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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.


Global BDS Movement      
       
Israel imposes effective travel ban on BDS movement co-founder, steps up anti-BDS repression
Global BDS Movement - 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...more
Dutch political parties call for sanctions on Israel
Global BDS Movement - 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...more
Now is not the time to surrender to Israel’s bullying on ‘anti-Semitism’
Global BDS Movement - 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...more
New UN database of companies complicit in Israel’s occupation
Global BDS Movement - 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...more
Just as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down
Global BDS Movement - 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...more
Simone de Beauvoir Institute’s Statement of Feminist Solidarity with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement
Global BDS Movement - 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...more
Shifty antisemitism wars
Global BDS Movement - 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...more
University of Chile’s Law Faculty students vote “yes” for BDS
Global BDS Movement - 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...more
     

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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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Recent BDS News
 
BDS is free speech, says Dutch government
25 May 2016 Israel’s attack on boycott activism is prompting governments, civil society to declare that movement is legitimate
Can anthropology overcome its imperial past?
25 May 2016 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
25 May 2016 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...
Acclaimed Irish literary festival’s refusal to accept Israeli state funding welcomed by artists and human rights campaigners
25 May 2016 The decision by Listowel Writers’ Week Festival , an internationally acclaimed literary festival in the Irish heritage town of Listowel County Kerry, to refuse funding from the Israeli Embassy in Ireland has...
French premier says ‘loathing of Jews’ is behind BDS
23 May 2016 Here are two of the latest irresponsible efforts to portray criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism. First, the anti-Zionist site  Free Speech on Israel  publishes a report on French premier Manuel Valls...
‘His only crime was that he’s not Jewish’: Israeli police caught on video attacking Palestinian in Tel Aviv
23 May 2016 Violence / Detentions — West Bank / Jerusalem / Israel Video: Israeli police documented savagely beating Arab in central Tel Aviv Haaretz 22 May by Yaniv Kubovich — Off-duty Border Police officers in...
Video highlights how Airbnb profits from Israeli occupation
23 May 2016 Activists urge boycott of vacation rentals in West Bank settlements.
Tell Your OH Rep: Don't Legislate Against BDS!
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!
 
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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
US Campaign to End the Occupation 4 Aug 2016 -

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
US Campaign to End the Occupation 4 Aug 2016 -

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
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2016 -

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
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2016 -

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
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2016 -

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
IMEMC - 12 Jan 2016 -

BDS: Orange to Cut Ties with Israeli Company
IMEMC - 12 Jan 2016 -

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 and equality. 1. We showed our movement can have a real economic impact on Israel The authors of a UN report said that BDS was a key factor behind the 46% drop in foreign direct investment in Israel in 2014. The...more

Ultra-Orthodox lawmakers boycott swearing-in ceremony of new gay Likud Knesset member
Ha'aretz - 28 Dec 2015

Bottoms up: Israeli lawmakers taste West Bank wine in Knesset
Jerusalem Post 28 Dec 2015 - Land of Israel Caucus promotes new wine guide, after another book boycotted West Bank wineries.

‘Israel is ours’– Dermer’s settlement gift puts spotlight on Ahava
Mondoweiss - The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign continues to put pressure on Israel and rack up victories– the latest being a vicious attack and an acknowledgment of the campaign’s impact. Last week, you may remember, the Israeli ambassador to the United States put his thumb in...

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...

Local UK councils to lose 'boycott and sanctions' powers
Middle East Eye 27 Dec 2015 - Language Undefined MP slams 'bluntly crass' bid to curb freedom to make ethical investment decisions

Spanish Regions Support BDS
IMEMC - 27 Dec 2015 - At least 25 local municipalities and regional governments in the Spanish State, including Catalunya and the Basque Country, have endorsed resolutions supporting the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Israeli occupation. ...

BDS
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2015 -

Local UK councils to lose 'boycott and sanctions' powers
Middle East Eye 27 Dec 2015 - Language Undefined MP slams 'bluntly crass' bid to curb freedom to make ethical investment decisions

Liberal Zionist group says Israeli army compares favorably to ‘oppressive police forces in the US’
Mondoweiss - The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) had its tenth anniversary this year, and no doubt it is growing rapidly. Yesterday I received a fundraising appeal from a liberal Zionist group that calls itself the Third Narrative that is aimed at saving Israel as a Jewish...

Liberal Zionist group says Israeli army compares favorably to ‘oppressive police forces in the US’
Mondoweiss - The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) had its tenth anniversary this year, and no doubt it is growing rapidly. Yesterday I received a fundraising appeal from a liberal Zionist group that calls itself the Third Narrative that is aimed at saving Israel as a Jewish...

Jewish parliamentarians from around the world meet in Knesset
Jerusalem Post 21 Dec 2015 - A panel of members of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus from the coalition and opposition also discussed BDS at the special meeting.

BORDERLINE VIEWS: Boycott realities
Jerusalem Post 21 Dec 2015 -

Adam Sandler says he’s devoted to Israel because of his parents
Mondoweiss - Comedian Adam Sandler went on the Howard Stern show last week and defended Israel against musician Roger Waters’s call on musicians to boycott the country in line with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Notice that Sandler acknowledges that people say bad things about Israel...

Spanish University Boycotts Israel
IMEMC - 20 Dec 2015 - The deanship at the Central University of Barcelona (UAB) announced the official boycott of Israel, with the cut of all kinds of communication and relations with the Israeli universities and institutions which are related directly or indirectly to the occupation. ...

Lapid with reservists: Breaking the Silence crossed from criticism to subversion
Jerusalem Post 20 Dec 2015 - Yesh Atid leader plans legislation to ban BDS groups from funding Israeli NGOs.

University of Barcelona announces official boycott of Israeli occupation
PIC - 20 Dec 2015 - The Central University of Barcelona (UAB) announced its decision to boycott Israeli universities and institutions that have ties, whether direct or indirect, with the occupation of Palestine.

French PM Valls condemns BDS: ‘Criticism of Israeli policies that turned into anti-Semitism’
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2015 - Meyer Habib, French MP representing dual citizens in Israel and other countries, calls on his government to enforce anti-boycott laws.

BDS and Its Discontents
Tikun Olam - I was actually trying to figure out a title that would incorporate the phrase “moral malcontents,” because that’s the way I see the arguments of the academic and chattering class... Read more

Former UC president comes out openly as Israel lobbyist
Electronic Intifada: 18 Dec 2015 - Mark Yudof will use his connections in higher education to fight boycott movement. more..

Former UC president comes out openly as Israel lobbyist
Electronic Intifada - Mark Yudof will use his connections in higher education to fight boycott movement.

Big lies about boycotting Israel in Canada
Electronic Intifada - Montreal paper gives no evidence to back up claims that Palestine solidarity activists make life hard for Jewish students.

Why did Brookings Institution hold a secret panel countering BDS?
Mondoweiss - Last June, Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson held a secret summit in Las Vegas to come up with ways of fighting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign on college campuses. They raised a reported $50 million to do so. Well now that secret process seems to...

Donate now: Help us build an even stronger BDS movement
Global BDS 18 Dec 2015 - Redirecting you to our secure donation page now. One moment please…

Big lies about boycotting Israel in Canada
Electronic Intifada: 18 Dec 2015 - Montreal paper gives no evidence to back up claims that Palestine solidarity activists make life hard for Jewish students. more..

Barghouti: We will continue to boycott Israel
Al-Monitor 16 Dec 2015 - Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, talked to Al-Monitor about the initiative’s local and international efforts to end the occupation and settlement activities through a boycott of Israel.

Why did Brookings Institution hold a secret panel countering BDS?
Mondoweiss - Last June, Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson held a secret summit in Las Vegas to come up with ways of fighting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign on college campuses. They raised a reported $50 million to do so. Well now that secret process seems to...

No, those Israel boycotts are not illegal
Mondoweiss - On December 1, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an oped titled,  “ Those Israel Boycotts Are Illegal ” after members of the American Anthropological Association overwhelmingly voted in favor of endorsing a resolution calling for the academic boycott of Israeli institutions. The following is a letter...

Why my books are not published in Israel
Mondoweiss - Over a year ago, in June 2014, I was offered a contract by an Israeli publishing house for both Mornings in Jenin and The Blue Between Sky and Water .  As a firm supporter of both the economic and cultural boycotts of Israel, I refused.  I did...

Barghouti: We will continue to boycott Israel
Al-Monitor 16 Dec 2015 - Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, talked to Al-Monitor about the initiative’s local and international efforts to end the occupation and settlement activities through a boycott of Israel.

'Proud Jew' Adam Sandler rips Roger Waters, BDS on Howard Stern Show
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2015 - In October, Stern ripped Waters, a major proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, in a seven-minute rant.

More than 200 South African scholars pledge support for Israel boycott
Jerusalem Post 16 Dec 2015 - In declaration, scholars say they would not accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions and would not participate in conferences organized or funded by them.

Why 2015 was a bad year for Israel
YNet News, 16 Dec 2015 - Op-ed: This past year, Israel reached a high in technological strength and a low in global sympathy. The conflict with the Palestinians worsened, and the boycott movement spread to the heart of the US higher education system. Even the economy, our bright side, took a step back. ....

No, those Israel boycotts are not illegal
Mondoweiss - On December 1, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an oped titled,  “ Those Israel Boycotts Are Illegal ” after members of the American Anthropological Association overwhelmingly voted in favor of endorsing a resolution calling for the academic boycott of Israeli institutions. The following is a letter...

Why my books are not published in Israel
Mondoweiss - Over a year ago, in June 2014, I was offered a contract by an Israeli publishing house for both Mornings in Jenin and The Blue Between Sky and Water .  As a firm supporter of both the economic and cultural boycotts of Israel, I refused.  I did...

Lapid begins campaign against BDS
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2015 - "Not everyone is against us. We simply must explain our side. In this war, we are all emissaries," said the opposition MK.

Israeli universities urge U.S. group to drop boycott
Daily Star 15 Dec 2015 The presidents of Israel’s eight research universities released a letter Tuesday calling on an American organization to refrain from moving forward with plans to boycott Israeli academics.

Why U.S. anthropologists voted to boycott Israeli academia
+972 Magazine - The American Anthropological Association is on the way to becoming the largest such association to endorse the Palestinian boycott call. Here’s why. By Lisa B. Rofel (see note below) Supporters of academic boycott during the annual business meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver, Colorado,...

Why do so many Israelis hate Breaking the Silence?
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 12/14/2015
      The organization of former Israeli soldiers is coming under attack from every direction these days — from the Israel’s president to the defense minister to the police. So what’s the deal?
     Breaking the Silence is a Jewish organization, of former Israeli soldiers, most of whom served in combat roles — and all they want to do is to tell Israeli society, which sent them to the occupied Palestinian territories, what they did there as soldiers. They do so with written and video testimonies collected form over 1,000 soldiers, all of which were approved by the IDF Censor before being published. That’s all.
     They don’t support the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. They aren’t trying to have Israeli officers tried for war crimes (the opposite: they believe that the political echelon, not the army, should be held responsible for the occupation). They do not justify any Palestinian violence. They don’t even call on Israelis to refuse to serve in the army, and many of them still do reserve duty every year. If anything, one could pretty easily criticize Breaking the Silence from the left side of the political map.
     And yet, since Breaking the Silence was established it has been under constant attack from the Right in Israel, an attack that has grown louder and stronger in the past month or two. In the latest chapter of the absurd campaign against the organization, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon banned Breaking the Silence from any and all IDF activities. Why? Because if the organization “really shared our values … they would work directly with the IDF, and wouldn’t tarnish our soldiers overseas.” Got that? Because they don’t speak to the army they are no longer allowed to speak to the army. Brilliant.
     But let’s take a look at the accusations against Breaking the Silence one by one.... -- See also: Yaalon declares war on rights group Breaking the Silence
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Israeli university heads fight to prevent US group's boycott motion
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2015 - A final vote of the American Anthropological Association is set to take place in April, where over 10,000 members will cast ballots on whether to officially adopt a boycott.

Why U.S. anthropologists voted to boycott Israeli academia
+972 Magazine - The American Anthropological Association is on the way to becoming the largest such association to endorse the Palestinian boycott call. Here’s why. By Lisa B. Rofel (see note below) Supporters of academic boycott during the annual business meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver, Colorado,...

Why U.S. anthropologists voted to boycott Israeli academia
Occupation Magazine 13 Dec 2015 - Lisa B. Rofel - +972 - The American Anthropological Association is on the way to becoming the largest such association to endorse the Palestinian boycott call. Here’s why [ry]

Why U.S. anthropologists voted to boycott Israeli academia
Lisa B. Rofel, +972 Magazine 12/14/2015
      The American Anthropological Association is on the way to becoming the largest such association to endorse the Palestinian boycott call. Here’s why.
     On November 20, a record-breaking 1,800 people showed up to the largest business meeting in the history of the American Anthropological Association, to vote on a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions until such time as they end their complicity with the state’s systematic human rights violations. When the ballots were tallied, 88.4 percent of the votes had been cast in favor of the boycott resolution. If the measure is approved on the electronic Spring Ballot, the AAA will become the largest academic association in the United States yet to endorse the Palestinian call to boycott.
     This vote was the culmination of over three years of education and discussion, including an official AAA Task Force on Engagement with Israel/Palestine, charged with analyzing the situation from an anthropological perspective. In October, the task force delivered a devastating final report, documenting in stark terms the severe toll the Israeli occupation takes on Palestinian lives. The task force concluded that the occupation is best understood as a settler-colonial project, that state violence severely impedes Palestinian scholars and students, and that Israeli universities are complicit in perpetuating these ongoing violations.
     The significance of these findings cannot be overstated. Anthropologists specialize in the study of human diversity. For this reason, the AAA’s 1999 Declaration On Anthropology and Human Rights urges us to respond “whenever human difference is made the basis for a denial of basic human rights.” Anthropologists’ overwhelming support for the academic boycott comes out of the finding that, under Israeli rule, to be Palestinian is to be subject to systematic discrimination.
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Finally, the EU stages an Israel intervention
Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera 12/13/2015
      The EU decision to identify and label Israeli products from occupied territories is a brave move to penalise occupation.
     As the year draws to a close, relations between Israel and the European Union could not sensibly be described as rosy. In fact, they might well be at an all-time low.
     The simple explanation for this is that, after years of, well, basically dithering, the EU has finally labelled Israeli products that come from settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Finally, because those settlements have been described by the EU (and beyond) as being in breach of international law and an obstacle to peace for decades.
     Now, Europe's trade agreements have caught up with the law - a bit, anyway. The EU directive is not a ban or a boycott: The labelling very simply means that consumers will know where the products are coming from, and that goods originating from Jewish settlements won't get the preferential treatment that Israeli products receive under trade arrangements with Europe.
     But Israel has not taken kindly to this development. Cue the news items lamenting how the country is uniquely and unfairly targeted by Europe - pointing to northern Cyprus, for instance (even though the EU doesn't recognise Turkish control of it and doesn't have financial agreements with Turkish Cypriot authorities).
     Cue a spate of polls asking which European country least supports Israel (Sweden, apparently, because it recognises Palestine and supports consumer labelling for settlement products.) Cue the Israelis on the street proclaiming that they are going to "boycott" European products in return.
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The BDS narrative rests upon lies; telling the truth can defeat it
Ha'aretz - 13 Dec 2015

BDS: The Mossad’s missing target
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2015 - This tale of institutional recuperation is contrasted by the outside world’s spreading decay, which in turn is fast redefining the Mossad’s aims.

Pro-Israel academics launch network to fight battle against BDS on US campuses
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2015 - “You don’t see ‘Boycott Syria’ or ‘Boycott China’ or ‘Boycott Venezuela,’ or any other country whose human rights records are, I would argue, considerably worse,” said a chairman of the new network.

UK wants law to stop councils boycotting Israel
Electronic Intifada - The Conservative government says BDS harms UK's "international interests."

Even as Clinton opposes sanctions over Israeli settlements, new poll shows her Democratic base is for them
Mondoweiss - Last weekend Hillary Clinton joined the Republican candidates in coming down hard against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. Speaking to her financial sponsor Haim Saban as well as a D.C. audience, she described the campaign as anti-semitic and wrong, and meantime offered vague opposition to...

Capoeira groups in solidarity with the Palestinian people
Global BDS 10 Dec 2015 - Awareness about Israel’s apartheid, colonialism and occupation against the Palestinian people is growing among capoeira players, known as capoeristas. Heeding a call from the Capoeira Freedom Collective – Palestine, Capoeira groups around the world have hosted solidarity rodas (capoeira circles) on the context of the International...

UK wants law to stop councils boycotting Israel
Electronic Intifada: 10 Dec 2015 - The Conservative government says BDS harms UK's "international interests." more..

ACT NOW ! Ask the UN to drop G4S
International Solidarity Movement - December 9th, 2015 | Codepink , BDS Movement | Occupied Palestine G4S, the largest private security company in the world, is involved in  brutal human rights violations at detention centers worldwide, including in Israeli prisons where Palestinian political prisoners and children are tortured and held without trial. The U.N. officially opposes these violent...

UK envoy: Bilateral trade thriving despite talk of boycotts, product labeling
Jerusalem Post 9 Dec 2015 - Britain, which has emerged as a center of Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment activity against Israel, was in 2014 the third largest market for Israeli exports in the world.

Even as Clinton opposes sanctions over Israeli settlements, new poll shows her Democratic base is for them
Mondoweiss - Last weekend Hillary Clinton joined the Republican candidates in coming down hard against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. Speaking to her financial sponsor Haim Saban as well as a D.C. audience, she described the campaign as anti-semitic and wrong, and meantime offered vague opposition to...

Syrian opposition struggles to find common ground in Riyadh
Middle East Eye 9 Dec 2015 - Language Undefined Invitee boycotts talks because 'terrorist' groups are attending, while Islamist rebel faction accuses organisers of inviting Assad supporters

Protests at Israel supporting restaurants in London, Rome, Berlin & Barcelona
Global BDS 7 Dec 2015 - VIDEO: http://tiny.cc/apartheidRoundT Anti-apartheid activists picketed Stazione di Posta in Rome, Tragaluz in Barcelona, Fruehsammers in Berlin and the Cinnamon Kitchen in London to protest their participation in a culinary event in Tel Aviv intended to whitewash Israel’s violent repression of Palestinians. Dubbed by its Israeli organizers...

Defenders of Israel condemn themselves along with The Zionist state
Jihad El-Khazen, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/7/2015
      The evil gang of American Likud supporters condemn themselves twice over when they defend the Israeli government’s terrorist acts against the Palestinians. They condemn themselves first and foremost when they publish articles, declare positions and organise protests in favour of Israel, and second when they make vacuous statements condemning the crimes of the Zionist state and its supporters, as if they did not themselves defend Israel in the first place.
     I read that the US National Society for Women’s Studies voted on a resolution calling for the boycott of Israel. This began in 2014 when Women for Justice in Palestine called for a boycott and 2,500 of its members called for the freedom of Palestinians. Israel said that the number of members voting for the boycott within the National Society for Women’s Studies fell to only 35 per cent this year. This number may have declined because the outcome is already guaranteed, or maybe this percentage shows the number of supporters last year. However, the evil gang is on the verge of considering the condemnation of Israel as a victory for itself, and the women of America have followed the students in joining the boycott.
     The hatred of this gang floats to the surface day after day. I read reports claiming that the Canadian left-wing government “dismissed” soldiers in order to make room for refugees. Of course no government would dismiss its own soldiers, but rather would find them alternative accommodation. On the other hand, the Likudians prefer to condemn the left-wing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the son of Pierre Trudeau, whose popularity has reached as far as Europe, where he was recently treated like a celebrity.
     In addition to this, I read a despicable article in which the writer poses the question “Am I racist?” because he is opposed to the entry of 35,000 Syrian refugees into Canada. The answer is yes; you are racist, just like every member of the Israeli government and the terrorist coalition parties. Syrian refugees will improve the capabilities of Canada if and when the country embraces them.
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Ex-Cambridge professor who boycotted Israeli 13-year-old under police investigation
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2015 - Levine responded that she is a member of the Jews for Justice for Palestinians organization and that she supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

UCLA student groups face funding cuts over Israel divestment
Electronic Intifada - Expanding climate of repression has a direct chilling effect on students.

Pandering on Israel, Clinton equates BDS to extremism and Iran as threats to U.S.
Mondoweiss - Yesterday Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Washington at the Saban Forum of Brookings that included more pandering to Israel than any speech I’ve heard from any American politician. It was endless. Israel is a brave democracy, a light unto the nations, a miracle, its “prowess...

How Americans really feel about equality for Palestinians and Israelis
+972 Magazine - The Obama administration is only willing to discuss a one-state solution in terms of apartheid and violence. But asked whether Jews and Palestinians should be equal, the vast majority of Americans suddenly become one-state supporters. And then there’s sanctions… Palestinians use a ladder to climb over...

Protests at Israel supporting restaurants in London, Rome, Berlin & Barcelona
Global BDS 7 Dec 2015 - VIDEO: http://tiny.cc/apartheidRoundT Anti-apartheid activists picketed Stazione di Posta in Rome, Tragaluz in Barcelona, Fruehsammers in Berlin and the Cinnamon Kitchen in London to protest their participation in a culinary event in Tel Aviv intended to whitewash Israel’s violent repression of Palestinians. Dubbed by its Israeli organizers...

UCLA student groups face funding cuts over Israel divestment
Electronic Intifada: 7 Dec 2015 - Expanding climate of repression has a direct chilling effect on students. more..

How Americans really feel about equality for Palestinians and Israelis
+972 Magazine - The Obama administration is only willing to discuss a one-state solution in terms of apartheid and violence. But asked whether Jews and Palestinians should be equal, the vast majority of Americans suddenly become one-state supporters. And then there’s sanctions… Palestinians use a ladder to climb over...

German Foreign Ministry backs labeling Israeli settlement products
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2015 - The German Foreign Ministry added “there will not be an Israel boycott in Germany” and “Israeli products will, of course, continue to receive preferential market access.”

The Mossad accelerates its strategy against BDS
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/3/2015
      One year ago I wrote about the Mossad's strategy to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In part, I based my argument on the analysis of former Mossad director Shabatai Shavit, who had written an important, and under-noticed, opinion piece about it in Haaretz, Israel's liberal daily newspaper.
     In that piece Shavit had argued, in a most sinister fashion, that "in this age of asymmetrical warfare" Israeli spy agencies are not yet "using all our force, and this has a detrimental effect on our deterrent power." To me, this seemed tantamount to a declaration of war on the BDS movement. I maintain that in the long term, as Israel becomes more and more desperate in its (mostly failed) attempts to combat BDS, the more likely it is to carry out some sort of violent attack on BDS activists.
     It's already very difficult for Israel to combat BDS. It's something akin to trying to against fight a shifting sand dune. BDS is a diffuse and broad movement, which, although it has popular and influential figures supporting it, has no central leadership or cadres that Israel could remove through its various nefarious means. More fundamentally, it's pretty hard to force people to buy Israel products, or make them participate in Israeli propaganda initiatives against their will or interest. Furthermore, although some people can be bought-off, intimidated, or otherwise coerced into silence, it's pretty much impossible to stop everyone talking about an idea or a strategy.
     Nonetheless, that doesn't stop Israel trying.
     How has the strategy of the Mossad and other Israeli spy agencies to combat BDS developed over the course of the last year? An excellent investigative report by dissident Israeli journalist Amira Hass this week gave us a new insight.
     Hass discovered the existence of a covert sabotage campaign targeted against Al Haq, likely Palestine's most important human rights organization....
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Top Obama aide: US firmly opposed to BDS movement
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2015 -

A third of Americans support sanctions against Israel
YNet News, 4 Dec 2015 - A survey conducted in the US has revealed that 37 percent of Americans support sanctions against Israel as a response to settlement-building. Of those, 27 percent support economic sanctions and 10 percent are in favor of even harsher measures. Among Democratic voters the proportion is even higher, with half supporting sanctions. ....

Jordan branch of UN agency boycotts Israel prison profiteer G4S
Electronic Intifada - Protests against British security firm take place in five world cities.

Jeb Bush says he'd order crackdown on BDS as president
Electronic Intifada - Republican hopeful ratchets up repression threats against Palestine solidarity movement.

Jordan branch of UN agency boycotts Israel prison profiteer G4S
Electronic Intifada: 4 Dec 2015 - Protests against British security firm take place in five world cities. more..

UNHCR ends G4S contracts in Jordan following campaign pressure
Mondoweiss - The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement announced a victory today as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan confirmed to journalists that it no longer does business with the British private security firm G4S. The announcement followed an intensive phase of campaigning by...

American anthropologists wrong to boycott Israeli academia
+972 Magazine - Academic boycotts are fundamentally antithetical to academic freedom. Let’s start using anthropological forms of engagement for the sake of progressive change. By Michele Rivkin-Fish Supporters of academic boycott during the annual business meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver, Colorado, November 21, 2015. (photo: Alex...

UNHCR in Jordan no longer contracting with G4S
Global BDS 3 Dec 2015 - The Jordan BDS group protesting against UN contracts with G4S on Sunday A UN body that has been facing pressure to end its links with security company G4S over its role in Israeli human rights abuses has announced that it no longer has contracts with the...

Germany's biggest kosher supermarket opens in Berlin
YNet News, 2 Dec 2015 - Undeterred by security situation in Europe and public demand to label and boycott Israeli goods, non-Jewish German businessman teams up with Jewish entrepreneurs to sell kosher products, some imported from Israel. ....

American anthropologists wrong to boycott Israeli academia
+972 Magazine - Academic boycotts are fundamentally antithetical to academic freedom. Let’s start using anthropological forms of engagement for the sake of progressive change. By Michele Rivkin-Fish Supporters of academic boycott during the annual business meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver, Colorado, November 21, 2015. (photo: Alex...

Portuguese retailer Worten drops SodaStream
Global BDS 2 Dec 2015 - Portuguese electrical retailer Worten has ended the sale of SodaStream from its more than 135 stores across the country. The decision came after pressure from campaigners pointing at SodaStream’s appalling human rights record against Palestinians. SodaStream is a target of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)...

San Jose State University becomes first California State University to pass student government BDS resolution
Mondoweiss - The following press release was issued by Students for Justice in Palestine at San Jose State University: San Jose State University Students Pass Resolution to Divest from Corporations that profit from the Israeli Occupation. On Wednesday November 18, 2015, San Jose State University became the first...

"Boycott of Israel is a Feminist issue"
Occupation Magazine 30 Nov 2015 - Elizabeth Redden - Inside Higher Ed - The National Women’s Studies Association is the newest scholarly group to back the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. 88.4 percent of participants in the vote 0 653 individuals - voted in favor of a boycott measure. "Palestinian...

Should Your Child Go To A College Whose Faculty Supports The Anti-Semitic Boycott Against Israel?
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2015 -

Vote backing boycott challenges feminists to take clear stand on Palestine
Electronic Intifada - Women’s studies scholars adopt Israel boycott by landslide.

Palestinians should welcome Europe's first steps towards full boycott of Israeli settlements
Ha'aretz - 29 Nov 2015

Vote backing boycott challenges feminists to take clear stand on Palestine
Electronic Intifada - Women’s studies scholars adopt Israel boycott by landslide.

Vote backing boycott challenges feminists to take clear stand on Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 29 Nov 2015 - Women’s studies scholars adopt Israel boycott by landslide. more..

BDS activists in Germany inspect stores to force labeling of Israeli products
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2015 - German activists wore signs on their backs which read: "Inspection: Label obligation for products from the illegal Israeli settlements.

Fleeing BDS, Belgian stage director brings a taste of Sex and the City to TA
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2015 - Having been ostracized in Antwerp's artistic community, Noémi Schlosser breaks into Israel's theater scene with a comic production about love, sex and relationships.

