“And I am a supporter of BDS.” Dorothy Zellner said those magic words at Harvard Hillel Wednesday night. But she and other Jewish veterans of the civil rights movement have been barred from speaking at UMass and MIT Hillels because of support for the boycott movement against Israel.
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Kamau Franklin thanks the women who educated him about the politics of Palestine and the Middle East, including Suheir Hammad, Suzanne Adely, Rama Ali Kasad and Lamis Deek.
The American Muslims for Palestine unveiled its latest ad campaign that uses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s breach of protocol to focus on the detrimental impact our ‘friendship’ with Israel has on the United States.
Hillel at UCLA recently sent an email to the thousands of people on its listserve strongly condemning recent divestment measures voted on by the University of California Student Association. In its message, Hillel accuses the UCSA of “attacking their own country,” and claims that BDS measures have passed due to “the radical ideology of the zealots who somehow have managed to take over various organizations.” Jacob Manheim, president of Jewish Voice for Peace at UCLA responds. “It’s shocking that Hillel at UCLA leadership has decided that the best way to fight divestment is to attack the integrity of student of color organizations that support Palestinian rights.”
On Monday, February 23 a coalition of civil society and human rights organizations delivered the names of thousands of constituents who sent letters and signed petitions to their members of Congress calling on them to #SkipTheSpeech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 3.
The past week has seen international efforts to prevent an Israeli-Jordanian gas deal grow. Jordan BDS has called upon the international boycott movement to stand against the deal, and on Friday, February 20th activists in Denver, London and South Africa took to the streets to join the call to action. If the gas deal goes through it will increase Israeli dominance in the region by controlling the energy supply to bordering countries, and undermine the growing BDS movement.
Progressives should not be picking up nationalist flags: Sierra Leone, Algeria, El Salvador, Haiti, and South Africa show that despite long and bloody liberation struggles, the maintenance of a capitalist system has not led to significant economic betterment of the vast majority of the population.
“My own decision to join BDS was formed by my experience in front of the Apartheid Wall that this and previous Israeli governments have built, and continue to build,” Roger Waters tells Alan Parsons, but Parsons played Israel on Feb. 10, saying he was an artist and didn’t get involved with politics. Then he resorted to ad hominem attack
On February 17, the Undergraduate Senate of Stanford University voted 10-1-4 to pass a resolution to divest from the occupation of the Palestinian Territories. Senate leaders motioned to reconsider the resolution after it was narrowly defeated by one vote last week (9 for, 1 abstention, 5 against). The senators stated that the hostile environment opponents of divestment created at last week’s hearing impeded their ability to vote with clarity and requested the opportunity to align their votes with their true opinions.
Instro Precision, an arms company near Broadstairs (Kent), was occupied at 5am this morning to protest its sales to both Israel and Afghanistan. Four people are on the roof with banners to shut the factory down, with ten more on the ground, one of whom is locked to the fence. This is the second UK-based Elbit factory to be targeted by activists, after the successful occupation last summer of a drone engine factory near Birmingham.
This is one of the craziest stories we’ve ever reported. The student government at the University of Toledo is so frightened by a debate over divestment from Israel that it is rigging the debate on the topic tonight. It will hold the debate behind closed doors and limit how many students can come to the meeting. Only five representatives from two campus organizations. And each organization has to leave the room when the other side is making its case. Though guess what– two officials of the Jewish Federations of Greater Toledo are invited to the debate! “We are fully 100 percent opposed to this model of debate,” says Derek Ide of SJP
53-year-old mother and activist Linda Bevis is bringing Palestine into American high school classrooms. Bevis is the force behind the Palestine Teaching Trunk, an educational tool with hundreds of pages of materials designed for teachers. But as with all things Palestine, the teaching trunk has faced pushback.
From Women in Black to Middle East Children’s Alliance, many activist groups thank UC Santa Cruz for hosting Angela Davis at its annual MLK Jr convocation in January to speak on Ferguson to Palestine. The speech has been denounced by pro-Israel group Amcha initiative.
Last October the Jewish Defense League disrupted a University of Toronto event in favor of divestment from Israel. The school’s administration has failed to take appropriate action to safeguard campus speech from intimidation, a group of 23 faculty complain in a letter to VP Angela Hildyard
Over 700 British artists representing every field of the arts, have taken an Artists’ Pledge for Palestine to boycott Israel culturally or professionally until “it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights”
The Arab Resource and Organizing Center in Oakland will promote its BDS campaign by staging a “Revolution is Love” Valentine’s Day party at the Palestinian solidarity mural in Oakland
A new petition at Stanford against divestment from companies doing business in the occupation says that the initiative seeks to delegitimize Israel. In fact, the resolution is aimed at illegal, immoral activities targeting a people under occupation and condemned around the world, David Palumbo-Liu explains.
Within the past four days, over 29 Stanford professors have signed on to a faculty letter calling on Stanford University to “stop investing in companies that profit from the occupation of Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967.” Tonight the Stanford Undergraduate Senate will be voting on a resolution calling for divestment from companies violating human rights in occupied Palestine.
Recently, community groups called on New York City Councilmembers to skip an all-expenses-paid, eight-day junket to Israel. Challenged on Israel’s racism, progressive Councilmembers’ excuses quickly turned to gay rights following the lead of pro-Israel lobbyists who now tout Israel’s LGBT “tolerance” as often as they conjure anti-Semitism. We’re left to wonder what lobby groups like the Jewish Community Relations Council have whispered in the ears of Progressive and LGBT Caucus members to make them stray so far from their principles – and their voters.
“No amount of reading, attendance at conferences, documentary viewing and word of mouth could have prepared me for the reality of the situation here. You just can’t imagine it unless you see it – and even then you are always well aware that your experience of it is not at all the reality: what with […]
The UC Student Association is the official voice of the student body of the University of California, and represents hundreds of thousands of undergraduate and graduate students across the UC system. Over the weekend it became the first multi-campus student association to vote in favor of divestment from companies engaged in the systematic violation of Palestinian rights in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. This landmark vote is undoubtedly the largest victory thus far in the campus divestment movement in the United States.
There’s more leftwing anti-semitism than rightwing anti-semitism, according to a new British study. But what is that alleged anti-semitism? Sharp criticism of Israel.
Bus ads decrying US tax dollars going to Israel were censored in Seattle, but they’re now in San Francisco after appearing on buses in Denver and Portland
Tyler Levitan writes about the role of pro-Israel advocates play in shutting down debate over Israeli policies on Canadian college campuses.
On February 15, a group of New York City Council members, including members of the Progressive Caucus, will jet off to Israel on the dime of the Jewish Community Relations Council. It is a ritual that usually doesn’t garner much attention. But that has changed this year. A vocal coalition has arisen to call on New York City Council members to spurn the free trip. They say it is unseemly to tour Israel following the summer attack on the Gaza Strip, and have pointed out the history of partnership between the New York Police Department and Israeli security forces at a time of national protest against police brutality.