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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      
       
Historic Decision: Barcelona City Council Votes to End Complicity with Israeli Occupation & Illegal Settlements
Global BDS Movement - 19 Apr 2017 Historic Decision: Barcelona City Council Votes to End Complicity with Israeli Occupation & Illegal Settlements Update Economic Boycott Right To Boycott Apartheid Free Zones Local governments April 19, 2017  –...more
Statement by Spanish State Palestine Solidarity Groups On Barcelona City Council's Historic Decision Supporting Palestinian Rights
Global BDS Movement - 19 Apr 2017 Statement by Spanish State Palestine Solidarity Groups On Barcelona City Council's Historic Decision Supporting Palestinian Rights In the News On April 19, 2017, Palestine solidarity groups in the Spanish state...more
FIFA Urged by Organizations Representing Millions to Expel Israeli Clubs in Settlements
Global BDS Movement - 19 Apr 2017 FIFA Urged by Organizations Representing Millions to Expel Israeli Clubs in Settlements Update Cultural Boycott Calls are mounting ahead of the 67th FIFA Congress for the world football governing body...more
On Palestinian Prisoner's Day: solidarity with hunger strikers, boycott HP & G4S!
Global BDS Movement - 18 Apr 2017 On Palestinian Prisoner's Day: solidarity with hunger strikers, boycott HP & G4S! BNC Statement Stop G4S Boycott HP We Commemorate Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, Support the Hunger Strike for Prisoners’ Rights...more
Activists rebrand Brand Israel conference as ‘Brand Apartheid’
Global BDS Movement - 18 Apr 2017 Activists rebrand Brand Israel conference as ‘Brand Apartheid’ In the News Cultural Boycott Students hold signs reading "Brand Apartheid" during Brand Israel event at New York University. April 11, 2017...more
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett finds his place as an activist
Global BDS Movement - 18 Apr 2017 Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett finds his place as an activist In the News Cultural Boycott The Pro Bowler spoke on Colin Kaepernick and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Washington,...more
Israel’s Barring of a Respected Activist from Chile is a Desperate Attack on Our Growing Human Rights Movement
Global BDS Movement - 10 Apr 2017 Israel’s Barring of a Respected Activist from Chile is a Desperate Attack on Our Growing Human Rights Movement BNC Statement Right To Boycott Sanctions and governments "I feel terrible pain...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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BDS is winning, admits top Israeli "sabotage" strategist
Electronic Intifada - Reut Institute founder says millions of anti-BDS dollars have made little impact.

That barbecue outside a hunger strike prison exposes Israeli settlers’ blind hatred
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/21/2017
      In their blind hatred, some Israelis have a tendency to score some spectacular own goals and I’d like to bet that the bizarre barbecue held outside a prison where Palestinian political prisoners are on hunger strike is one of them. Members of the far right party National Union said that the purpose of their rather pathetic stunt on Thursday was to taunt Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. It seems odd that grown men would invest so much of their time and energy to do this but those taking part said they wanted to “celebrate the hunger strike” and “break the spirit” of the strikers, in the hope that the smell of the meat would waft into the prison. Did they honestly think that prisoners who have taken the huge decision to go on hunger strike would abandon their protest just because they could smell some kosher lamb chops being done to a turn on the other side of the prison wall?
     My guess is that the settlers’ efforts would simply have made the hunger strikers more determined in their heroic food boycott behind bars, which was clearly having the desired effect on their gaolers. As anyone who has ever organised a campaign knows, as far as an activist is concerned, the worst reaction towards their activism is complete indifference, so it is obvious to anyone watching that the hunger strike called and led by popular Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi is having a serious psychological impact on Israeli society.
     The hunger strike has received widespread coverage within Palestine and around the world, with demonstrations and rallies of support. Lawyers acting for the Palestinian prisoners have also decided to suspend professional appearances in front of Israel’s military courts in solidarity with their clients.
     International support for Palestinians is already increasing because of the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which started with a 2005 call by Palestinian academics....
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BDS is winning, admits top Israeli "sabotage" strategist
Electronic Intifada - Reut Institute founder says millions of anti-BDS dollars have made little impact.

Israel 'lobbying FIFA' to prevent settlement teams' ban
AlJazeera 20 Apr 2017 - FIFA to discuss in May sanctions call over six teams based in Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.

Rome’s Jewish community to boycott WWII march over Palestinian participation
Ha'aretz - 20 Apr 2017

Barcelona votes to be free of Israeli apartheid
Electronic Intifada - Israel is increasingly worried about the growth of BDS activism in Spain.

Freed to travel, Barghouti will receive Gandhi award on Sunday at Yale
Mondoweiss - This is special: On Sunday afternoon at Yale, Omar Barghouti, a leader of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS), will receive a Gandhi peace award, along with Ralph Nader. At the last minute Barghouti was allowed by an Israeli judge to travel to the States....

Historic Decision: Barcelona City Council Votes to End Complicity with Israeli Occupation & Illegal Settlements
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FIFA Urged by Organizations Representing Millions to Expel Israeli Clubs in Settlements
Global BDS 19 Apr 2017 - FIFA Urged by Organizations Representing Millions to Expel Israeli Clubs in Settlements Update Cultural Boycott Calls are mounting ahead of the 67th FIFA Congress for the world football governing body to expel Israeli football clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements . April 19, 2017 By: Red Card...

Fans try to rock Radiohead’s conscience
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/20/2017
      The rock band Radiohead is being urged to cancel a performance in Israel and support the Palestinian people’s campaign for justice instead. Thousands of the band’s fans around the world were dismayed to learn that not only had Radiohead agreed to perform in Tel Aviv, but also that the gig venue is on land that was home to a Palestinian village until it was ethnically-cleansed and destroyed by the nascent Israel army in 1948.
     Rock legend Roger Waters believes that celebrities can use their fame to sway and influence public opinion on the political stage. He is trying to persuade the members of Radiohead to join the cultural boycott of Apartheid Israel and help to turn the tide in the Israel-Palestine conflict by being part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The singer-songwriter — one of the founding members of legendary band Pink Floyd — is hoping to use all of his persuasive powers on Radiohead following the announcement that they will play in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park this summer.
     Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Colin Greenwood and Phil Selway, who formed Radiohead in 1985, added the Tel Aviv date to their world tour despite an open letter appealing to all artists to boycott Israel in protest at its military occupation of Palestine. “Tel Aviv’s hipster vibe is a bubble on the surface of a very deep security state that drove out half the indigenous Palestinian population in 1948 and has no intention of letting their descendants back in,” said the well-known artists and writers who issued the appeal. “If you go to Tel Aviv, your presence will be used by the Israeli authorities to reassure their citizens that all’s right with the world and nobody really cares that the Palestinians are suffering… Please don’t go.”
     Artists for Palestine UK (APUK) have also urged Radiohead to cancel the Tel Aviv gig scheduled for 19 July. “Singer Thom Yorke once talked about the conflict he felt between being ‘incredibly angry’ at the state of the world....
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Check out the new Mondoweiss t-shirts
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New US bill would punish settlement boycotters
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Statement by Spanish State Palestine Solidarity Groups On Barcelona City Council's Historic Decision Supporting Palestinian Rights
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Israeli Government Is Petrified of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement
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On Palestinian Prisoner's Day: solidarity with hunger strikers, boycott HP & G4S!
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Activists rebrand Brand Israel conference as ‘Brand Apartheid’
Global BDS 18 Apr 2017 - Activists rebrand Brand Israel conference as ‘Brand Apartheid’ In the News Cultural Boycott Students hold signs reading "Brand Apartheid" during Brand Israel event at New York University. April 11, 2017 By: Mondoweiss

Iran accused of manipulating the Palestinian cause while hiding its colonialism against Ahwazi Arabs
Rahim Hamid, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/19/2017
      The Iranian regime often draws upon its “resistance” credentials, frequently condemning Israel’s forcible expropriation of Palestinian people’s lands and homes as well as the expulsion of the people themselves, referring to these acts as crimes against humanity and systematic ethnic cleansing. Iran also makes regular and vociferous arguments that the international community should take punitive action against Israel by introducing sanctions.
     However, the Tehran regime is conducting itself in a manner that bears a striking similarity to the Israeli government that it indicts for crimes against the Palestinian people. Iran does this by forcibly expropriating the lands, farms and homes of the Ahwazi Arab people of the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan, and “giving” them to Persian settlers who are offered generous financial incentives by the regime to move to the area.
     With Ahwazis denied basic rights, any compensation or any effective legal recourse against the regime’s decisions, the dispossessed Ahwazis are left destitute while ethnic Persian settlers seize their homes and lands in a manner not dissimilar from Israeli settlers in Palestine. Anti-Arab racist policies
     In the past few weeks, Iranian authorities have confiscated 20,000 more hectares of agricultural land from Ahwazi farmers in areas near the eponymous regional capital of Ahwaz. As always, the farmers and their families – who were given no notification or opportunity to raise legal objections to this abusive injustice – have been left with nothing. The land surrounding the village of Al-Tawil is set to be used for another massive sugar cane-growing and processing project, the eighth such initiative in the region, where the regime’s existing sugar cane-farming industry already operates at a loss.
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What will France's election mean for Palestine?
Electronic Intifada: 19 Apr 2017 - Surging left-wing candidate backs sanctions against Israel. more..

Chilean BDS activist calls for ban on Israeli tourists after being barred from Israel
Ha'aretz - 18 Apr 2017

Palestinian Federation of Chile warns Jewish leadership not to ‘play with fire’
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New US bill would punish settlement boycotters
Electronic Intifada - Legislation backed by AIPAC aims to thwart international measures to hold Israel accountable.

We Commemorate Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, Support the Hunger Strike for Prisoners’ Rights & Call for Escalating Boycotts Against Hewlett-Packard & G4S, Companies Profiting from Prisoner Abuse
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Activists rebrand Brand Israel conference as ‘Brand Apartheid’
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Birthright Faces J Street-Led Protest Over Israel Travel Ban
The Forward New 18 Apr 2017 - More than 500 Jewish American students are challenging Birthright, the  biggest sponsor of trips to Israel in the world, to take a stand against a new law that would deny entry to Israel foreigners who support boycotting the country, even if the boycott is restricted to...

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett finds his place as an activist
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New US bill would punish settlement boycotters
Electronic Intifada: 18 Apr 2017 - Legislation backed by AIPAC aims to thwart international measures to hold Israel accountable. more..

Forget BDS: Keep on rocking in the free world
Jerusalem Post 16 Apr 2017 - With a staggering number of international musical acts streaming to Israel, does anyone even remember BDS?

Swiss lawmakers roll back anti-BDS law
Occupation Magazine 15 Apr 2017 - Adri Nieuwhof - EI - On 8 March, the lower house of the Swiss parliament passed an anti-BDS bill put forward by the right-wing People’s Party. But now the foreign affairs committee of the upper house has stripped all references to BDS and the Middle East...

Russia to boycott Eurovision song contest over Ukraine conflict
Ha'aretz - 14 Apr 2017

Academic boycott campaign is growing fast at Trinity College Dublin
Mondoweiss - Ever come across a student representative promising something when still a candidate and doing the opposite when elected? Well I have been involved in students’ politics for some years now and I have rarely come across a similar case. The most recent story I have read...

Under pressure over Israel, Portland divests from all corporations
Electronic Intifada - Occupation-Free Portland welcomes ”victory for citizen activism,” but wanted focus on specific rights violators.

An Israeli minister has threatened genocide in Lebanon, but where is the outcry?
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/14/2017
      Picture, if you will, what the front pages of the British newspapers would look like if Russia threatened to target the civilian infrastructure of a neighbouring country and send it “back to the Middle Ages.”
     The uproar is not too hard to imagine.
     Indeed, the condemnations would flow thick and fast. The government and the opposition would condemn Russian belligerence, and there would be calls to discuss the matter at the UN Security Council; plans for new sanctions would be drawn up.
     In fact, such a threat was made only last month but we heard not a peep from any of the pillars of the British establishment. That’s because it wasn’t Russia making the genocidal threats, but Israel, the West’s favourite — and much favoured — colonial regime.
     Liberal Zionist newspaper Haaretz published an interview with Naftali Bennett, Israel’s education minister and member of the security cabinet, in which he threatened to make Lebanon a free-fire zone: “Lebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases; they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out,” he claimed. If Lebanese missiles were then fired “at the Israeli home front, this will mean sending Lebanon back to the Middle Ages.”
     Bennett contrasted this with what he said was Israeli behaviour in Lebanon. During the 2006 Israeli war of aggression against its northern neighbour, he was a reservist commander in an “elite” unit. The unit was charged with trying to track down the rocket launchers of Hezbollah, the powerful militia which defends Lebanon from Israeli attacks.
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Under pressure over Israel, Portland divests from all corporations
Electronic Intifada - Occupation-Free Portland welcomes ”victory for citizen activism,” but wanted focus on specific rights violators.

Tufts students vote to divest from Israeli occupation
Electronic Intifada - Pro-Israel groups fail to stop measure aimed at firms complicit in violating Palestinian rights.

Mounting Criticism Of Zionist Leader Who Said ‘Blacks Are Much Better Dancers’
The Forward New 12 Apr 2017 - Jerusalem expert calls Klein’s comments “far more damaging than BDS. 

Under pressure over Israel, Portland divests from all corporations
Electronic Intifada: 13 Apr 2017 - Occupation-Free Portland welcomes ”victory for citizen activism,” but wanted focus on specific rights violators. more..

Palestinian Archbishop to Boycott DC Conference in Protest of American Policies
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Apr 2017 - Sabastiya Archbishop Atallah Hanna, of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said he would boycott an upcoming conference in the United States aiming to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East, over what he called “misguided” American policies in the region. Hanna, the only Orthodox Palestinian archbishop, who is renowned for his high profile political activism against the Israeli occupation, said in a statement Saturday that he and a number of Christian leaders from the region were invited to the conference, scheduled to be held in mid-May. “We won’t partake in this conference and we urge all Christian leaders in the Arab world who have been invited to boycott this suspicious conference,” Hanna said, without specifying what the conference was called. The archbishop could not confirm to Ma’an whether or not it was the same event held annually in Washington DC by the non profit “In Defense of...more

BDS activists defy US moves to curb Palestine advocacy
AlJazeera 12 Apr 2017 - As more states pass bills targeting the movement to boycott Israel, analysts believe such measures could backfire.

Israel bans British-Palestinian professor, citing new BDS law
Electronic Intifada - Kamel Hawwash had been on annual trips to family in Jerusalem.

Mounting Criticism Of Zionist Leader Who Said ‘Blacks Are Much Better Dancers’
The Forward New 12 Apr 2017 - Jerusalem expert calls Klein’s comments “far more damaging than BDS. 

Israel’s Barring of a Respected Activist from Chile is a Desperate Attack on Our Growing Human Rights Movement
Global BDS 10 Apr 2017 - Israel’s Barring of a Respected Activist from Chile is a Desperate Attack on Our Growing Human Rights Movement BNC Statement Right To Boycott Sanctions and governments "I feel terrible pain because I’m now unable to visit my family’s homeland"  —  Anuar Majluf upon being denied entry ...

Chile should refuse entry to Israeli tourists, barred leader says
Electronic Intifada - Israel blocks entry of head of Palestinian Federation of Chile, citing his support for boycott.

Tufts students vote to divest from Israeli occupation
Electronic Intifada - Pro-Israel groups fail to stop measure aimed at firms complicit in violating Palestinian rights.

Israel’s Barring of a Respected Activist from Chile is a Desperate Attack on Our Growing Human Rights Movement
Global BDS 10 Apr 2017 - Israel’s Barring of a Respected Activist from Chile is a Desperate Attack on Our Growing Human Rights Movement BNC Statement Right To Boycott Sanctions and governments "I feel terrible pain because I’m now unable to visit my family’s homeland"  —  Anuar Majluf upon being denied entry ...

Chile should refuse entry to Israeli tourists, barred leader says
Electronic Intifada: 11 Apr 2017 - Israel blocks entry of head of Palestinian Federation of Chile, citing his support for boycott. more..

Tufts students vote to divest from Israeli occupation
Electronic Intifada: 11 Apr 2017 - Pro-Israel groups fail to stop measure aimed at firms complicit in violating Palestinian rights. more..

Israel bars entry to the director of the Palestinian Federation of Chile
Jerusalem Post 10 Apr 2017 - Erdan: "BDS activists are our country's enemies."

Is our only choice to boycott America?
Daily Star 10 Apr 2017 The catastrophic outcome of last November’s United States presidential election is now clear.

The liberal double standard on boycotting North Carolina and boycotting Israel
Mondoweiss - One of the ironies of progressive activism in the U.S. is the fact that so many leaders who supported the boycott of North Carolina over the so-called bathroom law oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel. The North Carolina boycott was widely backed...

BDS groups from the Spanish State and RESCOP (the Spanish Network Against the Occupation of Palestine) welcome Podemos’ recognition of the right to BDS as a legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression
Global BDS 8 Apr 2017 - BDS groups from the Spanish State and RESCOP (the Spanish Network Against the Occupation of Palestine) welcome Podemos’ recognition of the right to BDS as a legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression In the News Right To Boycott On March 23, 2017, the Spanish leftist...

French bank said to have dropped major BDS account
Jerusalem Post 8 Apr 2017 - Second boycott-Israel account closure by BDP Paribas.

It’s 7-0 against BDS on ‘New York Times’ opinion pages
Mondoweiss - The most important editorial space in the English-speaking world dedicates a lot of column inches to the topic of Israel, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, but hasn’t provided any space to a pro-BDS voice on the topic in over three years. The last opinion...

The liberal double standard on boycotting North Carolina and boycotting Israel
Mondoweiss - One of the ironies of progressive activism in the U.S. is the fact that so many leaders who supported the boycott of North Carolina over the so-called bathroom law oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel. The North Carolina boycott was widely backed...

Support for Palestine surges in Australia -- poll
Electronic Intifada - Majority of Australians sees boycott as reasonable response to Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights.

BDS groups from the Spanish State and RESCOP (the Spanish Network Against the Occupation of Palestine) welcome Podemos’ recognition of the right to BDS as a legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression
Global BDS 8 Apr 2017 - BDS groups from the Spanish State and RESCOP (the Spanish Network Against the Occupation of Palestine) welcome Podemos’ recognition of the right to BDS as a legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression In the News Right To Boycott On March 23, 2017, the Spanish leftist...

Israelis must speak up about the injustices here, and the world must listen
Orly Noy, +972 Magazine 4/8/2017
      The world is not against us — rather, it is at best indifferent to the oppression of Palestinians, and at worst colludes in it, which is why Israelis must inform decent people about what is happening here.
     I was invited to attend a series of meetings organized by French activists that were held this week. The participants were involved in Palestine solidarity work, some of them with longstanding ties to Palestinian communities. Several visit Israel-Palestine on occasion, and assist however they can from afar.
     And yes, they are ardent supporters of all forms of non-violent struggle, particularly boycott. Every year, at the general meeting of local councils, they invite speakers from Israel-Palestine in order to broaden their perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
     I generally think that these kinds of meetings are very important. The occupation is not an internal Israeli matter, and the international community is not merely entitled to know what is happening and to intervene — it has to.
     But here in France, amid the endless greenery and against your will, Zionist indoctrination drifts in and quietly pecks away at your thoughts: what makes these people, who live in one of the most peaceful and beautiful places you’ve seen, decide to get involved in the Palestinian struggle? Why this cause specifically? And that damned suspicion that has worked its way into our veins — perhaps they are acting not out of concern for Palestinians, but out of hatred for Israel (or rather for Jews, of the kind it is no longer polite to admit to these days).
     During long conversations with the hosts — most of them elderly, and warm, welcoming and exceptionally generous — I set aside these suspicions and listen intently. No, they are not anti-Semites. No, they don’t hate Israel.
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Why settlement boycotters shouldn't join the BDS movement
Abe Silberstein, +972 Magazine 4/4/2017
      Although the Israeli government’s crackdown on the BDS movement will doubtless boost sympathy for its cause, progressive settlement boycotters should think twice before getting onboard.
     When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared settlement evacuation to ethnic cleansing last September, it became clear that the Israeli government was redoubling its efforts to improve the reputation of the settlement enterprise.
     Recent moves taken against boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) supporters seem to have cemented this approach: 2017 has seen a travel ban directed at BDS advocates and settlement boycotters, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s proposal for a database of Israeli BDS supporters, and the detention of Jeff Halper — an Israeli citizen and BDS advocate — on suspicion of “incitement” for possessing boycott-related materials.
     In addition, the Israeli government has also highlighted the legal steps taken against BDS by supporters of Israel outside the country. In the United States, Congress and state legislatures have considered laws to penalize and even publicly shame supporters of a boycott. Many of these bills, according to Americans for Peace Now, not only fail to make a distinction between Israel and “territories controlled by Israel,” (i.e. the settlements), but also explicitly include the settlements.
     This broad and indiscriminate attack on boycotts will no doubt have the effect of increasing sympathy for BDS. Likewise, BDS advocates will surely use this law to persuade those who have until now targeted only the settlements to support their movement. While making this switch may be tempting, supporters of a settlement boycott should resist, as there are important and unbridgeable differences between BDS and a progressive boycott of the settlements.
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California community college first to pass Israel divestment resolution
Electronic Intifada - Push for divestment at De Anza College is part of growing global student campaign.

Support for Palestine surges in Australia -- poll
Electronic Intifada - Majority of Australians sees boycott as reasonable response to Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights.

California community college first to pass Israel divestment resolution
Electronic Intifada: 7 Apr 2017 - Push for divestment at De Anza College is part of growing global student campaign. more..

Princess Nokia Cancels Show at Israeli Music Festival Amid BDS Pressure
IMEMC - 6 Apr 2017 - Organizers subsequently canceled the Kalamazoo Festival and promised to refund tickets. On March 26, the Israeli

Israel's largest lender to explore three options for divesting its credit card unit
Ha'aretz - 6 Apr 2017

Boycott is Kosher
Mondoweiss - I was shocked when I first heard Jewish leaders in my community denounce the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement started by Palestinians living in the West Bank. Call me naive, but considering Israelis had been living under the threat of bombs exploding on buses,...

Dershowitz gets drunk on water
Mondoweiss - Several outlets have reported  a presentation at the AIPAC conference last week: when Alan Dershowitz came on to the stage to tout an Israeli company that sells a device that pulls water “out of thin air” as the best answer to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (...

US judge throws out key claim against academic boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada - Lawyers hail “significant victory” against lawfare effort to reverse American Studies Association’s Israel boycott.