Israel’s arms sales have a questionable past, present and future
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/27/2015
      There are many examples of Israel committing war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The UN has said that the building of settlements in the territories contravenes international law and could amount to war crimes. A UN report on Israel’s most recent war against Gaza also said that it found evidence that the state had committed war crimes. Furthermore, its booming arms trade means that Israel is also complicit in war crimes, and even genocide, in many other countries.
     Last week, a bill sponsored by the left-wing Meretz Party to make it harder for Israel to sell arms to human rights violators, was opposed by the foreign ministry, which claims that the current safeguards are sufficient. However, Israel’s long history of supplying arms to countries with questionable human rights records, suggests otherwise.
     During the apartheid era in South Africa, for example, Israelis trained the elite military units of the then South African Defence Force, sold tanks and aviation technology to its army, and licensed the production of Galil rifles at a local factory. Israel profited handsomely from this arrangement, and the apartheid government in Pretoria managed to gain access to state-of-the-art weaponry at a time when the rest of the world was turning against it in a most effective — and eventually successful — boycott and sanctions movement. In 2010, secret documents were revealed showing that Israel had even offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime.
     According to journalist Jeremy Bigwood, Israel has also supplied, trained and advised right-wing groups and regimes across Latin America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
     Israel was, for example, the main arms supplier to the Guatemalan army during a time when it was embroiled in a brutal counter-insurgency campaign in which at least 200,000 (mostly Native American Indians) were killed or “disappeared”....
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Israel-funded group slams US labor federation for backing Palestinian rights
Electronic Intifada - Activists say Connecticut AFL-CIO deserves support for calling for divestment from Israeli occupation.

Musicians: Boycotting Israel fans the flames of conflict
Ha'aretz - 26 Nov 2015

Israel-funded group slams US labor federation for backing Palestinian rights
Electronic Intifada - Activists say Connecticut AFL-CIO deserves support for calling for divestment from Israeli occupation.

Israel-funded group slams US labor federation for backing Palestinian rights
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 25 November 2015 Activists say Connecticut AFL-CIO deserves support for calling for divestment from Israeli occupation.

US anthropologists back Israel boycott in landslide vote
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 23 November 2015 American Anthropological Association move is blow to Israel lobby groups that stepped up efforts to combat BDS.

ACTION ALERT: CT AFL-CIO Under Attack for Supporting Palestinian Rights!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 25 Nov 2015 - SIGN PETITION: Thank CT Union for Urging National AFL-CIO to Adopt BDS!

Israel-funded group slams US labor federation for backing Palestinian rights
Electronic Intifada: 25 Nov 2015 - Ali Abunimah 25 November 2015 Activists say Connecticut AFL-CIO deserves support for calling for divestment from Israeli occupation. more..

Israel denies South Africa approved arrest warrants against former IDF generals
Jerusalem Post 24 Nov 2015 - Foreign Ministry calls South African BDS activists' claim of arrest warrants against former IDF chief, other top commanders from Mavi Marmara false.

Affirming the rights of students to organize, protest, and resist
Mondoweiss - The following statement is being circulated by  CUNY for Palestine , a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and community members at the City University of New York (CUNY) that organizes around the BDS movement and builds solidarity for Palestine. In light of recent events and revelations,...

Upcoming Third Intifada will Alienate Israel Psychologically and Economically
Parul Verma, Intifada-Palestine 11/23/2015
      “Let it be clear to any company or organization that’s considering boycotting us: We will hit back. We will attack our attackers. We will boycott our boycotters.” Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of her Jewish Home party
     “De-legitimization of Israel must be fought, and you are on the front lines. It’s not about this or that Israeli policy. It’s about our right to exist here as a free people.” Netanyahu during an emergency summit to address BDS.
     “We are preparing to file lawsuits against BDS activists who call for blacklisting the Jewish state.” Ayeled Shaked
     The mere act of considering to sue the BDS activist on the grounds of racial discrimination and damaging Israeli trade and economy, speaks of the fear seeping among the Zionist in the Knesset. This nonviolent movement for the justice in Israel/Palestine has grown more momentum than Israel could have imagined. Considering the figures, Israel’s disquiet over BDS is genuine. Israeli financial newspaper reported ,estimating that BDS could cost Israel’s economy $1.4billlion a year. The estimate included exports from the West Bank settlements and with the EU’s decision to label the occupied territory products by the Israel ( not part of the BDS movement) , The Rand Corporation estimates that the loss could be more than three times higher: $47bn over 10 years.
     But how is the BDS campaign related to the upcoming Third Intifada? Will the Third intifada be a collective participation by the world to show the solidarity with Palestine, alienating Israel (psychologically and financially)? Will the outcome of the Third intifada break down the economic backbone of Israel?
     Due to stalled peace talks, many countries whose governments do not currently recognise the Palestinian state are being encountered with pressures from members of the parliaments and the general public to re-structure their policies....
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Who will prevent the boycott? Not Israel's government
Ha'aretz - 23 Nov 2015

Shaked: State prosecutors ignoring instruction to work with oversight czar ‘unwise'
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2015 - Union instructed state prosecutors to boycott the oversight body despite orders from Shaked and Weinstein to cooperate with it.

Britain's Labor Party, German's KaDeWe store boycott Israeli occupation
PIC - 22 Nov 2015 - The Labor Party in Britain announced its boycott of a security firm having business ties with Israel, while a department store in Germany decided to remove Israeli products from its shelves.

US anthropologists back Israel boycott in landslide vote
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 23 November 2015 American Anthropological Association move is blow to Israel lobby groups that stepped up efforts to combat BDS.

Labour Party votes to boycott G4S over links to Israel
Occupation Magazine 23 Nov 2015 - Jewish Chronicle - According to reports, the committee passed the proposal to boycott the private security company that has provided its conference security in recent years by 12 votes to four, because it has links to what the Palestine Solidarity Campaign describes as “Israeli prisons which...

US anthropologists back Israel boycott in landslide vote
Electronic Intifada: 23 Nov 2015 - Ali Abunimah 23 November 2015 American Anthropological Association move is blow to Israel lobby groups that stepped up efforts to combat BDS. more..

UK's Labor Party boycotts security firm with business ties to Israel
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2015 - The company has come under fire in recent years due to what pro-Palestinian activists say is its role in facilitating Israel's control over the Palestinian territories.

U.S. anthropologists vote to boycott Israeli academia
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 11/21/2015
      American Anthropological Association votes resoundingly to sever all ties with Israeli academic institutions, as a response to Israel’s ‘widespread, systematic, and ongoing violations of Palestinian rights.’
     The American Anthropological Association (AAA) overwhelmingly passed a resolution to support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions during its annual business meeting on Friday. The resolution will go into effect only if it is approved by a final vote of all association members sometime in the coming months.
     With over 10,000 members, AAA is by far the largest academic association in the United States to endorse the boycott at an annual meeting.
     The resolution, which was resoundingly approved by a vote of 1040-136, will sever all ties between the AAA and Israeli academic institutions, although Israeli academics will be able to take part in events organized by the association. Moreover, every member of the AAA will be able to decide for her or himself whether or not to implement the decision in their work.
     According to a statement by “Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions,” a group actively involved in supporting the resolution over the past few years, the “historic result” is a response to Israel’s “widespread, systematic, and ongoing violations of Palestinian rights, as well as to protest the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in these abuses.”
     The group’s website lists several examples of the direct involvement of Israel’s academic institutions in the occupation, including the establishment of a university in the West Bank, the development of weapons and combat doctrines used by the military in the occupied territories, the decision by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) to provide academic credits to students involved in hasbara efforts, etc.
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U.S. anthropologists massively back boycott of Israel
Ha'aretz - 21 Nov 2015

US anthropological group votes to boycott Israeli universities
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2015 - Some 30 Israeli anthropologists fail to stop the vote, despite competing resolution to reject boycott.

American Anthropological Association approves boycott of Israeli academic institutions
YNet News, 21 Nov 2015 - ....

Leading anthropologists group overwhelmingly passes BDS resolution at Denver conference
Mondoweiss - By an overwhelming vote of 1,040 in favor and 136 against (88 percent), the American Anthropological Association (AAA) overwhelmingly approved a historic  resolution  to boycott Israeli academic institutions to honor the call of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). The association voted at its annual business...

U.S. anthropologists vote to boycott Israeli academia
+972 Magazine - American Anthropological Association votes resoundingly to sever all ties with Israeli academic institutions, as a response to Israel’s ‘widespread, systematic, and ongoing violations of Palestinian rights.’ The American Anthropological Association (AAA) overwhelmingly passed a resolution to support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions during its annual...

The crisis in Israel’s arms industry
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/16/2015
      Last month the heads of four major Israeli arms firms warned their government of a "major crisis" in the country's arms industry. The value of arms exports is falling at the rate of at least $1 billion per year, the CEOs wrote.
     In their letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu they warned that "military exports have dropped from $7.5 billion in 2012, to $6.5 billion in 2013, and further to $5.5 billion in 2014. This year we are expecting exports to total $4-4.5 billion.”
     That means that by the end of this year, the three-year fall in exports could amount to as much as $3.5 billion. What accounts for this dramatic situation?
     Also Read: Israel trade deficit hits over $1bn in October
     The CEOs themselves put it down to a bad economy and a generalised global downturn in defence spending on non-domestic industries: "defence markets are cutting back. Countries are buying fewer weapons, and the countries still buying are requesting to relocate production and development facilities to within their borders; we are facing serious dilemmas because of this."
     But Michael Deas of the BDS National Committee (the coalition of Palestinian civil society groups which leads and promotes the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement) wrote recently arguing that part of the reason for the decline in export sales can be attributed to Palestine solidarity campaigners who have long pushed for an end to military exports to Israel in their respective countries.
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Israel cheapens memory of Holocaust by likening settlement labels to Nazi boycott, EU envoy says
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2015 - "It is simply not permissible to write 'Made in Israel' on products from Israeli settlements," Faaborg-Andersen said.

Video: "I support the cultural boycott of Israel"
Electronic Intifada - Maureen Clare Murphy 18 November 2015 “Performing or not performing in Israel forces a choice between taking the side of the oppressor or the oppressed.”

America boycotting the boycotters
Jerusalem Post 17 Nov 2015 - BDS is not a benign human rights movement striving for mutual respect of national aspirations; it is a scheme to harm, and worse, to defame Israel.

‘I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel’: Prominent artists support New York-based campaign for cultural boycott of Israel
Mondoweiss - A new video released by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel features eight leading artists stating, “I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel.” The artists include Tony-nominated stage and television actress Kathleen Chalfant; musician Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd; musicians...

Spain: City Council Announces Support for BDS, Warrant Issued for Netanyahu's Arrest
IMEMC - 16 Nov 2015 - The Santiago de Compostela City Council (capital of Spain's Galicia region) passed a motion declaring itself a space free of discrimination against the Palestinian people and in support of the BDS campaign on 10 November. ...

Seattle campaign group publishes Stop Veolia Zine
Global BDS 15 Nov 2015 - The Stop Veolia campaign in Seattle launched a 101-page Zine  documenting Veolia’s criminal anti-labor, anti-environment, anti-poor practices, alongside popular victories against Veolia in Paris and Palestine. Veolia, the largest privatizer of water globally, the largest privatizer of transportation in North America, until recently one of the...

Seattle campaign group publishes Stop Veolia Zine
Global BDS 15 Nov 2015 - The Stop Veolia campaign in Seattle launched a 101-page Zine  documenting Veolia’s criminal anti-labor, anti-environment, anti-poor practices, alongside popular victories against Veolia in Paris and Palestine. Veolia, the largest privatizer of water globally, the largest privatizer of transportation in North America, until recently one of the...

Steven Salaita: BDS’s favorite martyr
YNet News, 14 Nov 2015 - Op-ed: American scholar's repeated insistence that academic freedom does not apply to 'pro-Palestinian' voices is simply absurd, as both overt hostility to Israel and anti-Semitism under the guise of anti-Zionism have for years dominated field of Middle East studies. ....

US: EU product labeling is not a boycott of Israel
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2015 - Israel has suspended diplomatic dialogue with the EU for a few weeks to protest the labeling measure, which has been in the works since 2012.

Majority of UK Jewish community oppose Israeli settlement expansion: Survey
Middle East Eye 13 Nov 2015 - Language Undefined A poll of more than 1,000 British Jews has found that a sizeable minority would support sanctions against Israel to further the peace process

Hamas welcomes EU decision to label settlement products
11/12/2015 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas movement said Thursday that it welcomes the European Union's decision to label Israeli settlement products, a spokesperson said. Sami Abu Zuhri said that the group considers the decision  as "a step in the right direction," calling for sanctions and restrictions on the export of all Israeli services and goods, not just those produced in illegal settlements....

Column one: Fighting fire with fire
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2015 - The time has come to stand up to Europe. If we refuse to do so, a day will soon come when labels will lead to their inevitable end point: a full European economic boycott of the Jewish state.

Three-quarters of British Jews believe settlements are 'major' obstacle to peace
YNet News, 12 Nov 2015 - New report issued by British pro-peace outfit Yachad finds 24% of British Jews would be willing to 'support some sanctions against Israel' if they thought it would push Israeli gov't towards peace with Palestinians. ....

Zionism, anti-blackness, and the struggle for Palestine
Mondoweiss - This article was originally published at Savage Mind  noting “This essay is a very important anthropological contribution to the renewed U.S. Black-Palestinian solidarity sweeping the academy and beyond.”  The author  offers her “full support for the Resolution put forth by the   Anthropologists for the Boycott of...

Palestinian NGO cancels Mayor of London visit after BDS remarks
11/11/2015 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian NGO in Ramallah canceled a planned visit with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on Wednesday after he dismissed supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movementas "lefty academics."The London mayor was meant to meet with a group at the Sharek Youth Forum to discuss the challenges faced by young Palestinians as part of a three day visit....

WATCH: London's mayor rips BDS supporters as 'lefty academics with no real standing'
Ha'aretz - 10 Nov 2015

Israel briefly suspends diplomatic dialogue with the EU to protest labeling
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2015 - Netanyahu: Europe should be ashamed of itself; Erekat: this is the first step toward total boycott of Israeli settlements.

Mayor of Munich bars use of city rooms for anti-Israel BDS events
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2015 - Mayor asks city’s cultural representative to conduct review of local government’s sponsorship of anti-Israel events.

Bill to keep boycotters out of Israel clears hurdle
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2015 - "Whoever calls for a boycott, will not come here and will stay out."

Crisis averted on House session as cool minds prevail
Daily Star 11 Nov 2015 Parliament convenes Thursday to discuss crucial draft laws after a last-gasp compromise avoided the boycott of major Christian groups in the country over the session’s agenda.

How did politicians reach a compromise?
Daily Star 11 Nov 2015 After it looked for weeks that major Christian parties would boycott Parliament’s legislative session, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces announced Wednesday that they would participate. How did they reach this agreement?

Israel targets boycotters as EU moves against settlements
+972 Magazine - On the same day the EU adopts guidelines for labeling settlement goods, the Knesset passes a preliminary reading of a bill to prevent entry to individuals who support a boycott of Israel. Construction expands the Israeli settlement Beit Orot in the Al Tur neighborhood of East...

Connecticut labor federation backs Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 11 November 2015 Connecticut branch of AFL-CIO urges national leadership to back key elements of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel.

Oberlin College Board of Trustees rejects divestment proposal amidst lack of transparency
Mondoweiss - Oberlin College’s Investment Office has rejected a proposal submitted by the campus club, Students for a Free Palestine, calling on the college to drop holdings in a number of corporations involved in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. In an e-mail dated 27 October 2015 Board Chair...

I went from Bar Mitzvah to BDS at Temple Emanu-el
Mondoweiss - I don’t remember the last time I attended services at Temple Emanu-el. Was it 14, 15 years ago? I recall the enormous space and the church-like choir hidden behind the ark; I remember hearing about Emanu-el’s history as one of the largest synagogues in the world...

Call from Gaza-Based Palestinian Student Blocs: Intensify BDS campaigns against apartheid Israel
Mondoweiss - Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine – We, organizations that make up the majority of the Palestinian student sector, call upon our peers and student organizations and unions around the world to mobilize against Israel’s policies of occupation, colonization and apartheid in Palestine. The Israeli Occupation forces together...

VIDEO: Johnson on 'lefties' who boycott Israel
BBC 11 Nov 2015 - London Mayor Boris Johnson has had to abandon planned visits to the West Bank because of security fears following his comments about people who support a trade boycott of Israel.

Mayor of London disinvited from West Bank event over BDS comments in Israel
Middle East Eye 11 Nov 2015 - Language Undefined Boris Johnson described the boycott and sanctions movement as the stuff of 'left academics' during trade visit to Israel

VIDEO: Johnson on 'lefties' who boycott Israel
BBC 11 Nov 2015 - London Mayor Boris Johnson has had to abandon planned visits to the West Bank because of security fears following his comments about people who support a trade boycott of Israel.

Infighting overshadows Iran press exhibition
Al-Monitor 10 Nov 2015 - Boycotts and accusations against media close to the administration have overshadowed Iran's 21st Press Exhibition.

Connecticut labor federation backs Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada: 11 Nov 2015 - Ali Abunimah 11 November 2015 Connecticut branch of AFL-CIO urges national leadership to back key elements of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel. more..

Boris Johnson dismisses academics' boycott of Israel while on trade trip
The Guardian 9 Nov 2015 - War on Want criticises London mayor after he derides pledge by 300 academics to boycott Israeli universities over violations of Palestinians’ human rights The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has hit out at those involved in...

Intifada in Raufoss
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Intifada in Raufoss BDS Norway staged an Intifada against the weapon producer Nammo Friday 6 November. BDS NORWAY STAGED AN INTIFADA AGAINST THE ARMS PRODUCER NAMMO – DEMANDS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND NAMMO: STOP ALL ARMS TRADE WITH ISRAEL. Friday morning at 7.30 AM activists...

Amos Oz, BDS's man of the year
YNet News, 9 Nov 2015 - Op-ed: It's okay to criticize the government in a way which can be accepted by most Israelis, but when this 'criticism' is mainly used by the campaign for Israel's destruction - you become part of it. ....

Settlements' products: Various tricks to avoid boycott (report)
PIC - 9 Nov 2015 - Products of the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands spread across the world in spite of all the boycott campaigns.

An Open Letter to Dan Rabinowitz: Let’s get our facts straight about BDS
Mondoweiss - In a recent column in Ha’aretz.com , the Israeli anthropologist Dan Rabinowitz argues against the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) by hitching his political bona fides to his purported friendship with the late Edward Said. Rabinowitz writes, “ I am an Anthropologist at Tel-Aviv...

Brazilian star Caetano Veloso announces he will never go back to Israel
Global BDS 9 Nov 2015 - After performing in Tel Aviv, in defiance of Palestinian appeals not to help Israel use his name to cover up its regime of oppression, Caetano Veloso has now concluded that he will “never go back” to Israel. In an article entitled, “To visit Israel to never...

Lord Robert Winston, IVF pioneer, slams British BDS movement
Ha'aretz - 8 Nov 2015

UK academics participate in Haifa U conference, rejecting calls for academic boycott of Israel
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2015 - Thirteen academics from several leading universities in the UK participated in a conference over the course of the weekend on quantitative studies of conflict in international relations.

Berri vows to hold session despite FPM, LF boycott
Daily Star 8 Nov 2015 Speaker Nabih Berri vowed Sunday to proceed with a crucial Parliament meeting this week to pass urgent draft laws, defying a possible boycott by the country’s three leading Christian parties over the exclusion of an electoral...

Dialogue vs. BDS? Responding to arguments against an academic boycott of Israel
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/6/2015
      On Tuesday, October 27, a full-page advertisement appeared in The Guardian, announcing the support of more than 300 UK-based scholars for an academic boycott of Israel. A week on, the list of supporters had grown to some 600.
     Criticism from the usual suspects was immediate, with condemnation by the Israeli embassy in London, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). Opponents of the boycott also expressed themselves in various op-ed columns and on The Guardian’s letters page.
     Here I will suggest responses to the most common arguments advanced by critics of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, and specifically its academic component.:
     What we need is dialogue – boycotts are counterproductive.
     A boycott is an attack on academic freedom.
     Israeli universities and scholars are not responsible for their government’s policies.
     Israeli academics in particular are vociferous critics of the government’s human rights abuses.
     ‘Israeli-Arabs’ attend Israeli universities.
     Israeli universities conduct important and beneficial research.
     The academic boycott singles out Israel.
     A boycott based on nationality is discriminatory.
     The academic boycott is antisemitic.
     In conclusion: What we need is dialogue – boycotts are counterproductive
     This is one of the most common arguments heard against the academic boycott. It was found on The Guardian’sletters page, and voiced by the Israeli embassy, who claimed that “divisive boycott initiatives…serve only to sow hatred, alienating the sides rather than promoting coexistence.”
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To France’s motto of 'liberty, equality, fraternity' must now be added 'hypocrisy'
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/4/2015
      You could not make this up; the country that prides itself as a world leader in free speech has now basically banned one of the most powerful boycott movements launched by ordinary citizens. The cries of “liberty, equality, fraternity” are now beginning to ring hollow in France where the powerful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been criminalised by a French court.
     This is a victory only for those who want to make criminals out of people exercising their right to free speech. That is exactly what France has done to anyone and everyone who shows support for the Palestinians and dares to speak out against the crimes committed routinely and with impunity by Israel against the oppressed people of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
     Israel has failed miserably to win the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens around the world with its brutal military occupation, so now it is using its government’s allies to crack down on the BDS movement. It is an irony that many of these allies have themselves imposed sanctions on countries such as Iran, Iraq and Russia over the years but when citizens enforce their own boycott against Israel it is deemed wrong and immoral. In France it has now also become illegal.
     The French Court of Cassation in Paris refused to accept the legitimacy of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) until Israel ends its colonisation and dispossession of the Palestinian people. Instead, the court agreed with the Zionist claim that BDS is a form of anti-Semitism.
     The French high court upheld the criminal conviction of 12 political activists for the “crime” of advocating sanctions and a boycott against Israel as a means of ending the decades-long military occupation of Palestine....
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Munich mayor snubs Israel's request to cancel city-funded anti-Semitic BDS event
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2015 -

Christian parties signal to Parliament boycott
Daily Star 7 Nov 2015 Officials from Lebanon's three main Christian parties implied Saturday that their parliamentary blocs would not attend the first legislative sessions to be set in more than a year.

French supermarket chain rejects plea to boycott Israeli products
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2015 -

Settler group calls on supermarket chain to stop hiring Arabs after West Bank terror attack
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2015 - Unnamed group threatens boycott of Rami Levy stores following Friday's stabbing outside grocery in Binyamin region.

Michael Oren takes on 'boycotting' author Oz for shunning Foreign Ministry events
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2015 - "The boycott which Amos Oz has declared on the Foreign Ministry provides a boost to the boycotts which Oz claims to oppose," the former ambassador to the US said.

Campaign to boycott Israeli products kicks off in Ramallah
PIC - 5 Nov 2015 - Palestinian organizations in the central West Bank province of Ramallah have launched a campaign to boycott Israeli products.

France now more repressive of boycott calls than Israel
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 4 November 2015 Anti-Palestinian groups welcome court ruling defining calls to boycott Israeli goods as “discrimination.”

'Sayed Kashua, why don't you boycott yourself?'
Ha'aretz - 5 Nov 2015

Likud MK's 'label for label' bill would mark products from countries backing Israel boycott
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2015 -

Legislative session will proceed despite boycott threat: Berri
Daily Star 5 Nov 2015 Speaker Nabih Berri said Thursday a Parliament meeting to pass urgent draft laws would go ahead next week despite a possible boycott by the leading Christian parties over the exclusion of an electoral law proposal from...

Leading US anthropologist signs on to BDS despite qualms
Mondoweiss - James Ferguson is a giant in his field. By chance when I saw the statement below, I was reading his book on southern Africa for the third time, The Anti-Politics Machine, a brilliant study of why foreign aid failed in the nation of Lesotho. The Stanford...

‘Washington Post’ publishes Elliott Abrams’ diatribe against Palestinians without rejoinder
Mondoweiss - After it ran the op-ed article by Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl calling for a boycott of Israel, the Washington Post published a piece titled, “If you love Israel, don’t boycott it,” by Elliott Abrams, which blamed the Palestinians for the conflict: “The fundamental problem is...

Is Evangelical Group a Useful Ally in BDS Fight †or Bigoted Albatross?
The Forward New 5 Nov 2015 - Proclaim Justice for the Nations has been one of the Jewish community’s most effective supporters in the anti-BDS fight. Yet this group is also responsible for vitriolic attacks against Muslims in America.

Co-Existence With Apartheid?
Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch 11/5/2015
      There is a possibility that you have heard of the famed British author, J K Rowling, writer of the popular fantasy series ‘Harry Potter’. While I knew of her books –through my teenage kids – I knew little about the author herself, until recently.
     Under an oblique title, “Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts”, Rowling, along with a few celebrity writers, argued against growing calls for an academic boycott of Israel.
     Using generalized, ambiguous terminology that offered little by way of compelling Israel to end its ongoing Occupation in Jerusalem and the West Bank, genocide and siege in Gaza and protracted institutional discrimination against Arabs and other minorities in Israel, she argued for ‘cultural engagement’, instead. Such engagement, her letter reads, “builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change. We wholly endorse encouraging such a powerful tool for change, rather than boycotting its use.”
     The author seems disconnected from the reality of life under Israeli Occupation. On the day of writing this article, I spoke to Ismail Abu Aitah, a young man from Gaza who lost both his parents, his brothers, and one of his nephews when Israel blew up their house in the 2014 summer war. He, too, was badly injured, together with almost every surviving member of his family.
     “I am sorry Ramzy, I cannot give you exact dates and times to what has befallen my family,” he messaged me on Skype. “After July 24, 2014, I lost interest in life and stopped paying attention to the passing of time.”
     How is one to console Ismail? How is one to console the families of over 2,200 Palestinians killed in the last war; the over 400 in the previous war and over 1,430 in the one before that, in addition to the tens of thousands of wounded and maimed? Not forgetting the many killed in the West Bank this October alone, some executed point blank?
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The author of Harry Potter and Mahmoud Darwish
Amjad Naser, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/5/2015
      In Britain, where once upon a time the country’s foreign minister Arthur James Balfour on behalf of his government promised the Jewish people to establish a state for them in Palestine, we also find one of the largest movements for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), which includes the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. Netanyahu’s government continues to dominate in both the East and the West, but it still has no way of solving the problem of the academic boycott against Israel. The boycott of a regime as opposed to a government, as was the case in South Africa, can only be the result of one thing: military occupation.
     Israel and some of its British allies have tried to contain the BDS movement, which directly impacts Israel at least. They have yet to succeed;except for the fact that merely a few days ago nearly 150 British writers signed a letter published in the Guardian that stated their stance against the academic boycott of Israel. This counter-movement against the BDS campaign gained even more prominence when it was discovered that JK Rowling’s name, the author of the famous Harry Potter series, was among the signatories on the list. There were many other important names such as Hilary Mantel who won the British Man Booker prize for her novels. In contrast, a few months ago, nearly 700 British intellectuals and artists signed a letter saying that they would halt all cultural and artistic interactions with Israel due to its mistreatment, humiliation and subjugation of the Palestinian people. This list was the biggest weapon in the educational and cultural war against the Israeli regime. It should be enough for the Arabs to know that British high school and university students are taught about the ins and outs of the power dynamic between the Palestinians, how to deal with Israel and the full breadth of this campaign.
     There are many forces at work when it comes to the cultural and academic boycott of Israel and it would not be far-fetched to assume that many Arabs hardly know anything about this issue or perhaps even the fact that such a boycott exists. However, the presence of Rowling’s name on the list, as one of the richest and bestselling author in the world....
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Dry Bones battles against BDS, media bias
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2015 - Longtime ‘Jerusalem Post’ cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen passionately speaks about empowering an army of online cartoon activists.

As tensions run high, Arab workers pay the price
+972 Magazine - As a result of the latest round of violence, Arab workers are becoming subject to harassment, boycotts, and arbitrary dismissals. By Maha Shehade Switat Illustrative photo of Palestinian workers enter an unlicensed service taxi in the West Bank. (Activestills.org) These are days when calling for the...

France now more repressive of boycott calls than Israel
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 4 November 2015 Anti-Palestinian groups welcome court ruling defining calls to boycott Israeli goods as “discrimination.”

‘Washington Post’ publishes Elliott Abrams’ diatribe against Palestinians without rejoinder
Mondoweiss - After it ran the op-ed article by Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl calling for a boycott of Israel, the Washington Post published a piece titled, “If you love Israel, don’t boycott it,” by Elliott Abrams, which blamed the Palestinians for the conflict: “The fundamental problem is...

Popular Palestinian resistance against Israeli oppression enters its second month
Global BDS 3 Nov 2015 - Demonstrations have been taking place in more than 65 locations across historic Palestine. View an interactive version of this map here . #SolidarityWaveBDS Since the start of October, Palestinians have been taking part in mass popular resistance against Israeli settler colonialism and apartheid. On Saturday, tens of...

