On Saturday, October 3, members of Boston Students for Justice in Palestine were removed from a Bernie Sanders rally for holding a sign that read “Will Ya #feeltheBern 4 Palestine?”. The Sanders campaign has since said the activists should never have been kicked out of the rally, but Boston SJP says Sanders needs to do more: “Sanders speaks up for those hurt by low wages, gender inequality, school tuition, corporate power, and climate change. We want him to also speak up for those hurt by US foreign policy and military aid: we want him to speak up on Palestine. ”
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Bon Jovi stands with the settler who burned the Dawabshe baby in the West Bank and the soldier who killed the four Bakr boys on the beach in Gaza, Roger Waters writes, assailing the band’s gig in Tel Aviv October 3
A group of UK BDS activists have been making inquiries after hearing several advertisements on the UK’s Magic 105.4 radio broadcast hyping a “Win a trip to Israel” contest. The station has already backed down from suggesting Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
Help support filmmaker Susan Youssef make her new film ‘Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf’: “Our screens are a reflection of our society. We need an honoring of Syrian and Palestinian life as equal as our own as Americans and Europeans. Supporting media by Arabs and Muslims about Arabs and Muslims is one way that we can instigate the process of healing and hope.”
As the 2015 National Students for Justice in Palestine conference approaches, organizers are calling for support to help to bolster meaningful Palestine solidarity activism on US campuses.
“We, as Israeli citizens, are very limited in our ability to create change in the current political climate,” the Israeli group Boycott from Within writes to the Reykjavik City Council in urging it to stand by its decision to boycott Israeli products
While thousands demonstrated in support of Syrian refugees across Europe on Saturday, a crowd of over 200 New Yorkers gathered in Manhattan’s Union Square on Saturday to show they are tired of feeling their own community was neglecting the issue. “People in the United States seem to feel that the Syrian crisis is Europe’s problem,” says 25-year-old Syrian American Nader Atassi, who helped organize a pro-refugee rally. “We’re here to say it’s a human problem, and we want our government to do more to help.”
Israeli Labourite darling Stav Shaffir acts as if fellow member of Knesset Jamal Zahalka is invisible, Zahalka says, in saying that Labour killed tens of thousands of Palestinians, while the far right at least acknowledges Palestinians as human beings
Activists call on Kanye West to respect the growing international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and cancel his September 30 concert in Israel, a racist regime that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and other veteran freedom fighters have described as worse than apartheid South Africa.
On August 7, UK citizen Damian Moran posted a petition on the UK Government and Parliament E-petition website calling for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the U.K for the massacre of over 2000 civilians in 2014”. The petition spread swiftly on social media and as of September 4th it has garnered over 99,000 signatures. The UK government has promised to respond to all petitions over 100,000 signatures including considering them for debate in Parliament.
The real meaning of BDS is that ending injustices requires substantial change in the way Israel has chosen to act and to think about itself, Bob Gelbach of Jewish Voice for Peace tells a groundbreaking forum on the movement at a CT synagogue
100 American women leaders, scholars, and activists have released a statement in support of the Iran deal. The statement, “We Women Support the Iran Nuclear Deal; We Say No to War and YES to Diplomacy,” was organized by women-led peace group CODEPINK. The statement is signed by leading women’s and civil rights activists Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem, Barbara Ransby, Jane Fonda, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Eve Ensler, among others.
“We reached a breaking point when Israel launched the war on Gaza in 2014, killing over 2,000 people including 500 children. Because Israel has been unwilling to engage in real negotiations to bring about a just resolution to the occupation, this is a necessary step for labor to take in order to bring about a peaceful end to the conflicts there,” Carl Rosen, president of UE’s Western Region and a member of the national executive board.