Court dismisses major claims filed against American Studies Association for endorsing boycott
Mondoweiss - On Friday, in a partial victory for the American Studies Association (ASA), a district court in Washington D.C.  dismissed  plaintiffs’ ultra vires claim that the ASA operated beyond its corporate charter by passing an academic boycott resolution in 2013. The court held: The boycott resolution was,...

US judge throws out key claim against academic boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada: 5 Apr 2017 - Lawyers hail “significant victory” against lawfare effort to reverse American Studies Association’s Israel boycott. more..

University of Exeter Must Not Normalize Israeli Apartheid
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Apr 2017 - By Alex Clark to speak openly about the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A sleepy city tucked away in the southwest corner of the United Kingdom, most of the 22,000 students at the well-respected University seem more interested in studying and socializing, than becoming involved in political activism. Surface appearances can be very misleading, however. For the past two months, Palestinian students and their allies, including the University’s Friends of Palestine society, have found themselves the targets of a series of attacks on their right to speak out in support of Palestine. These attacks are not unique to the University of Exeter, but instead tell a story of a widespread clampdown, driven by the British Government and pro-Israel lobbying groups, in an effort to ban student-led campaigns in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and Palestinian rights. Early in the year, Jo Johnson, the Minister for Universities and Science,...more

Israel steps up dirty tricks against boycott leaders
Mondoweiss - Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link last week at the annual conference of Aipac, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They should, he said, follow his government’s example and defend Israel on the “moral battlefield” against...

The Jewish Voice at the Heart of the Boycott Israel Movement
Global BDS 4 Apr 2017 - The Jewish Voice at the Heart of the Boycott Israel Movement In the News Economic Boycott Cultural Boycott Academic Boycott Right To Boycott Jewish Voice for Peace executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson isn't your typical BDS activist: she spent three years in Israel, is married to an...

Court Dismisses Major Claims Against American Studies Association
Global BDS 4 Apr 2017 - Court Dismisses Major Claims Against American Studies Association In the News Academic Boycott Right To Boycott April 3, 2017 By: Palestine Legal

"Police Minister Erdan, add us to your blacklist!" - a petition
Occupation Magazine 3 Apr 2017 - Already more than a thousand Israeli citizens signed the petition "Gilad Erdan, note it down: we, too, boycott the settlements!!"

Palestine slides down agenda as Gulf states inch closer to Israel
Mohamed Mohamed, +972 Magazine 4/4/2017
      Even as the BDS movement has made significant progress in recent years, security and trade cooperation between Israel and Gulf states marks a normalizing of ties that threatens to push Palestine off the agenda.
     After 69 years of occupation, oppression, and exile, the overall situation for Palestinians on the ground remains bleak, if not worse than before. On the other hand, the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement has made significant progress in recent years by encouraging economic, academic, and cultural boycotts of Israel. These high-profile BDS campaigns helped convince major international companies and investors to divest from the Israeli market.
     But, as people from Europe all the way to New Zealand begin to disassociate themselves from Israel, Arab Gulf countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) seem to be regressing in the opposite direction.
     This week, the UAE participated in “Iniohos 2017,”a joint military exercise with the air forces of Greece, Italy, the United States, and Israel. This is not the first time that Emirati pilots have flown alongside Israelis. Last year, the UAE also participated in the “Red Flag” exercise in Nevada, and it is reportedly taking part this year too.
     The UAE’s collaboration with Israel goes beyond these multiparty training exercises. In 2015, Israel established its first diplomatic mission in the UAE in order to represent itself at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which is based in Abu Dhabi. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that this office is strictly for IRENA related activities, and that its establishment does not represent a change in policy towards Israel, which the UAE refuses to recognize.
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Does BDS ban hurt Israel?
Al-Monitor 4 Apr 2017 - Jewish organizations in the United States are criticizing the Knesset for banning the entry of those who express support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

On the Israeli Campaign Targeting Omar Barghouti
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Apr 2017 - By Haidar Eid Omar Barghouti, one of the most charismatic Palestinian activists, has been subjected to the most intense interrogation by Israeli authorities. He is the outspoken co-founder of the BDS movement, member of the secretariat of the Boycott National Committee (BNC,) and a steering committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). Israeli forces kidnapped Omar 12 days ago to prevent him from travelling to the US to receive the prestigious Gandhi Peace Award. They are holding him with false, trumped-up charges as part of their current tactic to start lies and rumors to tarnish the image of BDS activists – and discredit the BDS movement. This attack on Omar is not new, but part of Israel’s all-out legal, intelligence and propaganda war on the BDS movement which has intensified since 2016. This intensified focus on the BDS movement is a reaction...more

On the campaign against Omar Barghouti
Mondoweiss - Omar Barghouti, one of the most charismatic Palestinian activists, has been subjected to the most intense interrogation by Israeli authorities. He is the outspoken co-founder of the BDS movement, member of the secretariat of the Boycott National Committee (BNC,) and a steering committee member of the...

Under Israeli gag order, Omar Barghouti urges more BDS
Electronic Intifada - Human rights defender speaks out against “McCarthyite witchhunt” for first time since prolonged interrogation began.

The Next Phase in the War on BDS: Why Israel Detained Omar Barghouti
Occupation Magazine 2 Apr 2017 - Ramzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "[BDS] is a decentralized movement with local, regional, national and global networks spanning hundreds of cities across the world. Smearing one individual, or a hundred, will not alter the upward movement of BDS. Israel will soon realize that its war on...

Why 'it's not apartheid' arguments fail: Response to an NYT op-ed
Dahlia Scheindlin, +972 Magazine 4/3/2017
      A New York Times op-ed argues that Israel is not the South African apartheid its author sat in jail to expose. But to make his case, Benjamin Pogrund ignores the heart of what occupation really is.
     In an impassioned New York Times op ed, Benjamin Pogrund lays down the best possible arguments for why Israel is not an apartheid state. He brings out the full arsenal: his personal experience as a South African. His knowledge as a reporter who investigated and exposed the horrors of the system. He even paid the enormous price of jail time. It’s hard to top that level of credibility in dispelling the apartheid claim.
     So why don’t his arguments work?
     It starts with the author’s purpose. His actual aim is not a dispassionate comparison of apartheid with occupation, but to kick the legs out from under the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) argument. BDS, he writes, rests on the notion that Israel is like the South African apartheid regime, and boycott toppled the latter; break the equivalency and there can be no more BDS. This is what propelled his inquiry, and it taints the entire prospect.
     In order to achieve his actual goal, Pogrund cannot just juxtapose the systems and assess them: he must always justify why boycott was right for South Africa but wrong for Israel. In other words, he has his conclusion in advance. If BDS claims that occupation is “worse than apartheid,” his overriding theme is “It’s not as bad.”
     This leads him to provide a bizarre partial list of things going wrong in Israel and the West Bank, as if to pre-empt the criticism. But the disturbing silent refrain whispers behind each one....
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On BDS, Israeli politicians are inflaming friends and strengthening enemies
Ha'aretz - 2 Apr 2017

Texas House unanimously passes anti-BDS bill
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2017 - The Texas Senate passed on March 23 a similar bill opposing BDS by a 25-4 vote. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign a finalized anti-BDS law from the legislative chambers.

Under Israeli gag order, Omar Barghouti urges more BDS
Occupation Magazine 1 Apr 2017 - Ali Abunimah - EI - Barghouti was due to travel to the US this month to receive the Gandhi Peace Award. But by preventing him from doing so, “Israel’s regime has inadvertently increased the publicity around this award,” Barghouti asserted. [bz for dn]

Can J Street coherently fight both boycott and occupation?
Noa Yachot, +972 Magazine 4/1/2017
      After J Street U students were attacked at an anti-BDS conference this week, the lobby might want to reconsider the effectiveness of seeking common ground with extremists.
     Things got ugly at an anti-BDS conference at the United Nations this week when participants turned on a group of liberal university students in attendance.
     The conference, organized by the Israeli mission to the U.N., brought together many of the usual suspects working to counter the effects of the growing boycott movement. Students representing the university arm of J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby,” attracted the ire of the conference when they rose to ask how to counter BDS to fellow students who oppose Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
     When they identified their organizational affiliation, they were met with hisses from the audience, according to a report in Haaretz. Alan Clemmons, a state legislator from South Carolina, proceeded to accuse the students of representing an anti-Semitic organization and declared, to a standing ovation, that “there is no illegal occupation.” Mort Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, echoed Clemmons when he announced the “occupation is a lie.” Others called the students pigs and worse.
     It’s upsetting to think of these young activists facing such hate from their community elders, and I sincerely hope someone there came to their defense, at least in private. (I’ve asked J Street whether anyone at the conference expressed support for the beleaguered students, but I haven’t heard back.) But notwithstanding its after-the-fact criticism of what transpired, I remain a bit confused as to why anyone thought it would be a good idea to send those students into what was always certain to be a lion’s den.
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Under Israeli gag order, Omar Barghouti urges more BDS
Electronic Intifada - Human rights defender speaks out against “McCarthyite witchhunt” for first time since prolonged interrogation began.

Omar Barghouti: Message of gratitude and hope
Global BDS 1 Apr 2017 - Omar Barghouti: Message of gratitude and hope Open Letter Right To Boycott "Many of you have asked how best you can support me to face this latest persecution. My answer is, without hesitation ... more BDS!" April 1, 2017 By: Omar Barghouti

Can J Street coherently fight both boycott and occupation?
Occupation Magazine 31 Mar 2017 - Noa Yachot - +972 - Students representing the university arm of J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby,” attracted the ire of the anti-BDS conference at the United Nations when they rose to ask how to counter BDS to fellow students who oppose Israel’s occupation of the...

Why does Israel spy on its allies?
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/1/2017
      A report in Le Monde last weekend revealed new details of how Israel spies on the most enthusiastic state-supporters of its war crimes and apartheid against the Palestinian people. The newspaper reportedly revealed details of how Israel’s Mossad spy agency may have infiltrated French intelligence, possibly even at its highest level.
     Why does Israel do such a thing? Does it really need to spy on its allies in Paris, given that France is already an enthusiastic supporter of its brutal and racist colonisation of occupied Palestine?
     Although France, like Israel’s other European allies, makes toothless public objections to its wars and continued settlement building on stolen Palestinian land, these are understood, quite correctly, to be meaningless. While the governments of France and Britain claim in public to be against Israel’s settlements, they actually support them in practice, by continuing not only to allow goods produced in the illegal colonies to be sold in Europe, but also to seek more and upgraded economic ties with the apartheid state.
     Furthermore, both countries go out of their way to undermine BDS, the Palestinian-initiated and led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, and other forms of pro-Palestine solidarity. The British government last year initiated new regulations for universities, local councils and other public bodies which it touted in the press as a “BDS ban”. A closer look at the actual policy revealed that it was no such thing, and BDS is still very much legal.
     Nevertheless, the guidance did make it harder for public bodies to make ethical investment decisions which might have an impact on trade with Israel. Hurdles were put in the way of, for example, councils deciding to withdraw investments from companies — such as Veolia and G4S — which have been complicit in Israel’s occupation, prisons and torture in the West Bank.
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Video: Students walk out on Israeli ambassador in France
Electronic Intifada - Despite repression, activists are determined to escalate boycott campaign

Eddie Izzard’s registration for Palestine Marathon this Friday sent back to him by organisers
Global BDS 30 Mar 2017 - Eddie Izzard’s registration for Palestine Marathon this Friday sent back to him by organisers In the News Cultural Boycott FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2017 By: Artists for Palestine UK

US and Israeli UN Ambassadors Vow to Eliminate BDS
IMEMC - 30 Mar 2017 - Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said on Wednesday that Israel would “keep fighting” until it “eliminates BDS completely.” “There is a new approach [to fight BDS] and it is being heard in the halls...

Boycott Israel's beloved chocolate spread
Ha'aretz - 30 Mar 2017

Eddie Izzard’s registration for Palestine Marathon this Friday sent back to him by organisers
Global BDS 30 Mar 2017 - Eddie Izzard’s registration for Palestine Marathon this Friday sent back to him by organisers In the News Cultural Boycott FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2017 By: Artists for Palestine UK

Honor the Palestinian Call for Academic Boycott: A Letter to Prof. James Anaya
Global BDS 29 Mar 2017 - Honor the Palestinian Call for Academic Boycott: A Letter to Prof. James Anaya In the News Academic Boycott Dear Professor S. James Anaya, March 27, 2017 By: Nick Estes

Nikki Haley champions Israel's anti-BDS policy
Middle East Eye 30 Mar 2017 - Language Undefined As calls gain momentum for boycott against Israel, its supporters are looking for ways to push back against Palestinian activism

Moral Victory for BDS Activists at UBC and Canadian Campuses
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Mar 2017 - By Marion Kawas We are entering a new and ramped-up phase in the war on BDS activism by both the Israeli government and its lobby groups in other countries. One aspect of the escalation is the aggressive use of Israeli legislation, but also whatever legal options can be manipulated to delay, deny and silence all discussion of global BDS campaigns. There are many examples of such Israeli legislation, especially the recent new law to forbid entry to Israel of any foreign national who supports BDS, even if its only limited to boycott of settlement products. And the Zionist lobby here in Canada has also been working overtime to try and suppress student groups that are introducing debate on campus around Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. But without success. Just 2 weeks ago, after a long and vigorous debate, students at King’s University College in London, Ontario,...more

VIDEO: Arrest of Omar Barghouti Comes Amidst Upsurge in International Support for Boycott of Israel
IMEMC - 28 Mar 2017 - After the P5+1 nuclear deal made it difficult for the Israeli government to continue to appeal to the right-wing through casting Iran as the bogeyman, depicting BDS as a ‘delegitimization’ campaign became its next means of...

To the attention of Israel's propaganda minister: The second boycott will do it
Ha'aretz - 29 Mar 2017

Jewish group releases blacklist of U.S. professors who back academic boycott of Israel
Ha'aretz - 29 Mar 2017

Ambassador Nikki Haley vows to defend Israel against BDS
Jerusalem Post 29 Mar 2017 - “We are all here to say we cannot, we will not be silent.”

Honor the Palestinian Call for Academic Boycott: A Letter to Prof. James Anaya
Global BDS 29 Mar 2017 - Honor the Palestinian Call for Academic Boycott: A Letter to Prof. James Anaya In the News Academic Boycott Dear Professor S. James Anaya, March 27, 2017 By: Nick Estes

G4S Dropped by Doctors’ Syndicate in Beirut
Global BDS 28 Mar 2017 - G4S Dropped by Doctors’ Syndicate in Beirut Update Stop G4S Economic Boycott Lebanese Syndicate Drops Security Company Complicit with Israeli Violations of Palestinian Human Rights March 28, 2017 By: The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)

Palestinian BNC Mourns Loss of Anti-Apartheid Icon Ahmed Kathrada
Global BDS 28 Mar 2017 - Palestinian BNC Mourns Loss of Anti-Apartheid Icon Ahmed Kathrada BNC Statement Apartheid Free Zones Sanctions and governments March 28, 2017, Occupied Palestine  —The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has heard with great sadness the news of Comrade Ahmed Kathrada’s passing. Mr. March 28, 2017 By: The Palestinian...

FIFA delay on Israeli settlement decision fuels concern
Global BDS 28 Mar 2017 - FIFA delay on Israeli settlement decision fuels concern In the News Cultural Boycott World football body will soon have to resolve the status of six Israeli football teams based in the occupied West Bank. March 19, 2017 By: Nigel Wilson

UK students face disciplinary action over BDS protest
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2017 - Dozens of academics sign letter condemning the University of Manchester for action against pro-Palestinian activists.

Questioned about backing BDS? It’s illegal, and Israel Police know it
Ha'aretz - 28 Mar 2017

Britney Spears to perform in Israel, promoters say BDS influence waning
Jerusalem Post 28 Mar 2017 - Spears’s concert, which was announced in a swanky Tel Aviv hotel, looks like a done deal.

Palestinian BNC Mourns Loss of Anti-Apartheid Icon Ahmed Kathrada
Global BDS 28 Mar 2017 - Palestinian BNC Mourns Loss of Anti-Apartheid Icon Ahmed Kathrada BNC Statement Apartheid Free Zones Sanctions and governments March 28, 2017, Occupied Palestine  —The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has heard with great sadness the news of Comrade Ahmed Kathrada’s passing. Mr. March 28, 2017 By: The Palestinian...

FIFA delay on Israeli settlement decision fuels concern
Global BDS 28 Mar 2017 - FIFA delay on Israeli settlement decision fuels concern In the News Cultural Boycott World football body will soon have to resolve the status of six Israeli football teams based in the occupied West Bank. March 19, 2017 By: Nigel Wilson

Activist Angela Davis compares BDS with anti-apartheid South Africa movement
Middle East Eye 28 Mar 2017 - Language Undefined 'This is the South Africa moment for the Palestinian people,' Davis said at George Washington University

US leads boycott of UN talks on nuclear weapons ban
AlJazeera 27 Mar 2017 - UN General Assembly begins negotiations on prohibiting weapons, but without any nuclear-capable states in attendance.

Israeli advertisers not eager 
to act on boycott of YouTube
Ha'aretz - 27 Mar 2017

The Jewish voice at the heart of the boycott Israel movement
Ha'aretz - 27 Mar 2017

AIPAC speakers say the enemy is BDS, while ‘biggest Jewish-led protest’ surges outside
Mondoweiss - This morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by video to the Israel lobby group AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in Washington. He bragged about his warm relationship with President Trump to great applause, and said that many states in his region were turning...

By arresting its co-founder, Israel has confirmed BDS as a strategic threat
Dr Daud Abdullah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/27/2017
      It is now one week since the Israeli authorities arrested Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement in Palestine. His arrest follows years of intimidation and threats by various state agencies. If the purpose is to isolate and silence Barghouti, his arrest was, at best, short-sighted and counterproductive. BDS, meanwhile, is already a Palestinian-inspired global movement, which will be impossible to stop.
     Although Israeli President Reuven Rivlin described the BDS movement in May 2015 as a “strategic threat”, when it was launched back in July 2005, officials dismissed the campaign as a poor attempt to imitate the international boycott which played a pivotal role in dismantling the criminal apartheid regime in South Africa. That disparaging belief no longer exists. The mere fact that the country is spending millions of dollars every month to collect data and counter BDS at home and abroad, is in itself a measure of how seriously the Israelis now view it.
     "By resorting to high-handed tactics of repression and intimidation, Israel is doing the ultimate disservice to its own cause. Unwittingly, it has, by such measures, created the perfect conditions for BDS to grow and attract supporters the world over, for it does not take much to convince open-minded people about the need for BDS."
     Policies that deny basic freedoms and human rights are inherently repulsive to the sense of justice of reasonable human beings.
     Today, those who support BDS are driven by values of equality and fairness, as well as recognition of a shared humanity. This is why they find the denial of full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel so repugnant; why they demand an end to the military occupation of Palestinian territories captured in 1967....
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Israel faces the inevitable collapse of its apartheid system
Iqbal Jassat, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/27/2017
      Israel’s racist right wing regime is turning the heat on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists. Is this any different to the “total onslaught” against freedom struggle activists by the former apartheid government in South Africa? In fact, it is much worse. Daily accounts reveal severe repression whereby Palestinian men, women and children face the tragic, yet deliberate, effects of Israel’s state violence. This, above all else, is testimony of the Zionist regime’s “total onslaught”.
     Despite being blinded foolishly by its all-encompassing power, Israel is well aware that a “total onslaught” didn’t save apartheid in South Africa. Neither mass arrests, nor executions of political activists, allowed the power-house of apartheid which resided in the National Party and was supported by capitalist corporations and their backers in the West, to rule South Africa forever. Indeed, not only did the brutal assault on fundamental human rights in South Africa fail to stem the tide of liberation, but the strategy of all-out war to destroy opposition to apartheid was also an utter failure.
     In its mindless pursuit of “total onslaught” underpinned by ruthless “kragdadigheid” (“naked power”), the ideologues of Pretoria believed then as vainly as Netanyahu does now that state terrorism will crush and wipe out the struggle for freedom. Nevertheless, there is a stark difference between the Apartheid South African regime and Apartheid Israel; it is the elephant in the room: the United States of America.
     Read: Why BDS activists can’t shrug off the ban on entering Israel
     Unlike the late 1980s, when America gradually became a less visible ally of Apartheid South Africa, the Trump administration looks set to escalate US support for Israel to unprecedented levels. The mantra “America First” also translates to “Israel First”, with “no questions asked” as an addendum....
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Iran responds to US with 'reciprocal sanctions'
Al-Monitor 26 Mar 2017 - In response to new US sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, Tehran sanctioned US firms that supply the Israeli government with arms and other equipment to support the settlement enterprise.

Iran hits back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions
AlJazeera 26 Mar 2017 - Sanctions target 15 American companies, which Tehran alleges are supporting 'atrocities' by Israel in Palestinian lands.

Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions
Daily Star 26 Mar 2017 Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the...

Israel Faces Inevitable Collapse
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Mar 2017 - By Iqbal Jassat Is turning the heat on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists as Israel’s racist right wing regime is doing, any different to the “total onslaught” against freedom struggle activists by former apartheid chiefs in South Africa? It certainly is and much worse. Daily accounts of severe repression whereby Palestinian men, women and children face the tragic, yet deliberate effects of Israel’s violence is testimony of Zionist regime’s “total onslaught”. But Israel is aware despite being foolishly blinded by its so-called power, “total onslaught” didn’t save apartheid in South Africa. Neither mass arrests, nor executions of political activists allowed the power-house of apartheid which resided in the National Party and supported by capitalist corporations along with their backers in the capitals of the West, to reign forever. In fact the converse is true: not only did those despicable series of brutal assaults on fundamental human rights in South Africa...more

The Persecution and Assassination of Omar Barghouti by the Inmates of the Asylum of Israel Under the Direction of the Marquis de Millikovsky
Occupation Magazine 23 Mar 2017 - Richard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "What a clever way to destroy the career of a Palestinian activist. He founded an international movement, BDS, so arresting him for espionage or on a political pretext would bring the wrath of the world down upon Israel. So you look...

The Persecution and Assassination of Omar Barghouti by the Inmates of the Asylum of Israel Under the Direction of the Marquis de Millikovsky
Occupation Magazine 23 Mar 2017 - Richard Silverstein — Tikun Olam "What a clever way to destroy the career of a Palestinian activist. He founded an international movement, BDS, so arresting him for espionage or on a political pretext would bring the wrath of the world down upon Israel. So you look...