Culture and conflict resolution: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Lawrence Davidson, Redress 11/1/2015
      There is a new British organisation called Culture for Coexistence the aim of which is to end the cultural boycott of Israel – an effort that is relatively effective in raising public awareness of oppressive Zionist policies – and replace it with “open dialogue” and “cultural engagement“. A “galaxy of 150 British artists and authors” signed an open letter published in the Guardian newspaper on 22 October 2015 announcing the group’s position:
     “Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory and will not further peace,” while “open dialogue and interaction promote greater understanding and mutual acceptance, and it is through such understanding and acceptance that movement can be made towards a resolution of the conflict”.
     While concepts such as open dialogue and cultural interaction are, in principle, hard to disagree with, their efficacy as agents of conflict resolution have to be judged within a historical context. In other words, such approaches are effective when circumstances dictate that all parties seriously dialogue and interact meaningfully – in a manner that actually promotes “mutual acceptance”. Is this the case when it comes to Israel? The burden of proof here is on Culture for Coexistence because they are the ones asking the Palestinians and their supporters to put aside a strategy (boycott) that is actually putting pressure on Israel to negotiate seriously.
     The Culture for Coexistence signatories do not address this the question of efficacy. Instead, they make the simple assertion that cultural boycotts are bad and won’t help resolve the conflict while cultural interaction is good and will work to that end. How do they know this? Without evidence of its workability, such an assertion is merely an idealisation of cultural engagement that ignores that pursuit’s historical futility during a nearly century long conflict.
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France now more repressive of boycott calls than Israel
Electronic Intifada: 4 Nov 2015 - Ali Abunimah 4 November 2015 Anti-Palestinian groups welcome court ruling defining calls to boycott Israeli goods as “discrimination.” more..

Co-existence with Apartheid? J K Rowling Owes Palestinians an Apology, Not an Explanation
Dissident Voice: 4 Nov 2015 - There is a possibility that you have heard of the famed British author, J K Rowling, writer of the popular fantasy series ‘Harry Potter’. While I knew of her books – through my teenage kids – I knew little about the author herself, until recently. Under an oblique title, “ Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts ”, Rowling, along with a few celebrity writers, argued against growing calls for an academic boycott of Israel. Using generalized, ambiguous terminology that offered little by way of compelling Israel to end its ongoing Occupation in Jerusalem and the West Bank, genocide and siege in Gaza and protracted institutional discrimination against Arabs and other minorities in Israel, she argued for ‘cultural engagement’, instead. Such engagement, her letter reads, “builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change. We wholly endorse encouraging such a powerful tool for change, rather than boycotting its use.” The author...more

Why the BDS campaign can’t tolerate Israeli moderates
Ha'aretz - 3 Nov 2015

EU ambassador: 'Territory beyond the Green Line is not part of Israel,' defends settlement labeling
Jerusalem Post 3 Nov 2015 - Deputy foreign minister heads to Europe to battle boycott and delegitimization; Opposition leader Herzog: Marking products awards a prize to terrorism.

Hotovely: Those who label settlement products are boycotting Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Nov 2015 - “When you do labeling you harm 10,000 Palestinian families and you do not do anything to the very strong economic system in Israel."

Debating against BDS - and winning
Jerusalem Post 3 Nov 2015 - BDS sends a false message to the Palestinian street: namely, that international economic and political pressure can force Israel to capitulate to all Palestinian demands.

Fighting boycott through cultural cooperation
YNet News, 3 Nov 2015 - Op-ed: Achieving lasting peace through a two-state solution will be the best long-term guarantee of Israel's security, says Britain's new ambassador to Israel, but boycotts won't help achieve that goal. ....

Popular Palestinian resistance against Israeli oppression enters its second month
Global BDS 3 Nov 2015 - Since the start of October, Palestinians have been taking part in mass popular resistance against Israeli settler colonialism and apartheid. On Saturday, tens of thousands of people joined a huge demonstration in al-Khalil (Hebron) and similarly large demonstrations took place in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem and across...

Sorry, JK Rowling, You’re Wrong Over The Israel Boycott
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Nov 2015 - By Ramzy Baroud There is a possibility that you have heard of the famed British author, J.K. Rowling, writer of the popular fantasy series ‘Harry Potter’. While I knew of her books – through my teenage kids – I knew little about the author herself, until recently. Using generalised, ambiguous terminology that offered little by way of compelling Israel to end its ongoing Occupation in Jerusalem and the West Bank, genocide and siege in Gaza and protracted institutional discrimination against Arabs and other minorities in Israel, she argued for ‘cultural engagement’, instead. Such engagement, her letter reads, “builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change. We wholly endorse encouraging such a powerful tool for change, rather than boycotting its use.” The author seems disconnected from the reality of life under Israeli Occupation. On the day of writing this article, I spoke to Ismail Abu Aitah, a young man from...more

Calls for an academic boycott of Israel continue to divide opinion | Letters
The Guardian 2 Nov 2015 - Harry Potter enthusiasts are familiar with the character of the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose racist attitude is not limited to physical persecution of those who are not “pure-blooded” magical people ( Harry Potter and the boycott...

Park Slope Food Coop censors letters on BDS
Mondoweiss - Next time someone talks up the American tradition of free speech compared to other societies (including me!), remind them of this. Park Slope, Brooklyn, is one of the most liberal and highly-educated communities in the western hemisphere, indeed any hemisphere. Every other week, the Park Slope...

’As long as we choose violence Israel will always defeat us’
Waleed Shahid, In These Times, +972 Magazine 10/31/2015
      Mubarak Awad, one of the main organizers of nonviolent resistance during the First Intifada until Israel exiled him, talks about why only nonviolence can defeat the occupation, how Palestinians must convince Israelis that peace is their own interest, and his fears that without a new nonviolent movement more and more Palestinian youths will be drawn to armed resistance.
     The largest Palestinian uprising in the history of the Israeli occupation is largely forgotten today. In the 1980s, thousands of Palestinians took part in large-scale civil disobedience actions, strikes, pickets, boycotts and sit-ins demanding freedom, later becoming known as the First Intifada, the Arabic word for “a shaking off.”
     Images of Israeli soldiers clashing with Palestinian teenagers, women and the elderly circulated worldwide as the three major American nightly news broadcasts dedicated more time to the intifada than to any other story. While the “stone thrower” became the dominant image in the later stages of the intifada, vastly underreported were the daily decisions by Palestinians to refuse to cooperate with the Israeli occupation without using weapons.
     The intifada polarized Israeli society between those who supported peace with the Palestinians and those who desired increased repression of the resistance.
     “Frustration [inside Israel] also stems from the fact that many Israelis, of all political persuasions, have come to feel that where the conflict with the Palestinians is concerned, their country is living a lie,” described two Israeli writers in 1989. “They now believe that their leaders deceived them in pronouncing that the Palestinian people did not exist; that the Arabs in the territories did not want their leaders...."
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Why do J.K. Rowling and her opponents so misunderstand BDS?
Jeremiah Haber, +972 Magazine 10/30/2015
      Whether they support BDS or oppose it, everyone wants to feel like they are Harry Potter fighting off Voldemort. Though perhaps it’s best we leave Harry out of this debate.
     J.K. Rowling has signed a statement against the cultural boycott of Israel, and has called instead for cultural engagement. Some of her Palestinian fans have objected, pointing to Harry Potters’ fight against Voldemort and the Death Eaters. In her reply she asks her readers to consider Dumbledore’s attempt to engage with Snape, then a Death Eater.
     As a fan of the Potter series who has expressed solidarity with the global BDS movement (though not all elements of it equally), I can only roll my eyes at both sides.
     I understand why J.K. Rowling thinks that Palestinians supporters of BDS are motivated by the righteous anger and desire for revenge that motivates Harry for much of the series, and that one answer to that anger is to seek out like-minded allies on the other side, to engage, to dialogue, to build projects together.
     I understand why Palestinian fans of Harry think that Israel is run by Death Eaters, its justice administered by the likes of anti-muggle ideologues like Dolores Umbridge, or mudblood persecutors like Bellatrix Lestrange.
     What I don’t understand is how both parties can so misunderstand the BDS movement, at its core a human rights movement, which calls upon the State of Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian lands, give full equality to its citizens, and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland in accordance with UN Resolution 194.
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Foreign Ministry Course Changes Due to BDS Success
IMEMC - 1 Nov 2015 - Responding to the success of BDS, Israel updates foreign ministry cadets course. ...

Hotovely: Foreign Ministry cadets to tour settlements
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2015 - "It is important that ambassadors be able to deal with the challenge of the boycott of Israel and the delegitimization of our right to self-defense," says deputy FM.

An open letter to the boycotting professors
YNet News, 1 Nov 2015 - Op-ed: Yoaz Hendel responds to Jewish-American Professors Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl, who wrote an editorial for the Washington Post about why they now support a boycott of Israel. ....

Park Slope Food Coop censors letters on BDS
Mondoweiss - Next time someone talks up the American tradition of free speech compared to other societies (including me!), remind them of this. Park Slope, Brooklyn, is one of the most liberal and highly-educated communities in the western hemisphere, indeed any hemisphere. Every other week, the Park Slope...

Why do J.K. Rowling and her opponents so misunderstand BDS?
Occupation Magazine 31 Oct 2015 - Jeremiah Haber--Whether they support BDS or oppose it, everyone wants to feel like they are Harry Potter fighting off Voldemort. Though perhaps it’s best we leave Harry out of this debate. dn

Commission’s divest resolution, despite failing, breaks important ground
Occupation Magazine 30 Oct 2015 - Carol Sanders--On Oct. 21, Berkeley’s Human Welfare and Community Action Commission held a hearing to consider a resolution recommending that City Council divest city funds from four multinational corporations that profit from Israel’s occupation and violations of the rights of the Palestinian people. dn

Fighting a Cultural Boycott of Israel
MyCatBirdSeat.com 31 Oct 2015 - by Dr. Lawrence Davidson Consortium News There is a new British organization called Culture for Coexistence with the aim of ending the cultural boycott of Israel, which has been relatively effective in raising public awareness of oppressive Zionist policies, and replace it with “open dialogue” and “cultural...

Belgians push for boycotting Israel over violence against Palestinians
PIC - 30 Oct 2015 - Belgian organizations called for banning arms deals and cancelling the EU-Israel partnership agreement due to Israel’s continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights.

Hamas: Kerry’s statement green light for more crimes
PIC - 29 Oct 2015 - Hamas said John Kerry’s statement on imposing sanctions on Hamas gives the green light for more Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

You can’t save Israel from itself by appropriating BDS
Mondoweiss - Last weekend the Washington Post published an article supporting boycott of Israel written by two scholars who identified themselves as lifelong Zionists, Steven Levitsky at Harvard and Glen Weyl formerly of the University of Chicago now at Microsoft. Omar Barghouti had this response to the article,...

Reconsidering BDS
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2015 - Boycotters seem to think they know better than Israelis or their democratically elected government. There is condescension and lack of trust in Israelis’ moral judgment here.

BDS is for restoring Palestinian human rights, not saving Israel
PIC - 28 Oct 2015 - We must denounce the use of BDS to save Israel. BDS is a strategy to restore the human rights of the Palestinians.

Hamas hails British scholars' pledge to boycott Israel
PIC - 27 Oct 2015 - Hamas has welcomed the decision of hundreds of British scholars to boycott Israeli universities.

On ‘incitement’
Mondoweiss - As Palestine takes center stage and as we continue to gain ground on the international solidarity front, with BDS and by other means, more punitive measures to silence and disrupt the justice for Palestine camp is to be expected. Case in point, is the recent passing...

Academic Boycott Launched against Israel by UK Teachers
IMEMC - 27 Oct 2015 - A group of 343 professor and lecturers bought a full page advertisement in the UK's Guardian newspaper, Tuesday, to publicize the launch of the group's academic boycott of Israeli institutions, the group said in a statement. ...

Academic boycott of Israel is misguided | Letters
The Guardian 28 Oct 2015 - A group of academics has proclaimed in your paper (Advertisement, 27 October) that they intend to boycott Israeli universities. They know that the large majority of scholars and scientists around the world reject any discrimination on...

Walmart halts sale of Israeli soldier costume
Globes Main News - Facing a potential boycott by American Muslims, the retail giant chose to remove the controversial Halloween offering.

RCF receives grant from the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute to fund new project “Why BDS? What Can It Do?”
Rachel Corrie Foundation 27 Oct 2015 - We are happy to announce that RCF is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute for a project entitled  “Why BDS? What Can It Do?”  As the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement comes under increasing threat of legal intimidation and...

Israel Takes On the First Amendment
Philip Giraldi, The Unz Reader 10/27/2015
      Free speech except regarding Palestine
     I always enjoy reading the Washington Post each morning even though it drives my blood pressure up to stratospheric levels. Its embrace of the inexorability of a fabulous new Camelot-like Clinton White House is thrilling to witness as it unfolds, but it is the promotion of the neocon Israeli narrative that is most exciting. On October 23rd, the op-ed section outdid itself with a piece “Free speech is flunking out on campus” by Catherine Rampell, who described the increasingly sorry state of first amendment rights on politically correct American university campuses. Blacks, LGBTers, women and victims of sexual assault were all identified as constituencies demanding “safe spaces” resulting in curtailment of free speech but somehow Israel and its supporters screaming anti-Semitism at every drop of the hat were left out in spite of the fact that Jews on campus have been both extremely and successfully active in taking political action to pressure universities whenever they claim to feel “threatened.”
     The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians has again reached a boiling point. Palestinian frustration over Israel’s fifty year occupation of the West Bank and its continued theft of Arab land and resources has produced an uprising of mostly young Palestinians that is being called in some circles a new intifada. The conflict is playing out with knives and bullets in Palestine and Israel but it is also being fought internationally in the media, through cultural and economic boycotts and, most pointedly, at many colleges and universities. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu realizes that the pressure on Israel is, for the first time, serious and has not hesitated to lie outrageously about the slaughter of Jews in Europe during the Second World War. According to Netanyahu, the Palestinian Grand Mufti of Jerusalem gave the idea to Hitler, presumably justifying whatever the Israelis of today choose to do to suppress the current unrest.
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Hundreds of UK scholars pledge to boycott Israeli universities
Electronic Intifada: 27 Oct 2015 - Sarah Irving 27 October 2015 Academics say they are “committed to human rights in Palestine.” more..

BDS is for restoring Palestinian human rights, not saving Israel
Middle East Eye 27 Oct 2015 - We must denounce the use of BDS to save Israel. BDS is a strategy to restore the human rights of the Palestinians

More than 300 UK Academics Declare Israel Boycott
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Oct 2015 - More than 300 UK scholars have declared their support for an academic boycott of Israel , with a full page advertisement in The Guardian on Tuesday. In what has been described as an unprecedented step, the signatories have stated that they will not do business with Israel’s university institutions. The initial list of signatories launched today features academics from 72 different institutions, including professors, lecturers, Fellows of the Royal Society and Fellows of the British Academy. The advertisement marks the launch of a new initiative, ‘A Commitment by UK Scholars to Human Rights in Palestine’. The full Commitment, available online , reads as follows. As scholars associated with UK universities, and responding to the call from Palestinian civil society, we declare that we will not: accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions; act as referees in any of their processes; participate in conferences funded, organised or sponsored by them, or otherwise cooperate...more

UK educators launch academic boycott campaign against Israel
10/27/2015 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of 343 professor and lecturers bought a full page advertisement in the UK's Guardian newspaper on Tuesday to publicize the launch of the group's academic boycott of Israeli institutions, the group said in a statement. In the statement, released by Professor Jonathan Rosenhead on behalf of the other educators, the group said it will "not....

BDS movement to top chefs: Don't feed apartheid
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2015 - The Round Tables culinary event is being held next month in Tel Aviv and will bring head chefs from some of the world's most prestigious restaurants to Israel.

J.K. Rowling defends decision to oppose cultural boycott of Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Oct 2015 - "Sharing of art and literature across borders constitutes an immense power for good in this world," says "Harry Potter" author.

The Palestinian poet who inspired JK Rowling’s stance on Israel
The Guardian 27 Oct 2015 - The Harry Potter author quoted Mahmoud Darwish as she explained her opposition to a cultural boycott. But does his life and work fit with her message? JK Rowling has long possessed the mythical philosopher’s knack of...

JK Rowling explains refusal to join cultural boycott of Israel
The Guardian 27 Oct 2015 - Following a letter calling for dialogue with Israel, the Harry Potter author responds to readers’ questions to explain why she is not supporting the cultural boycott JK Rowling has spoken out further about her decision not...

UK academics boycott universities in Israel to fight for Palestinians' rights
The Guardian 27 Oct 2015 - British and Israeli governments condemn pledge by 343 professors and lecturers who criticise what they call ‘Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land’ More than 300 academics from dozens of British universities have pledged to boycott Israeli...

Hundreds of UK scholars pledge to boycott Israeli universities
Electronic Intifada - Sarah Irving 27 October 2015 Academics say they are “committed to human rights in Palestine.”

Palestinian Harry Potter fan challenges J. K. Rowling on BDS using lessons from Hogwarts
Mondoweiss - O riginally published on Mia Oudeh’s Facebook page : Dear J. K. Rowling, I am an avid fan of yours, and have continuously read your Harry Potter books non-stop since the age of 11. My whole house is splattered with memorabilia, and I have just returned from...

Israeli arms exports take dramatic hit amid growing boycott campaign
Mondoweiss - Israeli military exports this year could decline to just 53% of their level in 2012 and “less desire for Israeli-made products” is a key factor, according to a letter from Israel’s four largest military companies. Industry leaders are warning that military exports have steadily fallen since...

British academics call for Israel boycott in Guardian ad
Occupation Magazine 27 Oct 2015 - Itamar Eichner - Y-net - 343 British academics pledged to uphold an academic boycott of Israeli Universities due to these universities` "support for Israeli violations of international law and support for the occupation". The statement was published in a full page advertisement in Tuesday`s edition of...

ACTION ALERT: Tell these food chefs to cancel their Round Tables with Apartheid!
Global BDS 27 Oct 2015 - In November 2015 head chefs from nine famous restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome and Athens will spend a week cooking in Tel Aviv as part of a PR initiative to bring international prestige to Israel’s culinary scene. The Round Tables...

RCF receives grant from the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute to fund new project “Why BDS? What Can It Do?”
Rachel Corrie Foundation 27 Oct 2015 - We are happy to announce that RCF is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute for a project entitled  “Why BDS? What Can It Do?”  As the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement comes under increasing threat of legal intimidation and...

BDS is for restoring Palestinian human rights, not saving Israel
Middle East Eye 27 Oct 2015 - We must denounce the use of BDS to save Israel. BDS is a strategy to restore the human rights of the Palestinians

Hundreds of UK academics pledge academic boycott of Israel
Middle East Eye 27 Oct 2015 - Language Undefined British academics have pledged not to work with Israeli universities until Israel complies with international law and human rights norms

J. K. Rowling and the Prisoners of Israel
Omar Robert Hamilton, CounterPunch 10/26/2015
      “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” — J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007.
     How disappointing to see JK Rowling and Hilary Mantel signing this nefarious letter calling for the need for ‘cultural bridges’ with Israel.
     The letter, assembled by a new organisation calling itself Culture for Co-Existence, is a litany of the tired tropes and doublespeak employed by Israel and her apologists.
     It opens, point blank, saying, “We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable.” Within two sentences the reader finds herself in the patrician hallways of the British conservative, being simply instructed what to think, what is polite. Cultural boycotts are never acceptable? Ever?
     The lazy argumentation continues, with the limp disbelief that “the letter you published accurately represents opinion in the cultural world in the UK.” This is in reference to a letter published by Artists For Palestine UK in which 1000 UK cultural workers pledged to boycott Israel until it reverses its policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing.
     The letter struggles on with a series of meaningless assertions about the need to “inform and encourage dialogue” to “further peace.” When you’re dealing with the mechanized destruction of an entire people by one of the most technologically advanced and diplomatically shielded militaries in the history of mankind then talk, in 2015, of ‘cultural engagement’ is nothing more than further cover for Israel’s continuing colonization of what remains of Palestine.
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Hundreds of British academics sign letter vowing to boycott Israel
Ha'aretz - 26 Oct 2015

Faculty and BDS
Jerusalem Post 26 Oct 2015 -

Cultural bridges with Israel have failed | Letters
The Guardian 26 Oct 2015 - The letter from JK Rowling and others ( Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts , 23 October) is well past its sell-by date. Cultural bridges between Israel and Britain’s elite have been part of the landscape for decades...

Boycott is the enemy of peace
YNet News, 26 Oct 2015 - Op-ed: In an article in The Washington Post, Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl claim they support the boycott against Israel for their love of Israel. But one cannot reach a peace agreement by supporting a campaign that opposes any peace agreement. ....

Rightwing Zionist fanatics prompt NY official to denounce BDS
Mondoweiss - Last week, the inspiring Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy called for equal rights for Jews and Palestinians at Greenburgh Town Hall in Westchester County, NY, and was heckled throughout his speech by a bunch of rightwing pro-Israel zealots led by a shrill advocate named Lauri Regan. Regan...

We are lifelong Zionists. Here’s why we’ve chosen to boycott Israel
Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl, Intifada-Palestine 10/26/2015
      "It is thus, reluctantly but resolutely, that we are refusing to travel to Israel, boycotting products produced there and calling on our universities to divest and our elected representatives to withdraw aid to Israel. Until Israel seriously engages with a peace process that either establishes a sovereign Palestinian state or grants full democratic citizenship to Palestinians living in a single state"
     We are lifelong Zionists. Like other progressive Jews, our support for Israel has been founded on two convictions: first, that a state was necessary to protect our people from future disaster; and second, that any Jewish state would be democratic, embracing the values of universal human rights that many took as a lesson of the Holocaust. Undemocratic measures undertaken in pursuit of Israel’s survival, such as the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and the denial of basic rights to Palestinians living there, were understood to be temporary.
     But we must face reality: The occupation has become permanent. Nearly half a century after the Six-Day War, Israel is settling into the apartheid-like regime against which many of its former leaders warned. The settler population in the West Bank has grown 30-fold, from about 12,000 in 1980 to389,000today. The West Bank is increasingly treated as part of Israel, with the green line demarcating the occupied territories erased from many maps. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin declared recentlythat control over the West Bank is “not a matter of political debate. It is a basic fact of modern Zionism.”
     This “basic fact” poses an ethical dilemma for American Jews: Can we continue to embrace a state that permanently denies basic rights to another people? Yet it also poses a problem from a Zionist perspective: Israel has embarked on a path that threatens its very existence.
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Netanyahu denies pledging to freeze settlement construction
PIC - 25 Oct 2015 - Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu denied he made a commitment to the US to stop sanctioning new settlement projects in the West Bank.

Rightwing Zionist fanatics prompt NY official to denounce BDS
Mondoweiss - Last week, the inspiring Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy called for equal rights for Jews and Palestinians at Greenburgh Town Hall in Westchester County, NY, and was heckled throughout his speech by a bunch of rightwing pro-Israel zealots led by a shrill advocate named Lauri Regan. Regan...

New anti-boycott law to ban foreign BDS supporters from entering Israel
+972 Magazine - A new Israeli law would ban BDS activists from entering Israel and ‘regions under its control.’ Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org Activists hold a banner reading “Boycott Israel” during a protest in solidarity with Palestine near the Israeli embassy in Oslo, Norway, October 17,...

BDS Battle at Brooklyn College Is Written in Chalk
The Forward New 23 Oct 2015 - Just a trace of the chalk slogans is all that remains on the sidewalk outside the entrance to the West Quad section of Brooklyn College. But the slogans, part of a form of protest and expression that has surfaced on the Midwood campus this past month,...

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter author, comes out against BDS movement
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2015 - "Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory, and will not further peace," letter published in The Guardian states.

Star authors call for Israeli-Palestinian dialogue rather than boycotts
The Guardian 22 Oct 2015 - JK Rowling, Hilary Mantel and other leading British arts figures sign a letter published in the Guardian that warns against cultural protests singling out Israel A galaxy of British artists and authors have backed a network...

Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts | letter from JK Rowling, Simon Schama and others
The Guardian 22 Oct 2015 - In February 2015 you published a letter from UK artists announcing their intention to culturally boycott Israel. We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable or that the letter you published accurately represents opinion in the...

New victory: Four Colombian film festivals join cultural boycott of Israel
Global BDS 22 Oct 2015 - #SolidarityWaveBDS As a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid, four Colombian film festivals join the cultural boycott against Israel’s regime. Local BDS group in Colombia ( BDS en...

Chamado para virar o jogo contra repressão criminosa de Israel
Global BDS 22 Oct 2015 - #SolidarityWaveBDS Solidarize-se com a resistência popular palestina! Corte todos os vínculos militares com Israel! Mais de 100 cidades dentro de 25 países já aderiram a ações de #SolidarityWaveBDS durante o fim de semana. Mudar o foco enviesado da mídia é o objetivo chave nas ações do #...

Llamado a contrarrestar la represión criminal de Israel
Global BDS 22 Oct 2015 - #SolidarityWaveBDS ¡Solidaridad con la resistencia popular palestina! ¡Cortemos todos los lazos militares con Israel! 100 ciudades en 25 países se sumaron a las acciones de #SolidarityWaveBDS el pasado fin de semana Un objetivo clave de las acciones de #SolidarityWaveBDS es contrarrestar el sesgo de los medios....

Preguntas frecuentes sobre la resistencia popular palestina
Global BDS 22 Oct 2015 - #SolidarityWaveBDS P1. ¿Cómo se puede describir la situación actual sobre el terreno? R1 . Una nueva generación de palestinas y palestinos está siguiendo los pasos de las generaciones anteriores, levantándose en masa contra el brutal régimen de ocupación, colonialismo y apartheid israelí que lleva muchas décadas. Es...

Religious Jews have no faith in Israel's Arabs, survey shows
YNet News, 21 Oct 2015 - Public opinion poll reveals 85% of national-religious Jews see the Arab Muslim sector as an existential threat to the State of Israel, 70% boycott Arab businesses and 53.5% are in favor of discussing a forced population transfer. ....

Q&A on Palestinian popular resistance
Global BDS 20 Oct 2015 - #SolidarityWaveBDS Q1. How would you describe the current situation on the ground?  A1. A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. It is another phase of the popular...

Call out: Turning the tide against Israel’s criminal repression
Global BDS 20 Oct 2015 - #SolidarityWaveBDS Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Cut all military ties with Israel! 100 cities across 25 countries joined #SolidarityWaveBDS actions over the weekend Turning media bias around is key objective in #SolidarityWaveBDS actions Palestinians are continuing to confront Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies at demonstrations...

Q&A on Palestinian popular resistance
Global BDS 20 Oct 2015 - #SolidarityWaveBDS Q1. How would you describe the current situation on the ground?  A1. A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. It is another phase of the popular...

In photos: #SolidarityWaveBDS protests around the world
Global BDS 19 Oct 2015 - Last week, the Palestinian BDS National Committee called for a wave of actions and protests in solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance and for action to pressure governments, institutions and corporations to end their role in Israel’s crimes. The response was incredible. There were more than 70 #SolidarityWaveBDS  protests...

Government pushing bill that would bar boycott supporters from entering Israel
Ha'aretz - 19 Oct 2015

In photos: #SolidarityWaveBDS protests around the world
Global BDS 19 Oct 2015 - Last week, the Palestinian BDS National Committee called for a wave of actions and protests in solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance and for action to pressure governments, institutions and corporations to end their role in Israel’s crimes. The response was incredible. There were more than 70 #SolidarityWaveBDS  protests...

Israeli government to push bill barring boycott supporters from country: Report
Middle East Eye 19 Oct 2015 - Language Undefined If passed, the bill will likely apply to those who have called for boycotts of products produced in Israeli settlements

Why boycotting Israel also hurts the Palestinians
Al-Monitor 19 Oct 2015 - In an interview with Al-Monitor, President of Manufacturers Organization of Israel Shraga Brosh says that the BDS movement against settlement products hurts first and foremost Palestinian workers.

Low voter turnout in Egypt amid calls for boycott
AlJazeera 18 Oct 2015 - Only 10 percent of voters cast ballots on first day of voting in parliamentary election, according to reports.

Outlawing Israel boycott in Europe revealed as key AIPAC goal
Electronic Intifada - David Cronin 16 October 2015 A team of 10 lobbyists has worked to ensure that an EU-US trade accord halts the boycott of Israel. 

