawsuits aim to slow boycott in Spain
Electronic Intifada - Intimidation of city councils only galvanize "Free of Israeli apartheid" campaign.

EU recognizes right to boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada: 28 Oct 2016 - Official affirmation that BDS is free speech comes in face of Israeli sabotage efforts. more..

Portland State divestment victory shows "narrative is changing"
Electronic Intifada - Outgoing president castigates BDS movement.

Draft of Clinton letter called BDS ‘odious,’ ‘unconscionable’ attack on ‘legitimacy of Zionism’
Mondoweiss - An email released today by Wikileaks  reveals the strong pressure of the Israel lobby inside the Hillary Clinton campaign. A draft of Clinton’s famous letter opposing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel makes what was actually sent out look almost sweet by comparison. The draft called...

Israel lobby lawsuits aim to slow boycott in Spain
Electronic Intifada - Intimidation of city councils only galvanize "Free of Israeli apartheid" campaign.

‘My solution is just equality for all of the people’: Israeli activist Renen Raz dies at 28
Mondoweiss - Renen Raz, a prominent Israeli activist known as a defender and advocate for the rights of Palestinians and promoter of the BDS movement, died at the age of 28 over the weekend. His friends say he suffered from brain cancer. Within the close circle of Israeli...

Israel lobby lawsuits aim to slow boycott in Spain
Electronic Intifada: 27 Oct 2016 - Intimidation of city councils only galvanize "Free of Israeli apartheid" campaign. more..

Top Fatah Leader: Palestinians Must Wake Up, Peace Process is Dead
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Oct 2016 - International Relations Commissioner for the Fatah movement Nabil Shaath called on Palestinians to begin a full-fledged consumer boycott of Israel in an interview with The Arab Weekly on Tuesday . “A consumer boycott should be the Palestinians’ weapon against Israel,” the newspaper quoted Shaath as saying. Referring to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which has failed and been revived numerous times, Shaath said Palestinians should “wake up from their dreams of peace,” adding that the peace process should be declared dead. Nabil Shaath: peace process is dead, & Palestinians should pursue consumer boycott against Israel https://t.co/Zt3Pr8aKpO — Ben White (@benabyad) October 25, 2016 “Rights are not given, but taken by force,” Shaath said, saying the biggest strength Palestinians have against Israel’s military, air force, and navy, was public action. “If anything, past experiences and alterations in the world and around us in the region tell us that we should start depending...more

‘My solution is just equality for all of the people’: Israeli activist Renen Raz dies at 28
Mondoweiss - Renen Raz, a prominent Israeli activist known as a defender and advocate for the rights of Palestinians and promoter of the BDS movement, died at the age of 28 over the weekend. His friends say he suffered from brain cancer. Within the close circle of Israeli...

German teachers union apologizes for Israel boycott activity
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2016 - Despite the apology mixed messages continue from some of the union branches.

Israel’s national theater under pressure to boycott Kiryat Arba settlement
Jerusalem Post 25 Oct 2016 - “The willingness of the theater, its employees and its players to take part in the normalization of the occupation, in which Kiryat Arba is transformed into just another city, is very troubling.”

Despite crackdown, BDS makes gains in France
Electronic Intifada - Two towns pass measures backing Palestine solidarity movement.

Nabil Shaath: Peace process is dead - boycott Israeli goods
Occupation Magazine 24 Oct 2016 - Ma’an - Nabil Shaat, International Relations Commissioner for the Fatah movement, said that " the peace process should be declared dead" and that Palestinians should “wake up from their dreams of peace”. He said that international peace brokers like the US and France - which announced its...

Despite crackdown, BDS makes gains in France
Electronic Intifada - Two towns pass measures backing Palestine solidarity movement.

What happens when you wash Israel's dirty linen in public
Middle East Eye 24 Oct 2016 - After B'tselem's call at the UN and Joint List's decision to boycott Peres' funeral, Israelis are forced to support or oppose occupation

Netanyahu's coalition whip wants to revoke B'Tselem director's citizenship
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 10/21/2016
      Senior Likud official, angry that Hagai El-Ad demanded the UN act to end the occupation, admits there’s no legal avenue to strip his citizenship — at the moment. The Israeli human rights organization says threats won’t deter it.
     How does the only democracy in the Middle East deal with outspoken human rights activists? By threatening to revoke their citizenship, of course.
     “I examined whether, legally speaking, if I can ask the interior minister to revoke the citizenship of B’Tselem’s executive director,” declared the Israeli parliament’s coalition chair, David Bitan, who serves as the whip for Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.
     “I checked, and there’s no legal avenue for doing so today,” Bitan told Israeli television’s Channel 2 on Friday (Hebrew). “But we must strip his citizenship.”
     B’Tselem Executive-Director Hagai El-Ad was invited to address a United Nations Security Council special session on Israel’s illegal settlements last week, along with a representative of Americans for Peace Now.
     In his speech, published here in full, El-Ad said that international complacency has been a major factor in enabling Israel to maintain its military occupation over millions of Palestinians for nearly 50 years.
     “The rights of Palestinians must be realized,” El-Ad’s declared in his Security Council speech, imploring the international body: “The occupation must end; the UN Security Council must act; and the time is now.”
     In his call to revoke El-Ad’s citizenship, Coalition Chairman Bitan decried, “an Israeli citizen […] going to the Security Council and demanding sanctions on Israel and Israel’s citizens.”
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Netanyahu's coalition whip to push bill barring calls for sanctions against Israel in int'l forums
Ha'aretz - 22 Oct 2016

Israeli embassy says antisemitic German teacher incites hate
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2016 - BDS Berlin activists urged customers in front of the Berlin department store, Galeria Kaufhof, to boycott Israeli products.

The Funeral Ruckus
Uri Avnery, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 10/21/2016
      SHIMON PERES would have enjoyed it. A public battle about his funeral. The Arab members of the Knesset did not attend. So what? I did not attend, either. We never liked each other, and my attendance would have been sheer hypocrisy. I don't like hypocrisy. The Knesset members of the Joint List decided to boycott the event. They accused Peres of having devoted most of his life to the fight against the Arabs in general and the Palestinians in particular. (The Joint List is composed of three Arab parties, who mostly detest each other. They were compelled to join forces in Parliament by a law initiated by far-right (some would say fascist) minister Avigdor Lieberman, which raised the election threshold for entering the Knesset. Therefore it is a Joint List, not a United List.) This decision to boycott the funeral aroused a storm of protest among the Jewish Knesset members. How dare they? Boycotting the dead Peres is like boycotting Israel! They should be evicted from the Knesset! Let all the other members of the Knesset exit the hall when they speak! (Curiously enough, nobody has yet proposed putting them in prison.) But the really interesting part of the affair was the inter-Arab debate it unleashed. Some Arab citizens denounced the decision of the Joint List. They were immediately accused by other Arab citizens of being "Good Arabs", a derogatory term for Arabs who crave to be liked by member of the Jewish majority, rather like “Uncle Tom” for blacks in the US.
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Boycotting "the occupation" is not enough
Electronic Intifada - Liberal Zionists are attempting to co-opt BDS to preserve Israeli apartheid

Boycotting "the occupation" is not enough
Electronic Intifada: 21 Oct 2016 - Liberal Zionists are attempting to co-opt BDS to preserve Israeli apartheid more..

Israel's boycott hypocrisy
AlJazeera 20 Oct 2016 - How Israel criminalises BDS while boycotting Palestinian Knesset members.

Israel's boycott hypocrisy
Neve Gordon, Al Jazeera 10/20/2016
      How Israel criminalises BDS while boycotting Palestinian Knesset members. "Netanyahu's government is currently spending millions and millions of dollars to combat the Palestinian boycott movement, while criminalising anyone who dare to support it publicly."
     On October 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he plans to support his coalition's initiative to boycott the Joint List, the third largest party in the Knesset.
     The move, initiated by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, is aimed at punishing the party's decision not to go to former President Shimon Peres' funeral, which was attended by dignitaries from no less than 70 countries, including US President Barack Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
     "Members of the Joint List have proven that there's no point any more in discussing anything or even arguing with them," Lieberman said, while adding "that we must decide to boycott all their appearances and addresses in the Knesset". National day of mourning
     Speaking on Israeli Channel 2, the head of the Joint Arab List, Ayman Odeh, explained that Peres' funeral was part of a "national day of mourning in which I have no place; not in the narrative, not in the symbols that exclude me, not in the stories of Peres as a man who built up Israel’s defences".
     He went on to recall scenes in Peres' long public career: from his role in the military government imposed on Israel’s Palestinian citizens in 1948-1966, through his pivotal role in obtaining Israel's nuclear arsenal, to the Israeli army's 1996 attack on a UN compound in the Lebanese village Qana, where 106 civilians were killed.
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FIFA postpones decision on sanctioning Israeli teams in the occupied territories
Mondoweiss - Last month, Human Rights Watch released a damning report emphasizing that soccer’s governing body, Federation International du Football (FIFA), should render a decision on Israel Football Association (IFA) teams that are being played on occupied Palestinian land. The teams in question, Beitar Givat Ze’ev, Beitar Ironi...

What Clinton gets so wrong about Israel-Palestine
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 10/16/2016
      The ç of a peace process is an obstacle to achieving a just peace, for which there can be no alternative.
     Hillary Clinton believes that the ç of an Israeli-Palestinian peace process is preferable to no peace process at all, we learned this week from the presidential candidate’s private emails, hacked by Russia and published by WikiLeaks.
     It’s hard to imagine a more troubling statement about Israel/Palestine from a politician who will in all likelihood be the next president of the United States, even if it represents only part of her thinking on the region.
     Let’s examine the logic behind what the former secretary of state meant when she wrote of managing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that, “[a] Potemkin process is better than nothing.”
     The absence of a peace process is what we already have today. It is a reality in which hundreds, sometimes thousands of (mostly Palestinian, but also Israeli) lives are stolen every year. It is a reality in which millions of people live under a foreign military regime and are denied the most basic human and civil rights. It is a reality in which constantly expanding Israeli settlements make the possibility of a sovereign Palestinian state less and less likely with each new home illegally built on Palestinian land. It is intolerable.
     Things have gotten worse in the absence of a peace process, which has been the case for the majority of the past decade. But with no process to provide a horizon for change or hope, global demands for change have also increased. That has manifested primarily though international pressure on Israel to end the occupation, ranging from a boycott movement to small steps in the direction of very limited sanctions, like the European Union’s settlement product labels....
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How US states are countering the BDS movement against Israel
Jerusalem Post 16 Oct 2016 - "Israel for America is a point of American patriotism."

The success story of US state legislatures steadily hammering away at BDS
Jerusalem Post 16 Oct 2016 - "Israel for America is a point of American patriotism."

Paris regional council vows to strip funding from BDS promoters
Jerusalem Post 15 Oct 2016 - In France, several dozen promoters of a boycott against Israel have been convicted of inciting hate or discrimination.

Join Boycott HP Week of Action Nov 25 - Dec 3, 2016!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 12 Oct 2016 - This Shopping Season, will your city join the Global HP Boycott?

US-based BDS group seeks to lobby Congress
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2016 - A briefing on Capitol Hill, which was sponsored by the group, was quickly canceled after its hostility toward the Jewish state was revealed by US news outlets.

Jordanian BDS activists reject gas deal with Israel
Mondoweiss - The following statement was issued by Jordan BDS on the recently signed gas deal  between the Israeli Leviathan offshore gas field and Jordan’s National Electric Power Company, NEPCO. (September 28, 2016) Amman—Jordan BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) expresses outrage and absolute opposition to the...

Join Boycott HP Week of Action Nov 25 - Dec 3, 2016!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 12 Oct 2016 - This Shopping Season, will your city join the Global HP Boycott?

Yom Kippur reminds Israel of the need to repent past sins
Middle East Eye 12 Oct 2016 - Language Undefined For a state that sanctions a holy day of forgiveness, Israel should be more forthright about the stains on its conscience

Israeli embassy embraces extremists to save flagging brand
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/11/2016
      An Israeli parliamentarian has vowed there will never be a Palestinian state and rejected Palestinian identity itself, speaking to an audience in London alongside a senior official from the Israeli embassy.
     Member of the Knesset Amir Ohana, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, was joined at 29 September event by Rony Yedidia-Clein, a veteran Israeli diplomat and currently the London embassy’s director of public affairs.
     A video recording of proceedings, posted on YouTube and posted below, sheds new light on moves by the Israeli embassy to work with extremists, as part of efforts to stem a growing Palestine solidarity campaign, and in particular, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
     The event, called “Debunking the Libels”, was organised by Campaign4Truth (C4T) and UK Likud Supporters. C4T describes itself as “a grassroots NGO whose mission is to analyse and promote understanding of major issues in the Jewish diaspora, Israel & the Middle East.”
     MK Ohana was cheered as he insisted there will be no Palestinian state, describing the two-state solution as “no solution for anything”. Acknowledging widespread support for Palestinian statehood among “politicians around the world”, Ohana said: “now we have to change that.”
     Israel has a “right to exist in its homeland,” Ohana declared, “which means the Galilee, the Negev, Judea, Samaria [the West Bank] and the entire land of Israel.”
     The Israeli embassy would have known Ohana’s views prior to the event, as he is a well-known opponent of the two-state solution. Earlier this year, speaking of the Palestinians, he said “let them have their other 22 states” (a reference to Arab League members).
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Dress code no reason for world chess boycott, say Iranian players
The National 11 Oct 2016 - TEHRAN // Female chess players in Iran have hit back at calls to boycott the world championships due to be held in Tehran, after a US champion who opposes the country's Islamic dress code called for the venue to be moved. Iranian chess players say the campaign...

Roger Waters slams Trump and Israel, lauds BDS and Black Lives Matter at Desert Trip
Ha'aretz - 10 Oct 2016

Lieberman calls for boycotting Joint List
YNet News, 10 Oct 2016 - Campaign to boycott Knesset speeches by members of the Joint List following their refusal to partake in Shimon Peres’s funeral approved by Prime Minister Netanyahu; Joint List Chairman slams initiative as ‘a new low.’ ....

Netanyahu and Lieberman leading a Knesset boycott of the Arab parties
Ha'aretz - 9 Oct 2016

Israel Social TV faces loss of State funding over alleged BDS support
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2016 - Reservists on Duty release report alleging the television station supports boycotting Israel and delegitimizing the IDF.

Coalition to boycott Joint List after Peres funeral snub
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2016 - Liberman says Arab MKs’ behavior crossed a redline; Odeh: Liberman’s initiatives to harm us only strengthen us.

Munich’s Schmock restaurant closes due to Israel-hate
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2016 - The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has for years held events targeting Israel in facilities subsidized by the Munich Municipality.

The crisis of Israel's anti-occupation Left
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 10/8/2016
      Israelis emigrating — or considering emigration — for political reasons are inadvertently adopting the spirit of the boycott movement in the sense that they, too, have given up on the idea of change coming from within.
     Everywhere I turn these days, many of my peers have left Israel, are leaving Israel, are planning to leave, or are talking about leaving Israel. My family and I included.
     The reasons for leaving are always personal, and it’s hard to point to a specific political trend. But the discourse around leaving is indicative of a real crisis in the Israeli Left regarding the inability to effect change, the increasing sense that our ideals are unwanted, and that we are outnumbered. Not just at the polls, but at the family dinner table, too.
     For me, this is not just about the normalization of racism and violence in the public sphere that goes along with the occupation. It is about the fact that so many Israelis who identify as liberal or left wing are either ignorant of the state’s actions vis-à-vis the Palestinians, or they are complicit in them.
     When I first witnessed Israeli human rights violations and the violence of military occupation nearly a decade ago — through my activism with direct-action Arab-Jewish cooperative Ta’ayush — I found my most fundamental working assumptions about Israel upended.
     Those experiences shaped my politics, almost instantaneously setting me apart from most Jewish Israelis. While other Israelis spent their Saturdays resting at home or going to family gatherings, I was escorting Palestinians to their wells and grazing lands in hopes that our — Israeli activists’ — presence might discourage attacks by Israeli settlers and confrontations with soldiers (sometimes it would work, sometimes it wouldn’t).
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Emails show Clinton crafted BDS letter for pro-Israel donors, as counter to her support for Iran deal
Mondoweiss - The latest hacked emails from the Clinton campaign show a lot of fawning toward the Israel lobby, especially during the runup to the Iran deal, when Hillary Clinton had to balance her devotion to Israel with her loyalty to the Obama administration that was pushing ahead with the...

The crisis of Israel’s anti-occupation Left
+972 Magazine - Israelis emigrating — or considering emigration — for political reasons are inadvertently adopting the spirit of the boycott movement in the sense that they, too, have given up on the idea of change coming from within. File photo of Israeli anti-occupation activists protesting in front of the Prime...

‘Attack, attack, attack’ — Leaked emails show panicked Netanyahu rallying Clinton and US Jews against BDS
Mondoweiss - These are amazing. Wikileaks published 2000  emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta ; and they show Stu Eizenstat, former deputy secretary of treasury under Bill Clinton, acting as the ambassador for Israel and the Jewish community to Clinton. And everything Clinton has said on Israel and...

How Peres' funeral highlighted rift among Israeli Arabs
Al-Monitor 7 Oct 2016 - Despite a boycott of late President Shimon Peres' funeral by Arab Knesset members, several Arab-Israeli regional council heads and mayors paid a condolence visit to his family, to wide public approval.

Is Israel ramping up crackdown on BDS activists?
AlJazeera 7 Oct 2016 - A government task force focuses on deporting activists with the movement, and preventing them from entering Israel.

Arab lawmakers should be thanked, not reproached, for boycotting Peres' funeral
Ha'aretz - 6 Oct 2016

Now that Peres is gone, it’s time the Zionist Left did some soul searching
+972 Magazine - Instead of condemning Arab MKs for boycotting Peres’ funeral, Zionist Left parties should ask themselves why Palestinian citizens don’t trust them. Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is seen with opposition leader Isaac Herzog at the funeral of former Knesset member Binyamin Fuad Ben-Eliezer at the Holon cemetery,...

Now that Peres is gone, it's time the Zionist Left did some soul searching
Samah Salaime, +972 Magazine 10/5/2016
      Instead of condemning Arab MKs for boycotting Peres’ funeral, Zionist Left parties should ask themselves why Palestinian citizens don’t trust them.
     Why are so many Jews in Israel disappointed and angered by the Joint List’s decision to not attend Shimon Peres’ funeral? What is the source of the endless bitterness and incitement on the Internet? How dare military correspondent Roni Daniel condescendingly reprimand Joint List head Ayman Odeh, accusing him of missing an opportunity “to be a human being,” as if he were God’s emissary on earth. After all if Odeh and the Joint List had attended the funeral, no one would have thought to ascribe even a modicum of respect, humanity, or leadership to their decision.
     I believe that all the criticism against Arab elected officials stems from the internal frustrations of Israel’s Jewish citizens. After all, they were the ones to bury Peres — along with his vision and hope to which he so stubbornly clung.
     I want to remind the readers that Palestinians were not responsible for the murder of Peres’ partner, Yitzhak Rabin. I want to remind you that Israeli Jews stopped Peres from having any political influence in his party, the Knesset, the government, and among his people. Not the Palestinians.
     Just before Yom Kippur, I invite Israel’s Jewish population to do some soul searching. Instead of crying over the “dove of peace” that passed away at the age of 93, the Jewish people must do some national self reflection and ask themselves how the current leadership came into power. Which sins did you commit that led to the most embarrassing, racist, violent government to take power, and all at your expense? How did you get rid of every single politician or public persona who spoke of a different future — those who talked about the ability to end the occupation, and maybe even achieve peace.
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Abbas’s betrayal of Palestine
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/4/2016
      Moving from one dangerous blunder to another, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has exceeded his usual level of absurdity, which hovers within the spectrum of allegedly speaking for Palestinian rights while capitulating to every Israeli and international demand. Following his attendance at Shimon Peres’s funeral which, according to the Times of Israel, was a personal decision, Abbas proceeded to give a speech in Bethlehem in which “the occupation” was discussed in a nonchalant manner and, as usual, divested from the reality of colonisation.
     According to an unnamed senior Palestinian official, Abbas’s attendance at the funeral was proof that “there is a Palestinian partner who seeks peace, and Abbas is serious about pursuing it.” Cries of “traitor” have been vindicated; apart from the historical brutality associated with Peres over many decades, Abbas’s attendance displays huge indifference when it comes to Palestinian memory.
     Meanwhile, in his speech in Bethlehem during a convention themed “A Return to the Roots”, Abbas stated: “We have no illusions that the occupation will end tomorrow. But they can do what they want, build [in settlements] as they please; we will build our homeland and establish our future state, with Jerusalem as its capital.”
     The PA’s obliviousness of its own actions is clear at this point. Apart from the fact that Palestinian territory continues to decrease due to compromising with Israel with regard to settler-colonial expansion, Abbas has conveniently forgotten the shameful willingness exhibited back in 2010 by Saeb Erekat to relinquish Jerusalem. It should at least be obvious that, under PA rule, the concept of a Palestinian state does not even reach a hypothetical level. The existence of Palestine has reached a precarious position, where territory is fragmented and memory needs to carve out a niche of its own, away from the destructive dynamics of the PA, whose actions clearly portray the intent to forget as a priority, which would synchronise Abbas with the international community and its penchant for useless symbolism.
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Background of a boycott
Ha'aretz - 4 Oct 2016

In historic decision, Spanish High Court rules against BDS
Jerusalem Post 5 Oct 2016 - This marks the first time that a High Court in Spain has issued a judgment relating to BDS.

Fighting BDS, one Upper West Side synagogue at a time
Mondoweiss - Paul Friedman, Tri-State Area High School Coordinator for the pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, stood at the foot of the bimah, gesturing to a pull-down screen displaying a PowerPoint presentation near the Ark. A crowd of about 20 had gathered in the sanctuary of Lincoln Square Synagogue on...

Now that Peres is gone, it’s time the Zionist Left did some soul searching
+972 Magazine - Instead of condemning Arab MKs for boycotting Peres’ funeral, Zionist Left parties should ask themselves why Palestinian citizens don’t trust them. Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is seen with opposition leader Isaac Herzog at the funeral of former Knesset member Binyamin Fuad Ben-Eliezer at the Holon cemetery,...

Irish councilor calls to throw out iPads in wake of Israel boycott motion
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2016 - A small crowd gathered outside the council meeting carrying pro-BDS banners calling to "End Israeli Apartheid" and waving Palestinian flags.

Why is Norway aiding Israel's crimes?
Electronic Intifada - Will the Nordic state defend its citizens’ right to boycott Israel?

Why is Norway aiding Israel's crimes?
Electronic Intifada: 4 Oct 2016 - Will the Nordic state defend its citizens’ right to boycott Israel? more..

Bank of Ireland shuts down anti-Israel BDS accounts
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2016 - The termination of the pro-BDS group’s accounts took place in Ireland and Northern Ireland in late September according to the Irish news outlet RTÉ.

Arab council heads on Joint List funeral boycott: 'they will pay'
YNet News, 2 Oct 2016 - Israeli-Arab regional council heads have expressed their fury and disappointment over the Joint Arab List boycott of Shimon Peres's funeral, apologizing to the family; Nizar Alimi: 'the Joint Arab List will bring about a new Nakba.' ....

Israeli-Arabs disgusted with leaders for boycotting Peres funeral
YNet News, 2 Oct 2016 - Many Israeli-Arabs are expressing their disgust after Joint Arab List Knesset Members decided to boycott the funeral of former President Shimon Peres; Haneen Zoabi relative Nael Zoabi: I'm embarrassed by what they did.' ....

Israelis seek to uncover government’s secret war against BDS
Occupation Magazine 1 Oct 2016 - Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - Attorney Eitay Mack and human rights activists Sahar Vardi, Ofer Neiman, Rachel Giora and Kobi Snitz have filed requests under Israel’s freedom of information law, to both the foreign ministry and the strategic affairs ministry. They are asking the...

Why Israel's Arab statesman boycotted Peres' funeral
Dahlia Scheindlin, +972 Magazine 10/1/2016
      By refusing to attend the funeral, leader of the Joint List Odeh was protesting the myth of Shimon Peres, who enjoyed the global brand of peacemaker after Oslo, but walked away when things didn’t exactly work out.
     The death of a towering statesman is an occasion for an outpouring of oratory about his or her meaning in the country’s life. Rivers of memory and interpretation flow and converge to form that leader’s mythical legacy in the story of the nation.
     Shimon Peres was an elder statesman who evolved late in life, with no small difficulty, into a figure of national consensus. Though the obits sweeping the country contain some critical recollections, there is no controversy over what he is supposed to mean now: Peres, the man of peace, dialogue, optimism.
     So when head of the Joint List Ayman Odeh demonstratively stayed away from Peres’ funeral, he kicked through the dams and upset the whole narrative flow.
     Why did Odeh do it? Since becoming leader of the unified Arab party prior to the 2015 elections, he has gained a following among progressives in Israel and abroad, inspired by his humanist, universalist values. He has linked the struggle of Arabs in Israel to the struggles of Jewish minorities, such as Ethiopians, against discrimination by the Israeli establishment. He touts solidarity and shared civic identity. For these, he earned a place on Foreign Policy’s list of 100 top global thinkers in December 2015.
     But he is walking a fine tripwire. If he digs into the partnership theme, he risks being seen as a sellout who trots after Israeli Jewish power-brokers with hand outstretched. Israel will always marginalize Palestinian citizens, some say....
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Why Israel’s Arab statesman boycotted Peres’ funeral
+972 Magazine - By refusing to attend the funeral, leader of the Joint List Odeh was protesting the myth of Shimon Peres, who enjoyed the global brand of peacemaker after Oslo, but walked away when things didn’t exactly work out. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L), U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime...

Israelis seek to uncover government's secret war against BDS
Electronic Intifada - Israel’s war on BDS may violate British law, Israeli embassy warns in leaked cable.

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 30 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 29 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

FIFA under pressure to sanction Israel for settlement games
Al-Monitor 29 Sep 2016 - A powerful report by Human Rights Watch on the eve of a FIFA meeting forces the global soccer association to act against Israeli settlement teams.

Chile students vote to end ties with Israeli universities
Electronic Intifada - Support for the academic boycott called by Palestinians is growing across Latin America.

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 28 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Center Field: Dear dupes: ‘Targeted boycotts’ enable boycott boycotts
Jerusalem Post 27 Sep 2016 - Israelis respond to love love, not tough love.

Widespread participation in boycott campaign against Facebook
PIC - 26 Sep 2016 - The boycott campaign against Facebook on Sunday received a widespread response from social media users in parallel with active participation on the Twitter hashtag page #fbcensorspalestine.

Chile students vote to end ties with Israeli universities
Electronic Intifada - Support for the academic boycott called by Palestinians is growing across Latin America.

No responsibility. No morality. No comment. No boycott.
Mondoweiss - With 2017 marking 50 years of the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and the annexation of East Jerusalem you can guarantee that the debate over boycotting Israeli Settlements, whether by ordinary consumers or by businesses, will be a strong feature of the anniversary. It may...

With Governor Brown’s signature, California joins the attack on BDS
Mondoweiss - In a victory for Israel advocates, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on Saturday. Brown’s signature makes California the 13th state to enact an anti-BDS measure, most of which bar state contracts or pension funds from going...

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 27 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

`Vancouver wine stores are on the wrong side of history!`
Occupation Magazine 26 Sep 2016 - Boycott Israeli Wines (Canada) - "Don`t Drink with Apartheid!" Vancouver activists came out in the rain to support BDS (despite all attempts to silence them) and to call upon Liquor Stores in British Columbia that by selling Israeli wines they are on the wrong side of...

Chile students vote to end ties with Israeli universities
Electronic Intifada: 27 Sep 2016 - Support for the academic boycott called by Palestinians is growing across Latin America. more..

Over 70 American academics call for targeted boycott of Israeli settlements
Jerusalem Post 26 Sep 2016 - The group also called for the exclusion of settlements from US trade benefits and tax exemptions.

Israelis dissatisfied with foreign affairs, emphasize ties with Arab countries over BDS
YNet News, 26 Sep 2016 - A new survey finds that the Israeli public is not happy with the way the Foreign Ministry—and government in general—have been managng Israel's position in the world; among other issues, it would like Israel to initiate a peace process with the Palestinians and promote relatons with Arab countries over countering BDS and the threat from Iran. ....

Activists launch campaign for boycotting Facebook for two hours
PIC - 25 Sep 2016 - Pro-Palestine activists have launched on Twitter a campaign calling for boycotting Facebook on Sunday, September 25, for two hours from 8 to 10 pm according to Jerusalem local time.

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 26 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Over 70 American intellectuals call for 'targeted boycott' of Israeli settlements
Ha'aretz - 25 Sep 2016

Reservists group calls to cancel Physicians for Human Rights funding
Jerusalem Post 25 Sep 2016 - Reservists on Duty says PHR-Israel founder and president Dr. Ruchama Marton attended Apartheid Week in London and that the organization supports the BDS movement.

Palestinian activists boycott Facebook for two hours
Jerusalem Post 25 Sep 2016 - Facebook, in cooperation with the Israeli government, has disabled a number of Palestinian accounts that it said “promote violence.”

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 25 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Norwegian theater boycott call prompts Nazi comparisons from Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Sep 2016 - The State of Israel is "demanding the Norwegian National Theater clearly renounce the video and remove it from all sites immediately."

City of Munich cancels BDS event due to antisemitism
Jerusalem Post 24 Sep 2016 - It is probable that "during the event the line between criticism of Israel and antisemitism will be crossed,“ wrote Munich's cultural commissioner following the event's cancellation.

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 24 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 23 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Jordan polls: Muslim Brotherhood and women make gains
BBC 23 Sep 2016 - Islamists win seats in Jordan's parliament after years of boycott, in polls which also elected record numbers of female MPs.

Jordan polls: Muslim Brotherhood and women make gains
BBC 23 Sep 2016 - Islamists win seats in Jordan's parliament after years of boycott, in polls which also elected record numbers of female MPs.

Palestine and progressive politics in a post-Harper Canada
Sabrien Amrov, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/22/2016
      If Trudeau is serious about his progressive leadership, the government needs to discuss campaigns like BDS in a less simplistic and demonising way.
     According to prolific writer Naomi Klein, solidarity with Palestine “is the hardest organising circle.” More specifically, she referred to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on university campuses.
     When Klein was a student, she saw for herself how the call for a boycott and sanctions in order to end apartheid in South Africa made the university administration uncomfortable. However, she also saw how the same administration embraced the ideas of liberty and freedom after Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
     In fact, the first time that she wrote an article about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an undergrad writer for The Varsity — the University of Toronto’s in-house newspaper — its biggest private donor made a phone call to the authorities and threatened to withdraw his donations if her article “Victim to Victimisers” was published.
     Last Wednesday, Naomi Klein spoke to the faculty and activists at the university about solidarity between different struggles (she cited the steel workers, trade unions, fossil fuels and BDS). While all are being fought on university campuses, the BDS movement continues to be the most difficult to mobilise support for. Nevertheless, when put together, there is an opportunity and a need to reassess progressive politics in a post-Stephen Harper Canada. “We have a new landscape,” said Klein. “There are perils and there are opportunities, but you have to understand what is at stake.”
     Her comment is timely. Last week, in America’s Berkeley University, the administration reinstated a course on Palestine after it had decided to take it of the curriculum as the autumn semester began....
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Will Israel’s friends try to ban Israeli Apartheid Week?
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/22/2016
      Will pro-Israel groups seek to block Israeli Apartheid Week events on British campuses?
     The possibility was hinted at recently by a director of pro-Israel legal activism group Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW), speaking during a meeting of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
     Robert Festenstein made the remarks in the context of a discussion about a new, campus-focused anti-boycott initiative by the Board and Union of Jewish Students.
     During the debate, a number of deputies opposed the inclusion of the Palestinian flag in the campaign materials, including one on the grounds that it is a “terror flag”.
     Others defended the use of the flag, and the initiative itself, as a strategic ploy in the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
     Festenstein, however, used the debate to make a different point.
     “The problem that we face”, he told the meeting, “is that there is a vicious and revolting campaign called Israeli Apartheid Week”, which “sadly has been a bit of a regular occurrence on campuses.”
     He continued: “It’ll come in February next year, and I think what we should be doing whilst we have time is thinking about taking action as far as that is concerned.
     "It’s an intimidatory campaign, it’s massively antisemitic, in the way in which it clearly identifies Jews as their target, and it’s run by a number of well-known anti-Semitic organisations including of course the BDS movement."
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Wanted: Men to boycott male-only panels on Turkish TV
Al-Monitor 21 Sep 2016 - Women have regressed from a mere minority to a real rarity on Turkish political TV programs, and a protest movement is finding little support from their powerful male colleagues.

BDS is a lot of things, but it's not anti-Semitic
Ha'aretz - 21 Sep 2016

US senators seek to modify new $38 billion Israel aid package
Jerusalem Post 21 Sep 2016 - Republican lawmakers tell news conference they had filed a measure to give Israel an additional $1.5 billion in military aid, while renewing US sanctions on Iran.

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 21 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Back on the ballot
BBC 19 Sep 2016 - Islamist parties are contesting Jordanian elections after years of boycott, with a need to prove their relevance, says the BBC's Yolande Knell in Amman

Where the US embassy in Tel Aviv meets Brussels Airlines
Jerusalem Post 20 Sep 2016 - A number of US states have recently passed legislation against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 20 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Back on the ballot
BBC 19 Sep 2016 - Islamist parties are contesting Jordanian elections after years of boycott, with a need to prove their relevance, says the BBC's Yolande Knell in Amman

Back on the ballot
BBC 19 Sep 2016 - Islamist parties are contesting Jordanian elections after years of boycott, with a need to prove their relevance, says the BBC's Yolande Knell in Amman

We oppose BDS. That doesn't make us apologists for Israel
Ha'aretz - 19 Sep 2016

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 19 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Israeli justice minister: BDS is the ‘new face of terrorism’
Occupation Magazine 18 Sep 2016 - MEMO - “Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked branded the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement a form of `terrorism` […] compared the BDS campaign to tunnels under the Gaza border fence” [ry]

East Jerusalem's elections are more than symbolic
Daoud Kuttab, Al Jazeera 9/19/2016
      Even a "shadow" municipal council could help solve some major problems in East Jerusalem.
     The Palestinian High Court has done something extraordinary. On September 8, it suspended the Palestinian municipal elections scheduled for October 8. While the decision came as a result of a complaint to the court about a variety of election-related problems in the West Bank and Gaza, the court itself highlighted the fact that East Jerusalem residents were not scheduled to participate in the vote.
     While analysts and pundits have expressed various theories as to the reason for the court's decision, it is important to focus on the Jerusalem issue.
     A city of 350,000 Palestinians, East Jerusalem is the largest populated city in Palestine today but it has not held municipal elections since 1967. Israel has annexed East Jerusalem in a so far unsuccessful attempt to unify the holy city and make it part of the "united capital of Israel".
     Palestinians living in East Jerusalem have continuously boycotted the Israeli-run municipal elections for the unified city and have therefore had no elected leadership or a say in what happens to their neighbourhoods and their city. Oslo Accords
     During the talks in Oslo that led to the Palestinian-Israeli memorandum of understanding, often called the Oslo Accords, which was signed at the White House in 1993, Israel agreed to allow existing organisations in East Jerusalem to continue to function.
     Institutions such as the chamber of commerce and the Orient House acted as a de facto local government, but Israel soon reneged on its commitment and closed down in 2001 all representative institutions, including the Orient House.
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Spanish cities free themselves of Israeli Apartheid
Maren Mantovani and Ángel Alonso, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/18/2016
      'It is our responsibility to do what is in our reach to support justice in Palestine'
     “It is our responsibility to do what is in our reach to support justice in Palestine.” With these sound and simple words Jesús Manuel Sánchez Antuña, the mayor of Langreo, has reaffirmed the solidarity of the small town in Asturias, in northern Spain. We had visited to thank the local council for its decision to declare the municipality ‘free of Israeli Apartheid’ and not to contract any companies that are involved in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and international law.
     Almost 60 local and regional councils all across the Spanish state have passed similar motions over the last two years. Only recently, the provincial capital Cádiz (Andalucia, southern Spain) and eight more councils in the province have joined the effort. At the end of July, the town of Santa Eulària on the island of Ibiza, one the most popular holiday resorts in the Balearic islands, opted to free itself of Israeli apartheid passing such a solidarity motion. Other world-famous places in Spain, including the island of Gran Canaria, Córdoba, Sevilla, Santiago de Compostela and Gijón, are today destinations that offer an unforgettable holiday free of Israeli apartheid.
     The wave of support for Palestinian rights among cities across the Spanish state is based on the campaign to build ‘Israeli Apartheid Free Zones’ launched in 2014 by RESCOP to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Wall. The Israeli Apartheid Free Zones are part of the global campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and ‘support the creation, in our neighbourhoods, towns and cities, of commercial, cultural, political, sporting, academic and social spaces in the Spanish state, which refuse to collaborate with, or passively support, the Israeli colonial and apartheid system’. The campaign aims to ‘create islands of political awareness and to consolidate Israeli Apartheid Free Zones in different parts of the Spanish State’.
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EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 17 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Leaked Colin Powell Email Confirms Israel Has '200 Nukes All Targeted On Tehran'
Tyler Durden, Zerohedge.com 9/17/2016
      While the media has been mostly obsessing over the recently leaked Colin Powell emails that discuss either Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, or Donald Trump, a just as important, from a geopolitical perspective, email was revealed by the DCLeaks website, in which the former Secretary of State admits that Israel as 200 nuclear weapons "all targeted" at Iran, so Iran can't use one even if "they finally make one." Powell's assessment of Iran's nuclear capacity comes two weeks after it was revealed that the Obama administration had granted Iran "Secret" nuclear deal exemptions, despite claiming otherwise.
     More importantly, however, the email to Jeffrey Leeds, Powell's business associate and major Democratic donor, finally provided the admission that Israel had nuclear weapons, something the biggest US ally in the Middle East has carefully avoided confirming or denying for years, in a policy dubbed "nuclear ambiguity."
     In the Leeds email dated March 3, 2015, Powell writes that "Iranians can’t use [a nuke] if they finally make one," in the context of the ongoing talks about Tehran’s nuclear program. "The boys in Tehran know Israel has 200, all targeted on Tehran, and we have thousands. As [Iranian President Mahmoudin Ahmedinejad said], ‘What would we do with one, polish it?’ I have spoken publicly about both [North Korea] and Iran. We’ll blow up the only thing they care about—regime survival. Where, how would they even test one?"
     The email was sent shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had just visited Washington amid deteriorating relations with the Obama administration, and had given a fiery speech before Congress denouncing the proposed deal under which Iran would consent to invasive inspections in exchange for lifting of the nuclear-related sanctions. The deal was finalized in July 2015, despite much ongoing criticism by both Republicans and Donald Trump who has threatened to undo the deal if elected president.
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British gov’t minister warns municipal councils considering Israel boycott
Jerusalem Post 16 Sep 2016 - Unions are urging a boycott of Israel, but the British government has issued new guidance aimed at preventing local authorities deciding against purchases from countries on ideological grounds.

In anti-BDS stand, Hempstead New York signs sister city pact with settler council
Jerusalem Post 16 Sep 2016 - The largely Republican town of over 750,000 has stood strongly for Israel and against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 16 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Muslim Brotherhood Ends 9-Year Boycott of Jordan Elections
Asharq Alawsat ME News 16 Sep 2016 - From ASHARQ AL-AWSAT . Amman-The Muslim Brotherhood propelled back into Jordan’s political arena after its political arm, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), announced participating … continue reading Muslim Brotherhood Ends 9-Year Boycott of Jordan Elections

EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 15 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Don't miss the last boycott HP webinar!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 14 Sep 2016 - On International Peace Day, learn strategies to effectively target HP

BDS event on Capitol Hill cancelled after US congresswoman withdraws support
Jerusalem Post 13 Sep 2016 - US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says she was not aware of the arrangement, claiming a former staffer made the reservation without her knowledge.

EVENT: What Is BDS? A Capitol Hill Briefing.
US Campaign to End the Occupation 14 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Don't miss the last boycott HP webinar!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 14 Sep 2016 - On International Peace Day, learn strategies to effectively target HP

EVENT: What Is BDS? A Capitol Hill Briefing.
US Campaign to End the Occupation 13 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

EVENT: What Is BDS? A Capitol Hill Briefing.
US Campaign to End the Occupation 12 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Algeria 'did not boycott' Israel goalball match
BBC 11 Sep 2016 - The Algerian women's goalball team arrives at the Rio Paralympics, saying a missed plane had led to their absence from games against the US and Israel.

Algeria 'did not boycott' Israel goalball match
BBC 11 Sep 2016 - The Algerian women's goalball team arrives at the Rio Paralympics, saying a missed plane had led to their absence from games against the US and Israel.

Dozens of Spanish Cities Declaring Themselves ‘Free of Israeli Apartheid’
IMEMC - 11 Sep 2016 - via  bdsmovement.

EVENT: What Is BDS? A Capitol Hill Briefing.
US Campaign to End the Occupation 11 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Has the Tory government authorised Israeli ‘black-ops’ in Britain?
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/10/2016
      Israel is stepping up its war against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The BDS campaign is seen as a “strategic threat of the first order” against Israel, now replacing even Iran in the demonology of Israeli propaganda.
     A recent committee hearing in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, revealed the latest details of its dirty war against this entirely non-violent human rights movement which aims to build global solidarity with the Palestinian people. The well-connected Israeli security correspondent Yossi Melman reported on Sunday about a transparency committee hearing which heard testimony from Sima Vaknan-Gil, the director of the strategic affairs ministry.
     Although it was set up over a decade ago with the purpose of agitating against Iran, the main priority of the ministry these days is to combat BDS. Its 2016 budget to do this is $45 million.
     At the committee hearing, Vaknan-Gil (a former head of Israel’s military censorship office) spoke in the militaristic terminology that has become typical of Israeli officials’ attitude towards BDS. The ministry, she said, wants to “build a community of warriors” in its “war” against BDS, and that Israel needs to “strive for victory.” She also spoke of Israel’s need to conduct its affairs with “a lot of secrecy” in order to win this “battle.”
     This is unsurprising. Melman’s report made it clear, once again, that Israeli spy agencies are heavily involved in the anti-BDS campaign. He pointed out that the ministry’s intelligence section is run by a former security services operative and gets help from “a special unit” within Aman, the Israeli military intelligence agency. It is also assisted by Shin Bet, the domestic secret police service, which is notorious for its torture and abuse of Palestinian prisoners as well as for endemic and indiscriminate violation of the civil rights of the entire Palestinian population.
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Will PA municipal elections take place only in the West Bank?
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2016 - The 2012 municipal elections, which Hamas boycotted, took place only in the West Bank. Voter turnout stood at 54 percent, much lower than the 75 percent in the 2006 parliamentary elections.

Republican Congressmen: BDS akin to 1930s anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 9 Sep 2016 - Rep. Doug Lamborn says the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement is the same hatred in "new clothing."

EVENT: What Is BDS? A Capitol Hill Briefing.
US Campaign to End the Occupation 10 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Like a wave that builds slowly, inexorably on the ocean`s horizon, the BDS movement is a cresting force that is destined to have a profound geopolitical impact, writes Mitrovica
Occupation Magazine 9 Sep 2016 - Andrew Mitrovica--This slightly amended phrase, appropriated from another equally succinct and now universally recognised adage, is perhaps the philosophical clarion call at the moral centre of a worldwide movement that seeks, peacefully, to redress the grim injustices endured by Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.dn

WATCH: Dozens of New York Protestors Tossed During Tumultuous BDS Hearing
The Forward New 9 Sep 2016 - Protests broke out during a resolution to stop the boycott of Israel on Thursday†so much so that City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal called for the crowd to take a “deep yoga breath.”

German MPs call on teachers’ union to denounce anti-Semitic BDS campaign
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2016 - The 1,200 Education and Science Workers’ Union (GEW) in Oldenburg has been engulfed in an anti-Israel scandal this week because of its publication of an article calling for a total boycott of Israel.

We ignited the BDS; only we can put it out
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2016 - These days, when alienation and hostility are taking over our society, it is no wonder that the BDS is winning.

‘BDS doesn’t want a better Israel — it wants no Israel’
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2016 - Holocaust scholar Prof. Yehuda Bauer slammed the BDS movement while speaking with British-Muslim MP Tulip Siddiq.

What Is BDS? A Capitol Hill Briefing.
US Campaign to End the Occupation 9 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Israel using “black ops” against BDS, says veteran analyst
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada 9/5/2016
      A veteran Israeli intelligence analyst is linking recent attacks and harassment campaigns against Palestinian activists and human rights organizations to so-called “black ops” by Israel’s intelligence agencies.
     Writing in the Maariv newspaper on Sunday, Yossi Melman, who has covered Israel’s spy agencies for decades, reveals telling details about Israel’s ramped up fight against the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
     The fight is being led by Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of strategic affairs. According to Melman, Erdan’s ministry is gearing up to face BDS as if it were a military challenge.
     “We want most of the ministry’s work to be classified,” its director general Sima Vaknin-Gil recently told the transparency committee of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.
     “There are many sensitivities, and I can’t even explain in an open forum why there are such sensitivities,” Vaknin-Gil said. “A major part of what we do stays under the radar.”
     Vaknin-Gil added that the ministry aims to “build a community of warriors.”
     According to Melman, the ministry has recently hired 25 workers whose names are classified. It has an intelligence section run by a former security services operative and receives assistance from “a special unit” within Israeli military intelligence and from the Shin Bet secret police.
     This report from Israel’s state broadcaster, subtitled in English by activist Ronnie Barkan, shows Vaknin-Gil vowing to defeat the BDS movement in her testimony to the Knesset committee....
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Israel's anti-BDS campaign: Propaganda and dirty tricks
Middle East Eye 7 Sep 2016 - Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs is carrying out underhand 'special operations' to undermine the global BDS movement

BDS by stealth: Intimidation is the Israel boycott’s new tactic
Ha'aretz - 7 Sep 2016

Musician Brian Eno upholds BDS, refuses to let Israeli dance company use music
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2016 - Eno: "Your dance company might not be able to formally distance itself from the Israeli government but I can and will."

Cabinet set to meet as failure and inflexibility plague country
Daily Star 7 Sep 2016 The Cabinet meets Thursday despite a continuing boycott by the Free Patriotic Movement’s ministers, who have vowed to challenge all Cabinet decrees passed in their absence last month.

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith opposes BDS
Electronic Intifada - Wants to “build bridges” with Israel instead of boycott.

Pro-Israel groups declare ‘lawfare’ on BDS movement in Canada
Mondoweiss - Groups closely aligned with the far-right Israeli government have declared “lawfare” on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Canada. Lawfare , as it is commonly known, is the use of legal methods and the courts to damage an opponent, usually with the intent of winning...

Ultra-Orthodox arms dealer faces extradition to US
Al-Monitor 7 Sep 2016 - Israel's Supreme Court has rejected Eli Cohen's appeal to stop his extradition to the United States for violating sanctions against Iran after a long history of evading prosecution for such offenses.

Israel's anti-BDS campaign: Propaganda and dirty tricks
Middle East Eye 6 Sep 2016 - Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is carrying out underhand 'special operations' to undermine the global BDS movement

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith opposes BDS
Electronic Intifada: 7 Sep 2016 - Wants to “build bridges” with Israel instead of boycott. more..

Swedish FM Wallstrom, a vocal Israel critic, rejects BDS
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2016 - Following Yesh Atid chairman's visit to Sweden to attend a pro-Israel rally, the Swedish Foreign Minister sent a message opposing the BDS movement.

Eagles of Death Metal rock Tel Aviv, curse out BDS
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2016 - “I love this country,” said front man Jesse Hughes. “I love everything about it. I believe in you and I am proud to be in this f**king country.”

Pro-Israel groups declare ‘lawfare’ on BDS movement in Canada
Mondoweiss - Groups closely aligned with the far-right Israeli government have declared “lawfare” on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Canada. Lawfare , as it is commonly known, is the use of legal methods and the courts to damage an opponent, usually with the intent of winning...

Israel using "black ops" against BDS, says veteran analyst
Electronic Intifada - Defamation, harassment and threats part of Israel’s covert effort against Palestinian rights movement.