Israel's national soccer team heads to Spanish BDS bastion for World Cup qualifier
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2017

Israeli allegations against Omar Barghouti "fabricated," boycott movement says
Electronic Intifada - “Latest desperate chapter of repression and intimidation” against BDS movement co-founder.

BNC Statement on Israel’s Ongoing Campaign to Silence Omar Barghouti & Repress the BDS Movement
Global BDS 22 Mar 2017 - BNC Statement on Israel’s Ongoing Campaign to Silence Omar Barghouti & Repress the BDS Movement BNC Statement Right To Boycott On Sunday morning, Israeli tax authorities barged into the home of Omar Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and...

Blacklists and travel bans aren’t new in Israel — the targets are
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 3/22/2017
      Palestinian activists and others have long faced actual travel bans, blacklists, and political persecution. Nevertheless, that some of the same methods are now being used against Israeli and American Jews is a worrying sign.
     One of the Israel government’s senior-most ministers said last year that Israeli BDS advocates must be made to pay a price for their political activism. A series of developments over the past month or so seem to demonstrate that he was completely serious, and that government efforts to target nonviolent political dissidents are escalating to worrying levels.
     First came the law banning entry into Israel of people who have made public calls for boycotts of Israel or its settlements, as defined in the 2011 boycott law. The law also bars entry for anyone who has even pledged to participate in such a boycott, which could easily be interpreted to include anyone who merely signed an online petition against buying settlement products.
     Then, a few weeks ago, police detained a prominent Jewish-Israeli activist for allegedly “possessing BDS materials,” whatever that means. The official reason was suspicion of incitement. He was released after a short while because possessing BDS materials is not a crime in Israel, but the incident demonstrated how the new entry law had sent a message to regular Israelis that BDS is dangerous — something one might reasonably report to police.
     This week, the same government minister who said BDS activists should “pay a price” for their political activism, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, proposed creating an official state blacklist of individuals and entities that “willfully, consistently and methodically called publicly for a boycott of Israel [or its settlements],” according to a report in Haaretz.
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Israeli allegations against Omar Barghouti "fabricated," boycott movement says
Electronic Intifada: 22 Mar 2017 - “Latest desperate chapter of repression and intimidation” against BDS movement co-founder. more..

Palestinian BNC’s Statement on Omar Barghouti’s Ongoing Interrogation and Israel’s Campaign to Repress BDS
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Mar 2017 - On the morning of Sunday, March 19, Israeli tax authorities barged into the home of Omar Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for the freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people. They detained and interrogated Omar and his wife Safa for 16 hours that first day. Omar is currently enduring a fourth day of interrogation. Below is the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee’s (BNC) response to these developments and the Israeli government’s systematic efforts to criminalize the BDS movement, intimidate activists and stop free speech: “A prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the BDS movement, Omar Barghouti, has for years been subjected to intense threats, intimidation and repression by various arms of the far-right Israeli government, particularly after it considered the movement a “strategic threat” to its entire system of injustice against Palestinians. “At...more

Israel couldn't get the BDS founder on anything else. So they went with taxes
Middle East Eye 22 Mar 2017 - While Israeli elites regularly get away with tax evasion, authorities use them, Soviet and Chinese-style, to shut down Omar Barghouti

Extreme YouTube: How Christian, white nationalist beliefs went mainstream
Middle East Eye 22 Mar 2017 - As Google faces a boycott by major advertisers over extremist YouTube content, the larger question is why people are turning to conspiracy narratives to explain world events

Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) Responds to New Israeli Database Targeting Israeli Citizens Who Support BDS
Global BDS 21 Mar 2017 - Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) Responds to New Israeli Database Targeting Israeli Citizens Who Support BDS Update Right To Boycott March 21, 2017 — Today, Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs, Gilad Erdan, announced that his ministry seeks to create a new database of Israeli citizens who...

Israeli Ministry Trying to Compile Database of Citizens Who Support BDS
Occupation Magazine 20 Mar 2017 - Barak Ravid - Haaretz -  Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan wants to set up a database of Israeli citizens who are involved in promoting and supporting boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel or the settlements. But Attorney General Mendelblit told the government that the only body...

FIFA delay on Israeli settlement decision fuels concern
Nigel Wilson, Al Jazeera 3/19/2017
      World football body will soon have to resolve the status of six Israeli football teams based in the occupied West Bank.
     Ramallah, occupied West Bank - Nearly six months after the FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine was due to present its recommendations on football in the region, human rights groups have grown increasingly concerned over its failure to resolve the status of six football teams based in Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.
     Established in May 2015, and tasked with addressing a number of Palestinian complaints - including issues over freedom of movement for football players and the Israeli football teams based in settlements - the specialist committee's mandate is set to expire at the FIFA congress in May 2017.
     President of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) Jibril Rajoub said that he could not understand the months of delays, describing them as a "fatal mistake" on the part of the FIFA council and monitoring committee.
     Still, he told Al Jazeera that it was important to comply with the committee and finish the process. The PFA is set to meet the monitoring committee on March 22, which could be the last such meeting in advance of the FIFA congress.
     "Now, we have the last meeting and we have to explain our position. If they are going to solve this issue - OK. If not, we have no other choice: we will go to the congress next May in Bahrain and ask for the imposition of sanctions against the Israeli federation," Rajoub said.
     The six Israeli football teams in question are based in Jewish settlements across the occupied West Bank.... -- See also: FIFA slammed for its failure to act against Israeli settlement clubs
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UN report decries Israeli settlements' 'alarming pace'
AlJazeera 20 Mar 2017 - US boycotts UN rights council as special rapporteur accuses Israel of 'the subjugation' of Palestinians' 'humanity'.

German BDS events canceled in Frankfurt and Bonn
Jerusalem Post 20 Mar 2017 - Jewish community and Wiesenthal Center welcome the decisions in Bonn and Frankfurt.

Sports and the Palestinian BDS Struggle (Part 3): Looking Ahead
Mondoweiss - This article appeared first on Palestine Square, the blog of the Institute for Palestine Studies, a third of three articles derived from Bloomfield’s Master’s thesis at the New School in New York City. Read  Part 1 , Part 2 . A “game-changer,” that is how the U.S. Campaign...

Israel’s New Travel Ban
Dissident Voice: 20 Mar 2017 - Dear Israeli Government: You’ve recently  banned  foreigners who support boycotts against Israel or Israeli settlements from being allowed to enter Israel – even Jewish foreigners, a first for the self-proclaimed Jewish state After all, your “ Law of Return ” has allowed (and encouraged) Jewish foreigners to freely immigrate to Israel, even as multitudes of  Palestinians  have been banned from returning to their homes. People throughout the Western world have  objected  in outrage to your new law, particularly Jewish Westerners who have family and connections in Israel from whom they’ll be cut off in retaliation for their political positions. Critics , even some who oppose boycotting Israel and who have had no problem with excluding Palestinians, have called out the law for diverse reasons: its quashing of free debate and political expression, its anti-democratic nature, how it will affect them and others personally. I support these objections. But I’m not trying...more

The UN Report Israel Does Not Want You To Read
IMEMC - 18 Mar 2017 - A new UN report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led  boycott, divestment and sanctions  (BDS) campaign to end Israeli 

These academics fight BDS on campus every day. Will they be banned from Israel?
Ha'aretz - 19 Mar 2017

UNHRC to call for boycott of Israeli settlements
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2017 - Out of the 41 resolutions before the UNHRC, 12 deal with human rights situations in individual countries. Five of those resolutions are focused on Israeli actions.

Read the UN report Israel does not want you to see
Global BDS 18 Mar 2017 - Read the UN report Israel does not want you to see Update Right To Boycott "The real news is that this time round, Israel, with all its influence in Washington, cannot put the genie back into the bottle." March 18, 2017 By: Palestinian BDS National Committee

Israel bans activists in order to hide its crimes from public view, it’s nothing new
Vyara Gylsen, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/18/2017
      Last Sunday, the chair of Britain’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and advocate of the boycott of Israel over its occupation of Palestine was denied entry at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Hugh Lanning was deported back to London early on Monday morning.
     “The organisation Mr Lanning heads is one of the leading anti-Israel delegitimisation and BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) organisations in Britain, and one of the largest in Europe,” explained a joint statement from the Israeli immigration authority and the strategic affairs ministry. Israel also accused Lanning of maintaining ties with Hamas, the de facto governing authority in the Gaza Strip.
     BDS is a Palestinian-led international movement established in 2005 calling for the boycott of Israeli goods, the divestment from Israeli companies and government-level sanctions. It is a non-violent movement, employing economic power to apply pressure on Israel to end its occupation and human rights violations of Palestinians, and get it to comply with international law.
     This is the first notable example since the Israeli Knesset (parliament) approved a new law last week, banning anyone who supports the BDS movement from entering the country. The law applies to any individual who is active in an organisation that has issued a public call to boycott Israel or has pledged to take part in such a boycott.
     In a media statement issued on Monday, the Director of the PSC, Ben Jamal, described Lanning as “the first victim” of the new law. He warned that Israel is violating “freedoms essential to a democracy: the right to free speech and criticise government policies and human rights violations; the right to advocate nonviolent actions to address human rights abuses; and the right of free movement and travel.
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BDS and ‘commercial reasons’
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/18/2017
      When the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s chair Hugh Lanning was denied entry to Palestine by Israeli occupation officials last weekend, he seems to have been the first activist denied entry under a new Israeli law aimed at fighting the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). Gilad Erdan’s anti-BDS ministry told Haaretz that the ban on Lanning’s entry came as a result of his “ongoing efforts to advance a boycott of Israel.”
     The PSC is Britain’s most prominent pro-Palestine campaigning organisation. It has supported the BDS movement for years, and encourages others to do so.
     The new law gives Israeli officials the power to deny entry to any non-citizen who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel”, including a boycott of its illegal West Bank settlements. As well as being opposed by BDS activists, the law has been criticised by some anti-Palestinian groups. US liberal Zionist organisation J Street is worried that the law will “do nothing to deter the global BDS movement – indeed it hands them a victory.”
     In Britain, pro-Israel trade union and student groups have expressed opposition based on the concern that they may be caught up in the law due to the pro-BDS policies of the national organisations of which they are members. The National Union of Students and all of the important trade unions in Britain, for example, have had pro-BDS policies for years.
     The anti-BDS law is another sign that Israel’s “war” against BDS is failing. Fundamentally, BDS campaigns are efforts to convince people around the world to support the Palestinian cause through non-compliance with the accepted norm of relations with the Zionist state. In a way, a boycott is a passive act; it is most definitely non-violent. Legislating against boycotts is thus doomed to fail. Israel still seems unable to understand this, and is currently pursuing efforts to fight against BDS through convincing allied governments around the world to pass similar legislation.
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UN report: Israel Has Established an ‘Apartheid Regime’
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Mar 2017 - (Update (17/3//17): since this article was first published, ESCWA has been forced to remove the report from its website. It can be viewed/downloaded here:  UN ESCWA Israel Apartheid Report .) A new United Nations report accuses Israel of having established “an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”. The publication comes amid renewed debate about whether, through its settlement policy and rejection of Palestinian self-determination, the Israeli government is creating – or even has already created – a de facto “one-state”, which critics warn would constitute a form of apartheid. It urged governments to “support boycott, divestment and sanctions [BDS] activities and respond positively to calls for such initiatives”. The report  – Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid – was commissioned and published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and launched in Beirut . John Reynolds, a lecturer in...more

Palestinian BDS Committee Responds to UN Head’s Resignation over Israel ‘Apartheid’ Report
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Mar 2017 - By Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) Dr. Rima Khalaf, Director of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), resigned from her post following pressure from the US and Israel over a report issued this week by ESCWA documenting Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinian people and encouraging support for the grassroots boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights and freedom.  Dr. Khalaf explained her decision stating : “I resigned because it is my duty not to conceal a clear crime, and I stand by all the conclusions of the report.”  In response to Dr. Khalaf’s resignation, Mahmoud Nawajaa, the General Coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) said:  “The fact that a UN Secretary General has bowed to threats and intimidation from the Trump administration to protect Israel from accountability, yet again, is hardly news. The real news is that this time round, Israel, with all its influence in Washington, cannot...more

New UN Report Confirms Israel is an “Apartheid” State, Calls for BDS
IMEMC - 17 Mar 2017 - The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society, has warmly welcomed as a “historic breakthrough” a report released today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) that...

Palestine activists shouldn't dismiss sports boycott
Electronic Intifada - Soccer is particularly fertile ground for mobilizing international support for justice in Palestine.

Palestinians hail UN report declaring Israel an apartheid state
Electronic Intifada - US demands report backing boycott campaign be withdrawn.

UK facing court battle over right to BDS
Electronic Intifada - Human rights campaigners to challenge BDS restrictions.

BNC Responds to UN Head's Resignation Over Israel Apartheid Report
Global BDS 17 Mar 2017 - BNC Responds to UN Head's Resignation Over Israel Apartheid Report Update Sanctions and governments March 17, 2017 -  Earlier today, Dr. March 17, 2017 By: Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

New UN Report Confirms Israel is an “Apartheid” State, Calls for BDS
Global BDS 16 Mar 2017 - New UN Report Confirms Israel is an “Apartheid” State, Calls for BDS Update Sanctions and governments The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society, has warmly welcomed as a “historic breakthrough” a report released today by the United Nations Economic a March...

Why BDS activists can’t shrug off the ban on entering Israel
Alastair Sloan, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/17/2017
      The cynic might say that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement got what was coming to it when Israel recently banned its activists from visiting the country. You can’t, surely, be advocating the cutting of ties with a country and not expect the government of that country to do the same back to you.
     This is what Richard Falk called a “legitimacy war” that needed to be fought, peacefully, with Israel, “combining the mobilisation of a movement from below with global solidarity.” What Falk was less clear about, in an article that was later removed from the Stop the War Coalition’s website, was that war generally has two sides to it. If it doesn’t, it’s commonly called a massacre. Rightly so, the BDS movement should not be in the business of massacres.
     Strategists behind BDS might even say that this ban works in their favour; it proves that they are onto something, and it proves that Israel is more authoritarian than it likes to make out. Israel, in fact, is increasingly illiberal and BDS seem to be among the enlightened minority of international observers who have realised this. The delicate sensibilities of neoconservative and muscular liberal supporters of Israel, who are in love with the idea of the state but aren’t too plugged into its political realities, don’t like to use the word “apartheid,” upon which the case for BDS rests. According to them, apartheid is a ridiculous term, because Muslims live alongside Jews in Israel. They do, kind of, but it turns out that not only are there a number of discriminatory laws now in place which affect the non-Jewish minorities, but also quite a few Israeli dignitaries who happen to think that Israel is indeed practicing apartheid.
     Shulamit Aloni, who served as Minister for Education under Yitzhak Rabin, said in 2007 that, “Yes, there is apartheid in Israel.” With considerable insight, she added that, “It’s simply inconceivable that the ultimate victims, the Jews, can carry out evil deeds.” It is this awkward truth....
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Palestinians hail UN report declaring Israel an apartheid state
Electronic Intifada: 16 Mar 2017 - US demands report backing boycott campaign be withdrawn. more..

Dear Israeli Government: I Want to Go to Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Mar 2017 - By Alison Weir Dear Israeli Government, About Your New Travel Ban You’ve recently  banned  foreigners who support boycotts against Israel or Israeli settlements from being allowed to enter Israel – even Jewish foreigners, a first for the self-proclaimed Jewish state. After all, your “ Law of Return ” has allowed (and encouraged) Jewish foreigners to freely immigrate to Israel, even as multitudes of  Palestinians  have been banned from returning to their homes. People throughout the Western world have  objected  in outrage to your new law, particularly Jewish Westerners who have family and connections in Israel from whom they’ll be cut off in retaliation for their political positions. Critics , even some who oppose boycotting Israel and who have had no problem with excluding Palestinians, have called out the law for diverse reasons: its quashing of free debate and political expression, its anti-democratic nature, how it will affect them and others personally....more

Absurd but true: Jews who don't support BDS must stand behind those who do
Ha'aretz - 15 Mar 2017

Frankfurt mayor urges cancellation of BDS ‘Don’t Buy From Jews’ event
Jerusalem Post 15 Mar 2017 - Mayor Uwe Becker has been acting to cancel the event, whose organizers have been trying to forge ahead with despite harsh criticism.

Anti-boycotters law will only harm war on BDS
YNet News, 15 Mar 2017 - Op-ed: Many people who have been fighting the anti-Israel boycott movement for years, but are in favor of boycotting the settlements, will now be barred entry to Israel. This includes quite a few Jewish American liberals. ....

Landmark UN report backs Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada - Study finds “beyond reasonable doubt” that Israel is guilty of practicing apartheid.

Now is not the time to be intimidated by Israel’s activist travel ban
Mondoweiss - The new law passed last week in the Israeli Knesset targets individuals active in Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaigns against Israel.  Understandably there have been questions, and concern, across the activist community on what the ramifications of this ban could mean for the Palestine solidarity movement....

Dovish Jewish Groups ‘Heartbroken’ At Prospect Of Being Banned From Israel
The Forward New 15 Mar 2017 - Israel’s new law barring supporters of boycott from entering the country, has roiled the American Jewish left many of whom fear the ban will leave critics of the Israeli government’s policies unable to enter the Jewish state.

UN experts find Israel guilty of committing 'crime of apartheid'
Middle East Eye 15 Mar 2017 - Language Undefined The UN has sought to distance itself from the report, which urges national governments to support the BDS movement

Landmark UN report backs Israel boycott
Electronic Intifada: 15 Mar 2017 - Study finds “beyond reasonable doubt” that Israel is guilty of practicing apartheid. more..

Astana talks marred by Syrian armed opposition boycott
AlJazeera 14 Mar 2017 - Days after a high-level meeting between Russia and Turkey, Syria’s armed opposition refuse to attend new round of talks.

The symbiotic relationship between Israel and BDS
Ha'aretz - 14 Mar 2017

Hotels join the list of venues canceling BDS events in Vienna
Jerusalem Post 14 Mar 2017 - “BDS has an antisemitic agenda and leads a campaign of demonization, delegitimization and double standards against Israel."

Now is not the time to be intimidated by Israel’s activist travel ban
Mondoweiss - The new law passed last week in the Israeli Knesset targets individuals active in Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaigns against Israel.  Understandably there have been questions, and concern, across the activist community on what the ramifications of this ban could mean for the Palestine solidarity movement....

Dovish Jewish Groups ‘Heartbroken’ At Prospect Of Being Banned From Israel
The Forward New 14 Mar 2017 - Israel’s new law barring supporters of boycott from entering the country, has roiled the American Jewish left many of whom fear the ban will leave critics of the Israeli government’s policies unable to enter the Jewish state.

Banning BDS supporters is incompatible with a Western-style democracy
Middle East Eye 14 Mar 2017 - The next time you hear Israel laud its democratic credentials, remember the ban on BDS supporters and take it with a pinch of salt

Israel's travel ban strikes Liberal Zionism at its core
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 3/14/2017
      Israel’s new anti-BDS law is antagonizing some of the state’s most loyal supporters, rewriting a decades-old relationship.
     Israel ramped up its fight against the global boycott movement last week, when the Knesset passed its own travel ban: a new law barring entry to any non-citizen or non–permanent resident who has publicly called for or pledged to support a boycott of Israel — or its settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
     How this new approach will play out politically — whether it will energize the BDS movement or scare off potential supporters — remains to be seen. But one thing is clear: the new law will necessarily redefine Israel’s relations with diaspora Jews.
     By re-configuring alliances based not on whether a person is Jewish but whether they are sufficiently “pro-Israel” — which to the current government means being pro-settlement, pro-occupation, and anti-Palestinian — Israel has indicated it is no longer interested in the ingathering of Jews simply because they are Jewish. What matters now is whether a person toes the government line, regardless of whether they are Jewish or not.
     One group that has been particularly rattled by the new law is American liberals, and specifically American Jewish liberals. These are men and women who strongly oppose settlements and the occupation while remaining loyal to the fading ideal of Israel as Jewish and democratic state; who have continued to promote the idea of a two-state solution with vigor even as Israel takes step after step to undermine it and even renounces it.
     They are people who condemn the BDS movement, often stridently, even as some of them advocate for a boycott only of Israel’s settlements....
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PSC Chair Hugh Lanning Deported from Israel
Palestine Solidarity Campaign 3/13/2017
      Hugh Lanning, chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, last night became the first victim of a law passed by the Knesset last week banning those advocating BDS from entering Israel.
     The law states that visas or residence permits will not be granted to anyone who individually calls for a boycott of the state of Israel, or who is part of an organisation that calls for a boycott of the state of Israel. The ban extends to those who call for a boycott of any areas under the control of Israel, including settlements in the West Bank, which are regarded as illegal under international law.
     Israel’s restriction of British citizens’ freedom to travel has the potential to see many parliamentarians, from all political parties banned from visiting Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories due to their support of banning the import of illegal settlement goods to the UK. Prominent figures such as trade union leaders, cultural figures and academics could also be banned.
     The law is part of a range of actions Israel has taken in recent months targeting human rights activists. Last week a Human Rights Watch member of staff was denied a work permit to enter Israel. Ian Levine, Deputy Executive Director of Programmes at Human Rights Watch stated “This decision and the spurious rationale should worry anyone concerned about Israel’s commitment to basic democratic values. It is disappointing that the Israeli government seems unable or unwilling to distinguish between justified criticisms of its actions and hostile political propaganda.”
     Commenting on Hugh Lanning’s deportation under the boycott law, Ben Jamal, Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said....
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Air Canada Is Complicit in Israeli War Crimes and Must be Held Accountable!
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Mar 2017 - By Marion Kawas  Did you know that Air Canada has been outsourcing maintenance work for its B787 jets to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)? And that IAI is the largest state owned defence and aerospace company in Israel? In fact, IAI is the subject of boycotts across Europe and is well-known for its drone technology and production. Corporate Watch  in the UK says that “IAI was one of the earliest developers of drone technology and launched its first surveillance drone, the IAI Scout, in 1979…” IAI writes on its website of its drones ‘unsurpassed track record of over 1,200,000 operational flight hours for over 50 users on five continents’. According to Drone Wars UK, IAI has exported their UAVs, sometimes through joint venture agreements, to various European countries as well as South America, Australia, Canada and India and the company has a growing market in Africa.” And a 2014  study  entitled...more

British BDS campaigner refused entry to Israel
Middle East Eye 13 Mar 2017 - Language Undefined Hugh Lanning, chair of London-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was denied entry on Sunday night at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Chairman Banned from Israel
IMEMC - 13 Mar 2017 - Shortly after the Israeli Knesset passed a law to bar BDS activists from entering Israel , Israeli Authorities  have banned the chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

Israel denies entry to prominent British BDS activist
AlJazeera 13 Mar 2017 - Palestine Solidarity Campaign head Hugh Lanning denied entry over his connection to the boycott movement.