US trade union undeterred by legal assault over Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 16 October 2015 Mossad-linked Shurat HaDin files complaint against United Electrical workers over BDS resolution.

Bill aims to cut funding to political parties that support settlement boycott
Ha'aretz - 17 Oct 2015

Cabinet session on trash crisis could be the last: March 8 sources
Daily Star 16 Oct 2015 Amid a boycott by the Free Patriotic Movement’s ministers, the call for a Cabinet session, either to discuss the nearly 3-month-old trash crisis or other topics, will definitely be the last session, March 8 ministerial sources...

Larry Summers holds forth on subjects he doesn’t know about
Mondoweiss - Last night Lawrence Summers, the former president of Harvard, spoke against the academic boycott of Israel to a sold-out audience at the Center for Jewish History in New York. It was a bravura performance. Summers is funny, at times mocking himself, and he has a restless...

Outlawing Israel boycott in Europe revealed as key AIPAC goal
Electronic Intifada - David Cronin 16 October 2015 A team of 10 lobbyists has worked to ensure that an EU-US trade accord halts the boycott of Israel. 

Palbox: A way to support Palestinian farmers and artisans this holiday season
Mondoweiss - Our solidarity community is growing and has made much positive progress over the years like the rise of the BDS campaign, an increase in campus activism and the increased visibility of Palestinian voices in the media. But as  Sam Bahour highlighted in my interview with him ,...

US trade union undeterred by legal assault over Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 16 October 2015 Mossad-linked Shurat HaDin files complaint against United Electrical workers over BDS resolution.

Israeli Minister: We must strengthen control over East Jerusalem
Al-Monitor 16 Oct 2015 - In an interview with Al-Monitor, Likud Minister Zeev Elkin called on the government to direct more resources to East Jerusalem and sanction Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah if they continue their incitement against Israel.

Islamist party to boycott Egyptian parliamentary election
Al-Monitor 15 Oct 2015 - The Islamist Strong Egypt Party has called for a boycott of the 2015 parliamentary elections, but critics say the move will not hurt the legitimacy of the new parliament.

Outlawing Israel boycott in Europe revealed as key AIPAC goal
Electronic Intifada: 16 Oct 2015 - David Cronin 16 October 2015 A team of 10 lobbyists has worked to ensure that an EU-US trade accord halts the boycott of Israel.  more..

US trade union undeterred by legal assault over Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada: 16 Oct 2015 - Ali Abunimah 16 October 2015 Mossad-linked Shurat HaDin files complaint against United Electrical workers over BDS resolution. more..

Llamado: ola internacional de BDS en solidaridad con la resistencia popular palestina #SolidarityWaveBDS
Global BDS 14 Oct 2015 - Tweet A partir de este fin de semana: 16-18 Octubre  ¡Solidaridad con la resistencia popular palestina! ¡Boicot a Israel ahora! #SolidarityWaveBDS Una nueva generación de palestinas y palestinos está siguiendo los pasos de las generaciones anteriores, levantándose en masa contra un brutal régimen de ocupación, colonialismo...

Calls for BDS by ANC and Scottish Green Party
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2015 -

Llamado: ola internacional de BDS en solidaridad con la resistencia popular palestina #SolidarityWaveBDS
Global BDS 14 Oct 2015 - Tweet A partir de este fin de semana: 16-18 Octubre  ¡Solidaridad con la resistencia popular palestina! ¡Boicot a Israel ahora! #SolidarityWaveBDS Una nueva generación de palestinas y palestinos está siguiendo los pasos de las generaciones anteriores, levantándose en masa contra un brutal régimen de ocupación, colonialismo...

Call out: International BDS wave of solidarity with Palestinian Popular Resistance #SolidarityWaveBDS
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ANC and Scottish Green Party Call for BDS
Global BDS 14 Oct 2015 - Occupied Palestine, 14 October 2015 — The African National Congress ( ANC ), South Africa’s ruling party, has reiterated its support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) measures against Israel at the conclusion of its National General Council held earlier this month. Around the same time, the Scottish...

Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Boycott Israel now!
Mondoweiss - Whether the current phase of Israel’s intensified repression and Palestinian popular resistance will evolve into a full-fledged intifada or not, one thing is already evident—a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up en masse against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime...

Call out: International wave of solidarity with Palestine
Global BDS 13 Oct 2015 -

Portland Takes First Step Towards Becoming Occupation Free
Global BDS 13 Oct 2015 - Portland, Oregon – Occupation-Free Portland Coalition congratulates the Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC) for their unanimous endorsement of the coalition’s proposal to the City Of Portland Socially Responsible Investments (SRI) Committee to place four companies on the City’s “Do Not Buy List” due to their serious...

The heavy price of segregation and occupation
Sawsan Khalife, +972 Magazine 10/9/2015
      In Jerusalem nowadays, Palestinians stay on the east side, Israelis on the west, and Netanyahu’s right-wing government is smack in the middle racking up political points.
     Much of the violence taking place at the moment begs the question: who actually benefits from the occupation? We know it’s not the Palestinians, and it’s definitely not the Israelis.
     Watching the video clip of young Israelis rooting for the killing of a 19-year-old Palestinian by Israeli police (see below), and listening their cheerful applause once he is gunned down, I am reminded how Israelis fail to see the tragic moral consequences the occupation has on the occupier.
     How can Israelis not be affected when racial discrimination is practiced systematically but written almost nowhere explicitly, thus forcing nobody to be accountable for it?
     Israelis won’t find that racism in their history books that deny the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948. They won’t find it in the media. It is not explicitly stated in the boycott law, the Nakba law, the force-feeding law, administrative detention, and countless other policies that ooze of racism, but only if you know how to read between the lines.
     One has to follow the bloodshed to find answers. One must look behind the stacks of law books and peer into the excuses used to indemnify Israelis — police, soldiers or settlers — who kill unarmed Palestinians, or even those “armed” with stones.
     These are the same racist excuses the state mutters when it fails — or refuses — to indict the terrorists who burned to death an entire family in Duma.
     Palestinian blood is simply cheaper than Israeli blood....
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UK government’s attack on BDS part of wider offensive
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/9/2015
      Among the announcements made by the Conservative party over the course of their annual party conference this week was news of an unprecedented attack on the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
     The government intends to change pension and procurement rules, in order to prevent local councils from adopting increasingly popular boycott and divestment initiatives. The step is being taken specifically to shield companies complicit in Israeli occupation, as well as the British arms trade.
     Warning of the “militant actions of left-wing councils”, and in light of Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership contest, the Tories’ plans represent one of the most serious efforts yet to fight the growing BDS campaign in Britain. It comes at a time when UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) recently recruited a full-time Director of Operations, a position advertised with a salary of £40-50,000.
     The Conservative press release announcing the planned changes to legislation read in parts like it had been copied and pasted from past statements by the likes of the Board of Deputies of British Jews or the Israeli embassy, with its claims that boycotting companies complicit in human rights violations serves to “polarise debate” and “inflame tensions” in local communities.
     As evidence of the growing Israel boycott, the Tories’ have pointed to steps taken in recent years by Leicester City Council, Nottingham City Council, Scottish councils, and three trade unions: UNISON, Unite, and GMB. They also highlighted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s track record of support for Palestinian rights, noting he is a patron of “the Palestine Solidarity Campaign radical fringe group” (a turn of phrase, interestingly, normally used by The Jerusalem Post).
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U.S. anthropologists' association recommends some sanctions against Israeli academia
Ha'aretz - 12 Oct 2015

Boycott Israel Now! Call from the BDS National Comittee
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Bds Solidarity Whether the current phase of Israel’s intensified repression and Palestinian popular resistance will evolve into a full-fledged intifada or not, one thing is already evident—a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up en masse against Israel’s...

¡Solidaridad con la resistencia popular palestina! ¡Boicot a Israel ahora!
Global BDS 12 Oct 2015 - Tanto si la fase actual de intensificación de la represión israelí y la resistencia popular palestina deriva en una intifada en toda regla o no, una cosa ya es evidente: una nueva generación de palestinos y palestinas está siguiendo los pasos de las generaciones anteriores, levantándose...

Moroccan anger over Western Sahara baffles Sweden
Al-Monitor 12 Oct 2015 - The Moroccan government has called for an economic boycott against Sweden for allegedly changing its position to back Western Saharan independence.

Bashir launches Sudan dialogue boycotted by opposition
Daily Star 10 Oct 2015 President Omar al-Bashir launched talks in Khartoum Saturday on Sudan's ailing economy and the insurgencies in its border regions, despite a boycott by mainstream opposition and rebel groups.

Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Boycott Israel now!
Global BDS 10 Oct 2015 - Whether the current phase of Israel’s intensified repression and Palestinian popular resistance will evolve into a full-fledged intifada or not, one thing is already evident—a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up en masse against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime...

Canadian Universities vs. Israeli Apartheid
Robert Fantina, CounterPunch 10/9/2015
      The Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement is fast becoming the bane of Israel, with even that nation’s Prime Murderer, Benjamin Netanyahu, singling it out as one of Israel’s countless ‘existential’ threats. Several wealthy Zionists in the United States have pledged millions of dollars to counter the movement, and even the U.S. government is beginning to propose and pass laws attempting to limit its effectiveness. In Canada, the NDP purged all officials sympathetic to the human rights struggles of the Palestinian people in preparation for this month’s elections, hoping, apparently, to shore up support from the Zionist bloc (if such a thing even exists in Canada).
     Unfortunately for Israel and its adoring minions in U.S. and Canadian governance, a people’s movement against blatant injustice can’t be legislated away. Canadian institutions of higher learning have embraced Palestinian rights, and many of them have active chapters supporting the human rights struggles of the Palestinian people against the barbaric cruelty of Israel. Stark evidence of this is seen in the recent actions of the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario. The UW has five ‘sister’ universities in Israel, and UW students are none too pleased about their ugly and disreputable relatives. On Thursday, October 8, they presented a petition to Maaz Yasin and Carly McCready, two executives of the Federation of Students, the undergraduate student union, signed by over 4,000 undergraduate students, demanding that the Federation of Students hold a referendum about severing its ties with Israeli schools.
     The catalyst for this may have been a statement made in March of 2014, by Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo while visiting Israel to participate in ceremonies marking the newly-formed association between the UW and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. There, he made this amazing statement: “I am personally, and on behalf of my institution, proud to come to Israel because the Technion is a natural partner – it represents all the values, vision, ambitions and commitment towards excellence that we share”. Enough students were appalled by his remarks....
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Palestinian Student Groups in Gaza Respond to Attacks on BDS by “NYC SJP”
Global BDS 8 Oct 2015 - Occupied Gaza, 8 October 2015 — The Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) and all the undersigned student groups, representing the entire political spectrum in Gaza, are deeply troubled by a recent article titled, “ The BDS Ceiling ,” written by the...

UK moves to ban municipal boycotts of Israel won’t stop BDS
Middle East Eye 8 Oct 2015 - At least a dozen local councils have taken steps to divest from companies engaged in Israeli human rights abuses. Now the government wants to stop this

Iran to boycott Frankfurt Book Fair over Rushdie appearance
YNet News, 8 Oct 2015 - ....

Palestinian Student Groups in Gaza Respond to Attacks on BDS by “NYC SJP”
Global BDS 8 Oct 2015 - Occupied Gaza, 8 October 2015 — The Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) and all the undersigned student groups, representing the entire political spectrum in Gaza, are deeply troubled by a recent article titled, “ The BDS Ceiling ,” written by the...

How pro-Israel students should fight BDS if they want to win
Ha'aretz - 7 Oct 2015

Matisyahu 'proud' he stood up for Israel against BDS movement
Ha'aretz - 7 Oct 2015

World Bank figures show Palestinian boycott of Israeli imports is starting to bite
Global BDS 6 Oct 2015 - World Bank partially attributes 24% drop in Palestinian imports from Israel to boycott Israel’s escalation of attacks on Palestinians underline urgency for BDS Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists have welcomed World Bank figures that show a 24% drop in Palestinian imports from Israel during...

Foundation will counter BDS by promoting Israeli high-tech
Ha'aretz - 6 Oct 2015

Howard Stern rebukes Roger Waters over Israel boycott
Ha'aretz - 6 Oct 2015

Bennett: The streets of Jerusalem should be peaceful like streets of Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 6 Oct 2015 - Bayit Yehudi holds faction meeting in Old City at site of terrorist attack, calls for zero tolerance for violence; Liberman calls for boycott of Arab vendors in Old City.

Eugene Kandel to head fund to fight BDS
Globes Main News - "Bloomberg" reports that Kandel will head a foundation founded by billionaire Paul Singer to combat initiatives to boycott Israel.

World Bank figures show Palestinian boycott of Israeli imports is starting to bite
Global BDS 6 Oct 2015 - World Bank partially attributes 24% drop in Palestinian imports from Israel to boycott Israel’s escalation of attacks on Palestinians underline urgency for BDS Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists have welcomed World Bank figures that show a 24% drop in Palestinian imports from Israel during...

Are European settlement labels a double standard?
Lorenzo Kamel, +972 Magazine 10/1/2015
      Israeli government allegations of an EU double standard are largely grounded on misguided or incomplete information.
     In 2005 the European Union clarified that products originating in areas beyond Israel’s pre-1967 lines do not benefit from preferential tariff treatment under the EU-Israel Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Ten years later, on September 10, 2015, the European Parliament passed an historical resolution calling on the EU to issue labels for products from those areas — settlement products. It passed 525 to 70 (with 31 abstentions), and will likely be effective from October 1 of this year.
     Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely reacted by saying Israel would not accept “discrimination” between goods produced in different parts of “its territory.” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon argued that labeling goods “reeks of boycott.” Echoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Nahshon claimed that, “Europe treats Israel with sanctimonious hypocrisy, while it doesn’t raise the issue of similar solutions in Northern Cyprus and Western Sahara.”
     Allegations of an EU double standard are largely grounded on misguided or incomplete information. Just as the EU does not support Israeli entities in the Palestinian territories, the EU does not provide support to Turkish entities established in Northern Cyprus under Turkey’s national law. Just as it relates to Israeli nationals in the occupied Palestinian territories, the EU evaluates the most suitable implementation methods for “individual projects” in Northern Cyprus, where perhaps half of the estimated 300,000 residents were either born in Turkey or are children of settlers.
     As the EU itself clearly states in its own report, it does not enter into financing agreements with the Turkish Cypriot authorities....
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British Conservatives want to block local councils from BDS activity
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2015 - The UK has been ground zero in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against BDS activists.
Occupation Magazine 3 Oct 2015 - Max Blumenthal, Julia Carmel--As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against BDS activists.dn

Mexican firm still abets Israel’s crimes despite pulling out of West Bank quarry
Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada 10/3/2015
      Readymix, a firm owned by Cemex, has supplied material used in Israel’s apartheid wall.
     Mexico’s construction materials giant Cemex has sold shares it owned in a quarry on occupied Palestinian land but has maintained its stake in a firm that assists Israel’s war crimes.
     In the past few years, pension funds in Sweden and Norway have excluded Cemex from their investment portfolios because it had been plundering Palestine’s natural resources. Following those steps, Cemex decided to cease its involvement in Yatir, a quarry in the occupied West Bank.
     Who Profits?, a group monitoring Israel’s occupation, has confirmed that Cemex held shares in Yatir until the beginning of June. In that month, the Norwegian pension fund KLP announced that it was blacklisting Cemex.
     Since then, Cemex has sold its shares in Yatir to the Israeli mining company Kfar Giladi Quarries. Target for boycott
     Despite that decision, Cemex is still the owner of Readymix Industries, which operates three factories in the industrial zones of three Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
     Who Profits? visited the Readymix plant in the Atarot settlement during the summer and reported that there was “considerable activity” on site.
     Readymix also owns a factory in the Golan Heights, part of Syria that Israel has occupied since 1967.
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Israeli exports hit hard by Palestinian boycott, World Bank says
Electronic Intifada - Maureen Clare Murphy 2 October 2015 Data show Israel may be losing hundreds of millions of dollars because Palestinians are shunning its goods.

Israeli exports hit hard by Palestinian boycott, World Bank says
Electronic Intifada: 2 Oct 2015 - Maureen Clare Murphy 2 October 2015 Data show Israel may be losing hundreds of millions of dollars because Palestinians are shunning its goods. more..

MPs from 18 countries call on governments to divest from companies that boycott Israel
Jerusalem Post 1 Oct 2015 - Resolution states that boycotts and related tactics are a form of economic and political warfare meant to threaten Israel’s sovereignty and security, and are the antithesis of peace, dialogue.

Why BDS should target Saudi Arabia, not Israel
YNet News, 1 Oct 2015 - Op-ed: It's time to give Saudi Arabian authorities an ultimatum: Either you cease exporting religious extremism or you will be served the fare of boycott, divestment and sanctions served to Israel. ....

Are pro-Israel bullies on US campuses planning dirtier tactics?
Occupation Magazine 30 Sep 2015 - Nora Barrows-Friedman - The Electronic Intifada - "As the new academic year begins, university students in California and across the US are certain to face renewed public relations campaigns to denigrate the BDS movement and silence organizing in support of Palestinian rights. Palestine Legal says many...

Pro-Israel groups targeting Palestinian organizations in US, report finds
The Guardian 30 Sep 2015 - Report finds incidents of attempted suppression happen overwhelmingly at college campuses – the focus of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign Pro-Israel organizations are increasingly targeting pro-Palestinian groups in the US, according to a report released by...

Israel has some true friends in Europe
YNet News, 30 Sep 2015 - Op-ed: As the BDS movement grows, there are people working hard to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism within the European Union. ....

Haim Saban Leaves Pro-Israel Coalition Over Sheldon Adelson's Right-Wing Push
The Forward New 30 Sep 2015 - Democrat Haim Saban and Republican Sheldon Adelson put politics aside to back a megabucks push against BDS on campus. Three months later, the bipartisan front has collapsed amid charges Adelson only wanted to fund far right-wing projects.

Oct. 2: SUPPORT OLYMPIA FOOD CO-OP! 8AM Sidewalk signing at Thurston County Courthouse
Rachel Corrie Foundation 30 Sep 2015 - WE NEED YOU! SUPPORT THE OLYMPIA FOOD CO-OP AND ITS DECISION TO BOYCOTT ISRAELI PRODUCTS! Friday, October 2nd – 8:00 AM – Sidewalk signing at Thurston County Courthouse 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia 9:00 AM Hearing in Thurston County Superior Court Four years after the filing...

German Jews blast mayor who blamed Israel for Syrian refugee crisis
Jerusalem Post 28 Sep 2015 - Mayor of Jena who supports a boycott of Israeli products, was in Ramallah on Friday meeting with Palestinians.

Aoun threatens talks boycott as promotions deal unravels
Daily Star 29 Sep 2015 Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun threatened Tuesday to boycott the national dialogue as efforts to reach a deal over military promotions.

Israel is egging the boycott movement on
+972 Magazine - In attempting to hold off European plans to label West Bank settlement products, Israel could easily overplay its hand. The Netanyahu government’s bunker mentality will only increase international isolation. Benjamin Netanyahu greets EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini in Jerusalem, May 20, 2015. (EU photo) It’s...

Analysis: How Egypt's Sisi can save Israel from the threat of BDS
Jerusalem Post 28 Sep 2015 - Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the Egyptian people's special gift to the State of Israel.

BDS: The lies and the truth
YNet News, 28 Sep 2015 - Op-ed: Israel's critics love to make grandiose claims against it, and they get a lot wrong in the process. Here are some examples. ....

How anti-Semitism helped Israel reverse Reykjavik's boycott vote
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 28 September 2015 An email from an Icelandic financier invoked fears that rich, powerful Jews would harm the country’s economy.

How anti-Semitism helped Israel reverse Reykjavik's boycott vote
Electronic Intifada: 28 Sep 2015 - Ali Abunimah 28 September 2015 An email from an Icelandic financier invoked fears that rich, powerful Jews would harm the country’s economy. more..

Israel is egging the boycott movement on
+972 Magazine - In attempting to hold off European plans to label West Bank settlement products, Israel could easily overplay its hand. The Netanyahu government’s bunker mentality will only increase international isolation. Benjamin Netanyahu greets EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini in Jerusalem, May 20, 2015. (EU photo) It’s...

Scrap metal trade turns into a problem for Gaza businessmen
Motasem A Dalloul, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/24/2015
      After years of being a prosperous business in the Gaza Strip, the trade in scrap metal has become a heavy burden on the shoulders of Gaza businessmen since the start of the Israeli economic restrictions in 2006, which developed into full siege in mid-2007.
     “It was the first commodity which was blacklisted by the Israeli occupation when the Palestinian Islamic Movement Hamas won the general elections in 2006,” said Sami Ayyad, a scrap metal merchant from Gaza. “Blocking it caused fiscal losses for us.”
     When Hamas won the free Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006, the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah, the rival Fatah movement, Israel, the US and a number of Arab and European countries were angry and planned to undermine Hamas rule.
     “Economic sanctions were the first tool to carry out this mission,” said Palestinian financial analyst Saud Amer. “The Israeli authorities froze the PA’s tax money, closed crossings with Gaza and doubled movement restrictions on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.”
     According to Amer, Israel and the others who wanted to oust Hamas expected its government to last 6 months, at most. “That was why Fatah and other parties at first refused to take part in a coalition government with Hamas, but when the economic restrictions failed to undermine the Hamas administration, Fatah and other parties started to call for a unity government.” About 20,000 lost jobs
     As all efforts regarding the formation of a stable and strong unity government failed and the Gaza Strip and the West Bank became engulfed by security chaos, Hamas took the lead....
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'The EU must ban all products from Israel'
YNet News, 25 Sep 2015 - Frank van der Linde, a Dutch political-social activist who spent a long time in Israel and has dozens of friends in the country, is the face of the BDS campaign in the Netherlands. In a special interview to Yedioth Ahronoth, he explains why he doesn't recognize Israel as a state, dismisses claims of hypocrisy in light of the other injustices taking place in the world, and says he supports the rights of both Palestinian and Jewish refugees. ....

Israelis to Iceland: Please boycott our country
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 23 September 2015 Activists urge Reykjavík city council not to back down under pressure from decision to boycott all Israeli goods.

UN faces pressure over contracts with G4S
Global BDS 24 Sep 2015 - A mural supporting the Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan while he was on hunger strike; Allan was arrested once again by Israel yesterday. Ahsraf Amra APA images More than 200 trade unions and campaign groups from 23 countries have called on  the UN to cancel its contracts with G4S over the security...

Boutique Golan winery responds to BDS by displaying Israeli flag on bottle
Ha'aretz - 24 Sep 2015

Reykjavík wasn't ready for "brutal" Zionist backlash, says Israel boycott author
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 24 September 2015 But Björk Vilhelmsdóttir sees a silver lining in controversy over shortlived Israel boycott by Iceland’s capital.

UN faces pressure over contracts with G4S
Global BDS 24 Sep 2015 - A mural supporting the Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan while he was on hunger strike; Allan was arrested once again by Israel yesterday. Ahsraf Amra APA images More than 200 trade unions and campaign groups from 23 countries have called on  the UN to cancel its contracts with G4S over the security...

Reykjavík wasn't ready for "brutal" Zionist backlash, says Israel boycott author
Electronic Intifada: 24 Sep 2015 - Ali Abunimah 24 September 2015 But Björk Vilhelmsdóttir sees a silver lining in controversy over shortlived Israel boycott by Iceland’s capital. more..

JPost Editorial: Chilling boycott
Jerusalem Post 23 Sep 2015 - Hate spreads to where we wouldn’t expect it to sink roots and all for the sake of basking in the supposed aura of enlightenment.

Israelis to Iceland: Please boycott our country
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 23 September 2015 Activists urge Reykjavík city council not to back down under pressure from decision to boycott all Israeli goods.

Israelis to Iceland: Please boycott our country
Electronic Intifada: 23 Sep 2015 - Ali Abunimah 23 September 2015 Activists urge Reykjavík city council not to back down under pressure from decision to boycott all Israeli goods. more..

BDS protesters picket Pharrell Williams concert in South Africa
Ha'aretz - 21 Sep 2015

Iceland's capital did right to drop the Israel boycott, for the wrong reasons
Ha'aretz - 21 Sep 2015

How human rights groups reinforce Israeli colonialism
Electronic Intifada - Rod Such 22 September 2015 The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement advocates for liberation from oppression, not reform.

Israeli citizens for boycott call on Reykjavik to stand by its decision
Mondoweiss - The Israeli committee Boycott From Within issued the following letter to Reykjavik City Council Members. In recent days, the City Council voted to boycott Israeli goods, and then the mayor subsequently reversed the decision. We write to you as citizens of Israel who actively oppose our...

Using Palestinians as a human shield against BDS
+972 Magazine - In response to the Reykjavik City Council’s — since reversed — decision to boycott Israeli goods until the occupation is ended, Israeli politician Yair Lapid wrote an open letter to the Icelandic people titled ‘The Hypocrisy of Boycott.’ In his oped, Lapid argued that Israel should not...

Did Palestinian Authority help undermine Israel boycott in Iceland?
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 20 September 2015 Effort to limit boycott to settlement goods comes after storm of protest and implied threats from anti-Palestinian groups

South Africa: BDS Vs Woolworths - the Individual Avocado Is Not the Problem...
allAfrica.com 21 Sep 2015 - [News24Wire] BDS campaigner Muhammad Desai has told News24 why the movement has targeted Woolworths, as it gears up for the "biggest protest against an artist since apartheid".

How human rights groups reinforce Israeli colonialism
Electronic Intifada: 22 Sep 2015 - Rod Such 22 September 2015 The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement advocates for liberation from oppression, not reform. more..

Egyptians boycott butcher shops amid soaring meat prices
Middle East Eye 21 Sep 2015 - Language Undefined Meat prices rise in Egypt ahead of Eid al-Adha holiday which typically sees major increase in meat consumption

Will boycott campaign put the brakes on Iran's auto industry?
Al-Monitor 21 Sep 2015 - On the cusp of no longer facing Western sanctions, Iranian carmakers now face a domestic boycott of their vehicles over price and quality concerns.

US singer Pharrell faces BDS protest at South African concert
9/21/2015 - CAPE TOWN (AFP) -- Grammy award-winning American musician Pharrell Williams will face a protest by thousands of Palestinian supporters at a concert in Cape Town on Monday, organizers of the demonstration said. Members of pro-Palestinian group Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) are campaigning against the singer's partnership with major South African retail group Woolworths, over its imports from Israel. The South African branch of....

Using Palestinians as a human shield against BDS
+972 Magazine - In response to the Reykjavik City Council’s — since reversed — decision to boycott Israeli goods until the occupation is ended, Israeli politician Yair Lapid wrote an open letter to the Icelandic people titled ‘The Hypocrisy of Boycott.’ In his oped, Lapid argued that Israel should not...

Did Palestinian Authority help undermine Israel boycott in Iceland?
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 20 September 2015 Effort to limit boycott to settlement goods comes after storm of protest and implied threats from anti-Palestinian groups

California city commissioner fired for proposing Israel divestment
Electronic Intifada - Charlotte Silver 18 September 2015 Cheryl Davila had been warned her resolution would cause “turmoil” in famously liberal Berkeley.

Did Palestinian Authority help undermine Israel boycott in Iceland?
Electronic Intifada: 20 Sep 2015 - Ali Abunimah 20 September 2015 Effort to limit boycott to settlement goods comes after storm of protest and implied threats from anti-Palestinian groups more..

Mayor of Iceland's capital scraps plan to boycott Israeli goods
9/20/2015 - REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AFP) -- The mayor of Iceland's capital Reykjavik on Saturday said he would scrap plans for a boycott of Israeli goods, a proposal which had raised outrage in Israel and elsewhere."I will propose to the municipal council that the idea is withdrawn," Mayor Dagur Eggertsson said on Icelandic public television."This was ill-prepared. I blame myself for not following it more....

Reykjavik mayor withdraws Israel boycott
YNet News, 19 Sep 2015 - Icelandic capital to cancel ban on Israeli-made goods, but plans to draft new proposal for new version specifying that it apply to Israeli goods made in Palestinian territories. ....

Using Palestinians as a human shield against BDS
+972 Magazine - In response to the Reykjavik City Council’s — since reversed — decision to boycott Israeli goods until the occupation is ended, Israeli politician Yair Lapid wrote an open letter to the Icelandic people titled ‘The Hypocrisy of Boycott.’ In his oped, Lapid argued that Israel should not...