Public drivers protest against vehicle inspection fees hike
Daily Star 5 Sep 2016 Public Drivers Unions Monday called on Lebanese nationals to boycott mandatory annual vehicle inspection at centers across the country due to rising fees and the continued privatization of the service.

Israel using "black ops" against BDS, says veteran analyst
Electronic Intifada - Defamation, harassment and threats part of Israel’s covert effort against Palestinian rights movement.

Palestinians Urge Turkish People to Reject Israel Ties
IMEMC - 4 Sep 2016 - via the 

Citing BDS, U.S. campus cancels screening of documentary on settlers
Ha'aretz - 4 Sep 2016

Australian FM: Palestinians share blame for impasse
Jerusalem Post 4 Sep 2016 - During visit to Israel, Julie Bishop tells ‘Post’ that BDS is anti-Semitism

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of September 4
Jerusalem Post 4 Sep 2016 - How crystal meth fueled Hitler's conquest of Europe, German teachers’ union urges total boycott of Israel, Topless British model groomed to be ISIS bride, and more.

Israel's strategic affairs minister heads to London on BDS-fighting mission
Jerusalem Post 4 Sep 2016 - “Great Britain is the world center of the anti-Israel BDS campaign,” says Erdan.

Canadian Green Party Adopts BDS into Its Platform
IMEMC - 3 Sep 2016 - via bdsmovement.

Syracuse University professor bows to BDS
YNet News, 2 Sep 2016 - After inviting Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan to screen his film at a conference on religion and cinema, Professor R. Gail Hamner caved in to BDS threats and rescinded Dotan's invitation; 'She didn't even ask to see the film. All she was concerned about is BDS activists not being happy with the screening of an Israeli film at Syracuse.' ....

Palestinians urge Turkish people to reject Israel ties
Electronic Intifada - BDS National Committee warns that Israel-Turkey gas deals would aid Israel's occupation, violations.

It’s a myth that Israel is singled out for criticism
Alastair Sloan, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/30/2016
      Israel’s apologists also accuse the peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement of being anti-Semitic because it singles out their beloved state; why not look at Iran, North Korea or Russia, they ask?
     Apologists for a failing and unethical national security policy in Israel; excuse-fabricators for anti-Palestinian war crimes committed regularly by the Israeli security services; and what are commonly known as “hard-line Zionists” all make few arguments as forcefully and frequently as the one that Israel is singled out unfairly for criticism. The unconvincing rhetoric of the advocates that there is such a thing as “New Anti-Semitism” relies heavily on the claim that criticising Israel is merely a continuation of pre-existing anti-Semitic thought; they argue that it is curious that Israel is apparently singled out. “Is it because Israel is a Jewish state?” they ask.
     There is one element of this hypothesis that is initially convincing, which is the extraordinary number of UN resolutions adopted against Israel. This, though, becomes slightly less extraordinary when you consider that most countries in the world have suffered at one time or another under the same kind of colonialism that characterises Israel’s activities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip; indeed, when you consider the nature of the Israeli project in the first place.
     Just as many but by no means all Jews feel solidarity with Israelis, many but by no means all Muslims feel solidarity with Palestinians. It is also because developing countries significantly outnumber developed countries at the UN – and there are more designated “Muslim” than “Jewish” and “Christian” states – that Israel complains about receiving so many adverse UN resolutions.
     Incapable of understanding that such resolutions are not proposed by the UN per se but by individual member states....
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BDS activists face challenges in South Africa, but are determined not to stop
Janet Smith, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/1/2016
      When he was in South Africa in July 2014, Omar Barghouti told a story about the Second Intifada. It was the early 2000s, a decade which had started with the then Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon visiting Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
     For Palestinians living under settler-colonialism in the West Bank and Gaza, this was an act of extreme provocation. They would face the Israeli army’s rubber bullets and teargas with stones, but the war was on. Thousands were dying.
     “I don’t impose my views on my daughters,” Barghouti said, “but I do expose them to reality. My daughters live under occupation and apartheid and there’s no way to hide them from that fact. Neither is it healthy to hide them from that fact”.
     He went on to describe a shouting match that happened at that time inside his apartment in Ramallah, which Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers had occupied. “Children of our neighbours were traumatised. If they heard anyone knocking at the door, they would get into the closet and hide there, but our daughters somehow faced fear.
     “There were nine Israeli tanks and armoured personnel carriers parked underneath our building, but they would go out just to tell the soldiers, we are not scared of you. You have big tanks, we have little flags, but you cannot shut our voices.”
     Barghouti reflected. “We taught them: answer back with power, with dignity.”
     It was a story which potently characterised a man and the international activist movement he has come to represent: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). In Johannesburg to attend a War Resisters Conference and meet with government and leaders of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), Barghouti – a co-founder of BDS — arrived in 2014 just as Israel launched Operation Protective Edge upon Gaza....
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Palestinian lives matter
Andrew Mitrovica, Al Jazeera 8/25/2016
      The movement is gathering momentum and adherents from across the globe, including most recently in Canada.
     This slightly amended phrase, appropriated from another equally succinct and now universally recognised adage, is perhaps the philosophical clarion call at the moral centre of a worldwide movement that seeks, peacefully, to redress the grim injustices endured by Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
     The movement is gathering momentum - despite the predictably apocalyptic resistance from the predictable quarters - and adherents from across the globe, including most recently and, arguably, most significantly in Canada. More on this shortly.
     The movement has no discernible leaders. What it does have is a purpose and a name: Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS).
     The purpose is plain: to make the world finally take emphatic note of the interminable pain, loss and suffering of generation after generation of Palestinians. In short, to make visible what has for too long been invisible to too many.
     To ease that pain, loss, suffering and the grinding humiliation of Palestinians, the movement encourages individuals and governments to boycott and apply sanctions "targeted to those sectors of Israel's economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation" of Palestinian land.
     Like a wave that builds slowly, inexorably on the ocean's horizon, the BDS movement is a cresting, unstoppable force that is destined to have a profound geopolitical impact.
     First in Canada....
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FPM unlikely to boycott national dialogue session
Daily Star 31 Aug 2016 Despite the Free Patriotic Movement’s boycott of a Cabinet session last week and its ongoing escalatory tone against the government, parliamentary sources in the FPM said there is so far no final decision to boycott a...

Boycotting Israel in Lebanon: 'A lot more to be done'
AlJazeera 27 Aug 2016 - Activists have launched an app enabling people to instantly check if a product is made by a company supporting Israel.

FPM hints at quitting dialogue after boycott
Daily Star 30 Aug 2016 The Free Patriotic Movement Tuesday ramped up its campaign against the government, vowing to challenge all Cabinet decrees passed in the absence of its ministers, while hinting it might quit national dialogue if the concept of...

Brussels Airlines turns around on halva boycott
YNet News, 30 Aug 2016 - After being pressured by pro-Palestinian BDS groups to boycott Israeli halva snacks on their flights, Brussels Airlines has reversed its decision, saying it will continue to serve the Israeli made sweet; move comes after diplomatic and social pressure were applied to the airline. ....

New York City Council Mulling Resolution To Condemn BDS
The Forward New 30 Aug 2016 - The council’s Committee on Contracts is scheduled to consider a resolution next Thursday, Politico reported, that would condemn “all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the people of Israel,” according to the most recent draft...

Boycotting Israel in Lebanon: 'A lot more to be done'
AlJazeera 27 Aug 2016 - Activists have launched an app enabling people to instantly check if a product is made by a company supporting Israel.

Israelis seem blind to the seriousness of BDS
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2016 - You’d imagine that seven million Israelis are aware that they’re up against an onslaught of billions who are unsympathetic or hostile. Amazingly, they’re not.

Report finds Norwegian government funds organization supporting BDS campaigns
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2016 - Oslo responds that they don’t back NGOs whose “main goal is to promote the BDS campaign” and they oppose delegitimization of Israel.

Knesset may punish MKs who call to boycott Israel, following JPost report
Jerusalem Post 29 Aug 2016 - “It’s absurd that we are still giving licenses to encourage boycotting Israel to our MKs," says Knesset panel chairman Yoav Kisch.

Boycotting Israel in Lebanon: 'A lot more to be done'
AlJazeera 27 Aug 2016 - Activists have launched an app enabling people to instantly check if a product is made by a company supporting Israel.

Settlers plan new website to combat BDS
Jerusalem Post 27 Aug 2016 - In order to combat the BDS movement, settlers from the West Bank have taken up the initiative in the form of a website to tackle the globe.

Many Clinton Foundation donors oppose BDS– and so does Clinton
Mondoweiss - The news that several donors to the Clinton Foundation gained VIP access to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State has raised the question of what these donors got for their money beyond facetime. And one way in which Clinton has evidently been responsive is...

Elizabeth May Threatens to Resign Over Green Party’s Support of BDS
Dissident Voice: 28 Aug 2016 - Elizabeth May’s response to Green Party members voting to oppose Canadian support for Israeli colonialism has been wildly anti-democratic. She has not simply disagreed with a majority of members, which could reflect healthy internal processes, but publicly derided the party’s procedures and members’ clearly expressed opinions. After diluting a resolution about revoking the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s charitable status strongly endorsed by members in an online poll, May threatened to resign if the party didn’t organize another vote on a BDS resolution members strongly backed in a pre-convention online poll, convention caucus and full convention vote. The possibility of the Green Party leader resigning over BDS has thrust the Israel boycott into the news and will turn into a highly fortuitous development for the Palestinian cause if members remain steadfast. But, May’s actions make little sense from a Green perspective. As Maclean’s magazine pointed out , the party has more...more

Boycotting Israel in Lebanon: 'A lot more to be done'
AlJazeera 27 Aug 2016 - Activists have launched an app enabling people to instantly check if a product is made by a company supporting Israel.

Hezbollah MP warns against sidelining FPM
Daily Star 27 Aug 2016 Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah Saturday said no one should ignore the demands of the Free Patriotic Movement after its boycott of this week's Cabinet session to protest military extensions.

The “S” in BDS: Lessons of the Elbit Systems Campaign
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Israeli military companies such as Elbit Systems appear invincible, yet Israel’s arms industry is more vulnerable than it seems. Al-Shabaka guest author Maren Mantovani and Policy Advisor Jamal Juma’ examine both national and global trends and identify avenues for human rights activists to...

Many Clinton Foundation donors oppose BDS– and so does Clinton
Mondoweiss - The news that several donors to the Clinton Foundation gained VIP access to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State has raised the question of what these donors got for their money beyond facetime. And one way in which Clinton has evidently been responsive is...

The Tunisian star who filled Palestinians with hope — for one night
Samah Salaime, +972 Magazine 8/23/2016
      For one night, Tunisian megastar Saber Rebaï brought Palestinians in the West Bank just a modicum of normalcy.
     Rawabi, Arabic for “hills,” is a sleek name for a Palestinian city that was recently built between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Surrounded by settlements on all sides, the place looks like a standard Israeli bedroom community and has been dubbed “the future of Palestine.”
     Yes, this is what they call virtually the sole real estate project promoted by the Palestinian Authority, with the support of moneyed investors like the Palestinian-American businessman Bashar Masri. According to the project’s publications, it is meant to bolster the Palestinian middle class and encourage young families to leave the densely populated cities and villages, buy a modern apartment and live and work in an environment where they can benefit from health services, public transportation, culture and leisure. Some 40,000 Palestinians are expected to move to the city in the near future.
     As always, this rather pretentious enterprise has received a fair share of criticism, including over Israel’s involvement in it. Israel actually controls the land on which Rawabi was built, and was the main supplier of the city’s building blocks. As we have come to learn, businessmen are less prone to let a national conflict get in their way, especially when their profits are at stake.
     To boycott or not to boycott?
     Why am I telling you all this? Because I went to Rawabi on Friday with my partner and son to attend a concert by Tunisian superstar Saber Rebaï, who has occupied the top of the Arab pops for more than two decades....
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Spanish court overturns regional Israel boycott
Jerusalem Post 25 Aug 2016 - Ignacio Wenley Palacios, the ACOM lawyer leading the anti-boycott effort in Spain, said the BDS movement is “thinly disguised under a veil of a deceiving human rights narrative.”

FPM has limited retaliation options in Cabinet spat
Daily Star 26 Aug 2016 The decision to go ahead with Thursday’s Cabinet session, despite the Free Patriotic Movement’s threat to boycott it, revealed a lack of hesitation by the party’s political opponents.

Portugal exits controversial project with Israeli police following BDS pressure
Stop The Wall - Palestinian National BDS Committee (BNC) PortugalLawTrainvictory En The Portuguese Ministry of Justice announced that it has withdrawn from a joint EU-funded project with the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, the Israeli National Police and Israel’s Bar Ilan university. The LAW TRAIN project, aimed at unifying police interrogation methodologies, has generated...

Response to BDS: New website to buy West Bank goods
YNet News, 26 Aug 2016 - The Yesha Council is in the final planning stages of an Amazon-like website to sell settlement goods abroad along with tours of the West Bank; 'allows us to reach the customer's house abroad without going through the whole route of delegitimization.' ....

Pro-Israel groups close in on anti-BDS victory in California legislature
Mondoweiss - California’s months-long debate over a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement may finally be drawing to a close. To the chagrin of Palestine solidarity activists, the California State Senate is set to consider legislation, possibly this week, that would require state contractors to...

Israeli BDS supporter asks Canada for political asylum
Ha'aretz - 24 Aug 2016

The curious case of the purported Israeli BDS activist seeking asylum
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2016 - Is Gilad Paz a persecuted BDS activist, or an opportunistic impersonator seeking to emigrate to Canada?

Did BDS activists get airline to nix Israeli snack?
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2016 - Airline says order was a supplier’s mistake; stresses it is not boycotting Israel.

UK Jewish leaders slam Corbyn's support for 'targeted boycotts'
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2016 - "None of this is at all helpful in the pursuit of peace,” group tells the Post.

Brussels Airlines caves into BDS, set to stop serving Israeli halva
YNet News, 24 Aug 2016 - After a Palestinian Solidarity Movement activist noticed Israeli made Ahva brand halva being served on a flight from Israel to Brussels, the activist notified his organization which pressured the airline into boycotting the product. ....

Pro-Israel groups close in on anti-BDS victory in California legislature
Mondoweiss - California’s months-long debate over a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement may finally be drawing to a close. To the chagrin of Palestine solidarity activists, the California State Senate is set to consider legislation, possibly this week, that would require state contractors to...

Israeli MKs, NGO Monitor Invent False Anti-Semitic Claims Against BDS
Occupation Magazine 23 Aug 2016 - Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "The Knesset foreign affairs committee began the fraud by titling the hearing, “Singling Out Jewish Students by BDS on U.S. Campuses.”" - id

Defiant Celtic fans’ game changer for Palestine
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/23/2016
      Glasgow Celtic Football Club is arguably Scotland’s most famous and successful team, but rarely does it make headlines beyond the sports pages; until now. Celtic’s fans have demonstrated an unprecedented act of solidarity with the people of Palestine, and it is going viral.
     What have the generous folk in Scotland done? Quite simply, in terms of peaceful civil rights movements, they have produced a “game changer” which will go on to have a profound effect on the future of the already powerful global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
     Thousands of ordinary Celtic fans picked up and waved Palestinian flags at their Celtic Park Stadium during a match against an Israeli team, as reported here in MEMO; the flag-waving demonstration flew in the face of police advice. This simple but powerful act of mass defiance created a storm of media attention across the Middle East, which has now propelled Celtic alongside the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United in terms of stature and popularity in the region.
     Football’s European governing body, UEFA, warned that it would fine Celtic for its fans actions, but the fans retorted that they would match any fine imposed on the club, pound for pound, in donations to Palestinian causes. True to their word, the Green Brigade has raised nearly £100,000 in a crowdfunding appeal for Palestinian charities; the total continues to rise.
     By way of showing their appreciation, Palestinians have come together to produce video messages like this one on social networks declaring, “We are all Celtic.”
     In a statement, the Green Brigade explained that Celtic fans waved Palestinian flags at the Champions League match....
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BDS campaign 'winning battle for hearts and minds'
AlJazeera 22 Aug 2016 - The "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" campaign denies it has been defeated by Israel following claims by PM Netanyahu.

Bassil cries foul over military term extension
Daily Star 23 Aug 2016 The Free Patriotic Movement’s boycott of this week’s Cabinet session is a warning message to the government against forging ahead with plans to extend the mandate of Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Slams BDS in Speech at Long Island Synagogue
The Forward New 23 Aug 2016 - Anti-Semitism is “alive and well,” declared Bill de Blasio to the congregants of Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach.

BDS campaign 'winning battle for hearts and minds'
AlJazeera 22 Aug 2016 - The "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" campaign denies it has been defeated by Israel following claims by PM Netanyahu.

Palestinians find new reason to boycott Israel: Salmonella and Listeria
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2016 - Past boycott attempts have been unsuccessful, because Israeli products are popular in the Palestinian market since they are thought to be of higher quality.

Israeli BDS activist seeks asylum in Canada
Electronic Intifada - Gilad Paz cites growing repression of free speech by Israeli government.

A new milestone: BDS at the Olympics
Mondoweiss - “I have no problem with Jewish people or any other religion or different beliefs. But for personal reasons, you can’t ask me to shake the hand of anyone from this state, especially in front of the whole world.” These words, spoken by an individual who has...

A new milestone: BDS at the Olympics
Mondoweiss - “I have no problem with Jewish people or any other religion or different beliefs. But for personal reasons, you can’t ask me to shake the hand of anyone from this state, especially in front of the whole world.” These words, spoken by an individual who has...

Nicaragua kicks off controversial campaign season
Daily Star 20 Aug 2016 Nicaragua kicked off its presidential election campaign season on Saturday amid opposition calls for a boycott, as the hugely favored President Daniel Ortega seeks a third consecutive term.

BDS Quebec targets Montreal based military company over ties with Israel
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign BDS Quebec In Canada a new campaign has started to target military relations with Israel: activists from the network BDS Quebec have launched efforts to stop cooperation between the Montreal based military company CAE Ltd. and the Israeli military as well as Israeli private military...

Israeli MKs, NGO Monitor Invent False Anti-Semitic Claims Against BDS
Tikun Olam - Israeli and American Jewish media have become willing facilitators of yet another fraud perpetrated by right-wing MKs and their NGO counterparts.  The Knesset foreign affairs committee began the... Read more

New Video: 5 Facts about Israeli Water Abuse
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Watch and share the Jewish Voice for Peace video '">Water is a lifeline Mekorot (Israel's Water Authority) controls'. For more information on the BDS campaign against Mekorot, see: www.stopmekorot.org

No special treatment for Israel, Jill Stein says
Electronic Intifada - At CNN town hall, Green Party candidate rebuts claim support for BDS singles out Israel.

News Jersey: Anti-BDS Bill Signed into Law
IMEMC - 17 Aug 2016 - The State of New Jersey, in the U.S., on Tuesday, became the tenth state in the nation to implement a law that opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel.

“Hello? I’d like to report a BDS activist.”
IMEMC - 17 Aug 2016 - Heeding Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s call, an Israeli settler organization establishes a hotline to report international BDS activists to the Israeli government.  Israeli newspaper Ynet

Garbage skewers BDS in Israel show: 'We believe in intelligent debate'
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2016 - Countering suggestions that boycotts are a constructive tactic, she said that it was a privilege and responsibility to travel in order "to listen, to learn, to try to understand."

PLO's Erekat lashes out at Europe for not supporting Israel boycott
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2016 - Palestinian official says PA will no longer accept statements of support for a 2-state solution, "while granting immunity to Israeli crimes and systematic violations of international law."

Israeli MKs lash out at MK Ghattas over calls to boycott Israel
PIC - 17 Aug 2016 - Israeli MKs called for ousting Joint List MK Basel Ghattas for his calls to boycott Israel at a conference in Montreal.

Israeli MKs, NGO Monitor Invent False Anti-Semitic Claims Against BDS
Tikun Olam - Israeli and American Jewish media have become willing facilitators of yet another fraud perpetrated by right-wing MKs and their NGO counterparts.  The Knesset foreign affairs committee began the... Read more

Palestinian anti-racist struggle against Zionism and Black anti-racist struggle against White supremacy are crucial to building a just world
Mondoweiss - The International Jewish anti-Zionist Network strongly embraces the entire Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) platform , and we affirm its support for the Palestinian struggle and efforts to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel. In the United States and internationally, racism has been central to how power works...

With Gove now on the backbenches, the pro-Israel lobby isn’t getting value for money
Alastair Sloan, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/15/2016
      The Henry Jackson Society is a neoconservative London-based think tank set up in the wake of the July 2005 London bombings. Earlier this year it contributed towards the expenses for former Justice Secretary Michael Gove and his family to attend pro-Israel events in the United States. On a trip to receive an award from the right-wing online magazine The Algemeiner, parliamentary records show that Gove, his wife and two children, as well as a member of staff, received thousands of pounds worth of flights, taxi journeys, accommodation and dinners.
     The Algemeiner itself paid £124 for Gove and his entourage to travel in taxis, £2,525 on flights and a dinner costing £856. There was also a huge reception at which Michael Gove, Bernard Henri-Levy and Rupert Murdoch were the speakers. The Henry Jackson Society then topped up the contribution by paying for accommodation, amounting to £2,764 for the week’s lodgings. The Lisa and Michael Leffel Foundation, which is famed for its association with a number of pro-Israel causes as well as support for Israel soldiers’ charities, also took Gove and his political adviser out for a separate meal costing £185. The pair were wined and dined for a third time by Alisa Swidler, also a small-time Tory donor, at a cost of over £200.
     Gove, who has made a flushed retreat to the backbenches following a bungled attempt to become prime minister in the wake of Brexit, and then being fired as Justice Minister by the new Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, has long been a celebrity amongst Algemeiner staff. In 2013, they opined that his views were “more favourable to Israel than those of any other mainstream British politician, current or past.” He has won awards from their editorial board consistently for championing the cause of Israel in London and, particularly of late, trying to delegitimise the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Henry Jackson Society’s world view has become well-established in Westminster, although the group is small and not well-regarded by many Tory MPs; its pro-Israel stance is well known.
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Hamas: if the PA continues to arrest our operatives, we will boycott local elections
YNet News, 16 Aug 2016 - ....

Palestinian anti-racist struggle against Zionism and Black anti-racist struggle against White supremacy are crucial to building a just world
Mondoweiss - The International Jewish anti-Zionist Network strongly embraces the entire Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) platform , and we affirm its support for the Palestinian struggle and efforts to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel. In the United States and internationally, racism has been central to how power works...

Moshé Machover: Zionism and anti-Semitism
Israeli Occupation Archive 16 Aug 2016 - What is Zionism? What is the meaning of the claim that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people? Is the BDS campaign anti-Semitic? Moshé Machover in an interview with the Croatian website... The Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA) covers Israel's military occupation of Palestinian lands, now...

Evangelical Lutheran Church Votes to Divest from Israeli Occupation
IMEMC - 15 Aug 2016 - by Anna Baltzer, US Campaign to End the Occupation On Friday, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted overwhelmingly — by an estimated 90% — to create an investment screen that would identify and remove...

MK Ghattas calls for Israel boycott at far-left Montreal conference
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2016 - Speaking in Montreal, Ghattas said that Israel's "occupation" extends outside the West Bank.

On its 11th birthday, BDS leads nonviolent resistance
Occupation Magazine 13 Aug 2016 - Daoud Kuttab--Many years ago, in June 1988, Israel deported another Palestinian nonviolent activist, Mubarak Awad, on the eve of the first Palestinian Intifada, during the Yitzhak Shamir administration. Both cases certainly prove that Israel can`t deal with either violent or nonviolent Palestinians; some would even say...

Israel's watchdog center fighting BDS
YNet News, 12 Aug 2016 - Jerusalem-based BDS watchdog call center takes the fight to anti-Israel activities by providing activists' information reported by civilians to Interior Ministry; group seeks deportation of activsts or barring their entry into Israel. ....

‘Jews for Palestinian Right of Return’ salutes internationalism of ‘Movement for Black Lives’
Mondoweiss - We salute the  Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) platform  for  courageously endorsing  the Palestinian-led  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)  campaign. Rejecting  false conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism , M4BL defiantly speaks truth to power: BDS is necessary because Israel is a  genocidal   apartheid  state armed by...

Israel’s ‘civil eliminations’ campaign branches out to charities
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/11/2016
      At the end of March, an Israeli government minister threatened “targeted civil eliminations” of the leaders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
     This violent-sounding language was deliberately calculated to intimidate Palestine solidarity activists. The phrase “targeted eliminations” is a common Israeli government euphemism for assassinations of Palestinian and other Arab armed resistance figures (who Israel defames as “terrorists”).
     BDS, an entirely non-violent movement, is now being targeted with similar language. Since that threat was made, Israel has increased its “war” against BDS and other expressions of solidarity with Palestinians – what Israel terms “delegitimisation”.
     Omar Barghouti, the Palestinian co-founder of the BDS movement has been hit with a de facto travel ban. On Sunday, another Israeli minister announced that a task force will be created to “target” BDS activists in the country with foreign citizenship and expel them from the country.
     This month, this war extended beyond BDS and activists, and Israel seems to have begun “targeted civil eliminations” of charities, aid agencies and even UN bodies working in the field of humanitarian aid in occupied Palestinian territories, especially the Gaza Strip.
     In June, Israel abducted and detained without charge or trial Mohammad El-Halabi, the Gaza director of World Vision, a relief agency with strong links to evangelical Christian group around the world.
     After 50 days of detention without trial, much of it without access to a lawyer, Israel’s Shin Bet spying and torture agency began to claim that El-Halabi had been responsible for misappropriating millions of dollars....
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Leader of Canada's Green Party mulls resignation after vote to support BDS
Ha'aretz - 11 Aug 2016

New San Francisco bus ads say: ‘Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights’
Mondoweiss - On August 9, Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) launched a new ad on buses in San Francisco with the slogan Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights. The bus ad will run for four weeks.   SeaMAC’s new bus ad also includes the slogan Stop Anti-Boycott Legislation...

Palestinians urge Sinn Féin to end Likud meetings
Electronic Intifada - Irish activists called on to pressure party to respect boycott call.

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 11 Aug 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Faced with a choice of peace and BDS, Israel chooses BDS
Professor Kamel Hawwash, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/10/2016
      Israel’s recent decision to form a taskforce to target Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists for deportation is in stark contrast to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent claim that BDS had been defeated. Speaking at a special session of the State Control Committee on the Foreign Ministry and Israel’s public diplomacy, Netanyahu dismissed claims of Israeli failures against the BDS movement. Instead he claimed “we are acting against BDS and this is why they are on the defensive.” He noted that “anti-Israel activists” around the world are now being forced to fight over the issue of whether they even have a right to boycott Israel. “They are taking hits of many fronts. We have beaten them.”
     It seems rather bizarre then that on Sunday 7 August, Israeli Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri and Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan decided to form a joint task force to “expel and ban the entry of BDS activists” into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. They stated that “we must not allow BDS activists to enter the State of Israel. This is a necessary step, given the malicious intentions of these activists to delegitimise and spread lies and distortions about the reality in our region.” Erdan added that the boycott movement against Israel “must have a price.”
     “Fighting against Israeli boycott starts by fighting those who undermine the State of Israel,” Deri said. “We have a responsibility to do everything possible to crush any boycott and to state clearly that we will not allow the State of Israel to be harmed. Forming the task force is an important step in that direction.”
     The Palestinian BDS National Committee strongly condemned the establishment of the taskforce. Abdulrahman Abunahel, a spokesperson for the Palestinian BDS National Committee, commented that “deporting BDS activists in order to silence them and undermine their principled support for Palestinian human rights is not only anti-democratic; it is yet another incident of Israel shooting itself in the foot....
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MK Ghattas participating in ‘anti-Semitic’ conference in Montreal
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2016 - Canadian federal government withdraws its partnership with the World Social Forum over anti-Semitic promotional materials and content, including equating Zionism with terrorism, and support for BDS.

MK Ghattas participating in ‘anti-Semitic’ conference in Montreal
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2016 - Canadian federal government withdraws its partnership with the World Social Forum over anti-Semitic promotional materials and content, including equating Zionism with terrorism, and support for BDS.

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of August 10
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2016 - WikiLeaks offers reward for info leading to killer of Jewish DNC staffer, Ibiza municipality reportedly endorses BDS against Israel, Israel wins first Olympic medal since 2008, and more

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of August 10
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2016 - WikiLeaks offers reward for info leading to killer of Jewish DNC staffer, Ibiza municipality reportedly endorses BDS against Israel, Israel wins first Olympic medal since 2008, and more

Palestinians salute the Movement for Black Lives emphasizing common struggle against racial oppression
Mondoweiss - The Palestinian BDS National Committee ( BNC ), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, endorses the inspiring and liberating policy platform issued last week by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) with concrete policy demands for Black power, freedom and justice....

Palestinians salute the Movement for Black Lives emphasizing common struggle against racial oppression
Mondoweiss - The Palestinian BDS National Committee ( BNC ), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, endorses the inspiring and liberating policy platform issued last week by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) with concrete policy demands for Black power, freedom and justice....

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 10 Aug 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 10 Aug 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Black Lives Matter Endorses BDS: “Israel is an apartheid state.”
IMEMC - 9 Aug 2016 - Black Lives Matter and The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 organizations representing African Americans, published a comprehensive platform, Friday of last week, which addresses the systemic racism, violence, oppression and discrimination faced by...

Israel is foolish to get down and dirty with BDS
Ha'aretz - 9 Aug 2016

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of August 9
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2016 - Islamic Jihad calls to escalate intifada as it boycotts Palestinian elections, Pence indicates Trump's immigrant ban could also include Jews and Christians, ISIS threatens Miss Universe, and more.

Islamic Jihad calls to escalate intifada and boycott Palestinian elections
Jerusalem Post 9 Aug 2016 - “Resistance” rather than municipal elections will achieve the Palestinians’ national goal of liberation, group argues.

Islamic Jihad to boycott municipal election
PIC - 9 Aug 2016 - The Islamic Jihad Movement has announced that it will not participate in the municipal election slated to be held in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip next October.

Palestinians salute the Movement for Black Lives emphasizing common struggle against racial oppression
Mondoweiss - The Palestinian BDS National Committee ( BNC ), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, endorses the inspiring and liberating policy platform issued last week by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) with concrete policy demands for Black power, freedom and justice....

New Israeli crackdown aims to root out, expel BDS activists
Electronic Intifada - Intensifying repression shows Israel is becoming “desperate and irrational,” Palestinians say.

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 9 Aug 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Israel Launched Anti BDS Task Force to Crush Any Boycott
IMEMC - 8 Aug 2016 - By  Christof Lehmann ( nsnbc) :

Canadian Green Party votes to support boycott of Israel
Ha'aretz - 8 Aug 2016

Kara defends right-wing rapper joining Likud
Jerusalem Post 8 Aug 2016 - "The Likud party belongs to the people of Israel," Kara wrote on Facebook. "There are no boycotts, and no one will be ostracized. Everyone is invited to join and will be welcomed."

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of August 8
Jerusalem Post 8 Aug 2016 - Fact check disproves Palestinian swimmer's claims against Israel, Republican senator says Clinton's emails about Iranian nuclear scientist show she's reckless, Israel looking to deport BDS activists.

Homegrown Israeli BDS activists may face punitive measures
Jerusalem Post 8 Aug 2016 - Israeli-Arab MK Tibi: Boycotting is a democratic right, occupation should be boycotted.

BDS movement endorsed by Canada's Green Party
Jerusalem Post 8 Aug 2016 - Party members vote in support of BDS despite the party leader’s opposition to the measure.

Canadian Green Party endorses BDS amid strong objection from leader
YNet News, 8 Aug 2016 - Many in the party object to the measure, saying it 'singles out Israelis,' contains 'anti-Semitic code words' and is 'polarizing'; party leader: 'the party policy on this issue is a position I can’t support'; member who tabled resolution: 'We took a brave stand for human rights.' ....

Israel calls on citizens to ‘turn in’ boycott activists for deportation
Mondoweiss - Israel will soon search for, deport, and prevent the entry of international activists involved in the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, based on intelligence provided in part by hotline tips to a task force, said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan Sunday. The program was announced...

New Israeli crackdown aims to root out, expel BDS activists
Electronic Intifada - Intensifying repression shows Israel is becoming “desperate and irrational,” Palestinians say.

Canadian Greens back BDS
Mondoweiss - In a historic move, delegates at the Green Party of Canada’s national convention in Ottawa this past weekend adopted a policy resolution supporting the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The resolution declares Green Party support for “the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (“BDS”)...

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Aug 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Israel launching task force to target, deport BDS activists
Occupation Magazine 7 Aug 2016 - Ma’an News Agency - "The Israeli government announced on Sunday that it was launching a task force to identify and deport members from the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, marking the latest attack on left-wing and pro-Palestinian activism by Israel" [ry]

Canada's Green Party adopts Israel BDS into its platform
Middle East Eye 8 Aug 2016 - Language Undefined Greens become first major Canadian political party to put boycott, divestment and sanctions into official policy platform

Israel establishes committee to identify and deport boycott activists
Middle East Eye 8 Aug 2016 - Language Undefined A new committee will seek to identify, deport, and bar from future entry activists viewed by Israel as supporting the BDS movement

Saudi-Israeli Courtship Heats Up with General’s Visit
IMEMC - 7 Aug 2016 - BDS National Committee  08/07/16 Palestine solidarity activists in Saudi Arabia and neighboring Gulf states are expressing outrage after a Saudi delegation visited Israel to meet with senior officials.

As a rabbi, I can't support Black Lives Matter when they call to boycott 'apartheid' Israel
Ha'aretz - 7 Aug 2016

Israel looking to deport BDS activists
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2016 - ‘World sees Israel as a pariah state,’ Strategic Affairs Director-General laments.

Government forms task force to deport BDS activists
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2016 - ‘World sees Israel as a pariah state,’ Strategic Affairs Director-General laments.

All lives matter
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2016 - The link between the anti-Zionist BDS Movement and BLM is evident in the posters seen at both their rallies.

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 7 Aug 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

On its 11th birthday, BDS leads nonviolent resistance
Daoud Kuttab, Al Jazeera 8/6/2016
      The movement provides a platform for the aspirations of Palestinians without taking any political sides.
     Last May, when the Israeli Interior Ministry issued an order banning nonviolent activist and cofounder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement Omar Barghouti from travel, it was not a simple travel ban. It was yet another proof that Israel is not simply opposed to violent Palestinian resisters, but also to nonviolent ones.
     Many years ago, in June 1988, Israel deported another Palestinian nonviolent activist, Mubarak Awad, on the eve of the first Palestinian Intifada, during the Yitzhak Shamir administration.
     Both cases certainly prove that Israel can't deal with either violent or nonviolent Palestinians; some would even say that Israelis have a much harder time with nonviolent Palestinians.
     The values
     The current BDS movement was launched 11 years ago in July 2005 through a call by leading Palestinian organisations, factions and nationalist leaders.
     At its launch, BDS called upon the "people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the Apartheid era."
     The statement - endorsed by a wide group of Palestinians including various political groups and civil society organisations - called for these "nonviolent punitive measures" to be maintained until Israel meets its international obligations by ending its occupation and colonisation of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall.
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The absurd reaction to actor’s Palestine flag badge reflects a wider taboo in Britain
Diana Alghoul, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/5/2016
      British actor John Altman was invited to appear on TV show “Loose Women” recently to discuss the release of his new book and his battle with alcoholism. Moments into his appearance on-screen, people took to social media to express outrage at what he was wearing in his lapel; a pin badge of the Palestinian flag.
     The British tabloid Daily Express was quick to feature an article about this, documenting the “disgust” of some viewers at Altman’s so-called “political statement” and the support he received from others. The polarised reactions to the badge appeared to be driven by viewers’ opinions on the Israel-Palestine conflict; that’s understandable. What is arguably more worrying is the fact that there were people insisting that the production company should have not let him appear on the programme wearing the badge in the first place.
     The fact that such anti-Palestine sentiments were expressed almost immediately takes the issue further than Altman’s decision to wear the badge; he is, by the way, a long-term, outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights. The aggressive reaction is further evidence that support for Palestine in British society is becoming increasingly controversial, and pushes the idea that neutrality is in fact the most moral approach in this conflict.
     This is even more obvious in a political climate that is becoming more and more unforgiving about showing support for Palestine. Indeed, Palestinian activism is under scrutiny not only in Britain but also other parts of the world. The non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been denounced as “terrorism” in Israel. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is vehement in his opposition to BDS, insisting that it has “no place on Canadian campuses.” In the UK, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described it as “completely crazy” and described BDS supporters as “corduroy-jacketed, snuggle-toothed, lefty academics.”
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On its 11th birthday, BDS leads nonviolent resistance
AlJazeera 6 Aug 2016 - The movement provides a platform for the aspirations of Palestinians without taking any political sides.

Israel lobby panics about ‘spoiled’ next generation of American leaders turning against it
Mondoweiss - Last week the New York Times reported a shocking statement from the former University of California chancellor on the importance of stopping the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) on campus because it threatens to poison the next generation of American leaders against the special relationship...

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 6 Aug 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Why did Netanyahu appoint a settler as top New York diplomat?
Occupation Magazine 5 Aug 2016 - Akiva Eldar--Former settler leader Dani Dayan, who was announced as the consul-general in New York on Monday, participates in a conference on fighting the anti-Israel boycott in Jerusalem, March 28, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo) dn

To boycott Israel is counterproductive. Time to focus on the settlements.
Ha'aretz - 4 Aug 2016

BDS: game changer in Germany
Electronic Intifada - Court rules that the slandering of a Palestine solidarity activist must stop.

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Aug 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Yes to a boycott - but not just any boycott
Ha'aretz - 4 Aug 2016

MEP setting up pro-West Bank caucus in European Parliament
YNet News, 4 Aug 2016 - Czech MEP Petr Mach intends to establish the first official intergroup to support West Bank settlements and, inter alia, combat BDS in the European Parliament ....

Tearing down before building up
Moran Aviv and Mohammad Khaliliyeh, +972 Magazine 8/4/2016
      In order to create genuine housing solutions for Arab society in Israel, existing homes and developments must be retroactively licensed. Only then will it be possible to tackle illegal construction.
     Several months ago the government authorized a plan to narrow the huge economic gaps between Arab and Jewish citizens by equalizing part of the budget mechanisms in the state budget.
     Before the funds could be transferred, however, the government decided to establish a mechanism to enforce planning and building laws in the country’s Arab communities, and held up the former plan until the latter was passed into law.
     The idea is to transfer planning and enforcement responsibility to Arab local government authorities in Israel along with the power to levy fines and use force to stop illegal construction.
     Sanctions against unlicensed construction in Arab towns have long been a sore point for Arab citizens who claim that planning failures of the government, and the lack of town master plans and appropriate infrastructure for development, are the root causes that lead to unlicensed construction in Arab towns.
     The decision to begin enforcing building laws before the transfer of substantial budgets — aimed at strengthening Arab local authorities and implementing housing solutions — is harmful and pushes Arabs into an impossible corner.
     The first program, the Arab Development Plan (Decision 922), included plans to provide solutions for the lack of master and detailed plans in Arab local authorities, upgrade engineering departments in these authorities, and close the decades-long planning gaps between Jewish and Arab towns due to long term government inaction.
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Opposing the Discrimination of the JNF
Dissident Voice: 4 Aug 2016 - Imagine during Jim Crow a Canadian political party polled its members about pressing Ottawa to stop subsidizing US racism only to be smeared by an organization driving the discrimination. But, instead of relishing the attacks, party leaders sought to placate the racist group by inviting them to address their convention, which the said organization refused, claiming… discrimination. This hard to fathom scenario mirrors the Jewish National Fund of Canada/Green Party scrimmage since members put forward a resolution calling for the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the JNF’s charitable status because it practices “ institutional  discrimination against non-Jewish citizens of Israel.” In the first round of a multipronged voting process,  62%  of party members green lighted the JNF resolution, 24% yellow lighted it and 15% red lighted it. (A similar number green lighted a concurrent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions resolution.) So, in a last ditch bid to overturn these results and...more

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of August 3
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2016 - Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief answers criticism from Jeffrey Goldberg, Oren says Israel most open to the world since 1948, Spanish Israel lobby group deals blow to BDS, and more.

Spanish Israel lobby group deals triple blow to BDS movement in Spain
Jerusalem Post 3 Aug 2016 - ACOM has presented lawsuits against every single city council or public institution that has declared a boycott against Israel.

Israel deports Swiss BDS activist back to Europe
PIC - 3 Aug 2016 - For the first time, a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activist was on Tuesday deported from Israel, Channel 2 News reported.

Maariv: BDS achieving success, spreading worldwide
PIC - 2 Aug 2016 - Israeli Maariv newspaper reported that the BDS movement against Israel is achieving the opposite of what was marketed by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Travel Ban on BDS Co-founder Temporarily Suspended by Israeli Authorities
IMEMC - 2 Aug 2016 - The effective travel ban imposed by the Israeli government on the BDS Movement’s co-founder Omar Barghouti was temporarily suspended for two months, during a court hearing at Haifa District Court, on 19 July 2016. Barghouti has...

Analysis: The rise of German academic BDS
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2016 - Anti-Semitism without anti-Semites largely captures the parameters of the debate permitted in Germany.

Israel temporarily lifts travel ban on BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti
Electronic Intifada - Palestinians say continued global pressure needed to roll back Israel’s oppressive measures against rights campaigners.

Algerian Opposition Threatens to Boycott 2017 Elections
Asharq Alawsat ME News 2 Aug 2016 - From ASHARQ AL-AWSAT . Algeria- Algerian opposition parties have unanimously agreed that results of May 2017 parliamentary elections are already settled for the sake … continue reading Algerian Opposition Threatens to Boycott 2017 Elections

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of August 1
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2016 - Khamenei says Saudi ties with Zionist regime a stab in the back to Muslims, British songstress Joss Stone throws shade at BDS after Israel concert, ISIS threatens Putin, and more.

British songstress Joss Stone throws shade at BDS after Israel concert
Jerusalem Post 1 Aug 2016 - The English soul diva took to Facebook to rave about her world tour stop in Tel Aviv and rebuke those who tried to stop her.

BDS and normalization: a Palestinian perspective
Occupation Magazine 31 Jul 2016 - Haidar Eid - AIC - Opposing the normalization of Israeli occupation does not make the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement exclusive; it is an essential political commitment for justice in Palestine [ry]

The BICOM guide to defending Netanyahu’s Israel
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/28/2016
      Earlier this year, I took a look at a booklet by the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) called ‘The Apartheid Smear’, authored by staffer Alan Johnson. Intended as a “vital tool” for fighting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, the publication is full of errors and omissions; for example, it doesn’t mention the illegality of Israeli settlements even once.
     I am returning to BICOM and Alan Johnson, following the latter’s interventions in recent debates on BDS and antisemitism. Johnson presents himself as a leftist when arguing Israel’s corner, especially in contexts where Israeli apartheid gets short shrift (e.g. campuses). He also tends to repeat the same points again and again – so here is the BICOM guide to defending Netanyahu’s Israel.
     1. Repackage old smears
     Israel and its supporters have long used the charge of ‘antisemitism’ to dehumanise Palestinians and delegitimise solidarity. But a tired tactic needs freshening up. In a debate on the Israel boycott in July’s Prospect, Johnson wrote that antisemitism today is a product of “anti-Israeli sentiment of a particularly excessive, demented kind”, adding: “I call this ‘anti-Semitic anti-Zionism.’”
     Johnson is fond of the phrase ‘antisemitic anti-Zionism’ (which, despite his pretensions, was used at least as far back as the mid-1980s): it was the title of his lengthy submission to Labour’s Chakrabarti Inquiry. Last year, writing in BICOM’s self-styled ‘journal’ Fathom which he edits, Johnson elaborated on what he calls the “three components” of “antisemitic anti-Zionism.”
     According to Johnson, antisemitic anti-Zionism includes: support for a democratic one state; speaking of Israel as a ‘settler-colonialist state’ which ‘ethnically cleansed’ Palestinians; and the BDS Movement....
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Carmi: Silent boycotts a worrisome phenomenon
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2016 - BGU president calls on foreign students to visit here, and for Israeli students to go abroad

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 30 Jul 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Gaza Lives: Nour’s story
Nour Sulaiman, Palestine Solidarity Campaign 7/28/2016
      Marking two years since the brutal Israeli assault that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, #GazaLives tells the stories of Palestinians living there, in their own words.
     My name is Nour Sulaiman.
     I’m a student at al-Aqsa University in Gaza, an activist with the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, and the coordinator of the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI).
     I will tell you my experiences as a Palestinian refugee living in Gaza, particularly those during the last major Israeli attack in 2014.
     The suffering caused by the barbaric siege on Gaza, which began in 2007, has only got worse, to the extent that Gaza is now considered to be the world’s largest open air prison.
     The effect of the siege was exacerbated by three severe attacks, in 2008/9, 2012, and the bloodiest and most recent assault, in 2014.
     I can’t describe everything we witnessed during the war; what we experienced and what we saw cannot be adequately conveyed in words. The only way I can describe it is genocide.
     Nobody can deny that we all were close to death; in fact I felt that death was inevitable.
     Nobody can forget what happened to Shuja’iyya [1]. It was such a horrific massacre: in one night Israeli forces killed more than 75 innocent citizens, including 17 children and 14 women.
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Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 28 Jul 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Irish public figures’ statement in support of Israel boycott
PIC - 27 Jul 2016 - In an open letter, thirteen of Ireland’s best-known musicians, writers, artists and sports stars have called on the Irish government to join them in supporting the growing worldwide BDS campaign against Israel.

Saudi-Israeli courtship heats up with general's visit
Electronic Intifada - BDS Gulf urges firm stance against normalization.

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 27 Jul 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Netanyahu spurs growth of BDS
Middle East Eye 26 Jul 2016 - To describe the BDS movement as 'defeated' – either in 'many areas' or entirely – is laughable

Hillary as a Mideast heroine: Israel-Hamas cease-fire, Iran sanctions showcased as major Clinton achievements a: Israel-Hamas cease-fire, Iran sanctions showcased as major Clinton achievements at DNC
Ha'aretz - 26 Jul 2016

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 26 Jul 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Carlos “Let The Children Play” Santana to Perform in Tel Aviv
Occupation Magazine 26 Jul 2016 - Boycott Movement - IMEMC - "Carlos, the records and CDs with your music will be thrown into the garbage today, and the first that will go will be your “Love, Devotion, Surrender”. Rest assured that I’ll be breaking them so nobody can pick them up from...

Netanyahu spurs growth of BDS
Middle East Eye 26 Jul 2016 - To describe the BDS movement as 'defeated' – either in 'many areas' or entirely – is laughable

West Bank, Gaza gear up for Palestine's biggest sporting event
Yoni Mendel, +972 Magazine 7/24/2016
      This year’s Palestine Cup, the biggest sporting even in the Palestinian territories, pits Hebron’s Ahly al-Khalil against Shabab Khan Younis. Could reconciliation on the field pave the way for national reconciliation?
     One of Jibril Rajoub’s greatest achievements as the Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, if not the greatest, took place a year ago. For the first time since the Second Intifada, Rajoub renewed the tradition in which the winner of the Palestine Cup in the West Bank plays against the winner in Gaza.
     This occurred after Palestinian representatives in FIFA threatened to vote in favor of boycotting Israel and expelling the country from the organization. Eventually, instead of voting to kick Israel out, they decided to reach a compromise according to which a special FIFA committee — comprised of international, Israeli, and Palestinian representatives — will be responsible for ensuring that Israel does not get in the way of issues related to Palestinian soccer. These circumstances allowed for the Palestine Cup between Gaza and the West Bank to take place last year for the first time since 2000.
     The match is bigger than the sum of its parts. After all, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip represent two parts of Palestine between which there is very little movement. They represent two Palestinian leaderships in conflict. They represent two parts of the Palestinian people, which haven’t had an election in over a decade. They represent two forms of Israeli control over the lives of Palestinians — occupation here, siege there.
     For these reasons the match has become the most important sports event in the Palestinian calendar. The game is also an opportunity for both PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to prove their leadership....
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Human Rights Groups Boycott Santana Concert
IMEMC - 25 Jul 2016 - via  BDS National Committee Carlos Santana is scheduled to cross the international picket line called for by Palestinian civil society and perform in Tel Aviv on July 30 .

Netanyahu defends much-maligned Foreign Ministry
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2016 - Netanyahu appeared before the committee in his capacity as Foreign Minister, to respond to a State Comptroller report criticizing the government's public diplomacy and boycott-battling efforts.