Israeli rights activist: I was briefly detained by police over BDS
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2017 - Halper, who immigrated to Israel from the US in 1973, heads the left-wing Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

Israel detains one activist and deports another over alleged boycott advocacy
Mondoweiss - Two accounts have come in today about Israeli law enforcement actions against activists accused of fostering boycott. At least one is directly related to the law against visitors who support boycott that the Israeli parliament passed last week. Hugh Lanning, from Twitter The longtime Israel activist...

Vienna hotel intimidated into canceling Israeli Apartheid Week event
Electronic Intifada - BDS Austria says threats won’t stop its campaign in support for freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians.

Israel denies entry to prominent British boycott activist
Occupation Magazine 13 Mar 2017 - AP / Ynet - Ahead of anti-BDS law`s approval, Hugh Lanning of the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign was prohibited Sunday from entering Israel. The BDS movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian struggle for...

UK pro-Palestinian activist deported from Israel
BBC 13 Mar 2017 - The Palestine Solidarity Campaign chairman was barred for supporting a boycott of the Jewish state.

British BDS campaigner refused entry to Israel
Middle East Eye 13 Mar 2017 - Language Undefined Hugh Lanning, chair of London-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was denied entry on Sunday night at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv

UK pro-Palestinian activist deported from Israel
BBC 13 Mar 2017 - The Palestine Solidarity Campaign chairman was barred for supporting a boycott of the Jewish state.

‘We may no longer be permitted—nor permit ourselves—to enter Israel,’ scholars write
Mondoweiss - Yesterday we mentioned an open letter signed by scholars of Jewish studies deploring Israel’s passage of a law last week barring travel by those who support boycotts against Israel, including BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and boycotts of settlement goods. The letter is being circulated by...

Arab citizens, not Israeli leftists, pay the real price for speaking out
Roi Maor, +972 Magazine 3/12/2017
      The Israeli government may be cracking down on human rights NGOs and left-wing activists, but Palestinians citizens of Israel are the ones suffering from concrete persecution — with sometimes fatal results.
     The recently-passed law prohibiting the entry of boycott supporters into Israel is just the latest in a string of legislation and administrative measures aimed at curtailing freedoms and cracking down on dissent against the occupation. But this broad trend actually obscures two separate phenomena, with distinct dynamics and implications.
     The first one is the ongoing oppression of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Although better off than the non-citizens in the West Bank and Gaza, this minority has long suffered discrimination and mistreatment at the hands of Israeli authorities. Unfair budgeting and planning, land confiscations, surveillance and political suppression, even outright state violence, are some of the methods used to marginalize almost a fifth of the country’s population. While the level of mistreatment ebbs and flows — sometimes in response to political or cultural assertion by Palestinian citizens — its fundamental nature remains the same.
     The second phenomenon, which has developed more recently, is the targeting of mainly Jewish dissenters from civil society, academia and the arts. Ironically, this trend was pioneered from within civil society itself, by groups such as NGO Monitor, Israel Academia Monitor, and Im Tirzu, who have initiated public campaigns to demonize human rights organizations and university professors critical of the occupation. Soon enough, however, they were joined by legislators and the government. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has been tracking this issue, including several laws that passed, dozens that have been proposed, numerous administrative measures, and numerous statements by government officials.
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Israel calls on banks in Spain, South Africa, US to shut BDS accounts
Jerusalem Post 11 Mar 2017 - Take a deeper look at the connection between financial institutions and BDS groups in this Jerusalem Post exclusive.

Israel Bans Entry to Supporters of the Boycott Movement
IMEMC - 10 Mar 2017 - Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation...

BDS event triggers outrage in German city.
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2017 - "We live in a democracy and have free speech. And we are pleased about that. We won't be silenced."

BDS travel ban: Is Israel sending the wrong message?
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2017 - Vague legislation that bans BDS activists and gives too much power to government functionaries sends out the mistaken message that we have something to hide. The opposite is true.

Some Jews support BDS ‘from a place of love’ for Israel, says AJC official
Mondoweiss - On Wednesday night in Brooklyn, Congregation Mount Sinai had a panel on the “new anti-Semitism,” featuring speakers from the American Jewish Committee, the Anti Defamation League and the New York Times. The speakers from the two Jewish organizations generally equated the BDS movement against Israel with anti-Semitism....

Palestinians urge Radiohead not to entertain Israeli apartheid
Electronic Intifada - Boycott campaigners say Tel Aviv performance will help provide cover for Israel’s rights violations.

Israel boycott is part of global anti-racist struggle
Electronic Intifada - Palestinian BDS National Committee calls for “proactive solidarity” with all the victims of racist acts and rhetoric.

Debating BDS: On Normalization and Partial Boycotts
Global BDS 10 Mar 2017 - Debating BDS: On Normalization and Partial Boycotts PACBI Statement Two of the most important issues that arise in debating Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), particularly in Western countries, are (A) whether or not Palestinians should be working with Israel Cultural Boycott January 4, 2012 By: Palestinian...

First Ever Italian Student Council Approves Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
Global BDS 10 Mar 2017 - First Ever Italian Student Council Approves Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions In the News Academic Boycott The Student Council of the University of Turin approved by wide majority (76%) a motion supporting the academic boycott of Israel.  March 10, 2017 By: Stop Technion Italia

FIFA Slammed by Human Rights Defenders for Failure to Expel Israeli Football Clubs Based in Illegal Settlements
Global BDS 9 Mar 2017 - FIFA Slammed by Human Rights Defenders for Failure to Expel Israeli Football Clubs Based in Illegal Settlements PACBI Statement Cultural Boycott Palestinians call for the dissolution of the FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine, used as cover for FIFA to prevent action on Israeli settlements.  March 9, 2017 By:...

Palestinians urge Radiohead not to entertain Israeli apartheid
Electronic Intifada: 10 Mar 2017 - Boycott campaigners say Tel Aviv performance will help provide cover for Israel’s rights violations. more..

Israel boycott is part of global anti-racist struggle
Electronic Intifada: 9 Mar 2017 - Palestinian BDS National Committee calls for “proactive solidarity” with all the victims of racist acts and rhetoric. more..

Bibi Blocks BDS Backers At Israel’s Borders
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Mar 2017 - By James M. Wall On Monday, March 6, the Israeli Knesset passed a travel ban which strongly resembles a U.S. travel ban scheduled to go into effect the middle of next week. The U.S. ban is a second effort by the Trump White House to ban travelers entering the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim nations, a white nationalist action which strongly resembles Israel’s travel ban against supporters of boycotts against Israel, Israeli settlements or Israeli institutions. As Palestinians and Palestine supporters who have traveled to Palestine can testify, the new law will codify what unofficially has been operational for decades. This new Israeli ban blocks travelers identified as supporters of BDS. Specifically, the law states: “No entry or residency permit of any kind will be given to a person who is not a citizen of Israel or a permanent resident, if the person, the organization or body that he is active on behalf of, has called for...more

Who had the Impudence to Change our Values Regarding Free Speech?
Dissident Voice: 9 Mar 2017 - A fake anti-semitism campaign masterminded by the usual Zio suspects, their Israel lobby colleagues and their stooges in the corridors of power, continues to sweep across UK universities… and our political parties, especially shambolic and rudderless Labour. The University of Central Lancashire cancelled an event due to be held last month entitled “Debunking Misconceptions on Palestine and the Importance of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions” organised by the University’s Friends of Palestine Society. The University said it would contravene the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s new definition of what constitutes anti-semitism and would therefore be unlawful. The event went ahead, off campus, at the premises of a local voluntary organisation. Exeter University banned students from staging a re-enactment called Mock Checkpoint, in which some dressed up as Israeli occupation soldiers while others acted the part of Palestinians trying to go about their daily lives. The event was approved by the students’ guild...more

BDS Movement: ‘Racism and racial discrimination is the antithesis of freedom, justice and equality’
Mondoweiss - Statement of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) reiterating the BDS Movement’s Position against All Forms of Racism and Racial Discrimination Occupied Palestine, March 2017 The global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people is an inclusive, nonviolent...

FIFA Slammed by Human Rights Defenders for Failure to Expel Israeli Football Clubs Based in Illegal Settlements
Global BDS 9 Mar 2017 - FIFA Slammed by Human Rights Defenders for Failure to Expel Israeli Football Clubs Based in Illegal Settlements PACBI Statement Cultural Boycott Palestinians call for the dissolution of the FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine, used at cover for FIFA to prevent action on Israeli settlements.  March 9, 2017 By:...

American Critics Of Israel Anguished By Ban On Boycott Backers
The Forward New 8 Mar 2017 - American Jews who love Israel and see boycott as a tool to change the country for the better are anguished over a new Israeli law that could ban them from visiting the country they cherish.

“Racism and Racial Discrimination are the Antithesis of Freedom, Justice & Equality”
Global BDS 7 Mar 2017 - “Racism and Racial Discrimination are the Antithesis of Freedom, Justice & Equality” BNC Statement Right To Boycott Statement of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) reiterating the BDS Movement’s Position against All Forms of Racism and Racial Discrimination March 7, 2017 By: Palestinian BDS National Committee...

BDS Ban Passes, Foreign Boycott Supporters Forbidden from Entering Israel
IMEMC - 8 Mar 2017 - The Israeli parliament of the Knesset passed an amendment into law, Monday evening, which forbids entry into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory by foreigners calling for a boycott of Israel, Israeli media reported. According to...

Swiss legislature passes bill to stop funding for boycotts of Israel
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2017 - Upper chamber will decide on anti-BDS measure in May.

Spain’s ruling party rejects the BDS campaign
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2017 - The Partido Popular approved amendments that reject the BDS movements, the pro-Israel Spanish group ACOM has reported.

Lebanese authorities field efforts to convince Ain al-Hilweh factions to back security force
Daily Star 8 Mar 2017 Lebanese officials exerted efforts Wednesday to convince Islamic factions in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh to not boycott a new security force to be deployed in the camp.

If Israel is unwilling to differentiate itself from the settlements, then boycotters shouldn’t either
Mondoweiss - Israel’s passing of a law that bars entry to foreigners involved in boycotting Israel (including its settlements) was condemned by a wide spectrum of Jewish organizations, including J Street, Americans for Peace Now , the American Jewish Committee , Jewish Voice for Peace , and others. The bill alienates...

BDS Movement: ‘Racism and racial discrimination is the antithesis of freedom, justice and equality’
Mondoweiss - Statement of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) reiterating the BDS Movement’s Position against All Forms of Racism and Racial Discrimination Occupied Palestine, March 2017 The global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people is an inclusive, nonviolent...

Human rights lawyer: Israel’s new anti-BDS travel ban violates international law
Mondoweiss - The Israeli Knesset on Monday passed a controversial new law aimed at barring any Boycott Divestment and Sanctions activists from entering the country, sparking outrage among pro-Palestinian groups and human rights activists. Michael Sfard, an Israeli lawyer and political activist specializing in international human rights law...

Lobby group laments Israel travel ban as "victory" for BDS
Electronic Intifada - Measure to bar entry to supporters of boycott may hit Palestinians hardest.

‘BDS is a terrorist movement’ – exposing David Collier
Mondoweiss - British blogger David Collier recently boasted in an op-ed posted on the religious-nationalist outlet Israel National News: “I have just concluded an in-depth investigation into anti-Semitism inside the [UK, ed.] Palestine Solidarity Campaign that has spanned months but drew on several years of underlying research.” Sounds quite...

EXPLAINED: Why Did Israel Impose An Anti-BDS Travel Ban?
The Forward New 7 Mar 2017 - Israeli lawmakers took a cue from the White House Monday night and passed a travel ban. This one will target advocates of boycotts against Israel, Israeli settlements, or Israeli institutions.

Palestinians urge Richard Gere to cancel appearance at Jerusalem movie premiere
Global BDS 7 Mar 2017 - Palestinians urge Richard Gere to cancel appearance at Jerusalem movie premiere PACBI Statement Cultural Boycott "We call on creative writers and artists to support our Palestinian and Israeli colleagues by endors March 6, 2017 By: The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel...

“Racism and Racial Discrimination are the Antithesis of Freedom, Justice & Equality”
Global BDS 7 Mar 2017 - “Racism and Racial Discrimination are the Antithesis of Freedom, Justice & Equality” BNC Statement Right To Boycott Statement of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) reiterating the BDS Movement’s Position against All Forms of Racism and Racial Discrimination March 7, 2017 By: Palestinian BDS National Committee...

Lobby group laments Israel travel ban as "victory" for BDS
Electronic Intifada: 7 Mar 2017 - Measure to bar entry to supporters of boycott may hit Palestinians hardest. more..

Knesset Passes ‘BDS Ban’ Preventing Foreign Boycott Supporters from Entering Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Mar 2017 - Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed an amendment into law on Monday evening forbidding entry into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to foreigners calling for a boycott of Israel, Israeli media reported. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the amendment, which passed its final readings with 46 MKs voting in favor and 28 against, bans entry to any foreign individual who “knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel that, given the content of the call and the circumstances in which it was issued, has a reasonable possibility of leading to the imposition of a boycott.” “In the last few years the calls to boycott Israel have been growing,” Ynet quoted the amendment proposal as saying. “It appears that this is a new front in the war against Israel for which the state was so far reluctant to prepare. This amendment aims to prevent people or representatives of companies, associations or...more

Israel OK's bill banning foreign boycott activists
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‘Israel Apartheid Week’ begins today in France
Jerusalem Post 5 Mar 2017 - Israeli ambassador calls on mayors to reject BDS conferences in their cities.

Italian university student council adopts BDS motion against Technion
Jerusalem Post 5 Mar 2017 - As part of the decision, the council called on the university to cease all academic collaborations and ties with the Haifa-based Technion.

Radiohead: Do not lend your voice and art to oppression
Global BDS 5 Mar 2017 - Radiohead: Do not lend your voice and art to oppression PACBI Statement Cultural Boycott Palestinians urge Radiohead to cancel their 19 July concert in Israel and respect the cultural boycott picket line. Please sign petition:  https://actionsprout.io/ AFAD07 March 5, 2017 By: Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and...

BDS Austria barred from holding event at Vienna cultural institution
Jerusalem Post 4 Mar 2017 - Anti-Israel group disrupted talk by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked last month.

Texas, Spanish banks slammed over Israel-boycott accounts
Jerusalem Post 4 Mar 2017 - BDS group president tried to hide PayPal account from ‘Post’

Rabbi Sacks endorses religious crimes in video against BDS
Mondoweiss - Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, has written some sensible things in the past, particularly about the dangers of religious exclusivism and about the roots of sectarian violence in what he calls  the fallacy of “altruistic evil.” That makes his recent descent into...

Poll: 80 Percent of Canadians Back Israel Boycott
IMEMC - 3 Mar 2017 - New findings highlight failure of Canadian government and Israel lobby groups to demonize Palestine solidarity movement.

Justin Trudeau’s choice
Mondoweiss - Recent opinion polling shows that Canadians support sanctions against Israel for its violations of international law; but the Liberal Party government of Justin Trudeau is nonetheless supporting Conservative resolutions aimed at condemning supporters of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).

Rabbi Sacks endorses religious crimes in video against BDS
Mondoweiss - Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, has written some sensible things in the past, particularly about the dangers of religious exclusivism and about the roots of sectarian violence in what he calls  the fallacy of “altruistic evil.” That makes his recent descent into...

Wave of bomb threats renews charge that anti-Semitism is fueled by BDS
Mondoweiss - Every Jewish group in the United States is rattled for one reason: Since Donald Trump’s election, 90 bomb threats have been called in to 73 Jewish Community Centers and schools throughout the country (and once in Canada). Many Jewish groups connect the wave of anti-Semitic threats...

Sports and the Palestinian BDS struggle: Palestine v. Israel at FIFA
Mondoweiss - This article appeared first on Palestine Square , the blog of the Institute for Palestine Studies, a second of three articles derived from Bloomfield’s Master’s thesis at the New School in New York City. Read Part 1 here . In December 2016, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)...

Banning entry is not the way to fight anti-Israel groups
YNet News, 1 Mar 2017 - Op-ed: Barring representatives of organizations with a clear anti-Israel agenda from the country only generates more hostile headlines and articles. The most logical move would be to prevent funding originating in bodies that support the BDS movement or deny Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. ....

Sports and the Palestinian BDS struggle: Palestine v. Israel at FIFA
Mondoweiss - This article appeared first on Palestine Square , the blog of the Institute for Palestine Studies, a second of three articles derived from Bloomfield’s Master’s thesis at the New School in New York City. Read Part 1 here . In December 2016, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)...

Aren’t protests about ‘anti-Semitism’ occasionally manifestations of white privilege?
Farid Esack, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/28/2017
      Human rights activists and academics such as myself are increasingly being accused of anti-Semitism when we speak in support of the Palestinian struggle and the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Last year, organisers of my BDS speaking tour at French universities came under immense pressure to cancel events; the pro-Israel lobbyists failed. Moreover, for the past few weeks, I have faced a relentless onslaught in the German media without any right to reply. The accusations include the really galling claim that BDS South Africa, an organisation on whose Board I serve, has called for the killing of Jews.
     Locally, in an unprecedented attack by the Israeli ambassador and Embassy of Israel in South Africa, the governing ANC was accused of anti-Semitism for its support of the Palestinian people and discouraging of visits to Israel.
     These accusations, some which are part of a multi-million dollar Israeli government-funded “hasbara” (propaganda) operation, are orchestrated to narrow the parameters of what is possible and even permissible to say in support of the Palestinians in their struggle for justice. The logic of this effort is quite simple; to make support for the Palestinians so controversial that it is silenced.
     I do not for a moment believe that those pro-Israel lobbyists who make such deceitful claims of anti-Semitism actually take them seriously. Instead, this lobby recognises the usefulness of this tool as a means to quash dissenting voices. Unfortunately, like the infamous Nazi murderer and propagandist Joseph Goebbels, they believe that if you tell a lie loud enough and long enough, people will begin to believe it.
     For example, neither I nor anyone on the staff or board of BDS SA has ever made any statement that could, even remotely, reasonably be interpreted as anti-Semitism....
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Palestinian prisoners urged to boycott Israeli courts
AlJazeera 28 Feb 2017 - A collective boycott of Israeli military court system is welcomed by prisoner rights groups.

Palestinian prisoners urged to boycott Israeli courts
Occupation Magazine 27 Feb 2017 - Nigel Wilson - Al Jazeera - "We need to stop being a part in these dirty games, to send a lawyer and to be part of this game. It creates misunderstandings with journalists and the international community that Israel is ruling by laws. It`s not the...

Why Hollywood has abandoned Brand Israel
Global BDS 27 Feb 2017 - Why Hollywood has abandoned Brand Israel Analysis Cultural Boycott Oscar nominees' refusal to be paid props for Brand Israel could reflect a desire to avoid a very polarised discussion. February 26, 2017 By: Catherine Rottenberg

Crime and punishment: Israel must face sanctions
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Palestine Monitor 2/27/2017
      While in Dostoyevsky’s famous novel, the criminal returns to the crime scene, the recent law of banditry and new settlement crimes passed by the Israeli Knesset has the criminal repeating his crime without realising he is thus uncovering his original crime committed in 1948, which he has deceived the world about for years when he robbed the Palestinians of their land after expelling most of them, destroying 400 Palestinian villages and intentionally Judaicising their towns such as Safad, Haifa and Akka. Since the creation of “Israel” in 1948, we have not seen such arrogance and audacity as that of Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett, Lieberman and Shaked, who recently claimed the West Bank is part of Israel and there is no place for a Palestinian state. Also, that they will annex the majority of the territories of the West Bank. “The new law of theft” as described by Benny Begin, son of Menachem Begin, who could never be accused of being biased to the Palestinians, not only aims to legitimise annexing private Palestinian land to build illegal and illegitimate settlements, but goes even further. Namely, annexing West Bank territories without their population and eliminating the possibility of creating an independent Palestinian state. Overall, it definitively qualifies “Israel” as an apartheid and racist state, far more racist than the apartheid regime in South Africa. Israel would not have dared commit this new crime if it wasn’t for the silence about its blatant crimes, Arab preoccupation with their own calamities, inter-Palestinian divisions, and the world’s hypocrisy about a “two-state” solution without the courage to impose sanctions on Israel. But enough is enough. It is time to exact punishment for the crime. There is no room for complacency or inaction or neglect.
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Call from Gaza: Get Involved in Israeli Apartheid Week This Year (VIDEO)
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Feb 2017 - By PSCABI – Besieged Gaza, Occupied, Palestine We are writing to you, students of the world, as students from the besieged Gaza Strip whose entire educational system has been crippled as a result of Israel’s ten-year long and ongoing blockade. We call on you to get involved in Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) this year and grow the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on your campuses. We gain hope from ongoing campaigning for justice in Palestine on UK campuses such as the magnificent BDS victory and show of support from the University of Manchester students union and the Divest for Palestine campaign calling on universities to divest from companies complicit in crimes against the Palestinian people. We are dismayed by the recent actions of the University of Central Lancashire, capitulating to pressure to cancel IAW, a direct move to shut down and dehumanise Palestinian voices and narratives. But, even with...more

Campus wars
Mondoweiss - Activists for Palestinian rights have long known that our universities are overwhelmingly-hostile environments where freedom of speech about, and critical inquiry into, Israel’s oppressive policies are heavily censored.   The mainstreaming of BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and the growing support this grassroots movement is gaining...

‘If we resist: more sanctions. If the settlers kill us: more sanctions.’
Occupation Magazine 27 Feb 2017 - Ahmad Jaradat - AIC - After the massacre, Palestinians in Hebron anticipated the evacuation of nearby settlers or at least for restrictions to be imposed on them. Instead, Israeli authorities instituted restrictions on Palestinian locals, including eventually prohibiting Palestinian foot traffic on Shuhada Street. [bz]

Why Hollywood has abandoned Brand Israel
Global BDS 27 Feb 2017 - Why Hollywood has abandoned Brand Israel Analysis Cultural Boycott Oscar nominees' refusal to be paid props for Brand Israel could reflect a desire to avoid a very polarised discussion. February 26, 2017 By: Catherine Rottenberg

White Helmets film and Iran's 'The Salesman' win Oscars
Middle East Eye 27 Feb 2017 - Language Undefined White Helmet members are blocked from Oscars by Trump's travel ban, while 'The Salesman' director Farhadi chooses to boycott

Part premiere, part Trump protest, Londoners screen Iran Oscar movie
Middle East Eye 26 Feb 2017 - Language Undefined Iranian director Farhadi, who is boycotting Oscars over Trump's travel ban, sent video message to those watching his movie

Palestinians urge boycott of Israeli military courts after freed prisoner rearrested
Middle East Eye 26 Feb 2017 - Language Undefined Freed Palestinian Barghouthi rearrested; military court reinstates original sentence of life plus 18 years

Spurred by small town neo-Nazi row, Montana moves to crack down on Israel boycotts
Ha'aretz - 25 Feb 2017

'Impact of BDS is worse than most people realize'
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2017 - Richard D. Heideman, one of the foremost legal experts on fighting the BDS movement, seeks to repair the tarnished name of Zionism.

