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Losing public opinion on BDS, activists turn to ‘lawfare’

John Dworkin on
Bruce Rauner, Illinois Governor

A bill to penalize those who boycott Israel that passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly May 18th places the economic welfare of Israel before U.S. interests, tacitly endorses the full annexation of the West Bank into Israel, and violates our country’s First Amendment rights.

Letter from Baltimore

Allison Deger on
Mural of Freddie Gray in Sandtown-Winchester, Baltimore. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Having covered two wars, and nearly three years of reporting from the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, Allison Deger decided to visit the Baltimore projects last week in the wake of the National Guard’s deployment. Although it bears little resemblance to the Middle Eastern conflicts she has seen, the televised images of the National Guard and tear gas, and public art works on walls that captures politics and death drew a superficial parallel she wanted to investigate further.

Understanding the ‘S’ in BDS: It’s time to demand sanctions on Israel

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(Image: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation)

To date, the tactics of boycott and divestment have produced successes after only a few years of the official BDS Campaign’s existence. Amjad Alqasis writes that after ten years of successful struggle, the most urgent issue that needs to be raised today is the “S” in the BDS acronym, or the campaigning for sanctions against Israel.

Why Ship to Gaza is sailing again

Ann Ighe and Mikael Löfgren on
Marianne of Gothenburg departs. (Photo: Ship to Gaza)

On May 9th, the trawler Marianne of Gothenburg departed from its home port heading for the Eastern Mediterranean and Gaza. Ship to Gaza Sweden and Norway have joined forces with the international Freedom Flotilla to once again to attempt to peacefully break the inhumane, illegal blockade of the besieged Palestinian population on that narrow coastal strip between Israel and Egypt.

International calls rise for FIFA to suspend Israel

Red Card Israeli Racism on
Kick Israel out of FIFA (graphic: Stephanie Westbrook)

A letter signed by a number of progressive writers, film makers, politicians and activists calls for FIFA to suspend the Israeli Football Association (IFA) at the FIFA annual congress in Zurich on 28-29 May 2015. Signatories include former UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, Palestinian refugees’ champion Salman Abu Sita, Breyten Breytenbach, Noam Chomsky and Ronnie Kasrils.

Israeli military attacks Nakba Day protests with live fire

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Protestor shot in his leg with live ammunition during protest in West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum. (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)

AFP reports: “Israeli soldiers fired tear gas, rubber and live bullets at Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, wounding at least 21 people, medics and security sources said. Clashes took place near Ramallah and farther north in Nablus, after a new Israeli cabinet took office and as Palestinians marked 67 years since the Nakba.”

On Nakba day, Palestinian civil society in besieged Gaza decries collective failure to ensure accountability for Israeli massacre 

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In this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 photo, a Palestinian flag waves as a man walks over the rubble of houses that were destroyed in in Khuzaa, southern Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

As Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, the catastrophe in 1948 when more than 700,000 indigenous Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their homes by Zionist militias and later the State of Israel, life in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip is reaching a fatal tipping point, as the UN has warned. Given the human catastrophe that Gaza is facing and Israel’s threats of more atrocities, a coalition of Palestinian NGOs calls on governments and international bodies to take immediate action.

Arizona activists protest Israeli firms militarizing the border

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(Photo: Bob Torrez)

On May 2, a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, just north of Nogales, on Tohono O’odham land, a group of activists unveiled a banner of protest in front of a new surveillance tower, manufactured and operated by the Israeli company Elbit Systems. The group came to bring border justice, indigenous rights and power, and anti-militarization movements together with the Southern Arizona BDS Network to confront the Israeli/US partnership that is militarizing the US/Mexico border with increasingly profound effects on the people of this region.

‘Forward’ reports what ‘NYT’ covers up: Jews for BDS

James North and Philip Weiss on
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

The Forward has two articles describing the Jewish presence in the BDS movement: many Jews who go on Birthright end up observing racism in Israel and boycotting the place; and a rabbi argues that young Jews need an inoculation of Jewish education so as not to “capitulate” to BDS on campus. The NYT deceived its readers about this truth.

Tell your congressperson or senator to speak out against repeated destruction of Al Araqib in the Negev

Donna Baranski-Walker on
Dianne Feinstein

The Government of Israel has demolished Al Araqib village 83 times and levied huge fines and an outrageous lawsuit against the villagers to press them to give up their land. Please ask your senators and representative to press the Government of Israel to withdraw the outrageous fines and lawsuit against the residents of Al Araqib and recognize their right to live on the land they own.

Is there room for liberal Zionists in an anti-Zionist movement?

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(Photo: Jewish Voice for Peace/Flickr)

The Likud party’s unsurprising success in last month’s Israeli election reinforced the essential argument that the two-state outcome is not viable. Phil Weiss wrote that the time for an open discussion between anti-Zionists and liberal Zionists has arrived. Ahmed Moor says, it’s a good argument, but not one that is easily embraced.

It’s time– again– for BDS to end oppression

Lloyd Nyarota on
Ian Smith, AFP/Getty Images

When Rhodesia and South Africa said that they were white-led nations that would never have majority rule, the world responded with boycott, divestment and sanctions. When Netanyahu says that there will never be a Palestinian state, it is again time for the BDS movement to put down its shoes and be on the move.