MKs, Christians and Israel supporters come together at the Knesset to condemn BDS
Jerusalem Post 25 Jul 2016 - The overall message of the event was that the future looks positive

Prisoners in Israeli jails boycott Red Cross visits
PIC - 24 Jul 2016 - In protest against the Red Cross decision to cut down family prison visits, Palestinian prisoners announced their refusal to receive the organization's delegates on Thursday.

US labor board affirms union's right to boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada - Shurat HaDin’s complaint against United Electrical Workers thrown out again.

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 25 Jul 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

US labor board affirms union’s right to boycott Israel
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada 7/25/2016
      The National Labor Relations Board has reaffirmed its dismissal of charges against the United Electrical workers union because of its support for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
     The NLRB is the US federal agency that enforces the country’s trade union legislation.
     In August 2015, the 30,000-strong United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, known as UE, became only the second national trade union in the US to back BDS by a vote of delegates at its annual convention in Baltimore.
     In October, Shurat HaDin, a lawfare group with ties to Israel’s Mossad spying and assasination agency, filed a complaint against the union, claiming that its support for BDS amounted to a violation of the law against secondary boycotts.
     In January, the labor board dismissed the complaint, stating it had investigated and found “there is insufficient evidence to establish a violation” of the law.
     Shurat HaDin appealed the dismissal, but on 26 May the labor board’s general counsel issued a letter that the union says reaffirms the earlier decision to throw the case out.
     Victory for BDS
     UE national president Peter Knowlton welcomed the decision in a press release on Friday.
     Knowlton said that UE had in the past “withstood attempts by the US government to silence us during the McCarthy era in the 1950s,...."
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US labor board affirms union's right to boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada: 25 Jul 2016 - Shurat HaDin’s complaint against United Electrical Workers thrown out again. more..

Two More Cities Drop G4S!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 23 Jul 2016 - As BDS turns 11, we must redouble our efforts.

Why an economic boycott of Israel cannot succeed
Yonathan Mizrachi, +972 Magazine 7/22/2016
      And why it might even hinder a political solution.
     Political movements calling for an economic boycott of Israel are working to advance a model based on the boycott of Apartheid South Africa and the critical role it played in ending white minority rule in that country. The parallel drawn between the economic boycott of South Africa and the one advanced by Palestinians and pro-Palestinians activists against Israel reinforces the view that Israel is an apartheid state.
     However without going into the question of whether Israel is an apartheid state, it is clear that one of the central motives underlying the boycott is anger toward Israel and its policies in the occupied territories, and the need to take action based on ethical standards. Despite the anger and the justified criticism of Israel, the economic boycott is destined to fail.
     Take the political map in the 1990s compared to today. When the Eastern Bloc was in the process of dissolution and began its first steps toward Westernization, the West was at the peak of its political power. The collapse of significant political and military threats after more than four decades of the Cold War, along with the formation of the European Union, left no room for doubt regarding the undisputed status of Western states in global politics.
     In those years, the GDP of Western Europe, North America, Australia and Japan comprised 62 percent of the world economy (according to the world GDP in 1991). If we add the newly-democratized states of Eastern Europe and the democracies of the Far East, such as South Korea, to the list, we will find that Western democracies controlled two thirds of the world economy.
     Twenty-five years later, the same countries make up only 38.8 percent of global GDP....
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NLRB upholds union’s right to support Israel boycott
Mondoweiss - The following press release was sent out by the the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE): July 22, 2016 – For Immediate Release The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reaffirmed its dismissal an unfair labor practice charge brought by an Israeli law firm...

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of July 21
Jerusalem Post 21 Jul 2016 - IDF indicts top general for rape, Palestinians, Sudan working to restrain Israeli breakthrough in Africa, Spanish city loses Tel Aviv flight over BDS motion against Israel, and more.

'Spanish city loses Tel Aviv flight over BDS motion against Israel'
Jerusalem Post 21 Jul 2016 - The Spain branch of El Al for months had negotiated with tourist officials from the autonomous region of Galicia over opening the flight channel.

BDS efforts reportedly cause Spanish city to lose Tel Aviv flight
Ha'aretz - 20 Jul 2016

Russian Olympic chief rules out Rio boycott
Jerusalem Post 20 Jul 2016 -

Relationship of younger generation of American Jews with Israel eroding
YNet News, 20 Jul 2016 - Op-ed: As the perception of Israel changes among young US Jews in light of its policies, it's going to become harder to mobilize in support of Israel as it fights international battles against BDS and attempts to isolate it. ....

BDS and Normalization: A Palestinian perspective
Mondoweiss - This piece is written in response to queries sent by some activists about international gatherings and conferences that are being organized to address BDS-related issues without acknowledging the Palestinian leadership of the movement. When we, Palestinian Civil Society, issued our 2015 BDS call , we were counting...

Atlanta Mayor Pushes Back Against Black Lives Matter on Israel Boycott
The Forward New 20 Jul 2016 - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pushed back demands from local Black Lives Matter affiliates by standing behind a police training program between his city and Israel.

Seattle Jewish Leader Turns Israel and Fear of Anti-Semitism into New Jewish Religion
Occupation Magazine 19 Jul 2016 - Richard Silversetibn - Tikun Olam - "I asked Dvorchik to offer an example that BDS constituted Jew hatred. He refused to answer my question, saying that if I didn’t move on to another interview question he would hang up on me, which was what he eventually...

Carlos Santana Will Go Ahead WIth Israel Gig †Shuns BDS
The Forward New 19 Jul 2016 -

Mennonite Church of Canada Backs BDS †but Americans Seek Balance
The Forward New 18 Jul 2016 - The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement claimed a landslide victory in Canada on the weekend of July 9 as the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly overwhelmingly supported a resolution backing the boycott of Israel.

Hamas to partake in upcoming Gaza, West Bank elections
Jerusalem Post 17 Jul 2016 - Hamas boycotted the last round of local elections in 2012.

Santana and BDS
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2016 - Carlos Santana was always a thornier issue. He performed in Israel in 1987, but a 2010 scheduled appearance was canned, with the official reason being schedule conflicts

Christian leaders refuse to be silenced in struggle for Palestinian rights
Global BDS 15 Jul 2016 - As is well-known by now, the unilateral decision of New York governor Andrew Cuomo to create a blacklist of businesses and organizations abiding by divestment and boycott campaigns related to Israeli human rights abuses has drawn widespread criticism for both its high-handedness and for its violation...

LA Times Editorial: Boycotts of Israel are a protected form of free speech
Global BDS 15 Jul 2016 - In recent months, a number of states have passed laws or taken other official actions to punish companies that participate in boycotts against Israel. California soon may do the same. But if it does, it will be making a mistake. You don’t have to support the...

BDS victory in Mennonite Church Canada
Mondoweiss - The BDS Movement celebrated a victory at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly this weekend in Saskatoon, with an overwhelming majority of delegates supporting a resolution on that encourages BDS. With 350 delegates in attendance only one person opposed the resolution. This resolution is in part a...

BDS ‘Happy’ To Grab Credit as Pharrell Williams Scraps Israel Gig
The Forward New 14 Jul 2016 - Pharrell Williams, Grammy Award winner and “Happy” pop star, canceled a 21 July performance in Tel Aviv amid conflicting reasons for the cancellation. The left-leaning Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel applauded the move on social media.

BDS is a war Israel can’t win
Stanley L Cohen, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/14/2016
      Israel's apologists would call the BDS campaign "immoral", but the slander is laughably false.
     Israeli think-tank fellow Yossi Klein Halevi, writing recently in the Los Angeles Times would have American readers believe that the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement is “immoral” and threatens the peace of “the region’s only intact society”, while simultaneously boasting it can’t touch Israel’s health and global economic integration.
     Yet his reasoning from “morals” rings hollow, and amounts to little more than the shilling of the professional apologist industry deployed on Israel’s behalf throughout the Western media, in the never-ending defence of the oppressive status quo in Palestine.
     Halevi excoriates BDS, disingenuously, for making the Jewish state “the world’s most pressing problem” today, while extolling Israel’s freedoms and national righteousness. Of course, his complaint manages to engage in both self-pitying and craven boosterism at the same time – a kind of perverse humble-brag.
     No, Mr Halevi, Israel is not the world’s greatest problem – rather, Israel is Palestine’s great, existential, enduring problem for a people who have lived their whole lives under the constant, brutal and de-humanising occupation of this enlightened state. Palestine’s ordeal
     Most of the world has been content to overlook Palestine’s ordeal – fatigued by 68 years of this conflict, and understandably inured to the epic suffering of its people, who understand that their tragic condition can only hold its attention briefly.
     The endless failed international “peace” efforts, the vicissitudes of negotiations, and periodic spasms of violence have become like the weather – always there....
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BDS victory in Mennonite Church Canada
Mondoweiss - The BDS Movement celebrated a victory at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly this weekend in Saskatoon, with an overwhelming majority of delegates supporting a resolution on that encourages BDS. With 350 delegates in attendance only one person opposed the resolution. This resolution is in part a...

Canadian Green Party sponsors resolutions targeting Israel
Jerusalem Post 11 Jul 2016 - This is not the first time a Green Party has targeted Israel. In 2015 the Green Party of the United States also supported a resolution that urged a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

US Churches Advance BDS Initiatives
IMEMC - 11 Jul 2016 - The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition in Palestinian civil society, has offered its congratulation and thanks, to both the

Hanin Zoabi boycotted in Knesset
YNet News, 11 Jul 2016 - As part of an initiative by Zionist Union MK Eitan Cabel, a large number of MKs walked out and boycotted Hanin Zoabi's speech on Monday; Large number of Zionist Union, Meretz MKs stayed. ....

Yemeni President threatens to Boycott Kuwait Talks, Vows to Liberate Sanaa
Asharq Alawsat ME News 11 Jul 2016 - From ASHARQ AL-AWSAT . Aden – Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi implicitly warned that he would boycott the ongoing peace negotiations on the … continue reading Yemeni President threatens to Boycott Kuwait Talks, Vows to Liberate Sanaa

BDS National Committee Expresses Solidarity on 2nd Anniversary of 2014 Attack on Gaza
IMEMC - 7 Jul 2016 - A message from the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the broadest coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that leads the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Two years ago today, Israel began a brutal...

Marching to Cuomo’s house (Updated)
Mondoweiss - Yesterday, a diverse group of about 150 New Yorkers protested in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Westchester County residence, calling on him to rescind his recent executive order attacking the grassroots boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS) for Palestinian rights. Legal organizations like the New York...

Standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Gaza
Global BDS 7 Jul 2016 - Ten years of siege, two years since the 2014 Israeli massacre – it’s high time for accountability and for a two-way military embargo on Israel! A message from the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the broadest coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that leads the Boycott, Divestment...

Report: Practices and Policies of Racial Discrimination by the Occupying Power in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
IMEMC - 6 Jul 2016 - via bdsmovement.

Amidst Increasingly Successful Boycott, Israel Canvases Africa for New Trade Partners
IMEMC - 6 Jul 2016 - nsnbc :

Philadelphia expands date boycott during Ramadan 2016
Mondoweiss - For a third consecutive year the Philadelphia Coalition for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (Philly BDS), a member group of US Campaign to End the Occupation, in collaboration with American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and other BDS groups around the country, has held its annual...

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of July 5
Jerusalem Post 5 Jul 2016 - El Al plane lands safely after being accompanied by Swiss F-18 jets amid bomb threat, Palestinian woman attempts to stab soldiers near Ariel, PA said to boycott Quartet, and more.

PA said to boycott Quartet following its report on Mideast peace
Jerusalem Post 5 Jul 2016 - Senior PA official told al-Hayat newspaper: "the US is dominating the Quartet and that the recent report has American fingerprints all over it."

“We have a right to engage in non-violent action”: Christian leaders refuse to be silenced in struggle for Palestinian rights
Occupation Magazine 4 Jul 2016 - David Palumbo-Liu - Salon - "I respectfully request that the New York Conference, United Church of Christ be placed on the top of your list of organizations you would like the state of the New York to boycott. Gov. Cuomo – stop denying our rights. Rescind...

Lawfare on the run again
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/1/2016
      Israel’s strategy of “lawfare” has once again hit the rocks. This strategy is the attempt to use courts and spurious legal actions around the world to attack, sabotage and distract Palestine solidarity activists, and make it sure they cannot carry out their campaigns.
     Unlike the Israel lobby, pro-Palestinian campaigners usually have very little in the way of easily available hard cash. The main asset of the movement is the people in it, and our conviction that we are on the right side of history, and the right side of the moral argument.
     So the prospect of being tied up with expensive litigation for months or even years is daunting. Nonetheless, the lawfare strategy has been failing. Israel has carried it out in a most incompetent way, so that there is no reason to believe they will win many cases.
     And now, it’s been struck another blow in the UK. The last such blow here was in 2013, when the case against the University and College Union for “institutional anti-Semitism” was thrown out by an employment tribunal judge on all grounds. That was such a crushing defeat that this time, they had to try a claim based on a different type legal area: laws around equalities and local government obligations.
     On Tuesday, the high court ruled against a case brought by a group of anti-Palestinian lawyers against three local councils which had passed motions supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
     The case was the first to cite the government’s so-called “boycott ban” which it launched at a press conference in Jerusalem in February.
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Does Michael Gove really think that British Jews should emigrate, but not to Israel?
Alastair Sloan, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/2/2016
      It was perhaps the most over-looked and important speech in recent British political history, and it was delivered in the United States, not Britain. The speech was given in March 2016. It was not reported at all in the British press, even though it involved both media magnate Rupert Murdoch tipping Michael Gove for prime minister, and then Gove himself advising British Jews to emigrate. The speech can be viewed here.
     On a spring evening in New York, The Algemeiner, a right-wing American magazine with a strong focus on Israeli politics, hosted its third annual awards for those who champion the Israeli cause and Jewish human rights; what the magazine calls the “Jewish 100”.
     There were two special prize winners this year, labelled — rather dramatically — “Warriors for Truth” by the selection panel. Lined up for special praise alongside the hundred other prize-winners, were the French neoconservative intellectual Bernard Henri-Levy, and the equally hawkish British Justice Secretary, Michael Gove. Together, they were praised for their work countering anti-Semitism and their public advocacy on behalf of Israel.
     Gove’s views on Israel were described in previous “Jewish 100s” as, “More favourable than those of any other mainstream British politician, current or past.” This is a fair assessment; indeed, since 2013, when the claim was first made, Gove has led the way in making hyped comparisons between the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), to German Nazis. Anyone who followed his Brexit campaigning or has read his “deeply problematic” book “Celsius 7/7” knows well that this is a comparison that Gove makes frequently.
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Training activists in the social media war against BDS
Jerusalem Post 2 Jul 2016 - IDC in Herzliya spearheading effort to provide students with tools to defend Israel.

Australians launch new campaign against Elbit Systems
Global BDS 3 Jul 2016 - Campaign page: Would you fly our doctors using money from the arms trade? Israel’s largest military equipment company, Elbit Systems, have been a target for successful divestment campaigns worldwide for their role in continuing the illegal occupation of Palestinian Territories. Thanks to a deal brokered by...

BNC oral statement at UN Human Rights Council
Global BDS 3 Jul 2016 - Human Rights Council, HRC 32, June 2016 Oral statement, item 7 (OPT) Presented by Badil* Mr. President, Badil, al Haq, al Mizan and the Palestinian BDS National Committee wish to bring attention to the increasing Israeli attacks on the right to freedom of opinion and expression...

Report: Practices and Policies of Racial Discrimination by the Occupying Power in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Global BDS 3 Jul 2016 - Over time, and increasingly, the term “apartheid” has been used to describe the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). It is hardly surprising that use of the term brings with it a highly charged debate and strong sentiments, given the not so distant and dark...

Free speech and justice: Defending the rights of the BDS movement
Global BDS 3 Jul 2016 - Jana Tamimi, a 10-year-old journalist-in-the-making from the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied Palestinian territory, asked me during the latest conference of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights held in Ramallah last April: “Given the terrible Israeli threats stacked against BDS...

British gov't fails to suppress local councils boycotting Israel
PIC - 1 Jul 2016 - The anti-Palestine British government’s attempt to quell boycotts of Israel failed in the high court of justice on Tuesday.

Evening march to Cuomo’s suburban house is latest action against his blacklist on boycott
Mondoweiss - Activists have a lot to thank New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for: It’s been nonstop action since the governor’s announcement at the Harvard Club on June 5, with the Israeli consul at his side, that he was signing an executive order barring state business with organizations...

UK high court rules in favour of local councils who support boycott of Israeli occupation
Global BDS 1 Jul 2016 - More than 150,000 joined a protest in London against Israel’s 2014 massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and there were large mobilisations across the UK UK High Court rules in favor of local councils taking action in solidarity with the Palestinian people. French local council near Paris...

AIPAC lauds Senate for additional foreign aid, anti-BDS action for Israel
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2016 - The Combat BDS Act smoothed the wheels for state and local governments to legislate against the boycott, divestment and sanctioning of the Jewish state.

Europe still funding Israeli torture, drones and racial profiling #Boycott
Stop The Wall - Maren Mantovani for Middle East Eye Israel EU It is time for European citizens to demand not a penny more of their tax money be spent on Israeli military and security corporations As European leaders are gathered in Brussels to discuss the future of the EU, they would be well...

Evening march to Cuomo’s suburban house is latest action against his blacklist on boycott
Mondoweiss - Activists have a lot to thank New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for: It’s been nonstop action since the governor’s announcement at the Harvard Club on June 5, with the Israeli consul at his side, that he was signing an executive order barring state business with organizations...

Why is Carlos Santana refusing to honor Israel boycott call?
Electronic Intifada - Activists delivering a petition were ignored by the musician’s foundation.

Clinton marshals African-American surrogates against BDS to stop pro-Palestinian influence ‘in the public narrative’
Mondoweiss - Election campaigns serve a lot of purposes, and it is increasingly obvious that Israel supporters on whom Hillary Clinton is dependent are using her campaign to put the knife in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. You will recall that Bernie Sanders’ loyalists on the Democratic...

4 Pro-Israel Park Slope Food Co-Op Members Push Back Against BDS Suspension
The Forward New 30 Jun 2016 - The four Park Slope Co-Op members who were suspended after disrupting a presentation on BDS are still not ready to throw in the towel.

Palestinian Kids Are A Miracle Too. Santana, Cancel Your Tel Aviv Concert!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 29 Jun 2016 - Amplify call urging Santana to boycott Israel.

United Auto Workers rejects NYU graduate student union vote backing Israel boycott
Ha'aretz - 29 Jun 2016

Slamming BDS criticism, Moroccan minister denies commercial relations with Israel
Jerusalem Post 29 Jun 2016 - The Moroccan BDS movement launched a special campaign at the beginning of the month of Ramadan calling on merchants not to sell Israeli dates.

First "boycott ban" case defeated in UK high court
Electronic Intifada - Lawfare case against three local councils that passed boycotts fails.

Why is Carlos Santana refusing to honor Israel boycott call?
Electronic Intifada - Activists delivering a petition were ignored by the musician’s foundation.

Clinton marshals African-American surrogates against BDS to stop pro-Palestinian influence ‘in the public narrative’
Mondoweiss - Election campaigns serve a lot of purposes, and it is increasingly obvious that Israel supporters on whom Hillary Clinton is dependent are using her campaign to put the knife in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. You will recall that Bernie Sanders’ loyalists on the Democratic...

London High Court Rules in Favor of BDS Groups
IMEMC - 28 Jun 2016 - A pro-Israel group has lost its legal action against three local authorities who passed resolutions in support of the Palestinians. Today’s High Court, in London, ruling in favor of three councils which have boycotted Israeli settlement goods...

Letter to the Editor: Presbyterian voice
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2016 - The Presbyterian leadership also called on its faithful to “prayerfully study the call from Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel.”

Sanders appointee to 'Post': Democratic platform should include 'occupation,' right to boycott
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2016 - James Zogby, a Sanders appointment to the Democratic platform committee, says Clinton's team stopped insertion of occupation language.

BDS fails to prevent Israeli professor receiving British honor
Jerusalem Post 28 Jun 2016 -

Presbyterian Church rejects effort to ostracize BDS
Electronic Intifada - 1.7-million strong denomination reaffirms commitment to Palestinian rights

New Jersey becomes 11th state to pass anti-BDS measure
Mondoweiss - New Jersey became the latest state to pass legislation against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement yesterday. By a 69-3 vote, the State Assembly passed a bill to prohibit pension fund investment in pro-boycott companies. The legislation had passed the State Senate in May by...

Kuwait’s government pension divests from G4S following BDS pressure
Mondoweiss - The Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) in Kuwait has decided, as reported in the Kuwaiti media, to divest its funds from G4S, a company that is profiting from the Israeli occupation and has a notorious record of human rights abuses. The decision comes following calls...

Palestinian Kids Are A Miracle Too. Santana, Cancel Your Tel Aviv Concert!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 29 Jun 2016 - Amplify call urging Santana to boycott Israel.

UK court dismisses call to ban council boycotts of Israeli settlement goods
Middle East Eye 28 Jun 2016 - Language Undefined High Court rules that boycotts by local councils in Leicester and Wales are not anti-Semitic, nor do they contravene laws on equality

Searching for a ‘Responsible Adult’: 'Is Brexit Good for Israel?'
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 6/28/2016
      After months of anticipation, the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union (EU). Although, the results were fairly close -- 51.9 percent voted to 'Leave' vs. 48.1 percent elected to 'Remain’ -- the consequences of the decision will be far-reaching. Not only will the Brits negotiate their exit from the EU (thus, the term ‘Brexit’) within the next two years, but the decision is likely to usher in an upheaval unwitnessed before in EU history.
     But is it good for Palestine?
     In the shadow of the so-called Brexit debate, a whole different discussion has been taking place: ‘is Brexit good for Israel,’ or as an Israeli commentator, Carlo Strenger, phrased it in Israeli daily Haaretz: "What does (Brexit) mean for the Jews?”
     In a last minute pandering for votes, British Prime Minister, David Cameron -- who, to his credit, had the dignity to resign after the vote -- made a passionate appeal before a Jewish audience on Monday, June 20. He told the Israel supporters in the charity Jewish Care that staying in the EU is actually good for Israel.
     He presented his country as the safeguard of Israeli interests at the Union. The gist of his message was: Britain has kept a watchful eye on Brussels and has thwarted any discussion that may be seen as hostile towards the Jewish state.
     “When Europe is discussing its attitude towards Israel, do you want Britain -- Israel’s greatest friend -- in there opposing boycotts, opposing the campaign for divestment and sanctions, or do you want us outside the room, powerless to affect the discussion that takes place?” he told the largely Jewish audience.
     Predictably, Cameron brought Iran into his reasoning, vowing that, if Britain remained in the EU, his country would be in a stronger position to “stop Iran (from) getting nuclear weapons.”
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Youth Reminds Palestine of Need for Boycott Movement
IMEMC - 27 Jun 2016 - 06/26/16 | International Solidarity Movement, | Al Khalil team On June 25th 2016, the Tomorrow’s Youth Forum (Moltaqa Sawa’d) in cooperation with the Partnership Institution For Development distributed water and date packages in Dura’s city center near occupied...

Paris suburb votes to boycott all goods from Israeli settlements
Ha'aretz - 27 Jun 2016

Western nations boycott UNHRC's Agenda Item 7 debate on Israeli 'human rights abuses'
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2016 - Agenda Item 7 mandates that the UNHRC debate Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians during each of its sessions.

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of June 27
Jerusalem Post 27 Jun 2016 - Turkey and Israel reconcile, Democrats to condemn BDS, recognize Palestinian right to self govern, London Mayor tells 'Post' he has zero-tolerance for anti-Semitism, and more.

Kuwait’s government pension divests from G4S following BDS pressure
Mondoweiss - The Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) in Kuwait has decided, as reported in the Kuwaiti media, to divest its funds from G4S, a company that is profiting from the Israeli occupation and has a notorious record of human rights abuses. The decision comes following calls...

SA organization pulls out of Hebrew U conference following BDS pressure
Jerusalem Post 26 Jun 2016 - Despite the Centre's boycott, researchers and speakers from across the globe were in attendance at the conference.

‘Washington Post’ publishes article by Jewish leader urging boycott of Israel
Mondoweiss - More progress in American media. The Washington Post on Friday published a piece by Rebecca Vilkomerson titled, “I’m Jewish, and I want people to boycott Israel.” The article had gotten nearly 600 comments the last time I checked, many of them outraged; it is a high-watermark...

I’m Jewish and I want people to boycott Israel.
Occupation Magazine 25 Jun 2016 - Rebecca Vilkomerson--In 2009, I was living in Tel Aviv during Operation Cast Lead. During that offensive, Israel killed about 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza. When small numbers of us went out into the streets to protest the war, we were often pelted with eggs or attacked by...

BDS campaign hopes to take Israeli goods off Palestinian dinner tables during Ramadan
Mondoweiss - The Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign has made huge strides in the occupied West Bank over the past two years, but campaign organizers are no where near done. At the start of Ramadan, the campaign, partnered with several other local community and BDS initiatives across the...

NYU Graduate Student Union repeals pro-BDS resolution
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2016 - "Whatever 'pledges' union members may or may not have taken does not free them from their responsibilities as employees of NYU, which rejects this boycott," said the group's parent union.

Iranian boycotts medal ceremony with Israeli shooter
Jerusalem Post 23 Jun 2016 -

Citing heightened security tensions, Israel approves additional $18.6 million to expand settlements in West Bank
Lili Martinez, Palestine Monitor 6/21/2016
      The continuation of settlement activities is killing the two-state solution, and the international community has a very big responsibility to exercise immediately sanctions against Israel.
     The Israeli government on Sunday approved an additional $18.6 million to finance the expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank, citing safety concerns for settlement residents stemming from the wave of violence that began in October 2015. The announcement comes as new Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is himself a settler, meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in Washington in his first trip since assuming the position.
     The new funding is in addition to the $87.9 million already allocated to settlements. It includes funding from the Interior Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry, the Health Ministry, and the Welfare and Social Services ministry. A portion of it will be used to create “psychological support centers” for settlement residents, according to the resolution.
     “Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria face a unique security situation on a daily basis because of their geographic location and the fabric of life in the area,” the resolution statement said. According to the statement, the security situation in settlements has grown worse since the outbreak of violence in October — during which at least 200 Palestinians and 30 Israelis were killed — necessitating steps to protect the psychological well-being of residents.
     Centrist and leftist Israeli politicians condemned the new funding, and former Prime Minister Ehud Barak warned that further settlement expansion could lead to a binational state “in which the Jews will become a minority within a couple of generations.”
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Rivlin: BDS activities affected Israel
PIC - 21 Jun 2016 - Israeli president Reuven Rivlin has said that the ongoing activities of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) adversely affected Israel.

Civil rights groups seek documents relating to Cuomo’s order blacklisting BDS supporters
Mondoweiss - Today human rights groups made an announcement that they will seek documents relating to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order barring state business with organizations that have endorsed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The Center for Constitutional Rights published the release. The Freedom of...

WATCH: British PM says Israel needs United Kingdom to remain in EU to fight BDS, Iranian nukes
Ha'aretz - 21 Jun 2016

Civil rights groups seek documents relating to Cuomo’s order blacklisting BDS supporters
Mondoweiss - Today human rights groups made an announcement that they will seek documents relating to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order barring state business with organizations that have endorsed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The Center for Constitutional Rights published the release. The Freedom of...

Democratic clash over Palestine signals changing party
Electronic Intifada - Bernie Sanders’ supporters challenge alliance with Israel as establishment fights back against BDS.

Minister Erdan asks J-Street`s help against BDS
Occupation Magazine 20 Jun 2016 - J.J. Goldberg - The Forward - Gilad Erdan, Internal Security Minister in the Netanayahu government who is also in charge of worldwide efforts to oppose the BDS movement, held a first-ever meeting with a representative of J Street - the self-described "pro- Israel pro-peace lobby". This...

ANALYSIS: Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood ends election boycott
Middle East Eye 21 Jun 2016 - Language Undefined Citing poll shifts and facing threat of obscurity, Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has decided to participate in parliamentary elections

It's far too early - and too easy - to write off the threat of BDS
Ha'aretz - 20 Jun 2016

MK Oren: Israel should direct all resources into fight against BDS
Jerusalem Post 20 Jun 2016 -

Facebook hires longtime Netanyahu adviser
Mondoweiss - Jordana Cutler , who is currently the Chief of Staff at the Israeli embassy in Washington DC, and a longtime adviser to Netanyahu, has been named as head of policy and communications at Facebook’s Israel office. The appointment comes amidst growing Israeli government frenzy concerning incitement allegations and BDS,...

Rhode Island to boycott companies that boycott Israel
Ha'aretz - 19 Jun 2016

French pro-Israel group threatens to ‘scalp’ thousands of BDS activists
+972 Magazine - The ‘Brigade Juive’ claims to have sent the threatening email to 8,000 activists worldwide, lamenting that since French law doesn’t do enough against boycott supporters it must take matters into its own hands. By Yael Marom Illustrative photo of BDS activists in Paris, France. (Photo by...

Only BDS Can Force Israel to Prove It’s a Democracy for Its Arab Citizens Too
Global BDS 19 Jun 2016 - Several commentators and politicians have rushed to utilize the appointment of Professor Michael Karayanni to the deanship of Israel’s Hebrew University’s Law School to bolster the “bridging the gaps” narrative. To them, this appointment is a refutation of the BDS movement. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog, for...

New Yorkers protest “McCarthyite” blacklist of supporters of Israel boycott movement BDS
Global BDS 19 Jun 2016 - Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered outside the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, protesting a new pro-Israel policy that legal groups warn is “McCarthyite” and unconstitutional . Cuomo signed an executive order this weekend that punishes institutions and companies that support a boycott of...

Resist efforts to outlaw BDS, says anti-apartheid veteran Ronnie Kasrils
Global BDS 19 Jun 2016 - Anti-apartheid veteran Ronnie Kasrils finds attempts to outlaw boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activism against Israel “absolutely ludicrous” and activists should resist such efforts. Last month, I interviewed Kasrils about his views on BDS and apartheid on his visit to Amsterdam. For decades, Kasrils fought against...

BDS Isn’t the Criminal Here
Global BDS 19 Jun 2016 - The struggle against the movement to boycott Israel has sunk to a new low – criminalization. From now on it’s not just a propaganda campaign against BDS (which only made it stronger), not the usual victim-like behavior, not the colonialist fibs about the boycott’s harming Palestinian...

Important stage victory for BDS Oldenburg and Freedom of Speech
IMEMC - 18 Jun 2016 - 18th June 2016 | BDS Oldenburg, Germany On 14 June, 2016, the Regional Court Oldenburg ordered Sara Rihl, local SPD politician and student member of the senate of the university of Oldenburg, not to repeat her statements...

‘Boycott’ Israel over J’lem prayer rules, but ‘work’ against occupation — Forward’s double standard
Mondoweiss - As you may have heard, American Jews have led a protest against orthodox restrictions on prayer at the western wall in Jerusalem. Orthodox rabbis control this holy space, so they segregate the sexes; but under pressure from American Jews, the Israeli government has come up with...

French pro-Israel group threatens to `scalp` thousands of BDS activists
Occupation Magazine 17 Jun 2016 - 972Magazine--The ‘Brigade Juive’ claims to have sent the threatening email to 8,000 activists worldwide, lamenting that since French law doesn’t do enough against boycott supporters it must take matters into its own hands.dn

BDS: Discussing difficult issues in a fast-growing movement
Omar Barghouti, Al-Shabaka, Ma’an News Agency 6/17/2016
      This interview with Barghouti, conducted by Al-Shabaka Executive Director Nadia Hijab....goes beyond the headlines, examining the continuous debate and discussion to further the BDS movement among Palestinians at home and abroad as well as among global solidarity activists. Q: The BDS movement’s goals -- self-determination, freedom from occupation, equality for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the right of return -- encompass Palestinian rights under international law. But we know that the BDS movement will not on its own achieve Palestinian rights. What other movements are needed and what mix of strategies is necessary?
     A: Boycotts have historically been one of the main popular resistance strategies available to Palestinians of all walks of life, and today, in the realm of international solidarity, BDS is the most important and strategic form of support to our struggle for self-determination. The BDS movement has never claimed that it is the only strategy to achieve full Palestinian rights under international law. Nor is it possible to expect it to deliver Palestinian rights by itself. Among other strategies are, for example, local popular resistance against the wall and colonies as well as legal strategies to hold Israel and its leaders accountable for the crimes they have committed against the Palestinian people.
     In fact, one of the most significant strategies available to us that is hardly being pursued is diplomatic and political work with parliaments and governments across the world to isolate Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, and have sanctions imposed on it similar to those applied to apartheid South Africa. Taking this path is primarily blocked by a complicit Palestinian officialdom that lacks a democratic mandate, principles, and vision.
     A very important component of Palestinian resistance to Israel’s regime are Palestinians in exile, who represent half the Palestinian people....
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Hariri: Hezbollah wars led to Arab boycott, U.S. sanctions
Daily Star 17 Jun 2016 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday blasted Hezbollah, saying Lebanon, with all its communities and regions, is paying a heavy price for the party’s wars which have led to an Arab boycott of the country and...

Local boycotts of G4S: Responding to the Orlando massacre
Mondoweiss - I mourn with Orlando, Florida. I mourn as witnesses of the largest massacre on this continent since Wounded Knee in 1890 . In this mourning, I also see that we are galvanized by our sadness to rally together as small communities dotting the earth, as people rooted...

French pro-Israel group threatens to ‘scalp’ thousands of BDS activists
+972 Magazine - The ‘Brigade Juive’ claims to have sent the threatening email to 8,000 activists worldwide, lamenting that since French law doesn’t do enough against boycott supporters it must take matters into its own hands. Illustrative photo of BDS activists in Paris, France. (Photo by Olga Besnard / Shutterstock.com )...

"Jewish Brigade" email threatens BDS activists
Electronic Intifada - Activists should beware of emails that may contain malware.

Senior Israeli minister: Make BDS activists in Israel ‘pay a price’
+972 Magazine - Public Security Minister Erdan says ‘the message has to be that it’s not worth being a BDS activist,’ reveals his plans to create government-sponsored legislation to that end. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan speaks during the annual Herzliya Conference, June 16, 2016. (photo: Adi Cohen-Zeked/Herzliya Conference)...

Senior Israeli minister: Make BDS activists in Israel ’pay a price’
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 6/16/2016
      Public Security Minister Erdan says ‘the message has to be that it’s not worth being a BDS activist,’ reveals his plans to create government-sponsored legislation to that end.
     Israeli Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information Minister Gilad Erdan says that BDS advocates inside Israel must be made to pay a price and that he is working to create legislation that would do just that.
     “The message has to be that it’s not worth being a BDS activist,” the minister said at a panel on BDS at the Herzliya Conference on Thursday. “Anybody who works to delegitimize Israel, to bring an end to the Zionist enterprise, they should know that there will be a price.”
     Pointing to legislation that targets and punishes boycott and divestment actions and activists overseas, particularly in Europe and the United States, Erdan lamented “there’s no real price for somebody here, [an individual] or an organization who is working against his country in order to isolate it in the world.”
     Erdan also revealed that he has put together a legal team that is working with the Israeli Justice Ministry to ensure that there is a price for boycott and presumably anti-occupation activism.
     “If we want to convince the world that de-legitimization is unacceptable for which a price must be paid, then it needs to start here in Israel,” the senior minister said.
     Israel already has a law that allows civil suits to be brought against boycott activists under certain circumstances, but it has never been used. Erdan described the existing boycott law as ineffective.
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‘Has AIPAC got you on the take?’ Web video series calls out college officials for complicity, racism against divestment
Mondoweiss - Activists for the Open Hillel movement and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have put together a sparkling and humorous web series called Ac’tiv•ist that traces the fortunes of young activists on campus seeking to have that college divest from Israel. The finale just aired;...

NY state senator wants to cut off university funds to SJP
Mondoweiss - A New York state senator is seeking to cut off university funds to student groups that support boycotting Israel, an escalation of the legislative assault on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Last week, State Senator Jack Martins, a Republican from Long Island, New York,...

Senior Israeli minister: Make BDS activists in Israel ‘pay a price’
+972 Magazine - Public Security Minister Erdan says ‘the message has to be that it’s not worth being a BDS activist,’ reveals his plans to create government-sponsored legislation to that end. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan speaks during the annual Herzliya Conference, June 16, 2016. (photo: Adi Cohen-Zeked/Herzliya Conference)...

ADL’s Stance on Anti-BDS Bills: Highly Nuanced
The Forward New 16 Jun 2016 - When it comes to moves against BDS and the Anti-Defamation League, it’s complicated. While the ADL views the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel as deplorable, it considers many anti-BDS bills unconstitutional infringements on free speech.

Protestors argue BDS order infringes on freedom of speech
US Campaign to End the Occupation 15 Jun 2016 - The Albany Times Union covers a protest, cosponsored by the US Campaign, against an anti-BDS Executive Order at Gov. Cuomo's office.

Omar Barghouti — BDS: Discussing Difficult Issues in a Fast-Growing Movement
IMEMC - 15 Jun 2016 - via the

Irish FM to ‘Post’: BDS is up to consumers
Jerusalem Post 15 Jun 2016 - Flanagan, considered in Jerusalem to be a friend of Israel inside a country often very critical.

Shapiro: Stronger US-Israel financial ties will crush BDS
Jerusalem Post 15 Jun 2016 - It is important for Israelis and Palestinians to resume negations, which have been frozen for more than two years, Shapiro said.

Cuomo’s sliding scale
Mondoweiss - Cuomo’s shifting standards on boycott, a cartoon by Katie Miranda

`Ramadan Tov`: How to stop funding Israel`s occupation: A new BDS campaign to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli goods in Ramadan and afterwards
Occupation Magazine 14 Jun 2016 - Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Entitled "Ramadan Tov" - meaning "Happy Ramadan" in Hebrew - the campaign has brought together a majority of the local Palestinian boycott movements for the first time under the umbrella of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group. It aims...

Anti-Defamation League Stands Almost Alone Against Communal Push for Anti-BDS Measures
The Forward New 14 Jun 2016 - As many Jewish groups jump on board a push for laws to penalize businesses and groups boycotting Israel, the Anti-Defamation League, long considered a pillar of the Jewish establishment, is not just standing back †it has been opposing the tide. Now, it’s taking flack for...

Omar Barghouti — BDS: Discussing Difficult Issues in a Fast-Growing Movement
IMEMC - 15 Jun 2016 - via the

Irish FM to ‘Post’: BDS is up to consumers
Jerusalem Post 15 Jun 2016 - Flanagan, considered in Jerusalem to be a friend of Israel inside a country often very critical.

Shapiro: Stronger US-Israel financial ties will crush BDS
Jerusalem Post 15 Jun 2016 - It is important for Israelis and Palestinians to resume negations, which have been frozen for more than two years, Shapiro said.

Cuomo’s sliding scale
Mondoweiss - Cuomo’s shifting standards on boycott, a cartoon by Katie Miranda

`Ramadan Tov`: How to stop funding Israel`s occupation: A new BDS campaign to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli goods in Ramadan and afterwards
Occupation Magazine 14 Jun 2016 - Zena Tahhan - Aljazeera - Entitled "Ramadan Tov" - meaning "Happy Ramadan" in Hebrew - the campaign has brought together a majority of the local Palestinian boycott movements for the first time under the umbrella of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group. It aims...

Israel fires opening salvoes of cyberwar against BDS
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/14/2016
      At a cyberwar forum in Tel Aviv in January, Israeli officials threatened to use the country’s spy agencies to attack the BDS movement, the Palestinian-led global campaign to boycott, divestment from and sanction Israel for its mistreatment of the Palestinians.
     The Associated Press (eventually) published a report on these threats, and independent journalists like myself have been trying to raise the alarm. Israeli ministers also, at an anti-BDS conference in March, made veiled threats of violence against BDS leaders – Omar Barghouti especially.
     But these open declarations of aggression and criminality targeting a purely non-violent Palestinian political movement garnered little attention in the mainstream media. The silence of western politicians on this must be seen as acquiescence.
     Considering that the United States has formal policy that that defines “hostile acts in cyberspace” as acts of war that can legitimately be replied to using “all necessary means … [including] military”, this open aggression by the US and UK’s main regional ally would be punished if western leaders were anything other than total hypocrites.
     And now a new report by an internet security organisation has provided convincing proof that this was no idle threat the Israelis made.
     The opening volley of the Israeli cyberwar against BDS has been fired, it seems.
     Israel has a history of aggressive computer crime targeting its regional enemies....
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Anti-Defamation League Stands Almost Alone Against Communal Push for Anti-BDS Measures
The Forward New 14 Jun 2016 - As many Jewish groups jump on board a push for laws to penalize businesses and groups boycotting Israel, the Anti-Defamation League, long considered a pillar of the Jewish establishment, is not just standing back †it has been opposing the tide. Now, it’s taking flack for...

Israel fires opening salvoes of cyberwar against BDS
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/14/2016
      At a cyberwar forum in Tel Aviv in January, Israeli officials threatened to use the country’s spy agencies to attack the BDS movement, the Palestinian-led global campaign to boycott, divestment from and sanction Israel for its mistreatment of the Palestinians.
     The Associated Press (eventually) published a report on these threats, and independent journalists like myself have been trying to raise the alarm. Israeli ministers also, at an anti-BDS conference in March, made veiled threats of violence against BDS leaders – Omar Barghouti especially.
     But these open declarations of aggression and criminality targeting a purely non-violent Palestinian political movement garnered little attention in the mainstream media. The silence of western politicians on this must be seen as acquiescence.
     Considering that the United States has formal policy that that defines “hostile acts in cyberspace” as acts of war that can legitimately be replied to using “all necessary means … [including] military”, this open aggression by the US and UK’s main regional ally would be punished if western leaders were anything other than total hypocrites.
     And now a new report by an internet security organisation has provided convincing proof that this was no idle threat the Israelis made.
     The opening volley of the Israeli cyberwar against BDS has been fired, it seems.
     Israel has a history of aggressive computer crime targeting its regional enemies....
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'Ramadan Tov': How to stop funding Israel's occupation
AlJazeera 14 Jun 2016 - A new BDS campaign to encourage Palestinians to boycott Israeli goods in Ramadan and afterwards.

Only BDS can force Israel to prove it's a democracy for its Arab citizens too
Ha'aretz - 14 Jun 2016

Something got him started
Jerusalem Post 14 Jun 2016 - Simply Red lead singer Mick Hucknall tweets BDS and Jewish roots before TA concert

ADL Stands Almost Alone Against Communal Push for Anti-BDS Laws
The Forward New 14 Jun 2016 - As many Jewish groups jump on board a push for laws to sanction businesses and groups boycotting Israel, the Anti-Defamation League, long considered a pillar of the Jewish establishment, is not just standing back †it has been opposing the tide. Now, it’s taking flack for...

Nigeria: How Israel Can Help Stop the Genocide of the Igbo in Nigeria
allAfrica.com 13 Jun 2016 - [Fahamu] The government and policy-makers in Israel can help stop the ongoing genocide of the Igbo by boycotting all dealings with the Nigerian government. For a state like Israel to continue doing business with a genocidal state like Nigeria is not any different from sponsorship of...

‘We are Israel and Israel is us’ — Governor Cuomo couldn’t make things clearer!
Mondoweiss - Folks are talking about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s petulant piece in the Washington Post defending his indefensible executive order barring state business with anyone who advocates Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel. Obviously, he couldn’t get it published in his hometown paper, the New York Times. That’s...

Activists descend on Cuomo NYC office to defend right to boycott
Mondoweiss - Hundreds of protesters descended on New York State Governor Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan office on Thursday, June 9th to stand against state-sanctioned suppression of the right to boycott . Adalah NY, Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! organized an emergency response to Cuomo’s June 5 executive...

Stephen R. Shalom: New Jersey anti-BDS bill is an affront to the first amendment and basic human rights
Israeli Occupation Archive 11 Jun 2016 - The [US] Supreme Court in its 1982 NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co. decision recognized boycotts as a First Amendment-protected form of political speech. This means that if it would be wrong for the... The Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA) covers Israel's military occupation of Palestinian lands, now...

Secretary of Smithsonian says Boycotting Israel goes against basic principles of academia
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2016 - Prior to heading the Smithsonian, Skorton also served as president of Cornell University for nine years.

Governor Cuomo, Put Me on Your BDS Blacklist
Global BDS 9 Jun 2016 - This Sunday marked the 49th anniversary of the 1967 war, when the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem began. It was on this day, as the occupation entered its 50th year, that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to cast his lot...

A government blacklist aimed at political beliefs — NYCLU and UCC come out against Cuomo’s BDS order
Mondoweiss - Last Sunday NY Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order barring state business with groups that advocate for BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement aimed at Israel. Here are two of the latest statements opposing the order as a limitation on free speech and a blacklist...

Democratic Party leadership lines up against BDS — and the ‘nuts’ who support it
Mondoweiss - How intentional was Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order aimed at BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) on Sunday? Very intentional. The Democratic Party leadership is lining up behind Israel and against BDS in the weeks leading up to the Democratic convention next month and a platform fight...

Governor Cuomo, Put Me on Your BDS Blacklist
Global BDS 9 Jun 2016 - This Sunday marked the 49th anniversary of the 1967 war, when the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem began. It was on this day, as the occupation entered its 50th year, that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to cast his lot...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu nominates Marwan Barghouti for Nobel Peace Prize
Ma’an News Agency 6/7/2016
      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- South African archbishop and prominent human rights activist Desmond Tutu nominated Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday, marking the sixth nomination for the imprisoned Palestinian parliamentary.
     “The nomination of Marwan Barghouti, a symbol of the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, constitutes a clear signal of support for the realization of the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights, including to self-determination,” Tutu wrote in a letter shared by the Palestinian Liberation Organization on Tuesday.
     “I call on the members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to seize this occasion to bring attention back to the question of Palestine and to the calls for a just and lasting peace, a prospect Marwan Barghouti continues advocating and acting for, despite years of imprisonment and isolation.”
     Tutu, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work to bring down the apartheid regime in South Africa, has long spoken out against the Israeli occupation, notably describing Zionism in 1988 as having “many parallels with racism.”
     He has also been an early supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
     In his letter, Tutu called the detention of elected Palestinian representatives such as Barghouti “a blatant attack against the Palestinian nation, democracy and rights,” further denouncing Israel’s policy of mass incarceration of Palestinians “an attempt to break the will of an entire people striving for freedom and independence.”
     “There is an international consensus around these rights but there is a need to support them through symbolic and practical steps that would precipitate the end of the occupation as an indispensable step to achieve peace,” Tutu added.
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Green Party Nominee for US Presidential Elections Voices Support for BDS
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Jun 2016 - By Palestine Chronicle Staff In an unprecedented move, Jill Ellen Stein, the Green Party’s Nominee for the US Presidential Elections 2016, has voiced support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) against Israel, in a statement released by her campaign. The campaign voiced support for the BDS Movement against Israel at a time when the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, issued a decree that criminalized BDS supporters and threatened them to a boycott by New York if they dared to boycott Israel. The campaign stated that it “supports actions of nonviolent resistance to the policies of the occupation and of the Israeli apartheid regime, including those of the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign”. US Green Party candidate @DrJillStein endorses #BDS movement as Democrat & GOP-backed bans spread: https://t.co/HQiI4mXlFq #Elections2016 — Bean (@SomersetBean) June 9, 2016 The statement read, “The Jill Stein campaign calls for ending support...more

Jews Worldwide in Solidarity with Omar Barghouti and the BDS Movement
IMEMC - 8 Jun 2016 - On the evening of June 5th, 2016, 49 years into the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, Jewish organizations and individuals worldwide speak out in support of the right of Palestinians to non-violently resist Israel’s...

Democratic Party leadership lines up against BDS — and the ‘nuts’ who support it
Mondoweiss - How intentional was Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order aimed at BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) on Sunday? Very intentional. The Democratic Party leadership is lining up behind Israel and against BDS in the weeks leading up to the Democratic convention next month and a platform fight...

BDS activists say close American Anthropological Association boycott vote shows ‘rising tide of support for Palestinian rights’
Mondoweiss - The following press release was issued by the  Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel : Occupied Palestine, June 7, 2016 — The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) salutes all the members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA)...