Campus wars
Mondoweiss - Activists for Palestinian rights have long known that our universities are overwhelmingly-hostile environments where freedom of speech about, and critical inquiry into, Israel’s oppressive policies are heavily censored.   The mainstreaming of BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and the growing support this grassroots movement is gaining...

After appeal by leading writers, major US literary festival will proceed without Israeli government sponsorship
Global BDS 24 Feb 2017 - After appeal by leading writers, major US literary festival will proceed without Israeli government sponsorship In the News Cultural Boycott February 24, 2017 By: Adalah-NY

After appeal by leading writers, major US literary festival will proceed without Israeli government sponsorship
Global BDS 24 Feb 2017 - After appeal by leading writers, major US literary festival will proceed without Israeli government sponsorship In the News Cultural Boycott February 24, 2017 By: Adalah-NY

PEN America drops Israel sponsorship
Electronic Intifada - Activists welcome decision as victory for Palestinian-led BDS movement.

How the Israel lobby is using Owen Jones
Electronic Intifada - Anti-Palestinian groups want to co-opt “soft critics” of Israel in new effort to isolate the BDS movement.

Will Hamas boycott upcoming local elections?
Al-Monitor 23 Feb 2017 - On Feb. 15, Hamas submitted to the Central Election Commission its three conditions for participating in Palestinian local elections rescheduled for May 13.

What if a two-state solution could be achieved tomorrow?
YNet News, 22 Feb 2017 - Op-ed: Any signed peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would prove inadequate for the global movements such as BDS, terror organizations and the masses across the globe bent on bringing about Israel's total eradication as the nation state of the Jewish people. ....

Latin American research center drops G4S
Electronic Intifada - BDS activists celebrate first major victory in Ecuador.

How the Israel lobby is using Owen Jones
Electronic Intifada - Anti-Palestinian groups want to co-opt “soft critics” of Israel in new effort to isolate the BDS movement.

Want to end Israel's military regime? Stop calling it an 'occupation'
Yariv Mohar, +972 Magazine 2/22/2017
      Israel’s control over the West Bank has long ago morphed into a regime based on ethnic discrimination and segregation. Let’s start calling it like it is.
     Recently we have been seeing the resurgence of a right-wing discourse that opposes both the annexationist far-right and the left. Instead of supporting far-reaching solutions, these rightists believe that the status quo in the West Bank is preferable and must be kept up for as long as possible. In any case, say the supporters of the status quo, we have not faced any significant international pressure against Israel; thus we can continue with business as usual for quite a while, until conditions become more favorable to us. Unfortunately, they are probably right — at least for now.
     Many are not aware of this, but contrary to popular belief, the occupation is actually not illegitimate according to international law. According to the law, the occupation must be ended at some point, and as long as it exists, it must adhere to certain rules and limitations. It’s not for nothing that international law defines how the occupying power must act — since in principle, military occupation is legitimate, even if undesirable. Thus the attempt to present the situation in the West Bank as “disputed territories held temporarily under military control until their status is determined” serves the Israeli narrative. It certainly accords with international law, which guides the behavior of most governments and international institutions.
     On the other hand, a regime of discrimination that distinguishes between populations based on their ethnicity or nationality is not legitimate according to international law. There are precedents of harsh sanctions against regime of this type, like in the case of Apartheid in South Africa. This is why a regime of discrimination will likely face significant international pressure.
     Who is considered human?....
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BDS activists score a first victory in Ecuador
Mondoweiss - A Quito-based research institute — the International Center for Advanced Studies in Communications for Latin America ( CIESPAL ) — decided against renewing its contract with the British security company G4S after meeting with BDS activists who informed it about G4S’s complicity with Israeli violations of Palestinian human...

The horrific one-state vision
YNet News, 20 Feb 2017 - Op-ed: The Israeli Right is insisting on portraying Israel as a rejectionist, fueling the BDS industry of lies and enacting laws with zero benefit and endless damage. ....

Marc Lamont Hill: Why I Applaud The NFL Players Who Spoke Out Against Israel
Global BDS 19 Feb 2017 - Marc Lamont Hill: Why I Applaud The NFL Players Who Spoke Out Against Israel In the News Cultural Boycott It is more important than ever that we stand in solidarity with communities fighting oppression. February 17, 2017 By: Marc Lamont Hill

Performers are flooding Israel: A sign of the cultural boycott's failure?
Ha'aretz - 19 Feb 2017

Marc Lamont Hill: Why I Applaud The NFL Players Who Spoke Out Against Israel
Global BDS 19 Feb 2017 - Marc Lamont Hill: Why I Applaud The NFL Players Who Spoke Out Against Israel In the News Cultural Boycott It is more important than ever that we stand in solidarity with communities fighting oppression. February 17, 2017 By: Marc Lamont Hill

German party condemns BDS, compares movement to pre-WWII antisemitism
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2017 - CDU, the opposition party in Hamburg, denounced the BDS movement as antisemitic and called for the senate to act against it, responding to the appointment of pro-BDS professor to the university.

More than half of NFL players booked for Israel PR trip withdraw
Global BDS 16 Feb 2017 - More than half of NFL players booked for Israel PR trip withdraw In the News Cultural Boycott Six players scheduled to visit Israel withdraw from week-long trip and Michael Bennett accused Israeli government of using him for PR purposes. February 15, 2017 By: The Guardian

Boycotting Ivanka and Israel is equally indefensible
Ha'aretz - 14 Feb 2017

Anti-Israel BDS motions stopped at UK/Northern Ireland universities
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2017 - he City University pro- BDS motion was blocked because of an apparent violation of anti-discrimination laws.

Sports and the Palestinian BDS struggle
Mondoweiss - Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, the myth that sports and politics do not mix endures. There is a long history of repressive regimes using sports as a vehicle for normalization, just as there is a parallel history of activists and subaltern actors using sports as...

Palestinians thank Natalie Imbruglia for refusing to entertain Israeli apartheid
Global BDS 14 Feb 2017 - Palestinians thank Natalie Imbruglia for refusing to entertain Israeli apartheid PACBI Statement Cultural Boycott Palestinian artists, cultural organizations and human rights supporters welcome the Australian-British singer Natalie Imbruglia’s cancellation of her March performance in Tel Aviv. February 14, 2017 By: PACBI

Trump Promises ‘Great Peace Deal’, Netanyahu Seeks Unconditional US Support
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Feb 2017 - US President Donald Trump called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make compromises in order to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, including holding off on the construction of new settlements. “The United States will encourage a peace and really a great peace deal” between Israel and the Palestinians, but they have to negotiate it themselves, Trump said. “Both sides will have to make compromises.” “I want the Israeli people to know that the US stands with Israel in the struggle against terrorism.” Two-state Solution Only Way Forward for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Says UN Chief https://t.co/plsy67T5zO — Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) February 15, 2017 “Israel has no better ally than the US,” Netanyahu said, “and the US has no better ally than Israel.” The Israeli PM praised Trump’s commitment to resist “slander and boycotts” of his country in international bodies. Both Israel and the US are under attack “by one malevolent...more

Amid Oscars boycott, Iranian film set for major London screening
Middle East Eye 14 Feb 2017 - Language Undefined Award-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi will not attend Academy Award ceremony due to the Muslim ban

Palestine activists in Spain could face prison over Matisyahu boycott call
Electronic Intifada - Criminal complaint appears to be latest attack on solidarity movement by Israel’s surrogates.

Israeli govt and its supporters admit the fight to defeat BDS has failed
Mondoweiss - Your enemy’s grudging admission of failure is almost as sweet as your own success. Finally, after lying to their teeth that they have “ defeated ” or “buried” the BDS movement, Israel’s far-right government and its lobby groups in the west are now admitting that they...

How Iran may have just won a second Oscar
Al-Monitor 13 Feb 2017 - Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi’s boycott of the upcoming Academy Awards may conversely help him fetch a second Oscar.

Palestine activists in Spain could face prison over Matisyahu boycott call
Electronic Intifada: 13 Feb 2017 - Criminal complaint appears to be latest attack on solidarity movement by Israel’s surrogates. more..

NFL Players Skip Trip to Israel to Be ‘Voice for the Voiceless’
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Feb 2017 - Several U.S. football players are boycotting an NFL trip to Israel paid for by the Israeli government in a major setback to Israeli efforts to whitewash the country’s occupation of Palestinian lands and continuing illegal settlement expansion. The Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett is one of the major stars boycotting the trip, posting a statement on his Twitter profile explaining that when he agreed to the trip he was not informed “that my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government for the purposes of making me, in the words of a government official, an ‘influencer and opinion-former’ who would then be “an ambassador of good will.’” He said he was excited to visit the land as a whole including the West Bank and Gaza. “I will not be used in such a manner. When I do go to Israel — and I do plan to go — it will be...more

Spanish Courts to try BDS leaders of Matisyahu boycott
Jerusalem Post 12 Feb 2017 - Matisyahu was asked to publicly denounce Israel and declare his support for a Palestinian state.

Shanghai designer readily embraces Trump daughter
Arab News - Author: AFP Sun, 2017-02-12 ID: 1486892145834495700 NEW YORK: To boycott or not to boycott First Lady Melania Trump because of her husband’s politics has been hotly debated in US fashion circles, but for one Chinese designer, at least one member of the first family is a...

Anish Kapoor has gifted a PR victory to Israel
Global BDS 12 Feb 2017 - Anish Kapoor has gifted a PR victory to Israel In the News Cultural Boycott ‘For as long as artists like Kapoor continue to accept these obscenely large gifts, they gift Israel the social licence to pursue its ongoing dispossession of Palestinians' February 7, 2017 By: Miranda...

 Open Letter to NFL Players Traveling to Israel on a Trip Organized by Netanyahu’s Government
Global BDS 10 Feb 2017 -  Open Letter to NFL Players Traveling to Israel on a Trip Organized by Netanyahu’s Government In the News Cultural Boycott Palestinians have for decades been fighting policies similar to the ones people are protesting in cities across the United States. February 10, 2017 By: Dave...

Academic boycott against US gains traction – what about BDS?
Mondoweiss - “You might as well boycott the United States,” professor Noam Chomsky flippantly told Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan a year ago in an interview where he said he did not back the cultural and academic boycott of Israel. Chomsky held reservations over “actions against Israel itself,” but...

Pro-peace American Jews must impose sanctions on the Israeli government
Ha'aretz - 9 Feb 2017

Marco Rubio introduces Senate bill attacking BDS movement
Electronic Intifada - Wave of anti-BDS laws “violate the First Amendment,” lawyer says.

Activists fight new anti-BDS legislation across US
Electronic Intifada - Legislation in Virginia and Washington aims to punish human rights activists for engaging in boycott activities.

How Trump’s Israel Envoy Is Already Boosting Bibi’s Settlement Push
The Forward New 9 Feb 2017 - Israel has sanctioned thousands of settlement housing units since U.S. president Donald Trump’s inauguration †and Trump’s pick for Israel envoy David Friedman is poised to help build some of them.

Marketing blitz fails to stop slide in tourism to Israel
Global BDS 8 Feb 2017 - Marketing blitz fails to stop slide in tourism to Israel In the News Tourism to Israel fell again in 2016, continuing a  negative trend  that began with the  January 27, 2017 By: Ali Abunimah

Europe’s Largest Pension Funds Heavily Invested in Illegal Israeli Settlements
Global BDS 8 Feb 2017 - Europe’s Largest Pension Funds Heavily Invested in Illegal Israeli Settlements In the News Economic Boycott Europe’s five largest pension funds have €7.5 billion invested in companies with business activities in and around illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This is at odds with United Nations...

Penal populism and the BDS movement after Security Council Res. 2334
Global BDS 8 Feb 2017 - Penal populism and the BDS movement after Security Council Res. 2334 In the News Right To Boycott The article is not only about the right to BDS. It also discusses how international human rights law has, in general, been rendered meaningless and even oppressive. It uses the example...

The Israel lobby: All bark but little bite
Global BDS 8 Feb 2017 - The Israel lobby: All bark but little bite In the News Right To Boycott Al Jazeera's investigation The Lobby shows how weak Israeli propaganda actually is in the face of the BDS movement. February 2, 2017 By: Hamid Dabashi

Academic boycott against US gains traction – what about BDS?
Mondoweiss - “You might as well boycott the United States,” professor Noam Chomsky flippantly told Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan a year ago in an interview where he said he did not back the cultural and academic boycott of Israel. Chomsky held reservations over “actions against Israel itself,” but...

Palestinians call for boycott of Hyundai
Electronic Intifada - South Korean firm has ignored evidence of Israel’s use of its equipment for ethnic cleansing.

How a London theater became a BDS battleground
Electronic Intifada - Documents reveal how Israel and its supporters acted to thwart cultural boycott during 2014 Gaza attack.

Boycott Hyundai to end its complicity in Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinian communities in Jerusalem and the Naqab
Global BDS 7 Feb 2017 - Boycott Hyundai to end its complicity in Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinian communities in Jerusalem and the Naqab Update Economic Boycott Haifa, 7 February 2017 -- The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Committee of Palestinian Citizens of Israel (BDS48) calls upon our Palestinian people in the homeland...

Palestinians call for boycott of Hyundai
Electronic Intifada: 7 Feb 2017 - South Korean firm has ignored evidence of Israel’s use of its equipment for ethnic cleansing. more..

Palestinians demand action over Israeli land-grab law
Middle East Eye 7 Feb 2017 - Language Undefined Officials say aim of law enabling Israel to expropriate Palestinian property is annexation of most of West Bank, and call for international sanctions

'An assassination': Palestinians call for action over Israeli land-grab law
Middle East Eye 7 Feb 2017 - Language Undefined Officials say aim of law enabling Israel to expropriate Palestinian property is annexation of most of West Bank, and call for international sanctions

BDS is the French exception to international boycotts
Hassina Mechai, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/6/2017
      French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said on 24 January, “Boycotting Israel has been condemned by France and there’s no reason why we should discuss the matter again.” By sheer coincidence, on the same day, the head of the French Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement appeared in a court in Metz because an Israeli pharmaceutical company, TEVA, blamed BDS for encouraging French pharmacists not sell their generic medicines.
     Why is France the only country in Europe — perhaps in the world — apart from Israel, to sue BDS activists? The BDS campaign is worldwide and takes different forms, all of which are non-violent.
     Like Israel, France has started to criminalise BDS activities, even though there is a long history of international boycotts; against nuclear tests, for example, or the US invasion of Iraq, and the government in Paris never targeted those calling for such boycotts. Even in France, some calls for boycotts were well-supported; the anti-Apartheid movement against South Africa, for example, and against the military junta in Myanmar when it was in power. So why is France taking this stand against the anti-Israel BDS movement?
     According to historian and Middle East expert Dominique Vidal, this can be explained by the size of the Jewish community in France, the largest outside Israel and the US, as well as its large North African community. “Israel-Palestine is thus a sensitive topic,” said Vidal. Indeed, the French government is determined to prevent the conflict from being imported into France. During Israel’s military offensive against Gaza in 2014, this was one of the arguments used to ban any demonstration in Paris in support of the Palestinians. It was, however, swept aside by BDS activist and former co-president of the French Jewish Union for Peace Jean-Guy Grielsamer: “What fuels anti-Semitism is banning BDS,” he countered. “It also assumes that all Jewish people are supporting Israel.” The number of French Jewish activists involved in the BDS movement “is not insignificant,” he added.
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‘Giant’ Victory for BDS Malaysia
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Feb 2017 - By Marjorie Drake Abdullah On the 25 th of January 2017, BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Malaysia reported that items of clothing with the barcode assigned to Israeli companies (which starts with the numbers 729) were found to be on sale in Giant Supermarket’s U-Mall branch in Pulai Utama, Johor. The bar-code indicated that the company selling the clothing is from Israel; the item in question (men’s trousers), was being sold under the brand-name Shay Shaul , is made in China; however, the company address is located in Haifa. Malaysia and Israel do not have diplomatic ties. In fact, Malaysia imposed a trade ban with Israel in 1974. Despite the ban, trade between the two countries has been on the rise; though usually conducted through intermediate countries such as Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and various countries in Europe. In 2010, a report by the European Commission indicated that Malaysia ranked...more

Artists urge Fatboy Slim to cancel performance in Tel Aviv
Global BDS 6 Feb 2017 - Artists urge Fatboy Slim to cancel performance in Tel Aviv In the News Cultural Boycott UK Artists urge DJ Fatboy Slim to cancel his upcoming performance in Tel Aviv. February 6, 2017 By: Artists for Palestine

Brooklyn protest to call for boycott of Israeli dance company
Global BDS 5 Feb 2017 - Brooklyn protest to call for boycott of Israeli dance company In the News Cultural Boycott On Saturday, February 4, New Yorkers will protest Batsheva Dance Company’s evening performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) due to their role as a cultural ambassador for the Israel February 1,...

Amid Protests, Netanyahu Seeks UK Support for New Sanctions on Iran (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Feb 2017 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to support new sanctions on Iran after it tested a ballistic missile. Netanyahu, who arrived in London this morning, met May in Downing Street today to discuss both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran. Protest the visit of criminal #Netanyahu ! Come down to downing st. Here till 1.30pm pic.twitter.com/MVqLnNjBOj — Friends of Al Aqsa (@FriendsofAlAqsa) February 6, 2017 “We face challenges, that’s very clear, from militant Islam and especially from Iran,” he said. ‘Iran seeks to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, it threatens the West, it threatens the world. And it offers provocation after provocation,’ Netanyahu said. Important protest now with @PSCupdates outside No.10. Netanyahu not welcome. Free Palestine. pic.twitter.com/NRA7drw0E6 — Clare Coyne (@ClareCoyn) February 6, 2017 “That’s why I welcome [US] President Trump’s assistance of new sanctions against Iran, I think other...more

Brooklyn protest to call for boycott of Israeli dance company
Global BDS 5 Feb 2017 - Brooklyn protest to call for boycott of Israeli dance company In the News Cultural Boycott On Saturday, February 4, New Yorkers will protest Batsheva Dance Company’s evening performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) due to their role as a cultural ambassador for the Israel February 1,...

JPost Editorial: Our fair lady
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2017 - Many British Jews feel threatened by BDS, because it represents another front in the war of extermination against Israel.

G4S turned to UK government after Israeli threats
Occupation Magazine 2 Feb 2017 - Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "The multinational security and incarceration firm G4S wrote to the UK government after an Israeli minister threatened it for yielding to pressure from the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according to emails obtained by the Financial Times under a...

G4S turned to UK government after Israeli threats
Occupation Magazine 2 Feb 2017 - Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada "The multinational security and incarceration firm G4S wrote to the UK government after an Israeli minister threatened it for yielding to pressure from the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according to emails obtained by the Financial Times under a...

Tell the FIFA president to show Israel the red card
Global BDS 2 Feb 2017 - Tell the FIFA president to show Israel the red card Action Alert FIFA e-action February 2, 2017

Jordan arrests organiser of phone boycott campaign
Middle East Eye 2 Feb 2017 - Language Undefined Eggs, potatoes, and now telecom companies – Jordan’s boycott movement against overpriced goods is gaining steam

Inside the ‘secret’ public-private partnership Israel is using to fight BDS
Mondoweiss - When journalist Marcus Dysch reported on an April 2014 gathering at London’s Hilton Metropole hotel, involving the leaders of pro-Israel organizations from 25 different countries, he called it a “secret” conference . Evidently not a very well-kept secret. Yet given that the “Global Coalition for Israel” (GC4I) initiative...

Tell the FIFA president to show Israel the red card
Global BDS 2 Feb 2017 - Tell the FIFA president to show Israel the red card Action Alert FIFA e-action February 2, 2017

Hundreds of Belgian artists and academics urge government to end participation in EU project cooperating with Israeli National Police
Global BDS 1 Feb 2017 - Hundreds of Belgian artists and academics urge government to end participation in EU project cooperating with Israeli National Police Update Sanctions and governments In Belgium, 482 professors and researchers, and more than 190 artists, have written an open letter calling on their authorities to withdraw from...

Why I, as a Proud Israeli, Want the World to Boycott Us
Occupation Magazine 31 Jan 2017 - Ilana Hammerman - Haaretz -As an Israeli citizen and a woman engaged in public life, I declare that the state does not respect my basic right to live according to my conscience. The Judaism it is forcing upon me is not my Judaism. Furthermore, the nationalist...

Jordan arrests organiser of phone boycott campaign
Middle East Eye 2 Feb 2017 - Language Undefined Eggs, potatoes, and now telecom companies – Jordan’s boycott movement against overpriced goods is gaining steam

Brooklyn protest to call for boycott of Israeli dance company
Mondoweiss - On Saturday, February 4 , New Yorkers will protest Batsheva Dance Company’s evening performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) due to their role as a cultural ambassador for the Israeli government. The protest will call for a boycott of Israeli cultural institutions like Batsheva that are...

Inside the ‘secret’ public-private partnership Israel is using to fight BDS
Mondoweiss - When journalist Marcus Dysch reported on an April 2014 gathering at London’s Hilton Metropole hotel, involving the leaders of pro-Israel organizations from 25 different countries, he called it a “secret” conference . Evidently not a very well-kept secret. Yet given that the “Global Coalition for Israel” (GC4I) initiative...

Why I, as a Proud Israeli, Want the World to Boycott Us
Occupation Magazine 31 Jan 2017 - Ilana Hammerman - Haaretz -As an Israeli citizen and a woman engaged in public life, I declare that the state does not respect my basic right to live according to my conscience. The Judaism it is forcing upon me is not my Judaism. Furthermore, the nationalist...