Iceland mayor withdraws plan for Israeli boycott
Middle East Eye 19 Sep 2015 - Language Undefined Reykjavik's council had earlier decided to halt the city's purchase of Israeli products until the occupation of the Palestinian territories ends

Reykjavik drops boycott of Israeli products, adopts boycott of settlement goods
Ha'aretz - 19 Sep 2015

Reykjavík mayor angry over Israel boycott controversy, calls to withdraw motion
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2015 - "I have made a point of preparing big decisions carefully. I will admit that I am angry at myself as this did not go as well as I would have liked, unfortunately."

Reykjavík mayor 'angry' over boycott controversy, calls to withdraw motion
Jerusalem Post 19 Sep 2015 -

Berkeley human welfare commissioner fired for backing BDS resolution
Mondoweiss - A commissioner for the city of Berkeley, California, was fired for supporting a resolution calling on the city to consider divesting from corporations that operate in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories. Cheryl Davila served on the Human Welfare and Community Action Commission (HWCAC) for over seven...

California city commissioner fired for proposing Israel divestment
Electronic Intifada - Charlotte Silver 18 September 2015 Cheryl Davila had been warned her resolution would cause “turmoil” in famously liberal Berkeley.

Outrage over Gaza drove Iceland's capital to back Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 17 September 2015 Iceland’s capital votes to boycott “Israeli apartheid.”

California city commissioner fired for proposing Israel divestment
Occupation Magazine 18 Sep 2015 - Charlotte Silver--An official in Berkeley has been terminated for proposing a resolution calling for divestment from international and Israeli companies that profit from the occupation of Palestinian territories.dn

Iceland’s capital adopts Israeli goods boycott
Global BDS 18 Sep 2015 - The city council of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik voted on Wednesday to boycott all Israeli goods. The motion was approved by 9 votes to 5 after being proposed by Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, a city councilor from the Social Democratic Alliance (Samfylkingin). The motion states that Reykjavík will boycott...

Al-Aqsa incursions strain Jordan-Israel ties
Al-Monitor 18 Sep 2015 - With Israel's daily incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Jordan's King Abdullah may have no choice but to press for diplomatic sanctions, threatening 20 years of peace between the two countries.

California city commissioner fired for proposing Israel divestment
Electronic Intifada: 18 Sep 2015 - Charlotte Silver 18 September 2015 Cheryl Davila had been warned her resolution would cause “turmoil” in famously liberal Berkeley. more..

Jewish official warns Iceland of 'negative repercussions' over Reykjavik boycott of Israel
Jerusalem Post 18 Sep 2015 -

Israel calls Iceland capital's boycott 'pure hatred'
9/17/2015 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel has lashed out at a boycott of its products by the Icelandic capital's city council over the occupation of Palestinian territory, describing it as a "volcano of hatred."Reykjavik's council on Tuesday approved a motion to halt the city's purchase of Israeli products until the occupation ends."A volcano of hatred is erupting in the Reykjavik....

Labeling of settlement products and BDS are two different things
Ha'aretz - 17 Sep 2015

Senate blocks Republican bid to premise lifting of sanctions on Iran's recognition of Israel
Ha'aretz - 17 Sep 2015

Israel tightening security ties with Myanmar, despite Western sanctions
Ha'aretz - 17 Sep 2015

Iceland's capital adopts motion to boycott Israeli goods
Ha'aretz - 16 Sep 2015

European Jews mull legal action after Icelandic capital boycotts Israel
Jerusalem Post 17 Sep 2015 - “This is clearly a discriminatory move and we have already sought advice that it might break international law and treaties," says EJC President Moshe Kantor.

Iceland's capital bans all Israeli products
YNet News, 16 Sep 2015 - Reykjavik has passed a resolution boycotting Israeli-made goods, in protest of Israel's 'racist apartheid policy' towards the Palestinians. ....

Iceland to boycott Israeli-made goods
PIC - 17 Sep 2015 - The city council of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik has passed a resolution boycotting Israeli-made goods, in protest at Israel's racist apartheid policy towards the Palestinians.

Why is Iran's health minister complaining about domestic-made cars?
Al-Monitor 17 Sep 2015 - After a social media campaign to boycott Iranian-made cars, Iranian officials weigh in on the matter.

Israel calls Iceland capital's boycott 'volcano of hatred'
Middle East Eye 17 Sep 2015 - Language Undefined Israel lashes out at a boycott of its products by the Icelandic capital's city council over the occupation of Palestinian territory

Livni: Europe is removing sanctions from Iran and using them on Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 Sep 2015 - “Iran is getting legitimacy, while Israel is using it. Trade with Iran will increase, and with Israel it will decrease,” say Zionist Union co-leader.

Biting the BDS bullet
Jerusalem Post 15 Sep 2015 - From Kanye West to Mariah Carey to Matisyahu, artists have refused to capitulate to BDS pressure, yet the long-term threat of the movement remains unclear.

Bayit Yehudi MK proposes bill to keep boycotters from entering Israel
Jerusalem Post 12 Sep 2015 - Ban would also apply to those calling to boycott West Bank; proposal has broad support in coalition and opposition.

Labeling settlement goods only strengthens the occupation
+972 Magazine - In a reality where the Israeli government does everything in its power to erase the Green Line and subjugate the Palestinian economy, boycotting settlement goods does little to challenge the regime. Palestinians Burn Settlment Products in Front of the Karmei Tzur Settlement. (photo: Joseph Dana) In...

South Africa: Why Haroon Moghul Is Wrong About BDS, Mandela and the End of Apartheid
allAfrica.com 11 Sep 2015 - [The Daily Vox] American writer Haroon Moghul displayed a curious grasp of the expanding Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories recently when he dismissed the role sanctions played in defeating Apartheid in South Africa. On Sunday, he tweeted: "South Africa worked because of Mandela. Who is the...

A new unofficial boycott against Israeli academics may be underway
Ha'aretz - 10 Sep 2015

BDS smears Stephen Colbert's endorsement of Israeli hummus brand Sabra
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2015 - A clever marketing pitch for Sabra hummus disguised as a sketch by new host of "The Late Show" Stephen Colbert garnered both laughs and jeers.

Labeling settlement products gets further push as European Parliament backs move
Jerusalem Post 10 Sep 2015 - Foreign Ministry spokesman says that move is a discriminatory one “that has the smell of a boycott."

Tell Kanye West: Don’t be ‘heartless’ — Don’t play apartheid Israel!
Mondoweiss - You can sign the following petition from Jews for Palestinian Right of Return on Change.org or follow the campaign on Facebook . Dear Kanye West, We most urgently ask you to respect the growing international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) by canceling your September 30 concert...

EU-US trade deal mustn't stifle calls for Israel boycott, say unions
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 10 September 2015 150 European groups vow to resist pressure exerted by US in trade negotiations.

Back to School †With River of Cash To Fight BDS
The Forward New 9 Sep 2015 - Students streaming back to college will notice a new reality: more pro-Israel activity. But does the push funded by Sheldon Adelson and others signal a takeover from the right †and could it backfire?

EU-US trade deal mustn't stifle calls for Israel boycott, say unions
Electronic Intifada: 10 Sep 2015 - Ali Abunimah 10 September 2015 150 European groups vow to resist pressure exerted by US in trade negotiations. more..

Back to School †With River of Cash To Fight BDS
The Forward New 9 Sep 2015 - Students streaming back to college will notice a new reality: more pro-Israel activity. But does the push funded by Sheldon Adelson and others signal a takeover from the right †and could it backfire?

The Brits that want to see Netanyahu behind bars
Jerusalem Post 8 Sep 2015 - Protestors, including British MP, say instead of welcoming the Israeli PM to London, Cameron should be imposing sanctions on him.

Taxi company's 'wild weekend' contest draws haredi boycott
YNet News, 8 Sep 2015 - Gett forced to cancel campaign encouraging drivers to work on Shabbat after Jerusalem rabbis call on ultra-Orthodox public not to use company's taxis on weekdays either. ....

EU labelling of Israeli colonies’ products is hardly enough to bring about European compliance with international law
Global BDS 7 Sep 2015 - Occupied Palestine, 7 September 2015—The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition in Palestinian society that leads the global BDS movement, considered the European Union’s move towards labelling Israeli settlement products, announced at a recent EU press conference, as insufficient for fulfilling...

British pro-Palestinian activist group to PM Cameron: Cancel Netanyahu visit
Jerusalem Post 7 Sep 2015 - The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign calls for the imposition of sanctions and an arms embargo on Israel.

Netanyahu deserves sanctions, not a welcome to the UK, say union leaders and others | Letter
The Guardian 7 Sep 2015 - This week, David Cameron is due to welcome the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to the UK. As head of government, Netanyahu must bear responsibility for war crimes identified by the UN human rights council in...

Professor on front line of anti-BDS war
YNet News, 6 Sep 2015 - International law expert Eugene Kontorovich left a prestigious position in the US to move to Israel and battle European efforts to boycott Israeli businesses. The good news is that he believes this war can be won. ....

EU labelling of Israeli colonies’ products is hardly enough to bring about European compliance with international law
Global BDS 7 Sep 2015 - Occupied Palestine, 7 September 2015—The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition in Palestinian society that leads the global BDS movement, considered the European Union’s move towards labelling Israeli settlement products, announced at a recent EU press conference, as insufficient for fulfilling...

France supports labeling Israeli settlement products, opposes boycott
9/6/2015 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that while Paris backs EU plans to label products from Israeli settlements, it opposes any boycott of Israel."The French and European diplomatic position is clear and has not changed and will not change," he told reporters at the start of a two-day visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Israel has sought to fight....

Herzog to FM of Luxembourg: BDS movement is 'unacceptable and hypocritical'
Jerusalem Post 6 Sep 2015 -

Hezbollah stance on Aoun, LF boycott put dialogue at risk
Daily Star 6 Sep 2015 A much-anticipated national dialogue to break the 15-month presidential stalemate and get Parliament and the government functioning appeared to be in trouble.

ACTION ALERT: First National Union Endorses BDS!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Sep 2015 - Celebrate Labor Day by Thanking UE for Endorsing BDS!

Palestinian factions urge boycott of upcoming PNC meeting
PIC - 4 Sep 2015 - Palestinian political factions in the Gaza Strip on Thursday called for boycotting the upcoming meeting of the Palestinian National Council (PNC).

Chinese purchase of Israel's Ahava shows boycott is hurting
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 4 September 2015 Settlement profiteer’s attempts to find investors likely marred by association with Israeli occupation.

AIPAC’s Plan B?
Jim Lobe, Lobe Log 9/3/2015
      A number of readers have complained that I buried the important news in my last post marking Mikulski’s announcement Wednesday. So I’m reposting below that part of the Mikulski piece that dealt with what appears to be AIPAC’s and the opposition’s most likely “Plan B” for congressional action, aimed chiefly at those Democrats who feel queasy about their decision to support the White House and vote against the pending resolution to reject the JCPOA.
     A summary of a draft bill, which I obtained from a source who asked to remain anonymous, is circulating that is designed (almost certainly by AIPAC) to appeal to those Democrats eager to “kiss and make up” after their defiance of the most powerful Israel lobby group (whose reputation for omnipotence just took a very heavy hit) and its donors. Although most of the bill appears to be innocuous and consistent with the administration’s own intentions, it also contains a number of “poison pills,” which, if approved, appear calculated to raise new obstacles to implementation and Tehran’s confidence that the U.S. will fully comply with both the spirit and the letter of the JCPOA.
     With proposed banking sanctions, for example, it appears to do what Kagan and the policy director of the neoconservative Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), Juan Zarate, have urged with respect to codifying existing non-nuclear sanctions and reducing or eliminating the president’s waiver authority. It also would set up a process for “expedited procedures” for Congress to pass new terrorism sanctions against Iran under certain circumstances, and also create a coordinator for compliance whose responsibilities would not only be to oversee Iran’s implementation of the JCPOA but also report on non-nuclear issues outside the scope of the agreement.
     Yet another provision would authorize the delivery to Israel of Washington’s most powerful Massive Ordinance Penetration munitions (MOPs) and the means to deliver them against Iran’s nuclear facilities.... -- See also: Cardin, the Iran Deal, and the Future of Plan B
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Stone-throwing manipulated to further Israel’s security propaganda
Ramona Vassallo, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/3/2015
      Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s previous rhetoric about increasing security following the Duma arson attack and Palestinian retaliation is now being echoed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who, according to the Times of Israel, is mulling over the possibility of using live fire upon Palestinian activists who resort to throwing stones as part of their resistance strategies.
     During a meeting in Jerusalem with Ya’alon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Shin Bet representatives, Netanyahu asserted that the increase in “stone-throwing” necessitated changes in legislation.
     A statement from Netanyahu’s office issued on Wednesday stipulated that: “Since the legal system is finding it difficult to deal with stone-throwing by minors, changing open fire orders regarding the throwing of stones and firebombs will be examined, as will be the imposition – by law – of minimum sentences for those who throw stones and fire bombs.”
     The increase in Palestinian resistance is a response to the increase in settler and military attacks upon Palestinian civilians. However, Israeli media conjure a fictitious situation of allegedly unprovoked violence, detailing incidents without context and eliminating the perpetual incitement that is sanctioned by the Zionist state. The difference lies in the reporting. Whereas Palestinian resistance against Israeli settlers and the military is amplified as a new phenomenon every time, Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians is documented as a series of routine incidents, apart from instances where an act of resistance goes viral, thus shifting the focus away from the collective onto the individual.
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Chinese purchase of Israel's Ahava shows boycott is hurting
Electronic Intifada: 4 Sep 2015 - Ali Abunimah 4 September 2015 Settlement profiteer’s attempts to find investors likely marred by association with Israeli occupation. more..

Palestinian factions urge boycott of upcoming PNC meeting
9/3/2015 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian political factions in the Gaza Strip on Thursday called for a boycott of the upcoming Palestine National Council (PNC) meeting, the first in nearly 20 years, saying the session will damage national unity. A group of political factions -- including Islamic Jihad, Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees, the al-Mujahideen Movement, the Ahrar Movement, the al-Saiqa Movement, and the Popular Front....

Culture Ministry reiterates: No funding for institutes supporting boycott, Nakba
Ha'aretz - 3 Sep 2015

Palestinian factions call for boycott of PLO parliament-in-exile meeting
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2015 - Hamas and Islamic Jihad accuse Abbas of tightening grip on power, warn against special meeting.

On way out of West Bank, SodaStream CEO blasts BDS as anti-Semitic
Jerusalem Post 3 Sep 2015 - "It's propaganda, it's politics, it's hate, it's anti-Semitism. It’s all the bad stuff we don’t want to be part of."

Sodastream's CEO: 'It's politics. It's hate' – video
The Guardian 3 Sep 2015 - Daniel Birnbaum, the CEO of SodaStream, the company shutting a controversial West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accuses his critics on Wednesday of antisemitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers....

SodaStream leaves West Bank as CEO says boycott antisemitic and pointless
The Guardian 2 Sep 2015 - Factory moves to Israel’s Negev Desert, but Daniel Birnbaum says BDS campaign has only hurt its hundreds of Palestinian employees The chief executive of SodaStream has accused his company’s critics of antisemitism and hurting the interests...

BDS is here to stay: message to a CT synagogue
Mondoweiss - Editor’s note: A few days ago Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg and Andy Schatz published  an essay in the Forward revealing that they had held a groundbreaking forum on BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) at their Reform Connecticut synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek. The August 2 event...

The quieter, more dangerous boycott
+972 Magazine - Three recent divestment cases indicate that even when there are no flashy headlines, maybe especially so, boycott and divestment efforts can have a major impact where it hurts. JVP Boston activists protest the Veolia transportation company for operating bus lines serving settlements in the West Bank....

Sodastream CEO: BDS movement is anti-Semitic
Globes Main News - Daniel Birnbaum told the US media that BDS had hurt the Palestinians not the carbonated drinks company.

SodaStream CEO accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism, hurting Palestinian workers
Ha'aretz - 2 Sep 2015

Despite BDS flap, Ahava valued at NIS 300m, finds buyer
Jerusalem Post 2 Sep 2015 - Dead sea cosmetics companies valued at NIS 300 million

Gaza attack pushed US electrical workers' union to back Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 1 September 2015 Palestinians welcome vote by 30,000-strong United Electrical workers to endorse BDS.

Gaza attack pushed US electrical workers' union to back Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 1 September 2015 Palestinians welcome vote by 30,000-strong United Electrical workers to endorse BDS.

Read the historic United Electrical Workers Union resolution endorsing BDS
Mondoweiss - The following press release was sent out by the United Electrical Workers union (UE): UE Becomes First National Union in U.S. to Endorse BDS For Immediate Release September 1, 2015 At its national convention in Baltimore August 16-20, the United Electrical Workers union (UE) adopted a resolution...

Israel’s Likud Troika and the end of the Oslo ‘peace process’
Middle East Eye 1 Sep 2015 - Activism via BDS is a real alternative to the see-no-evil posturing of governments when it comes to Israel and the ‘peace process’

Gaza attack pushed US electrical workers' union to back Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada: 1 Sep 2015 - Ali Abunimah 1 September 2015 Palestinians welcome vote by 30,000-strong United Electrical workers to endorse BDS. more..

Address: Crimes against humanity cannot be forgotten
HE Roberto Calzadilla Sarmiento, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/28/2015
      Roberto Sarmiento is the current Bolivian Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
     Already in 2008 President Morales issued a strong diplomatic condemnation of the military operations which ended with more than 1,500 dead and houses totally destroyed. Later on, in 2009, President Morales together with the government broke diplomatic relations with Israel on the 13 January 2009. At that moment I was the ambassador in the Netherlands and non-resident ambassador to Israel.
     With Israel we have had very good relations for many years, after the world war Bolivia received about 30,000 Israelis who came to Bolivia, we were quite open. This was the situation that President Morales said I want to report that Bolivia has good relations with Israel but against the serious acts of acts on life and humanity, Bolivia broke diplomatic relations with Israel. Israel should comply with the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity committed against the people of Palestine.
     Later on, we watched the events that Senator David mentioned regarding the region’s response to the massacres occurring in Gaza. Last year, Bolivia demanded the Security Council and the international lobby meet and issue strongest words to stop the Israeli military aggression against Palestine, we demanded they take responsibility to stop the construction of the famous wall and we demanded to stop illegal settlements and we demanded to release Palestinian prisoners we demand the full respect of the Geneva Conventions and the human rights in the Rome Statute should be fulfilled.
     We demanded also the issuing of sanctions against Israel and the ceasing of the aggression itself. But also to end the occupation and once again Bolivia stated that we support and bring our full solidarity to have a sovereign and independent Palestinian state....
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US national industrial union endorses anti-Israel BDS movement
Jerusalem Post 30 Aug 2015 - United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union says it was the first US national union to endorse BDS.

Lessons from Veolia: Supporting the occupation is bad for business
Mondoweiss - Veolia has finally sold the last of its remaining businesses in the occupied Palestinian territories, as reported by WhoProfits.org on August 27, 2015.  This elevates Veolia to the status of the first major BDS target company to fully withdraw from all of its various Occupation enterprises ....

Barak’s Tales of Israel’s Near War With Iran Conceal the Real Story
Gareth Porter, Antiwar.com 8/29/2015
      A good cop/bad cop routine by the US and Israel was in fact a strategy to get crippling sanctions against Iran approved by the UN Security Council
     New evidence has now surfaced from former Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak that Israel came close to attacking Iran three times over the past few years – if you believe what major news media reported about the story.
     But you shouldn’t believe it. The latest story is only a continuation of the clever ploy that has been carried out by Israeli administrations from Ehud Olmert to Benjamin Netanyahu to convince the world that it was seriously contemplating war against Iran in order to pressure them toward crippling sanctions against Iran, if not military confrontation with it.
     And there is even very strong circumstantial evidence that the Obama administration was consciously playing its part in a “good cop/bad cop routine” with the Israelis over the ostensible Israeli war threat until early 2012 to influence other states’ Iran policies and gain political leverage on Iran.
     The latest episode in the seemingly endless story of Israel’s threat of war followed the broadcast in Israel of interviews by Barak for a new biography. The New York Times’ Jodi Rudoren reported that, in those interviews, Barak “revealed new details to his biographers about how close Israel came to striking Iran”. Barak “said that he and Mr. Netanyahu were ready to attack Iran each year,” but claimed that something always went wrong. Barak referred to three distinct episodes from 2010 through 2012 in which the he and Netanyahu were supposedly maneuvering to bring about an air attack on Iran’s nuclear program.
     But a closer look at Barak’s claims shows that in reality neither Barak nor Netanyahu were really ready to go to war against Iran.
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Obama’s Sanctions Chief to Defend Iran Accord in Israel
New York Times 27 Aug 2015 - Adam J. Szubin, who helped negotiate the accord, will meet with Israeli government officials and foreign policy experts to make his case.

Lessons from Veolia: Supporting the occupation is bad for business
Mondoweiss - Veolia has finally sold the last of its remaining businesses in the occupied Palestinian territories, as reported by WhoProfits.org on August 27, 2015.  This elevates Veolia to the status of the first major BDS target company to fully withdraw from all of its various Occupation enterprises ....

Boycott-hit Veolia dumps Jerusalem rail, completes Israel withdrawal
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 28 August 2015 But French multinational has left behind lasting damage to Palestinians.

Israel reveals "delegitimization department" to spy on boycott activists
Electronic Intifada - Asa Winstanley 27 August 2015 The Israeli military intelligence agency tells Haaretz that it is working against left-wing and BDS groups around the world.

BDS call for boycott should not ignore states’ responsibility to uphold international law
Mondoweiss - One year after the end of Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip, little has been done to alleviate the misery caused by Israel’s assault and by the ongoing Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip. The international community has failed to hold Israel accountable for the killing...

​US congresswoman calls for sanctions on Israeli unit behind killing of teens
Electronic Intifada - Rania Khalek 26 August 2015 Two Palestinian teenagers were gunned down by Israeli snipers in May 2014.

MAJOR BDS WIN! Veolia sells all remaining ties to the occupation!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 28 Aug 2015 - Victory shows unprecedented power of BDS movement

Barak’s tales of Israel's near war with Iran conceal the real story
Middle East Eye 28 Aug 2015 - A good cop/bad cop routine by the US and Israel was in fact a strategy to get crippling sanctions against Iran approved by the UN Security Council

Boycott-hit Veolia dumps Jerusalem rail, completes Israel withdrawal
Electronic Intifada: 28 Aug 2015 - Ali Abunimah 28 August 2015 But French multinational has left behind lasting damage to Palestinians. more..

Israel reveals "delegitimization department" to spy on boycott activists
Electronic Intifada: 27 Aug 2015 - Asa Winstanley 27 August 2015 The Israeli military intelligence agency tells Haaretz that it is working against left-wing and BDS groups around the world. more..

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel clarifies position on campaign to cancel Matisyahu show
Mondoweiss - The following statement was published by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel on August 25, 2015: Occupied Palestine, 23 August 2015 — Rototom Sunsplash festival organizers had canceled the performance of US artist Matisyahu from this year’s program after pressure from human...

US congresswoman calls for sanctions on Israeli unit behind killing of teens
US Campaign to End the Occupation 26 Aug 2015 - Coverage of Rep. McCollum's letter to the State Department on Nakba Day killing of Palestinian children cites Policy Director Josh Ruebner.

Debating the Israeli Boycott
US Campaign to End the Occupation 25 Aug 2015 - Watch Executive Director Yousef Munayyer debate Matt Duss of Foundation for Middle East Peace on BDS on Mehdi Hasan's Up Front on Al Jazeera.

​US congresswoman calls for sanctions on Israeli unit behind killing of teens
Electronic Intifada: 25 Aug 2015 - Rania Khalek 26 August 2015 Two Palestinian teenagers were gunned down by Israeli snipers in May 2014. more..

The Anti-Semitic BDS Campaigns on Campus:What is Their Impact?
Jerusalem Post 25 Aug 2015 -

BDS impact on American college campuses is exaggerated, study finds
Jerusalem Post 25 Aug 2015 - Report of pro-Israel group says there was an increase in activity by both Israel’s supporters and detractors on campuses nationwide during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Debating the Israeli Boycott
US Campaign to End the Occupation 25 Aug 2015 - Watch Executive Director Yousef Munayyer debate Matt Duss of Foundation for Middle East Peace on BDS on Mehdi Hasan's Up Front on Al Jazeera.

Latin American diplomats: We can be doing more to pressure Israel
Ben White, +972 Magazine 8/24/2015
      Speaking at a one-day conference in London, Latin American diplomats call for tougher policies, including sanctions and boycotts, against Israel for its ‘polices of apartheid.’
     A year after Israel faced widespread censure from Latin America over its attack on the Gaza Strip, diplomats from the region have warned that a further deterioration in relations could be on the cards.
     Speaking at a conference in London on Saturday, Ecuador’s Minister of Culture Guillaume Long warned that should there be a repeat of the 2014 war, which he described as a “genocide,” then Israel can expect similar, or even more serious, steps from other Latin American governments.
     A year after Israel faced widespread censure from Latin America over its attack on the Gaza Strip, diplomats from the region have warned that a further deterioration in relations could be on the cards.
     Speaking at a conference in London on Saturday, Ecuador’s Minister of Culture Guillaume Long warned that should there be a repeat of the 2014 war, which he described as a “genocide,” then Israel can expect similar, or even more serious, steps from other Latin American governments.
     The remarks were made during a panel discussion at “Palestine & Latin America in the 21st Century: Building Solidarity for National Rights,” a one-day conference organized by U.K.-based media organization Middle East Monitor (MEMO) held at Westminster’s Methodist Central Hall. According to MEMO director Daud Abdullah, the conference was inspired by the diplomatic and popular support from Latin America for Palestinians during last summer’s “Operation Protective Edge.”...
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I know what apartheid was, and Israel is not apartheid, says S. African parliament member
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2015 - BDS, according to the parliamentarian, is a movement of hatred and intimidation.

A double-edged boycott
YNet News, 24 Aug 2015 - Op-ed: People in Europe are starting to wake up to the true nature of the BDS campaign. If Israel can create the right policies, the fight against the boycott isn't lost. ....

How my return to Zimbabwe redoubled my enthusiasm for BDS in Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss - I recently returned to Zimbabwe for the first time in three decades. My visit reminded me that even the best intentioned liberation movements can turn bad, an insight that might be relevant to Israel/Palestine today. In fact, witnessing Zimbabwe’s decline has made me an even more...

Latin American diplomats: We can be doing more to pressure Israel
+972 Magazine - Speaking at a one-day conference in London, Latin American diplomats call for tougher policies, including sanctions and boycotts, against Israel for its ‘polices of apartheid.’ By Ben White A year after Israel faced widespread censure from Latin America over its attack on the Gaza Strip , diplomats...

'BDS seen in the Spanish press as a violent organization' after Matisyahu uproar
Jerusalem Post 23 Aug 2015 - Matisyahu sings defiant answer to BDS at Spanish festival; Israel embassy spokeswoman says performance a victory over BDS.

The Palestinian politics of the individual
Daoud Kuttab, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/21/2015
      Ever since the launch of Arab protests in Tunis, Egypt and Yemen, efforts to promote the Palestinian cause have generally fallen by the wayside. With the exception of the Israeli war on Gaza and a few major international achievements by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the local, regional and international media have shunned Palestine.
     While the absence of media coverage has resulted in the disappearance of the Palestinian cause from regional and international priorities, the effects of the Israeli occupation have not receded. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are still under a land, air and water siege and the political process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has been totally closed. The right wing settler-influenced Israeli government has decided to manage rather than resolve the conflict; as part of this new thinking military officials have been relaxing the checkpoint and travel policies so as not to be the victims of so-called pressure cooker syndrome. Security officials worry that too much repression and the absence of a political horizon might result in a popular explosion, often referred to as a possible third intifada.
     However, while macro-occupation politics, with all of its injustice, appears to be favouring the Israeli attempts at perpetuating the status quo, this “easing” by the army does little to change the situation on the ground. The micro-politics is often focused on a community or an individual. The burning alive of an 18 month old infant in the village of Duma near Nablus on 31 July brought attention back to the realities of life under occupation. The infant, Ali Dawabsheh, became a household name with his picture adorning posters and headlines.
     Before that arson attack could be forgotten another personalised case took over the headlines. The hunger strike of a Palestinian lawyer held in prison with neither charge nor trial captured the attention of the Palestinians as well as some of the solidarity activists in Israel. Mohammad Allan started his open-ended hunger strike on 16 June and fell into a coma on 11 August....
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Matisyahu faces down BDS and rocks Spanish festival
Ha'aretz - 22 Aug 2015

On Desai's removal from a Johannesburg gym for wearing a T shirt that said “Boycott Apartheid Israel”
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2015 -

My word: BDS and Matisyahu’s bum rap
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2015 - What is BDS if not a blacklist of companies associated with the Jewish state?