With BDS order, Cuomo imports the anti-democratic spirit, from Israel and France
Mondoweiss - On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that directs state agencies to divest themselves of companies and organizations that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activity regarding Israel, “either directly or through a parent or subsidiary.” He held a speech proclaiming...

BDS movement: ‘Governor Cuomo is among those standing on the wrong side of history’
Mondoweiss - This week, as Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, enter their 50th year living under Israel’s regime of military occupation and settlements, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has chosen to  issue  an anti-democratic executive order creating a blacklist of companies and organizations that abide by BDS...

The List: Cuomo’s anti-BDS executive order is a first amendment nightmare
Mondoweiss - On June 5 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law an executive order aimed at the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. BDS is a non-violent economic and political protest against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. In Cuomo’s order, which Salon reporter Ben...

Israel Boycott Has Staying Power
Occupation Magazine 8 Jun 2016 - Steven Salaita - The Chronicle of Higher Education - We can debate ad nauseam the probity of academic boycott, but it would be more useful to address the problems of repression and occupation that spurred the boycott movement to begin with.-rh

Andrew Cuomo Anti-BDS Order Seen as Gamechanger † for Better and Worse
The Forward New 8 Jun 2016 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order opposing BDS shouldn’t have made a splash †but it did.

Andrew Cuomo and Other Democrats Launch Severe Attack on Free Speech to Protect Israel
Global BDS 7 Jun 2016 - ONE OF THE greatest free speech threats in the West is the growing, multi-nation campaign literally to outlaw advocacy of boycotting Israel. People get arrested in Paris — the site of the 2015 “free speech” (for Muslim critics) rally — for wearing pro-boycott T-shirts. Pro-boycott students...

International Federation of Human Rights declaration in support of right to BDS
Global BDS 7 Jun 2016 - La FIDH, à l’occasion de son Bureau international tenu à Paris du 25 au 27 mars 2016, a tenu à formellement reconnaître et réaffirmer le droit des personnes à participer pacifiquement et à appeler à des mesures de boycott-désinvestissement-sanctions (BDS) pour protester contre les politiques d’occupation...

Full might of Israel lobby ekes out razor-thin win in anthropology vote
Electronic Intifada: 7 Jun 2016 - Despite defeat of boycott, American Anthropological Association plans to challenge Israel’s abuses of Palestinian rights. more..

BDS Blacklisted by New York Governor
IMEMC - 7 Jun 2016 - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order, on Sunday, that will penalize people and businesses in support of the non-violent movement to boycott of Israel. In a speech to The Harvard Club, Cuomo said that...

Full might of Israel lobby ekes out razor-thin win in anthropology vote
Electronic Intifada - Despite defeat of boycott, American Anthropological Association plans to challenge Israel’s abuses of Palestinian rights.

Video: BDS is "democracy in action"
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah talks to The Real News about New York governor’s executive order on Israel boycott.

With BDS order, Cuomo imports the anti-democratic spirit, from Israel and France
Mondoweiss - On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that directs state agencies to divest themselves of companies and organizations that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activity regarding Israel, “either directly or through a parent or subsidiary.” He held a speech proclaiming...

BDS movement: ‘Governor Cuomo is among those standing on the wrong side of history’
Mondoweiss - This week, as Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, enter their 50th year living under Israel’s regime of military occupation and settlements, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has chosen to  issue  an anti-democratic executive order creating a blacklist of companies and organizations that abide by BDS...

Pro-Israel groups vow to "eliminate" BDS
Electronic Intifada - Anti-BDS conference portrayed BDS as an anti-Semitic global conspiracy with Nazi roots to justify outlawing it.

The List: Cuomo’s anti-BDS executive order is a first amendment nightmare
Mondoweiss - On June 5 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law an executive order aimed at the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. BDS is a non-violent economic and political protest against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. In Cuomo’s order, which Salon reporter Ben...

NY governor's decree escalates Israel's fight against BDS
Electronic Intifada - Civil liberties groups say executive order violates free speech protections.

PEN director praises Charlie Hebdo’s courage, then suggests BDS makes students feel ‘isolated, vulnerable, threatened’
Mondoweiss - Below is an excellent short interview of Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of PEN American Center, by Jeff Stein of New York Non Profit Media. Nossel recently made headlines when PEN took money from the Israeli government as a “champion” of its literary festival, and Nossel...

Andrew Cuomo and Other Democrats Launch Severe Attack on Free Speech to Protect Israel
Global BDS 7 Jun 2016 - ONE OF THE greatest free speech threats in the West is the growing, multi-nation campaign literally to outlaw advocacy of boycotting Israel. People get arrested in Paris — the site of the 2015 “free speech” (for Muslim critics) rally — for wearing pro-boycott T-shirts. Pro-boycott students...

PACBI writes to UN genocide prevention chief over complicity with Israel’s ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem
Global BDS 7 Jun 2016 - Note: Mr Adama Dieng has ignored PACBI’s appeal and his talk at Israel’s settlement university, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, continues advertised at the website of INoGS. H.E. Adama Dieng Under-Secretary-General Special Advisor for the Secretary-General On the Prevention of Genocide United Nations Friday, May 20, 2016 Re:...

Resolution to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions at the American Anthropological Association Nearly Wins, Shows Rising Tide of Support for Palestinian Rights
Global BDS 7 Jun 2016 - The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) salutes all the members of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) who voted in favor of a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. The resolution was narrowly defeated by a margin of 39 votes, 2,423:2,384....

International Federation of Human Rights declaration in support of right to BDS
Global BDS 7 Jun 2016 - La FIDH, à l’occasion de son Bureau international tenu à Paris du 25 au 27 mars 2016, a tenu à formellement reconnaître et réaffirmer le droit des personnes à participer pacifiquement et à appeler à des mesures de boycott-désinvestissement-sanctions (BDS) pour protester contre les politiques d’occupation...

Africa: BDS Boiling Point - Israeli Occupation Tipping Point
allAfrica.com 6 Jun 2016 - [Daily News] Was inspired to write this topic this week after listening to BBC programme which featured the emergence of the boycott Israel, divest and disinvest from it, and sanction it (BDS) movement.

U.S. Green Party presidential candidate backs Israel boycott movement
Ha'aretz - 6 Jun 2016

Eek! It’s the BDS mouse, get me my Uzi
Ha'aretz - 6 Jun 2016

Thousands celebrate Israel in New York despite heavy rain
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2016 - Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs order for state agencies to divest from pro-BDS companies.

Attacks on BDS websites linked to Israel
Electronic Intifada - Websites critical of Israeli abuses hit by sophisticated attacks from same origin, analysis says.

NY governor's decree escalates Israel's fight against BDS
Electronic Intifada - Civil liberties groups say executive order violates free speech protections.

PEN director praises Charlie Hebdo’s courage, then suggests BDS makes students feel ‘isolated, vulnerable, threatened’
Mondoweiss - Below is an excellent short interview of Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of PEN America, by Jeff Stein, a contributing editor of New York Non Profit Media. Nossel recently made headlines when she took money from the Israeli government , making it a “champion” of the PEN literary festival,...

Flanked by AIPAC and Israeli consul, Cuomo signs anti-BDS order
Mondoweiss - You’ve all heard by now of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s historic Israel-loving move: he signed an executive order yesterday making it illegal for NY state entities to do business with companies or organizations that boycott the state of Israel. The order targeting BDS (boycott, divestment and...

Africa: BDS Boiling Point - Israeli Occupation Tipping Point
allAfrica.com 6 Jun 2016 - [Daily News] Was inspired to write this topic this week after listening to BBC programme which featured the emergence of the boycott Israel, divest and disinvest from it, and sanction it (BDS) movement.

Ontario premier calls for motion on BDS that is 'not divisive'
Ha'aretz - 5 Jun 2016

Comic Hannibal Buress to tickle TA’s fancy
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2016 - The American stand-up comedian talks to the ‘Post’ about the art of comedy and how much he’s (not) thinking about the BDS movement ahead of his show later this month.

Italian Education Minister to ‘Post’: Italy stands firmly against BDS
Jerusalem Post 5 Jun 2016 - The minister was in Israel along with a delegation of 50 Italian academics for Italian National Day, held annually on June 2.

Sit-inners in Amsterdam demand company to boycott Israel
PIC - 4 Jun 2016 - The Palestine House in Amsterdam and Dutch pro-Palestine groups participated in a protest sit-in to demand a local company to end its business ties with Israeli firms.

Global protests target Airbnb over Israeli settlement rentals
John Brown, +972 Magazine 6/5/2016
      Over 150,000 sign petition calling on Airbnb to pull out of Israeli settlements as part of the #StolenHomes campaign, which was launched by a consortium of organizations following an investigative report by +972 and Local Call.
     A coalition of international organizations organized protests in cities across the world Friday against Airbnb's operations in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. In addition to the international actions, local popular committees of Palestinian villages and cities like Nabi Saleh, Bil'in, and Hebron also participated.
     The protests were part of a global campaign, “Stolen Homes,” which was launched following an investigation published here on +972 and our Hebrew-language sister site, Local Call, which revealed that Airbnb allows Israeli settlers to rent out rooms and guesthouses to unsuspecting tourists without disclosing that they are located in illegal settlements in occupied territory. (All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.)
     Among the vacation properties available for rent on the site are a number in settlement outposts considered illegal even under Israeli law, some of which are situated on stolen, privately owned Palestinian land. The investigation also found that many property owners were discriminating by refusing to rent to prospective Arab guests, which violates company policy.
     At Airbnb's European headquarters in Dublin, campaigners boasted a petition signed by over 150,000 people, demanding that the company immediately stop listing vacation rentals in Israelis settlements. The campaign also targeted Fidelity Investment, a major investor in the company, demanding that it divest from it.
     The petition reads.... -- See also: The campaign video
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Wiesenthal Center: Officials in German city complicit in Israel boycott
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2016 - The Bremen Peace Forum calls for a boycott of Israeli goods, and has staged protests in front of supermarkets urging customers not to buy Israeli fruit.

Here and There: BDS – the enemy within
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2016 - The connection between the BDS campaign, Nakba Day and Tel Aviv University can be made through academics employed by the university.

Wiesenthal Center: Officials in German city complicit in Israel boycott
Jerusalem Post 4 Jun 2016 - The Bremen Peace Forum calls for a boycott of Israeli goods, and has staged protests in front of supermarkets urging customers not to buy Israeli fruit.

Here and There: BDS – the enemy within
Jerusalem Post 3 Jun 2016 - The connection between the BDS campaign, Nakba Day and Tel Aviv University can be made through academics employed by the university.

Copy BDS tactics, pro-Israel activists told at UN conference
Electronic Intifada - Branding experts say BDS movement, not Israel, is driving conversation.

UK Labor head Jeremy Corbyn slams Israel in newly released letters
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2016 - Corbyn called for sanctions against Israel and described some of the Jewish state’s politicians as “criminals” who should be banned from Britain.

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of June 2
Jerusalem Post 2 Jun 2016 - JPost exclusive: list of NGOs on NGO bill obtained, Palestinian woman shot and killed after attempted stabbing of soldier, the BDS movement has little economic impact on Israel and more.

SodaStream CEO: Netanyahu loves playing the victim
Globes Main News - Daniel Birnbaum tells “Globes” the company was not forced to move its West Bank plant to the Negev because of BDS pressure.

Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate protest to Newseum invitation of Israeli war crimes suspect
Global BDS 2 Jun 2016 - Jeffrey Herbst President and CEO of Newseum Washington DC May 31, 2016 Re: Newseum event with former Israeli army spokesperson Avital Leibovich Dear Dr. Herbst, The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate is writing to you to express our shock that you are hosting Avital Leibovich, a former spokesperson...

New evidence suggests Israel’s responsibility in cyber-attacks on BDS website
Global BDS 2 Jun 2016 - Technical report: recent relentless cyber-attacks on BDSmovement.net website show complex and coordinated attacker Israel announced in January 2016 plans to use cyber war against BDS Israel’s well-funded cyber war on BDS reflects failure to stop movement’s mainstream growth in recent years A technical report issued today...

356 European human rights organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties call on the EU to support their right to boycott
Global BDS 1 Jun 2016 - More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to defend the right of individuals and...

Introduction to BDS: Interview with Haidar Eid (VIDEO)
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Jun 2016 - Following the latest attacks by Apartheid Israel against BDS activists and threatening them with “civic assassination” and imposing a travel ban of some of them, PSCABI, as part of the boader Palestinian BDS campaign, has conducted an interview with Haidar Eid to introduce the movement to those who are not familiar with it, especially students. Eid is a member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. He is based in besieged Gaza. (PSCABI, PC) The post Introduction to BDS: Interview with Haidar Eid (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .more

The Apartheid Analogy and BDS – Israel is Not South Africa
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Jun 2016 - By Susan A. Resheq Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ (BDS) advocates believe that the best strategy to end Israel’s occupation is for Israel to become the target of a global movement – the kind that put an end to apartheid in South Africa. Everyday that Israel violates Palestinian human rights and International Law; the BDS gets stronger as more converts join in the anti-apartheid struggle – some Israeli Jews included. Anti-BDS activists have articulated many objections to the BDS strategy. They have expressed a great disagreement with BDS’s use of language, which describes Israel as ‘an apartheid state’. ‘Israel is not an apartheid state and cannot be compared to South Africa,’ they argue, and the term ‘apartheid state’ only aims at eliminating Israel from the global arena and displaying hostile behavior against Israel. However, this is not quite the case. ‘Apartheid’ is not just a term of insult; it is a...more

French court overturns "illegal" ban on BDS event
Electronic Intifada - Organizations and governments are increasingly willing to defend legitimacy of movement to boycott Israel.

356 European human rights organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties call on the EU to support their right to boycott
Global BDS 1 Jun 2016 - More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to defend the right of individuals and...

More than 23,000 people sign UN appeal on #RightToBoycott
Global BDS 31 May 2016 - More than 23,000 people have signed an appeal urging the UN to take measures to protect the rights of Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights defenders who campaign nonviolently for Palestinian rights, including through the BDS movement. The appeal is organised by the Palestinian BDS National...

Donald Trump Faces Summer of Yucks and Jeers From Liberal Jews
The Forward New 31 May 2016 - Boycott Trump? Mock Trump? Trump, the musical?

French court overturns "illegal" ban on BDS event
Electronic Intifada: 31 May 2016 - Organizations and governments are increasingly willing to defend legitimacy of movement to boycott Israel. more..

Danon chides UN for 'opening the door to BDS' at summit against boycott movement
Ha'aretz - 31 May 2016

PayPal terminates anti-Israel BDS France account
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2016 - The 'Post' confirms the apparent closure on Monday.

Moroccan BDS calls on Muslims to boycott Israeli dates during Ramadan
Jerusalem Post 31 May 2016 - The Moroccan BDS movement has recently launched a new campaign that calls on Moroccans not to consume the Israeli-produced Medjool dates, which flood Middle Eastern markets.

IOF suppresses peaceful march in Bethlehem
PIC - 30 May 2016 - The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) suppressed Monday afternoon a peaceful march in Bethlehem, south of the West Bank, calling for boycotting Israeli goods.

33% of U.S. university students consider boycott of Israel legitimate
PIC - 30 May 2016 - According to a new poll, 33% of American students and 40% of British students believe that the boycott of Israel is a legitimate method.

Right to Boycott
US Campaign to End the Occupation 31 May 2016 -

Donald Trump Faces Summer of Yucks and Jeers From Liberal Jews
The Forward New 31 May 2016 - Boycott Trump? Mock Trump? Trump, the musical?

Spanish court annuls BDS boycott
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2016 -

Irish FM: BDS is a 'legitimate political viewpoint'
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2016 - “While the [Irish] Government does not itself support such a policy, it is a legitimate political viewpoint, albeit one regarded in Israel as deeply hostile,” the Irish FM.

Third of Americans say BDS justified - survey
Globes Main News - Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon: Today's young people are less committed to the special tie between the two countries.

Fighting for Israel on another front Reservists on Duty group counters BDS
Jerusalem Post 29 May 2016 - “We must create a shock wave [to fight BDS] because, otherwise, the efforts are just not working at the moment,” said Amnon Goldstof.

Irish and Dutch governments join Sweden in speaking out for right to call for BDS
Mondoweiss - The Dutch and Irish governments have publicly stated that calls for a boycott of Israel are legitimate, with the Dutch foreign minister saying that advocating and campaigning for Palestinian rights through the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel are “protected by the freedom...

Graduate Student Workers Resist New Attack on Resolution
Occupation Magazine 28 May 2016 - Labor for Palestine--Three UAW Locals have overwhelmingly endorsed, by full member vote, to support boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) in solidarity with Palestinian workers and society. This grassroots momentum has only increased despite anti-democratic actions by higher up Union officials to quell debate on the issue...

Ireland latest EU state to defend BDS
Occupation Magazine 28 May 2016 - Kevin Squires--In another blow to the Israeli campaign to criminalize Palestine solidarity activism, the Irish government has affirmed that the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement represents a “legitimate” means of protest “intended to pressure Israel into ending the occupation.” dn

Rafeef Ziadah: from Palestine to Ireland
Global BDS 28 May 2016 - This month Palestinians around the world mark 68 years of exile and dispossession – what we call Al Nakba, the word for catastrophe in Arabic, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee our homes in small boats or walk for miles with little...

Rank and file challenge US union bosses over BDS
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada 5/26/2016
      Graduate teaching assistants at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this month became the latest unionized workers in the US to vote in favor of a resolution supporting the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
     Meanwhile a United Auto Workers review board upheld a decision by the union’s national executive to nullify a democratic vote backing BDS by rank and file members in California.
     In the Wisconsin ballot, 81 percent of voting members in the 9,000-strong Teaching Assistants’ Association backed a resolution calling for divestment from Israeli state institutions and international firms complicit in Israeli military occupation and ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights.
     The resolution passed by members of TAA/AFT Local 3220 calls on the University of Wisconsin, its parent union the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO national labor federation to divest.
     The TAA Palestine Solidarity Caucus notes in a press release that deteriorating working conditions for educators in the US “are directly related to the rise of spending on militarism and the consequential disinvestment from public universities and the public sector as a whole.”
     The union also takes aim at widespread efforts to demonize and criminalize BDS activism, including within the trade union movement where support for Palestinian rights is growing. Challenge
     TAA is the oldest graduate student labor union in the United States.
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BDS isn’t fostered by anti-Semitism, but Israeli house demolitions and killing of innocents, says AJC leader
Mondoweiss - It turns out that Israel’s actions aren’t just indefensible for young American Jews, they’re indefensible to older Jews. And the political crisis of supporting Israel has begun inside the Israel lobby itself. What’s my proof? Last Monday night a number of major Jewish organizations including stiffnecked...

Ireland latest EU state to defend BDS
Electronic Intifada - Irish foreign minister's statement is another blow to Israeli campaign to criminalize Palestine solidarity activism.

BDS is free speech, says Dutch government
Electronic Intifada - Israel’s attack on boycott activism is prompting governments, civil society to declare that movement is legitimate

Remembering Hedy Epstein (1924 – 2016)
Global BDS 28 May 2016 - The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the broad coalition of Palestinian civil society that leads the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement for freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people, is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of life long social justice advocate...

Irish and Dutch governments join Sweden in speaking out for right to call for BDS
Global BDS 28 May 2016 - Dutch foreign minister says BDS “protected by the freedom of expression” Irish foreign minister says BDS is a “legitimate political viewpoint” and that his department is monitoring Israel’s repression of BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti 352 European bodies call on the EU to support right to...

Rafeef Ziadah: from Palestine to Ireland
Global BDS 28 May 2016 - This month Palestinians around the world mark 68 years of exile and dispossession – what we call Al Nakba, the word for catastrophe in Arabic, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee our homes in small boats or walk for miles with little...

Dutch foreign minister: Calls to boycott Israel protected free speech by the constitution
Ha'aretz - 27 May 2016

The price of principles and Palestine
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/26/2016
      Ramadan is approaching and the annual argument over the selling and buying of dates grown on lands stolen from Palestinians is well under way. Boycotting Israeli dates is probably more of a symbolic than a commercially successful tactic but it does highlight and underline the injustices meted out to the Palestinian people by the Zionist state.
     In Britain, like anywhere else, the campaign relies heavily on the cooperation of Muslims, individually and collectively. To be brutally frank, though, there are those who’d rather have cheap produce than stand by their supposed principles. Friends of Al-Aqsa is trying to change all that.
     The British NGO seeks to defend the human rights of Palestinians and protect the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem from illegal Jewish settlers. It is running a particularly robust and imaginative campaign called #CheckTheLabel which I have endorsed wholeheartedly.
     I would urge all Muslims to follow suit and embrace this campaign instead of simply paying lip service to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In the process, they can challenge the wholesalers from Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester, Luton and London, in particular, who sell Israeli dates to their customers. Some of traders try to disguise their duplicity by changing the packaging themselves in order to dupe their own customers. By law in Britain, consumers have a right to see the label of origin of any produce.
     Boycotting Israeli dates is important, but perhaps more important is to know why such actions are necessary in the first place. Every year, Israel exports millions of pounds worth of dates around the world that are often grown in illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley.
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20 Israeli academics encourage BDS, Im Tirtzu says
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2016 - The Israeli signatories not currently residing in the country, the vast majority are directly connected to other foreign-agent organizations or to the international BDS movement.

In huge blow to Israel, Netherlands declares BDS ‘free speech’
Jerusalem Post 26 May 2016 - Declaration comes as Israel pushes Europe to outlaw the movement * Jerusalem: Don’t justify hatred

U.K. scholar rejects Israeli prize in ‘political choice’
Daily Star 26 May 2016 A prominent British academic said Thursday she had turned down a prestigious Israeli award for political reasons, in what looked to be the latest attempt by Western activists to boycott the Jewish state.

Rank and file challenge US union bosses over BDS
Electronic Intifada - Israel lobby group welcomes decision to overturn democratic vote by US union

Anti-BDS tactics are doomed to fail
Iqbal Jassa, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/26/2016
      While Israel believes that playing the anti-Semitism card will do the trick, the opposite is true. European activists, academics, journalists and student movements will not be browbeaten into silence.
     Wearing a BDS t-shirt in France is now a criminal offence. This latest move by the French authorities to invoke legislation targeting anti-Semitism against such symbolism is an attempt to harass and intimidate Palestinian solidarity activists. In the context of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign it is not only ridiculous, but also borders on insanity, and follows desperate attempts by Israel to stem the phenomenal growth of BDS across Europe. Many observers have noted that the boycott movement is embraced as enthusiastically in European cities as the anti-apartheid movement was against South Africa.
     This is obviously a frightening challenge for Israel’s racist right-wing regime, which knows only too well that unless drastic measures are taken, BDS can snowball into its worst nightmare. However, unlike the brutal violence it uses to crush Palestinian resistance in the Occupied Territories, Israel cannot opt for the military option to crush popular dissent on the university campuses and streets of London, Paris or Brussels.
     Neither student movements nor academics in Europe will stand in muted silence as the horrors of Zionism are visited upon Palestinians. Their peaceful mobilisation to oppose the Zionist colonial project is through well-organised BDS campaigns. The impressive gains made thus far point to an escalation of public support in tandem with greater awareness of Israel’s human rights violations.
     So what has the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resorted to? Banning orders, similar to those used by South Africa’s apartheid regime to silence the voices of the people.... -- See also: Dutch government follows Sweden in affirming right to boycott Israel
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What’s Next for BDS Activists in Canada?
Palestine Chronicle: 26 May 2016 - By Marion Kawas Ontario’s Bill 202, the most direct effort so far by Zionist forces in Canada to criminalize support for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, thankfully failed by a wide margin last week. We know we won’t have long to celebrate though, as new draconian efforts are surely on the horizon. Swift and coordinated activist pushback was critical to this defeat; there were also a myriad of other factors at play, including intra-Zionist squabbles (similar to what is going on now in the Israeli government) and even domestic Canadian politics. The bill introduced in the Ontario legislature was extreme only in comparison to what we have seen so far in Canada, not when compared to efforts in other countries. Still, the language and penalties were harsh and once again, similar to the anti-BDS motion in February 2016 in the House of Commons, specifically targeted individuals as well...more

Anti-BDS Tactics Doomed To Fail
Palestine Chronicle: 25 May 2016 - By Iqbal Jassat Wearing a BDS T-shirt in France is a criminal offense. This latest move by French authorities to invoke legislation which bars antisemitism in order to harass and intimidate Palestinian solidarity activists, is not only ridiculous, but borders on insanity. It follows desperate attempts by Israel to stem the tide of phenomenal growth of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in Europe. Many observers have noted that the boycott movement is as enthusiastically embraced across European cities as was the anti-apartheid movement against South Africa. This obviously is a frightening challenge for Israel’s racist right wing regime, who knows only too well that unless drastic measures are taken, BDS can snowball into its worst nightmare. Unlike bombs and brutal violence to crush Palestinian resistance in the Occupied Territories which Israel relies on, it cannot use any of these military options to crush popular dissent on university campuses in London,...more

Comptroller’s report highlights Israeli failure to fight BDS
YNet News, 24 May 2016 - The state comptroller’s report, published Tuesday, underscores the government’s failings in combating the international movement as well as rising anti-Semitism; among other criticisms, the report mentions power struggles between ministries, a lack of coordinated efforts, understaffed departments aimed at combating the boycotts and difficulties in presenting any notable accomplishments ....

BDS is free speech, says Dutch government
Electronic Intifada - Israel’s attack on boycott activism is prompting governments, civil society to declare that movement is legitimate

Can anthropology overcome its imperial past?
Electronic Intifada - BDS vote a test of field’s complicated relationship with Middle East.

Tom Friedman needs to get an inoculation (attacking BDS) before he can say how bad Israel is
Mondoweiss - Today Thomas Friedman weighs in on the political crisis in Israel , and echoes the apocalyptic view of Haaretz writers and liberal Zionists; Israel is destroying itself, and its future as a Jewish state is at risk. Friedman makes only one reference to Israel’s Jewishness in the...

Hundreds of academics call to boycott genocide conference in Israel
+972 Magazine - Academics condemn decision to hold a conference on genocide in Jerusalem at a time when Israel’s actions are ‘being viewed through lenses of ethnic cleansing and genocide.’ Protesters hold signs calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) during a Washington, D.C., protest against Israel’s offensive on Gaza,...

Hundreds of academics call to boycott genocide conference in Israel
Occupation Magazine 24 May 2016 - Rami Younis - +972 -Academics condemn decision to hold a conference on genocide in Jerusalem at a time when Israel’s actions are ‘being viewed through lenses of ethnic cleansing and genocide.-rh

BDS is free speech, says Dutch government
Electronic Intifada: 25 May 2016 - Israel’s attack on boycott activism is prompting governments, civil society to declare that movement is legitimate more..

BDS Anti-BDS Tactics Doomed To Fail
Palestine Chronicle: 25 May 2016 - By Iqbal Jassat Wearing a BDS T-shirt in France is a criminal offense. This latest move by French authorities to invoke legislation which bars antisemitism in order to harass and intimidate Palestinian solidarity activists, is not only ridiculous, but borders on insanity. It follows desperate attempts by Israel to stem the tide of phenomenal growth of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in Europe. Many observers have noted that the boycott movement is as enthusiastically embraced across European cities as was the anti-apartheid movement against South Africa. This obviously is a frightening challenge for Israel’s racist right wing regime, who knows only too well that unless drastic measures are taken, BDS can snowball into its worst nightmare. Unlike bombs and brutal violence to crush Palestinian resistance in the Occupied Territories which Israel relies on, it cannot use any of these military options to crush popular dissent on university campuses in London,...more

Friends of Israel, critics of Israel and a BDS backer in DNC's platform panel
Ha'aretz - 23 May 2016

New York county passes BDS law
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2016 - “It is imperative that as a county, we demonstrate to other governments the importance of fighting against all practices of hatred and discrimination,” Kopel said.

‘Ministries failed to tackle BDS, anti-Semitism’
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2016 - Hostile messages were widely received and even seeped into communities that, in the past, had unreservedly supported Israel, the report said.

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of May 24
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2016 - Sanders picks critics of Israel, BDS backer to write Democratic platform; Human remains from EgyptAir crash site said to indicate blast onboard; Shapira blasts Netanyahu for Bibi Tours Affair.

Special report pans Netanyahu, government's failure in fighting BDS
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2016 - Comptroller publishes annual report on Bibi Tours, problems fighting BDS, Beduin rights, health and environmental issues.

Spanish tribunal: BDS is unconstitutional, discriminatory
Jerusalem Post 24 May 2016 - The motion’s clauses, according to the tribunal, “jeopardize the fundamental right to equality without discrimination on the bases of appearance, ethnicity and religion.”

State Comptroller blasts confused efforts against BDS
Globes Main News - A report criticizes the division of authority among Israel's Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Strategic Affairs, and Diaspora Affairs.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Failing in Fight Against BDS, Report Says
The Forward New 24 May 2016 - Israel’s Foreign Ministry is badly mismanaging the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, according to a state comptroller’s report.

Tell Your OH Rep: Don't Legislate Against BDS!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 23 May 2016 - The OH anti-BDS bill has passed committee. Now it's going to be voted on by the full House. Take action now and tell your Rep to vote NO!

A Palestinian police state in waiting
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/24/2016
      When it comes to Israel, and to supporting Palestinian rights, at the far reaches of acceptability in mainstream British party politics is the idea of supporting a Palestinian state in Gaza and (some) of the West Bank.
     In recent years, this has focused on the campaign to recognise the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank as the “State of Palestine”. There are several problems with the strategy, but the most glaring one is that the Palestinian Authority is in reality little more than a subcontractor for Israeli occupation.
     Led by the rapidly ageing and increasingly authoritarian Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority’s main function is to prevent, through violent means, all forms of Palestinian resistance. It targets armed resistance fighters for arrest and torture, but it also does its best to prevent unarmed and peaceful protests against Israeli occupation. It has even worked against Palestinian civil society’s campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Abbas has on many occasions says he does not support the boycott of Israel, only of goods from Israeli settlements in the West Bank (this of course, is one aspect of BDS, but his opposition to the rest is telling).
     Abbas (whose single elected term as president of the PA expired years ago) has not only signalled his willingness to surrender on the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the lands from which they and their parents and grandparents were expelled in 1948, he constantly does his best to assure the Israeli oppressors that PA armed forces are utterly dedicated to quashing any form of Palestinian resistance.
     Abbas infamously declared that his strategy of collaboration (euphemistically termed “security coordination”) is the prime directive of the PA – “I say it on air: security coordination is sacred” he declared to an Israeli audience in 2014.
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Video highlights how Airbnb profits from Israeli occupation
Electronic Intifada - Activists urge boycott of vacation rentals in West Bank settlements.

Hundreds of academics call to boycott genocide conference in Israel
+972 Magazine - Academics condemn decision to hold a conference on genocide in Jerusalem at a time when Israel’s actions are ‘being viewed through lenses of ethnic cleansing and genocide.’ Protesters hold signs calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) during a Washington, D.C., protest against Israel’s offensive on Gaza,...

Tell Your OH Rep: Don't Legislate Against BDS!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 23 May 2016 - The OH anti-BDS bill has passed committee. Now it's going to be voted on by the full House. Take action now and tell your Rep to vote NO!

'Israel should "fight fire with fire" when it comes to BDS'
Jerusalem Post 22 May 2016 - Panelist at JPost conference discuss “The future of the Jewish People and the war against BDS."

Famed feminist British historian refuses prestigious Israeli award
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 5/22/2016
      Catherine Hall withdraws from $330,000 prize due to Tel Aviv University’s complicity in the occupation.
     Famed British feminist historian Catherine Hall announced she will withdraw her acceptance of a prestigious award presented by Tel Aviv University for political reasons. Hall was awarded $330,000 by the Dan David Foundation, and was supposed to accept the award at a university ceremony held Sunday. The BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement called on her and other recipients to refuse the prize due to Tel Aviv University’s complicity in the occupation.
     Three months ago it was announced that Hall would be awarded the prize for her groundbreaking research on the history of gender, race, and slavery. Hall is a well-known feminist political activist. According to a statement published Friday by the British Committee for Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), which supports BDS, Hall withdrew from the prize “after many discussions with those who are deeply involved with the politics of Israel-Palestine.”
     BRICUP’s statement included the BDS movement’s reasons for targeting Israeli academic institutions, which include dozens of joint projects between universities and the Israeli army, cooperation by Israeli academics in developing military strategy and planning the separation wall, etc.
     The Dan David Prize, a joint initiative by the Dan David Foundation and Tel Aviv University, will be given to two other social historians, three leading economists on poverty and inequality, and three nano-technology researchers. The prize is considered one of the most prestigious in Israel, and is often presented by Israel’s president. [END].
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Naftali Bennett’s vision: Equality through Jewish supremacy
+972 Magazine - Behind all the pretty words, Bennett’s speech at the Israel Prize ceremony reveals exactly what he’s after: a Jewish nationalist theocracy.  By Gil Gertel Education Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at Yedioth Ahronoth’s Stop BDS conference, March 28, 2016. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org) During last Thursday’s annual Israel...

What is an accepted mode of resisting Israeli occupation?
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 5/19/2016
      A Palestinian supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement debated online a European official in Israel who insisted that the EU is opposed to boycotts of Israel and rejects BDS. At the end of the twitter debate, the Palestinian posed the following simple question: “Could you tell us what forms of resistance to Israeli occupation Palestinians can use that are approved by European values?” The EU, which is active in the boycott of Russia over the latter’s military actions in the Ukraine, and also boycotted Iran, cannot easily explain its opposition to the non-violent BDS, which is becoming the most potent anti-occupation threat. The British, the EU like the Americans and other Western countries whose policies have led us to where we are today cannot simply shrug off their responsibilities and, worse, preach to Palestinians and their supporters what they need to do to end this scourge that has transcended the 20th and 21st centuries. Western ideas for a solution through multilateral engagement are fine except that without any cost for failure of these engagements there is no guarantee that the debacle of the last 20 years of useless and counterproductive talks will not continue for a further 20 years. The talks since the 1993 Oslo agreements have failed because Israel succeeded in relieving itself of the worst part of the occupation, namely patrolling populated Palestinian areas. This last part was subcontracted to US-trained Palestinian security....
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Israel's global reach threatens freedom of speech everywhere
Middle East Eye 20 May 2016 - As the crackdown on BDS increases, people are becoming aware that Zionism is a global apparatus that seeks to shut down will of the people

Calls to boycott Israel among Arab reactions to Liberman in Defense portfolio
Jerusalem Post 19 May 2016 - “The Jewish state is adopting characteristics of a fascist regime,” said Joint List MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad).

The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of May 19
Jerusalem Post 19 May 2016 - An EgyptAir flight disappeared over the Mediterranean, massive French bank Credit Mutuel shut down a BDS-linked bank account, Netanyahu offered Liberman the position of defense minister, and more.

Exclusive: Major French bank closes anti-Israel BDS account
Jerusalem Post 19 May 2016 - Massive French bank Credit Mutuel shuts down account of La Campagne BDS France amid escalating criticism over illegal practices of supporting financial transactions that target Israel for boycotts.

UW-Madison graduate student union endorses BDS
Mondoweiss - The following press release was sent out by the UW-Madison Union of Graduate Student Workers: Members of the Teaching Assistants’ Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison vote overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to divest from the State of Israel and corporations that profit from the illegal...

354 European human rights organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties call on the EU to support their right to boycott
Mondoweiss - The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine ( ECCPalestine ) issued this Press Release yesterday: More than 300 human rights and aid organisations, church groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe have called on the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and hold Israel...

Ontario law would blacklist BDS activists
Electronic Intifada - Quick introduction of bill, while Canadian province’s premier is in Israel, may be effort to circumvent public opposition.

Miami-Dade’s Church by the Sea rejects UCC’s 2015 resolution to boycott Israel
Jerusalem Post 18 May 2016 - ‘Individual churches do not need to succumb to pressure to discriminate,’ StandWithUs CEO says

German politicians call for inquiry into anti-Semitic BDS hub
Jerusalem Post 18 May 2016 -

Bill before Ontario legislature falsely claims ‘primary purpose’ of BDS is to boycott Jewish Canadian businesses
Mondoweiss - On Thursday May 19, the Ontario Legislature will discuss the “ Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario Act, 2016 .” The bill, however, has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, and does not conceal its purpose as a bill that targets the BDS movement and, both, its...

Sharansky disses American Jews for assimilating, then tells ‘major donors’ to universities to stop BDS
Mondoweiss - There are times that one must look at the American Jewish community and say that it is deeply troubled, and Monday night at Temple Emanu-El’s Skirball Center was one of those times. I was sitting in the lavish sanctuary of the Reform synagogue off Central Park,...

Ontario law would blacklist BDS activists
Electronic Intifada - Quick introduction of bill, while Canadian province’s premier is in Israel, may be effort to circumvent public opposition.

New Jersey anti-BDS bill is an affront to the first amendment and basic human rights
Mondoweiss - On May 9, 2016, the New Jersey State Senate approved by a vote of 39-0 S1923 , a bill prohibiting the investment of state pension and annuity funds in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses. One of the bill’s sponsors was liberal stalwart and Democratic Majority...

United Methodist Church Votes to Withdraw From BDS Coalition
The Forward New 18 May 2016 - Just days after rejecting four resolutions calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank, the United Methodist Church voted to withdraw from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. By a vote of 478-318 at its general conference in Portland,...

URGENT: Ohio Is Legislating Against BDS!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 17 May 2016 - Ohio is legislating against BDS. Take action now!

BDS presses South African rap-rave duo Die Antwoord to cancel Israel show
Jerusalem Post 17 May 2016 - Popular artists scheduled to perform in Rishon Lezion on June 8.

Egyptians urge boycott of G4S over abuses in Palestine
Electronic Intifada - BDS Egypt launches campaign against Israeli-occupation profiteer with large presence in Egypt.

Ending UK government support for Israel’s regime of apartheid and settler colonialism is more important than ever
Occupation Magazine 16 May 2016 - Palestinian BDS National Committee - This war against BDS has reached western states, with Israel openly using its intelligence services to spy on European, American and other human rights defenders who are active in BDS campaigning, as widely and shamelessly reported in the Israeli media. At...

Lebanese BDS symposium to feature launch of Israel boycott app
Jerusalem Post 16 May 2016 - During the symposium, the treaty of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel will be displayed, and a new smartphone application to boycott products of pro-Israel companies will be launched.

Egyptians urge boycott of G4S over abuses in Palestine
Electronic Intifada - BDS Egypt launches campaign against Israeli-occupation profiteer with large presence in Egypt.

Detroit ‘Walk for Israel’ Insist Anti-Occupation Groups Are Anti-Israel
The Forward New 16 May 2016 - For the second year in a row, the Detroit area’s Walk for Israel has rebuffed the sponsorship of left-wing pro-Israel groups because of their support for boycotting settlements.

Egyptians urge boycott of G4S over abuses in Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 16 May 2016 - BDS Egypt launches campaign against Israeli-occupation profiteer with large presence in Egypt. more..

Irish MP on Nakba Day: Israel is not a Normal State
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2016 - Yousef M. Aljamal – Gaza On May 15, 2016 The Center for Political and Development Studies in Gaza, Palestine, hosted Irish TD (Member of Parliament) Richard Boyd Barrett, well-known for a powerful video that went viral on social media . The video sees Boyd Barrett calling for the expulsion of Israeli ambassador to Ireland, Boaz Modai, following the Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014. He stressed that the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom is similar to that of Ireland, adding that Britain has played a major role in dividing both countries. He continued that, “the Palestinian has a strong presence in Ireland where even officials call for boycotting Israel.” “From my personal point of view, Israel is not a normal state and it should not be treated as such. Israel is a racist state. The state should be called the state of Palestine in which Muslims, Christians, Jews and people with no religion should live,”...more

Why Israel views peaceful activism as a threat
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/14/2016
      World leaders like Barak Obama, Angela Merkel and David Cameron have all invoked the memory of the greatest peace activist of all – Mohandas K Gandhi – in recent times, as they lecture us about the power of peaceful activism. Gandhi fought courageously for India’s independence from the mighty British Empire while standing up for the rights of the poor. He achieved his goal without firing a single shot.
     Logic would dictate, therefore, that anyone who acts in the spirit of Gandhi would draw global admiration by relying on peaceful activism rather than violence, especially if their work is based in the volatile Middle East. However, when it comes to Israel, even peaceful resistance to its military occupation by the persecuted Palestinians is frowned upon or ignored; thus, it is unlikely that the plight of Omar Barghouti will be acted upon by Obama, Cameron, Merkel or any other international leaders. Who is Omar Barghouti? In short, he is a co-founder of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, and BDS is quite possibly regarded as the biggest threat to the existence of the Zionist state because of its Gandhi-style resistance technique. It is a stunning tribute to people power, and when the people start to lead, their traditional leaders, elected or otherwise, become increasingly insignificant.
     If anyone doubts his power and influence in the region, then consider the fact that the Israeli government has just basically banned Omar Barghouti from leaving occupied Palestine by refusing to renew his travel documents. That a regime with the world’s fourth largest army in terms of the weapons at its disposal is afraid of one man speaks volumes about the power and influence that the BDS movement wields.
     Barghouti is married to a Palestinian citizen of Israel and as such has permanent resident status, but despite this he still needs official permission to travel outside the state....
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For first time in years, Israeli academics pay solidarity visit to Palestinian university
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 5/13/2016
      An Israeli delegation of academics visits Kadoorie University in the West Bank city of Tulkarm to show support following a string of IDF raids on the campus.
     For the first time in many years, a delegation of Israeli academics made an official visit to a Palestinian university. The first, small delegation arrived a month ago, and the second, last Saturday. The visits – meant to express support for Palestine Technical University — Kadoorie following a string of incidents by the IDF that are damaging its academic freedom – come after years in which no Palestinian university agreed to meet with any Israeli academics, out of concerns it would hurt BDS efforts and due to anti-normalization with Israel and the occupation. Kadoorie University appears to be the first in the Palestinian academic world to determine that meeting with Israelis who actively oppose the occupation does not violate the boycott or anti-normalization efforts.
     The Israeli delegations were initiated and led by (full disclosure) my mother, Anat Matar, along with Hilla Dayan, both within the framework of “Academia for Equality.” Beyond solidarity, the point of the meetings is to start organizing an international conference for academic freedom, which will be held at the university in Tulkarm at the end of the year.
     The connection with Kadoorie University was formed as a result of Amira Hass’ article last December in Haaretz, when she reported on the military’s harassment on the university and its students. It began in 2002, with the partial expropriation of the institute’s agricultural land – established as an agricultural school by an Iraqi Jew, Ellis Kadoorie, in the 1930s – that the army turned into a shooting range for soldiers. Bullets from the range sometimes hit the library building, which is nearby.
     Since the latest wave of violence that began in October, Hass reported, youth would come to throw stones toward the soldiers in the shooting range and at a nearby checkpoint....
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The BDS question at US universities
AlJazeera 13 May 2016 - Why won't US educators condemn Israeli militarism?

Israel Ramps Up Campaign Against BDS Activists
US Campaign to End the Occupation 13 May 2016 - Omar Barghouti is being heavily targeted by the Israeli government for his human rights work. Take action now to urge the State Department to intervene!

US, EU wink at Israel's travel ban on BDS co-founder
Electronic Intifada - Activists aim to send US Secretary of State thousands of messages calling for action to oppose Israel’s clampdown on Omar Barghouti.

Calling Israel a ‘modern day miracle’ and ‘vibrant bloom in desert,’ Clinton says BDS is anti-Semitic
Mondoweiss - Hillary Clinton has put out another letter condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as a form of anti-semitism, on the eve of a Methodist General Conference that will consider measures to divest from three companies that do business in the occupied West Bank, Motorola,...

At the state level, US legislators tackle BDS head on
Jerusalem Post 11 May 2016 - Legislatures have introduced anti- BDS bills in 20 states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, California, Massachusetts, Indiana and Ohio.

Sabeel BDS conference pits local church against Jewish community leaders
Mondoweiss - On April 29-30 Friends of Sabeel North America organized a highly successful conference in Santa Cruz CA, titled “Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions at the Crossroads of Campus, Church & Community.”  Local rabbis and other leaders in the Jewish community, including the director of Santa Cruz Hillel, tried...

Israel looks to wall in the BDS movement
Mondoweiss - Israel has imposed a travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti : Israel has officially refused to renew the travel document of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ( BDS ) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in a move that amounts to a travel ban and is an escalation of its...

Israel imposes travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti
Mondoweiss - Israel has officially refused to renew the travel document of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ( BDS ) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in a move that amounts to a travel ban and is an escalation of its attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders who nonviolently advocate for Palestinian rights...

New Jersey State Senate Passes Anti-BDS Bill
The Forward New 11 May 2016 - The New Jersey Senate unanimously approved a bill that would require the state’s public worker pension fund to divest from companies that boycott Israel.

Israel imposes effective travel ban on BDS movement co-founder, steps up anti-BDS repression
Global BDS 10 May 2016 - Travel ban on Omar Barghouti seen as repressive attempt to silence him and eventually revoke his residency rights Move follows threats against BDS human rights defenders by Israeli ministers condemned by Amnesty Israel using intelligence services to spy on western citizens active in BDS Israel has...

Reebok Cancels Auctioning of Sneaker Celebrating Israel’s ‘Independence’
Palestine Chronicle: 11 May 2016 - International sportswear maker, Reebok, has cancelled and repudiated plans to market a special edition sneaker celebrating what Israel calls its ‘Independence Day’. On Monday 9 th May, a Facebook post stated the online auction of Israel 68 trainers made by Reebok. This post has since been removed following a huge outcry in support of Palestinian rights. Social media users reacted with outrage after The Electronic Intifada reported on the plans to release the sneaker with ‘Israel 68’ emblazoned on the heel, and the plan to auction it through Reebok Israel’s Facebook page. The commemorative sneaker for Israel and its 68th independence to be celebrated on May 12, 2016, was set to coincide with the Palestinian Nakba which will be observed next week. Reebok’s cancellation of Israel sneaker welcomed by BDS boycott Israel movement https://t.co/C457TK1WnW pic.twitter.com/Ntb0nSoONG — BDS South Africa (@BDSsouthafrica) May 11, 2016 “Reebok would like to distance itself from the...more

Israel bars BDS founder Omar Barghouti from travel abroad
Ha'aretz - 10 May 2016

Chile’s Student Union joins BDS movement
PIC - 9 May 2016 - The Student Union at Chile’s universities has voted on Monday to approve a resolution prohibiting any academic interaction with Israel or its institutions.

Hillary Clinton attacks her church over Israel divestment vote
Electronic Intifada - Democrat’s intervention comes as United Methodist Church set to vote on measures supporting Palestinian rights.

Israel imposes travel ban on BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti
Mondoweiss - Israel has officially refused to renew the travel document of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ( BDS ) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in a move that amounts to a travel ban and is an escalation of its attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders who nonviolently advocate for Palestinian rights...

Israel puts ‘travel ban’ on BDS campaigner Omar Barghouti
+972 Magazine - Officials have indicated for months they are considering bureaucratic measures to punish the BDS movement co-founder. The de facto travel ban is part of a possible revocation of his residency status; Barghouti has lived in Israel for 22 years. Illustrative photo of BDS Movement co-founder Omar...

Israel imposes travel ban on BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti
Electronic Intifada - Human Rights Watch says move appears to be an effort to punish him for exercising his right to engage in peaceful, political activism.

Boycott leader accuses Israel of imposing travel ban
Arab News - Author: JOSEF FEDERMAN | AP Tue, 2016-05-10 ID: 1462884890297328600 JERUSALEM: A leader of the international boycott movement against Israel on Tuesday accused Israeli authorities of imposing a travel ban on him as retribution for his political activities. The move comes weeks after Israel’s interior minister, who oversees...

Calling Israel a ‘modern day miracle’ and ‘vibrant bloom in desert,’ Clinton says BDS is anti-Semitic
Mondoweiss - Hillary Clinton has put out another letter condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as a form of anti-semitism, on the eve of a Methodist General Conference that will consider measures to divest from three companies that do business in the occupied West Bank, Motorola,...

Israel imposes effective travel ban on BDS movement co-founder, steps up anti-BDS repression
Global BDS 10 May 2016 - Travel ban on Omar Barghouti seen as repressive attempt to silence him and eventually revoke his residency rights Move follows threats against BDS human rights defenders by Israeli ministers condemned by Amnesty Israel using intelligence services to spy on western citizens active in BDS Israel has...