Open letter urging Natalie Imbruglia to respect cultural boycott call
Global BDS 31 Jan 2017 - Open letter urging Natalie Imbruglia to respect cultural boycott call Open Letter Cultural Boycott Organizations and artists appeal to Natalie Imbruglia to cancel performance in Israel and to adhere to the Palestinian cultural boycott call against Israeli oppression. January 31, 2017

Muslim ban: 5,000 academics sign petition to boycott conferences in US
Middle East Eye 31 Jan 2017 - Language Undefined Academics from around the world have signed the open letter pledging to boycott academic conferences in America

Why I, as a proud Israeli, want the world to boycott us
Ha'aretz - 29 Jan 2017

Former Israeli foreign minister cancels Brussels trip after threat of arrest for ‘war crimes’
Global BDS 27 Jan 2017 - Former Israeli foreign minister cancels Brussels trip after threat of arrest for ‘war crimes’ In the News Sanctions and governments Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni has cancelled a visit to Belgium over fears she may be arrested on her arrival in Brussels over war crime allegations. She is named...

Did war crimes summons force Tzipi Livni to cancel Brussels trip?
Global BDS 27 Jan 2017 - Did war crimes summons force Tzipi Livni to cancel Brussels trip? In the News Israel’s former foreign minister Tzipi Livni has canceled a visit to Brussels, where Belgian prosecutors confirm she was due to be questioned in an ongoing investigation for war crimes. Livni was expected in Brussels on 23...

Switzerland sits on BDS funding data, cites ‘foreign policy interests’
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2017 - The Swiss Foreign Ministry declined to hand over the information to NGO Monitor and to another party that had expressed interest in the funding.

Did war crimes summons force Tzipi Livni to cancel Brussels trip?
Global BDS 27 Jan 2017 - Did war crimes summons force Tzipi Livni to cancel Brussels trip? In the News Israel’s former foreign minister Tzipi Livni has canceled a visit to Brussels, where Belgian prosecutors confirm she was due to be questioned in an ongoing investigation for war crimes. Livni was expected in Brussels on 23...

Gulf activists reject Saudi-Israeli “flirtation” at Davos
Global BDS 27 Jan 2017 - Gulf activists reject Saudi-Israeli “flirtation” at Davos In the News Activists with BDS Gulf, a group that supports the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, are strongly condemning a meeting between former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni and a high-ranking representative of Saudi Arabia’s royal family. Livni, who is...

Iranian actress 'boycotts' Oscars over Trump visa plan
BBC 26 Jan 2017 - An Iranian actress says she is boycotting the Oscars in protest at Donald Trump's "racist" visa proposals.

Celtic fans urge Rod Stewart not to break 'cultural boycott' of Israel
Middle East Eye 26 Jan 2017 - Language Undefined Football club's supporters, known for backing Palestinian cause, say fellow fan Stewart must cancel upcoming Tel Aviv concert

UK student leaders slammed for Israel trip
Electronic Intifada - Participation in junket contradicts union’s official support for the boycott of Israel.

G4S turned to UK government after Israeli threats
Electronic Intifada - Israeli minister said firms that bow to BDS campaign would “pay a price.”

UK student leaders slammed for Israel trip
Electronic Intifada: 25 Jan 2017 - Participation in junket contradicts union’s official support for the boycott of Israel. more..

For second year, Croatia's Jews to boycott Holocaust tribute
Ha'aretz - 23 Jan 2017

Video: Democratic leadership hopeful flees questions on Israeli abuses
Electronic Intifada - Tom Perez, Obama’s favorite to head Democratic National Committee, condemns nonviolent BDS movement.

Tzipi Livni to face Belgian arrest warrant
Global BDS 23 Jan 2017 - Tzipi Livni to face Belgian arrest warrant Blog Right To Boycott Sanctions and governments January 23, 2017 By: ECCP

Academics support Eleonora Roldán Mendívil
Global BDS 23 Jan 2017 - Academics support Eleonora Roldán Mendívil Open Letter Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt , President of the Free University of Berlin Academic Boycott January 23, 2017 By: AURDIP

Open letter to the Batsheva Dance Company
Global BDS 22 Jan 2017 - Open letter to the Batsheva Dance Company In the News Cultural Boycott Your organization can sign the letter by contacting ADALAH-NY To the Batsheva Dance Company: January 19, 2017 By: ADALAH-NY

Video: Democratic leadership hopeful flees questions on Israeli abuses
Electronic Intifada - Tom Perez, Obama’s favorite to head Democratic National Committee, condemns nonviolent BDS movement.

Training Activists in the Social Media War Against BDS
Global BDS 22 Jan 2017 - Training Activists in the Social Media War Against BDS In the News Right To Boycott IDC in Herzliya spearheading effort to provide students with tools to defend Israel. July 3, 2016 By: LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI

Open letter to the Batsheva Dance Company
Global BDS 22 Jan 2017 - Open letter to the Batsheva Dance Company In the News Cultural Boycott Your organization can sign the letter by contacting ADALAH-NY To the Batsheva Dance Company: January 19, 2017 By: ADALAH-NY

Europe might Link Cooperation with Israel to Palestinians Rights
Asharq Alawsat ME News 20 Jan 2017 - From ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English . Tel Aviv – European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker threatened the Israeli government of being sanctioned in case it continues its … continue reading Europe might Link Cooperation with Israel to Palestinians Rights

BDS: France Shoots Down Purchase of Israeli Drones
IMEMC - 16 Jan 2017 - Electronic Intifada, France, 12/15/17 Boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigners in France are welcoming their government’s 

Why was BDS beaten at the MLA conference?
Global BDS 16 Jan 2017 - Why was BDS beaten at the MLA conference? In the News Academic Boycott Bill Mullen, a professor of American Studies at Purdue University and supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestinian rights, explains the outcome of an effort to get the Modern Language Association...

France shoots down purchase of Israeli drones
Global BDS 15 Jan 2017 - France shoots down purchase of Israeli drones In the News Boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigners in France are welcoming their government’s  decision  not to spend more than $100 million on Israeli drones. Military Embargo Sanctions and governments January 15, 2017 By: Electronic Intifada

Israel Lobby: Insidious threats should be feared
Robert Grenier, Al Jazeera 1/13/2017
      As Al Jazeera exposes a brazen influence campaign in the UK, a retired CIA official explores the boundaries of lobbying.
     It really should come as no surprise. All the factors are there, and they are known. Anyone who follows the Palestinian issue knows that the Israeli government is currently obsessed with BDS, the worldwide movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
     The Israelis themselves have made it clear that international "de-legitimisation" constitutes the greatest threat to their state, as currently constituted, and they're hardly taking it lying down. And the fact that Israel has a potent international lobbying capacity, particularly in the US and the UK, through which the Israelis have long employed foreign organisations to leverage and enhance their influence in key foreign capitals, is hardly a secret.
     And yet … and yet, Al Jazeera's undercover investigation of Israel's anti-BDS covert influence campaign in the UK still manages to shock.
     The shock I have in mind, though, is one which gradually grows in the mind of the viewer. It is not what one would think - the scandal on which the British press and a number of prominent political figures are focused, albeit with good reason.
     Yes, the idea that a representative of a friendly power would express willingness to support an effort to "take down" a British government politician whose views are deemed inconvenient to Israel is the stuff of classic hostile espionage, and an easy outrage upon which to focus.
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Peace Conference Begins in Paris to Reaffirm ‘Two-state Solution’
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jan 2017 - An international peace conference involving more than 40 foreign ministers and senior diplomats from 75 countries began in Paris on Sunday morning, aimed at renewing efforts to resolve the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the two-state solution. The Paris conference has been welcomed by the Palestinian Authority, while the Israeli government has boycotted the summit for its exclusion of Palestinian and Israeli officials, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisting ‘bilateral negotiations’ were the only viable option for peace talks. The Israeli prime minister has also referred to the conference as “Palestinian deceitfulness under French auspices, aimed at adopting further anti-Israeli positions.” Paris summit tackles elusive Israel-Palestine peace; Israeli and Palestinians representatives absent from talks https://t.co/PHvPtRQBEK pic.twitter.com/355W22oL1A — Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) January 15, 2017 However, French President Francois Hollande assured on Thursday that the conference would not aim to replace bilateral negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc...more

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: What is BDS?
Global BDS 15 Jan 2017 - Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: What is BDS? In the News al-Jazeera intro on BDS  January 15, 2017 By: al-Jazeera English

France shoots down purchase of Israeli drones
Global BDS 15 Jan 2017 - France shoots down purchase of Israeli drones In the News Boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigners in France are welcoming their government’s  decision  not to spend more than $100 million on Israeli drones. Military Embargo Sanctions and governments January 15, 2017 By: Electronic Intifada

Elbit Systems looses second contract in 12 months in France!
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign boycott elbit BDS France has been able to celebrate yet another commercial failure of Elbit Systems as the French Ministry of Defense has rejected the second offer by the Israeli company in less than a year. This shows how military embargo efforts can be effective...

إدانة فلسطينية واسعة لمشاركة جهات سورية معزولة في نشاط تطبيعي في "الجامعة العبرية" في القدس المحتلة
Global BDS 14 Jan 2017 - إدانة فلسطينية واسعة لمشاركة جهات سورية معزولة في نشاط تطبيعي في "الجامعة العبرية" في القدس المحتلة PACBI Statement إدانة فلسطينية واسعة لمشاركة جهات سورية معزولة في نشاط تطبيعي في "الجامعة العبرية" في القدس المحتلة Cultural Boycott Academic Boycott January 14, 2017 By: PACBI

Opposition to a Jewish state is a legitimate position
Jackie Walker, Al Jazeera 1/14/2017
      Jewish Labour activist who was suspended after being accused of anti-Semitism for criticising Israel tells her story.
     Until May of last year, I was known, or in truth barely known, as a lifelong anti-racism activist, trainer, teacher, writer, and lecturer.
     As a young woman, I was active in the boycott movement against the apartheid of South Africa.
     It was a logical progression to become a supporter of Palestinian rights, a critic of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, and a supporter of the movement to boycott Israeli products - the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, as well as a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestinians and Free Speech on Israel - a mostly Jewish group.
     My nastier critics suggest my claim to Jewish identity is some kind of a defence against being accused of being an anti-Semite. It is not, it simply puts recent events into a context.
     If you criticise Israel, it doesn't matter who you are, you will be accused of anti-Semitism. So, do I hate Jews? Of course not. What I hate is the far right and the pernicious effect that Israel, led by a Netanyahu government, is having on Middle Eastern and global politics.
     So, how did this witch-hunt against me start?
     In February last year, a group called the Israel Advocacy Movement went fishing into my private Facebook account.
     I remain unclear as to when or how I became identified as a threat to Israel, though I presume I was selected as a prominent supporter of Jeremy Corbyn when it was decided his leadership was a threat to Israeli interests.
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Al Jazeera Investigations exposes Israel's fight against BDS in Britain
Global BDS 12 Jan 2017 - Al Jazeera Investigations exposes Israel's fight against BDS in Britain In the News Right To Boycott Al Jazeera Investigative Unit's series "The Lobby" goes undercover inside the Israel lobby in the UK and uncovers a tight web of relations that converges in the Israeli government's plans...

Exclusive: Israel lobby infiltrates UK student movement
Al Jazeera Investigative Unit, Al Jazeera 1/11/2017
      Israeli embassy influencing students and founding youth groups in main parties, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit reveals.
     Israel is influencing student, activist and parliamentary groups in the UK, offering financial and strategic assistance in order to gather support among young organisers and shape British politics, Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit reveals.
     For six months, undercover reporter Robin (an alias) infiltrated pro-Israeli groups working to counter the powerful and growing movement against the illegal occupation of Palestinian land.
     He uncovered a close link between Shai Masot, whose business card described him as a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in London, and a network of politicians, activists and analysts in Britain who are sympathetic to Israel.
     The aggressive lobbying comes as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement swells, and as the opposition Labour Party is led by Jeremy Corbyn, a vocal supporter of Palestinian interests.
     BDS enjoys wide support at British universities; in June 2015 the National Union of Students (NUS) voted for the boycott.
     A year later the NUS elected its first black, Muslim, female president: Malia Bouattia – a pro-Palestinian human rights supporter.
     Unlike the NUS, the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) comprising 64 Jewish societies at British universities, strongly opposes the BDS movement.
     Plotting against NUS president....
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France shoots down purchase of Israeli drones
Electronic Intifada - BDS campaigners welcome decision not to give $100 million contract to Elbit Systems.

The BDS struggle in US academia
Global BDS 10 Jan 2017 - The BDS struggle in US academia In the News Academic Boycott A new generation of scholars continues the push for the academic boycott of Israel, despite setbacks and strong lobbies. January 9, 2017 By: David Palumbo-Liu

Israeli retaliation exposes international complicity
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/10/2017
      Promoting its settler-colonialism as a response to UN Security Council Resolution 2334 has been acknowledged and articulated clearly by the Israeli government. On Monday, Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel signed grant agreements totalling $625,000 with the Israeli mayors of Beit El, Kiryat Arba and Har Hevron Regional Council; the aim is to entice Israeli youth to collaborate with the government’s colonial ambitions.
     “In times when there are those who would undermine our presence in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank],” said Gamliel, “I call on young people in Israel to settle in this wonderful region of the country. You have the full political, economic and social security support of the government to settle in Judea and Samaria.”
     While belligerence like this is undoubtedly expected, such a statement also reflects a major fault of the international community, namely its insistence on distinguishing between Israel and its later settlement expansion. This distinction has contributed to major disadvantages for Palestinians, as it allows countries to promote the colonial agenda at the expense of the colonised land and population. Any reaction to Netanyahu’s post-resolution retaliation will radiate irrelevance when compared to the structured agenda being implemented, with the complete support of the international community.
     The grants, according to Gamliel, are Israel’s answer to the “poor conduct” of the various UN institutions. “This is our answer to BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions],” she added. “We are here to stay. A nation does not occupy its own land.”
     It is one thing for Israel to express blatant fabrications. However, at an international level, the elimination of the reality of Israeli colonialism from everyone’s rhetoric has contributed to the thriving of the carefully crafted fictional narrative. Israel retains a unique status which allows it to colonise Palestinian land without being held accountable for colonisation. Indeed, Gamliel’s statement does not even qualify as defiance, considering the prevailing acquiescence to Israeli demands.
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‘Progressive’ Defenders of the Racial State: Reflections on the Modern Language Association BDS vote
Mondoweiss - The news is in: on Saturday, a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions was rejected by the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association , the largest and most traditional humanities association in the United States.  An opposing resolution that...

MLA votes against BDS, tables resolution blaming PA and Hamas for restrictions on Palestinian academic freedom (Updated)
Mondoweiss - At the Modern Language Association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, on January 7, 2017, the Delegate Assembly voted against a resolution calling for the boycott of Israeli universities complicit in the denial of academic freedom for the Palestinian people. A resolution that would add racist insult to...

The BDS struggle in US academia
David Palumbo-Liu, Al Jazeera 1/9/2017
      A new generation of scholars continues the push for the academic boycott of Israel, despite setbacks and strong lobbies.
     On January 7, the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association (MLA) voted against a non-binding resolution to endorse the call from Palestinian civil society for the academic boycott of Israeli institutions (Yes, 79; No, 113). At that same session, the Assembly voted for a resolution to condemn the boycott (Yes, 101; No, 93).
     One of the reasons it is difficult for those supporting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to get their motions passed is that external organisations here and in Israel add their resources and legal teams to the anti-boycott side.
     The Brandeis Center threatening a lawsuit against the MLA if it lets the vote go forward, the collaboration of a group of university heads in Israel, anxious about the pro-boycott connecting their universities to the maintenance of the occupation, and other repressive measures also aided the fight against the boycott. As reported in Ynet, one Israeli group declared that "the fight was … assisted by various Jewish organisations, along with The Committee of University Heads in Israel."
     But another reason such boycotts are hard to pass in these large and traditional organisations is that they are averse to acting politically. This sometimes takes very particular forms.
     For example, in the 1980s the MLA also refused to endorse the anti-apartheid boycott, which is now of course regarded as a major factor in ending the apartheid regime in South Africa, on the grounds that the MLA did not do politics. Yet at its January meeting the majority of MLA delegates made a political declaration to protect themselves from potential attacks on speech, racism, and travel which might emanate from the new Trump administration - it issued a strong critique of our new president.
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France shoots down purchase of Israeli drones
Electronic Intifada - BDS campaigners welcome decision not to give $100 million contract to Elbit Systems.

‘Progressive’ Defenders of the Racial State: Reflections on the Modern Language Association BDS vote
Mondoweiss - The news is in: on Saturday, a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions was rejected by the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association , the largest and most traditional humanities association in the United States.  An opposing resolution that...

Iran confirms Saudi invite to discuss Haj arrangements
The National 9 Jan 2017 - An Iranian official confirmed on Monday that Saudi Arabia had invited Tehran to discuss arrangements for the Haj, which Iran boycotted last year after hundreds died in a crush at the 2015 pilgrimage. Most were Iranians, and the incident infuriated Tehran. Soon after, ties between the...

Despite the pain, 2016 witnessed impressive gains for BDS!
Global BDS 9 Jan 2017 - Despite the pain, 2016 witnessed impressive gains for BDS! Blog Stop G4S Economic Boycott Cultural Boycott Academic Boycott Military Embargo Boycott HP Right To Boycott Local governments Student solidarity The 8 most significant indicators of BDS impact in 2016 January 9, 2017 By: Palestine BDS National...

Mobile phone boycott met with mixed response
Daily Star 8 Jan 2017 Mobile phone users across the country boycotted the country’s two telecoms providers Sunday by disconnecting from the network to protest the cost of service, while calling on the newly appointed telecommunications minister to take action.

MLA votes against BDS, tables resolution blaming PA and Hamas for restrictions on Palestinian academic freedom (Updated)
Mondoweiss - At the Modern Language Association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, on January 7, 2017, the Delegate Assembly voted against a resolution calling for the boycott of Israeli universities complicit in the denial of academic freedom for the Palestinian people. A resolution that would add racist insult to...

Top U.S. academic group rejects motion for boycott of Israel
Ha'aretz - 7 Jan 2017

Spain's Valencia region adopts official BDS policy
Jerusalem Post 7 Jan 2017 - “Today the Provincial Council of Valencia declared itself a free space from Israeli apartheid.”

Why Israel should fear New Zealand
Electronic Intifada - Palestinians push Security Council members for sanctions to give teeth to recent resolution.

What we can legally do against the anti-BDS campaign?
Salma Karmi-Ayyoub, Al Jazeera 1/6/2017
      Activists need a solid legal strategy to resist states succumbing to Israel pressure and imposing BDS bans.
     In mid-December the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), a campaigning organisation in Britain supporting Palestinian issues, filed a claim in England's High Court challenging regulations issued by the British government prohibiting local government pension schemes from pursuing boycotts, divestment or sanctions (BDS) against foreign nations as part of their investment policies.
     It is clear to most observers that these regulations are intended to prevent boycotts of Israel, although they do not state this explicitly.
     PSC has argued that the regulations prohibit freedom of expression, are so unclear as to be unlawful, are contrary to European Union law governing pensions, and that central government has abused its powers to regulate pensions to achieve other, unrelated objectives.
     The government must formally respond to PSC's claims and then the court will decide whether to grant permission for a hearing of the case.
     The campaign against BDS
     In fact, the pensions regulations are the latest in a series of measures taken by governments in Europe and North America to counter BDS, after Israel created a special task force with a budget of around $25.5m in June 2015, to fight the movement worldwide.
     In February 2016, the British government issued guidance prohibiting pro-BDS policies in public procurement, reportedly after lobbying by the Israeli embassy in London.
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Why Israel should fear New Zealand
Electronic Intifada: 6 Jan 2017 - Palestinians push Security Council members for sanctions to give teeth to recent resolution. more..

Mobile users say enough is enough, organize daylong boycott of operators
Daily Star 5 Jan 2017 Years of pent-up anger at exorbitant telecoms prices have driven online Lebanese activists to organize a polite struggle Sunday.

John Berger, storyteller and friend of Palestine, dies at 90
Electronic Intifada - Critic shaped how a generation of artists saw the world, led call for boycott of Israel.

The Reason for Israel’s Hysterical Response to the UN Security Council Resolution
Global BDS 4 Jan 2017 - The Reason for Israel’s Hysterical Response to the UN Security Council Resolution Analysis Netanyahu takes pride in killing the two-state solution—but he doesn’t want to be blamed for it, because he knows the only acceptable alternative is equality for all in a single state. January 4,...

UN resolution on Israeli settlements puts Airbnb in a tight bind
Global BDS 4 Jan 2017 - UN resolution on Israeli settlements puts Airbnb in a tight bind In the News Airbnb has attracted its fair share of criticism for listing Israeli homes in the Palestinian West Bank, land occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six Day War. Economic Boycott January 4, 2017...

John Berger, storyteller and friend of Palestine, dies at 90
Electronic Intifada - Critic shaped how a generation of artists saw the world, led call for boycott of Israel.

The Reason for Israel’s Hysterical Response to the UN Security Council Resolution
Global BDS 4 Jan 2017 - The Reason for Israel’s Hysterical Response to the UN Security Council Resolution Analysis Netanyahu takes pride in killing the two-state solution—but he doesn’t want to be blamed for it, because he knows the only acceptable alternative is equality for all in a single state. January 4,...

UN resolution on Israeli settlements puts Airbnb in a tight bind
Global BDS 4 Jan 2017 - UN resolution on Israeli settlements puts Airbnb in a tight bind In the News Airbnb has attracted its fair share of criticism for listing Israeli homes in the Palestinian West Bank, land occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six Day War. Economic Boycott January 4, 2017...

PACBI mourns the loss of John Berger
Global BDS 3 Jan 2017 - PACBI mourns the loss of John Berger PACBI Statement Cultural Boycott The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) mourns the loss of the venerable author and world-renowned art critic John Berger whose commitment to justice was unwavering. January 3, 2017 By:...

John Berger, storyteller and friend of Palestine, dies at 90
Electronic Intifada: 4 Jan 2017 - Critic shaped how a generation of artists saw the world, led call for boycott of Israel. more..

Top Belgian rabbi on BDS: When our home is attacked, we must defend it
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2017 - Jewish leaders gather to mark 50th anniversary of reunification of Jerusalem.