Omar Barghouti on Matisyahu: ‘Perfectly reasonable to oppose performance by any bigot’
Mondoweiss - Jewish American rapper Matisyahu (the stage name of Matthew Paul Miller) was disinvited from a music festival in Spain because of his support for Israel. Organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival say they were pressured to cancel the performance by supporters of the Boycott,...

Israeli cabinet's plan to combat BDS held up by defense minister's opposition
Ha'aretz - 20 Aug 2015

A litmus test for the American Jewish left
Penina Eilberg-Schwartz, +972 Magazine 8/18/2015
      I hesitate to critique BDS, but there is still something in the campaign that troubles me — a sense that some on the left are inadvertently using boycott as a tool with which to sort through, measure, and reject other progressive voices.
     Palestinians living in Israel are all too familiar with litmus tests, most of which boil down to the question of Israel’s “right to exist.”
     In its politics, most brazenly suggested in the 2014 nation-state bill which suggested to define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel demands that Palestinians in Israel both recognize the legitimacy of Zionism as a movement and, ultimately, accept the violence and dispossession it led to.
     While Palestinians face the greatest danger of failing the litmus test–which one can fail by the simple fact of being Palestinian–Jews in America also find themselves caught in these mechanisms of testing and counter-testing.
     In the Bay Area, grantees of the San Francisco Jewish Federation may not hold public events with organizations that consider Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) a legitimate movement. This policy bars public panel events with speakers from Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a vocal advocate for selective boycotting of companies profiting from the occupation.
     If you agree with certain forms of boycott, you’ve failed the test. And if you want to be seen as legitimate by the institutional Jewish community in the Bay Area, this is a test you must pass.
     However, there is also another side to this dynamic.
     In some radical spaces, to only partially support the movement or to feel ambivalent about academic boycott is seen as a kind of betrayal. If you are not pro-BDS, you are subject to scorn.
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Spanish festival apologizes to Matisyahu, but the truth about BDS is already out
Ha'aretz - 19 Aug 2015

It is not anti-Semitic to boycott Matisyahu
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 19 August 2015 American Jewish singer has long record of supporting anti-Palestinian positions and organizations.

Israel's Military Intelligence monitoring dozens of BDS groups around the world
Ha'aretz - 18 Aug 2015

A litmus test for the American Jewish left
+972 Magazine - I hesitate to critique BDS, but there is still something in the campaign that troubles me — a sense that some on the left are inadvertently using boycott as a tool with which to sort through, measure, and reject other progressive voices. By Penina Eilberg-Schwartz Protesters...

Olympics without Apartheid!
Palestinian BDS National Committee, Alternative Information Center 8/18/2015
      Keep Israeli apartheid out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro!
     A year from the start of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), leading the global BDS movement against Israel, and social movements in Brazil launch the ‘Olympics without Apartheid’ campaign.
     The immediate target of the campaign is the International Security and Defense Systems (ISDS), an Israeli company awarded a contract last October by the Rio16 Olympic Organizing Committee. The company is an integral part of the Israeli regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid against Palestinians. It prides itself of being founded on the experience of the Mossad, Israel’s criminal secret services, and is widely accused of training death squads and supporting dictatorships during the 80s across Central America.
     As indicated by the BNC, “Israeli military companies, all of which are deeply involved in Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinian people, among others, see the Olympic Games as an opportunity for profit and a means to export their “field-tested” expertise in maintaining apartheid, repression of people, and militarization of urban spaces across the globe. They must be stopped.”
     A series of international events in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro between August 3 and 6 have been organized in coordination with Brazilian movements and the local coalition ‘Olympics for Whom?’ in order to strengthen opposition to the contract in Brazil and call on the world to join the campaign.
     Jamal Juma, coordinator of the Stop the Wall Campaign and one of the speakers at the conference, said....
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BDS to Jpost : Matisyahu justified Israeli crimes
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2015 - One thing was clear: What was asked of Matisyahu was not asked of other performers.

Why Boycotting Matisyahu is Reasonable, Even if You Don’t Agree with It
The Magnes Zionist 17 Aug 2015 - An internationally renown reggae artist goes on record supporting the IDF’s response in the Mava Marmara fiasco. At the height of the Gaza Operation last summer, he posts on his Facebook page a one-sided defense of Israel’s actions in Gaza by hasbarita Sara Merson, igniting a...

BDS Pressure Cancels Matisyahu Concert
IMEMC - 16 Aug 2015 - The rapper Matisyahu was taken off the schedule of a Spanish Reggae festival due to his refusal to publicly support creation of a Palestinian state, Spanish media reports. ...

Foreign Ministry: Spanish festival's boycott of US Jew Matisyahu proves BDS is anti-Semitic
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2015 - “We always said that BDS was not connected to the Palestinian issue or the settlements but was nothing more than Jew hatred,” spokesman says after music festival drops American Jewish artist.

Matisyahu performance in Spain cancelled amid pressure from BDS movement
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2015 - Organizers accused the Jewish artist of being a "Zionist" who supports the practice of "apartheid and ethnic cleansing."

Brushing Your Teeth with White Phosphorus?
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Aug 2015 - By Vacy Vlazna One year ago, on 15 August – 40 days into Israel’s 51 day monstrous assault on Gaza that was clocking up 1800 innocent Palestinian deaths – Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) took a cheap shot , a morally cheap low shot, at concerned young protesters who chained themselves in the NZSF office demanding that the NZSF immediately divest from Israel Chemicals (ICL) – a supplier of lethal white phosphorus to the US army for the manufacture of munitions sold back to Israel to barrage fire and death on Gaza. In response to spokesperson Nadia Abu-Shanab’s passionate urging for divestment, Adrian Orr’s smug retort was, “Do you brush your teeth? ( Nadia: “Sorry?) “Do you brush your teeth? White phosphorus is used in many places.” Orr is not stupid, paid NZ$800,000 p.a, he knows that phosphate is used in toothpaste whereas the pure evil of...more

Brushing Your Teeth with White Phosphorus?
Dr Vacy Vlazna, Intifada-Palestine 8/14/2015
      "The truth they don’t want you to see, while Little Hamza slept, Israel bombed Gaza with White Phosphorus. But it’s okay, Israel was only defending itself."
     One year ago, on 15 August – 40 days into Israel’s 51 day monstrous assault on Gaza that was clocking up 1800 innocent Palestinian deaths – Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) took a cheap shot, a morally cheap low shot, at concerned young protesters who chained themselves in the NZSF office demanding that the NZSF immediately divest from Israel Chemicals (ICL) – a supplier of lethal white phosphorus to the US army for the manufacture of munitions sold back to Israel to barrage fire and death on Gaza.
     In response to spokesperson Nadia Abu-Shanab’s passionate urging for divestment, Adrian Orr’s smug retort was,
     “Do you brush your teeth? ( Nadia: “Sorry?) “Do you brush your teeth? White phosphorus is used in many places”
     Orr is not stupid, paid NZ$800,000 p.a, he knows that phosphate is used in toothpaste whereas the pure evil of white phosphorus, derived from phosphate through an industrial process, is so highly reactive to oxygen it has to be stored under water. Exposed to air, it sears human flesh to the bone, damages the immune system and causes neurological damage.
     Nadia then goes on to say, “Palestinians have actually identified the company “ and Orr butts in with appalling callous flippancy, “I can identify lots of companies that annoy me in life”
     Annoy? Annoy? Annoyance is not how Mus’ab Almadani’s feels about Israel Chemicals supplying the white phosphorus that seared the innocent flesh of his little son Hamza, 3.....
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The BDS movement’s failure to derail Israel’s international relations or economy
Jerusalem Post 12 Aug 2015 -

BDS campaign fails to thwart Tel Aviv beach in Paris
Globes Main News - On Thursday, the artificial beach in Paris will be branded Tel Aviv on the Seine to promote Israel tourism.

Israeli Banks flipping out over looming European boycott
Mondoweiss - The Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv (Hebrew) has a splashing headline today warning that Israeli  banks are preparing for a  “political-economic tsunami”   due to the possibility of an impending European boycott. Unsurprisingly, t he banks – Israel’s largest – have been holding meetings amongst themselves to prepare for...

Junte-se a nós: Olimpíadas sem apartheid!
Global BDS 10 Aug 2015 - Curta a página no Facebook “Olimpíadas sem apartheid” aqui ! Empresas militares israelenses, todas elas profundamente em crimes de guerra de Israel encontra o povo palestino, entre outras, veem os Jogos Olímpicos como um grande oportunidade de lucro e meio de exportar sua experiência “testada em campo”...

Únete a nosotrxs: ¡Olimpiadas sin Apartheid!
Global BDS 10 Aug 2015 - Me gusta la página en Facebook “Olimpiadas sin apartheid” aquí ! Compañías militares israelíes, de las cuales todas están profundamente involucradas en los crímenes de guerra de Israel contra el pueblo palestino, entre otras, ven a los Juegos Olímpicos como una oportunidad de ganancia y un medio...

Join us: Olympics without Apartheid!
Global BDS 10 Aug 2015 - Like our Facebook page “Olympics without Apartheid” here! Llamado en castellano aquí | Chamado em português aqui Israeli military companies, all of which are deeply involved in Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinian people, among others, see the Olympic Games as an opportunity for profit and a...

A warrant for the repression of Israel’s Palestinian citizens
Amjad Iraqi, +972 Magazine 8/9/2015
      Bentzi Sau, a candidate for the national police commissioner, has riled Palestinian citizens who continue to experience his interpretation of law enforcement: oppression and harassment.
     Last week, a petition issued by the global civic organization Avaaz in Arabic and Hebrew circulated on social media, showing a photograph of a man dressed in police uniform. In its description, the petition declared: “We see that the only place for [this man] is behind prison bars.”
     Bentzi Sau, formerly the head of the Tel Aviv district’s police department, has surfaced in the news in recent weeks as a likely candidate for the position of Israel’s national police commissioner, for which he has been serving as a temporary replacement since July. This news, however, has been met with outrage by the Palestinian Arab community in Israel, from Joint List Knesset Members to citizens on social media.
     Fifteen years ago, Sau was the commander of the northern district’s Border Police which, under his direction, used snipers and other brutal methods to suppress demonstrations by Palestinians in Israel during the Second Intifada. As a result of his orders, two citizens of Israel, Mohammed Ahmed Jabarin and Ahmad Siam, and one resident from Gaza, Musleh Abu Jarad, were killed, along with countless others who were wounded.
     The three casualties were among 13 Palestinians killed by police in what became known as the October 2000 events. The 2003 Or Commission of Inquiry, which investigated the police conduct during the events, concluded that although Sau did not bear personal responsibility for the three deaths, he was directly responsible for sanctioning the police’s lethal tactics, including the use of live firepower....
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Paris recreates Tel Aviv beaches on banks of Seine; Israel boycotters are having none of it
Ha'aretz - 10 Aug 2015

Plan to recreate Tel Aviv beach on banks of Paris river sparks uproar
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2015 - BDS and Pro-Palestinian activists lament the glorifying of "Israeli policy of settlement construction."

Firms linked to Revolutionary Guards to win sanctions relief under Iran deal
Jerusalem Post 10 Aug 2015 - The development is likely to anger critics of the accord, not least in the United States and Israel, but may be welcomed by Iranians eager for Iran to reopen to the outside world.

Israeli doctors versus the state in showdown over force-feeding
Noa Yachot, +972 Magazine 8/10/2015
      The government hoped that transferring Mohammed Allan to a different hospital would make force-feeding him easier. But a doctors’ protest is gaining ground.
     A confrontation between the Israeli government and doctors treating hunger-striking prisoners is reaching a fever pitch, testing the medical community’s independence against government efforts to quell a nonviolent protest by Palestinian detainees.
     The backdrop is a law passed last month sanctioning the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners, in order to combat a growing means of protest against administrative detention without charge or trial.
     The test case for the new law appears to be Mohammed Allan, a 33-year-old Palestinian lawyer detained since November of last year. Allan is on the 54th day of his strike. As my colleague Yael Marom at Local Call reports, he is drinking water but refusing any minerals, vitamins, and medical treatment of any sort. It emerged this weekend that authorities would seek to force-feed Allan, and the resulting showdown over his treatment has pit a growing group of doctors, armed with medical ethics, against the state and the military.
     Doctors at Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, where Allan was hospitalized until this morning, refused to treat him, citing international standards governing patient autonomy. Their stand came despite the recommendation of a hospital ethics panel, which gave the doctors monitoring Allan “discretion” to take measures to save his life, even against his will. Israeli security services transferred Allan today to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital, whose director, according to Ynet sources [Hebrew], “holds a different viewpoint with regards to force-feeding than the Soroka doctors.”
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Israeli industrialists set up BDS hotline to help exporters
Globes Main News - The Presidium of Israel Business Organizations is responding to growing harrassment by BDS activists.

Why did Sec’y of State Clinton stick her nose into $465 donation to Edinburgh Film Festival in ’09? (BDS)
Mondoweiss - A month ago we spotlighted Hillary Clinton’s disturbing letter to megadonor Haim Saban, in which she promised to work with Republicans to oppose the BDS movement, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Well it turns out this isn’t a first for Hillary Clinton. She’s been battling BDS for...

Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel
Occupation Magazine 6 Aug 2015 - Chris Hedges - Nation of Change "Justice for Palestine will never come from the traditional governmental institutions or political parties that administer power. These institutions have surrendered to moneyed interests. Justice will come only from us. And the sole mechanism left to ensure justice for Palestine...

Hillary Clinton has the answer to BDS
Occupation Magazine 6 Aug 2015 - David Suissa - Jewish Journal "er powerful moral insight couched inside her letter to Saban is that BDS is bad for the Palestinians. That’s right — it’s bad for the very people BDS claims to represent.It’s bad for the Palestinians, and it’s bad for peace. When...

Congress Holds BDS Hearing
US Campaign to End the Occupation 6 Aug 2015 - Take action: tell Congress to hold a second pro-BDS hearing to counter its biased, anti-BDS hearing.

Government vote on budget halted
YNet News, 5 Aug 2015 - Meeting adjourned after Shas ministers boycott vote, Bayit Yehudi leader Bennett threatens to vote against budget over cuts to education; Netanyahu: The conversation is about how to split the pie, rather than how to grow it. ....

'Israel has not changed for the worse, it’s always been bad'
Alan Hart, Redress 8/3/2015
      The quote above is from an article by Avigail Abarbanel published on the Mondoweiss website under the headline “It’s time for American Jews to recognize that they have been duped” (by Zionism).
     Who is Avigail Abarbanel?
     This very courageous Jewish woman who now lives in Scotland is a psychotherapist (which means that she treats psychological disorders). She was born in Tel Aviv in 1964. During her two years of compulsory service with the Israeli army, in which she became a staff sergeant, it invaded Lebanon. In 1991 she left Israel to make a new life in Australia. (I quote below her explanation of why she abandoned Israel). In 2001 she renounced her Israeli citizenship.
     That done she became an activist for Palestinian rights. She supports a one-state solution and a full right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. She says:
     "To state it clearly, I no longer believe that Israel has a right to exist as an exclusively Jewish state at the expense of the Palestinian people."
     Her explanation of why she supports BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) as a non-violent way to try to pressure Israel to abandon its occupation and to transform itself into a free and democratic state for all of its people is this:
     "I support BDS because given Israel’s psychology and philosophy of life, I do not see any hope that it will ever change its ways of its own accord."
     Avigail’s article is an expression of her frustration and at times fury at what she regards as the “disconnect” in so many Western Jewish minds....
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What BDS and Israeli settlers have in common
Ha'aretz - 5 Aug 2015

Working behind the scenes to confront Israel boycotters
Ha'aretz - 5 Aug 2015

Factsheet: Olympics without Apartheid - BAN ISDS!
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has called for a campaign "Olympics without Apartheid". This campaign calls for ISDS and other companies complicit with Israeli apartheid to be banned from the Olympics, for pressure until the Olympics will be free of apartheid. See here the...

Shas ministers boycott government vote on state budget
YNet News, 5 Aug 2015 - Shas leader Deri, Bayit Yehudi leader Bennett threaten to vote against budget over VAT, cuts to education; Netanyahu: The conversation is about how to split the pie, rather than how to grow it. ....

U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams faces BDS backlash during South African tour
Ha'aretz - 4 Aug 2015

Right-wing MKs boycott special anti-Jewish-terror meeting
Ha'aretz - 4 Aug 2015

South African BDS activists set sites on US pop superstar Pharrell
Jerusalem Post 4 Aug 2015 - BDS member: "He is about to face the biggest backlash any artist has faced in South Africa in over 30 years, since the days of apartheid."

Chicago's Jesus Garcia slams attempt to thwart boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 4 August 2015 Prominent lawmaker who challenged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel slams anti-BDS resolution passed stealthily through government body.

Locarno film festival rebrands in attempt to duck Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Sarah Irving 4 August 2015 Filmmakers remain committed to a boycott due to the festival’s partnership with an Israeli state-sponsored institution.

Congress holds hearing on Palestinian-led movement, without Palestinians
US Campaign to End the Occupation 4 Aug 2015 - Policy Director Josh Ruebner writes in The Hill about the biased nature of the first-ever Congressional hearing on BDS.

Netanyahu lobbies US Jews to act against Iran deal
Al Jazeera 8/4/2015
      Israeli PM says Iran nuclear deal "will bring war" as he attempts to mobilise Jewish Americans against the pact.
     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a campaign to mobilise Jewish American citizens against the nuclear deal between Iraq and world powers championed by President Barack Obama, which is facing review by the US Congress.
     In a webcast organised by Jewish groups in North America, Netanyahu reiterated Israel's arguments that the July 14 deal was not enough to curb Iranian nuclear projects with bomb-making potential. He argued that a windfall in sanctions relief could help Tehran finance destabilising regional conflicts.
     With surveys showing American Jewish opinion mixed on a dispute that has strained the US-Israeli alliance, Netanyahu cast his opposition to the Iran deal as non-partisan.
     He also pushed back against the Obama administration's counter-argument that the deal was the only way to avoid eventual war with Iran.
     "I don't oppose this deal because I want war. I oppose this deal because I want to prevent war. And this deal will bring war," he said.
     "This is a time to stand up and be counted. Oppose this dangerous deal."
     Widely watched
     Organisers said 10,000 people - not taking into account expected group audiences - had signed up to view the webcast.
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Chicago's Jesus Garcia slams attempt to thwart boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada: 4 Aug 2015 - Ali Abunimah 4 August 2015 Prominent lawmaker who challenged Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel slams anti-BDS resolution passed stealthily through government body. more..

Jeremy Corbyn backs boycott of Israeli universities involved in arms research
Occupation Magazine 2 Aug 2015 - Asa Winstanley - EI - "On the wider BDS campaign, Corbyn said that the academic boycott was `very complicated` to implement without, for example, preventing Israeli dissidents such as Ilan Pappe coming to speak in the UK. `If it is a university that is doing research...

Jeremy Corbyn backs boycott of Israeli universities involved in arms research
Electronic Intifada - Asa Winstanley 2 August 2015 Frontrunner in Labour Party leadership campaign also committed to pushing for a two-way arms embargo on Israel.

Jeremy Corbyn backs boycott of Israeli universities involved in arms research
Electronic Intifada: 2 Aug 2015 - Asa Winstanley 2 August 2015 Frontrunner in Labour Party leadership campaign also committed to pushing for a two-way arms embargo on Israel. more..

Arab League to host conference on boycott of Israel soon
PIC - 31 Jul 2015 - The central boycott office of the Arab League said the League would host from 18 to 20 August the 89th conference on the Arab boycott of Israel.

What about Palestinian academic freedom?
Mondoweiss - The point of this article is to support the call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions and projects funded by the Israeli state until Palestinian academic freedom is respected and protected with the same ardent defense granted Israeli academic freedom. This cannot occur until the...

Israel to start force-feeding Palestinian hunger strikers
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 7/30/2015
      One month after administrative detainee Khader Adnan’s successful hunger strike, the Knesset passes a law to allow for the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners.
     The Knesset passed a law early Thursday morning that sanctions the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails. The law passed by a small margin, with 46 lawmakers in favor and 40 opposed.
     The so-called “hunger-strike law,” considered more “gentle” than the original bill proposed last June, allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the inmate’s life. This applies even if the prisoner refuses.
     The bill comes in the wake of a successful 50-plus-day hunger strike by Palestinian administrative detainee Khader Adnan last month. This was Adnan’s second extended hunger strike against his administrative detention; in 2012, Adnan won his release in a similar deal that ended a hunger strike. Most of the most high-profile hunger-strikes have been by Palestinian administrative detainees, which are held without sentence or trial.
     The Israeli Medical Organization (IMA) has long announced that its doctors will refuse to carry out the procedure. In the past, Israel Medical Association Chairman Dr. Leonid Edelman said that the IMA will not protect doctors who will be tried at the International Criminal Court. The IMA’s position is praiseworthy, even if it stems from potential sanctions by the World Medical Association.
     Force-feeding is considered a form of torture according to the World Health Organization.....
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Italian PM Renzi's ode to Israel
Middle East Eye 31 Jul 2015 - As Israel continues to boycott the very idea of a Palestinian people, a fan club has formed to legitimise the barbarity - Matteo Renzi, for one, deserves his own boycott

Israeli lawmakers pass law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners
Ha'aretz - 30 Jul 2015

Livni: Justice Minister Shaked playing into BDS hands, will bring Israel to ICC
Jerusalem Post 30 Jul 2015 - "If you want Judea and Samaria to be like Ra'anana, you must annex it," Livni said.

Unilever hits back at Shufersal's boycott
Globes Main News - Unilever will offer discounts of up to 20% on its products to Rami Levy customers as it battles supermarket chain.

Israel to start force-feeding Palestinian hunger strikers
+972 Magazine - One month after administrative detainee Khader Adnan’s successful hunger strike, the Knesset passes a law to allow for the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners. Illustrative photo of Palestinian prisoners in an Israeli military prison (By ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com ) The Knesset passed a law early Thursday morning that sanctions...

Palestinian prisoners face force-feeding in Israeli prisons
The National 30 Jul 2015 - JERUSALEM // Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice. The law allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the...

Israeli government sanctions force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners
Middle East Eye 30 Jul 2015 - Language Undefined The Israeli medical community has vowed to prevent the implementation of force-feeding

Sheldon Adelson bankrolls NBA player trip to Israel to fight BDS
Mondoweiss - Israeli-born Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi and pro-Israel mega-donor Sheldon Adelson recently teamed up to recruit NBA stars for an anti-BDS promotional jaunt to Israel and Sports Illustrated is all over it, without mentioning the anti-BDS angle. The SI article “ Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi...

Israel and Gaza: the BDS Movement One Year After 'Protective Edge'
Peter Makhlouf, CounterPunch 7/28/2015
      This July, Palestinians around the world and those standing in solidarity remembered two poignant anniversaries. The first was the one-year anniversary of the brutal Israeli incursion into Gaza termed, in proper Orwellian fashion, “Operation Protective Edge.” This slaughter, claiming the lives of 2,300 civilians was not the first of its kind and certainly will not be the last. At the same time, the BDS National Committee (BNC) celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the call from Palestinian civil society to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).
     One could argue that this past year has been the most successful year for the BDS campaign in its history, in a large part due to the tragedy of last summer which thrust the full-scale of Israeli state violence into the public eye. Unlike the daily horrors of occupation, both in the West Bank and even more prominently so in Gaza, that operate through a manic labyrinth of Kafka-esque bureaucracy—expropriated property deeds, denied travel permits, unwarranted arrests and detentions—it took the mangled bodies of four Gazan boys upon the beach to catapult the horrors of Israeli policy onto the world stage.
     In turn, BDS, which holds visibility and awareness of the Palestinian struggle for justice as a central tenet of its strategy, came to the forefront both during the onslaught and more prominently after the smoke had cleared. The key tenet of the BDS campaign is to both elucidate and attack the politico-economic implications of such an occupation: who is profiting? how are they profiting? what can be done?
     In a political environment in which the battle is fought particularly intensely on the ideological plane, BDS presents a critical, calculated attempt to betray and attack the material motivations at the heart of the occupation. It enfranchises Palestinians throughout the world with economic leverage against a settler-colony that is based—unlike South Africa, which required black labor—on the exclusion and denial of any economic enfranchisement for Palestinians.
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Netanyahu: An Enemy of Peace
Mel Gurtov, CounterPunch 7/28/2015
      Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has established himself as the biggest enemy of peace in the Middle East. His thoroughly unwelcome and error-marred speech to Congress on Iran, his last-minute racist scare tactics on election eve in Israel, and his disingenuous post-election statement that he really does support a two-state solution all reveal a man who fears a just Middle East peace and will do everything he can to thwart it.
     President Obama has taken the correct position in distancing himself from Netanyahu and, with the usual diplomatic language, making plain that so long as Netanyahu is in charge, the peace process is dead. Their widely reported strained personal relationship is one thing, but the main thing is that the United States and the Palestinian Authority do not have a negotiating partner. What Netanyahu said in the last moments of his electoral campaign simply cannot be walked back: that no two-state solution will ever occur while he is prime minister; and that the Arab vote is a threat to Israel’s political system. This is a man who will say and do whatever it takes to preserve his power and keep the Palestinian people in a subordinate place.
     Netanyahu has a lot of help in achieving those objectives, both in Congress and from his embassy in Washington. The Israel Lobby remains powerful and well funded, with many resources for ensuring that military and economic aid to Israel continues, that the Palestinian cause is ignored, and that Israel’s nuclear weapon arsenal is never a fit topic of debate. Netanyahu’s faithful front man–the American-born Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer–is a key figure in the lobby—a man who, like his boss, never takes a backward step when it comes to promoting an expansive notion of Israel’s security needs. He is reportedly working tirelessly to restore Bibi’s credibility and embolden Congress members to maintain sanctions on Iran. Unless and until the Israel Lobby is reined in, significant change in US policy is hard to imagine.
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Four things every Israeli needs to know about Jewish BDS activists
+972 Magazine - A recent feature on Israeli television attempted to cast Jewish-American BDS and anti-occupation activists as self-hating Jews. As anti-Semites. How dare you! By David Harris-Gershon JVP Boston activists protest the Veolia transportation company for operating bus lines serving settlements in the West Bank. November 14, 2012. (Tess...

Anniversaries: Who counts?
Alice Rothchild, Mondoweiss 7/28/2015
      An early July letter from Hillary Clinton to Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban reveals her intentions to “defend Israel at every turn” and to ignore Israel’s serious human rights violations raised by the United Nations, a host of respected Israeli and international organizations, and a growing number of Jewish and Christian activists increasingly supportive of the nonviolent boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS) for Palestinian rights and equality. Calling Israel “a vibrant democracy” and equating critical discourse on Zionism and Israeli policy with anti-Semitism, she does a grave disservice to the growing international awareness of the massive Jewish settlement growth in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the crushing siege of Gaza.
     As a guest of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, I traveled to the region in March with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility to listen to the voices of and work with physicians, mental health clinicians, UN and human rights workers, teachers, students, youth groups, artists, and ordinary people. It was eight months after the devastating war that destroyed the physical and emotional structure of their lives and the fundamental sense of personal safety that is part of normal existence.
     I listened to psychiatrists discuss the 51 days of intense fear and insecurity and the challenges of caring for traumatized patients when the clinicians themselves had lost homes, family members, and were equally traumatized. I climbed the rubble of Shejaia where 75,000 people fled under intense Israeli bombing and I met with families living in the rubble of their bombed out apartments because of the utter lack of reconstruction due to severe Israeli restrictions on importing cement and building materials. I noted that the only high-level rehabilitation hospital, el Wafa, was leveled despite desperate calls to respect medical neutrality in times of war.
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The stalemate in the Palestinian political system
Majed Kayali, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/28/2015
      The Palestinian political system is characterised by a statute of limitations due to the fact that the same factions have formed the ruling elite and the same tactics have been implemented for decades. At least, this is what can be said since the establishment of the Palestinian territories over the course of the past quarter of a century. The majority of the Palestinian establishment, from the Palestinian Authority to political factions to popular organisations, are exhausted and no longer hold the same standing in Palestinian communities. The PLO no longer holds the same prestige as it did before it transformed itself from a liberation movement into a political party.
     Since the situation continues to deteriorate, the Palestinian political system is at an impasse; moreover, the prevailing political elite have now become too conservative in terms of their policies. The reality on the ground has remained the same. The political elite has not thought to change their policies despite Israel's blatant decision to derail the Oslo Accords and despite the PA Central Council's vote in March to halt negotiations and security coordination with Israel and mobilise the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The ruling elite within Palestine has a monopoly over decision-making mechanisms. At this point in time, the Palestinian Authority no longer has anything left to add or offer and threatens the vitality of society. We must recognise the rate of Palestinian educational achievements and the increase in military resistance over the decades.
     The reason for such a discussion is the removal of Yasser Abed Rabbo from his post on the Palestinian Authority's executive committee in a way that suggests the decision was done both in haste and a bad mood. More importantly, the reactions to this decision reveal that that this particular layer of Palestinian policy makers are in conflict amongst themselves but ultimately care about maintaining the prevailing status quo, which includes the dynamic present among different Palestinian political factions....
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Illinois first state to divest pensions from companies that boycott Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Jul 2015 - “We need to stand up to anti-Semitism whenever and wherever we see it,” says Illinois governor.