Leading Palestinian BDS campaigner prevented from leaving Israel
Middle East Eye 10 May 2016 - Language Undefined Prominent human rights activist Omar Barghouti says Israel has imposed a travel ban 'to intimidate me into silence'

Hillary Clinton attacks her church over Israel divestment vote
Electronic Intifada: 10 May 2016 - Democrat’s intervention comes as United Methodist Church set to vote on measures supporting Palestinian rights. more..

BDS Co-founder Threatened by Israel and Banned from Traveling
Palestine Chronicle: 10 May 2016 - Israeli authorities refused to renew the travel documents of the co-founder for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Omar Barghouti, on Tuesday. This is seen as a direct attack on human rights. It also shows the extent to which the Israeli government feels threatened. Barghouti regularly travels internationally to speak at events aimed at bringing attention to BDS strategies of ending Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territory. “Having failed to stop the growth of BDS in the mainstream, Israel is now launching a desperate and dangerous global war of repression on the movement,” said Mahmoud Nawajaa, general co-ordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), in a statement following the travel ban. He added, “By banning our colleague Omar Barghouti from travelling and threatening him with physical violence, Israel is showing the lengths it will go to in order to stop the spread of the non-violent BDS movement...more

Hillary Clinton reaffirms opposition to BDS in letter to Jewish leaders
Ha'aretz - 9 May 2016

Dutch political parties call for sanctions on Israel
Global BDS 7 May 2016 - Two Dutch political parties are calling for sanctions on Israel for its ongoing violations of Palestinian rights. At its national congress on 16 April, the liberal party D66 – short for Democrats 66 – called on its lawmakers to promote European Union demands that Israel halt...

Now is not the time to surrender to Israel’s bullying on ‘anti-Semitism’
Global BDS 7 May 2016 - There comes a time in a movement’s struggle when success is both a rewarding moment but also a very dangerous one. The apartheid regime in South Africa pursued its most vicious and lethal policies shortly before the fall of the regime. If you do not threaten...

A powerful BDS movement would be as unjust as the occupation
Ha'aretz - 5 May 2016

German mayor embroiled in row over anti-Semitic bank account
Jerusalem Post 5 May 2016 - The city of Stuttgart owns nearly 20% of the BW bank, which provides an account to an NGO that promotes a boycott of the Jewish state and plays down the Holocaust.

New UN database of companies complicit in Israel’s occupation
Global BDS 4 May 2016 - Last month, in a landmark decision, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to establish a database of all companies implicated in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, including the city of East Jerusalem. Finally, after years of toothless UN condemnations of...

Purging the Palestinians
Philip Giraldi, The Unz Review 5/4/2016
      The British try out a new version of free speech
     Political purges are not new. Trotsky was purged from the Soviet Communist Party and Ernst Rohm was purged by the Nazis. Currently we are witnessing the spectacle of “progressive” groups ostensibly dedicated to the cause of Palestinian rights turning on long time advocates of that cause because they are not viewed as sufficiently engaged in demonstrating that they are not anti-Semitic. Indeed, demonstrating one’s anti-anti-Semitic credentials seems to have become a sine qua non for establishing the bona fides of any friend of Palestine, apparently more important than actually doing anything for the Palestinians, who have been losing land continuously to the Israelis and regularly getting killed whenever they resist.
     That the Palestinians have been victimized by the self-designated Jewish State funded by Jewish organizations and enabled through Jewish manipulation of America’s legislature and media would appear to be an irrelevancy to the self-righteous standard bearers adhering staunchly to what they choose to describe as their “anti-racist principles.” In a recent disagreeable incident involving the Students for Justice in Palestine at Stanford University a Nakba survivor Palestinian woman speaker was actually disinvited because it was feared that she might verbally challenge the legitimacy of the Zionist occupation of her former home. One wonders if the students would have censored an anti-Apartheid speaker from South Africa in a similar fashion in the 1980s?
     I have sometimes noted how the Zionist conspiracy is international in nature, with hate crime legislation strictly enforced in places like France to sanction any criticism of Israel, which has been conveniently and incorrectly conflated with anti-Semitism. The latest focal point for making any critique of the Zionist enterprise unacceptable is Britain, and more particularly in the Labour Party, which once upon a time was viewed as the most progressive of the country’s three major parties....
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Chile law school backs Israel boycott by big margin
Electronic Intifada - “This is just the start,” say Palestine rights campaigners at the University of Chile.

UK councils face anti-Semitism claim over settlements goods ban
Middle East Eye 4 May 2016 - Language Undefined High Court to consider action brought by pro-Israeli group seeking to overturn three councils' boycotts of produce from West Bank settlements

BDS, Springsteen, and heresies of the anti-Israel U.S. left
Ha'aretz - 3 May 2016

Bruce Springsteen guitarist blasts ‘obnoxious idiots’ who back BDS
Jerusalem Post 3 May 2016 - Amid rumors that Bruce Springsteen will perform in Tel Aviv this summer, he and his E Street band have come under fire from supporters of boycotting Israel.

Chile law school backs Israel boycott by big margin
Electronic Intifada - “This is just the start,” say Palestine rights campaigners at the University of Chile.

BDS Battle Heats Up on New Front †Socially Responsible Investing
The Forward New 3 May 2016 - Anti-occupation protests and college BDS resolutions have grabbed headlines in recent years. But a potentially more consequential battle over Israel has been raging under the radar in corporate boardrooms and shareholder meetings.

Chile law school backs Israel boycott by big margin
Electronic Intifada: 3 May 2016 - “This is just the start,” say Palestine rights campaigners at the University of Chile. more..

Boycott is the only way to stop the Israeli occupation
Ha'aretz - 1 May 2016

ust as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down
Global BDS 1 May 2016 - In recent weeks,  governors , mayors , major businesses , and entertainers have joined a boycott of North Carolina and Mississippi as a way of protesting new state laws that license discrimination against LGBT people. Similar boycotts of Indiana were threatened or announced last year when that state also...

Simone de Beauvoir Institute’s Statement of Feminist Solidarity with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement
Global BDS 30 Apr 2016 - On February 17, 2016, representatives of the Students, Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Research Associates of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute (SdBI) voted in unanimous support of the following resolution on the Palestinian call for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement: As feminist scholars, activists, teachers,...

Deadly Israeli euphemisms
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/30/2016
      There is a concerted campaign going on in the UK, in France, in the US and in the entire western world to suppress any form of criticism of Israel – especially the movement to boycott Israel. It takes many forms.A prime example is the current witch hunt in the British Labour Party against “anti-Semites” – a grave charge indeed. But in reality, the people being purged are those expressing support for Palestinian human rights.
     In fact, there is no evidence whatsoever that the level of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is even statistically significant, let alone any kind of grave threat.
     Reputable polling suggests that the level of anti-Jewish prejudice in the UK runs at seven percent (lower than in other European countries, and far lower than hatred against Muslims in the UK). The number of allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is currently no more than 11 cases.
     In a party of 380,000 full time members (which may be as many as half a million once you add in registered supporters) that is a statistically insignificant. The level of anti-Semitism in the party is far less than in the general population – something that should be celebrated.
     In any case, most of these cases are falsified, as I documented in a major investigative piece this week.
     What is really going on right now is a fanatical and desperate campaign, orchestrated by anti-Corbyn die-hards and Zionist hoodlums within the Labour Party to purge any criticism of Israel. They are after Corbyn’s head, as a long term activist for Palestinian rights.
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Giant Austrian bank shuts down BDS account
Jerusalem Post 30 Apr 2016 -

PEN urges boycott of Azerbaijan over political prisoners while it blocks boycott of Israel
Mondoweiss - Here’s an important story about the liberal establishment’s hypocrisy on Israeli human rights abuses. This past week the writers’ organization PEN held its World Voices Festival in New York and one of its sponsors/”champions” was the Israeli government. More than 200 writers had urged PEN to...

Simone de Beauvoir Institute’s Statement of Feminist Solidarity with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement
Global BDS 30 Apr 2016 - On February 17, 2016, representatives of the Students, Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Research Associates of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute (SdBI) voted in unanimous support of the following resolution on the Palestinian call for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement: As feminist scholars, activists, teachers,...

Censorship in Brooklyn: Food Coop bars ‘any events related to BDS or Israel’ from meeting room
Mondoweiss - This is disturbing. The Park Slope Food Coop staff is trying to shut down discussion of the Israel/Palestine issue with a strict censorship policy of discussions in its members’ meeting room on the subjects of Israel or BDS, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. It’s bad enough that...

PEN's double standards over Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Suzanne Nossel, head of PEN American Center, has previously advocated a boycott of Iran.

BDS or emigration: pick one
Mondoweiss - Liberal Zionist Aluf Benn laments in Haaretz : “The Boycott of Israel Is No Miracle Drug.” Aluf Benn realizes that the frustrated liberal Zionist elites in Israel (who had high hopes for the 2015 elections) would like to co-opt the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS), and...

Shifty antisemitism wars
Global BDS 29 Apr 2016 - In 2005, a draft, working definition of antisemitism was circulated by the European Union’s Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC). To the dismay of its critics, the document confused genuine antisemitism with criticism of Israel, and was repeatedly, and erroneously, promoted by Israel advocacy groups...

PEN's double standards over Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada: 29 Apr 2016 - Suzanne Nossel, head of PEN American Center, has previously advocated a boycott of Iran. more..

The boycott of Israel is no miracle drug
Ha'aretz - 27 Apr 2016

Beinart’s Jewish double-bind: Support oppression or you’re out of the family
Mondoweiss - Even when he’s serving up a soul-crushing ultimatum , you have to give Peter Beinart some credit. By comparing Israel to “your violent, drug-addicted brother,” but saying that if you call the cops– i.e., support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)– to “make them change their destructive and self-destructive...

It is time to stop celebrating Jewish dissent in the Palestine solidarity movement
Mondoweiss - The list of BDS successes seems to grow longer every day.  More professional associations are endorsing the academic boycott of Israel, cultural workers continue to denounce Israeli abuses, and labor unions, churches, even cities are divesting from companies that benefit from Israel’s illegal practices. These are...

University of Chile’s Law Faculty students vote “yes” for BDS
Global BDS 27 Apr 2016 - In a referendum held on Monday, 64% of the Law students at the University of Chile voted for cutting the university’s ties with Israeli universities involved in violating Palestinian human rights. In addition, 56% of the students voted that activities involving Israeli officials or state funding...

The fiction of UK government’s human rights report on Israel
Middle East Eye 28 Apr 2016 - The UK government is not only guilty of silent complicity, it is actively suppressing BDS - a global grassroots movement calling for justice

The single worst way the EU could combat anti-Semitism
Ben White, +972 Magazine 4/28/2016
      The newly appointed European Commission Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism spoke at a Jerusalem conference that was a thinly veiled platform for bashing pro-Palestinian activists. Above all, it sent an alarming message about how she perceives her own role.
     A senior European official spoke last week at an Israeli government-hosted conference in Jerusalem where human rights defenders were denigrated and smeared as anti-Semitic.
     The International Conference on Online Anti-Semitism was organized by the pro-Israel group Israeli Students Combating Anti-Semitism (ISCA). The group’s director, Ido Daniel, is a veteran hasbara activist who believes in “exact[ing] an economic and personal cost” from Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activists.
     The conference participants included Katharina von Schnurbein, appearing in her official capacity as European Commission Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism, a role created last December.
     The second panel of the day was on the topic of “How the left was lost: Durban, online left-wing anti-Zionism, the BDS movement and the perversion of human rights.” Speakers on the panel, moderated by an official from the UK’s Community Security Trust, included Gerald Steinberg of Israel advocacy group NGO Monitor and London-based anti-BDS campaigner David Hirsh.
     In a video of his talk, Steinberg can be seen denigrating and smearing a host of Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights defenders and NGOs. Those targeted included global anti-poverty charity Oxfam, Medical Aid for Palestinians, and Human Rights Watch, whose director Ken Roth was singled out for particular criticism.
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For Jewish BDS supporters, personal morality trumps Jewish solidarity
Ha'aretz - 27 Apr 2016

NO HOLDS BARRED: BDS disgrace at NYU
Jerusalem Post 27 Apr 2016 - NYU has more Jewish undergraduates than any other private university in America.

Jewish groups slam NYU graduate student union’s vote to join boycott movement
Jerusalem Post 26 Apr 2016 - The resolution called on the graduate student union (GSOC) and its parent union, the United Auto Workers, to divest from Israeli companies.

Palestinians call for boycott of genocide conference in Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada - Hebrew University is deeply complicit in Israel’s abuses of Palestinians, including theft of land.

NYU and UMass Graduate Employee unions vote to divest from Israeli apartheid
Mondoweiss - The following press release was sent out by the UAW 2865 BDS Caucus: GSOC-UAW 2110 and GEO-UAW 2322 are Latest Unions to Vote for Divestment This past week the NYU Graduate Employee Union (GSOC-UAW 2110) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Graduate Employee Union (GEO-UAW 2322), both...

Sanders ‘put everything on the line’ for Palestine because BDS movement has changed US conversation — Peled
Mondoweiss - Miko Peled has a new edition of the book The General’s Son out from Just World Books. Peled was interviewed by Michael Smith for the radio show Law & Disorder that is airing this week, and offered many insights about the shifting discourse. The conversation about...

University of Chile’s Law Faculty students vote “yes” for BDS
Global BDS 27 Apr 2016 - In a referendum held on Monday, 64% of the Law students at the University of Chile voted for cutting the university’s ties with Israeli universities involved in violating Palestinian human rights. In addition, 56% of the students voted that activities involving Israeli officials or state funding...

Palestinians call for boycott of genocide conference in Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada: 27 Apr 2016 - Hebrew University is deeply complicit in Israel’s abuses of Palestinians, including theft of land. more..

Did Israel’s reaction to BDS drive movement's growth?
Al-Monitor 26 Apr 2016 - Former Ambassador Gideon Meir argues that Israel has engaged itself in a high-profile battle against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, turning it from an insignificant organization into a powerful force.

BDS motions pass in four Spanish cities, fail in four others
Ha'aretz - 26 Apr 2016

Israeli, US university heads combat BDS calls for academic boycotts
Jerusalem Post 26 Apr 2016 - Leading universities such as MIT, University of Chicago and the University of California campuses all released statements re-affirming their solidarity with Israeli higher academic institutions.

New York University graduates support the BDS Movement
PIC - 25 Apr 2016 - The organization of New York University graduates decided to support the BDS Movement of the boycott of Israel and asked the university to stop its relations with Tel Aviv University.

NYU and UMass Graduate Employee unions vote to divest from Israeli apartheid
Mondoweiss - The following press release was sent out by the UAW 2865 BDS Caucus: GSOC-UAW 2110 and GEO-UAW 2322 are Latest Unions to Vote for Divestment This past week the NYU Graduate Employee Union (GSOC-UAW 2110) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Graduate Employee Union (GEO-UAW 2322), both...

Sanders ‘put everything on the line’ for Palestine because BDS movement has changed US conversation — Peled
Mondoweiss - Miko Peled has a new edition of the book The General’s Son out from Just World Books. Peled was interviewed by Michael Smith for the radio show Law & Disorder that is airing this week, and offered many insights about the shifting discourse. The conversation about...

Maryland coalition defeats anti-BDS bill in State Assembly
Mondoweiss - The following press release was issued by the  Freedom2Boycott in Maryland  coalition: The  Freedom2Boycott in Maryland  coalition won a significant victory when the 2016 Maryland legislative session ended April 11 with no anti-boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) bill being introduced into the General Assembly. Before the commencement...

WATCH: Is BDS a feminist movement?
+972 Magazine - Nonviolent tools of resistance tend to be more accessible to women, and the leaders of revolutionary struggles often become the political leaders of tomorrow. Can the Palestinian call for BDS be a feminist movement? Can it be a tool for the empowerment of women? ‘Woman to...

NYU graduate student union approves BDS resolution
Jerusalem Post 24 Apr 2016 - The resolution called on the union and its parent union, the United Auto Workers, to divest from Israeli companies.

Lebanese BDS calls on government to ban screening Gal Gadot's new movie
Jerusalem Post 24 Apr 2016 - The movement has sent a letter to the Israel boycott office in the Lebanese Economic Ministry, to inform officials that the film stars an Israeli actress.

Bennett tells 'Post': Boycotts haven’t hurt Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Apr 2016 - Still, the education minister said he cooperates with the Strategic Affairs Ministry’s efforts to fight boycotts.

French Jewish leader calls for closure of main BDS bank account
Jerusalem Post 23 Apr 2016 - 'The Jerusalem Post' had uncovered the account with the bank of La Campagne BDS France, which targets Israel with economic warfare.

"Frivolous" lawsuit aims to reverse ASA's Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Israel advocates turn to corporate law in latest effort to stifle free speech by academics.

WATCH: Is BDS a feminist movement?
+972 Magazine - Nonviolent tools of resistance tend to be more accessible to women, and the leaders of revolutionary struggles often become the political leaders of tomorrow. Can the Palestinian call for BDS be a feminist movement? Can it be a tool for the empowerment of women? ‘Woman to...

BNC welcomes Amnesty International position on Right to BDS
Global BDS 24 Apr 2016 - Read our recent statement Israel’s legal warfare on BDS fosters repression and McCarthyism across the world here . Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights defenders are unnerved, but certainly undeterred, by the thinly-veiled threat of physically harming leading BDS activists recently made by Israeli Minister of Intelligence...

NYU grad student union overwhelmingly votes to boycott Israel over violations of Palestinian human rights
Global BDS 24 Apr 2016 - Graduate students at New York University have overwhelmingly voted to boycott Israel in protest of its violation of Palestinian human rights. Exactly two-thirds of voting members of the graduate student union the Graduate Student Organizing Committee, or GSOC-UAW 2110, supported a referendum on Friday that calls...

Anti-BDS legislation violates free speech
Global BDS 24 Apr 2016 - State legislatures across the country are considering a spate of bills that would blacklist companies (and, in the case of New York, individuals) that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which tries to impose economic pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land....

Petition: civil liberties in Europe under threat with government attacks on BDS
Global BDS 24 Apr 2016 - As Israel is increasingly unable to defend its regime of apartheid and settler colonialism over the Palestinian people and its regular massacres of Palestinians in Gaza, it is seeking supportive governments in Europe and the US to undermine free speech as a way of shielding it...

Canadian student union will divest from firms aiding Israeli abuses
Occupation Magazine 23 Apr 2016 - Ali Abunimah--The student union at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is to sell its investments in nine companies involved in human rights abuses. dn

If the Palestinians are guilty of incitement, then what does Israel’s 24/7 occupation amount to?
Kamel Hawwash, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/22/2016
      Hardly a day goes by without Israel accusing Palestinian leaders of incitement against the state and its citizens. They argue that such incitement was one of the triggers for the seven-month long uprising which has seen forty Israelis killed by Palestinians, mostly in knife attacks, and over two hundred Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces, many executed while posing no threat to anyone. Such accusations Palestinian incitement extends all the way up to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He admitted recently that there is some incitement from the Palestinian side in his interview with Israeli Channel 2 TV. On other occasions, Saeb Erekat, General Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and its chief negotiator has also accepted that there is some incitement from the Palestinians.
     Incitement as far as Israel is concerned covers a wide spectrum, from calling those killed by Israel “martyrs” to objecting to repeated incursions by Jewish settlers into Al-Aqsa Mosque, and including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign; seeking membership of international organisations such as the International Criminal Court; calling Israel out as an apartheid state; describing the horrific impact of the occupation to the UN General Assembly; and even reminiscing about the towns and villages (most of which have been wiped off the map by Israel) from where Palestinian refugees come and to which they long to return.
     Israel has worked tirelessly to convince the so called “international community” to accept its definition of “terrorism” and make it cover any form of resistance that is quite legitimate, including throwing stones. Even attacks against Israeli soldiers maintaining an illegal occupation in Palestine are deemed to be “terrorism”. The international community now works according to Israel’s definitions and narrative and seems to require the victims, the occupied people, to be exemplary and simply curse their predicament but do nothing about it. How many victims of an acknowledged crime are required to protect the criminals? The Palestinians under Israeli occupation are.
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"Frivolous" lawsuit aims to reverse ASA's Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada: 24 Apr 2016 - Israel advocates turn to corporate law in latest effort to stifle free speech by academics. more..

NYU grad student union votes to boycott Israel
4/23/2016 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A graduate student union at New York University on Friday voted in favor of joining the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. Two-thirds of the Graduate Student Organizing Committee cast a votein support of the resolution, which calls on both NYU and its United Automobile Workers union affiliate to divest from all Israeli state institutions....

Jews and Serbs boycott Croatia's remembrance of death camp victims
Jerusalem Post 22 Apr 2016 -

Croatia holds WWII death camp commemoration despite boycott
YNet News, 22 Apr 2016 - ....

NYU graduate worker union backs Israel boycott by big margin
Electronic Intifada - BDS referendum proceeded despite effort by parent union to postpone it.

Canadian student union will divest from firms aiding Israeli abuses
Electronic Intifada - Students at Dalhousie University score victory in face of intense smear campaign.

When medicine is polluted by Israel’s occupation
Samah Jabr, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/21/2016
      When Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to the Israeli-American donor Haim Saban against the popular and peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she described “the Jewish state” as a “vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy… a modern day miracle — a vibrant bloom in the middle of a desert.” For good measure, she vowed that “we must nurture and protect it.” Unlike Clinton, though, we Palestinians experience the effects of the racism and discrimination which seep into even the most humane professions under Israel’s brutal military occupation.
     An Israeli soldier was caught on video last month executing a wounded and unconscious Palestinian man. Abed Al-Fattah Al-Sharif was suspected of a “terrorist attack”; a knife attack aimed not at a civilian but at a soldier at a military checkpoint in the occupied city of Hebron. The Israeli who shot him in the head as he lay on the ground was not just a soldier, but also a medic. While his action was condemned by many Israelis initially, it has since been celebrated and there are serious proposals to award him a medal. The same camera which documented the execution also caught a number of Israeli medical personnel providing first aid to a wounded soldier (he had a minor wound on his arm) but ignoring the prone Palestinian without attempting to provide any intervention whatsoever until after he was killed. At that point, medical personnel only stepped in to carry his body away.
     Extrajudicial execution is an Israeli policy reserved solely for Palestinians; approximately two hundred Palestinians have been killed by Israel over the past six months. The security forces could, of course, have restrained and disarmed them, as they did Yishai Schlissel, an Ultra-Orthodox Jew who on two separate occasions attacked participants in the gay pride parade, killing one. Schlissel was not shot on sight and executed; he was arrested and will face due legal process, unlike the 200 Palestinians killed, many of them students.
     I am surprised that someone managed to record the execution of Al-Sharif, but not surprised by the execution itself....
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NYU graduate worker union backs Israel boycott by big margin
Electronic Intifada: 22 Apr 2016 - BDS referendum proceeded despite effort by parent union to postpone it. more..

Canadian student union will divest from firms aiding Israeli abuses
Electronic Intifada: 21 Apr 2016 - Students at Dalhousie University score victory in face of intense smear campaign. more..

When medicine is polluted by Israel’s occupation
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Apr 2016 - By Dr. Samah Jabr When Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to the Israeli-American donor Haim Saban against the popular and peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she described “the Jewish state” as a “vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy… a modern day miracle — a vibrant bloom in the middle of a desert.” For good measure, she vowed that “we must nurture and protect it.” Unlike Clinton, though, we Palestinians experience the effects of the racism and discrimination which seep into even the most humane professions under Israel’s brutal military occupation. An Israeli soldier was caught on video last month executing a wounded and unconscious Palestinian man. Abed Al-Fattah Al-Sharif was suspected of a “terrorist attack”; a knife attack aimed not at a civilian but at a soldier at a military checkpoint in the occupied city of Hebron. The Israeli who shot him in the head as...more

An Israeli initiative is needed now
YNet News, 21 Apr 2016 - Op-ed: Fighting BDS is a right and good thing to do, but we can’t do it by merely reacting: Israel needs to be proactive in offering solutions. ....

Dear Hillary, destroying BDS will lead to more bloodshed in Palestine
PIC - 20 Apr 2016 - Founded in 2005, the BDS movement aims to mimic the success of the boycott movement that ended apartheid in South Africa - peacefully.

Did New York union nix election because of BDS referendum?
Electronic Intifada - UAW official urged NYU graduate workers’ union to postpone Israel boycott referendum.

Did New York union nix election because of BDS referendum?
Electronic Intifada: 20 Apr 2016 - UAW official urged NYU graduate workers’ union to postpone Israel boycott referendum. more..

German Bank defends neo-Nazi party and BDS bank accounts
Jerusalem Post 20 Apr 2016 - The BW revelations come ahead of a slated robust anti-boycott law to protect Israel in New York State that would penalize companies for BDS activity.

BDS: UNOPS 3rd Jordanian-based UN Agency to Drop G4S
IMEMC - 19 Apr 2016 - The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Jordan has not renewed its contract with security company G4S, following a campaign over the firm’s role in Israeli human rights abuses, the BDS national movement has...

WATCH: US Congressional panel holds hearing on BDS movement
Jerusalem Post 19 Apr 2016 - The hearing, titled “Israel Imperiled: Threats to the Jewish State,” is taking place before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

UNOPS becomes third UN agency in Jordan to drop G4S following campaign
Global BDS 18 Apr 2016 - A new infographic highlighting the role that security company G4S plays in Palestine and across the world. Click here to share this graphic  on Facebook. //

Dear Hillary, destroying BDS will lead to more bloodshed in Palestine
Middle East Eye 19 Apr 2016 - Founded in 2005, the BDS movement aims to mimic the success of the boycott movement that ended apartheid in South Africa - peacefully

Dutch party votes for sanctions on Israel
Electronic Intifada - D66 calls for suspension of EU-Israel trade deal over human rights abuses, setting precedent for other parties.

Anti-BDS legislation faces crucial hearing tomorrow in California Judiciary Committee
Mondoweiss - It’s crunch time in California as the ongoing legislative assaults  against BDS,  introduced in multiple states  including bills in Congress, intensifies. The latest incarnation in California’s anti-BDS attack is  AB 2844 “California Combating the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel Act of 2016 ,” introduced by Assembly...

UNOPS becomes third UN agency in Jordan to drop G4S following campaign
Global BDS 18 Apr 2016 - A new infographic highlighting the role that security company G4S plays in Palestine and across the world. Click here to share this graphic  on Facebook. //

Dutch party votes for sanctions on Israel
Electronic Intifada: 18 Apr 2016 - D66 calls for suspension of EU-Israel trade deal over human rights abuses, setting precedent for other parties. more..

Is anti-BDS group Sawtona impersonating Palestinians?
Electronic Intifada - Shadowy group claiming to speak for Palestinians is contacting US activists in effort to stop boycott.

CUNY Graduate Students Vote for Academic Boycott of Israel
Occupation Magazine 16 Apr 2016 - Sam Kestenbaum--The Doctoral Students’ Council at the City University of New York passed a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel on Friday afternoon. dn

Jewish faculty on US campuses paying a heavy price for standing up for Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2016 - 'The Jerusalem Report' looks at the academicians being bruised and battered by BDS on campuses across America.

BDS takes two big strides, at CUNY and U of Chicago
Mondoweiss - Two important developments in the campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over human rights violations. Last night the City University of New York (CUNY) Doctoral Students Council overwhelmingly endorsed academic boycott of Israel as a blow against “settler colonialism and structural racism.” And two...

Macedonia: New protests as snap poll date set for June
AlJazeera 15 Apr 2016 - Country officially sets date for early election on June 5 despite opposition warnings that they will boycott the vote.

Is anti-BDS group Sawtona impersonating Palestinians?
Electronic Intifada - Shadowy group claiming to speak for Palestinians is contacting US activists in effort to stop boycott.

Did Illinois Bungle First-in-Nation Anti-BDS Blacklist?
The Forward New 15 Apr 2016 - The Prairie state targeted 11 international companies †even one that doesn’t actually boycott Israel.

Iran condemned at pan-Islamic summit for 'supporting terrorism'
Middle East Eye 15 Apr 2016 - Language Undefined Iranian president boycotts closing meeting in Istanbul of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in protest at criticism from other nations

By constructing in the settlements, Israel is giving a boon to boycotters
Ha'aretz - 14 Apr 2016

A new phase in Israel’s ’lawfare’ strategy
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/9/2016
      Facing pressure from the Israel lobby, Southampton University blocked an academic conference about Israel from taking place, on health and safety grounds
     For the last decade, a central plank of Israel’s strategy to combat its global critics has been something it terms “lawfare” – using courts around the world to attack, defame, silence and intimidate its enemies.
     Since Israel is addicted to real life war, it’s no surprise to find that even its diplomats and ambassadors are seemingly unable to think and act in terms other than purely military ones (most of them are former soldiers after all). Take its response to the BDS campaign – the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel until it respects Palestinian human rights.
     A reporter for liberal Israeli daily Haaretz, on a recent visit to the Israeli embassy in London, noted a map that was “like the war room of a brigade on the Lebanese border.” This map showed the “front” (another military term) which consists of “the main campuses, the deployment of pro-Israel activists and the location of the ‘enemy forces.’”
     Amongst such “enemy forces” are those well-known dastardly anti-Semitic hate-mongers: peaceful campaigners, academic critical of Israel (many of them Jewish) and university students.
     Just this week the new Israeli ambassador Mark Regev visited the SOAS campus, in a low-key meeting with university director Valerie Amos. This prompted noisy protests by students, who objected to Regev’s presence on campus and to top-management’s coddling of this high-profile apologist for Israeli war crimes. -- See also: Israel's Friends Against the First Amendment and British police guidance equates anti-Zionism with ‘new anti-Semitism’
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Yes, Goldman Sachs funds Hebron's settlers. And Charles Schwab is funding BDS
Ha'aretz - 13 Apr 2016

Scholars in Italy debate Israel boycott despite censorship
Electronic Intifada - Attempt to cancel event backfires, ensuring strong turnout.

Imitating a candidate, Ryan goes to Israel and calls BDS an anti-Semitic ‘shenanigan’
Mondoweiss - The media are all talking about a brokered Republican convention in Cleveland in July to stop Donald Trump; and House Speaker Paul Ryan has emerged as the establishment favorite to get such a nomination. So what does Paul Ryan do? He goes to Israel and attacks...

After wins abroad, BDS conference in West Bank sees local traction
Global BDS 13 Apr 2016 - By Allison Deger Tamam Abdul, 60, sells Israeli goods in her West Bank supermarket, but she would rather not. “All of the products we receive are Israeli, unfortunately,” she said Saturday outside of Ramallah at a fifth conference about the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against...

Scholars in Italy debate Israel boycott despite censorship
Electronic Intifada: 13 Apr 2016 - Attempt to cancel event backfires, ensuring strong turnout. more..

Boycott campaign launched against Dutch delivery service TNT
4/12/2016 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Activists called for a boycott campaign against Dutch international courier company TNT Express after its staff reportedly refused to deliver parcels to Palestinian recipients, allegations the company denied. Boycott campaign co-organizer Suhaib Zahdah told Ma'an on Monday that "the issue surfaced after TNT employees refused to deliver mail parcels to their Palestinian recipients." The recipients contacted the company, which....

Despite boycott pressure: Hundreds of top British and Israeli scientists meet at Oxford
Jerusalem Post 12 Apr 2016 - Boycott efforts did not deter 250 British researchers from 33 institutions across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from attending BIRAX Conference with their Israeli counterparts.

Minister Litzman urges McDonald's boycott for health reasons
YNet News, 12 Apr 2016 - ....

Amnesty condemns Israel's threats against BDS activists
Electronic Intifada - Human rights group warns of escalating efforts to curtail freedom of expression.

Imitating a candidate, Ryan goes to Israel and calls BDS an anti-Semitic ‘shenanigan’
Mondoweiss - The media are all talking about a brokered Republican convention in Cleveland in July to stop Donald Trump; and House Speaker Paul Ryan has emerged as the establishment favorite to get such a nomination. So what does Paul Ryan do? He goes to Israel and attacks...

As threats against BDS grow, it is time for ‘sumoud’ in activist communities
Mondoweiss - The attacks on BDS, and BDS organizers, are intensifying globally.  “The BDS organizations will have no rest,” warned Gilad Erdan at the recent “Stop BDS” conference in Occupied Jerusalem. One of the better-known BDS organizers, Omar Barghouti, has been directly named as a target of “civil...

URGENT: CA Is Legislating Against BDS Again!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 12 Apr 2016 - California is legislating against BDS yet again. Please take action now!

After BDS pressure, Brazilian province cancels cooperation agreement with Israel’s Mekorot
Global BDS 11 Apr 2016 - The Brazilian state of Bahia decided on April 2 to end its cooperation agreement with Israeli water company Mekorot. The decision comes after pressure from campaigners from the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which works to end Brazilian complicity with Israel’s violations of international law....

Israeli racism behind failure to approve housing project in Beit Safafa
PIC - 11 Apr 2016 - The Israeli public prosecutor has admitted that the Israeli government is behind the failure to sanction housing projects for the Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem.

As threats against BDS grow, it is time for ‘sumoud’ in activist communities
Mondoweiss - The attacks on BDS, and BDS organizers, are intensifying globally.  “The BDS organizations will have no rest,” warned Gilad Erdan at the recent “Stop BDS” conference in Occupied Jerusalem. One of the better-known BDS organizers, Omar Barghouti, has been directly named as a target of “civil...

Darfur votes on status in referendum boycotted by rebels
The National 11 Apr 2016 - El FASHER, Sudan // The Sudanese region of Darfur voted on Monday in a referendum on its future status despite international criticism and a boycott by rebel groups. Despite ongoing unrest in areas, president Omar Al Bashir - wanted on war crimes charges related to the 13-year...

After BDS pressure, Brazilian province cancels cooperation agreement with Israel’s Mekorot
Global BDS 11 Apr 2016 - The Brazilian state of Bahia decided on April 2 to end its cooperation agreement with Israeli water company Mekorot. The decision comes after pressure from campaigners from the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which works to end Brazilian complicity with Israel’s violations of international law....

5th Annual BDS Conference Held in Ramallah
IMEMC - 9 Apr 2016 - 04/09/16   International Solidarity Movement Held on the 68th anniversary of the Deir-Yassin massacre, the fifth annual BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) Conference took place in Ramallah. The event featured a keynote address from Ahmed Kathrada –...

How IDC Herzliya is helping American universities fight the BDS movement
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2016 - “When I took this job over 15 years ago we had 30 students in the International School – now we have 1,800,” school official says.

Darfur starts voting, rebels boycott poll
Daily Star 10 Apr 2016 Sudan’s conflict-hit Darfur region starts voting Monday on whether to unify its five states, a long-standing demand of rebels seeking greater autonomy, but ongoing instability means insurgents are boycotting the referendum

After wins abroad, BDS conference in West Bank sees local traction
Mondoweiss - Tamam Abdul, 60, sells Israeli goods in her West Bank supermarket, but she would rather not. “All of the products we receive are Israeli, unfortunately,” she said Saturday outside of Ramallah at a fifth conference about the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, otherwise known...

BDS has arrived
Mondoweiss - A friend sent me this from Israel/Palestine. It’s a dating app for gay men. We removed this Jewish guy’s handle and his picture for privacy reasons. I guess BDS is having an impact in Israeli culture, and that boycott-from-within is a real presence among the young,...

Regev tweet ignites campus fury
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/10/2016
      Valerie Amos complicit in the occupation of Palestine
     Students and faculty members at London's SOAS University are deeply angered by the meeting between their director Valeria Amos meeting with the Israeli ambassador. This is a graffiti left at a wall at the university. The troubled director of one of the most prestigious university colleges in the world has become mired in controversy since it emerged that she invited the new Israeli ambassador in London for tea. Controversial Mark Regev had been in the job less than two days when he sent out a tweet boasting about his invitation to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) from his old friend Baroness Valerie Amos.
     Within hours of the news breaking, students, academics and leading student societies showed their displeasure by signing letters and issuing condemnatory statements; demands for an apology were also made as a demonstration took place on the steps of the prestigious central London institution. Graffiti is now being seen around the SOAS campus accusing the director of being “complicit”.
     Tea with Amos was probably more of a “friends reunited” affair for Australian-born Regev; the baroness played a key role ahead of the Iraq war for another mutual friend, Tony Blair. The three have met on overseas trips, including at least one organised by Labour Friends of Israel when Blair was Middle East Peace Envoy.
     Apart from the smug tweet from Regev, the full content of his conversation with Amos has yet to be revealed. There can be little doubt, though, that the activities of the powerful boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement at SOAS were touched upon.
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5th Annual BDS Conference Held in Ramallah
International Solidarity Movement - 9th of April 2016 | International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah team | West Bank, occupied Palestine Held on the 68th anniversary of the Deir-Yassin massacre, the fifth annual BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) Conference took place in Ramallah. The event featured a keynote address from Ahmed Kathrada – an icon of the South African...

Sudan rebels to boycott Darfur referendum
Middle East Eye 9 Apr 2016 - Language Undefined Those opposed to timing of vote on possible unification of war-stricken region say many people displaced by conflict will not be able to take part

Exclusive: Israel warns German banks over anti-Semitic BDS accounts
Jerusalem Post 8 Apr 2016 - “We continue to urge all financial institutions to carefully consider the potential legal, reputational and ethical consequences of facilitating the activities of BDS groups,” Erdan writes to 'Post.'

On 2nd Israel visit, Kevin Costner dismisses BDS champion Roger Waters
Jerusalem Post 8 Apr 2016 - Costner, 61, said he had visited Israel once before, approximately four decades ago.

The Flawed Logic of the Academic Boycott of Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 Apr 2016 -

EU envoy refuses to condemn Israeli threats against BDS activists
Electronic Intifada - Omar Barghouti unnerved but undeterred by Israeli vow to act against him.

Unitarian Universalists divest from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation
Mondoweiss - Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East ( UUJME ) welcomes the recent decision of the Unitarian Universalist Association ( UUA ) to divest from several companies involved in human rights abuses and environmental degradation. The UUA has adopted a human rights screen focusing on conflict zones that includes...

Students protest SOAS director's meeting with Israeli envoy
Electronic Intifada - London college head’s meeting with Mark Regev seen as effort to counter BDS.

Palestinian reflections on Israel’s hysterical attack on BDS
Mondoweiss - In their extremist incitement against the BDS movement, Israeli leaders, from right to extreme-right, made it absolutely clear that they were serious about seeing the end of the movement before it achieves its objectives, namely freedom, justice, and equality. They have labelled the BDS movement a...

New Challenge for CUNY Over Campus Anti-Semitism
The Forward New 8 Apr 2016 - Graduate students at the vaunted City University of New York will soon vote on whether to boycott Israel academic institutions †just when some lawmakers are trying to boot pro-Palestinian groups.

Chinese conglomerate buys Ahava consmetics for $76 million amid BDS concerns
Ha'aretz - 7 Apr 2016

Non-violent BDS Should Be Welcomed, Not Condemned
PIC - 7 Apr 2016 - A thousand Israelis and their supporters gathered in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center on March 28 at a conference aimed at combating the BDS.

Palestinian reflections on Israel’s hysterical attack on BDS
Mondoweiss - In their extremist incitement against the BDS movement, Israeli leaders, from right to extreme-right, made it absolutely clear that they were serious about seeing the end of the movement before it achieves its objectives, namely freedom, justice, and equality. They have labelled the BDS movement a...

Angry protests over SOAS director's meeting with Israel ambassador
Middle East Eye 7 Apr 2016 - Language Undefined Director accused of showing disrespect for students after they'd voted to support BDS movement

Roadmap to Apartheid – Film Review
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Apr 2016 - Reviewed Jim Miles (Roadmap to Apartheid. Ind. documentary , Ana Noguiera and Eron Davidson. 2012.) It is curious that the more Israel denies apartheid, and the more other states, such as Canada, “condemn” the BDS movement, the more awareness of the true situation of the Palestinians increases in the general population. Fear of BDS The Israelis know full well the impact that the label “apartheid” and its associated boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement had on South Africa.  Their denials only reinforce the significance of these events and labels.  One prime example derives from former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren in his book Ally (Random House, 2015), an account of his life leading up to but mostly concerning his role as ambassador. At one point he is discussing all the difficult questions he receives concerning Israeli/Palestinian relations.  He answers “All questions remained kosher but two.”  Kosher indicates that something...more

Non-violent BDS Should Be Welcomed Not Condemned
Dissident Voice: 6 Apr 2016 - A thousand Israelis and their supporters gathered in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center on March 28 at a conference aimed at combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The conference was a display of “fear, paranoia, anger and determination,” as described by Antony Loewenstein, and featured top government officials, members of the oppositions and a strange conglomerate of guests, including celebrity has-beens like Roseanne Barr. Statements made at the conference were predictably frightening and antagonistic – they amounted to nothing more than a display of the language of blood and vengeance that people have grown accustomed to within the Israeli political discourse. One of the most alarming of the statements was made by Israeli Minister of Transportation, Israel Katz, who called for the “ focused civilian elimination of the leadership of BDS.” We need to know how “to act against them, how to isolate them, also to transfer information to...more

Cruz's father, a pastor, highlights Israel support
Jerusalem Post 6 Apr 2016 - President Cruz “will not fund the United Nations until they stop supporting BDS and anti-Semitism,” his father says.

Michael Oren's peace plan
YNet News, 6 Apr 2016 - Kulanu MK Oren has a plan to lay groundwork for two-state solution, one that he believes will 'take the air out of BDS.' However, political infighting threatens his plan, and potentially the two-state solution. ....

Israel says Mideast arms proliferation imperils its military edge
YNet News, 5 Apr 2016 - As Gulf countries buy more and more Western weapons, and as sanctions relief begins to thaw the Iranian economy, Israel is concerned that its military's qualitative edge in the region is being eroded. ....

Non-violent BDS Should Be Welcomed, Not Condemned
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Apr 2016 - By Ramzy Baroud A thousand Israelis and their supporters gathered in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center on March 28 at a conference aimed at combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The conference was a display of “fear, paranoia, anger and determination,” as described by Antony Loewenstein , and featured top government officials, members of the oppositions and a strange conglomerate of guests, including celebrity has-beens like Roseanne Barr. Statements made at the conference were predictably frightening and antagonistic – they amounted to nothing more than a display of the language of blood and vengeance that people have grown accustomed to within the Israeli political discourse. One of the most alarming of the statements was made by Israeli Minister of Transportation, Israel Katz, who called for the “ focused civilian elimination of the leadership of BDS.” We need to know how “to act against them, how to isolate them, also to...more

Israel Cannot Win the Fight with BDS
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Apr 2016 - By Ramzy Baroud  Serious efforts are being galvanized in Israel and outside to slow down the fast-moving momentum of the Palestine Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS). The latest of these efforts was a large, angry conference in occupied Jerusalem, which followed a series of conferences in the US. And more are being planned. This comes on the heels of massive efforts to criminalize BDS through clearly coordinated efforts by several western countries. But will it work? Around a thousand Israelis and their supporters gathered in occupied Jerusalem’s International Convention Centre on March 28 in a conference aimed at combating BDS. The conference was a display of “fear, paranoia, anger and determination”, as described by journalist Antony Loewenstein, and featured top government officials, members of the opposition and a strange conglomeration of guests, including celebrity has-beens such as Roseanne Barr. Statements made at the conference were predictably frightening, containing the...more

UK Ambassador: British government committed to fight against boycotts
YNet News, 5 Apr 2016 - Op-ed: British Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey relates his government's commitment to combating anti-Israel boycotts - in word and deed - as well as steps that could forward the pro-Israel effort. ....

Non-violent BDS should be welcomed, not condemned
Dr Ramzy Baroud, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/5/2016
      A thousand Israelis and their supporters gathered in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center on March 28 at a conference aimed at combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).
     The conference was a display of “fear, paranoia, anger and determination,” as described by Antony Loewenstein, and featured top government officials, members of the oppositions and a strange conglomerate of guests, including celebrity has-beens like Roseanne Barr.
     Statements made at the conference were predictably frightening and antagonistic – they amounted to nothing more than a display of the language of blood and vengeance that people have grown accustomed to within the Israeli political discourse.
     One of the most alarming of the statements was made by Israeli Minister of Transportation, Israel Katz, who called for the “focused civilian elimination of the leadership of BDS.”
     We need to know how “to act against them, how to isolate them, also to transfer information to intelligence agents around the world, and other agents. We have to understand that there is a battle here. It is wrapped in many covers,” Katz said.
     Barr on the other hand, called for nuclear bombing the University of California-Davis following its students’ support of BDS.
     One must certainly have no illusions regarding the ferocity of the fight ahead - this is the nature of conflict between any popular movement, the objective of which is to put pressure on a state that violates international law with impunity, and a government that sees itself above and in no way bound by the law.
     The impetus behind the antagonism faced by the BDS movement is that it has in fact matured in its message and grown in size with its primary objective clear-cut - Israel, sooner or later would see BDS as a threat, and would move decisively to combat it.
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BDS is a crime, claims Michael Gove, but the ICJ disagrees
Nasim Ahmed, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/4/2016
      According to the Conservative MP Michael Gove, anyone involved in the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel “is committing a crime worse than apartheid.” His remark was made in New York during a speech at the third annual gala celebrating the top 100 People “Positively Influencing Jewish Life” in 2015. Britain’s Secretary of State for Justice was honoured at the event hosted by Algemeiner, an American Jewish journal. Its top 100 included the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi along with other figures from the worlds of politics, academia, arts and literature, business, religion and philanthropy.
     Gove is one of Israel’s most vocal supporters in Westminster, a hardliner even amongst the neo-conservative cabal. The MP for Surrey Heath gave his unconditional support for the invasion of Iraq and continues to defend the greatest foreign policy disaster of modern times. He is also a self-proclaimed expert on Muslim extremism with a unique method of dealing with radicalism, targeting the Muslim community indiscriminately in order to “drain the swamp”.
     With a history of making outrageous statements, it is hard to believe that Gove has been lauded as one of the brightest sparks within the Conservative Party. Judging by the farce that turned out to be a “Trojan Hoax” during his stint as Education Secretary, some would say that his worldview leans more towards conspiracy theories instead of reality.
     His disgraceful slur against the global BDS movement was made in a speech bemoaning anti-Semitism: “By calling for the deliberate boycott of goods manufactured by Jewish people, by calling for the shunning of the Jewish state, and the rejection of Jewish commerce and Jewish thought, actually commits a crime worse than apartheid.” The irony will be lost on him with his “Israel, right or wrong” approach, but Israel’s chief rabbi – recognised by Israeli law as the supreme rabbinic and spiritual authority for Judaism in the state — has just announced that non-Jews shouldn’t be allowed to live in Israel.
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Speaker of the US House decries 'ridiculous and counterproductive BDS shenanigan'
Jerusalem Post 4 Apr 2016 - Ryan's comments came after he, and the senior bipartisan congressional delegation he is leading, met with PM Netanyahu.

Pro-Israel students blast Edinburgh University vote to back BDS
Jerusalem Post 4 Apr 2016 -

Renowned international record fair backs cultural boycott of Israel
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/1/2016
      News of ILM’s support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel was welcomed by Brian Eno.
     Independent Label Market (ILM), an international record fair, has refused an offer to take its market to Tel Aviv, citing the cultural boycott of Israel. An Israeli distribution company approached ILM, which has taken place in London (where it began), New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and Barcelona, with the offer of hosting the market in Tel Aviv.
     ILM co-founder Joe Daniel replied to the invitation, writing: “I’m sure there would be potential for this in Tel Aviv, however we can’t bring ILM to Tel Aviv because we support the aims of the Palestinian-led cultural boycott.”
     Since launching in May 2011 Independent Label Market has “brought together the founders of over 180 of the World's greatest independent record labels on both sides of the Atlantic to sell their fresh vinyl produce directly to the public at that traditional goods exchange - a market stall.”
     News of ILM’s support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel was welcomed by Brian Eno, who stated: “As the Israeli government slides further and further to the fundamentalist right, it is important that the rest of the world registers its strong disapproval.”
     Israeli activist group Boycott! Supporting The Palestinian BDS Call From Within also responded, thanking ILM “for taking a moral stance and refusing to bring your record fair to Tel Aviv”, adding that they “hope to see more cultural institutions and conscientious artists follow in your footsteps.”
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BDS activists vandalize ad for 'Open a Door to Israel' Paris exhibit
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2016 -

UK charity promoting BDS, Israel Apartheid accusations has govt funding cut
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2016 - The charity is funded by the EU, the Irish government, as well as numerous other non-state charitable trusts and organizations.