BDS: Provincial Council of Valencia Declares itself ‘Israeli Apartheid Free’
IMEMC - 1 Jan 2017 - The Provincial Council of Valencia (Diputación de Valéncia) recently became the 60th city in the Spanish state declaring itself “Free of Israeli Apartheid.” Via the

BDS: Provincial Council of Valencia Declares itself ‘Israeli Apartheid Free’
Occupation Magazine 1 Jan 2017 - IMEMC News & Agencies - The Provincial Council of Valencia (Diputaciףn de Valיncia) recently became the 60th city in the Spanish state declaring itself “Free of Israeli Apartheid” [ry]

Israel First or America First
Pat Buchanan, The Unz Review 12/30/2016
      Donald Trump has a new best friend.
     “President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support of Israel,” gushed Bibi Netanyahu, after he berated John Kerry in a fashion that would once have resulted in a rupture of diplomatic relations.
     Netanyahu accused Kerry of “colluding” in and “orchestrating” an anti-Israel, stab-in-the-back resolution in the Security Council, then lying about it. He offered to provide evidence of Kerry’s complicity and mendacity to President Trump.
     Bibi then called in the U.S. ambassador and read him the riot act for 40 minutes. Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer charged that not only did the U.S. not “stand up to and oppose the gang-up” at the U.N., “the United States was actually behind that gang-up.”
     When Ben Rhodes of the National Security Council called the charges false, Dermer dismissed President Obama’s man as a “master of fiction.”
     Query: Why is Dermer not on a plane back to Tel Aviv?
     Some of us can recall how Eisenhower ordered David Ben-Gurion to get his army out of Sinai in 1957, or face sanctions.
     Ben-Gurion did as told. Had he and his ambassador castigated Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, as the Israelis dissed John Kerry, Ike would have called the U.S. ambassador home.
     Indeed, Ike’s threat of sanctions against Prime Minister Anthony Eden’s government, which had also invaded Egypt, brought Eden down.
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In rare move, Spanish town votes to reverse BDS resolution it passed this year
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2016 - More than a dozen such BDS resolutions have been reversed over the past two years in Spain, where over 50 municipalities have endorsed BDS – more than anywhere else in Europe.

What were the top 10 BDS victories of 2016?
Electronic Intifada - The year will be “remembered as the year of Israel’s spectacular failure” as BDS continued to grow.

UNSC resolution a “very powerful base” for advancing BDS efforts
The Palestine Monitor, Palestine Monitor 12/27/2016
      The resolution on Israeli settlements adopted last Friday by the UN Security Council (UNSC) unleashed a diplomatic storm over the Christmas season, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branding it as “anti-Israel”. Palestinian have generally welcomed the resolution as a good legal base to advance the BDS campaign, take Israel to the ICC and demand sanctions, stressing the urgency to translate words into action. Other analysts have argued the resolution is merely symbolic and too little too late. The 15-member council passed the resolution with 14 votes in favour. The US abstained and opted for not using its veto power. The US had previously vetoed more than 40 Security Council resolutions critical of Israel, including a similar resolution on Israeli settlements in 2011. The resolution reaffirms that the establishment of Israeli settlements on land occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and reiterates the demand that Israel cease all settlement activity, calling for immediate steps to be taken to reverse current trends endangering the two-state solution. In addition, it calls on states to “distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the state of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.” Netanyahu immediately proceeded to summon the ambassadors of some the countries who voted in favour of the resolution, which was co-sponsored by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal, in a series of diplomatic steps which included the cancellation of all Israeli aid programs to Senegal – the only country that has experienced a real backlash from the diplomatic fallout. In a statement issued on December 23 in response to the resolution, Netanyahu said: “Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms...."
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UNICEF denies links to BDS Movement
Daily Star 29 Dec 2016 UNICEF in Lebanon Thursday denied recent media reports linking the decision to drop global security company G4S to a campaign by the Boycott Divest and Sanction Movement.

Israel punishes the world after UN vote
Electronic Intifada - UN resolution may boost BDS movement, Israel fears.

Israeli rabbis launch war on Christmas tree
Jonathan Cook, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/24/2016
      Jerusalem hotels receive warning letter noting that Jewish religious law forbids Christmas trees and new year's parties
     As tens of thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on the Holy Land this week to celebrate the birth of Jesus, senior Israeli rabbis have announced a war on the Christmas tree.
     In Jerusalem, the rabbinate has issued a letter warning dozens of hotels in the city that it is “forbidden” by Jewish religious law to erect a tree or stage new year’s parties.
     Many hotel owners have taken the warning to heart, fearful that the rabbis may carry out previous threats to damage their businesses by denying them certificates declaring their premises to be “kosher”.
     In the coastal city of Haifa, in northern Israel, the rabbi of Israel’s premier technology university has taken a similarly strict line. Elad Dokow, the Technion’s rabbi, ordered that Jewish students boycott their students’ union, after it installed for the first time a modest Christmas tree.
     He called the tree “idolatry”, warning that it was a “pagan” symbol that violated the kosher status of the building, including its food hall.
     About a fifth of the Technion’s students belong to Israel’s large Palestinian minority.
     While most of Israel’s Palestinian citizens are Muslim, there are some 130,000 Christians, most of them living in Galilee. More Palestinian Christians live under occupation in East Jerusalem, which Israel has annexed in violation of international law.
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Will Liberman's Palestinian sanctions cost Israeli lives?
Al-Monitor 27 Dec 2016 - Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered the military unit coordinating activities on the West Bank to sever civilian ties with the Palestinian Authority while maintaining security cooperation, but the two are inseparable.

Punishing the world for UN vote will be worse for Israel than BDS
Ha'aretz - 26 Dec 2016

Israel punishes the world after UN vote
Electronic Intifada - UN resolution may boost BDS movement, Israel fears.

Arctic freeze on Israeli settlement products
Electronic Intifada - Mads Gilbert’s Tromsø second major Norwegian city to vote to boycott Israeli goods.

Israel lobby group threatens lawsuit if MLA endorses academic boycott
Mondoweiss - The Brandeis Center has sent a letter to the Modern Language Association threatening a lawsuit if the Association passes the resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The Brandeis Center is a legal lobby group that represents its mission as...

Palestinian Official ‘Proud’ of BDS-Supporting Jews
The Forward New 22 Dec 2016 - Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council, said he was “proud  of Jews who support the movement to boycott Israel.

UNICEF in Lebanon ends its contracts with G4S
Global BDS 21 Dec 2016 - UNICEF in Lebanon ends its contracts with G4S BNC Statement Stop G4S The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon has ended its contract with the world’s largest security company, G4S, following a boycott campaign by activists in the country and December 21, 2016

PSC takes government to court
Palestine Solidarity Campaign 12/16/2016
      Palestine Solidarity Campaign
     We’re taking the government to court over its crack down on our right to run boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) campaigns.
     In November new government regulations aimed at preventing Local Government Pension Schemes from divesting from companies involved in human rights abuses in Israel came into force. Today we are announcing that PSC will be challenging them in court.
     We know that limiting our right to run effective BDS campaigns is one of a number of ways the campaign for Palestine is being undermined
     But we refuse to let this happen. We will not go silent. Which is why we’re taking the government to court and why we need your help. Campaigns like this cost money, and we can’t afford to do this without your support. Donate today to support our campaign.
     This week we submitted evidence to ask for a judicial review of these regulations. Which means we are attempting to get these government regulations overturned in court.
     The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is modeled on the successful anti-apartheid campaign in South Africa. It is a traditional and effective form of non-violent protest. A way for us, as citizens, to hold those who perpetrate and profit from human rights abuses to account.
     While our government tries to take our right to this form of peaceful protest away, we are standing strong – we are going to make them answer their case in court.
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Arctic freeze on Israeli settlement products
Electronic Intifada: 22 Dec 2016 - Mads Gilbert’s Tromsø second major Norwegian city to vote to boycott Israeli goods. more..

UNICEF in Lebanon ends its contracts with G4S
Global BDS 21 Dec 2016 - UNICEF in Lebanon ends its contracts with G4S BNC Statement Stop G4S The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon has ended its contract with the world’s largest security company, G4S, following a boycott campaign by activists in the country and December 21, 2016

Palestinian cultural institutions send support to Talib Kweli
Global BDS 20 Dec 2016 - Palestinian cultural institutions send support to Talib Kweli Open Letter Cultural Boycott Earlier in December, Talib Kweli's sold out show at Conne Island in Leipzig, Germany, was cancelled as a result of the artist's vocal support of Palestine. In reaction to this, Palestinian cultural institutions have signed...

Palestinian cultural institutions send support to Talib Kweli
Global BDS 20 Dec 2016 - Palestinian cultural institutions send support to Talib Kweli Open Letter Cultural Boycott Earlier in December, Talib Kweli's sold out show at Conne Island in Leipzig, Germany, was cancelled as a result of the artist's vocal support of Palestine. In reaction to this, Palestinian cultural institutions have signed...

Israel threatens to expel reporter who asked apartheid question
Occupation Magazine 19 Dec 2016 - Ali Abunimah - EI - “We are leaning toward recommending that his work permit not be renewed due to suspected BDS activity,” Nitzan Chen, director of the Government Press Office, told The Jerusalem Post. Antony Loewenstein has written about the region for more than a decade,...

Boycott Israeli Wines campaign targets Vancouver Liquor Store
Occupation Magazine 19 Dec 2016 - Boycott Israeli Wines - The manager of the store was made aware that the three brands of Israeli wines that are stocked here are all from stolen Arab and Palestinian land. One brand in particular, the Teperberg Vision Malbec, even openly brags on its website that...

In Video, Boycott Israeli Wines Campaign Target another Government Store in Vancouver, Canada
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Dec 2016 - By Hanna Kawas The Boycott Israeli Wines campaign in Vancouver, Canada held another flash action and picket on Dec. 17, despite the unusually cold temperatures in the city. The activists initially went into the government liquor store, and showed real “holiday spirit” with their chants and singing. The manager of the store was made aware that the 3 brands of Israeli wines that are stocked there are all from stolen Arab and Palestinian land, thus rendering the BC Government complicit in human rights violations. One brand in particular, the Teperberg Vision Malbec, even openly brags on its website that the vineyard that contributes grapes for this wine is in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mevo Horon. This settler enclave is in the Latrun area of the occupied Palestinian West Bank and is also close to the infamous “Canada Park” built by the Jewish National Fund with Canadian tax-deductible monies. The...more

Want to fight boycotts of Israel? Boycott West Bank settlements instead.
Occupation Magazine 19 Dec 2016 - Nathan Hersh - Washington Post - By boycotting the settlements, Americans would be sending a message of solidarity to progressive Israeli groups such as B’Tselem, Gush Shalom and Peace Now — as well as to Palestinians who suffer the humiliations of the occupation every day. In...

ADL ‘Helped’ A&E on KKK Reality Show Drawing Boycott Threats
The Forward New 19 Dec 2016 - A new documentary series that promises to go inside the private lives of Ku Klux Klan members is drawing instant condemnation on social media †and a defense from the ADL.

How did South Carolina pioneer BDS legislation?
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2016 - The South Carolina law bars state agencies from contracting with any business that boycotts others “based on race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.”

BDS has made major advances in 2016
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/15/2016
      Palestine’s BDS National Committee (BNC) leads and coordinates the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. It has been the biggest year yet for BDS, but it has also been a big year for anti-BDS oppression.
     As the BNC put it in a recent round-up of the year, 2016 will be remembered “as Israel’s year of waging an all-out war on the Palestinian-led, global BDS movement.”
     This has gone as far as arrests and travel bans against prominent Palestinian BDS leaders. The Israeli state this year also ramped-up its agitation against Palestinian BDS activists, threatening them with “targeted civil eliminations”.
     There have even been moves in the US and Britain towards banning criticism of Zionism, and executive action towards suppressing BDS (although headline claims about a British “ban” on BDS turned out not to be true).
     Prime Minster Theresa May even denounced the movement this week at the Conservative Friends of Israel annual dinner, claiming that “the boycotts, divestment and sanctions movement is wrong, it is unacceptable, and this party and this government will have no truck with those who subscribe to it.”
     Nevertheless, none of this has stopped the BDS movement from gaining some impressive ground. In fact, the oppression seems only to add to campaigners’ determination to call for the boycott of Israel until it is forced to end the occupation of Palestine, grant equal rights and allow the Palestinian refugees to return.
     The biggest win was probably the withdrawal of G4S, which finally announced this month that is it ending most of its business with Israel....
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Important Victory: Britain’s Largest Student Union Endorses BDS
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Dec 2016 - The largest student union in Britain has officially endorsed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, in a significant success for Palestine solidarity activists. The University of Manchester’s Student Union Senate voted last Thursday to pass a motion in support of BDS. The motion won the backing of 60 per cent of the SU Senate, following an impassioned debate. The motion was put forward by Huda Ammori, President of Recognize Refugee Rights Society, and was supported by Etisha Choudhury, President of Action Palestine, and the BDS Campaigns Committee. Another victory for #BDS !: University of Manchester students vote to cut links with #Israel https://t.co/npOWO19jMC pic.twitter.com/7UCUl8qU37 — CJPME (@CJPME) December 15, 2016 In the three weeks prior to last week’s Senate meeting, more than 15 academics and 250 students signed a letter of support for campaigners’ demands. According to activists, the campaign at Manchester “aims to connect our university to this global...more

Israeli Officials to Boycott Outspoken Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs During Visit
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Dec 2016 - Israeli officials will reportedly boycott Margot Wallström, the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is making an official visit to Tel Aviv and Ramallah on Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to meet with Wallström, and a high-ranking Israeli official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quoted saying, “No Israeli official will meet with Wallström and her visit will be limited to meeting Palestinian officials in Ramallah.” Israeli sources claimed Wallström sought to meet with Netanyahu but the latter refused to meet with her, sending her a clear message that “she is a persona non-grata.” Israel to boycott Swedish FM on her visit to region: Margot Wallstrom’s attempts to meet leaders… https://t.co/w3jjinNih0 TimesofIsrael pic.twitter.com/K2BmMZYZoI — Jewish Community (@JComm_BlogFeeds) December 13, 2016 The diplomatic relationship between Israel and Sweden has seen a setback in the last few years, mostly after the formation of the new Swedish government in...more

Israeli officials to boycott Swedish FM
Jerusalem Post 13 Dec 2016 - Jerusalem's snub of Wallstrom comes even though Sweden will take a seat on January 1 on the 15-member UN Security Council.

UK prime minister delivers staunchly pro-Israel speech
YNet News, 13 Dec 2016 - Speaking at a Conservative Friends of Israel lunch, Theresa May lauds Israel's 'thriving democracy,' pledges to support Israel, oppose boycotts, expunge anti-Semitism from British society: 'No British taxpayers’ money will be used to make payments to terrorists or their families.' ....

Israeli government to boycott upcoming visit by Swedish FM
YNet News, 13 Dec 2016 - Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrm, known for her anti-Israel positions, plans to arrive in Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Thursday, but was told top Israeli officials have no time for her. ....

Israel lobby resorting to censorship and blacklisting as it loses control of mainstream discourse
Mondoweiss - From Seattle to Kuala Lampur, via Khartoum, Osaka, and Hamburg,  activists around the world participated last week in a “Boycott Hewlett-Packard Week of Action,” setting up mock checkpoints and apartheid walls, doing flash mobs, and cheerfully belting out BDS carols. In busy shopping centers, on Main...

Jewish students and scholars object to "Antisemitism Awareness Act"
Global BDS 13 Dec 2016 - Jewish students and scholars object to "Antisemitism Awareness Act" In the News Academic Boycott Jewish scholars and students release statements urging The House of Representatives and President Obama to reject the controversial "Antisemitism Awareness Act."  December 13, 2016 By: JVP

Over 22,000 signatures on call for artists not to take part in the Red Sea Jazz Festival
Occupation Magazine 12 Dec 2016 - 10 Reasons for a Cultural Boycott - The campaign calls upon artists to cancel participation in the Red Sea Jazz Festival, a bi-yearly event at Eilat in south Israel. Organizers note that "the free spirit of Jazz music is a beautiful tradition of oppressed minorities" -...

Santa Cruz church becomes first US congregation to boycott HP for role in Israeli occupation - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/12/becomes-congregation-occupation/#sthash.pYhjrSZN.dpuf
Global BDS 12 Dec 2016 - Santa Cruz church becomes first US congregation to boycott HP for role in Israeli occupation - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/12/becomes-congregation-occupation/#sthash.pYhjrSZN.dpuf In the News Boycott HP Last night the congregation of Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, CA voted to refrain from buying Hewlett-Packard (HP)...

World’s first BDS account closure, says German bank
Jerusalem Post 12 Dec 2016 - Boycott Israel group stokes antisemitism, violates ethics.

Israel losing public opinion support in US
YNet News, 12 Dec 2016 - Op-ed: The American public’s growing support for anti-Israel sanctions over the ongoing expansion of settlements is setting off alarm bells, but the Israeli government couldn’t care less—and it's the government that is causing it. ....

Israel lobby resorting to censorship and blacklisting as it loses control of mainstream discourse
Mondoweiss - From Seattle to Kuala Lampur, via Khartoum, Osaka, and Hamburg,  activists around the world participated last week in a “Boycott Hewlett-Packard Week of Action,” setting up mock checkpoints and apartheid walls, doing flash mobs, and cheerfully belting out BDS carols. In busy shopping centers, on Main...

Dutch reject calls to cease funding Palestinian groups
Global BDS 12 Dec 2016 - Dutch reject calls to cease funding Palestinian groups In the News The Dutch government has rejected calls to cease funding organizations that advocate a boycott of Israel. Right To Boycott December 8, 2016 By: The Electronic Intifada

Israel singled out African scholar for deportation, world church group says
Global BDS 12 Dec 2016 - Israel singled out African scholar for deportation, world church group says In the News Right To Boycott The World Council of Churches has condemned Israel’s deportation of its associate general secretary Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri. December 6, 2016 By: The Electronic Intifada

Santa Cruz church becomes first US congregation to boycott HP for role in Israeli occupation - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/12/becomes-congregation-occupation/#sthash.pYhjrSZN.dpuf
Global BDS 12 Dec 2016 - Santa Cruz church becomes first US congregation to boycott HP for role in Israeli occupation - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/12/becomes-congregation-occupation/#sthash.pYhjrSZN.dpuf In the News Boycott HP Last night the congregation of Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, CA voted to refrain from buying Hewlett-Packard (HP)...

Canada, Palestine and the Ku Klux Klan
Sabrien Amrov and Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/10/2016
      A Canadian politician has likened a grassroots, human rights movement to the notorious, white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan. And the overwhelming response was silent acquiescence.
     On 1 December, Ontario provincial parliament member Gila Martow brought Motion 36 to a vote in a half-empty legislature. The motion, which passed with 49 in favour and five against, affirmed the parliament’s rejection of “the differential treatment of Israel,” including the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
     “We would not be here supporting a Ku Klux Klan on our campuses, so why are we allowing BDS movements?” Martow said before the vote.
     Effectively, in her brazen statement, Martow labelled activist students across Ontario campuses, which are some of the most ethnically diverse organising places in the world, akin to a dangerous and violent white supremacist group.
     Let that sink in for a moment.
     One group was founded by Palestinians living under decades of military occupation and systemic racism, discrimination and apartheid. Since the BDS call was launched in 2005, the nonviolent movement has galvanised people of colour and marginalised groups from around the world, and has maintained a network of allies united under the principles of human rights, international law and social justice.
     Groups such as Black Lives Matters, Idle No More, No One Is Illegal and Independent Jewish Voices have signed up to BDS. It has been backed by figures like Cornel West, Angela Davis, Judith Butler, Naomi Klein and veteran South African anti-Apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to name but a few.
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BDS paranoia gone wild: Will Israel now ban entry to a quarter of the world’s Christians?
Ha'aretz - 11 Dec 2016

Israeli-born BDS backer loses U.K. student union bid
Ha'aretz - 11 Dec 2016

Dutch reject calls to cease funding Palestinian groups
Global BDS 11 Dec 2016 - Dutch reject calls to cease funding Palestinian groups In the News The Dutch government has rejected calls to cease funding organizations that advocate a boycott of Israel. Right To Boycott December 11, 2016 By: Electronic Intifada

HP removed from program of ethics conference in Italy as "Global #StopHP Week of Action" kicks off
Global BDS 11 Dec 2016 - HP removed from program of ethics conference in Italy as "Global #StopHP Week of Action" kicks off Update Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against HP The multinational company Hewlett Packard (HP) has been removed from the program of the conference " Ethics November 26, 2016...

Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Urge ICC Prosecutor
Global BDS 11 Dec 2016 - Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Urge ICC Prosecutor In the News 22 November 2016, The Hague: Today, Palestinian human rights groups urged the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to examine the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip, whi Sanctions and governments November 22, 2016 By:...

Donnelly to give up HP gear in Israel protest
Global BDS 11 Dec 2016 - Donnelly to give up HP gear in Israel protest In the News Gary Donnelly will decommission his council-issue Hewlett Packard printer prior to next week’s monthly meeting at the Guildhall in protest over contracts it holds with Israel.  Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against...

39;Global Week of Action’ shows growing impact of BDS
Palestine Monitor 12/5/2016
      The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement’s call for a Global Week of Action against HP companies in support of Palestinians’ rights (November 25 – December 3) was answered widely around the world. The movement’s main goal is to pressure Israel into complying with international law via a boycott of Israeli institutions, products and organizations seen as directly or indirectly complicit. Earlier in November, a bill to allow banning BDS activists from entering Israel passed its first reading in the Knesset. But support for the movement is growing. For the first edition of this global event, activists and organizations supporting BDS actions organized the movement’s “biggest-ever campaign”, targeting Hewlett-Packard and its sister companies. 99 events were organised in 18 countries, from street protests to explain connections between HP and the Israeli occupation, to demonstrations in front of HP stores, or calls to boycott Black Friday sales on HP products. According a press release published by the movement, Hewlett Packard is “providing key services and technology infrastructure that enable the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands and suppression of Palestinian human rights. This includes specialized technology made by HP companies that is used to support Israel’s military checkpoints, segregated ID system, illegal settlements, prison system, and naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.” November 29 also marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. A number of countries released statements to reiterate the importance of finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Peter Thomson, currently serving as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, wore a scarf featuring a Palestinian flag during a meeting of the UN's Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP).
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BDS: HP Actions Broadest Ever Coordinated
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2016 - 40 UK towns and cities saw actions across the week, from Brighton to Bristol, Liverpool to Lewisham, Edinburgh to East London, Cardiff to Chester, and many places in between. During the International Week of Action on...