A Chance for Arab-Iranian Reconciliation: An Opportunity in the Iran Nuclear Deal
Ramzy Baroud, Antiwar.com 7/24/2015
      “The Americans have taken the Shia Muslim side in the Middle East’s sectarian war,” declared Robert Fisk in the Independent newspaper on July 15, a day after the US and five major world powers reached a landmark agreement with Iran about its nuclear programs.
     Fisk’s proclamation is quite cursory. Aside from the fact that he is accepting the premise that the war in the Middle East is essentially sectarian, he implies that the Americans are purposely facilitating their policies based on sectarian agendas. They are not.
     The fundamentals of American foreign policy approach have not changed. In the Middle East, it is governed by two overriding variables: one, economic – oil, gas, and strategic control and influence over countries that produce such essentials to the US and global economy – and Israel. Unlike other US allies in the region, Israel has managed to break away from the role of client regime into a party that has tremendous influence over US policies. Between powerful lobbies and an obedient US Congress, the likes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have made Israel a top American priority.
     Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Although Netanyahu has angled for war against Iran, supported by numerous allies within the Republican and Democratic Party – propelled by lobby perks and pressure, and a huge media apparatus – his wish is yet to come true. In fact, according to the 100-page-plus agreement of July 14, that wish is, perhaps, suspended for at least another 10 years as Iran has agreed to curb its nuclear capabilities and to allow international monitoring, in exchange for the lifting of US-led UN sanctions which have greatly harmed the Iranian economy.
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New Illinois law does not make BDS illegal
Electronic Intifada - Nora Barrows-Friedman 24 July 2015 “The new Illinois law does not prohibit anyone, including students, from boycotting Israel or advocating for BDS,” says an attorney.

New Illinois law does not make BDS illegal
Electronic Intifada: 24 Jul 2015 - Nora Barrows-Friedman 24 July 2015 “The new Illinois law does not prohibit anyone, including students, from boycotting Israel or advocating for BDS,” says an attorney. more..

What, Really, is Netanyahu’s Game Plan for America?
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Jul 2015 - By Alan Hart My headline question was provoked by Netanyahu’s response to the P5+1 agreement with Iran which he called “an historic mistake” and an editorial in The New York Times described as being “clearly in the best interests of the US and the other nations that drafted it and Israel .” (My emphasis added). The NYT’s editorial view was subsequently endorsed in a letter signed by more than 100 former US ambassadors and then a statement signed by 60 former senior officials and lawmakers with extensive national security experience. Then came the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption of a resolution endorsing the nuclear deal with Iran and paving the way for the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic. On the battle to come the headline over a story in The Times of Israel put it this way. AIPAC girds for rare high-noon showdown with White House . The first...more

Reviewing Trashy Hasbara against BDS
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Jul 2015 - By Vacy Vlazna Boycotting Israel is Wrong: The progressive path to peace between Palestinians and Israelis by Philip Mendes, Nick Dyrenfurth is a slipshod diatribe against the principled efforts of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It beggars belief that this silly book, riddled with hasbara and anti-arabsemitism, is written by academics with research skills: Monash University’s Philip Mendes and Nick Dyrenfurth who, once wrote that Australia’s exPrime Minister John Howard “speaks fluent spin”- Dyrenfurth should know! Hasbara is pro-Israel propaganda, in short – spin and lies justifying decades of Zionist war crimes and crimes against humanity. Greater than arms and security, Israel’s largest export industry is Hasbara swallowed and regurgitated mainly by western US-allied governments and their mainstream media Murdoch Fox News, CNN, BBC, ABC, etc: “Israel has already poured hundreds of millions of dollars into what in Hebrew is called hasbara, or information for the outside world (...more

Italian prime minister lashes out in Jerusalem at "stupid and futile" BDS
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 23 July 2015 Meanwhile, Greece’s Syriza-led government inks military deal with Israel.

Israeli banks surprised by EU sanctions threat
Globes Main News - The banks say they cannot cope with such a threat, and it is up to the government to do so.

Israel looks for answers to boycott campaign
BBC 22 Jul 2015 - Jewish state looks for answers to growing boycott campaign

Israel passes bill that would jail stone throwers for 20 years
Zuzana Brezinová, Palestine Monitor 7/22/2015
      The Knesset’s Law and Justice Committee has sanctioned an amendment to the Israeli Penal Code, which renders convicted Palestinian stone-throwers liable for up to 20 year jail terms.
     The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this decision proves that, “Israel is taking vigorous action against terrorists,” and that the Knesset is prepared to pass “stronger legislation soon,” the International Business Times reported.
     “David killed Goliath, the strongest Philistine of all, with a stone, in other words, a stone can kill. This [stone-throwing] phenomenon, which endangers human life and sows fear among the public, must be aggressively eradicated,” said Nissan Slomiansky, the Law and Justice Committee chairman.
     Members of the Joint Arab List expressed strong opposition to the bill pointing to its discriminatory and disproportionate nature and arguing that it is set to primarily target the Palestinian citizens of the occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
     “There’s a military order that if soldiers come to an area where Jews are demonstrating and one of the demonstrators attacks a soldier, it’s forbidden to shoot him because he’s a Jew.
     “Under the same circumstances when it’s an Arab they shoot to kill, they call it neutralising,” said Ahmad Tibi, Israeli Arab MKs for the Joint List.
     Likewise, Hanin Zoabi criticised the outstanding asymmetry embedded in this new legislation.
     “Imagine a soldier with a gun facing a teenager with a small stone, what symmetry is there? The oppressed is obligated to expel the oppressor,” said Zoabi during the Law and Justice Committee session on Monday.
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Israel looks for answers to boycott campaign
BBC 22 Jul 2015 - Jewish state looks for answers to growing boycott campaign

Palestinian prisoner held in solitary confinement for over 4 years
7/22/2015 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi is still being held by Israeli authorities in solitary confinement since his detention began over four years ago, a prisoners' rights groups reported. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society said Wednesday that Abu Sisi told his lawyer that Israeli authorities are imposing several sanctions on him, including preventing him from receiving family visits in the Nafha....

BDS supporters rap U.K. student leader for Coca Cola ties
Ha'aretz - 21 Jul 2015

Israel does not intend to react to European group's settlement boycott paper
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2015 -

Italian PM in Knesset: Supporters of 'stupid' boycotts betray their own future
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2015 - Renzi reaffirms Italy's commitment to Israel, which he calls an ally in the fight against extremism; Netanyahu: Harm to Israel will hurt Europe, too.

Italian PM: 'Whoever wants to boycott Israel doesn't realize he is harming his own future'
Jerusalem Post 22 Jul 2015 -

Wed: EU sanctions fears hit bank stocks
Globes Main News - Hapoalim, Leumi and Discount banks fell hard on concerns that the EU may impose sanctions on Israeli banks.

Treasury estimates damage of European boycott
Globes Main News - Cancellation of Israel's associate EU status would affect investments and exports, and could cost 4% of GDP.

Reuters: EU mulls sanctions on Israeli banks
Globes Main News - A report proposes that "member-state-funded lending cannot be provided to Israeli entities operating in the occupied territories."

Iran deal shows sanctions on Israel necessary for peace
Middle East Eye 22 Jul 2015 - In light of the Iran deal, the question of whether sanctions could help bring about a deal between Palestine and Israel is worth considering

Polls close in Burundi amid election boycott
AlJazeera 21 Jul 2015 - Opposition and civil society groups boycott vote, saying it is unconstitutional, as Pierre Nkurunziza seeks third term.

BDS supporters rap UK student leader for Coca Cola ties
Ha'aretz - 21 Jul 2015

Netanyahu risks further reducing his influence in America
Samira Shackle, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/21/2015
      After years of deadlock and months of wrangling, a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers was finally agreed in mid-July. The deal, endorsed by the UN Security Council, authorises the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran in return for the country curbing sensitive nuclear activities. It provides a mechanism for these UN sanctions to "snap back" if Iran does not uphold its side of the deal. For 90 days, there will be no further action as the US Congress decides whether to give its approval. While Republican parliamentarians have repeatedly voiced their opposition to the deal, they have thus far not been able to scupper it. President Barack Obama has said that even Congress overrules the deal, he will use his veto to push it through.
     The opposition is not limited to conservative American politicians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also been vocally opposed to any deal between world powers and Iran. He has argued that lifting sanctions will provide money for Iran to fund terrorism and threaten Israel, and that world leaders are being naïve in trusting that Iran will stick to any agreement. After the deal was announced on Tuesday 14 July, Netanyahu said that it was a "historic mistake" and promised that he would continue to try to block its final passage. The same day, the White House released details of a phone conversation between Obama and Netanyahu, in which the president sought to reassure his Israeli counterpart that the nuclear agreement "will not diminish our concerns regarding Iran's support for terrorism and threats". He also reiterated "the unprecedented level of security cooperation between the United States and Israel".
     For all these conciliatory words from Obama, Netanyahu has continued his offensive against the deal, appearing on major American news networks last week to call for Congress to oppose it. "I think the right thing to do is merely not to go ahead with this deal. There are many things to be done to stop Iran's aggression and this deal is not one of them," he told CBS.
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US signals further military aid to Israel after Iran deal
7/20/2015 - TEL AVIV (AFP) -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Monday signaled that Washington was ready to boost military cooperation with Israel during a visit aimed at easing Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal with Iran. Israel was Carter's first stop on a regional tour following last week's historic agreement between Iran and world powers, intending to reaffirm the relationship between the.... Related: Germany eyes Iran business but Israel tops differences and UN endorses Iran deal, paves way to lift sanctions

UN endorses Iran deal, paves way to lift sanctions
7/20/2015 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the historic deal on Iran's nuclear program and cleared a path to lift sanctions crippling its economy. It marks formal UN approval for the hard-won, groundbreaking agreement reached between Tehran and the permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany, after 18 straight days of talks that capped almost.... Related: US signals further military aid to Israel after Iran deal

Germany walks tightrope: Maintaining Israel ties, reviving trade with Iran
Jerusalem Post 20 Jul 2015 - For decades, Germany was Iran's biggest trading partner in Europe. Last year, German exports to Iran rose to 2.4 billion euros in anticipation that the sanctions might be eased

480 Administrative Detainees to Boycott “Unjust, Sham” Israeli Courts
WAFA - 20 Jul 2015

How long will I have to convince liberals that Palestinians matter?
Mondoweiss - For several weeks now, I have been trying to write an article on the necessity of boycotting G4S, an act relevant to both the Palestinian liberation movement and the Black Lives Matter movement. Sitting at an intersection of oppressive infrastructure by Zionism and white supremacy, G4S...

Palestinian sumoud
Samah Jabr, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/20/2015
      'Man shall not live on bread alone'
     The Palestinian elections of 2006 displeased Western powers. In the aftermath of the ensuing economic boycott of Palestine, our president told us that "if we have to choose between bread and democracy, we choose bread." However, the baker Khader Adnan thinks and behaves otherwise, exemplifying the principle that "Man shall not live by bread alone." Adnan has endured two long and perilous hunger strikes in Israeli detention since 2013. The first was triggered by torture and humiliating mistreatments; the interrogators made sexual innuendos about his wife, mocked his faith and his physique, ripped out his beard, and put dirt from their shoes on his moustache. Adnan prevailed in both hunger strikes, leading to his liberation from prison and bringing world attention to the plight of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli administrative detention who are held without charge or trial for six-month periods that can be renewed indefinitely.
     Israel did not triumph and Gaza was not broken
     Despite the siege and neglect, the Gaza strip remains a center of innovation; recently, gluten-free flour for patients suffering with celiac disease - an item which has not been available in Gaza due to the siege - has been developed and made available there by two researchers at Al Israa University. Young people have constructed machines to assist persons who have been paralysed as well as designed engines and tools for the detection of land mines. The many years of closure and the increasing levels of violence brought against the population during the last three wars have failed to break the will of the people there. Today, one year on from the destructive 51-day war that left over 100,000 people homeless, Gaza is still patiently waiting for reconstruction; but waiting in steadfastness.
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BDS@10: Top 100 U.S. Victories!
Anna Baltzer, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation 7/9/2015
      By popular demand, below is a list of over 100 U.S. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Victories, released to commemorate ten years since Palestinian civil society issued the call for BDS. Click on the social media icons far above to share this important resource with friends and followers.
     Do you see something missing, or that needs to be changed? This is a work in progress and we need your help to keep it up to date. [Link to contact]
     Campus Victories (See also Academic Boycott & Campus Labor Victories, listed separately)
     June 22, 2015 - Columbia University divests from private prisons including G4S, following coalition-led campaign - Manhattan, New York
     April 30, 2015 - Oglethorpe University student goverment passes resolution to divest from Israeli occupation - Atlanta, Georgia
     April 29, 2015 - Princeton graduate students pass divestment referendum - Princeton, New Jersey
     April 22, 2015 - Earlham Student Senate passes resolution in support of divestment from Israeli occupation - Richmond, Indiana
     April 16, 2015 - Wesleyan University president agrees to divest university from prisons as first step when Wesleyan students call for divestment from fossil fuels, prisons, and Israeli occupation - Middletown, Connecticut
     March 25, 2015 - Student Government of Loyola Chicago passes resolution to divest - Chicago, Illinois
     March 2, 2015 - Toledo student government calls for University divestment by margin of 21:4 - Toledo, Ohio....
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How long will I have to convince liberals that Palestinians matter?
Amira Sakalla, Mondoweiss 7/20/2015
      For several weeks now, I have been trying to write an article on the necessity of boycotting G4S, an act relevant to both the Palestinian liberation movement and the Black Lives Matter movement. Sitting at an intersection of oppressive infrastructure by Zionism and white supremacy, G4S owns hundreds of the private prisons where a disproportionate number of Black Americans are incarcerated and alarming numbers of Palestinian children are tortured and held in solitary confinement by Israel.
     Drafts of this essay have seen the hot and now faded headlines of: the McKinney pool party, Sheldon Andelson’s anti-BDS summit, Israel’s exemption from the United Nations child rights’ abusers list, Caitlyn Jenner’s gender reassignment surgery, Rachel Dolezal “coming out as white,” Dylann Roof murdering 9 at the historic Emanuel AME Church, arson of the Church of Multiplication at Tabgha and the parallel incineration of black churches in the US, legalization of marriage equality, and Bree Newsome’s removal of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina state capitol.
     Each event called me to relate the unheard, tragic news from Palestine to these current events in North America. I wanted to show how G4S, which profits from incarceration and deportation in the name of security for particular classes and races, is harmful to everyone! ..and Palestinians too! I was searching for a way to make us Palestinians relevant to the stream of popular liberal discourse.
     Even after 67 years of Palestinian struggle under Zionism, and centuries of Palestinian resistance to occupation by various empires, it seems that the only way to create concern for Palestine is to tap into others’ concern for themselves.
     I feel that asking you to boycott companies like G4S solely for their crimes against Palestinian lives will not convince you. I must talk about other lives too. I must hold Palestine in parallel to seemingly more immediate/relevant ethical concerns.
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Burundi opposition leaders to boycott elections
AlJazeera 19 Jul 2015 - Three candidates say they remain unconvinced political and security environment will guarantee free and fair elections.

Israel urges rejection as US Congress receives Iran nuclear deal
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2015 - Obama has promised to exercise his veto if Congress rejects the deal, which curbs Iran's nuclear programme while allowing an easing of economic sanctions.

In BDS debate, both Jewish feelings and Palestinian lives matter
Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Activestills.org, +972 Magazine 7/17/2015
      As the BDS movement grows, U.S. churches find themselves caught between a history of anti-Semitism, and a desire to stand alongside Palestinians.
     In recent weeks, three U.S. churches considered resolutions to divest from occupation-complicit corporations. The United Church of Christ passed its measure with a landslide vote. The Episcopal Church’s resolution was rejected by its House of Bishops. And the Mennonite Church USA—my church—tabled its resolution for two more years.
     These were only the most recent examples of churches considering some form of boycott, divestment and sactions (BDS) to apply economic pressure on Israel. Last year, the Presbyterian Church USA passed a divestment resolution, and the United Methodist Church and various Quaker bodies have taken similar actions.
     Criticism following this round of debate was no surprise, and it’s easy to dismiss fundamentalist gems like this one by Earl Cox in The Jerusalem Post:
     "Anyone who supports a BDS campaign against Israel and claims to be a Christian is not telling the truth…. G-d will say to those counterfeit Christians, ‘Depart from Me. I never knew you.’ … They occupy church pews on Sunday but their knowledge of His Word is only superficial."
     Cox doesn’t mention that the “depart from me” quote is taken from the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 7—which begins with Jesus’ apt advice: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”
     It usually takes a right-wing fundamentalist with a literalist interpretation of the Bible to explain why all the stuff Jesus said about “blessed are the peacemakers” and “love your enemies” and “as you have done to the least of these you have done to me” have nothing to do with, say, Palestinian children in Gaza.
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Fighting hardcore BDS will take more than effective PR
Jerusalem Post 17 Jul 2015 - Netanyahu launches a global campaign to fight the boycotters.

'Let them die from their anger'- Iran cleric cites Israeli, Saudi rancor as sign of success
Jerusalem Post 17 Jul 2015 - Under the deal agreed on Tuesday, sanctions will be removed in return for Iran accepting long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.

Gaza trade unions urge boycott of Israeli labor federation
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 17 July 2015 Palestinians call on international trade unionists to escalate their BDS campaigns.

Gaza trade unions urge boycott of Israeli labor federation
Electronic Intifada: 17 Jul 2015 - Ali Abunimah 17 July 2015 Palestinians call on international trade unionists to escalate their BDS campaigns. more..

Everyone relax, Israel can live with Iran deal
YNet News, 16 Jul 2015 - Op-ed: Agreement demands that Iran must stop enriching high grade uranium, ship out its current stockpiles, end plutonium production, undergo frequent inspections, and all this is tied to the threat of renewed sanctions. ....

Iranian officials calling for Israel's destruction to enjoy sanctions relief
YNet News, 15 Jul 2015 - Sanctions imposed on Quds Force and its commander Soleimani to lifted 8 years into agreement implementation; hundreds of individuals, organizations, companies also removed from black list. ....

Mental health professionals demand cancellation of Israel conference
Electronic Intifada - Amena Saleem 16 July 2015 Meanwhile, prominent UK artists call on prime minister to push for EU sanctions on Israel.

An inside look at the UCC vote to divest from the Israeli occupation
Mondoweiss - The Rev. Allie Perry was a delegate from the Connecticut Conference at the United Church of Christ (UCC) General Synod, recently held in Cleveland, Ohio.  She supported the Synod resolution calling on the United Church of Christ “To Take Actions Toward a Just Peace in the...

The Israeli Anthropological Association’s desperate attempt to derail the academic boycott
Mondoweiss - On 11 June 2015, the Israeli Anthropological Association passed a resolution, for the first time in its 42 year history calling for an end to the occupation, while simultaneously opposing the call for academic boycotts of Israeli academic institutions. Although the recognition of Palestinian rights is...

Despite its wishes, the EU only deepens the occupation
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 7/16/2015
      The European Union is substituting pressure on Israel for dialogue. How else will it be able to continue building schools and solar panels in the occupied territories?
     The European Union is one of the most demonized bodies in Israel at the moment, and the hate is no longer coming only from the extreme right. The working assumption in the Israeli mainstream is that the EU is biased against Israel, that it supports different forms of sanctions and boycotts, and that it is trying to isolate Israel and force it to withdraw from the occupied territories.
     The truth is entirely different. While the EU might support the two-state solution, and the leaders of its member states are far more committed to two states than the Obama administration, it is also one of the main bodies helping Israel maintain the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza.
     The goal of Israel’s policy is maintaining the current reality in the occupied territories, in which Israel effectively rules the West Bank, continues to support settlement growth, enjoys quiet due to security cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and the IDF is able to act freely. All this is done without having to bear the real cost of the occupation, especially since foreign bodies fund the Palestinian Authority, train its police officers, prevent chaos in the refugee camps and maintain civil infrastructure.
     The EU is one of the sustainers of the status quo. In fact, it has built the PA twice — once after Oslo, and once again after Israel destroyed the civil infrastructure in the occupied territories during the Second Intifada. Since then, Israel has taken on less and less responsibility for the civilian population under its rule (except for in Area C of the West Bank, where creeping annexation has become the norm)....
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Mental health professionals demand cancellation of Israel conference
Electronic Intifada: 16 Jul 2015 - Amena Saleem 16 July 2015 Meanwhile, prominent UK artists call on prime minister to push for EU sanctions on Israel. more..

10 Reasons Why We All should Boycott Israel in Solidarity with Palestinians
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Jul 2015 - By War on Want Ten years ago this week, over 170 Palestinian civil society organisations called upon people of conscience to build a movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it ends its Apartheid policies. War on Want is proud to be a leading voice in building the international BDS movement. Here are ten reasons to join us in the BDS movement today! 1. Palestinians have called for BDS. The call for BDS in 2005 was put out by Palestinian groups representing all the three major components of the Palestinian people: the refugees in exile, Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the discriminated Palestinian citizens of the Israeli state. 2. The BDS demands are simple, comprehensive and crystal clear. They are: Ending the Occupation and dismantling the Wall Full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel Right of return for Palestinian refugees 3....more

Israel slams those slamming it for criticizing Iran deal
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2015 - Steinitz characterized as “naive” those who believe that sanctions relief that will pour some $150 billion into the Iranian economy will not have an effect on the Middle East.

Diplomat: Iran, major powers strike nuclear deal
7/14/2015 - VIENNA (AFP) -- Major powers and Iran struck a historic deal Tuesday aimed at ensuring Tehran does not acquire a nuclear bomb, in return for sanctions relief, a diplomat close to the talks said. The breakthrough came on the 18th day of marathon talks between Tehran and the so-called P5 1 -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany in Vienna."The agreement is concluded.... Related: Israel PM Netanyahu calls Iran deal a 'historic mistake'

MKs boycott meeting on cannabis legalization
Jerusalem Post 14 Jul 2015 - Boaz Wachtel of the Green Leaf Party said 13,000 people are arrested for using cannabis each year.

French far-right leader slams BDS to woo Israel lobby
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 14 July 2015 French politicians find advantage in posing as champions in the fight against anti-Semitism.

‘This Ends Now': Boston-area SJPs call for BDS in response to Israel’s obstruction of Freedom Flotilla
Mondoweiss - The following statement was issued by Boston Students for Justice in Palestine, a coalition comprised of SJPs from a number of different colleges and universities in the Boston area. In response to Israel’s obstruction of the Swedish vessel Marianne of Gothenburg’s humanitarian mission on June 28, we,...

VIDEO: Netanyahu: Iran deal 'a bad mistake'
BBC 14 Jul 2015 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called a deal on limiting Iran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions "a bad mistake of historic proportions".

Israeli beer company to consumers: 'Be thankful you're a man, and have yourself a drink'
Al-Monitor 14 Jul 2015 - Organizations for gender equality call for the boycott of Israeli companies that feature chauvinist ads and commercials, but the public uproar actually generates interest in these products and ultimately increases their sales.

Israel fights the boycott and loses
Jihad El-Khazen, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/14/2015
      Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has said that the boycott of Israel poses a "great strategic threat" to the future of his country. I say: I should hope so.
     The Arab world is not able to fully appreciate how much psychological and economic impact the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has had in the West. Many of the world's top companies and universities – and even the European Union itself – have all participated in these campaigns, and the BDS movement has widespread public support in many Western countries.
     There has been an increasing tide of news stories about the boycotts flooding both Western and Israeli media day by day. I have commented on many of these reports, and will do so once again after having read an article published by the Washington Post titled "How academic efforts to boycott Israel harm our students," by Professor Jill Schneiderman from the prestigious Vassar College.
     The article was published this month but speaks about an incident that occurred in March 2014 when the Earth Studies professor tried to take students from her faculty to the village of Auja in the occupied West Bank in order to study the Auja Spring, the village's sole source of water. Members of the student coalition Students for Justice in Palestine at Vassar objected to this visit and launched a campaign to stop it, while a number of activists in the occupied territories said, "we don't want you here."
     Professor Schneiderman, who is in my opinion moderate or at least better than other American Jews who "blindly" support Israel, believes that the boycott harms the students. Although I may not be a professor myself, I find this argument to be false and absurd....
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Where does the Obama administration stand on BDS?
Ha'aretz - 13 Jul 2015

BDS' useful idiots at Haaretz
YNet News, 13 Jul 2015 - Op-ed: Omar Barghouti, one of the leaders of the BDS movement, said in an interview recently that he wants Jews to live in peace under Arab democracy. He ignores a long and bloody history of persecution of Jews in Arab countries – and, surprisingly, there are some Israelis who buy that nonsense. ....

Pro-BDS anthropologists publish guide to boycotting Israeli academic institutions
Mondoweiss - Last week  Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions  marked the anniversaries of Israel’s brutal 51-day attack on Gaza last summer and the 10th anniversary of the BDS movement by releasing the document “ Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions — Advice for Anthropologists, ” which provides advice to...