UK stops financing anti-Israeli NGO
YNet News, 3 Apr 2016 - War on Want has promoted an academic boycott of Israel since 2003 and has funded Apartheid Week on various UK university campuses. The government ended its funding after the Telegraph released secret recordings of the group's activities. ....

'BDS activists are not neutral, objective or know the facts'
YNet News, 2 Apr 2016 - Despite increasing calls to boycott Israel, Shimon Peres was honored last month by UNESCO, which signed a cooperation agreement with the Peres Center for Peace. The former president spoke to Yedioth Ahronoth and explained why Israel is failing in the fight against BDS and how, by making brave decisions, we can make things better. ....

Seoul Human Rights Film Festival cancels Israeli participation
PIC - 3 Apr 2016 - The BDS Movement has achieved another success after it managed to convince organizers of the Seoul Human Rights Film Festival to reject the participation of an Israeli film.

Is BDS such a bad thing?
YNet News, 2 Apr 2016 - Op-ed: The boycott movement is greatly feared and hated in Israel, but what does it really look like, and what would its victory really mean for Israel? ....

The Zionist educator we should have listened to
+972 Magazine - At a time when Israel’s education minister sees only Jews as moral, it is worth remembering a prominent Zionist educator who taught us that things could have turned out differently. By Gil Gertel Education Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at Yedioth Ahronoth’s Stop BDS conference, March 28,...

Apartheid in the fields: Part 3 How the food gets to us and what we can do
International Solidarity Movement - 1st April 2016 | International Solidarity Movement, al-Khalil team | Gaza Strip, occupied Palestine A new report from Corporate Watch outlines exactly how the food grown in the illegal settlements of Palestine gets to our plates in Britain. This final summary looks at what we in Britain can do to support the boycott...

Young Jewish leaders on the front line of the intellectual war against BDS
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2016 - "In order to counter BDS most effectively, you have to reclaim the narrative of liberalism," says expert.

Italian students launch the “Studenti Contro Il Technion Campaign” to support BDS
Mondoweiss - The “Studenti Contro Il Technion” campaign On January 29 th 168 Italian scholars from more than 50 universities signed a pledge calling on their institutions to cut ties with the Israel institute of Technology (Technion) in Haifa. The number has soared rapidly, topping 332 signatures last...

The BDS movement is not anti-Semitic
Kamel Hawwash, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/30/2016
      The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on 24 March put forward by the Palestinian Authority which included Clause 17 “to produce a database of all business enterprises involved in the activities detailed in paragraph 96 of the afore-mentioned report, to be updated annually, and to transmit the data therein in the form of a report to the Council at its thirty-fourth session”. This passed despite substantial pressure on the PA to water it down from the US and the EU, which it did not.
     The resolution passed with 32 votes in favour, 15 abstentions and none against. Reacting to the resolution’s success the US Ambassador Keith Harper said: “The United States remains deeply troubled with this Council’s stand-alone agenda item directed at Israel and the slate of one-sided resolutions. Especially disturbing is today’s resolution calling on OHCHR to implement a database of businesses operating in settlements. This is an unprecedented step taken by the Council, one not applied to businesses operating in the DPRK, Eritrea, or any other state.” This is despite the fact that the US considers the settlements “illegitimate” and “an obstacle to peace”.
     Israel was outraged. Prime Minister Netanyahu said the UNHRC had become “an anti-Israel circus which attacks the only democracy in the Middle East”. Israel’s UN Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said: “Marking Jewish businesses in order to boycott them brings to mind dark times in human history.” He accused the UNHRC of being a tool of the BDS movement and acting out of “anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic motives”. The claim that the UNHRC had become a tool of the BDS movement is outrageous and laughable. How can a movement with few resources except people’s commitment to justice, time and energy be perceived as so powerful by Israel that it transforms a significant UN body into one of its tools? However, the more serious accusation by Danon is that the BDS movement has “anti-Semitic motives”.
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Cry anti-Semitism: Israeli conference targets BDS
Middle East Eye 31 Mar 2016 - Israel is apparently turning to the 'anti-Semitism' taunt to fend off the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

Way to go, AIPACers: Cheering Trump undid years of work against BDS
Ha'aretz - 31 Mar 2016

Two myths: Extinct blondes and the BDS threat
Ha'aretz - 31 Mar 2016

How Israel makes money from blockading Gaza
Electronic Intifada - Palestinian workers say they support BDS, even if it costs jobs in the short term.

Cry anti-Semitism: Israeli conference targets BDS
Middle East Eye 31 Mar 2016 - Israel is apparently turning to the 'anti-Semitism' taunt to fend off the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

The consequences of the parliamentary dismissal law
Jamal Zahalka, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/31/2016
      The idea of the parliamentary dismissal law was proposed a number of times in the past by right-wing members of Israel’s Knesset (MKs). At the time, it was usually considered to be a “crazy idea”, extreme and far-fetched. It was said to be unreasonable for some members of the Knesset to dismiss other members of the Knesset, to which they had been elected democratically. However, the impossible has just become possible under the current government led by right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
     This week, the law passed its first reading by 59 votes to 53. Two MKs from Netanyahu’s Likud Party abstained, boycotting the vote and demanding instead $792 million in order to bring the rest of Ethiopia’s Jews to Israel. In addition, Knesset members from the even more extreme Yisrael Beiteinu party also abstained; they demanded a stricter version of the law in question by the elimination of the right to appeal to the Supreme Court against dismissal or being blocked from nomination.
     There have been discussions about the legality of the vote because amending a basic law requires an absolute majority of 61 MKs. There are those who believe that this amendment is not changing a basic law, though, and so a normal majority is enough. It is likely that MKs will head to the Supreme Court to resolve the issue. This may lead to the law being shelved in practice temporarily, but it will, in any case, receive an absolute majority vote after the disputes with Lieberman and the rogue Likud MKs are resolved.
     Netanyahu pushed strongly for the introduction of this law, announcing that he wants to pass it as soon as possible in order to enforce it against MKs who “support terrorism and meet with the families of terrorists”. This was a reference to the Joint List MKs Haneen Zoabi, Basel Ghattas and myself; we met with Jerusalemite families who are demanding the return of their children’s bodies which have been withheld by the Israeli authorities for many months. After this meeting, the three of us were suspended from the Knesset.
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Knesset panel slams Israeli sociologists for boycotting Ariel University
Jerusalem Post 30 Mar 2016 -

Austrian bank engulfed in anti-Semitism dispute over BDS account
Jerusalem Post 30 Mar 2016 - Jewish groups call for closure of BDS bank account.

World Water Day: Palestine calls to end complicity with Israeli water apartheid
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign mekorot Embasa As part of the calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions on Israel, Palestinian organizations and municipalities urge governments and public institutions to end cooperation with the Israeli state-owned water company Mekorot. This year, movements in Bahia, in the northeast of Brazil, have joined...

Inside the BDS lions' den
YNet News, 29 Mar 2016 - Disguising herself as a fervent and devoted BDS supporter, Adi Cohen participated in rallies, speeches and panels during Israel Apartheid Week and discovered their recruitment methods and how they silence their opposition. ....

Israeli Minster Calls for “Civil Targeted Killings” of BDS Leaders
Tikun Olam - The Yediot Achronot conference attacking BDS has become a veritable carnival of hate.  Everyone from delusional Hollywood celebrities (Roseanne Barr) to cabinet ministers, to the leader of the... Read more

Eric Alterman contradicts himself about anti-Semitism on campus
Mondoweiss - Eric Alterman is a liberal columnist I respect, even though I disagree with his views on Israel and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Today, in a New York Times op-ed piece about the BDS movement on campus titled, “Free Speech, Even if It’s Obnoxious,”...

‘We don’t want to find ourselves in a position like apartheid South Africa’: A report from Israel’s first national conference against BDS
Mondoweiss - One of Israel’s biggest newspapers staged the country’s first national conference against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement this week in Jerusalem. Yedioth Ahronoth and its website Ynet organized a day-long event that featured the majority of leading Israeli politicians and many cultural figures. Fear,...

Eric Alterman contradicts himself about anti-Semitism on campus
Mondoweiss - Eric Alterman is a liberal columnist I respect, even though I disagree with his views on Israel and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Today, in a New York Times op-ed piece about the BDS movement on campus titled, “Free Speech, Even if It’s Obnoxious,”...

‘We don’t want to find ourselves in a position like apartheid South Africa’: A report from Israel’s first national conference against BDS
Mondoweiss - One of Israel’s biggest newspapers staged the country’s first national conference against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement this week in Jerusalem. Yedioth Ahronoth and its website Ynet organized a day-long event that featured the majority of leading Israeli politicians and many cultural figures. Fear,...

‘Road to South Africa has never been shorter’ — as U of Chicago launches divestment campaign
Mondoweiss - Yesterday two signal events took place in the movement to boycott Israel over the occupation. First, Bar Heffetz, an Israeli farmer, kibbutznik and peace activist, writes that BDS is working, and how. (Original Hebrew post here ; translation from Sol Salbe’s Facebook page ) Contrary to what you...

Israel is a blind spot for Western liberals
Globes Main News - Those who boycott Israel and espouse liberal values are fooling themselves, argues Dror Halevy.

How Israel makes money from blockading Gaza
Electronic Intifada - Palestinian workers say they support BDS, even if it costs jobs in the short term.

In Israel, BDS is winning
+972 Magazine - The first ever anti-BDS conference in Israel brought together politicians of all stripes to show their commitment to the fight against boycotts. In doing so, however, they showed just how effective the boycott movement really is. President Reuven Rivlin is interviewed during Yedioth Ahronoth’s Stop BDS...

Illinois blacklist applies anti-BDS legislation,
Occupation Magazine 28 Mar 2016 - Alternative Information Center (AIC) - The Illinois Investment Policy Board blacklisted 11 companies from doing business with the state for allegedly boycotting Israel. In fact, this applies even companies who have eased to conduct business with Israeli companies in the West Bank, but continue to work...

Boycotts will disappear when Israel advances peace, EU envoy says
Occupation Magazine 28 Mar 2016 - Raphael Ahren - Times of Israel - Without the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there would be no Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen said at the ant-BDS conference, arguing that the best way to fight BDS is to take steps to advance a two-state solution. [...

In Israel, BDS is winning
Occupation Magazine 28 Mar 2016 - Mairav Zonszein - +972 - It was a tell-tale sign that the global movement to boycott Israel has become significant enough to warrant such an event, whose speakers included President Reuven Rivlin, senior Knesset ministers, members of the opposition, World Jewish Congress head Ron Lauder and...

Borderline Views: No business like BDS business
Jerusalem Post 28 Mar 2016 - It is a bipartisan problem, and should be seen as such if it is to be addressed properly in the coming years.

No Holds Barred: When Bill Clinton blurbed Beinart’s boycott
Jerusalem Post 28 Mar 2016 - Concerning is the fact that Hillary Clinton has portrayed herself as Obama’s successor – someone who will continue this administration’s policies.

Anti-Semitic chant elicits calls for boycott of Croatian soccer fans
Jerusalem Post 28 Mar 2016 - “The fact that no one sought to stop these chants or take any measures against those shouting them...constitutes a badge of shame for Croatia.”

Shapiro: US vigorously opposes BDS
YNet News, 28 Mar 2016 - US Ambassador Dan Shapiro rebukes BDS movement and states that the Obama administration is undertaking measures to carry out a 'counter boycott'; he also says anti-BDS movement can strengthen its hand by reviving the peace process. ....

Coalition, opposition argue on effective ways to combat BDS
YNet News, 28 Mar 2016 - At Ynet's and Yedioth Ahronoth's conference, opposition leader Herzog and Zionist Union co-leader Livni argue an independent court and an army safeguarding norms of purity of arms and morality do a great service to Israel's image in the world; while Finance Minister Kahlon says gov't helps businesses affected by boycott. ....

Taking down BDS
YNet News, 28 Mar 2016 - Op-ed: President Rivlin argues that while criticism of Israel is fair, when it comes under the guise of BDS and used as a camouflage for anti-Semitism, it crosses a line. Israel must stand together in order to overcome the BDS threat. ....

Report: 20 to 30% of companies leave Israeli settlements
PIC - 28 Mar 2016 - Responding to international boycott pressures, a growing number of Israeli companies operating in the West Bank settlements are moving their facilities outside it.

In Israel, BDS is winning
+972 Magazine - The first ever anti-BDS conference in Israel brought together politicians of all stripes to show their commitment to the fight against boycotts. In doing so, however, they showed just how effective the boycott movement really is. President Reuven Rivlin is interviewed during Yedioth Ahronoth’s Stop BDS...

Fighting BDS with caricatures
YNet News, 27 Mar 2016 - Pro-Israeli artists have assembled a collection of their hasbara carictures on Facebook for the public to share and will be presenting them at an exhibition at Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth's anti-BDS conference. ....

From Samaria to Paris, opponents meet
YNet News, 26 Mar 2016 - Two Israeli businessmen operating in the West Bank travelled to France with a local politician, seeking to confront BDS activists and build business connections. ....

Barghouti: HRC decision a victory for the BDS
PIC - 26 Mar 2016 - Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi praised the United Nations Human Rights Council's decision to put the Israeli and foreign companies that operate in settlements in the West Bank on a black list.

BDS CAN NEVER LEAD TO PEACE
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2016 -

BDS is an existential threat
YNet News, 26 Mar 2016 - Op-ed: The Israeli economy is under threat from the BDS movement, with severe implications if it succeeds. In order to address this threat, Israel must understand and answer several questions to create a solid front against this movement. ....

BDS is an existential threat
Occupation Magazine 25 Mar 2016 - Tal Keinan - Ynet - In 2014, 35 percent of Israel’s exports went to Europe. Thirty-two percent of the Israeli GDP is comprised of exports. That means that exports to Europe account for 12 percent of Israeli GDP. Let’s say that the BDS movement succeeds in...

America’s annual festival of pandering to Israel
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/24/2016
      What a disgusting show. The annual policy conference of AIPAC, the most influential pro-Israel lobby group in the Unites States, has just been held. Most of the main candidates in this year’s US presidential election lined up to make speeches, each trying to outdo the others in their ever more fulsome praise of Israel. Watching them speak was an exercise in filtering out lie after lie, after which there was pretty much nothing left to mull over.
     Perhaps predictably, Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, made most of the headlines. Trump had made previous speeches about Israel that were considered (by the supporters of Israel-right-or-wrong) to be insufficiently enthusiastic about the prospect of an increase in Israeli war crimes. With a racist “America First” attitude, Trump seems to have an isolationist streak, and had seemed to want to be neutral.
     The consensus after Trump’s speech on Monday, though, seems to be that he has turned it around. “He faced a tough test of his mettle but passed it with flying colours,” gushed Chemi Shalev of Haaretz, Israel’s leading liberal newspaper. His column on the subject came out all conflicted between perplexed and impressed.
     There’s no doubt that Trump went out to the AIPAC podium with all guns blazing in tribute to Israel. He claimed that he “didn’t come here tonight to pander to you about Israel” and then proceeded to pander to the audience about Israel with great enthusiasm.
     He made all the right noises that he knew would get him in with the anti-Palestinian crowd, slamming “Palestinian terrorism”; the deal made by Obama and other western leaders to ease some sanctions on Iran; the United Nations; and the campaign for justice in Palestine....
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BDS Salutes UNHRC New Resolution
IMEMC - 25 Mar 2016 - The BDS Committee, on Thursday evening, welcomed the news from the UN Human Rights Council after four resolutions were passed regarding Palestine, with emphasis to a resolution that will produce a database of all business enterprises that operate in illegal Israeli settlements. ...

Indiana lawmakers seek to silence critics of Israel
Mondoweiss - As readers of this site know, the international movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the government of Israel, or BDS, is a non-violent campaign based in international law that seeks to grant Arab and Palestinian citizens living under illegal Israeli occupation their full human rights....

Circumventing BDS and making friends for Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2016 - Dagan said that made in Samaria products find their way not only to Europe, Africa and the US, but also to some Arab States.

Towards generating a new Palestinian political elite
Marwan Barghouti, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/23/2016
      History moves forward, and it would be a fatal mistake to move in the opposite direction. The people’s resistance of colonisation, oppression, injustice, occupation, slavery and the violation of human dignity are all matters that align with this natural path. Therefore, the relationship of colonised and oppressed nations with colonisation is a relationship of rejection, resistance and boycott via all available means and methods, not a relationship of co-existence and compromise.
     The current popular uprising erupted, just as the Al-Aqsa Intifada erupted in 2000, as a reflection of the contradiction between the coloniser and the colonised and a frank reaction to the failure of the negotiations. This opened the door to re-aligning the path and clarifying the vision.
     It is sad that this uprising, which has continued for five months, with no sign of letting up any time soon, still has not found any local, Arab, or international party to back it politically, socially, in the media or financially. There is no one who is pushing it towards becoming a major popular uprising and arming it with political goals and visions that eliminate the past phase, along with its figures and failed policies.
     We urgently need to turn this uprising and phenomenon of stabbings, hit-and-runs and lone-wolf operations into a new type of popular intifada; a new intifada that is different to the first and second intifada, given the difference of the generation that came after the Oslo Accords who sparked the uprising, the difference in the time and conditions of the intifada due to the occupation’s fierceness, and the quick shift in the Israeli society towards the right-wing and the domination of extremist and racist forces. However, the transition to a popular uprising first requires ending the division and then achieving national unity, as it is the main factor for the victory of national liberation movements and oppressed nations.
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WIPO head Gurry: BDS should not have impact on intellectual property rights
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2016 - WIPO is the global umbrella forum for a range of international groups focused on intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation.

READ: The Letter Signed By 235 Columbia Professors Decrying BDS
The Forward New 22 Mar 2016 - More than 200 Columbia University faculty members have signed a petition supporting the university’s ties with Israel and opposing divestment from companies that do business with the Jewish state.

Report: Palestinian farmers and workers urge support for Israel boycott
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/22/2016
      A new report examines how “Israeli agricultural export companies are profiting from the Israeli colonisation of Palestinian land” - and how their produce ends up in British supermarkets.
     ‘Apartheid in the fields: From occupied Palestine to UK Supermarkets’, published by Corporate Watch, combines “interviews with Palestinian agricultural workers and farmers in the West Bank and Gaza”, along with “information on many of the Israeli exporters and UK supermarkets.”
     Corporate Watch describes itself as “an independent, not-for-profit research and publishing group that investigates the social and environmental impacts of corporate power.”
     Citing the 2005 call from Palestinian groups for a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, the report’s authors state their intention is to provide “a resource for campaigners seeking to follow this [BDS] call.”
     The report is broadly divided into four sections: a focus on farming and agriculture in the Gaza Strip, interviews with Palestinian workers in Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley, a look at Israeli export companies profiting from the occupation, and data on UK supermarkets who stock such goods.
     In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian agricultural workers are kept off valuable land close to the border fence by routine violence from Israeli forces, who enforce a ‘no-go’ buffer zone with live fire. At the same time, Israeli restrictions on goods leaving Gaza – especially those destined for the West Bank – have played a major role in the deliberate destruction of the blockaded enclave’s economy.
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Illinois lists 11 companies banned from doing business with state due to BDS
Mondoweiss - Illinois becomes first state to list companies banned for business  due to BDS WASHINGTON (JTA) 20 Mar — An Illinois state agency named 11 companies barred from doing business with the state for boycotting Israel or its settlements, the first such designation by an official US...

Rashid Khalidi: The Hundred Year War in Palestine (video)
Israeli Occupation Archive 21 Mar 2016 - The Balfour Declaration of 1917 launched what amounts to a hundred years of war against the Palestinians. This war had a unique nature – it was formally sanctioned and authorized by the great powers... The Israeli Occupation Archive (IOA) covers Israel's military occupation of Palestinian lands,...

Grim days mapped out for the arrival of Israeli mouthpiece Regev
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/16/2016
      Mark Regev, the infamous mouthpiece who tried to justify Israel’s three brutal wars on Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, is about to take up his position as the Zionist State’s ambassador to London. One of the first things that Australian-born Regev will do is walk into the press office at the embassy to view a giant map which, at first glance, looks like the planning for a new Armageddon somewhere in the Middle East.
     A closer look reveals it to be a war room-style map of Britain, with Scotland still holding its pole position of “enemy territory”; flags and pins mark the locations of “enemy forces” across the Scottish landscape. Such a moniker has been earned because Scotland is regarded as a hotbed of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and pro-Palestine activism, reinforced by the Scottish government which has recognised Palestine as a state (unlike the British government in Westminster, which abstained in the vote at the UN).
     Another hotspot on the embassy map is Brighton, where pro-Palestine activists are well-known supporters of BDS. Back in 2012, the then settlement-based company SodaStream failed in its attempt to open and run a flagship store – EcoStream – in the seaside town to sell home carbonated drinks machines and accessories. This was targeted immediately by activists from Brighton and Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) who staged noisy protests every Saturday outside the shop, running a gauntlet of Sussex area pro-Israel activists to do so. EcoStream soon closed and its demise was followed by an announcement from one of Britain’s biggest retail stores, the John Lewis Partnership, that it would remove SodaStream products from its shelves.
     The latter action has earned the London branch of the PSC a place on the same map alongside some of the UK’s leading university campuses, which have recently run events as part of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW)....
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Illinois becomes first state to list companies banned for business due to BDS
Jerusalem Post 20 Mar 2016 - More than 20 states are considering bills or have passed laws targeting companies that comply with the BDS movement against Israel.

Boycott Israel stickers cropping up on products throughout Canada
Jerusalem Post 20 Mar 2016 - Jewish Defense League lodges complaints with federal authorities in Canada.

Bazooka Joe Biden goes ballistic… with hypocrisy
Finian Cunningham, Intifada-Palestine 3/10/2016
      While on a visit to nuclear-weaponzied Israel this week, US Vice-President Joe Biden threatened Iran with unspecified “action”over its testing of two long-range ballistic missiles.
     Biden, who is nicknamed Bazooka Joe for his blunt rhetorical style, displayed typical American hypocrisy over his warning to Iran. He issued his admonition while in Tel Aviv alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose state is known to be armed with as many as 300 nuclear warheads in defiance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
     Earlier, Iran reportedly tested the ballistic missiles on its own remote territory. Each were said to have range of over 1,000 kilometers, and an Iranian military spokesman said the weapons were capable of hitting Israel.
     Biden did not specify what the US action towards Iran would entail. But given that Washington has repeatedly violated international laws forbidding the mere verbalizing of aggression by threatening that “all options are on the table”with regard to Iran, the US action could mean a military response. Or it could mean the US blocking the lifting of economic sanctions as part of the international nuclear accord signed last July with Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers.
     For its part, Iran said that the missiles tested this week were for conventional, non-nuclear warheads. Tehran rejected US claims that it had violated the P5+1 nuclear accord, which mandates that Iran foregoes any nuclear weapons development. Iran says it has the right to develop all conventional weapons for defensive purposes.
     Given that Israel actually does possess nuclear missiles and, like the US, has illegally threatened Iran on countless occasions with pre-emptive military strikes, one could reasonably expect Iran to develop long-range missiles for defense.
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Why BDS Cannot Lose: A Moral Threshold to Combat Racism in Israel
PIC - 17 Mar 2016 - A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments and others, to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the BDS.

Boycotting Israel is a free speech right
Electronic Intifada - Israel's campaign against the BDS movement threatens basic freedoms all over the world.

Israel’s legal warfare on BDS fosters repression and McCarthyism across the world
Mondoweiss - The global movement supporting the Palestinian people’s right to freedom, justice and equality has taken impressive steps into the political mainstream in recent years. Efforts by the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ( BDS ) movement to hold Israel accountable for its serious violations of international law and...

Boycotting Israel is a free speech right
Electronic Intifada: 18 Mar 2016 - Israel's campaign against the BDS movement threatens basic freedoms all over the world. more..

Latin American MPs sign resolution supporting Israel and opposing boycotts
Jerusalem Post 17 Mar 2016 - Venezuelan opposition member calls to strengthen ties with Israel; Argentinian congressman says government confirmation of Nisman assassination could free country from Iranian influence.

Rabbis plan boycott of Trump speech at AIPAC Conference
YNet News, 17 Mar 2016 - ....

Why BDS Cannot Lose
Dissident Voice: 16 Mar 2016 - A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments, originating from the UK, the US, Canada and others, to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). On the contrary, it has accelerated. It is as if history is repeating itself. Western governments took on the pro-South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, fighting it at every corner and branding its leaders. Nelson Mandela and many of his comrades were called terrorists. Once he passed away in 2013, top US politicians vied for the opportunity to list the late African leader’s great qualities in their many press conferences, speaking of his commitment to justice and human rights. However, Mandela’s name was not removed from the US terrorism watch list till 2008. The Reagan administration called the African National Congress –...more

Jordanian BDS campaign gains steam in Amman's markets
Jerusalem Post 16 Mar 2016 - "The campaign stresses that supporting the occupier and striving for normalization with it amounts to paying for the bullets with which it kills innocent Palestinians," a campaign activist said.

Next Republican debate canceled after Trump boycott
Daily Star 16 Mar 2016 U.S. network Fox News Wednesday called off a Republican debate next week after frontrunner Donald Trump announced he wasn't taking part

Sweden denies Israeli claim that it opposes BDS
Electronic Intifada - Officials contradict media account of conversation between Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and Israel’s Tzipi Livni.

Listen: Threats fail to curb student boycotts of Israel
Electronic Intifada - Fight for divestment continues at University of Minnesota, student funds threatened over divestment at Vassar and a Zionist group seeks to ban SJPs in New York City.

Victories come thick and fast, despite ’war’ on BDS
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/15/2016
      It seems like no sooner did the British government issue its new regulations aimed at "banning" boycotts of Israel than the move backfired. "BDS," the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, protesters declared in response, "is here to stay." There was immediate talk of defying any ban, with civil disobedience if necessary. That may not be needed: while the full facts are still being debated, according to lawyers who spoke to anti-poverty charity War on Want, "there is nothing new in the new procurement guidance aside from some overblown rhetoric clearly intended to scare campaigners.”
     The "BDS ban" in fact is no real ban at all. It has essentially restated existing legislation, campaigners say. This is likely to be tested in courts, however. Although Israeli campaigns of "lawfare" (tying campaigners up using spurious litigation in courts around the world) have often proven fruitless, even disastrous in the past, it seems Israel's supporters have not given up the strategy.
     Such litigation can be costly for BDS activists, who are almost all volunteers and have little in the way of serious funding to defend against such cases. Local councils do have more serious resources to defend their democratic mandates. But with ever increasingly budget cuts, thanks to Conservative austerity, they may prove unwilling to fight back against such cases: they'd often rather avoid them altogether if the popular pressure is not enough.
     However, what Israel is finding out to its cost, is that such bullying and intimidation tactics are not likely to win in the long term. Indeed, even on the immediate evidence, they are losing in the short term too.
     Another reaction that came pretty soon after Conservative Cabinet Minister Matthew Hancock's unveiling of the new anti-BDS "guidelines" at a press conference with Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem was yet another BDS victory.
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Listen: Threats fail to curb student boycotts of Israel
Electronic Intifada: 16 Mar 2016 - Fight for divestment continues at University of Minnesota, student funds threatened over divestment at Vassar and a Zionist group seeks to ban SJPs in New York City. more..

Why BDS Cannot Lose: A Moral Threshold to Combat Racism in Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Mar 2016 - By Ramzy Baroud A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments, originating from the UK, the US, Canada and others, to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). On the contrary, it has accelerated. It is as if history is repeating itself. Western governments took on the pro-South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, fighting it at every corner and branding its leaders. Nelson Mandela and many of his comrades were called terrorists. Once he passed away in 2013, top US politicians vied for the opportunity to list the late African leader’s great qualities in their many press conferences, speaking of his commitment to justice and human rights. However, Mandela’s name was not removed from the US terrorism watch list till 2008. The Reagan administration called the African...more

Billionaire Donor Using British Council to Combat Israel Boycott
IMEMC - 15 Mar 2016 - New documents seen by The Electronic Intifada, obtained under freedom of information laws, show that the British Council has been quietly working to thwart the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights. ...

British justice secretary slams Israel boycott: 'BDS campaign indulges prejudice'
Jerusalem Post 15 Mar 2016 - "We have made clear that local authorities and public bodies cannot adopt BDS policies aimed at Israel," Michael Gove says at anti-Semitism conference.

Boycott campaign deals heavy blow to Israeli occupation
PIC - 15 Mar 2016 - The Palestinian Office for Defending the Land and Resisting Settlement kept record of the success achieved by the boycott-of-Israel campaign, both nationwide and overseas.

The quieter boycott of Israel is doing the damage
Globes Main News - The legal definition of trans-Green Line Jewish communities as "illegal" is making boycotts the norm.

Over 60 Massachusetts organizations protest ‘anti BDS’ legislation
Mondoweiss - “Legislation that bars BDS activity by private groups, whether corporations or universities, strikes at the heart of First Amendment-protected free speech, will be challenged in the courts and is likely to be struck down.” Defenders of BDS do not often see eye to eye with Abraham...

Billionaire donor using British Council to combat Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - How a UK government-funded program is working to counter movement in support of Palestinian rights.

Latest boycott victories signify new momentum for BDS
+972 Magazine - That people are openly questioning whether policy changes by multinational corporations are the result of BDS is itself already a victory. Palestine solidarity protesters supporting the BDS movement. (Photo by Stephanie Law/CC, cropped) Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists have had quite a bit to celebrate...

Why BDS cannot lose: A moral threshold to combat racism in Israel
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 3/15/2016
      A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments, originating from the UK, the US, Canada and others, to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). On the contrary, it has accelerated.
     It is as if history is repeating itself. Western governments took on the pro-South African Anti-apartheid movement, fighting it at every corner and branding its leaders. Nelson Mandela and many of his comrades were called terrorists.
     Once he passed away in 2013, top US politicians vied for the opportunity to list the late African leader’s great qualities in their many press conferences, speaking of his commitment to justice and human rights. However, Mandela’s name was not removed from the US terrorism watch list till 2008.
     The Reagan administration called the African National Congress -- the main platform for the anti-apartheid struggle -- a terrorist group, as well. The ANC’s strategy against the apartheid government was "calculated terror," the administration said in 1986.
     Many South Africans would tell you that the fight for equality is far from over, and that the struggle against institutional apartheid has been replaced by equally pressing matters. Corruption, neoliberal economics, and disproportionate allocation of wealth are only a few such challenges.
     But aside from those who are still holding on to the repellent dream of racial superiority, the vast majority of humanity looks back at South Africa’s apartheid era with revulsion.
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Herzog credits Livni for fixing ties with Sweden
Jerusalem Post 14 Mar 2016 - Livni met Saturday with Wallstrom and according to the MK's spokesman, she persuaded the Swedish FM to publicly support Israel's right to protect itself and publicly denounce the BDS movement.

BDS: security company G4S announces plans to exit Israeli market
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign G4S - G4S has lost contracts worth millions of dollars in more than a dozen countries following BDS campaigns protesting its role in Israeli prisons, settlements and checkpoints - Campaign against G4S to remain “high BDS priority” until sale is finalized - BDS to continue...

Israeli sociologists boycott university of Ariel settlement
PIC - 14 Mar 2016 - Over 1,000 Israeli sociologists have declared their intention not to attend a conference to be held by the university of Ariel in the West Bank.

Braving threats, Palestinians in Israel revive boycott
Electronic Intifada - Palestinians in Israel insist they have a key role to play in the BDS movement.

Billionaire donor using British Council to combat Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - How a UK government-funded program is working to counter movement in support of Palestinian rights.

Palestinian students rally local businesses to support BDS in occupied West Bank
Mondoweiss - Dozens of students with Mustafa Barghouti’s Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) marched in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem to encourage business owners to get behind the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement on Sunday. Most of the marchers were local students with the PNI movement (Photo:...

Sociologists decide to boycott Ariel University
Occupation Magazine 14 Mar 2016 - Shachar Chai - Ynet - The Israeli Sociological Society (ISS) stated that "the institute known as Ariel University is not located in the borders of the state of Israel, and so it is not a part of the sociological society`s activities, which associates only with Israeli...

Billionaire donor using British Council to combat Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada: 14 Mar 2016 - How a UK government-funded program is working to counter movement in support of Palestinian rights. more..

Braving threats, Palestinians in Israel revive boycott
Electronic Intifada: 14 Mar 2016 - Palestinians in Israel insist they have a key role to play in the BDS movement. more..

Latest boycott victories signify new momentum for BDS
+972 Magazine - That people are openly questioning whether policy changes by multinational corporations are the result of BDS is itself already a victory. Palestine solidarity protesters supporting the BDS movement. (Photo by Stephanie Law/CC, cropped) Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists have had quite a bit to celebrate...

Latest boycott victories signify new momentum for BDS
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 3/13/2016
      That people are openly questioning whether policy changes by multinational corporations are the result of BDS is itself already a victory.
     Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists have had quite a bit to celebrate in recent months. High profile companies targeted by BDS like SodaStream, Orange, Veolia, and now Ahava and G4S have all moved out of Israeli West Bank settlements or out of the Israeli market altogether.
     Of course, none of those companies, with the partial exception of SodaStream and Orange, will admit the changes have anything to do with the Palestinian-led movement trying to build international pressure on Israel to end the occupation and recognize various fundamental Palestinian rights.
     And while BDS proponents and opponents will trade barbs arguing whether each case constitutes a victory or a “#BDSFail,” the fact that people are openly questioning whether policy changes by multinational corporations are the result of BDS is itself already a victory.
     Ahava’s decision to move a few kilometers south of the Green Line will not save the dying Dead Sea, return Palestine’s plundered resources, or end the occupation. G4S’s decision to pull out of the Israeli state security market will not end Israel’s use of administrative detention or torture in the prisons the company once helped secure.
     Veolia’s decision not to renew contracts in the settlements will not stop subsidized Jewish-only bus lines running throughout the West Bank nor will it make it any less convenient to be a settler. And SodaStream’s move into Israel proper did actually harm Palestinian workers, albeit only because the Israel government decided to retaliate against them by refusing to issue work permits.
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BREAKING: BDS Victorious as Ahava to Leave Occupied Territory, Move Plant Within Green Line
Tikun Olam - A battle waged over years by the BDS movement against the Israeli cosmetics company, Ahava, has ended in victory for anti-Occupation activists.  After business news sites reported recently that a... Read more

Los Angeles Federation Chief Bluntly Tells Israel to Stay Out of American BDS Fights
The Forward New 12 Mar 2016 - A senior Jewish federation executive has unusually blunt words for Israeli government officials planning to take up arms in the anti-BDS struggle on U.S. college campuses: Back off, he says.

Why the Divestment of G4S from Israel is a Big Deal
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Mar 2016 - By Sabrien Amrov The G4S security company has announced plans to leave the Israeli market. This is a big deal. In 2002, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) incorporated the activities of the largest multinational private security company to date, G4S1, in the management of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Since then, G4S has held 90 per cent of the shares in its Israeli subsidiary. The company is the second largest actor in the management of the occupation after the IDF and the biggest private security employer both in Israel and around the world (G4S website). In 2006, G4S took charge officially of the management of Israeli checkpoints2. The services it provides include providing scanners in the “buffer zone” and at the Erez checkpoint on the northern edge of the Gaza Strip. The zone is located within the occupied territories between the Green Line – the 1949 armistice...more

SodaStream lays off last Palestinian workers after leaving West Bank
The Guardian 29 Feb 2016 - Employees denied work permits after boycott, divestment and sanctions movement drove company out of West Bank and back inside Israel Hundreds of Palestinian workers have been left unemployed after the SodaStream factory where they worked moved...

Ahava is moving its factory out of the West Bank
YNet News, 10 Mar 2016 - Ahava, which is in the process of being bought by the Chinese company Puson, is moving its factory out of the West Bank in order to mitigate the threat posed to it by the BDS movement. ....

Woman arrested in France for T-shirt critical of Israel
Electronic Intifada - Undercover police monitoring International Women’s Day march in Paris grabbed activist wearing “Boycott Apartheid Israel” shirt.

Open letter to McGill University’s Suzanne Fortier: Rectify your misrepresentation of BDS
Mondoweiss - Dear Professor Fortier, After the recent General Assembly vote for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and its subsequent failure to be ratified by the Students Society of McGill University (SSMU) you released a statement in which you write that the BDS movement “flies in the face...

Waters: It is dangerous for US and Canada to criminalize a nonviolent form of protest against a foreign regime, BDS
Mondoweiss - Roger Waters went to Montreal four days ago and was interviewed on Radio Canada . Brave and lucid and compassionate, as always. From the BDS campaign in Montreal, on Facebook: I’ve seen firsthand the predicament of the Palestinian people. They need the support of anybody who cares...

WATCH: BDS hits the main stage
+972 Magazine - The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is making headlines around the world for putting Israeli products in its crosshairs. But Israeli cultural icons and institutions have been boycotted for years. And while Israeli artists feel isolated and unfairly targeted, for Palestinians they represent the occupying power....

G4S exits Israeli market, Ahava relocates
Amanda Edmonton, Alternative Information Center 3/10/2016
      Following concerted BDS campaigns, G4S to exit the Israeli market and Ahava to relocate from the West Bank to inside the Green Line.
     On Thursday morning, G4S, the British-Danish private security giant pledged to sell its Israeli subsidiary in 12 to 24 months. The company explained the decision as part of a “continuing portfolio management program.”
     The Israeli subsidiary of G4S conducts $142 million in business annually. It provides security equipment, control rooms and surveillance technology to Israeli prisons, checkpoints, police training centers, and military compounds.
     G4S has been the focus of sustained international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns due to its collusion with Israel’s incarceration, torture and oppression of Palestinians. The company has lost millions of dollars thanks to such efforts. Recently, a major restaurant chain in Colombia and UNICEF in Jordan ended their contracts with the company, as did the Gates Foundation when it divested its $170 million stake in G4S in 2014.
     Samidoun Prisoner’s Solidarity Network described the announcement as “a clear recognition of the growing strength and power of the international BDS movement targeting G4S in response to calls from Palestinian prisoners and civil society organizations.”
     Sahar Francis, the Director of Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association, however, highlighted the limited significance of G4S’s decision for the thousands of Palestinians currently being held in Israeli prisons to call for more concerted action....
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Woman arrested in France for T-shirt critical of Israel
Electronic Intifada: 11 Mar 2016 - Undercover police monitoring International Women’s Day march in Paris grabbed activist wearing “Boycott Apartheid Israel” shirt. more..

G4S to pull out of Israel within two years
Middle East Eye 10 Mar 2016 - Language Undefined Security company denies claims that withdrawal is due to four-year campaign by BDS activists

BDS target Ahava to relocate from West Bank into Israel
Ha'aretz - 10 Mar 2016

SodaStream lays off last Palestinian workers after leaving West Bank
The Guardian 29 Feb 2016 - Employees denied work permits after boycott, divestment and sanctions movement drove company out of West Bank and back inside Israel Hundreds of Palestinian workers have been left unemployed after the SodaStream factory where they worked moved...

Landmark boycott victory as G4S says it is leaving Israel
Electronic Intifada - Palestinians welcome major win, but warn that the security and incarceration firm’s role in Israel’s abuses continues

Pushed by alumni claiming anti-Semitism, Vassar officials oppose BDS and promote ‘Israel-positive’ programs
Mondoweiss - The battle over Israeli policies is heating up on campuses around the country, and one focus is Vassar, the liberal arts college in the Hudson Valley, New York. Three weeks ago the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by two vocal opponents of the boycott, divestment...

BDS Victory: Security company G4S announces plans to exit Israeli market
Mondoweiss - British security company G4S, the world’s largest, has responded to a four-year long global BDS campaign protesting its role in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights by  announcing  yesterday it will sell its Israeli subsidiary in the coming “12 to 24 months.” In describing the move,...

BREAKING: BDS Victorious as Ahava to Leave Occupied Territory, Move Plant Within Green Line
Tikun Olam - A battle waged over years by the BDS movement against the Israeli cosmetics company, Ahava, has ended in victory for anti-Occupation activists.  After business news sites reported recently that a... Read more

U.S. Human Rights Groups Welcome Announcement by G4S Regarding Sale of Israeli Subsidiary
US Campaign to End the Occupation 10 Mar 2016 - Company Target of Boycott and Divestment Effort for Complicity in Israeli Prisoner Abuse

G4S to pull out of Israel within two years
Middle East Eye 10 Mar 2016 - Language Undefined Security company denies claims that withdrawal is due to four-year campaign by BDS activists

Landmark boycott victory as G4S says it is leaving Israel
Electronic Intifada: 10 Mar 2016 - Palestinians welcome major win, but warn that the security and incarceration firm’s role in Israel’s abuses continues more..

SodaStream “factory of peace” remains a myth
Electronic Intifada - CEO now blames Israel — not BDS — for loss of Palestinian jobs.

WATCH: BDS hits the main stage
+972 Magazine - The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is making headlines around the world for putting Israeli products in its crosshairs. But Israeli cultural icons and institutions have been boycotted for years. And while Israeli artists feel isolated and unfairly targeted, for Palestinians they represent the occupying power....

In new album, Rafeef Ziadah teaches life and resistance
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/8/2016
      VIDEO
     Palestinian poet and activist Rafeef Ziadah recently launched her new album, ‘We Teach Life’, with an event at Rich Mix in London. The evening was co-organised by anti-poverty charity War on Want, who had a stall for those attending to get campaign materials and resources – but as a review of the launch published by EastLondonLines put it, the night “was not about pity.”
     Ziadah is a poet, spoken word artist, member of the Palestinians’ Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee, and a postdoctoral research fellow at SOAS University of London. She has many hats, and she wears them well.
     Ziadah’s debut album ‘Hadeel’ combined poetry and music, in an intense, 12-track journey of beauty and anger. Her new album, released last November and supported by a crowdfunding campaign, sees Ziadah combine her words with original compositions by singer/songwriter Phil Monsour.
     The title of the new album is taken from one of Ziadah’s most famous poems, written during Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip in December 2008-January 2009. A video of Ziadah performing ‘We Teach Life’ from November 2011 currently has more than 900,000 views on YouTube.
     As in her previous work, the ‘personal’ and ‘political’ are not distinct categories in Ziadah’s new album, an approach that is first and foremost a reflection of her own experiences. Ziadah was born in Beirut, a third generation refugee whose family was ethnically cleansed in 1948. She has lived in the Middle East, Canada, and the UK, and been involved in various forms of activism and organising.
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University College London Union Votes to Support BDS
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Mar 2016 - By Ben White University College London Union (UCLU) voted Tuesday night to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, in what campus-based human rights campaigners hailed as a “tremendous victory.” The motion to support BDS was passed by a margin of 14-4, with 3 abstentions, at a meeting of UCLU Council, a body made up of democratically elected members, sabbatical officers, part time officers and student faculty representatives. An attempt by a minority of Council members to take the motion to a general assembly vote failed. The motion, which can be read in its entirety here , notes that “the Palestinian people continue to face a systematic and institutionalised oppression”, and that “the state of Israel is able to maintain its system of occupation, colonialism and apartheid because of the support of international regime and the complicity of corporations and institutions across the world.” The motion also noted how “BDS...more

When the fight over BDS is a Jewish civil war
Ha'aretz - 8 Mar 2016

Thought crimes in Trudeau's Canada
Electronic Intifada - BDS movement is seen as a threat toward Israel’s status as a “priority market” for Canada.

BDS events in Vienna city-funded building cancelled
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2016 - “The city of Vienna rejects boycott calls against the State of Israel and the association BDS-Austria receives no funding from the city of Vienna.”

UNICEF in Jordan ends contract with G4S
Global BDS 7 Mar 2016 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Jordan has ended its contract with G4S following a campaign by BDS activists in the country and across the world over the company’s role in Israel’s detention and torture of Palestinian political prisoners and other Israeli human rights violations....

South Africa: A Palestinian Flag Flies At a Pro-Palestinian Rally in Gauteng.
allAfrica.com 7 Mar 2016 - [The Daily Vox] Four lessons from South Africa's boycott movement for Palestine

Israel ‘sacrifices Palestinian workers to discredit BDS campaign’
Occupation Magazine 6 Mar 2016 - Ben Lynfield - The National - “’I’ve been working on this 25 hours a day, I’ve spoken with every minister or senior executive in the Israeli government and they are sending me from one official to the next, making excuses about preferring Israeli employees,’ said SodaStream...

Mossad touts cyberwar against BDS
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/5/2016
      At a cyberwar forum in Tel Aviv in January, it came out that Israel has allocated almost $26 million in this year's budget to fight the ever-growing movement to boycott, divest from and sanctions Israel – BDS for short.
     An Associated Press report on the event quoted one high Israeli official as saying that she wanted "to create a community of fighters" against BDS in the online world.
     That little snippet of cyber-sabre-rattling came from Sima Vaknin-Gil, the director general of Israel's Ministry for Strategic Affairs (the former chief military censor of the press in Israel). The head of this ministry is Gilad Erdan, last year crowned the "BDS minister" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
     The forum was aimed at Israeli tech developers, the AP reports. "Initiatives are largely being kept covert," it elaborated. "Participants at the invite-only forum, held on the sidelines of a cyber technology conference, repeatedly stood up to remind people that journalists were in the room."
     It also makes clear that the new push is, in part, the work of Mossad, Israel's overseas spy agency.
     Mossad has a long history of carrying out kidnappings, assassinations and other terrorist acts against its enemies, especially against Palestinian activists, leaders and fighters. Only last week the Mossad murdered former Palestinian prisoner Omar Nayef Zayed, according to his family. The escaped political prisoner had lived peacefully in exile in Bulgaria since the late 1990s.
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Seeds of a new boycott movement against Turkey's repressive state
Ha'aretz - 6 Mar 2016

SodaStream: Case study in Middle East insanity
Jerusalem Post 5 Mar 2016 - SodaStream, not wanting to spend every waking hour fighting BDS, decided to close its plant in the West Bank and relocate to an area in the south of Israel.

Justin Trudeau’s Shame: Extending Carte Blanche to Israel
Murray Dobbin, CounterPunch 3/4/2016
      Here’s a Middle East multiple choice question for you (warning: one of these will get you condemned by the government of Justin Trudeau).
     Would you rather that the Palestinian people 1) once again take up armed struggle in order to end Israeli occupation of their land or 2) pursue a non-violent strategy of Boycott, Divestiture and Sanctions (BDS) until such time as Israel recognizes the rights of the Palestinian people?
     Advocating a return to the use of violence against Israel may or may not get you condemned by the Prime Minister. But it is definitely not okay to advocate for the non-violent BDS campaign. This was made clear by the government’s support of a Conservative resolution opposing the campaign “which promotes the demonization and de-legitimization of the State of Israel,” and called upon the government “to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”
     This is a sickening violation of Canadians’ basic rights enshrined by Justin’s father 35 years ago. As the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair (who once described himself as an “ardent supporter of Israel”) said, the resolution “makes it a thought crime to express an opinion.” The NDP and the Bloc, joined by three Liberals, voted against the resolution.
     That the Liberal government is so in alignment with Israel lobby groups raises a number of questions: Just who actually makes Canadian policy towards Israel? Did Trudeau think this through at all – such as, is this in Canada’s interests? But perhaps more to the point, is it even in Israel’s interests? Does the Trudeau government have some brilliant ideas about how to get Israel to the bargaining table? Or does it believe the current situation doesn’t need resolving?....
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Israel 'sacrifices Palestinian workers to discredit BDS campaign'
The National 5 Mar 2016 - AL BIREH // Worry for the loved ones he supports has been weighing on Nabil Bisharat since he lost his job at fizzy drinks machine producer SodaStream on Monday after the Israeli government refused to renew his work permit. For Mr Bisharat, a father of seven, and...

Gaza trade unions launch campaign to boycott Israel
PIC - 2 Mar 2016 - Scores of Palestinian citizens on Wednesday morning rallied in the Gaza City's Unknown Soldier Square to call for a comprehensive economic boycott against Israel.

New Birthright trip for Jewish law enforcement seeks to counter BDS movement
Mondoweiss - Every year, thousands of Jewish youth flock to Israel for ten days of sightseeing and Zionist indoctrination through Birthright Israel, an organization that offers the trips free of charge to young adults with Jewish heritage. Beginning in May, Birthright and its partner organizations will pilot a...