Remembering the First Intifada
Yasmina Allouche, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/8/2016
      By the end of the First Intifada in 1993, 1,489 Palestinians and 185 Israelis had been killed
     What: The First Intifada
     Where: West Bank and Gaza
     When: 8 December 1987-17 September 1993
     What happened?
     The First Intifada, or uprising, began on 8 December 1987 in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip when an Israeli army truck collided with a civilian car resulting in the deaths of four Palestinians.
     The killings caused uproar and soon protests began to gain fierce momentum with civil disobedience and resistance being the driving force. The general frustrations of Palestinians influenced the speed of the mobilisation with scores of unemployed youth taking to the streets to protest against Israeli violence as well as the Israeli state’s total control of their social, economic and political development.
     The protests began with general strikes and the boycott of Israeli civil institutions across the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank with many Palestinians who travelled to Israel to work or who worked in Israeli settlements taking part in an economic boycott. This included refusal to pay taxes, to drive Palestinian cars with Israeli licences, working in unskilled or semi-skilled jobs, barricading roads and – what would go on to define Palestinian resistance – stone throwing at Israeli tanks and infrastructure.
     Israel responded by deploying around 80,000 soldiers to break-up the protests which included spraying the crowd with bullets and killing scores of Palestinians. -- See also: Why was the First Intifada doomed to fail?
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Legal experts back Palestinian BDS as 'free expression'
AlJazeera 9 Dec 2016 - Lawyers say Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel is 'lawful exercise of freedom of expression'.

As boycott campaign grows, California church bans HP products
Electronic Intifada - “Churches can and do make a difference,” says pastor.

Strangled Education: Reporting on higher education in Palestine and Israel
Mondoweiss - This January, after several years of often-heated discussion and review, the Modern Language Association ’s representative body, the Delegate Assembly, will consider a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.  As that vote approaches, the predictable range of objections to...

200 legal scholars back right to boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada - Palestinians say landmark statement will help protect activists against repression.

Boycotting Jews to prevent the boycott of Israel
Middle East Eye 8 Dec 2016 - This week a German bank announced that it is closing the account of a Jewish human rights organisation because it supports BDS. What's next?

UK Report: International Week of Action on HP
PSC, Palestine Solidarity Campaign 12/5/2016
      Photostory
     The International Week of Action on HP was the broadest-ever coordinated Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) action. It took place from Friday 25th November to Saturday 3rd December 2016.
     More than 150 actions were held, in 101 towns and cities in 30 countries, across 6 continents.
     40 UK towns and cities saw actions across the week, from Brighton to Bristol, Liverpool to Lewisham, Edinburgh to East London, Cardiff to Chester and many places in between.
     Hewlett Packard companies provide imaging technology for Israel’s military checkpoints and apartheid ID cards system; enable Israel’s criminal blockade of the Gaza Strip; provide security systems to some of the largest Israeli settlements; and enable the mass incarceration of Palestinian political prisoners, with IT systems for Israeli prisons.
     People all over the UK took to the streets during the International Week of Action to highlight HP’s role in Israel’s occupation and oppression of Palestinians. Most of these images are from Saturday 26th November, the UK Day of Action, which saw 30 actions across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
     Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the main contractor of the Basel system, an automated biometric control system used for Israel’s checkpoints and apartheid wall, which includes ID cards that form the basis of Israel’s segregationist denial of Palestinian rights.
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Theologian barred from entering Israel: Guards didn’t ask me about BDS
Ha'aretz - 8 Dec 2016

200 legal scholars back right to boycott Israel
Electronic Intifada - Palestinians say landmark statement will help protect activists against repression.

German bank shuts down account belonging to Jewish peace group
+972 Magazine - Bank für Sozialwirtschaft tells members of Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, which includes a number of Israelis, that its account has been closed due to their support for BDS. Members of Jewish Voice for Peace at a demonstration in Seattle, October...

I’m Israeli, and I want to be blacklisted for boycotting settlement products
+972 Magazine - I don’t know what sanctions the Israeli government can impose on me for boycotting products made in the settlements, but I’ll accept them proudly. By Eitan Kalinski Jewish settlers clean the newly harvested grapes at a winery in the West Bank settlement of Gush Etzion, September...

Santa Cruz church becomes first US congregation to boycott HP for role in Israeli occupation
Mondoweiss - Last night the congregation of Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, CA voted to refrain from buying Hewlett-Packard (HP) products including printers, computers, and ink cartridges until HP companies cease to profit from Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights. Peace United Church of Christ...

French: Statement by European Legal Scholars Defending the Right to Support BDS for Palestinian Rights
Global BDS 8 Dec 2016 - French: Statement by European Legal Scholars Defending the Right to Support BDS for Palestinian Rights Open Letter       Right To Boycott December 8, 2016 By: Various

Italian: Statement by European Legal Scholars Defending the Right to Support BDS for Palestinian Rights
Global BDS 8 Dec 2016 - Italian: Statement by European Legal Scholars Defending the Right to Support BDS for Palestinian Rights Open Letter DICHIARAZIONE DA PARTE DI GIURISTI CONTRO LE MISURE ADOTTATE DA ALCUNI GOVERNI PER METTERE FUORI LEGGE IL MOVIMENTO DI BOICOTTAGGIO, DISINVESTIMENTO E SANZIONI (BDS) IN FAVORE DEI DIRITTI U...

Spanish: Statement by European Legal Scholars Defending the Right to Support BDS for Palestinian Rights
Global BDS 8 Dec 2016 - Spanish: Statement by European Legal Scholars Defending the Right to Support BDS for Palestinian Rights Open Letter DECLARACIÓN DE JURISTAS, ACADÉMICOS/AS Y EXPERTOS/AS LEGALES CONTRA LAS MEDIDAS ADOPTADAS POR ALGUNOS GOBIERNOS PARA PROHIBIR EL MOVIMIENTO DE BOICOT, DESINVERSIONES Y SANCIONES (BDS) PARA LOS DERE Right To...

German: Statement by legal scholars against criminalization of BDS for Palestinian human rights
Global BDS 8 Dec 2016 - German: Statement by legal scholars against criminalization of BDS for Palestinian human rights Open Letter ERKLÄRUNG VON RECHTSGELEHRTEN GEGEN MASSNAHMEN, DIE VON EINIGEN REGIERUNGEN ERGRIFFEN WURDEN UM DIE BDS-BEWEGUNG (BOYKOTT, DESINVESTITION UND SANKTIONEN) FÜR MENSCHENRECHTE DER PALÄSTINENSER ZU ÄCH Right To Boycott December 8, 2016 By:...

Boycotting Jews to prevent the boycott of Israel
Middle East Eye 8 Dec 2016 - This week a German bank announced that it is closing the account of a Jewish human rights organisation because it supports BDS. What's next?

Israeli Minister Calls for ‘Blacklist’ of Organizations Supporting BDS
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Dec 2016 - Israel’s Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan has proposed that Israel set up a committee to blacklist organizations and individuals which advocate for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Tuesday. According to the news outlet, Erdan first recommended the maintenance of the blacklist to Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, before sending these recommendations to the treasury. Gilad Erdan proposes "blacklisting" companies who support (or their employees support) BDS or boycotting settlements https://t.co/9wiE0yTBBd pic.twitter.com/qlIXaEccmS — John Reed (@JohninJerusalem) December 8, 2016 Erdan’s proposal would block the blacklisted entities from bidding on government tenders or receiving financial benefits from the Israeli government. The news comes days after Israeli authorities denied entry into Israel to Malawi BDS activist Isabel Phiri , in what Israeli media reported was “the first time” the country “officially” denied entry to a foreign national who supports the movement for Palestinian rights. Erdan at...more

Public Security Minister proposes blacklist of companies that support boycotting Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2016 - Individuals would also be subject to restrictions under proposal guidelines.

Haredim boycott speech of slain girl's father
YNet News, 6 Dec 2016 - Haredim refuse to attend a speech given by Uri Banki, father of Shira Banki, who was murdered by Yishai Schlissel at the Jerusalem LGBT Pride Parade in 2015, at a joint municipal committee hearing on LGBT communities in Jerusalem on Tuesday. ....

I’m Israeli, and I want to be blacklisted for boycotting settlement products
+972 Magazine - I don’t know what sanctions the Israeli government can impose on me for boycotting products made in the settlements, but I’ll accept them proudly. By Eitan Kalinski Jewish settlers clean the newly harvested grapes at a winery in the West Bank settlement of Gush Etzion, September...

Meet the radical Israeli looking to lead Britain’s Jewish students
+972 Magazine - A radical, left-wing British-Israeli has shaken up the race for the next president of the U.K.’s Union of Jewish students, and drawn international media attention. Eran Cohen talks BDS, diasporism, and being wounded by unfriendly IDF fire. By Matan Kaminer Eran Cohen, who is running for...

Santa Cruz church becomes first US congregation to boycott HP for role in Israeli occupation
Mondoweiss - Last night the congregation of Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, CA voted to refrain from buying Hewlett-Packard (HP) products including printers, computers, and ink cartridges until HP companies cease to profit from Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights. Peace United Church of Christ...

Dutch reject calls to cease funding Palestinian groups
Electronic Intifada - Freedom of expression means that boycotts may be advocated, say two government ministers.

UN World Food Program in Jordan drops its contracts with G4S
Mondoweiss - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan  has dropped  its contracts with the world’s largest security firm, occupation profiteer G4S, following an ongoing BDS campaign over the firm’s role in Israel’s violations of human rights. The WFP in Jordan had contracts with G4S  worth  more...

Andrew Cuomo’s Anti-BDS Blacklist Fizzles †but Critics Push Back Anyway
The Forward New 6 Dec 2016 - New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s blacklist of firms that support the BDS movement seems to have fizzled, with the release of a list of all targeted companies that includes no American firms and no firms that currently do business with New York State.

Protests against HP’s complicity in Israeli occupation
Global BDS 6 Dec 2016 - Protests against HP’s complicity in Israeli occupation In the News Economic Boycott Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against HP Global activists will  launch  on Friday a week of action targeting what they describe as Hewlett-Packard’s “complicity in Israeli occupat November 23, 2016 By: Middle...

UN World Food Program in Jordan drops its contracts with G4S
Global BDS 6 Dec 2016 - UN World Food Program in Jordan drops its contracts with G4S Update Stop G4S 4 out of 6 UN agencies in Jordan drop their contracts with G4S. News comes as G4S announces sale of £88m of its investment in Israel. December 6, 2016 By: Palestinian BDS...

Greens Defeat Pro-Israel Bullies
Dissident Voice: 7 Dec 2016 - In a major self-inflicted wound Israeli nationalist groups recently turned support for a BDS motion targeting Israel’s occupation into overwhelming approval for a resolution also demanding action to address the plight of Palestinian refugees and Palestinian citizens of Israel. And, in a further bizarre twist, Elizabeth May and others within the Green Party leadership have tried to obfuscate the extent of the membership’s support for Palestinian rights. In August the Green Party of Canada voted to support “ the use of divestment, boycott and sanctions (BDS) that are targeted at   those sectors of Israel’s economy and society which profit from the ongoing occupation of the [Occupied Palestinian Territories].” While the new policy drops the BDS formulation, it supports “ economic measures such as government sanctions, consumer boycotts, institutional divestment, economic sanctions and arms embargoes” and encompasses the Palestinian civil society led BDS campaign’s three demands. It calls for: “respect...more

Israeli minister proposes blacklist of entities that call for boycotting Israel or settlements
Ha'aretz - 6 Dec 2016

Palestinian lawmaker: Israel's settlement legalization bill a 'declaration of war'
Jerusalem Post 6 Dec 2016 - In an exclusive interview to the Jerusalem Post, Mustafa Barghouti, a prominent Palestinian legislator, predicts that this step will boost BDS efforts,

Israel denies entry of BDS activist for first time
YNet News, 6 Dec 2016 - Malawian BDS activist Isabel Phiri has been denied entry into the Jewish state due to her affiliation with BDS; Minister Erdan: boycotters' place is outside Israel. ....

Andrew Cuomo’s Anti-BDS Blacklist Fizzles †but Critics Push Back Anyway
The Forward New 6 Dec 2016 - New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s blacklist of firms that support the BDS movement seems to have fizzled, with the release of a list of all targeted companies that includes no American firms and no firms that currently do business with New York State.

Email: MPPs must vote down motion censuring BDS to protect free speech
Global BDS 6 Dec 2016 - Email: MPPs must vote down motion censuring BDS to protect free speech In the News Right To Boycott The OCLA sent the following email this evening to Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) of Ontario November 30, 2016 By: OCLA

How EU secretly embraced Israeli ministry in East Jerusalem
Global BDS 6 Dec 2016 - How EU secretly embraced Israeli ministry in East Jerusalem In the News Sanctions and governments European Union  representatives secretly decided to cooperate with an Israeli ministry based in occupied  East Jerusalem , it has been revealed. December 23, 2016 By: David Cronin at Electronic Intifada

Investigate Persecution Arising out of Ongoing Gaza Closure, Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Urge ICC Prosecutor
Global BDS 6 Dec 2016 - Investigate Persecution Arising out of Ongoing Gaza Closure, Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Urge ICC Prosecutor In the News Sanctions and governments Palestinian human rights groups are urging the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to examine the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip November 22, 2016...

Protests against HP’s complicity in Israeli occupation
Global BDS 6 Dec 2016 - Protests against HP’s complicity in Israeli occupation In the News Economic Boycott Boycott HP Global BDS Week of Action Against HP Global activists will  launch  on Friday a week of action targeting what they describe as Hewlett-Packard’s “complicity in Israeli occupat November 23, 2016 By: Middle...

In First ‘Official’ Incident of Its Type, Israel Denies entry of BDS Activist into Country
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Dec 2016 - Israeli authorities denied the entry of a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activist into the country at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Monday, in what Israeli media reported was “the first time” the country “officially” denied entry to a foreign national who supports the movement for Palestinian rights. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that activist Isabel Phiri, a Malawi national, landed at the airport on Monday afternoon, but was denied entry as a tourist “on the basis of her activism for the World Council of Churches (WCC) group which supports the BDS movement.” The decision involved officials higher up than just airport security officials, according to Haaretz, who said the final decision was made by Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri “following consultations with Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.” RT #intifada "Singling out of Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri fits with Israel's pattern of incitement against citizens of … https://t.co/Bm6Pt6hxnU "...more

Ontario officially rejects BDS, becoming first Canadian province to do so
Ha'aretz - 5 Dec 2016

Fighting anti-Semitism while demonizing Israel?
YNet News, 5 Dec 2016 - Op-ed: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which backs organizations supporting the BDS campaign, is paying the New Israel Fund to research the growth of anti-Semitism on US campuses. This absurdity needs no explanation. ....

Policy number 41: “Being anti-occupation does not make you anti-Israel”
Occupation Magazine 5 Dec 2016 - Daniella Peled - Haaretz/Norman G. Finkelstein 2016 - Israeli-born BDS supporter Eran Cohen vies to head Britain’s Jewish student union. “Even if we lose,” he said, “we do what we set out to achieve – to encourage a conversation about Jewish identity.” http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-1.756883 [bz]

Obama would have overwhelming support from US public to allow UN establishment of Palestinian state
Occupation Magazine 5 Dec 2016 - Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss - Shibley Telhami’s latest polling for Brookings shows that criticism of Israel has burgeoned in the United States public during the last year, particularly among Democrats; and that if President Obama were to buck Israel at the United Nations, by sanctioning Israel...

Palestinian appeal to Tshwane University of Technology not to collaborate with Israeli oppression
Global BDS 5 Dec 2016 - Palestinian appeal to Tshwane University of Technology not to collaborate with Israeli oppression PACBI Statement Academic Boycott   Occupied Palestine October 18 2016 To Tshwane University of Technology (TUT),   October 18, 2016 By: PACBI

Israeli-born BDS supporter vies to head Britain’s Jewish student union
Ha'aretz - 4 Dec 2016

Ontario becomes first Canadian province to reject BDS against Israel
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2016 - Ontario’s legislature voted 49 to 5 to pass a motion rejecting “the differential treatment of Israel, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.”

Nearly half of Americans support sanctions on Israel, poll finds
+972 Magazine - As the Democratic party regroups ahead of the next election cycle, it would be wise for its leadership to examine areas where the Clinton campaign diverged from the party’s base. Israel-Palestine is one of those issues. Two Palestinian women walk along Israel’s separation wall in the...

G4S Ends Business in Israel - HUGE VICTORY FOR BDS!
Occupation Magazine 3 Dec 2016 - FOSNA Friends of Sabeel North America--December 3, 2016

BDS is not the only tactic against Israeli occupation, but it is working
Middle East Eye 4 Dec 2016 - Sustained international pressure on Israel is working and must be expanded in the coming year

Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2016 - Human rights campaigners to intensify pressure against the company… G4S announces sale of most of its Israel business, following intense BDS pressure G4S remains involved in Israeli police training and settlement construction business BDS human rights...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palestine and progressive politics in a post-Harper Canada
Sabrien Amrov, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/22/2016
      If Trudeau is serious about his progressive leadership, the government needs to discuss campaigns like BDS in a less simplistic and demonising way.
     According to prolific writer Naomi Klein, solidarity with Palestine “is the hardest organising circle.” More specifically, she referred to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on university campuses.
     When Klein was a student, she saw for herself how the call for a boycott and sanctions in order to end apartheid in South Africa made the university administration uncomfortable. However, she also saw how the same administration embraced the ideas of liberty and freedom after Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
     In fact, the first time that she wrote an article about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an undergrad writer for The Varsity — the University of Toronto’s in-house newspaper — its biggest private donor made a phone call to the authorities and threatened to withdraw his donations if her article “Victim to Victimisers” was published.
     Last Wednesday, Naomi Klein spoke to the faculty and activists at the university about solidarity between different struggles (she cited the steel workers, trade unions, fossil fuels and BDS). While all are being fought on university campuses, the BDS movement continues to be the most difficult to mobilise support for. Nevertheless, when put together, there is an opportunity and a need to reassess progressive politics in a post-Stephen Harper Canada. “We have a new landscape,” said Klein. “There are perils and there are opportunities, but you have to understand what is at stake.”
     Her comment is timely. Last week, in America’s Berkeley University, the administration reinstated a course on Palestine after it had decided to take it of the curriculum as the autumn semester began....
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EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 22 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Will Israel’s friends try to ban Israeli Apartheid Week?
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/22/2016
      Will pro-Israel groups seek to block Israeli Apartheid Week events on British campuses?
     The possibility was hinted at recently by a director of pro-Israel legal activism group Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW), speaking during a meeting of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
     Robert Festenstein made the remarks in the context of a discussion about a new, campus-focused anti-boycott initiative by the Board and Union of Jewish Students.
     During the debate, a number of deputies opposed the inclusion of the Palestinian flag in the campaign materials, including one on the grounds that it is a “terror flag”.
     Others defended the use of the flag, and the initiative itself, as a strategic ploy in the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
     Festenstein, however, used the debate to make a different point.
     “The problem that we face”, he told the meeting, “is that there is a vicious and revolting campaign called Israeli Apartheid Week”, which “sadly has been a bit of a regular occurrence on campuses.”
     He continued: “It’ll come in February next year, and I think what we should be doing whilst we have time is thinking about taking action as far as that is concerned.
     "It’s an intimidatory campaign, it’s massively antisemitic, in the way in which it clearly identifies Jews as their target, and it’s run by a number of well-known anti-Semitic organisations including of course the BDS movement."
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Wanted: Men to boycott male-only panels on Turkish TV
Al-Monitor 21 Sep 2016 - Women have regressed from a mere minority to a real rarity on Turkish political TV programs, and a protest movement is finding little support from their powerful male colleagues.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

East Jerusalem's elections are more than symbolic
Daoud Kuttab, Al Jazeera 9/19/2016
      Even a "shadow" municipal council could help solve some major problems in East Jerusalem.
     The Palestinian High Court has done something extraordinary. On September 8, it suspended the Palestinian municipal elections scheduled for October 8. While the decision came as a result of a complaint to the court about a variety of election-related problems in the West Bank and Gaza, the court itself highlighted the fact that East Jerusalem residents were not scheduled to participate in the vote.
     While analysts and pundits have expressed various theories as to the reason for the court's decision, it is important to focus on the Jerusalem issue.
     A city of 350,000 Palestinians, East Jerusalem is the largest populated city in Palestine today but it has not held municipal elections since 1967. Israel has annexed East Jerusalem in a so far unsuccessful attempt to unify the holy city and make it part of the "united capital of Israel".
     Palestinians living in East Jerusalem have continuously boycotted the Israeli-run municipal elections for the unified city and have therefore had no elected leadership or a say in what happens to their neighbourhoods and their city. Oslo Accords
     During the talks in Oslo that led to the Palestinian-Israeli memorandum of understanding, often called the Oslo Accords, which was signed at the White House in 1993, Israel agreed to allow existing organisations in East Jerusalem to continue to function.
     Institutions such as the chamber of commerce and the Orient House acted as a de facto local government, but Israel soon reneged on its commitment and closed down in 2001 all representative institutions, including the Orient House.
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EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 18 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

Spanish cities free themselves of Israeli Apartheid
Maren Mantovani and Ángel Alonso, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 9/18/2016
      'It is our responsibility to do what is in our reach to support justice in Palestine'
     “It is our responsibility to do what is in our reach to support justice in Palestine.” With these sound and simple words Jesús Manuel Sánchez Antuña, the mayor of Langreo, has reaffirmed the solidarity of the small town in Asturias, in northern Spain. We had visited to thank the local council for its decision to declare the municipality ‘free of Israeli Apartheid’ and not to contract any companies that are involved in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and international law.
     Almost 60 local and regional councils all across the Spanish state have passed similar motions over the last two years. Only recently, the provincial capital Cádiz (Andalucia, southern Spain) and eight more councils in the province have joined the effort. At the end of July, the town of Santa Eulària on the island of Ibiza, one the most popular holiday resorts in the Balearic islands, opted to free itself of Israeli apartheid passing such a solidarity motion. Other world-famous places in Spain, including the island of Gran Canaria, Córdoba, Sevilla, Santiago de Compostela and Gijón, are today destinations that offer an unforgettable holiday free of Israeli apartheid.
     The wave of support for Palestinian rights among cities across the Spanish state is based on the campaign to build ‘Israeli Apartheid Free Zones’ launched in 2014 by RESCOP to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Wall. The Israeli Apartheid Free Zones are part of the global campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and ‘support the creation, in our neighbourhoods, towns and cities, of commercial, cultural, political, sporting, academic and social spaces in the Spanish state, which refuse to collaborate with, or passively support, the Israeli colonial and apartheid system’. The campaign aims to ‘create islands of political awareness and to consolidate Israeli Apartheid Free Zones in different parts of the Spanish State’.
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EVENT: What Is BDS?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 17 Sep 2016 - The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) has become a global, nonviolent movement to achieve Palestinian freedom, justice and equality. Attend this first-ever Hill briefing featuring leading student, faith-based, civil society, and legal practitioners of BDS to learn more about the...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish court annuls BDS boycott
Jerusalem Post 30 May 2016 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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