No, BDS does not unfairly ’single out’ Israel
Dahlia Scheindlin, +972 Magazine 7/13/2015
      Ironically, the boycott movement actually expresses some level of faith in Israeli democracy by assuming a little pressure might motivate it to change.
     When the most recent flotilla set sail for Gaza to protest Israel’s eight-year blockade, Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote an open letter to the activists. In a tone dripping with sarcasm, he suggested they had taken a wrong turn on the way to Syria. It’s part of a theme repeated obsessively: “there are worse violations elsewhere, but no one ever protests them. Therefore, protesting the occupation on behalf of Palestinians is hypocritical, anti-Israel or anti-Semitic. Therefore, it can be ignored.” Nowhere is this argument more prominent than as a response to boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) efforts against Israel.
     At first glance, it is a genuinely troubling point. No one who claims to care about human rights should sleep at night knowing what is happening to millions of Syrians who are and have been uprooted, and the hundreds of thousands who have been butchered – for a start.
     The problem is not that liberals don’t care. The problem is that the accusations of global indifference are simply false. Whether you support or despise the boycott of Israel, it’s time to stop writing it off as hypocrisy.
     Start with sanctions. The U.S. and Europe have both placed sanctions on Iran for human rights violations, not just for nuclear research. International sanctions to end human rights violations began long before the putative “singling out” of Israel, even before the occupation.
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The Troubling Implications of Hillary Clinton’s Anti-BDS Letter
Stephen Zunes, CounterPunch 7/13/2015
      On July 2, former secretary of state and frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban, a strong supporter of the right-wing Netanyahu government, denouncing human rights activists who support boycott/divestment/sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli occupation.
     In the letter, made public a few days later, Clinton made a number of statements which are not only demonstrably false but raise serious concerns regarding what kind of policies she would pursue as president.
     She claimed that the BDS movement was working to “malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.” Though some BDS activists target Israel as a whole, most efforts on college campuses and elsewhere focus solely on the Israeli occupation, particularly companies that profit from that occupation and support illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In any case, the BDS campaign does not “malign and undermine” Jews. This cynical effort to depict the movement as anti-Semitic could be an indication of the kind of rhetoric she would use as president to discredit human rights activists who challenge her policies elsewhere.
     Clinton claims in the letter that initiatives through the United Nations critical of Israeli violations of international humanitarian law are inherently “anti-Israel,” thereby implying that those who raise concerns about a given country’s human rights record do so not because of a desire to uphold universally recognized ethical and legal principles, but because of an ideological bias against a particular country. Although some UN agencies have disproportionately targeted Israel for criticism, the vast majority of such reports and resolutions have been consistent with findings and concerns raised by reputable international human rights organizations (such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) and Israeli groups (such as the B’tselem human rights group and the veterans’ organization Breaking the Silence.)
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US Slowdown on Iran Talks has Dark Side
Gareth Porter, CounterPunch 7/13/2015
      The real point of a US policy of reinstating the arms embargo in a new resolution was, in fact, to demonstrate US support for Israel and Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies who wanted such language and to curry favour with hawkish Senate Democrats who had been exposed to propaganda on the issue from the Israeli lobby.
     President Barack Obama decided last week against achieving a final agreement with Iran before the expiration of the 10 July deadline so as to limit the period of Congressional consideration of the agreement and so neutralise criticism that he and Secretary of State John Kerry were too eager to reach an accord.Obama’s decision marks a new low in his administration’s willingness to stand up to the Israeli lobby-controlled Congressional opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. That doesn’t mean that the chance for an agreement has necessarily been lost, but it will certainly make it more difficult.
     More importantly, it poses a serious question about whether Iran hardliners in the Obama administration, led by National Security Adviser Susan Rice, have undermined Kerry’s position in determining the pace and direction of US negotiating policy in the talks.
     The evidence strongly suggests that the White House unexpectedly imposed on the US negotiating team a new strategy in regards to the arms embargo issue.
     Along with Middle East Eye, several other newspapers Monday and Tuesday reported that some of the issues that had been considered most contentious had been resolved in the preceding days.
     Those issues include the “possible military dimensions,” access for inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the timing and processes for lifting sanctions and verification of Iran’s implementation of its nuclear obligations....
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Irish dance competition canceled due to BDS pressure
Jerusalem Post 12 Jul 2015 - "We wanted to show people in Israel what real Irish dance is and can be," say dancers.

The Fawning Candidate: Hillary Clinton and Apartheid Israel
Robert Fantina, CounterPunch 7/10/2015
      Democratic crown-princess Hillary Clinton is no stranger to the unholy altar of Israeli worship. She has often expressed her deep, almost romantic love for that country. Now, concerned about the growing international boycott of Israel, she has written to one of her major donors, one Haim Saban, proclaiming again her dedication to Israel, and asking his advice on “how we can work together—across party lines and with a diverse array of voices—to reverse this trend with information and advocacy, and fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel.” ‘This trend’ that she refers to is not in question; she specifically names the ‘Boycott, Divest and Sanction’ (BDS) movement that has been growing for some time, but that gained traction following Israel’s most recent genocidal attack on the Gaza Strip during the summer of 2014.
     I always finds it interesting to dissect statements by the crowned heads of the United States, or those patiently awaiting their time on the throne, to see what sense, if any, can be gleaned from them. He does not expect to find much sense, and seldom does.
     So we will look at a few of the pearls of wisdom that dropped from Mrs. Clinton’s pen, in her missive to the esteemed Mr. Saban. We’ll look first at part of the statement noted above.
     “[t]o reverse this trend with information and advocacy.” Unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton, it is information that is fueling the trend. As the world becomes more aware of the atrocities Israel commits on a daily basis against the Palestinians, the BDS movement grows. Mrs. Clinton can advocate all she wants for a brutal, apartheid regime; people in increasing numbers will still know it is a brutal and apartheid regime.
     “[f]ight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel.” If the former secretary of state wants to combat the growing isolation of Israel, it is not the BDS movement she should confront, but the Israeli government....
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Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, others boycott Israeli courts
7/11/2015 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian prisoners have been on a hunger strike for over 20 days protesting administrative detention without trial in Israeli jails, the Palestinian committee of prisoners' affairs said Saturday. The committee explained in a statement that one of the prisoners, a Palestinian lawyer Muhammad Allan from Nablus in the northern West Bank, has been on hunger strike since 25 days....

Israeli Teachers Union denies supporting West Bank settlements boycott
Jerusalem Post 11 Jul 2015 - Channel 10 reported that union delegates signed a document that calls for a boycott of Israeli settlements which effects the livelihoods of Palestinians.

The case for US government sanctions on Israel
Mondoweiss - The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) is an important, nonviolent tool to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict under the umbrella of international law and human rights.  The movement is growing in Palestine, Israel, Europe, the United States, and other countries because it is a readily available...

‘If you challenge Israel’s security, you challenge America’s security. Plain and simple’ — Clinton
Mondoweiss - Hillary Clinton’s campaign website is progressive on a lot of things. But no change on Israel/Palestine. “If you challenge Israel’s security, you challenge America’s security. Plain and simple.” Israel gets three mentions, Palestine zero. Of course, earlier this week she pledged to fight boycott movement in...

Lies, smear, and two-steps — Why did organizers really cancel the Feis?
Mondoweiss - Now that the event has been cancelled, you’d think the drama  surrounding the Irish campaign to encourage participants to boycott the first 1st Israel Feis, or Gaelic dance competition, would be over and that everything would die down, hush up, and go away. But that won’t...

Game changer: 10 years of BDS
Ben White, Al Jazeera 7/9/2015
      A decade later, Israel's political leaders are unable to deal with the boycott challenge.
     Just over a decade ago, there was no such thing as "BDS". Many Palestinians and their allies have, of course, urged a boycott of Israel for decades. However, it is the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, launched 10 years ago today, that has proved to be a game-changer.
     In the last few months alone, there have been a number of successes for BDS, and further indications of Israel's deteriorating international image. In April, for example, French multinational Veolia completed the sale of its water, waste, and energy activities in Israel, following a global campaign against the company's role in illegal Israeli settlements.
     Cosmetics company Ahava is reportedly planning to relocate its factory from a settlement in the Occupied West Bank - last year, fellow BDS campaign-target SodaStream made the decision to move inside the pre-1967 lines. Meanwhile, for all of the public brouhaha and recriminations, Orange has confirmed it will cut ties with its Israeli brand licensee.
     In the cultural arena, Lauryn Hill has cancelled a planned concert in Israel, Tom Morello indicated his backing of the boycott, and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore confirmed that a previous gig cancellation was due to his support for BDS. In February, more than 600 artists and cultural workers announced their support for the boycott in a letter to The Guardian.
     Israeli anxiety
     Then there was the UK National Union of Students' vote to reaffirm its support for BDS, British trade union UNISON launching a campaign to lobby pension funds to divest from companies supporting Israel's occupation of Palestine....
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Video: BDS and the Gaza war -- Ali Abunimah on France 24
Electronic Intifada - Ali Abunimah 9 July 2015 Historic Palestine is headed toward a one-state solution.

BDS - the new enemy
Occupation Magazine 9 Jul 2015 - Uri Avnery - Netanyahu saw with growing anxiety that the Iranian threat was losing its edge. The US, so it seems, is about to reach an agreement with Iran, which will prevent it from achieving the Bomb. Even Sheldon the Great cannot prevent the agreement. What...

For sale to the highest bidder: the US presidency
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/10/2015
      The supposedly democratic process of electing a president of the United States is becoming increasingly depressing and decidedly undemocratic, because the next incumbent in the White House will have got there largely because money talks. Their campaign funds will match the GDP of a small European country.
     Becoming the next US president will have little to do with political integrity, compassion, humanity or a sense of fair play and justice; all are qualities which you'd think would be essential to lead the most powerful country in the world.
     Unsurprisingly, though, cash is king in the empire of capitalism and the pressure to bank as much as you can on the campaign trail is huge. So much so, in fact, that some might even be tempted to sell their soul, compromise future US foreign policies and cut unethical deals with the highest bidder. The seductive lure of power will undoubtedly see politicians flog their principles, beliefs and ethics for a few dollars more.
     Some observers have already started to question Hillary Clinton's motives behind an extremely critical letter targeting BDS (the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign aimed at Israel). In it, she promises an incredibly wealthy donor that she will work with the Republicans to fight BDS; it is without doubt an astonishing offer for a would-be Democratic presidential candidate to jump into bed with her opponents.
     This will undoubtedly exert pressure on potential Republican candidates to out-tough Clinton in her determination to wreck the BDS campaign. The target of her filthy lucre charm offensive was billionaire Haim Saban, a leading Zionist and a megabucks donor to the Democrats. Once she had delivered her "Dear Haim" letter it was handed to the public relations company Puder, which then made sure it got a much wider audience. Puder, incidentally, serves a number of businesses that are embedded deeply in the occupation....
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Attempts to rally support for BDS ahead of Education International World Congress
Jerusalem Post 9 Jul 2015 - The resolution is still a compromise on Israel's part, but it is a less inflammatory proposal that will prevent the congress from devolving into anti-Israel political debates.

Happy 10th Anniversary BDS
Mondoweiss - Waking up today, on the 10th Anniversary of BDS, finding this fantastically inspiring flash mob video in my inbox from  Adalah-NY: The New York campaign for the Boycott of Israel , I feel so honored to be part of this glorious moral growing movement  for Justice in Palestine....

Can Hillary Clinton Please Both Pro-Israel Megadonors and Democratic Grassroots?
The Forward New 9 Jul 2015 - Hillary Rodham Clinton is openly courting pro-Israel megadonors and vowing to help them fight the BDS movement. How will the Democratic frontrunner also please the party’s grassroots base, which is increasingly cool toward the Jewish state?

How the boycott hurts Palestinians
Ha'aretz - 8 Jul 2015

Complete EU boycott would cost Israel billions of dollars, Finance Ministry warns
Ha'aretz - 8 Jul 2015

Taking on BDS
Jerusalem Post 8 Jul 2015 - Some pro-Israel scholars and activists seek to expose the blatant double standards at the heart of the global boycott Israel movement.

Churches’ divesting funds for Israeli businesses will hurt Palestinians | Letters
The Guardian 8 Jul 2015 - You report that US churches intend joining the United Church of Christ in divesting funds for Israeli businesses “in protest at treatment of Palestinians” ( theguardian.com , 1 July). It seems to me that this exercise in self-delusion...

Building the Boycott is More Important Than Ever
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Boycott Israel1 One year since Israel’s Gaza massacre and ten years since the launch of the BDS movement: building the boycott is more important than ever A statement from the Palestinian BDS National Committee One year ago today, Israel launched a brutal military attack on...

Saban’s PR firm promotes Israel’s illegal settlements– so when will Hillary Clinton condemn it?
Mondoweiss - Last week Hillary Clinton wrote a long letter against BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions aimed at Israel) addressed, “Dear Haim,” which was then publicized by her dear friend Haim Saban, one of the biggest donors on the Democratic side. Saban released Clinton’s letter to the press...

Following boycott campaign, 1st Israeli Feis attempts to smear activists as it cancels performance
Mondoweiss - Following an intense campaign by Irish BDS activists , organizers of the 1 st Israeli Feis, a first time competitive tournament of traditional Irish Dance in Israel, announced the­­ cancellation  of the event on their Facebook page yesterday. In the initial cancellation announcement, the event accused the...

Israeli beer ad slogan alienates women
Globes Main News - Na'amat Movement of Working Women is boycotting Tempo over the slogan, "say thanks for being a man."

UCC divests from Israeli occupation
United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network, Alternative Information Center 7/1/2015
      We hope that this modest initiative will help encourage the Israeli government to end the occupation.
     The United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network (UCC PIN) is pleased to announce that today the plenary of the 30th General Synod taking place in Cleveland passed Resolution #4, calling for boycotts and divestment from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands.
     "As disciples of Jesus, we hear and seek to heed his call to be peacemakers, responding to violence with nonviolence and extending love to all," said Rev. John Deckenback, Conference Minister of the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC, which submitted the resolution to the synod. "It is in that spirit of love for both Israelis and Palestinians, and a desire to support Palestinians in their nonviolent struggle for freedom, that the United Church of Christ has passed this resolution.”
     "In approving this resolution, the UCC has demonstrated its commitment to justice and equality,” said Rev. Mitri Raheb, a Christian Palestinian and Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, who travelled to Cleveland for the synod. “For Palestinians living under occupation or facing systematic discrimination as citizens of Israel, enduring the destruction of their homes and businesses, the theft of their land for settlements, and living under blockade and siege in Gaza, this action sends a strong signal that they are not alone, and that there are churches who still dare to speak truth to power and stand with the oppressed.”
     The vote, which was 508 in favor, 124 against, with 38 abstentions, was the culmination of a process that began in 2005, to end the Church's complicity in Israel's nearly half-century-old occupation and other abuses of Palestinian human rights. It also comes as a response to the Christian Palestinian community’s call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, as embodied in the Kairos Palestine document....
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Israel cites boycotts, foreign relations in refusal to divulge West Bank archaeology info
Ha'aretz - 7 Jul 2015

Finance Ministry sees West Bank boycott costing economy NIS 2 billion
Jerusalem Post 7 Jul 2015 - For comparison, the 2014 summer war with Gaza reduced economic growth by an estimated NIS 3.5 billion.

Hillary Clinton condemns anti-Israel boycotts as 'counter-productive'
The Guardian 7 Jul 2015 - Presidential frontrunner seeks to bolster her pro-Israel credentials with a promise to lobby groups to fight back against attempts to isolate the Jewish state Hillary Clinton has condemned the BDS movement in a letter to longtime...

Boycott drive gains strength, raises alarm in Israel
Daily Star 7 Jul 2015 Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle...

Hillary Clinton condemns anti-Israel boycotts as 'counter-productive'
US Campaign to End the Occupation 7 Jul 2015 - The Guardian quotes Executive Director Yousef Munayyer on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's anti-BDS missive to Haim Saban.

Hasbara Industry: Why Israel’s Army of Spin-Doctors is Doomed to Defeat
Jonathan Cook, Nazareth, CounterPunch 7/7/2015
      The Israeli government believes it is locked in an epic struggle to save Israel from the growing movement calling for an international boycott. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Israel must quickly “rebrand” itself to avoid pariah status.
     Ordinary Israelis are therefore being conscripted into an army of spin-doctors in a campaign termed “hasbara” – Hebrew for “public diplomacy”, or more literally “propaganda”.
     In the latest offensive, the education ministry has launched a compulsory hasbara course for Israeli students travelling abroad. All youth delegations are now required to learn how to justify to outsiders Israel’s policies in the occupied territories. According to officials, the students must challenge those who “seek to delegitimize Israel”.
     It is yet more evidence that hasbara has become a national obsession in Israel – and that the line between support for one’s country and support for the subjugation of another people has been erased. Some 85 per cent of Israelis tell pollsters they are keen to become hasbara ambassadors for the Netanyahu government.
     A hasbara ministry already targets the international media with good news, while cultural events from food fairs to Israeli entries at film festivals are designed to prove that Israel has another, hidden side.
     For years the Israeli government has relied on paid workers – and thousands of volunteers in Israel and abroad – to surf the net posting pro-Israel comments.
     At Israel’s international airport, Israeli holidaymakers are offered brochures explaining the importance of persuading those they meet that Israel is misunderstood....
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Israel’s Army of Spin-Doctors is Doomed to Defeat
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Jul 2015 - By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The Israeli government believes it is locked in an epic struggle to save Israel from the growing movement calling for an international boycott. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Israel must quickly “rebrand” itself to avoid pariah status. Ordinary Israelis are therefore being conscripted into an army of spin-doctors in a campaign termed “hasbara” – Hebrew for “public diplomacy”, or more literally “propaganda”. In the latest offensive, the education ministry has launched a compulsory hasbara course for Israeli students travelling abroad. All youth delegations are now required to learn how to justify to outsiders Israel’s policies in the occupied territories. According to officials, the students must challenge those who “seek to delegitimize Israel”. It is yet more evidence that hasbara has become a national obsession in Israel – and that the line between support for one’s country and support for the subjugation of another people...more

Clinton 'alarmed' over calls for Israel boycott, urges bi-partisan action
Ha'aretz - 6 Jul 2015

Clinton calls for strategy to fight boycotts of Israel
Jerusalem Post 6 Jul 2015 - The Palestinian Authority has sought recognition as a sovereign state through various international fora in the last several years.

Hillary Clinton promises megadonor she will work with Republicans– to oppose BDS
Mondoweiss - Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to Haim Saban, the biggest giver on the Democratic side, saying that she will be speaking out publicly against BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign aimed at Israel, and will work “across party lines” to oppose it. In a two...

As Mennonites delay divestment, church activists and partners on the ground respond
Mondoweiss - In the afterglow of the United Church of Christ’s landslide vote to approve divestment and boycotts targeting occupation-complicit businesses last week, many close observers expected the Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) to follow suit at their national gathering in Kansas City, Missouri, last week. But rather than...

Clinton `alarmed` by BDS attempts to `isolate and delegitimize Israel`
Occupation Magazine 6 Jul 2015 - Yitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - In letter to Jewish media mogul Haim Saban, Democratic presidential hopeful slams comparisons made between Israel and the apartheid regime in South Africa. Clinton had already been trying to win over Jewish donors. [bz]

Administrative Detainees Begin Strike on Israeli Courts and Prisons
IMEMC - 5 Jul 2015 - 401 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons are boycotting military courts in protest of the inhumane Israeli policy of administrative detention, which violates international humanitarian law and enables the Israeli government to detain Palestinians indefinitely without trial. ...

Boycott takes center stage
Jerusalem Post 5 Jul 2015 - Netanyahu launches a global campaign to fight the boycotters.

Saying one thing and doing another
YNet News, 4 Jul 2015 - Op-ed: Statements from the French prime minister that France is fighting a ‘war of civilizations’ against global jihad don’t amount to much when the French government continues funding organizations who call for a boycott against Israel. ....

Roger Waters to Caetano Veloso: ‘I implore you not to proceed with your engagement in Tel Aviv’
Mondoweiss - Legendary Brazilian artists and political activists Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are scheduled to perform to an already sold out crowd in Tel Aviv on July 28.  Brazilian and international BDS activists have implored the artists to cancel their performance. Roger Waters wrote Veloso with such a...

Obama Signs Legislation Inhibiting Boycott of Israel
IMEMC - 2 Jul 2015 - President Obama has signed legislation which would tackle anti-Israel boycotts all over the world and would raise specific US priorities in roughly 150 trade objectives in its negotiations. ...

Mennonite group postpones divestment vote over Israeli occupation
Ha'aretz - 2 Jul 2015

Target me with your boycott, please
Ha'aretz - 2 Jul 2015

Palestinian group calls on Bon Jovi to boycott Israel
Jerusalem Post 2 Jul 2015 - The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel created an online petition urging Bon Jovi to "reconsider his upcoming concert in apartheid Israel."

Mennonites delay divestment vote over Israeli occupation
YNet News, 2 Jul 2015 - ....

60 administrative detainees boycott Israeli military courts
PIC - 2 Jul 2015 - Over 60 Palestinian administrative detainees held in Ofer, Negev and Megiddo prisons will boycott, starting on Wednesday, the Israeli Occupation’s military courts.

There's an important birthday coming up
US Campaign to End the Occupation 2 Jul 2015 - Register for BDS@10 Webinar

The case for an arms boycott of Israel is now unanswerable
Middle East Eye 2 Jul 2015 - A new report on British arms dealings with Israel has laid bare the UK government's worthless arms export control regime

Interview: Church-based BDS and the Jewish voices beside it
Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Activestills.org, +972 Magazine 7/1/2015
      As more U.S. churches vote on divestment, Jewish Voice for Peace aims to provide key support to a movement often accused of anti-Semitism. An interview with JVP’s advocacy director Sydney Levy.
     This week, three more U.S. churches are voting on resolutions to divest from companies complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. A United Church of Christ (UCC) committee unanimously approved a divestment resolution Sunday night with a final vote by the church’s general assembly expected Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio.
     The Episcopal Church is debating no fewer than seven resolutions related to Israel and Palestine this week at their national gathering in Salt Lake City. However the head of the U.S. church, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, directly opposes divestment. A vote may come as early as Tuesday. The Mennonite Church USA’s national convention in Kansas City begins tomorrow, with broad institutional support for a resolution to withdraw “investments from corporations known to be profiting from the occupation and/or destruction of life and property in Israel-Palestine.”
     While final results in all three church decisions may not be known for several days, one can anticipate the response from major Jewish American organizations. If last year’s divestment vote by the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) is any indication, expect accusations that the resolutions are “one-sided,” “divisive,” and “demonizing.”
     While these same organizations have withheld public comment as of this writing, you can expect more of the same. There is no indication that the collapse of the peace process, the bloodshed in Gaza, and the brazenness of the Netanyahu government have in any way affected their response to the broad movement of boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) to pressure Israel. -- See also: Major U.S. church backs divestment from Israeli occupation
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Challenging discourse of occupation
Emma Flesche, Alternative Information Center 7/1/2015
      The term ‘occupation’ readily comes to mind when discussing the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It has been the main description of the political and military situation on the ground since the 1967 Middle East war, but is it still the most accurate and useful term?
     Under international law, occupation is not illegal. There are, however, a number of restrictions and duties placed upon the occupier to ensure the rights of the civilian population of the occupied territory. These are mainly described in the 1907 Hague Regulations and the Fourth Geneva Convention, the most important of which state that “Occupation is only a temporary situation, and the rights of the occupant are limited to the extent of that period.” Furthermore, the Convention prohibits the forced displacement of the occupied population and confiscation of private property, amongst others.
     This definition of occupation could apply to the West Bank and Gaza strip following the 1967 war, although it neglects the time before this war as well as Palestinian citizens of war, refugees, and the Palestinian diaspora. Even if we do accept this narrow definition of the political situation at hand, Israel has violated the rules applying to an occupation power. The occupation is not temporary, protection of civilian rights is not upheld, and forced displacement as well as confiscation of private property occurs regularly.
     Because occupations are not illegal, it is impossible for human rights and legal organisations to end them – it is possible to take Israel to court for war crimes, but not to end the occupation. This also means it is impossible to impose sanctions and similar measures because of the occupation.
     So, what are the alternatives?....
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United Church of Christ Divests from Israeli Occupation
IMEMC - 1 Jul 2015 - The U.S.-based United Church of Christ voted 508 - 124 on Tuesday to divest from companies involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. ...

UN Human Rights Council to condemn Israel over Operation Protective Edge, but not demand sanctions
Ha'aretz - 1 Jul 2015

Former police brass boycott Danino’s farewell party
Ha'aretz - 30 Jun 2015

US churches vote on joining BDS movement targeting Israel
The Guardian 1 Jul 2015 - United Church of Christ joins Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign in protest at treatment of Palestinians, with two other denominations due to decide The international movement to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians has received...

U.S. church decides to boycott Israeli settlements
PIC - 1 Jul 2015 - The United Church of Christ decided Tuesday night to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory and to boycott goods made in Israeli settlements.

US Church Votes to Boycott, Divest from Companies Benefiting from Israeli Occupation
WAFA - 1 Jul 2015

Interview with Rela Mazali: The Israeli left, BDS, and the ‘habit of hope’
Mondoweiss - Rela Mazali is one of the founders of the Israeli feminist organization New Profile, Movement for the Demilitarization of Israeli Society.  Founded in 1988, the activist organization is committed to educating the Israeli public about the centrality of war culture within Israeli society, to advancing demilitarization,...

In rebuke to Israel, State Dep’t says it has no objection to BDS aimed at occupation
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Major U.S. church backs divestment from Israeli occupation
+972 Magazine - In a landslide vote, the United Church of Christ passes a divestment and boycott resolution targeting ‘companies profiting from, or complicit in, human rights violations arising from the occupation.’ Text by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org With the Israeli settlement Gilo visible on a nearby hillside, Latin Patriarch...

US State Department Tacitly Accepts Settlement Boycotts
Jewish Voice for Peace - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Naomi Dann | naomi@jvp.org | 845-377-5745 US State Department Tacitly Accepts Settlement Boycotts July 1, 2015 --Yesterday the U.S. State Department released a statement asserting that the United States will not extend its diplomatic protection to Israeli settlements. As reported by columnist Chemi Shalev...

United Church of Christ (UCC) Votes 80% to Divest from Israel
MyCatBirdSeat.com 1 Jul 2015 - United Church of Christ Votes to Divest from Israel UCC Says No to (Israel) Occupation by James M Wall The United Church of Christ (UCC) General Synod has voted overwhelmingly in favor of resolutions that require UCC church funds to be divested from companies with business in the...

Major U.S. church backs divestment from Israeli occupation
Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Activestills.org, +972 Magazine 7/1/2015
      In a landslide vote, the United Church of Christ passes a divestment and boycott resolution targeting ‘companies profiting from, or complicit in, human rights violations arising from the occupation.’
     The United Church of Christ voted by an overwhelming margin Tuesday to divest from companies complicit in the Israeli occupation. The resolution, which passed by a 508 to 124 vote, also calls for a boycott of settlement products, congressional accountability regarding U.S. foreign military aid to Israel, and ongoing commitment to interfaith dialogue.
     According to a UCC news report, the resolution, which had initially been limited to five companies for their involvement in occupation activities (Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, G4S and Veolia), was expanded to include, “any direct or substantive indirect holdings in companies profiting from, or complicit in, human rights violations arising from the occupation.”
     “In approving this resolution, the UCC has demonstrated its commitment to justice and equality,” said Rev. Mitri Raheb in a press release from the UCC Palestine Israel Network (UCC PIN). Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, had addressed the assembly prior to the vote. “For Palestinians living under occupation or facing systematic discrimination as citizens of Israel, enduring the destruction of their homes and businesses, the theft of their land for settlements, and living under blockade and siege in Gaza, this action sends a strong signal that they are not alone, and that there are churches who still dare to speak truth to power and stand with the oppressed.”
     A separate resolution declaring that Israeli policy meets the international legal definition of apartheid won a 312-295 majority but failed to meet the two-thirds majority needed to pass the general assembly.
     The UCC joins the Presbyterian Church USA, United Methodist Church, several Quaker bodies, and Mennonite Central Committee among U.S. churches.... -- See also: Interview: Church-based BDS and the Jewish voices beside it
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EU Ambassador to Israel Rules Out Academic Boycott
IMEMC - 30 Jun 2015 - Hebrew media reported, today, that the European Union's ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg, has ruled out the imposition of any European academic boycott of Israel. ...

U.S. State Department: We won’t protect Israeli settlements against boycott
Ha'aretz - 30 Jun 2015

United Church of Christ votes to divest from companies with ties to Israeli settlements
Ha'aretz - 30 Jun 2015

BDS in Ireland: Shops nix Israeli goods, but fine with N. Korean, Iranian products
Jerusalem Post 30 Jun 2015 - Ami Horowitz, an American Jewish satirist, released a video on Tuesday of a report from Ireland, "ground zero" of the BDS movement.

United Church of Christ Approves Divestment to Aid Palestinians
New York Times 30 Jun 2015 - The church, a mainline Protestant denomination with nearly one million members, was one of three voting this week on divestment measures over Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

‘NYT’ finally acknowledges that ‘growing number of American Jews’ support BDS
Mondoweiss - There’s an incredibly fair report from the New York Times on the United Church of Christ divestment and boycott resolution enacted today. The fifth paragraph gives a hat tip to the BDS movement: The United Church of Christ’s boycott resolution reflects what supporters call the growing...

US Supreme Court decisions negative for Israel
Globes Main News - Israel's positions on Jerusalem and against BDS have been weakened.

United Church of Christ votes to boycott & divest from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation
Mondoweiss - The United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network  sent out the following press release: The United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network (UCC PIN) is pleased to announce that today the plenary of the 30th General Synod taking place in Cleveland passed Resolution #4, calling for boycotts and...

Interview: Church-based BDS and the Jewish voices beside it
+972 Magazine - As more U.S. churches vote on divestment, Jewish Voice for Peace aims to provide key support to a movement often accused of anti-Semitism. An interview with JVP’s advocacy director Sydney Levy. By Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Activestills.org This week, three more U.S. churches are voting on resolutions...

They did it! UCC Divests from Israeli Occupation, and More!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 30 Jun 2015 - There is no turning back now...

What I learned at the Louvre about boycotts and 'evil Israelis'
Ha'aretz - 29 Jun 2015