Rethinking language and memory as part of the Palestinian struggle
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/3/2016
      The Israeli annual tirade over Palestinian textbooks has once again materialised – this time by Gal Berger, correspondent of Palestinian Affairs on Israel Radio, who complained that the absence of Israel in education material pertaining to history, geography and Islamic studies indicated “a systematic blurring out of Israel’s existence.”
     According to Berger, Palestinian Authority textbooks do not advocate for a two-state paradigm and fail to include the Holocaust as part of the subjects studied in history. Cities such as Jaffa are portrayed as Palestinian and the map depicts the entire territory as Palestine, thus obliterating Israel’s existence. Such instances were cited as providing fodder for alleged “incitement” against Israel – a statement rejected by former Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs Ashraf Al-Ajami , who insisted that EU representatives are involved in the education process and “look for any signs of incitement” in material handed to students.
     Quoted in the Times of Israel, Al-Ajami also said: “If you ask any kid in the West Bank what Palestine is, he will say the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.” Coming from a former minister, such rhetoric is predictable yet ignites a high level of debate. PA officials have hardly ever veered from official rhetoric even in their personal capacity – a prime example would be Saeb Erekat and his spurious statements which are reversed immediately after utterance and consolidated by explicit remarks asserting Israel’s recognition. It seems as if the PA has divested itself of reality and created illusions upon which its flimsy existence can thrive. One might question how, after years of anti-colonial struggle thwarted by collaboration, would Palestinians suddenly descend into oblivion. Or whether there is any other imaginary phenomenon that can explain the Jerusalem Intifada by the post-Oslo generation, which is also suffering the trappings of dissociation from history but is clearly a raw return to Palestinian struggle, history and memory.
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Edelstein: BDS are Palestinians' real enemies
Jerusalem Post 2 Mar 2016 - Anti-Israel activists in London projected written messages on building housing the parliament late Tuesday night, accusing Edelstein of being a "racist leader" and calling to boycott and arrest him.

The right to boycott is non-negotiable
+972 Magazine - Regardless of one’s views of BDS, it is ridiculous that one should have to tell self-proclaimed ‘democracies’ that the right to boycott is a basic civil right, not a punishable crime.  Participants in the Open Hillel Conference, Harvard. (photo: Gili Getz) Last week, over 120 people...

Emerging from a ‘reign of terror’: Palestinians in Israel hold first BDS conference
Mondoweiss - Israel’s large Palestinian minority held its first-ever conference on BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – this past weekend in spite of anti-boycott legislation introduced five years ago that exposes activists in Israel to harsh financial penalties. One participant called it a sign that the Palestinian...

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement in support of Palestinians
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Israel and friends battle the boycott in Britain
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/1/2016
      On February 17, British Cabinet Minister Matthew Hancock stood alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, and announced the publication of “new guidance” for local authorities concerning procurement. The move was trailed - and presented by the government - as designed to ‘ban’ boycotts of Israeli goods and services by councils.
     But did the procurement guidance really criminalise boycotts - and what about additional, pending moves by the British government to restrict how local authorities choose to invest pension funds? What is really going on behind this attack on local democracy, in the name of shielding the Israeli state, its institutions, and complicit corporations from a growing global boycott campaign?
     First, let us take a step back and consider some context. In 2005, some 170 Palestinian groups - trade unions, students, political associations, NGOs, and others - published a call for an international campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Over the years, the BDS campaign has attracted growing support, boosted by Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, right-wing Israeli governments, the absence of even a superficial peace process, and, the activism of Palestinians in the diaspora and their growing number of allies in civil society.
     While initially seeing the BDS campaign as an irrelevant nuisance - a view still clung to by some - the Israeli authorities soon realised the dangers faced by this growing form of activism. BDS is about accountability, a direct challenge to decades of impunity. It is changing the narrative in the West, whose governments Israel relies on for protection that is, ultimately, vulnerable to public pressure. Finally, it has also got results; performers have refused to go to Tel Aviv, mainline churches and pension funds have divested, and even companies have withdrawn.
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Israeli Apartheid Week launches in Palestine
3/1/2016 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Organizers opened the 2016 Israel Apartheid Week in the the occupied Palestinian territory on Tuesday, marking the 12th occurrence of the annual international event. The head of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in Gaza, Haidar Eid, told Ma'an that the events were particularly significant this year due to the record number of cities across the world....

ADL, Reut Institute to partner on comprehensive BDS study
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2016 - Groups set to unveil strategic, policy recommendations.

Edelstein to address UK parliament today
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2016 - Knesset speaker visits London amid protests by Palestinian envoy; MKs fight calls for boycott in Parliamentary Assembly Union for the Mediterranean in Brussels.

Shimon Peres bucks BDS and wows audience in Johannesburg
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2016 - Concerning Islamic State, Peres said that wars don’t bring victories, but only tombs. “Terrorism is more on the Arab side than on ours.

German BDS group confirms bank closed its account
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2016 - Ruhr University Bochum tells ‘Post’ cancellation slated

SodaStream lays off last Palestinian workers after leaving West Bank
The Guardian 29 Feb 2016 - Employees denied work permits after boycott, divestment and sanctions movement drove company out of West Bank and back inside Israel Hundreds of Palestinian workers have been left unemployed after the SodaStream factory where they worked moved...

Israeli Apartheid Week kicks off in Palestine
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign iaw2016ramallah With a demonstration of thousands fo people in support of the BDS movement in Ramallah, on February 27th, Palestinian popular movements kicked off the Palestinian part of the International Israeli Apartheid Week. In the West Bank and Gaza, many activities are planned to happen...

Bill seeking to suppress BDS rejected in Virginia state legislature
Mondoweiss - The following press release was issued by the The Freedom2Boycott in Virginia Coalition: Freedom2Boycott in Virginia Thanks Senators for Tabling Bill Seeking to Suppress Boycotts Related to Israeli Human Rights Abuses; Urges Them to Reject Resolution Condemning BDS March 1, 2016 The Freedom2Boycott in Virginia Coalition welcomes...

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement in support of Palestinians
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SodaStream lays off last Palestinian workers after leaving West Bank
Occupation Magazine 29 Feb 2016 - The Guardian - Employees denied work permits after boycott, divestment and sanctions movement drove company out of West Bank and back inside Israel [ry]

SodaStream lashes out at Israel after last Palestinian workers let go
Middle East Eye 1 Mar 2016 - Language Undefined Company CEO blames Israeli 'bureaucracy or hard-headedness' not BDS for failure to keep Palestinian staff in new Israeli plant

Borderline Views: JNF Canada’s boycott of Ahinoam Nini
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2016 - In the same week that the Canadian government passed a motion in Parliament making BDS illegal, on the basis of discrimination, the Canadian branch of JNF put an anti-Israel boycott into practice.

Our World: Time to draw lines and defend them
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2016 - The government has clearly awakened to the threat of the BDS movement; but our leaders still don’t seem to recognize that the answer to hatred isn’t inclusion.

Peres defies threats on South Africa visit
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2016 - Former president addresses Johannesburg Jewish community despite protests by BDS supporters.

SodaStream CEO slams government 'disregard for human dignity' over Palestinian work permits
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2016 - Birnbaum says government decision to let dozens of work permits expire sends children to hunger, gives ammunition to BDS.

SodaStream lays off last Palestinian workers after permit row
YNet News, 29 Feb 2016 - CEO Daniel Birnbaum says dismissal of 74 Palestinian workers is not BDS Movement's fault, but that of the Israeli gov't, which refuses to grant them work permits. ....

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement in support of Palestinians
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ADL Enters Israel Boycott Fray With Think Tank Partner Known for Tough Line
The Forward New 29 Feb 2016 - The new ADL-Reut Institute joint program will result in a study, to be published later this year, that will outline a new strategy for opposing BDS.

Students at Canada's McGill University reject BDS motion
Ha'aretz - 28 Feb 2016

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement in support of Palestinians
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Obama Signs Bill Defending Israel From Boycott, Says It Won’t Apply to West Bank Settlements (as long as he is president)
Occupation Magazine 28 Feb 2016 - JTA - Haaretz - “I have directed my administration to strongly oppose boycotts, divestment campaigns and sanctions targeting the State of Israel,” Obama said in a signing statement. “As long as I am president, we will [oppose BDS targeting the State of Israel]. Certain provisions of...

Anti-BDS legislation moving through Colorado legislature: the case for the Israel boycott BDS
Rich Forer, Redress 2/27/2016
      Colorado House Bill 16-284, which requires the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) to divest from companies that have economic prohibitions against Israel, passed the State House of Representatives on Friday 26 February.
     On Tuesday 23 February I testified against the bill before a house committee. The state representatives who co-sponsored the bill went first and said the bill was needed to combat anti-Semitism and the delegitimisation of
     At the request of the co-sponsors, opponents of the bill testified next followed by witnesses in favour of the bill. One pro-bill witness actually had the audacity to say that his support for the bill was because it was in the best interests of the Palestinians, as if he knows what is best for the natives who are too ignorant to know what is best for themselves. By having us testify first the co-sponsors made sure we could not rebut the hasbara [propaganda] that came after us.
     The committee voted unanimously to move the bill to the full house where it passed the next day with very few No votes. It now moves to the senate where it will pass sometime next week before reaching the governor’s desk. Unless we can get 85,000 signatures by early to mid August the bill will go into law.
     There are a total of 35 states that have already considered or are considering similar legislation. I believe this kind of legislation will not stop at state houses but will move onto college campuses and other arenas. Here is my testimony:
     "My name is Richard Forer and I am the author of Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion –A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict...." -- See also: Obama signs into law anti-BDS trade agreement
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German public university to host boycott Israel lecture
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2016 - The German news website Ruhrbarone first reported on Friday on the BDS event with the headline “Advertisement for Jewish Boycott on the Ruhr University.”

Ban on Israel boycotts denies us the freedoms we say we're defending
The Guardian 16 Feb 2016 - Comparison between Israel and apartheid South Africa is distasteful, but Cameron shouldn’t follow in Thatcher’s footsteps Watching David Cameron’s government grappling with the Israeli boycott movement reminds me of one of the brighter moments in British...

Rosanne Barr to attend anti-BDS conference in Jerusalem
YNet News, 26 Feb 2016 - The Jewish-American comedienne, known for her big mouth, is to arrive in Israel. Instead of jokes, she'll be dealing with a much more serious issue: Barr is expected to join the Yedioth Ahronoth conference against BDS after a two-week-long tour around the country. ....

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement in support of Palestinians
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Brian Eno satirical invite to Oscars nominees…#SkipTheTrip
Global BDS 27 Feb 2016 - Invitations Delivered to Nominees’ Reps Today Via Email Oscar nominees in the top acting and directing categories as well as host Chris Rock received invitations from a coalition of groups to visit Palestine and experience life through the eyes of Palestinians living under apartheid and military...

Oscar nominees: #SkipTheTrip!
Global BDS 26 Feb 2016 - We are 48 hours away from the Oscars ceremony, a golden opportunity to make our voices heard as we urge the nominees to reject the propaganda trip to Israel that the Israeli government is inviting all Oscar nominees on. This week we saw how American corporate media...

Canada Caught in Middle East Quicksands
Dissident Voice: 27 Feb 2016 - Just a few months into his reign , Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds himself embroiled in Middle East politics. New to the heady world of governance, he jumped into the Syrian refugee crisis with a generous offer of asylum for 25,000 victims of the civil war, to praise from all except a few malcontents at home pepper spraying some refugees in protest. But more serious protests have arisen over two other government policies — the $15 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, and government attempts to quash BDS, the popular campaign to boycott Israeli goods. Arms for civil rights Harper’s swan song was the $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, which Harper boasted would provide 3,000 jobs (kind of expensive job creation) by selling weaponized armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The combat vehicles with machine guns and anti-tank cannons are clearly intended to ‘protect’ the Mideast kingdom’s monarchy...more

Jordanian BDS activists accuse gov't of lying about gas deal with Israel
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2016 - According to the movement, the Jordanian Energy Minister stated that "Jordan has not canceled the memorandum of intent it signed with Israel.

Vienna mayor wants BDS events canceled in city-funded building
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2016 - "We would like a cancellation," said the mayor's spokesman when asked about the BDS activities in the city-subsidized Amerlinghaus building.

Vienna mayor wants BDS events cancelled in city-funded building
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2016 -

Democrats, Republicans rebuke White House for stance on Israel boycotts
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Listen: Canadian students back Israel boycott as government condemns it
Electronic Intifada - Professors at US universities form Faculty for Justice in Palestine to support student activism and protect academic freedom.

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement in support of Palestinians
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Palestinian civil society coalition urges McGill students to uphold support of divestment
Global BDS 25 Feb 2016 - The Palestinian BDS National Committee, the largest coalition of Palestinian student unions, trade unions and other civil society bodies that leads and supports the BDS movement, was deeply heartened to hear of the vote in support for BDS at McGill university. We congratulate and thank all...

Canada ‘condemns’ Israel boycott
Middle East Eye 26 Feb 2016 - Language Undefined Canadian parliament votes in favour of motion rejecting BDS but local activists say move has only empowered their campaigns

Listen: Canadian students back Israel boycott as government condemns it
Electronic Intifada: 26 Feb 2016 - Professors at US universities form Faculty for Justice in Palestine to support student activism and protect academic freedom. more..

How some Iranians are mobilizing to get voters off the couch
Al-Monitor 25 Feb 2016 - Amid hot contests with Principlist rivals and mass disqualifications of candidates, Iranian Reformists face a boycott campaign and voter apathy ahead of key polls.

Obama weighs in on BDS settlement fight – but battle likely won’t end there
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2016 - President Barack Obama’s decision to ignore a trade law’s requirement to oppose boycotts of Israeli settlements likely won’t settle the argument.

A rational debate on BDS
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2016 - “Boycotts divide people and that’s part of the problem, not the solution.”

Likud MK: Revoke BDS founder's permit to live in Israel
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2016 - Omar Barghouti is scheduled to speak at a conference on Israeli Arabs and BDS in Nazareth Friday.

Peres aims for South Africa notwithstanding threats
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2016 - Earlier in the day, Peres said that Israel is a just nation and that no threat of BDS, arrest or any other attempt to hinder his visit would stop him.

In Canada, BDS loses in the House of Commons but wins on university campuses
Mondoweiss - So the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement had a big day on Monday, Feb. 22, 2015 in Canada, both in the House of Commons and on university campuses. Within a few hours of each other, Canadian politicians voted 229-51 to condemn BDS and even individuals...

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement in support of Palestinians
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Palestinian civil society coalition urges McGill students to uphold support of divestment
Global BDS 25 Feb 2016 - The Palestinian BDS National Committee, the largest coalition of Palestinian student unions, trade unions and other civil society bodies that leads and supports the BDS movement, was deeply heartened to hear of the vote in support for BDS at McGill university. We congratulate and thank all...

G4S loses major contract in Colombia after BDS campaign
Global BDS 25 Feb 2016 - Crepes & Waffles, a major restaurant chain in Colombia, has decided to end a contract with G4S after a year-long BDS campaign against the multinational security company in the country. More than 1,400 people signed a petition and hundreds of the chain’s clients delivered it by...

Dirty Profits report highlights role of Israeli banks in settlement construction
Global BDS 24 Feb 2016 - By John Veron –  Facing Finance launches its 4th edition of the Dirty Profits report  exposing companies and financial institutions benefiting from violations of human rights. Article 1 Collective explains how Israeli banks make their dirty profits (see page 61 of the Dirty Profits report). Central...

How some Iranians are mobilizing to get voters off the couch
Al-Monitor 25 Feb 2016 - Amid hot contests with Principlist rivals and a mass disqualifications of candidates, Iranian Reformists face a boycott campaign and voter apathy ahead of key polls.

The JNF’s boycott of Noa: Confront the intimidation by Jewish right-wing bullies on Israel
Ha'aretz - 24 Feb 2016

The BDS Message
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2016 - Perhaps we ought to rename this economic warfare more appropriately for its nature: colonialism.

PF: Boycotting Israel is a right that cannot be confiscated
PIC - 24 Feb 2016 - The Palestinian Forum in the United Kingdom said the British governments’ decision on criminalizing the boycott of Israel violates the simplest rules of democracy and human rights.

Georgia is the latest state to consider anti-BDS legislation
Mondoweiss - A rash of state legislation targeting the Boycott Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement continues to spread. A Georgia lawmaker recently introduced a bill that mirrors legislation pending in six other states in an effort to outlaw government contracts with businesses that boycott Israel. Georgia State Senator...

Dirty Profits report highlights role of Israeli banks in settlement construction
Global BDS 24 Feb 2016 - By John Veron –  Facing Finance launches its 4th edition of the Dirty Profits report  exposing companies and financial institutions benefiting from violations of human rights. Article 1 Collective explains how Israeli banks make their dirty profits (see page 61 of the Dirty Profits report). Central...

Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) statement on BDS movement
Global BDS 23 Feb 2016 - Read the full statement here:  http://alhaq.ps/publications/papers/Phroc-BDS-8-2-2016.pdf Summary: For decades, Israel has failed to uphold its duties as Occupying Power and has instead deepened its occupation and regime of colonialism and apartheid. Human rights violations rising to the level of international crimes, including unlawful killings, torture, forced...

Roger Waters: Pink Floyd star on why his fellow musicians are terrified to speak out against Israel
Paul Gallagher, The Independent 2/19/2016
      Exclusive: 'If they say something they will no longer have a career – I have been accused of being a Nazi and an anti-Semite'
     American musicians who support boycotting Israel over the issue of Palestinian rights are terrified to speak out for fear their careers will be destroyed, according to Roger Waters.
     The Pink Floyd star – a prominent supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel since its inception 10 years ago – said the experience of seeing himself constantly labelled a Nazi and anti-Semite had scared people into silence.
     “The only response to BDS is that it is anti-Semitic,” Waters told The Independent, in his first major UK interview about his commitment to Israeli activism. “I know this because I have been accused of being a Nazi and an anti-Semite for the past 10 years.
     “My industry has been particularly recalcitrant in even raising a voice [against Israel]. There’s me and Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Manic Street Preachers, one or two others, but there’s nobody in the United States where I live. I’ve talked to a lot of them, and they are scared s***less.
     “If they say something in public they will no longer have a career. They will be destroyed. I’m hoping to encourage some of them to stop being frightened and to stand up and be counted, because we need them. We need them desperately in this conversation in the same way we needed musicians to join protesters over Vietnam.”
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Tory moves to curb Israel boycotts will fail
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/22/2016
      Last week the government made an announcement intended to intimidate supporters of Palestinian rights. It was trailed in the media as a "ban" on boycotts of Israel, which The Independent claimed would now become a "criminal" offence for public bodies. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign said this amounted to "a gross attack on our democratic freedoms and the independence of public bodies from government interference."
     There is no doubt that the new measure is probably the biggest attack by the Tory government yet on the movement for Palestinian human rights. In the last 11 years, a key tactic of that movement has been boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS.
     But the devil was in the detail, as so often.
     When the formal announcement was made by Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock at a press conference in Israel alongside Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday, and the formal "guidance note" was published by Whitehall mandarins, the full picture became clearer.
     The so-called "ban" would not in fact involve any criminal penalties. At worst it could mean some publicly-funded bodies – such as local councils and some universities – may face (ironically) sanctions, such as fines.
     While that is still a serious escalation in the Tory government's assault on democracy, it's rather less than was feared. Indeed, in my opinion, anonymous "government sources" have been briefing the press to that effect precisely in order to stoke fear, uncertainly and doubt, to intimidate BDS activists into backing down.
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Arab League chief calls on Palestinians to engage in civil disobedience against Israel
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2016 - Relating to the deadlock in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, Elaraby emphasized the importance of supporting the BDS movement, claiming that it might end Israeli settlement activities.

Canadian Parliament overwhelmingly passes anti-BDS motion
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2016 - The motion calls on the Canadian government to “condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”

Boycott of Israel Week launched in London
PIC - 23 Feb 2016 - Events of “Boycott of Israel Week” in London have commenced as anti-Israeli occupation posters were hanged inside trains in London, British press reported.

Lamar Advertising censors ‘Boycott Israel’ billboard in Chicago
Mondoweiss - Less than a day after boasting about their commitment to free speech, Lamar Advertising Company chose to censor a billboard in Chicago by Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC).  The message on the billboard was BOYCOTT ISRAEL UNTIL PALESTINIANS HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS. On Thursday afternoon Feb. 18,...

Georgia is the latest state to consider anti-BDS legislation
Mondoweiss - A rash of state legislation targeting the Boycott Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement continues to spread. A Georgia lawmaker recently introduced a bill that mirrors legislation pending in six other states in an effort to outlaw government contracts with businesses that boycott Israel. Georgia State Senator...

Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) statement on BDS movement
Global BDS 23 Feb 2016 - Read the full statement here:  http://alhaq.ps/publications/papers/Phroc-BDS-8-2-2016.pdf Summary: For decades, Israel has failed to uphold its duties as Occupying Power and has instead deepened its occupation and regime of colonialism and apartheid. Human rights violations rising to the level of international crimes, including unlawful killings, torture, forced...

Letter for signature by UK students – UK Students resist attacks on Palestine solidarity
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Oscar nominees: #SkipTheTrip!
Global BDS 23 Feb 2016 - Take action, join the Thunderclap social media action The Israeli Ministry of Tourism is offering this year’s Oscar nominees a free VIP trip to Israel worth $50,000. This is a cynical and desperate attempt by the Israeli government to fight its increasing international isolation with bribes...

Israeli Apartheid Week 2016
Global BDS 23 Feb 2016 - Inspired by the ongoing popular resistance across historic Palestine, we hope to make Israeli Apartheid Week 2016 a powerful contribution to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice

URGENT: Arizona Is Legislating against BDS
US Campaign to End the Occupation 22 Feb 2016 - The Arizona House has passed a bill to boycott and divest from companies supporting BDS. Contact your state Senator to stop this terrible bill from becoming law.

Cameron huffs and puffs but Israeli settlements remain illegal
Middle East Eye 22 Feb 2016 - In its attempts to stymie the BDS campaign, the UK government has fundamentally misunderstood the logic underpinning measures directed at Israeli settlements

Erdan holds top-secret confab of world Jewish leaders to fight BDS
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2016 - The conference included panel discussions of the challenges Israel faces in the legal, economic, academic and cultural spheres.

Spanish city scraps BDS motion, denounces boycott as discriminatory
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2016 - "The boycott threatens people’s right not to be discriminated against” and threatens academic freedom, and runs counter to Spain’s law on public contracts.

Viral video says BDS supporters want to shoot the bible
Mondoweiss - It’s no wonder this video is going viral today; it is bonkers, a desperate effort by Israel supporters to neutralize the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). “BDS or the Bible” Wyatt, a “passionate and impulsive” young Christian man living in Mississippi, is so taken in...

SodaStream admits bowing to boycott pressure
Electronic Intifada - Maker of fizzy drink machines is first major company to openly acknowledge that BDS is making an impact.

Unauthorized ads on London underground libel Israel
Globes Main News - Transport for London has condemned the BDS ads as an "act of vandalism" and is removing them.

Support Statement of Palestinian Feminists in Palestine and Diaspora
Global BDS 22 Feb 2016 - We, the undersigned, Palestinian feminists, human rights activists and representatives of women organizations, hereby declare our full support and deep appreciation for the decision taken by the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) to stand with the struggle of the indigenous/native Palestinians against the colonial apparatuses used...

URGENT: Arizona Is Legislating against BDS
US Campaign to End the Occupation 22 Feb 2016 - The Arizona House has passed a bill to boycott and divest from companies supporting BDS. Contact your state Senator to stop this terrible bill from becoming law.

Cameron huffs and puffs but Israeli settlements remain illegal
Middle East Eye 22 Feb 2016 - In its attempts to stymie the BDS campaign, the UK government has fundamentally misunderstood the logic underpinning measures directed at Israeli settlements

Why is Europe following Obama and washing its hands of Palestine?
Alan Hart, Redress 2/20/2016
      My headline is a response to recent comments made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference in Berlin with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the decision of the Cameron government in the UK to make boycotting goods from “Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank” by publicly-funded bodies, including local councils and universities, a criminal offence.
     Much to the delight of Netanyahu, who has rejected a French initiative to convene a regional conference to try to get a peace process going, Merkel said: “Now is certainly not the time to make really comprehensive progress.”
     She added:
     "The European Union, and Germany as a member state, is very concerned about seeing things realistically. (My emphasis added). We know the threat of terrorism that Israel has to endure. We believe, on the other hand, that we have to advance a process of peaceful coexistence, and this, according to our opinion, is ultimately built on a two-state solution."
     European disingenuity
     In my view Merkel’s words were, to say the least, disingenuous.(my dictionary definition of that term is “not frank or open; merely posing as being frank or open; crafty, devious”).
     If Merkel and all other European leaders and their governments had any interest in acknowledging the reality on the ground in Israel/Palestine, they would refrain from describing the attacks by individual Palestinians on Israeli Jews over recent months as terrorism.
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Company to remove Chicago billboard calling for Israel boycott
Jerusalem Post 21 Feb 2016 -

BDS tactics are not anti-Semitic
Occupation Magazine 20 Feb 2016 - Alastair Sloan--On Sunday evening, the UK Conservative party finally announced plans for the criminalisation of anti-Israel boycotts by public bodies, town councils, libraries, universities and some student unions.dn

JNF Canada pulls out of event featuring Israeli singer Achinoam Nini over BDS allegations
Ha'aretz - 20 Feb 2016

BDS activist to represent Holocaust survivors at Austrian state event
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2016 - Epstein, who has likened Israel to Nazi Germany, is the only Jewish guest slated to speak at the event, scheduled to take place March 8.

Israel prepares to fight boycott activists online
Occupation Magazine 19 Feb 2016 - Associated Press--"I want to create a community of fighters," said Sima Vaknin-Gil, the director general of the Ministry for Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, to Israeli tech developers at a forum last month dedicated to the topic. dn

Letters: Boycott ban: Tories side with oppressors, again
Occupation Magazine 19 Feb 2016 - Independent Voices--We find it incompatible with democratic freedom, and counterproductive, that the Government intends to block ethical investment and procurement decisions by public bodies lest they “poison and polarise debate and fuel antisemitism” (“Boycotting of Israeli goods to be criminal offence”, 15 February). dn

Europe is Following Obama – Washing Its Hands of Palestine and Why
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Feb 2016 - By Alan Hart My headline is a response to recent comments made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference in Berlin with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the decision of the Cameron government in the UK to make boycotting goods from “Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank” by publicly-funded bodies including local councils and universities a criminal offence. Much to the delight of Netanyahu who has rejected a French initiative to convene a regional conference to try to get a peace process going, Merkel said, “Now is certainly not the time to make really comprehensive progress.” She added: “The European Union, and Germany as a member state, is very concerned about seeing things realistically. (My emphasis added). We know the threat of terrorism that Israel has to endure. We believe, on the other hand, that we have to advance a process of peaceful coexistence, and...more

Police unions across several US cities call for Beyonce boycott
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2016 -

Trump calls for Apple boycott over San Bernardino killer phone encryption
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2016 -

Canadian parliament set to pass motion rejecting BDS
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2016 -

Limmud FSU leader discuss battle against BDS
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2016 - Limmud FSU organizes a dozen events a year for some 40,000 Russian-speaking Jews in 10 countries.

Hariri: Boycott of Parliament is treason
Daily Star 19 Feb 2016 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday renewed his call on March 8 parties to elect a president, describing the ongoing boycott by MP Michel Aoun’s bloc and Hezbollah’s bloc as treason against the Constitution.

Despite BDS Hype, Campus Anti-Israel Activity Dips by 15%
The Forward New 18 Feb 2016 - A new study shows that anti-Israel events on university campuses are down and pro-Israel events are up. But the BDS movement is enlarging its platform by joining forces with other groups.

It’s time that the Palestinian Authority embraced the BDS call
Kamel Hawwash, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/19/2016
      The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been in the news recently following the British government's decision to “ban” local authorities from applying their ethical procurement policies if this will result in boycotts of Israeli goods or companies complicit in the illegal occupation of Palestine. Significantly, this was announced not in Britain’s House of Commons but in Israel during a visit by Cabinet Minister Matt Hancock. The government moved swiftly to implement the policy without any parliamentary debate or vote. It issued a so-called procurement policy note informing public authorities that they would face “severe penalties” if they continue procurement boycotts on ethical grounds. The instruction notice said that “public procurement should never be used as a tool to boycott tenders from suppliers based in other countries, except where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the UK Government.”
     This move and similar steps taken previously by France and now possibly Canada to make boycotts of Israel illegal are at best illogical but, most worryingly, send a message to Israel that only it can determine whether to end the occupation and when. The tools to put civil society pressure on it to do so without delay are being stripped away.
     On 20 October last year, France’s highest court of criminal appeal upheld the convictions of 12 Palestine solidarity activists for calling for a boycott of Israeli goods, finding them guilty “of inciting hate or discrimination”. Canada’s Trudeau government intends to join the Conservatives in condemning any individual or organisation participating in any boycott of Israeli products or services, including the United Church of Canada and the Quakers. They seem to be doing this with somewhat of a heavy heart, though, since they acknowledge that “most of the organisations and individuals supporting the BDS movement are doing so in good faith, believing it will somehow force an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and its control over Gaza, and maybe some sort of peace deal.”
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Combating BDS Act of 2016 – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson
Dr. Lawrence Davidson, Intifada-Palestine 2/17/2016
      Part I – Congress Moves against BDS
     It was bound to happen – an attempt by the U.S. Congress to sanction the attacks on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement already taking place in some states and municipalities. The strategy is to legitimize an increasingly standard approach to undermining the boycott of Israel, an approach wherein the investment of any state funds, including pension funds, in any business or organization that boycotts the Zionist state is forbidden.
     Bipartisan pairs of senators – Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) – and Congressional Representatives – Robert Dold (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) – introduced into both houses the“Combating BDS Act of 2016” (S.2531 and H.R.4514). We can be sure that all four of them are doing this at the coordinated behest of Zionist special interests to which they are financially tied. In other words, acting in their official capacity, their behavior on things that touch on Israel-Palestine is a payback for money and other forms of assistance offered by the Zionists to facilitate the politicians’ elections and reelections. Sadly, this is the way the U.S. campaign system works. Unless you are very wealthy, you are constantly scrounging for money. Under such circumstances one’s pathway to success is made easier if you don’t know the difference between ethics and your elbow.
     Our four sponsors of the “Combating BDS Act” would, of course, deny any such tainted motives. Rather, they would insist that theirs is an effort to weigh in against anti-Semitism and defend the integrity the “only democracy in the Middle East.” If they really believe this is so, the kindest thing that can be said for these legislators is that they are profoundly ignorant about Israel and its true character. It is also possible that they know the truth about their patron, but really don’t care. It is all about the money.
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Israel prepares to fight boycott activists online
YNet News, 18 Feb 2016 - Gov't allots $26 million to fight BDS movement; Israel is using its world-leading expertise in cyber security to take on the growing threat of the global pro-Palestinian boycott movement. ....

UK threatens to fine town halls that boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada - Public bodies boycotting Israel could be fined.

Despite BDS Hype, Anti-Israel Activity Declines on Campus
The Forward New 18 Feb 2016 - The campus movement focused on divesting, boycotting and imposing sanctions against Israel has been a major concern for the Jewish community in recent years and a driving force behind numerous initiatives and millions of dollars aimed at countering the movement. But just how effective has the...

Diluted UK government position on ‘Israel boycott ban’ follows public outrage
Global BDS 18 Feb 2016 - The UK government yesterday  announced more details of its restrictions on public bodies regarding ethical procurement. Palestinian boycott campaigners say the documents amount to an attempt to intimidate councils and universities but do not appear to introduce new legal obligations on public bodies. Riya Hassan, Europe...

Palestinians welcome Academy distancing itself from Oscars gift bag
Global BDS 17 Feb 2016 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that it is suing Distinctive Assets, the company distributing a luxury gift bag to Oscar nominees, which this year includes an all-expenses paid trip to Israel sponsored by the Israeli government. Palestinians had denounced the inclusion of...

UK threatens to fine town halls that boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada: 18 Feb 2016 - Public bodies boycotting Israel could be fined. more..

PLO: UK plans to ban boycott 'empower' Israeli occupation
2/17/2016 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- PLO officials on Wednesday slammed British proposals to forbid a boycott of Israeli settlement goods by publicly-funded British institutions, saying they "would empower the Israeli occupation by sending a message of impunity."PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi and Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a joint statement that the proposed regulation marked a "serious regression in British policy" that both hindered.... Related: BDS tactics are not anti-Semitic

Britain bars public tax-supported bodies from boycotting Israel
Ha'aretz - 17 Feb 2016

There's a better way to boycott Israel than making Palestinians pay the price
Ha'aretz - 17 Feb 2016

SodaStream, alone in the fight against BDS
YNet News, 16 Feb 2016 - The Israeli company, which had to move its factory from the West Bank to the Negev, has been on the frontlines of boycott battles for over 8 years now. CEO Daniel Birnbaum talks about handling public relations abroad, his Palestinian employees, and bubbly water. ....

British schoolboy questioned for pro-Palestine badge and pro-BDS pamphlet
Mondoweiss - The UK government’s assault on public support for Palestinians has invaded the classrooms. According to a recent report from the Independent , Anti-terror police question schoolboy for wearing pro-Palestine badge . Note that BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, was apparently a factor in the case: Rahmaan...

Palestinians welcome Academy distancing itself from Oscars gift bag
Global BDS 17 Feb 2016 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that it is suing Distinctive Assets, the company distributing a luxury gift bag to Oscar nominees, which this year includes an all-expenses paid trip to Israel sponsored by the Israeli government. Palestinians had denounced the inclusion of...

BDS tactics are not anti-Semitic
Alastair Sloan, Al Jazeera 2/16/2016
      Criminalising political dissent is only going to reinforce perceptions of Jewish conspiracy theories - so why do it?
     On Sunday evening, the UK Conservative party finally announced plans for the criminalisation of anti-Israel boycotts by public bodies, town councils, libraries, universities and some student unions.
     "We need to remind people," a prominent Conservative supporter of the policy said in September 2014, "that what began with a campaign against Jewish goods in the past ended with a campaign against Jewish lives."
     While the move reflects deeply held political views of the Conservative politicians involved, the legislation is also partly a response to lobbying from Daniel Taub, the former Israeli ambassador, who has portrayed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as motivated by a desire to destroy the Jewish people, and an existential threat to the state of Israel.
     This distorted understanding of BDS is grossly unfair. The BDS movement does favour a one-state solution called Palestine, but not one achieved through violence and not one where Jews are second-class citizens or are denied access to their religious sites. Its manifesto is a radical political position, but it is not anti-Semitic.
     Offensive and insensitive
     BDS supporters do not boycott Jewish shops - what they do is boycott shops that buy goods from Israel, and a proportion of these shops are, unfortunately, Jewish.
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Ban or no ban, British students will continue to support BDS
Middle East Eye 16 Feb 2016 - Despite government moves to stop them, British university students will continue to fight for boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel

Anger as UK moves to ban Israeli settlement boycott
AlJazeera 16 Feb 2016 - British government plans to ban publicly funded institutions from boycotting businesses over ethical concerns.

Exclusive: Main German bank closes top BDS-linked account
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2016 - There is a growing backlash against BDS in Germany.

Following Orange BDS flap, Partner goes green with new brand
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2016 - It is "ludicrous to think that our business development plans in Israel are in any way the result of political pressure," he said at the time.

BDS vs Bruce: Boycott activists urge Springsteen not to play Israel
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2016 - Social media campaigns lobby Springsteen to stop considering Israel show.

Amid BDS protest, Jordanian parliament holds decisive discussion on Israeli gas deal
Jerusalem Post 16 Feb 2016 - The discussion will take place after PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday Jordan has canceled its decision to import gas from Israel.

Hariri: Hezbollah stalling on president
Daily Star 16 Feb 2016 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri Tuesday urged Hezbollah and its March 8 allies to end their boycott of Parliament sessions, in the second such plea in two days, stressing that only the swift election of a...

Ban or no ban, British students will continue to support BDS
Middle East Eye 16 Feb 2016 - Despite government moves to stop them, British university students will continue to fight for boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel

Comedy legend Jackie Mason: Hollywood should blacklist celebrities boycotting Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2016 - "If not for the Jews who created the industry in Hollywood, all these people would never have a job and would never be working."

Britain to ban boycotts on Israeli goods
The National 15 Feb 2016 - London // British town halls and publicly funded universities face "severe penalties" if they institute boycotts of Israeli goods under controversial new rules that will be outlined by the government this week. "Locally imposed boycotts can roll back integration as well as hinder Britain's export trade and...

Palestinians: Israel boycott ban similar to Thatcher’s support for apartheid
Global BDS 15 Feb 2016 - The Palestinian organisation that leads the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement currently under attack by new British government rules says that Prime Minister David Cameron is making a grave mistake similar to Margaret Thatcher’s unwavering support of apartheid South Africa.  New rules set to be...

UK to ban public sector boycotts of Israeli goods
Middle East Eye 15 Feb 2016 - Language Undefined Government says councils, NHS and universities face 'severe penalties' if they institute boycotts, which critics calls an attack on local democracy

The case for cultural boycott of Israel
Middle East Eye 15 Feb 2016 - The call for boycott is a response to the complicity of Israel’s cultural institutions in Israel’s crimes

West Bank village defiant after Israeli crackdown
Daily Star 14 Feb 2016 With a four-day lockdown and economic sanctions, Israel cracked down hard on the occupied West Bank village of Qabatiya after three of its sons killed a policewoman in a Jerusalem attack.

How I Learned to Fall in Love With Sanctions
Occupation Magazine 13 Feb 2016 - Shlomo Sand--Just a short way from the our daily lives in Tel Aviv and Haifa, a population without human rights and without the most essential civil rights has been living for close to half-a-century. We, the Israelis, work, study, dream and live in freedom and comfort,...

Dutch students intensify campaign for academic boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada - VU University had previously banned an event on academic boycott.

West Bank village defiant despite Israeli crackdown
The National 13 Feb 2016 - QABATIYA // Israel imposed a four-day lockdown and economic sanctions on the West Bank village of Qabatiya after three of its sons killed a policewoman in Jerusalem. Residents of the hilltop village of 25,000 pledged to keep up their long history of struggle against foreign occupiers. "Here...

Obama to Sign Agreement Equating Settlements with Israel
IMEMC - 12 Feb 2016 - US President Barack Obama reportedly intends to sign a sweeping trade agreement which includes provisions that fail to differentiate between Israel and illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as discourage the boycott of Israeli goods. ...

Obama to sign trade agreement that equates settlements with Israel
2/12/2016 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- US President Barack Obama intends to sign a sweeping trade agreement including provisions that fail to differentiate between Israel and illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as discourage the boycott of Israeli goods. The agreement -- H. R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015-- was passed 75-20 on Thursday, and includes a provision that no....

Foreign Ministry: Diplomatic crisis between EU, Israel over
YNet News, 12 Feb 2016 - Relations between Jerusalem and Brussels are now 'close and friendly' after Israel receives assurances settlement product labeling 'is not a political step to determine future borders or to boycott Israel.' ....

Why are Oscar nominees being given a free trip to Israel?
PIC - 12 Feb 2016 - Oscar nominees are receiving free trips to Israel because Tel Aviv is feeling the pressure from the ever-growing BDS movement.

As Tel Aviv prepares to welcome Beyoncé, here’s a review of Israel’s atrocious record towards black people
Mondoweiss - Days after her Super Bowl halftime appearance, Israeli outlet Yedioth Ahronoth has confirmed  rumors that Beyoncé Knowles will perform two dates in Tel Aviv, Israel this August, which would be in violation of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions. Her recent performance referenced the Black...

Obama to sign AIPAC-promoted trade bill that legitimizes Israeli occupation and fights BDS
Mondoweiss - Yesterday the Senate passed the  Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015  by a 75-20 veto proof margin. The large trade policy bill includes  anti- BDS trade legislation  promoted by  AIPAC  and introduces new U.S. policy language by including all “Israeli-controlled territories” as part of Israel. President...

Dutch students intensify campaign for academic boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada - VU University had previously banned an event on academic boycott.

Dutch students intensify campaign for academic boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada: 12 Feb 2016 - VU University had previously banned an event on academic boycott. more..

Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez urged to boycott Israel
AlJazeera 11 Feb 2016 - As reports of concert dates swirl on social media, activists ask stars to stand in solidarity with Palestinian people.

BDS is a Moral Failure
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2016 -

Reform communities set to boycott Israeli minister as war of words escalates
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2016 - "Levin will not teach us what it means to support the State of Israel," says president of the Union for Reform Judaism in North America.

URGENT: Don't Let Congress "Combat BDS"!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 11 Feb 2016 - Take action to stop Congress from "authorizing" states and local governments to unconstitutionally penalize entities that support BDS.

Palestinians call on Oscar nominees to reject Israel propaganda trip
Global BDS 10 Feb 2016 - Palestinian human rights activists are calling on Oscar nominees not to accept travel vouchers supplied by the Israeli government as part of the gift bag that will be given to the nominees in the acting and directing categories. A statement from the Israeli ministry of tourism...

Israel trying to 'bribe' Hollywood stars with Oscar 'swag bag,' BDSers say
Jerusalem Post 10 Feb 2016 - Actors and directors nominated for Academy Awards will be given a 10-day, first-class trip to Israel valued at $55,000.

Palestinians call on Oscar nominees to reject Israel propaganda trip
Global BDS 10 Feb 2016 - Palestinian human rights activists are calling on Oscar nominees not to accept travel vouchers supplied by the Israeli government as part of the gift bag that will be given to the nominees in the acting and directing categories. A statement from the Israeli ministry of tourism...

In Defense of a Double Standard
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Feb 2016 - By Or Amit Those who routinely criticize Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians are often accused of partiality and selective moral outrage. Why complain of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians when in Syria Assad is exterminating hundreds of thousands and ISIS is finishing the job? Where was your criticism when Saddam Hussein was gassing the Kurds? Why are you not calling on the West to intervene in North Korea, where at any given moment some 200,000 slaves are worked, starved, and tortured to death in Stalinist gulags? If you care about human life and dignity, should you not invest your efforts in dealing with the worst cases of human rights violations rather than with the relatively minor case of Israel’s occupation of Palestine? Why do you support a boycott of Israel and not of North Korea, Syria, or Saudi Arabia? Such are the questions directed at persistent critics of Israel. The...more

Vancouver Jews outraged over Ahinoam Nini invite to Independence Day event
Jerusalem Post 9 Feb 2016 - A group which identifies itself as Vancouver United with Israel denounced the Jewish Federation for inviting 'BDS supporter' Nini to perform.

Preserve freedom to boycott
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Feb 2016 - Policy Director Josh Ruebner co-authors an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch opposing anti-BDS legislation in Virginia.

Virginia Waters Down Anti-BDS Bill-Thanks to You!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Feb 2016 - Our voices are being heard, but we need to keep the pressure up on our legislators not to legislate against BDS.

Why are Oscar nominees being given a free trip to Israel?
Middle East Eye 9 Feb 2016 - Oscar nominees are receiving free trips to Israel because Tel Aviv is feeling the pressure from the ever-growing BDS movement

The reluctant boycotter: Why this liberal Zionist now supports BDS
Ha'aretz - 8 Feb 2016

Arab MKs can't give up and boycott elections, that's what the Right wants
Ha'aretz - 7 Feb 2016

Knesset to vote on NGO transparency bill
Jerusalem Post 8 Feb 2016 - European parliamentarians urge MKs to vote against measure; Oren: Bill hurts Israel, helps BDS.

Campaign to boycott Israeli products in Qabatiya
PIC - 8 Feb 2016 - Palestinian youth activists in Qabatiya, in southern Jenin city, launched a campaign on Monday to boycott Israeli products.

BDS movement faces attack in six state legislatures
Mondoweiss - Advocates of boycotting Israel are under attack in a number of states across the country. State legislatures in California, New York, Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida are debating anti-boycott measures. Most of them would penalize people or businesses that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)...

URGENT: Indiana Is Legislating against BDS-Again
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Feb 2016 - The Indiana House has passed a bill to divest from companies supporting BDS. Contact your state Senator to stop this terrible bill from becoming law.

Virginia Waters Down Anti-BDS Bill-Thanks to You!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Feb 2016 - Our voices are being heard, but we need to keep the pressure up on our legislators not to legislate against BDS.

Labor Party votes to freeze two-state solution; Yacimovich boycotts vote
Jerusalem Post 7 Feb 2016 - "The two-state vision did not die, but it will not happen tomorrow," Herzog told the crowd.

Berri defends boycott of Parliament as democratic
Daily Star 7 Feb 2016 Speaker Nabih Berri Sunday defended a boycott of Parliament meetings as a democratic and constitutional right adopted in world parliaments, on the eve of a session that is destined to fail to elect a president over...

Israel’s left pushes back against rightwing ‘delegitimization’
Mondoweiss - Old battles between Israel’s right and left are playing out inside of the government and on the streets of Tel Aviv, amid a Knesset discussion on sanctioning left-wing groups. The NGO transparency bill proposed last November by right-wing minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked would require organizations that...

Anti-terror lawyer predicts: US will pass anti-BDS legislation against EU
Jerusalem Post 6 Feb 2016 - Heideman has been involved for decades addressing Israel issues, anti-Semitism and the boycott, divestment, sanctions campaign in his capacity as international president of B’nai B’rith.

Herzog’s ’separation peace plan’ is a fallacy to gain Israel more time and impunity
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/4/2016
      Whatever rhetoric Israel decides to use within the context of the Jerusalem Intifada, the underlying concept remains consistent. Following his initial calls for separation of the Palestinians from their homeland, which revealed a plan as sinister as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s overt violence, opposition leader Isaac Herzog has promoted his hypothesis during a meeting in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
     The premeditated incitement proposed by Herzog, which complements Israeli state violence and expansion, builds upon two premises: security concerns and the “fight against radical Islamic terror”. As both narratives form part of the international agenda, it is likely that Herzog’s “separation peace plan”, as described by Israel National News, and opposition to the two-state paradigm, which is upheld through the diplomatic variation of negotiations, will garner support.
     According to the Jerusalem Post, Herzog urged Kerry to “stop with the big words” before adding, “Our citizens are being murdered and we must engage in the separation process that will serve as the basis for the reality of the two-state solution vision.” The opposition leader also availed himself of the opportunity for a brief rant against the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which is “gaining focus around the world” while emphasising that “Israel cannot wait for lengthy diplomatic negotiations.”
     The metaphor of waiting has served both the Palestinian Authority and Israel well. In the case of the PA, its compromises and dependency upon the coloniser have been excused perpetually through the alleged predicament of waiting, while eliminating its wilful participation in the process. Israel, on the other hand, has employed the discourse of waiting depending upon opportunity. It will not hesitate to expand its colonial presence at any given time, yet will extend the process in order to remain within the parameters constructed for its impunity. The reason for this is simple; the international community has failed to deal with Israel as an illegal colonial presence in Palestine.
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'Israel's space program lagging behind, as Iran's surges forward'
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2016 - Inadequate Israeli civilian space program jeopardizing military development, experts warn; adds that lifting of Iran sanctions will result sped-up advances in Iranian long-range missiles.

Prisoners’ lawyers boycott Israeli courts for one week
PIC - 2 Feb 2016 - Lawyers of the PPS, the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, and prisoners’ attorneys in Israeli jails announced on Monday their decision to boycott the Israeli occupation courts.

Ban Ki-moon keeps woofing at Israel over occupation — but not a word about sanctions
Mondoweiss - Last week, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, gave a landmark speech saying that it was “human nature” for Palestinians to resist occupation: as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator...