From the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America report on its recent national convention: Delegates upheld the UE tradition of taking courageous stands on foreign policy issues when they adopted the resolution on Palestine and Israel that calls for cutting off U.S. aid to Israel, U.S. support for a peace settlement on the basis of self-determination for Palestinians and the right to return. The resolution also endorses the worldwide BDS movement making UE the first U.S. national union to endorse BDS. Speaking for the resolution were Angaza Laughinghouse, Local 150, Matt Braddon, Local 222; Chris Wolford, Local 170; Autumn Martinez and Elizabeth Jesdale, Local 255. Martinez and Jesdale both said they had met Palestinian trade unionists when they attended the World Social Forum in Tunisia, and Martinez said, “It’s absolutely disgusting what is going on. Free Palestine!”
Veolia has sold the last of its remaining businesses in the occupied Palestinian territories, becoming the first major BDS target company to fully withdraw from all of its various Occupation enterprises. Barbara Harvey says the successful BDS campaign against Veolia makes a persuasive case that profiteering from legal and human rights violations can be bad for business when the opposition is organized.
Al Haq Director Shawan Jabarin argues that “Ban” should be added to the BDS lexicon: “Products originating from Israeli agricultural and industrial settlements are essential to reinforcing the illegal settlement enterprise, and provide vital revenues that help ensure their viability and growth. Accordingly, states fail to comply with their international legal obligations by allowing settlement products to enter domestic markets. By not implementing a ban on settlement products, states themselves are politicizing a legal issue and shifting the burden to consumers.”
“Destruction of Gaza is not history; it’s still news”, Jewish Voice for Peace says, and demands end to Israeli blockade, in a demonstration outside the Museum of Natural History in NY
PACBI is convinced that the pressure campaign waged by human rights activists in Spain to cancel this bigoted artist’s performance at this progressive festival is a well justified “common sense” boycott campaign, even though it falls outside the realm of the BDS institutional boycott guidelines.
Jewish American rapper Matisyahu (the stage name of Matthew Paul Miller) was disinvited from a music festival in Spain because of his support for Israel. Organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival say they were pressured to cancel the performance by supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. After Spain’s foreign ministry condemned the cancellation of the performance, the festival apologized and re-invited Matisyahu. Denying accusations that the decision to cancel Matisyahu’s performance was motivated in any way by anti-Semitism, Spanish BDS activists maintain that they objected to Matisyahu’s “incitement to racial hatred and his defense of Israeli war crimes, including in his lyrics,” and “his hateful and racist views that dehumanize Palestinians and justify their oppression.”
Over 1,000 Black activists, artists, scholars, students, and organizations have released a statement reaffirming their “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and commitment to the liberation of Palestine’s land and people.” The list of signatories includes scholar-activists Angela Davis and Cornel West, political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Sundiata Acoli, rappers Talib Kweli, Boots Riley and Jasiri X, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. 40 organizations signed, including the Florida-based Dream Defenders and St. Louis-based Hands Up United and Tribe X, which were founded after the killings of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown, respectively, as well as the 35-year-old Organization for Black Struggle in St. Louis. The statement debuted Tuesday afternoon on the website of Ebony, the largest Black publication in the US.
Leaflets pepper the Upper East Side slamming Senator Chuck Schumer for being for the war with Iraq and now a war with Iran
Three submissions reflecting the debate in the Palestinian solidarity community over Alison Weir of If Americans Knew following Jewish Voice for Peace’s decision to not work with her and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s decision to ask her organization to leave its coalition due to violation of its anti-racism principles.
Israeli banks are preparing for a “political-economic tsunami” owing to a possible European boycott of any financial transactions that support the illegal settlement project.
What did then secretary of state Hillary Clinton care about whether the Edinburgh Film Festival returned $465 to the Israeli government in 2009? Well, her pro-Israel political supporters cared about it; so she hopped on it.
In a major victory for Palestine activists against the arms industry, a member of Thales senior management was summoned by the Scottish courts to answer questions as to the nature of their business. Under cross examiniation Senior Manager of Thales UK, Ian Lindsay, admitted that components manufactured on the Clyde in Glasgow are used in military drones. This is significant because it is rare that arms companies are called to face the courts as to the nature and legality of their business.