Despite seemingly insurmountable challenges on college campuses, organizing efforts by Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Muslim Students Associations and the Open Hillel movement have combined to creatively highlight and challenge Israel’s ongoing apartheid.
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A new committee in the Episcopal Church, supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is calling on the church to divest from companies that do business in the Israeli occupation in light of the Israeli government’s pledge not to allow the establishment of a Palestinian state
“Israel’s War Crimes. Your Tax Dollars at Work,” say bus ads in D.C. featuring photo of a woman in rubble in Gaza
Our site has been closely following the Open Hillel movement’s encounter with Hillel International: a nationwide campus tour by four Jewish civil rights movement veterans who have been banned from speaking at Hillel’s because they violate the organization’s rules against addressing Palestinian human rights. Open Hillel’s track record of desegregating the Hillel lunchcounter goes like […]
Pro-Israel campus activism reaches new levels of desperation: video saying that best and brightest young Jews are called to criticize Israel because of “justice” and “equality”
Seth Morrison used to travel to Israel to work on a kibbutz and go to AIPAC’s policy conferences. Today, the 63-year-old attends Jewish Voice for Peace meetings. Morrison’s long political evolution is an increasingly common story among liberal Jews. The deepening of the Israeli occupation is pushing people like Morrison to the left–and to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Mondoweiss caught up with Morrison at the Jewish Voice for Peace membership meeting in March, and produced an audio report on Morrison’s political evolution.
Letter to the leading British Jewish organization protesting its denuncation of BDS: “Our relationship to the Palestinian people is the greatest issue the Jewish people and Judaism itself faces in this century. And we are currently making a spectacular mess of it. Your document is just one more example of that.”
London Palestine Action is pressuring Robbie Williams to cancel Tel Aviv performance May 2. The UK pop megastar announced the “Let Me Entertain You” gig days after being named UNICEF ambassador for its high-profile Children In Danger campaign,
Tzvia Thier, a teacher and school principal, has gone from being a fervent believer in the Zionist dream to wanting equal rights in Israel and Palestine. She tells her life story.
French philosopher Monique Canto-Sperber shut down an appearance by the late Stephane Hessel at a leading French school four years ago because it was sponsored by a group favoring BDS against Israel. On April 24 she comes to NY to give a lecture on “Free Speech.”
Students for Justice in Palestine at Los Angeles Valley College: “We urge that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, that has the privilege of representing all 112 of California’s community colleges, to stand on the right side of history by urging divestment from companies that profit from human rights abuses in Palestine—in which our tuition dollars is invested, and to send a message that human rights abuses is unacceptable no matter where they may be.”
Naseer Aruri, a Palestinian-American scholar of renowned thoughtfulness, kindness and commitment to Palestine in the Diaspora, died in February in Massachusetts at 81. He will be memorialized in Massachusetts this Saturday.
About 120 New York University (NYU) professors are calling on the school to divest from companies linked to the Israeli occupation. Students and faculty suspect that the university, like other institutions in the U.S., has investments in U.S. companies that supply the Israeli army with weapons.
The BDS call represents as close to a consensus as possible within Palestinian civil society. It targets academic institutions, including the Muslim Leadership Institute of the Shalom Hartman Institute, which has now sent two small cohorts of Muslim-American leaders to Israel/Palestine. MLI’s stated purpose is to shape the understanding of these cohorts with regards to Judaism and Zionism.
On April 16, the international Cartoons on the Bay animation festival will kick off in Venice, Italy. The festival and will be awarding Israel the Pulcinella Award 2015 as a tribute to the country’s ability to produce “interesting, original and innovative” animated cartoons despite its “delicate geopolitical context.” In an open letter to festival organizers, BDS Italy asked what criteria was used to select Israel as “guest country” to a festival of animation for children “when it has shown that it has absolutely no regard or respect for Palestinian youth and children?”
“We stand united in our commitment to see the liberation of all oppressed peoples around the world.” These words highlight the statement, released last week, of the 2014 African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel. Kamilah Moore writes: “As a member of the delegation, this commitment carries me forward in my work in solidarity with the Palestinian people.”
Palestinian civil society activists have heralded the decision by French corporate giant Veolia to sell off nearly all of its business activity in Israel as a huge victory for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The sale follows a worldwide campaign against the company’s role in illegal Israeli settlements that cost the firm billions of dollars of lost contracts.
Asked about Alan Dershowitz’s recent troubles, Norman Finkelstein cracked, It’s caused me to doubt my atheism.
Ads reading “Islamic Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran” appeared on SEPTA buses in Philadelphia on April Fool’s Day. No joke. Activists have slapped Hate Speech stickers on them.
“At Guilford’s Hillel, we have a wide range of Jewish voices. We have Zionists, anti-Zionists and everything in between. On our campus, it is an imperative that Hillel be a place that is for all Jewish students”
A series of events in Italy during the month of March show that, despite the government’s strong ties with Israel and recent efforts to shut down the debate on Palestine, the boycott divestment and sanctions movement is becoming more and more mainstream.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, April 1, his latest initiative to start a Habitat for Humanity branch in the West Bank. Invoking the humanitarian work done by former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, Netanyahu expects his charitable venture will create tens of thousands of new homes for displaced and disadvantaged Jewish citizens.
On Tuesday, March 31st, Pitzer Students for Justice in Palestine will display a mock Israeli apartheid wall on campus to raise awareness about Palestinian suffering and the realities of the Israeli occupation, as well as to stimulate conversation around necessary changes in global and domestic human rights policy. SJP is continuing with this demonstration despite attempts by the administration to censor free speech.
Fifty years after they went south to fight Jim Crow, Ira Grupper, Dorothy Zellner, Larry Rubin and Mark Levy are fighting for Palestine’s freedom with the Open Hillel movement. Hillel International has banned their campus appearances.
Watch a video of Max Blumenthal speaking about anti-Semitism at University of Glasgow last month, a brief part of his Israeli Apartheid Week 2015 presentation at the college.