Zionism’s Exaggerated Sense of Entitlement
Margaret Cassar, Intifada-Palestine 1/31/2016
      As we prepare for our sixth year of protesting for the rights of Palestinians in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall we are reflecting on some new and disturbing behaviour from our detractors. Over the last 275 weeks we have had plenty of time and multiple opportunities to judge how various forms of Zionists and Christian Zionists comport themselves in public. Many of the behaviours appear to be counter-intuitive. It is well documented that a majority of Australians disapprove of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and believe that the Zionist Israeli government’s policies have a negative influence on world affairs. According to the BBC World Poll 2015 69% of Australians hold a negative view of Israel. Logically one would think that these Zionists would be on a mission to win the hearts and minds of the general populace when they appear in public. Yet the opposite appears to be happening here in Adelaide at our weekly protests
     The Adelaide based Australian Friends of Palestine Association have held weekly BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) protests of one hour duration for the past five years and four months where we distribute generic leaflets educating people about the situation in Palestine. We believe that knowledge without action is meaningless and a road to frustration and disempowerment. Praxis requires that once the people of Adelaide know about injustice in Palestine they must be given the tools to help alleviate that suffering so we also hand out Products to Boycott lists and information about the BDS movement.
     We are a small group of protesters, quiet and peaceful. We carry a few Palestinian flags and several placards. Our protesting buskers regularly sing songs with a pro-Palestinian theme. As far as protesters go you would be hard pressed to find more peaceful, even tempered group. Yet as each Christmas has come and gone and we reflect on the past year it is obvious that the Zionist groups harassing us have become emboldened to increase their verbal violence and threats against us.
     Just a few incidents from last year include....
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Letters to the Editor: BDS, ultra-Orthodox Jews and French peace initiative
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2016

Stationery chain Typo pulls world globe that names Palestine over Israel
The Guardian 1 Feb 2016 - Map sparks charges of anti-Semitism, but company’s decision to halt production of the globes leads to boycott threats by Palestine advocates The Australian stationery chain Typo has inadvertently waded into one of the world’s thorniest political...

Ban Ki-moon keeps woofing at Israel over occupation — but not a word about sanctions
Mondoweiss - Last week, Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, gave a landmark speech saying that it was “human nature” for Palestinians to resist occupation: as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator...

Park Slope Food Coop Just Made Things Much Harder for BDS
The Forward New 1 Feb 2016 - The Boycott Israel debate is once more dividing members of a food cooperative in Brooklyn †and this time the anti-BDS side instituted new rules to make it more difficult to boycott anyone.

Hamas welcomes Italian academics’ petition for boycott of Israel
PIC - 30 Jan 2016 - Hamas welcomed the Italian petition calling for a boycott of Israeli universities for developing Israeli army’s weapons used for attacking Palestinians.

Academic boycott of Israel takes off in Italy
Electronic Intifada - Scholars from 50 Italian universities urge end to ties with Israel's Technion and other institutions complicit in abuses of Palestinian rights.

Park Slope Food Coop puts up firewall against boycott of Israeli goods
Mondoweiss - Earlier this week, the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn held a general meeting at which it passed a measure to require a super-majority of 75 percent on resolutions to boycott products at the coop, as opposed to a simple majority. The 75 percent rule is...

Academic boycott of Israel takes off in Italy
Electronic Intifada: 31 Jan 2016 - Scholars from 50 Italian universities urge end to ties with Israel's Technion and other institutions complicit in abuses of Palestinian rights. more..

Hamas welcomes Italian academics' call for BDS
1/30/2016 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Hamas movement hailed on Saturday the announcement that academics from 50 Italians universities had signed a petition calling to boycott Israeli universities and research institutes. According to prominent Italian publication L'Espresso, more than 160 Italian academics came out in support of the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. The petition, reportedly the first large-scale BDS effort from....

Obama administration reissues labeling order on West Bank products
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2016 - State Department: reissuance of guidance in no way represents a boycott or anything like that.

Italian academics call for boycott of Israeli universities
Occupation Magazine 29 Jan 2016 - Itamar Eichner--The academic boycott against Israel continues to broaden, with a new petition signed by 168 academics and researchers in Italy calling to suspend all agreements with Israeli universities as well as the Technion, Israel`s Institute of Technology in Haifa. dn

Behind Israel’s Campaign to Vilify Peace Groups
Dissident Voice: 30 Jan 2016 - Israeli government funds have been secretly transferred to far-right organisations leading a smear campaign against groups opposed to the occupation, a series of investigations show. The right wing groups have received tens of millions of dollars in state funding, either directly from the government or via Israeli local authorities representing the settlements in the West Bank. In three known cases, publicly funded far-right organisations launched spying operations on human rights groups. Other state money has gone towards ad campaigns claiming to expose peace activists as “moles”, planted by foreign governments to damage Israel. Human rights activists, the campaigns claim, are betraying their country by providing information that fuels criticism overseas of Israel and helps to bolster an international boycott movement. That message closely echoes the justifications offered by government ministers for new legislation to weaken Israeli organisations that monitor abuses of Palestinians in the occupied territories. The United States and...more

Italian professors demand boycott of Israel's 'pro-occupation' Technion
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Italian academics call for boycott of Israeli universities
YNet News, 29 Jan 2016 - Another boycott of Israel has emerged, this time from Italy: 168 academics and researchers are calling to suspend all agreements with the Technion and universities in Israel. ....

No impact of Iran boycott on market
Arab News - Sat, 2016-01-30 00:41 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia currently imports fruits and vegetables from more than 40 countries around the world including Iran. But after the call from some businessmen to boycott all goods from Iran,...

Why Cameron won't stop boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada - Local authorities are angry at attempts to prevent them taking investment decisions which clash with UK foreign policy. 

URGENT: Virginia to Vote on Anti-BDS Resolution
US Campaign to End the Occupation 29 Jan 2016 - The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates is about to vote on a resolution condemning the BDS movement. Take action!

Why Cameron won't stop boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada: 29 Jan 2016 - Local authorities are angry at attempts to prevent them taking investment decisions which clash with UK foreign policy.  more..

Iranians launch boycott of Saudi businesses
Al-Monitor 28 Jan 2016 - Following Saudi Arabia’s move to cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran, some Iranians have joined forces to launch a campaign against Saudi firms in the country — but is the boycott having any impact?

World Medical Association affirms trust in Israeli doctors in response to BDS campaign
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2016 - Organization’s president writes the Simon Wiesenthal Center, following a call by a group 71 British doctors to expel the Israeli Medical Association over accusations of “medical torture.”

U of South Florida student body president, VP veto divestment resolution
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2016 - The measure asks the USF Foundation to stop investing in companies that support tobacco products, fossil fuel use and Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians.

Exchange rates worry Israeli exporters, not BDS
Globes Main News - Foreign Trade Risks Insurance: Israel's biggest export growth potential is in Africa.

Roger Waters tells France: ‘Supporters of BDS, attacked by your judiciary, have my unequivocal respect and love’
Mondoweiss - Two days ago we posted about the brave pushback in France against legislation that makes it a crime to advocate for boycott of Israel. We were then informed that Roger Waters had sent a letter to the French people, via a French news agency, on this...

Resistance to Israel censorship grows in France
Electronic Intifada - “Illegal” protests resume at supermarkets, as thousands sign call to boycott Israeli goods.

Iranians launch boycott of Saudi businesses
Al-Monitor 28 Jan 2016 - Following Saudi Arabia’s move to cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran, some Iranians have joined forces to launch a campaign against Saudi firms in the country — but is the boycott having any impact?

UK’s leading pro-Palestine campaign group blocks call to expel Israel from the UN (again)
Stuart Littlewood, Intifada-Palestine 1/26/2016
      At its Annual General Meeting last weekend the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) threw out a proposal to seek Israel’s expulsion from the United Nations.
     Chairman Hugh Lanning is reported to have kicked off proceedings on a positive note saying: “Let us recommit to Palestine to make sure that we make a difference in the coming year.”
     But the mask slipped when a motion was put for the PSC’s Executive Committee to “request the Government of the United Kingdom, enforced by a petition and lobbying, to submit a motion to the Security Council recommending that the General Assembly expel Israel from the UN in compliance with the UN Charter, Article 6.”
     The motion failed — 76 in favour, 116 against. A statement by its main sponsor, Blake Alcott, says that an identical motion to the AGM a year ago was likewise opposed by the PSC leadership who felt “the time is not yet right”. His reaction to this latest rejection was to say: “Pro-Palestinians must wonder how much worse Israel’s crimes must be before the international community takes disciplinary action.”
     There is ample reason for calling for Israel’s expulsion from the UN. It chimes very well with the ‘Sanctions’ element of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). And it is a good fit with the sort of measures that, in the ‘Call to Action’ by the BDS Movement, should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:
     1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall....
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Jewish group slams the BBC's 'hypocrisy' for response to employee's boycott stance
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2016 - Danny Cohen, a former television director for the corporation, signed a petition last October in which over 150 artists opposed the cultural boycott of Israel.

'Israel to invest to track potential terrorists on social media'
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2016 - Adam Milstein: BDS is "war against Israel by non-military means."

Resistance to Israel censorship grows in France
Electronic Intifada - “Illegal” protests resume at supermarkets, as thousands sign call to boycott Israeli goods.

Park Slope Food Coop holds vote aimed at staunching boycott of Sodastream
Mondoweiss - The Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn has been a focus of boycott activism targeting Israeli goods since 2011. Those efforts have so far failed to convince that progressive community, now 43 years old, to boycott Israeli products, but tonight there’s another vote on the question...

Jewish organizations look to co-opt ‘intersectionality’ in the fight against BDS
Mondoweiss - We spend a lot of time reading the Jewish press to prepare for our podcast . And whether it’s the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Tablet, or the Canadian Jewish News, it’s become clear to us that these media outfits don’t exactly foster a diversity of thought. Look no further...

Oberlin Alums Say BDS Drive is Fueling Campus Anti-Semitism
The Forward New 27 Jan 2016 - Jewish alumni and students of Ohio’s Oberlin College say the pro-Palestine Boycott Israel movement has become a springboard for growing anti-Semitism.

The E.U. vs. B.D.S.: the Politics of Israel Sanctions
Occupation Magazine 26 Jan 2016 - Bernard Avishai - The New Yorker - This past Monday, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council reaffirmed a November requirement that Israel label products made in the settlements differently from those made in Israel. On Tuesday, the State Department spokesman John Kirby unexpectedly reinforced the E.U....

Tangible achievements of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/27/2016
      Ireland's second-largest company announced earlier this month that it had entirely sold-off its 25 per cent stake in the holding corporation of Israel's only cement-making firm. This withdrawal followed a decade-long campaign by Irish activists calling on the company, CRH, to divest from Israeli cement-maker, Nesher.
     The Irish company had admitted "in all probability" that cement from the firm had been used to build Israel's apartheid wall in the West Bank (which the World Court declared illegal in 2004). Nesher's cement is also used in the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank – which are build on land belonging to dispossessed and expelled Palestinians and are illegal under international law.
     The sale was the largest of 13 divestments CRH made in 2015, totalling €260 million, according to a new report released by the company. While CRH denied that there was anything other than purely business motives behind their decision to divest, the sale of the huge stake in Nesher is part of a growing trend.
     There's little doubt in my mind that the sustained campaign by Irish activists (detailed in a press release by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign) made a huge difference over time, and contributed significantly to this victory for the BDS movement – the campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel until it starts to recognise and implement basic Palestinian human rights.
     The BDS movement is now more than a decade old, and it's easy to forget just how much it has achieved in that time. It's not for nothing that Israel has declared "war" on BDS, in increasingly desperate terms – even deploying its spy agencies against the movement.
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Resistance to Israel censorship grows in France
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jan 2016 - “Illegal” protests resume at supermarkets, as thousands sign call to boycott Israeli goods. more..

Park Slope Food Coop holds vote aimed at staunching boycott of Sodastream
Mondoweiss - The Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn has been a focus of boycott activism targeting Israeli goods since 2011. Those efforts have so far failed to convince that progressive community, now 43 years old, to boycott Israeli products, but tonight there’s another vote on the question...

Jewish organizations look to co-opt ‘intersectionality’ in the fight against BDS
Mondoweiss - We spend a lot of time reading the Jewish press to prepare for our podcast . And whether it’s the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Tablet, or the Canadian Jewish News, it’s become clear to us that these media outfits don’t exactly foster a diversity of thought. Look no further...

Israeli mayors initiate boycott of Sweden over foreign minister’s criticism
Mondoweiss - Last month Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom criticized Israel’s practice of “extrajudicial executions” for Palestinians who have wielded knives and said the Palestinians perpetrate violence because they see no future under occupation. The comments have caused a furor in Israel. My translation of an article by...

NY Wants to Tell You What You Can & Can't Boycott
US Campaign to End the Occupation 26 Jan 2016 - New Yorkers: Tell your Assembly member to oppose A9036. The state has no business trying to dictate which countries can and can't be boycotted.

'You can’t boycott the Bible,' say settlers on Airbnb controversy
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2016 - The Palestinian Authority has asked Airbnb to remove from its site Israeli listings over the Green Line, in Jewish neighborhoods, east Jerusalem and West Bank settlements.

Israeli mayors initiate boycott of Sweden over foreign minister’s criticism
Mondoweiss - Last month Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom criticized Israel’s practice of “extrajudicial executions” for Palestinians who have wielded knives and said the Palestinians perpetrate violence because they see no future under occupation. The comments have caused a furor in Israel. My translation of an article by...

Arab restaurateurs feel bite of settlers' blacklist
Al-Monitor 24 Jan 2016 - The Samaria Settlers Committee, financed by Israeli taxpayers, has launched a defamatory campaign to boycott Arab-Israeli businesses they accuse of supporting terrorism.

Iran: Netanyahu’s strategic defeat
Michel Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 1/24/2016
      The end of sanctions against Iran by the western powers is a major defeat for Benjamin Netanyahu.
     Indeed, the Israeli prime minister had, for over ten years, transformed Iran into public enemy number one, a threat to the very existence of civilisation. With rare obsession, Netanyahu continuously encouraged the US to strike on Tehran, before it's too late. At times he hinted/declared that if the international community fails in this responsibilities, that Israel would be obliged to do the work alone. This earned him warnings from the Israeli security apparatus, which was more aware of the military balance of power and Tehran's response capabilities.
     Tehran has therefore landed a strategic blow to neo-conservatives, particularly those in power in Tel Aviv.
     The new place of Iran in international relations is a result, amongst other things, of the spectacular breakthrough of ISIS in the region and an American push to change its regional alliances. Iran is understood as not part of the problem but rather, part of the solution. Yet Netanyahu is blind. The Israeli prime minister is behind the curve, and lives in dissonance with the real world of 2016.
     What makes this more dangerous: Israel is a small country but a great military – and nuclear, according to international sources - power. And Israel's extreme right-wing government is capable of the worst, precisely because the world in which it lives is entirely virtual. [END.
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Israeli mayors initiate boycott of Sweden over foreign minister’s criticism
Mondoweiss - Last month Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom criticized Israel’s practice of “extrajudicial executions” for Palestinians who have wielded knives and said the Palestinians perpetrate violence because they see no future under occupation. The comments have caused a furor in Israel. My translation of an article by...

UK doctors call for removal of Israel from World Medical Association
1/23/2016 - 39;BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of British doctors is pushing for the World Medical Association (WMA) to expel the Israeli Medical Association (IMA), the IMA's chairman said on Wednesday during a meeting of the Knesset Science and Technology committeeIn a discussion dealing with the academic boycott of Israel, Zeev Feldman said that 71 British doctors recently called on the WMA to....

Daily harassment and boycott of Palestinian businesses in the Old City of Jerusalem
International Solidarity Movement - 22th January 2016 | International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team | Jerusalem, occupied Palestine Three days ago, the ISM visited the Old City in Jerusalem to talk with different Palestinian residents who live and work there and see what the situation is like nowadays. Harassment by the Israeli Police, particularly on the youth,...

Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling calls awards boycott racist toward whites
Jerusalem Post 22 Jan 2016 - Rampling's comments came amid a wave of protest over the lack of minorities among the major nominees.

The problem with Open Hillel
YNet News, 23 Jan 2016 - Op-ed: By seeking to introduce open debate and the inclusion of different opinions, Open Hillel is only giving voice to more of the same: Boycotting Israel and propaganda of lies. A true Open Hillel should fight against silencing pro-Israel voices. ....

200 Brazilian Academics to Join Boycott Force
IMEMC - 22 Jan 2016 - In just three days, an online letter endorsing the academic boycott of Israeli institutions, circulated by Brazilian intellectuals, received 200 signatories from faculty across Brazilian universities. ...

US film academy vows to double minority memberships
AlJazeera 22 Jan 2016 - Organisation responsible for Oscar awards promises change in light of recent boycott protesting lack of diversity.

Daily harassment and boycott of Palestinian businesses in the Old City of Jerusalem
International Solidarity Movement - 22th January 2016 | International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team | Jerusalem, occupied Palestine Three days ago, the ISM visited the Old City in Jerusalem to talk with different Palestinian residents who live and work there and see what the situation is like nowadays. Harassment by the Israeli Police, particularly on the youth,...

British activists disrupt a lecture by ex-Shin Bet head
PIC - 22 Jan 2016 - Members of BDS Movement disrupted Thursday evening a college lecture by Israel’s former Shin Bet security service head Ami Ayalon at London University.

National Labor Relations Board rejects Shurat HaDin complaint against United Electrical Workers
Mondoweiss - Last August, as we reported , the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America ( UE ), representing 30,000 workers across the country, adopted a historic resolution ( here ) supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement at their 74th National Convention in Baltimore, becoming the first national trade union in...

Human Rights Watch calls for sanctions against Israel over settlements
Mondoweiss - Human Rights Watch in this ground-breaking report , titled “Occupation, Inc.,” not only proves that doing business with or in Israel’s colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, amounts to complicity in violating international law and in entrenching Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and racism....

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian homes in Hebron's Old City
1/21/2016 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Thursday attacked a number of Palestinian homes in the center of Hebron, throwing stones and verbally abusing residents, a local activists with Israeli rights group B'Tselem told Ma'an. Raed Abu Rmeila said Israeli settlers attacked the homes of Fawaz Qafisha, Shams al-Zatari, and Hussein al-Zatari on al-Sahla Street, near the flashpoint Ibrahimi Mosque in.... Related: Palestinians march to boycott Israeli settlement products in Hebron

Palestinians march to boycott Israeli settlement products in Hebron
1/21/2016 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian National Initiative's Bader Boycott Campaign held a march in Hebron city on Thursday to call for Palestinians to ramp up their efforts in boycotting Israeli settlement goods, Yousef Tmeiza, coordinator of the PNI told Ma'an. Tmeiza said the march set off from the al-Hussien Mosque next to the Martyrs Cemetery and continued to the Ibin.... Related: Israeli settlers attack Palestinian homes in Hebron's Old City

Will Smith joins Oscars boycott, says he won't attend
YNet News, 21 Jan 2016 - ....

Slovenia's biggest supermarket chain takes Israeli products off shelves
PIC - 21 Jan 2016 - Mercator, Slovenia's largest supermarket chain, has removed Israeli products from its shelves following pressures from the BDS movement.

National Labor Relations Board rejects Shurat HaDin complaint against United Electrical Workers
Mondoweiss - Last August, as we reported , the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America ( UE ), representing 30,000 workers across the country, adopted a historic resolution ( here ) supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement at their 74th National Convention in Baltimore, becoming the first national trade union in...

University of South Florida students pass Israel divestment resolution
Electronic Intifada - Students demand administration stop meddling in student government affairs.

Defying court ruling, French figures call for Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - France plans to intensify crackdown on Palestine solidarity movement

Human Rights Watch calls for sanctions against Israel over settlements
Mondoweiss - Human Rights Watch in this ground-breaking report , titled “Occupation, Inc.,” not only proves that doing business with or in Israel’s colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, amounts to complicity in violating international law and in entrenching Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and racism....

Conflict of Interest and the Israel Lobby: a Junket for State Senators
L. Michael Hager, CounterPunch 1/20/2016
      Last December, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), a pro-Israel lobbying organization, provided an expense-paid, ten-day trip to Israel for ten Massachusetts senators (including Senate President, Stanley Rosenberg).
     As the trip, valued at more than $4,000 per senator, was being arranged in early October, the Senate passed a pro-Israel resolution that “strongly discourages any actions…that would… undermine… relations” with Israel. The intended target of that language was the growing BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement in the U.S. In an October 26 press release, JCRC applauded passage of the resolution.
     The resolution and gift travel to Israel raise two important issues. First, they imply unconditional state support of an apartheid regime. Why should state senators, who have no foreign policy role, feel compelled to endorse by their presence a nation that violates international law through its brutal occupation, its building of illegal settlements and its siege of Gaza?
     Moreover, the senators ignored the inherent conflict of interest in accepting an expensive travel gift from an interested lobbying organization.
     In both state and federal government, conflict of interest and the appearance of conflict of interest by elected or appointed employees erode citizen trust in government. Lobbyist gifts to public employees are a form of corruption.
     Massachusetts laws prohibit such employees, including elected officials, from accepting gifts and gratuities “valued at $50 or more.” However, a regulatory exemption by the state Ethics Commission allows for the payment of travel costs where the travel has a “legitimate public purpose.” The regulations cite as an example of public purpose: travel that promotes state tourism, economic development or education goals.
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University of South Florida students pass Israel divestment resolution
Electronic Intifada: 21 Jan 2016 - Students demand administration stop meddling in student government affairs. more..

Defying court ruling, French figures call for Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada: 20 Jan 2016 - France plans to intensify crackdown on Palestine solidarity movement more..

Israeli Foreign Ministry: "Shocked" as Another Church Divests from Israeli Apartheid
IMEMC - 18 Jan 2016 -

The New Frontier for BDS: Targeting Settler Businesses
Ha'aretz - 19 Jan 2016

Henry Rollins denies he's boycotting Israel
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2016 - The British musical paper 'NME' had published a report saying that Rollins had pulled out of the show, scheduled for February 5 at the Havana Club, due to pressure from pro-Palestinian activists.

EU defends labeling goods made in Israeli settlements but stresses opposition to boycotts
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2016 -

EU defends labelling goods made in Israeli settlements
YNet News, 18 Jan 2016 - The EU reinforces its position that products made in Israeli settlements must be clearly labelled in Europe, despite growing tensions with Israel over the issue, but stresses that the bloc opposes any boycott of the Jewish state. ....

Human Rights Watch calls for sanctions against Israel over settlements
Mondoweiss - Human Rights Watch in this ground-breaking report , titled “Occupation, Inc.,” not only proves that doing business with or in Israel’s colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, amounts to complicity in violating international law and in entrenching Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and racism....

Occupation, Inc. - How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights
Occupation Magazine 18 Jan 2016 - Human Rights Watch - HRW is not calling for a consumer boycott of settlement companies, but rather for businesses to comply with their own human rights responsibilities by ceasing settlement-related activities. Moreover, consumers should have the information they need, such as where products are from, to...

Israel’s ’war’ against BDS is increasingly desperate
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/18/2016
      A fascinating article by a Jerusalem Post Knesset reporter earlier this month gives quite the insight into the increasingly desperate state of the Israeli "war" against BDS. The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement aims to hold Israel to account for its crimes against the Palestinian people.
     At first ignored, and later derided, the BDS movement has by now become one of the top strategic threats to Israel's ability carry on the business of occupation as usual. Formally founded in 2005, the movement aims to encourage people of conscious around the world to boycott Israel products, dis-invest from Israeli businesses and to put pressure on governments to implement sanctions against Israel.
     And over the last 11 years, the movement has achieved some impressive results, despite an enormous and well-funded backlash by Israel's powerful supporters in the West. Examples are too numerous to detail, but the most recent victory has been the move of the United Methodist Church in the US to divest its $20-billion pension fund of any stake in five Israeli banks – excluded for their involvement in illegal Israeli settlements built on confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank.
     In May, the Israeli president termed the academic boycott a "strategic threat of the first order." In June, Yitzhak Herzog, the head of the supposedly left-wing Israeli Labour Party (and the leader of the opposition in the Knesset) said that "the boycott of Israel is a new kind of terrorism" which "should be fought with all the means and all the power available to countries of the world".
     Fighting talk. In Israeli propaganda, BDS has now replaced Iran as the biggest "existential threat" to the state. -- See also: Jerusalem Post report
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Lapid: EU continues problematic pattern of intervening in Israel's affairs
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2016 - Lapid said he was glad that the European Union statement said it “strongly opposes” boycotts of Israel.

Former Israeli minister calls removal of Iran sanctions a ‘black day’
Al-Monitor 18 Jan 2016 - Former Minister Ephraim Sneh argues that the US administration was so keen to sign the nuclear deal that it ignored Iran's true nature and global aspirations.

Akunis to EU: 'Your threats do not impress or frighten us'
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2016 - “Do not lecture or threaten us; this does not impress or frighten us. Do not label or boycott us; you already did that.”

Iran deal divides Israeli Center-Left
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2016 - Zionist Union head Isaac Herzog criticized the international community for removing the sanctions and made no reference to Netanyahu.

Association of American Universities re-affirms opposition to Israel boycotts
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2016 - The AAU represents 62 major public and private research universities in North America, including Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

Israel licks wounds as Iran sanctions end
Daily Star 17 Jan 2016 Israel bristled Sunday at the lifting of international sanctions on Iran and vowed to flag up any violations of its arch-foe’s nuclear restrictions drawing on U.S. defense aid to prepare for a possible military face-off in...

Living in a dream world: Obama's Hollywood vision of the Mideast
YNet News, 17 Jan 2016 - Analysis: The Americans may think the lifting of sanctions will lead to a utopian vision, but what's in store for Israel right now is increased vigilance. The danger has, at best, been postponed. ....

United Methodist divests from Israeli banks
United Methodist Kairos Response, Alternative Information Center 1/14/2016
      United Methodist Kairos Response welcomes pension fund exclusion and divestment of Israeli banks.
     United Methodist Kairos Response is pleased to announce that the $20-billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund of the United Methodist Church has declared the five largest Israeli banks off limits for investment and has divested from the two that it held in its portfolios. This is the first time a major church pension fund has acted to preclude investment in Israeli banks that sustain Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land.
     The information has been posted on the Pension Fund’s website under Evaluating companies in our investment funds that pose excessive human rights risksunder Evaluating companies in our investment funds that pose excessive human rights risks. The banks are Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank, and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank.
     These banks are deeply involved in financing illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.These banks are deeply involved in financing illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
     Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi were removed from the portfolios. The fund manager, known as Wespath, also divested from Shikun & Binui, an Israeli company involved with construction in the illegal settlements beyond Israel’s recognized borders. In addition, Wespath has placed Israel/Palestine on a list of regions where human rights violations occur.
     UMKR is pleased to learn of these actions, while noting that Wespath still holds stock in ten companies located inside the illegal settlements and in several others that lend important support to Israel’s occupation. A list of those companies is available on the UMKR website.
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Jpost Editorial: Buckling to BDS
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2016 - The Protestant UMC, with some seven million members in the US and 12 million worldwide, announced it had placed the banks on its blacklist.

BDS and other threats, or nuisances
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Foreign Ministry employees announce Bennett boycott
YNet News, 16 Jan 2016 - In response to an interview in which Education Minister Naftali Bennett seemed to cast aspersions on the loyalty of Israeli diplomats, Foreign Ministry employees decide to stop cooperating with Bennett and announce they will boycott his foreign visits. ....

How the global jewellery industry is funding Israeli crimes
Sean Clinton, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/15/2016
      The diamond industry is “one of the cornerstone of the Israeli economy” - a fact confirmed by the recent publication of Israel’s trade performance for 2014. [File photo]
     Revenue from the diamond industry is estimated to generate about $1bn/yr in funding for the Israeli military. Despite the many grievous human rights violations committed by Israel the jewellery industry continues to deceive consumers by claiming diamonds from Israel are conflict-free.
     The Zionist project in Palestine has prevailed, and can only be sustained, by the violent denial of the human rights and democratic will of the Palestinian people. Sustaining the Zionist reign of terror places a heavy burden on the Israeli economy - the primary source of the revenue needed to sustain the project.
     The Israeli government recently approved a military budget of NIS 60bn ($15bn) for 2016. This money has to be extracted from the Israeli economy in taxes of one form or another. The US presently gives Israel an additional $3bn per year in military aid and that figure looks likely to increase to $4.5bn/yr in 2018. Efforts to pressure Israel to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people are undermined by the US and the EU which shelter Israel from economic, political and military sanctions.
     The international campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanction gives civil society the means to surmount the political firewalls that protect the regime. BDS has the potential to impose an economic toll that can significantly change the political and economic cost benefit of the Zionist project.
     In order to help bring about the changes needed to shift the political scales in favour of justice and peace the boycott campaign needs to impact vulnerable sectors of the Israeli economy that can have significant economic consequences.
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Union members fight nullification of Israel boycott resolution
Electronic Intifada - United Auto Workers International executives seen as protecting pro-Israel corporate interests over workers’ solidarity.

Union members fight nullification of Israel boycott resolution
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jan 2016 - United Auto Workers International executives seen as protecting pro-Israel corporate interests over workers’ solidarity. more..

Hezbollah, FPM ministers boycott Cabinet session
Daily Star 14 Jan 2016 The Cabinet held its first session since September Thursday, but in the absence of Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah ministers did not address contentious issues.

In the absence of a foreign minister
YNet News, 14 Jan 2016 - Op-ed: Boycotting IKEA is not the answer to Sweden's comments against Israel. The European Union is not our enemy. By realizing this, Yair Lapid got Mogherini to declare she opposes the BDS movement. Why can't the government realize it too? ....

Spanish city boycotts Israeli occupation
PIC - 13 Jan 2016 - Spain’s United Left Party, with the backing of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, adopted the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

US church divests from Israeli banks
Electronic Intifada - Methodists put Israel on list of “high risk” countries for human rights abuses.

Support Student Workers' Historic BDS Vote
US Campaign to End the Occupation 14 Jan 2016 - Take Action as BDS Attacked Again

Attacking BDS From The Left
US Campaign to End the Occupation 13 Jan 2016 - This article describes how professors at Syracuse University have attempted to censor talks on campus by US Campaign staff and other pro-Palestine voices.

Price of renting Airbnb on illegal Israeli settlements
Sharif Nashashibi, Al Jazeera 1/14/2016
      Staying at an Airbnb on an illegal Israeli settlement 'aids and abets the crime'.
     Airbnb may be the next high-profile target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, following media reports this week that the online accommodation service includes listings from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories that are advertised as being in Israel.
     Anyone staying in an Airbnb-listed settlement property "facilitates the commission of the crime of establishing settlements and therefore aids and abets the crime," said John Dugard, professor of international law, and a former Special Rapporteur to the UN on Palestine.
     "The same applies to making money from property built on illegal settlements." Airbnb takes a commission on property rentals, and so is profiting from Israel's colonisation of Palestine.
     Hosts who list properties via the company are required to provide accurate locations. As such, stating that settlements are located in Israel - when they are in fact illegal under international law because they are built on occupied territory - is a violation of the company's terms. Airbnb not answering the question
     Palestinian officials have pledged to take action, though it is as yet unclear what this will entail. On Tuesday, BDS cofounder Omar Barghouti told Al Jazeera that the movement was "still deliberating on the best course of action."
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Kuwait's Shia MPs boycott parliament session
Middle East Eye 13 Jan 2016 - Language Undefined All nine Shia members refused to attend session, a day after 20 citizens convicted of belonging to an Iranian-linked 'terror cell'

US church divests from Israeli banks
Electronic Intifada: 13 Jan 2016 - Methodists put Israel on list of “high risk” countries for human rights abuses. more..

Press Release: UMKR Welcomes Pension Fund Exclusion and Divestment of Israeli Banks
IMEMC - 13 Jan 2016 - United Methodist Kairos Response is pleased to announce that the $20-billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund of the United Methodist Church has declared the five largest Israeli banks off limits for investment and has divested from the two that it held in its portfolios. ...

A BDS victory - US church pension board blacklists Israeli banks
Jerusalem Post 13 Jan 2016 - The announcement was reported by 'The New York Times'.

No boycotts on flights from Britain, France to Lebanon
Daily Star 13 Jan 2016 Flights from Britain and France to Beirut will remain open, said the head of Rafik Hariri International Airport Fadi Hasan Wednesday in the wake of media reports that London and Paris were considering suspending flights to...

US United Methodist Church blacklists Israeli banks
Globes Main News - The church's pension fund has imposed sanctions on Israel's five largest banks for financing settlement construction in the West Bank.

United Methodist Church pension fund rules 5 top Israeli banks off-limits for investment
Mondoweiss - We received the following press release today from United Methodist Kairos Response, a group of United Methodist Church members, with the headline, UMKR Welcomes Pension Fund Exclusion and Divestment of Israeli Banks. –Editor January 7, 2016 – UM Kairos Response is pleased to announce that I....

Iran’s Frantic Race to Buy Weapons Even Before Sanctions Are Lifted
Asharq Alawsat ME News 13 Jan 2016 - Part of a military parade in Tehran (Getty) Iran is engrossed in a frantic race to buy weapons worth $21 billion even before international sanctions are lifted on the 15th of January according to intelligence sources in Israel and the United States. These sources told three...

Attacking BDS From The Left
US Campaign to End the Occupation 13 Jan 2016 - This article describes how professors at Syracuse University have attempted to censor talks on campus by US Campaign staff and other pro-Palestine voices.

Why Israel`s schools merit a U.S. boycott
Occupation Magazine 12 Jan 2016 - Saree Makdisi - Los Angeles Times - The United Nations` Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination points out with alarm that Israel maintains two separate educational systems for its citizens — one for Jewish children and another for the children of the Palestinian minority —...

Kuwait's Shia MPs boycott parliament session
Middle East Eye 13 Jan 2016 - Language Undefined All nine Shia members refused to attend session, a day after 20 citizens convicted of belonging to an Iranian-linked 'terror cell'

Has the survival of the PA become the goal?
Dr Hani Al-Masri, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/13/2016
      After being reassured about his health, President Mahmoud Abbas's speech in Bethlehem last week was a disappointment, not only for what he did say, but also for what he didn’t say about the challenges and dangers threatening the Palestinian cause and the investment of the opportunities available. His speech addressed neither the handing over to his eventual successor nor how to achieve national unity. Nor, indeed, how to provide for the continuation of the intifada and develop it into a comprehensive uprising with a leadership and specific goals, standing alongside the boycott against Israel and its prosecution on every international level and in all forums.
     Instead of the speech providing answers to the question of “what to do” against escalated Israeli aggression, racism, settlement activity and extremism, once again a political process by means of an international forum is being pushed. However, this will not lead to anything new unless the balance of power, which led us to this point, is changed.
     Abbas has gone from threatening to dissolve the Palestinian Authority by handing over its keys to the occupation, to considering it as a national achievement that will not change until a state is established. The PA president did not explain the reason for this change. Was it because the tactical threat to dissolve the PA has exhausted its usefulness; or because he was not serious from the beginning; or because he realised it was wrong? What we have needed, for a long time, is not to dissolve the PA or hope for its collapse, but rather to change its nature, structure and functions in the context of building a cohesive alternative. This will allow it to go from being an authority acting as a partner to the occupation in a political process to an authority resisting the occupation or, at the very least, aligned with the resistance. Of course, this may lead to the Israelis dissolving the PA, but if that happens then a national alternative would be available.
     Has Abbas backed down from his threat because it led to Arab, international, Fatah, and Palestinian protest?....
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BDS: Orange to Cut Ties with Israeli Company
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BDS: Orange to Cut Ties with Israeli Company
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Impending lifting of Iran sanctions worries Israel
YNet News, 12 Jan 2016 - Analysis: Friday will see the removal of the sanctions regime imposed on Iran since 2007, and Russia is already deep in talks with Tehran on the sale of advanced weapons. ....

Impending lifting of Iran sanctions worries Israel
YNet News, 12 Jan 2016 - Analysis: Friday will see the removal of the sanctions regime imposed on Iran since 2007, and Russia is already deep in talks with Tehran on the sale of advanced weapons. ....

United Methodist Church pension fund rules 5 top Israeli banks off-limits for investment
Mondoweiss - We received the following press release today from United Methodist Kairos Response, a group of United Methodist Church members, with the headline, UMKR Welcomes Pension Fund Exclusion and Divestment of Israeli Banks. –Editor January 7, 2016 – UM Kairos Response is pleased to announce that I....

United Methodist Church pension fund rules 5 top Israeli banks off-limits for investment
Mondoweiss - We received the following press release today from United Methodist Kairos Response, a group of United Methodist Church members, with the headline, UMKR Welcomes Pension Fund Exclusion and Divestment of Israeli Banks. –Editor January 7, 2016 – UM Kairos Response is pleased to announce that I....

Major Irish firm CRH divests from Israel's cement industry
Electronic Intifada - Irish construction material group CHR has divested from Israel’s main cement provider after a decade-long campaign by Irish activists.

Major Irish firm CRH divests from Israel's cement industry
Electronic Intifada - Irish construction material group CHR has divested from Israel’s main cement provider after a decade-long campaign by Irish activists.

Huge News! Church Divestment Starts Big in 2016!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 12 Jan 2016 - United Methodists Divest from Israeli Banks! Will You Help Unitarian Universalists Divest Too?

Huge News! Church Divestment Starts Big in 2016!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 12 Jan 2016 - United Methodists Divest from Israeli Banks! Will You Help Unitarian Universalists Divest Too?

Netanyahu Fears More EU Sanctions Against West Bank Settlements
Occupation Magazine 11 Jan 2016 - Barak Ravid - Haaretz - European activity in Area C has become a significant source of tension between Israel and the EU, as well as with a number of EU members, led by Germany and France. European countries consider Area C to make up the main...

Netanyahu Fears More EU Sanctions Against West Bank Settlements
Occupation Magazine 11 Jan 2016 - Barak Ravid - Haaretz - European activity in Area C has become a significant source of tension between Israel and the EU, as well as with a number of EU members, led by Germany and France. European countries consider Area C to make up the main...

Major Irish firm CRH divests from Israel's cement industry
Electronic Intifada - Irish construction material group CHR has divested from Israel’s main cement provider after a decade-long campaign by Irish activists.

Campaigners hail "inspiring" BDS victory as Orange quits Israel
Electronic Intifada - Faced with prospect of mass boycott, French multinational had “no choice” but to end its complicity with Israeli abuses.

Major Irish firm CRH divests from Israel's cement industry
Electronic Intifada: 11 Jan 2016 - Irish construction material group CHR has divested from Israel’s main cement provider after a decade-long campaign by Irish activists. more..

Campaigners hail "inspiring" BDS victory as Orange quits Israel
Electronic Intifada: 11 Jan 2016 - Faced with prospect of mass boycott, French multinational had “no choice” but to end its complicity with Israeli abuses. more..

The (Jewish) Civil War Heats Up. Sort of.
Mondoweiss - This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . The Knesset anti-BDS solutions are becoming more and more bizarre. First they try to stamp BDS out by waving the magic wand of...

BDS Ireland: CRH Pulls Out of Israeli Assets, Ends Complicity with Occupation
IMEMC - 9 Jan 2016 -

The two-state solution has failed, so what now?
Adel Shadeed, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/8/2016
      Palestinians and Israelis alike have become increasingly convinced that the two-state solution is no longer an option due to Israel’s policies which continue to see settlements built across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The latter is supposed to be the capital of the Palestinian state to be established on the 1967 borders.
     It is important to consider that the two-state solution was never really a serious option in any case in the minds of Israel’s leadership and public. All that was proposed was a Palestinian Authority with limited security and economic responsibilities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This was planned in order to divest Israel of its legal and moral responsibilities to provide the Palestinians with healthcare, education and other basic necessities as the occupying power. Instead, Israel wanted to occupy and maintain full control, especially the area known as Area C which covers around two-thirds of the West Bank, without having to bear the full cost of the occupation. It also wanted to maintain its control over border crossings, Jerusalem, the airspace, the water sources and other Palestinian resources.
     In this context, the statements made by US President Barack Obama a few weeks ago to Benjamin Netanyahu, that it is no longer possible to return to negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis during what remains of his presidential term, could be understood as Washington abandoning the political process in the Middle East. It has reached an impasse and failed.
     The statements made by several US officials and analysts concur with this; the two-state solution has ended, not only as an Israeli option, but also as an international option. A few days ago, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that the establishment of a Palestinians state is no longer a valid matter and is not beneficial, rather it is harmful in light of the fragmentation of Arab countries that have been established for decades and centuries....
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Evangelical Brazilian senator: BDS wins if country rejects proposed Israeli envoy
Jerusalem Post 7 Jan 2016 - Brazilian senator and prominent Evangelical leader Marcelo Crivella adds that "Dani Dayan is a prepared diplomat selected legitimately by a friendly country."

Evangelical Brazilian senator: BDS wins if country rejects proposed Israeli envoy
Jerusalem Post 7 Jan 2016 - Brazilian senator and prominent Evangelical leader Marcelo Crivella adds that "Dani Dayan is a prepared diplomat selected legitimately by a friendly country."

Knesset anti-BDS meeting reveals Israeli fear of isolation
Mondoweiss - Despair is not always easy to detect, let alone smell. But recent Israeli efforts to fight BDS smell of deep despair, which is giving rise to hopeless aggression, even worse bullying and patently irrational measures that can only help BDS to grow in the coming few...

Knesset anti-BDS meeting reveals Israeli fear of isolation
Mondoweiss - Despair is not always easy to detect, let alone smell. But recent Israeli efforts to fight BDS smell of deep despair, which is giving rise to hopeless aggression, even worse bullying and patently irrational measures that can only help BDS to grow in the coming few...

Israeli firm cutting ties with France’s Orange after BDS controversy
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2016 - severing of 17 years of ties comes 8 months after telecom giant CEO said his company would abandon Israel's Partner Communications “tomorrow morning” if not for contractual penalties.

In setback for BDS, Spain awards West Bank school €70,000
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2016 - Spanish Supreme Court issues landmark ruling against country’s Housing Ministry for illegally excluding Israel’s Ariel University from scientific competition in 2009.

Barkat and Kahlon continue to feud over capital’s fiscal crisis
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2016 - Finance Ministry representatives reportedly boycott Knesset State Control Committee hearing on protracted impasse.

Brainstorming BDS battle strategies
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2016 - Erdan, MKs, NGOs discuss the fight against the Israel boycott movement at Battle Delegitimization conference.

MK Oren calls for ‘Hasbara Iron Dome’ against boycotts
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2016 - Knesset Caucus to Fight Delegitimization to hold conference on fighting BDS.

Anti BDS law introduced into California legislature
Jerusalem Post 5 Jan 2016 - "It is unconscionable for our state to do business with companies that play politics and boycott our critical allies."

France's Orange dumps Israeli affiliate that backed Gaza war
Electronic Intifada - Telecom giant’s exit comes just eight months after international boycott was launched.

Suing the Israeli Settlers
Philip Giraldi, The Unz Review 1/5/2016
      Lawfare might work in two directions
     Shurat HaDin, the Israeli government funded Lawfare center, has been busy filing lawsuits to take away the assets from groups, individuals and even governments that it considers to be “terrorist” connected. That includes anyone opposed to Israel’s existence but it also extends to groups that are critical of Israel for some of its actions as an occupying power as well as for its reported war crimes in dealing with its neighbors. Shurat HaDin has also been using similar tactics to attack supporters of peaceful protest, to include the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has been seeking to put economic pressure on Israel to comply with United Nations resolutions relating to Palestine, as well as against groups on campus seeking to criticize Israel and its policies, claiming that such activity creates a threatening environment for Jewish students.
     Sometimes the lawsuits are frivolous. In the past year Shurat HaDin has, for example, “challenged the tax exempt status of the Presbyterian Church that declared its intent to divest from the Jewish State.” But sometimes they are more serious. On May 15, 2012 a Washington D.C. court awarded $332 million in damages to an American family whose sixteen year-old son had been killed in a 2006 suicide bombing in Israel.
     The court determined that Syria was guilty even though it had directed no terrorist activity and would have to pay the judgment due to its allowing various Palestinian resistance groups to have offices in Damascus. The point of law involved, that supporters of militant groups, no matter how far removed, can be held legally responsible for the consequences of that support is a fundamental principle exploited by Lawfare.
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Gaza: Another Year of Man Made Hell on Earth
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Jan 2016 - By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The Palestinian refugees in Gaza ended another year of decimated lives and livelihood in a man-made hell on earth. During the year, lives of the Gazans have changed for the worse by Israeli armed incursions and the new alliance between Egypt and Israel against them. While Turkey was demanding that Israel should lift the siege on Gaza; the European Union was asking Israel to mark products manufactured in settlements beyond the Green Line in the campaign to delegitimize the occupation; and the Iceland capital of Reykjavík deciding to boycott Israeli goods; and while the specter of economic boycott and possible isolation has been listed among the main strategic threats facing Israel to compel it to relinquish the occupied lands and end the siege on Gaza, Egypt’s government shamelessly teamed with Israel and declared uncompromising war on the Palestinian people in Gaza. The Palestinians today would gladly...more

France's Orange dumps Israeli affiliate that backed Gaza war
Electronic Intifada - Telecom giant’s exit comes just eight months after international boycott was launched.

How the Israel boycott movement struck major blows in 2015
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada 12/31/2015
      In September 2014, on the eve of the Jewish new year, Israel’s leading financial daily named Omar Barghouti among the 100 people most likely to influence the country’s economy in the following year.
     Calcalist, the business supplement of the mass circulation newspaper Yediot Ahronot, said that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which Barghouti helped found, was “already worrying the government.”
     It cited government studies warning that Israel would lose billions of dollars a year in exports and GDP and thousands of jobs if current boycott trends continued.
     “The credit and honor go to the entire BDS movement, of which I am a modest part, to each and every BDS activist in Palestine and around the world who has contributed to making BDS one the most effective forms of resisting Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid,” Barghouti told The Electronic Intifada this week.
     And 2015 has proven Calcalist right.
     As the year closes, Palestine’s Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broad coalition that backs the BDS movement, is pointing out some of the successes of the last 12 months:
     - The authors of a United Nations report revealed in June that BDS was a key factor behind the nearly 50 percent plunge in foreign direct investment in Israel in 2014.
     - The World Bank cited consumer boycotts as a key factor behind a 24 percent drop in Palestinian imports from Israel in the first quarter of 2015....
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France's Orange dumps Israeli affiliate that backed Gaza war
Electronic Intifada: 4 Jan 2016 - Telecom giant’s exit comes just eight months after international boycott was launched. more..

Orange to sever ties with Israeli cellular firm in February, eight months after boycott controversy
Ha'aretz - 3 Jan 2016

Why I sold my stock in General Electric (and donated the proceeds to the BDS movement)
Mondoweiss - I am not someone with a lot of wealth or assets. I am a 24 year-old part-time student, part-time worker who invests all my spare time engaging in activist work. When it comes to capitalist society or divestment there-from, I do not have much to contribute....

US university defeated BDS by hiring three Israeli soldiers to talk up ‘love’ for Israel
Mondoweiss - Everything you need to know about the Jewish community’s marriage to Israeli is in this piece by former Brandeis president Frederick Lawrence in the Jewish Week , explaining how he managed to put down the burgeoning Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) at that Massachusetts school with...

The BDS Movement: A 2015 year in review
Mondoweiss - 2015 was a landmark year for the BDS movement. The list below is a detailed round-up of victories over the past year. Not only did the  movement demonstrate BDS can have a real economic impact on Israel, Justice for Palestine has become a key issue for...

How the Israel boycott movement struck major blows in 2015
Electronic Intifada - Activist successes, despite Israel’s counteroffensive, offer Palestinians hope for 2016.

Israel to demolish Palestinian home months after alleged attack
Occupation Magazine 28 Dec 2015 - Ma`an - Several demolitions have been carried out, despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that said the practice is not only ineffective in preventing attacks, but increases hostility towards Israel. Israeli rights group B’Tselem meanwhile condemned the practice as “court sanctioned revenge” carried out...

How the Israel boycott movement struck major blows in 2015
Electronic Intifada: 29 Dec 2015 - Activist successes, despite Israel’s counteroffensive, offer Palestinians hope for 2016. more..

2015: Seven Ways BDS Broke New Ground against Israeli Settler-Colonialism and Apartheid
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Dec 2015 - The year 2015 will be remembered as the year that Palestinian popular resistance spread across historic Palestine and that saw tens of thousands of Palestinians take to the streets to resist and confront Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. Ten years since the launch of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, 2015 was also a landmark year for BDS, as our detailed round-up of the year shows. To all of the amazing people whose commitment and tireless efforts are making this happen: thank you. Our collective achievements inspire us, motivate us and give us hope. Let’s continue to build our movement in support of Palestinian freedom, justice a