Junot Diaz, Elif Batuman, Ahdaf Soueif, Seth Tobocman, Anthony Arnove, Amit Chaudhuri, Sarah Schulman, Remi Kanazi and Astra Taylor among those writers and editors protesting Brooklyn Book Festival’s funding from the Israeli government just weeks after Israel’s bloody 50-day assault on the Gaza Str
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Bruce Shipman, who was forced out of his job as an Episcopal chaplain at Yale for a letter he wrote to the New York Times saying that Gaza was helping to foster anti-Semitism, has responded to the controversy with a clear, strong piece in the Hartford Courant declaring that he will not stop talking about Palestinian apartheid
The University of Toledo’s Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) and UT Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) issued a statement of joint solidarity following the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and the most recent Israeli attack on Gaza.
After a months long court battle BDS South Africa (BDS-SA) won a “precedent-setting” freedom of expression court case last Thursday, September 11. In October 2012 BDS-SA along with the Palestine Solidarity Alliance purchased advertisements on billboard’s across South Africa. With no warning South Africa’s Continental Outdoor Media removed two BDS South Africa (BDS-SA) ads prior to their contractual expiration date without giving any notice to BDS-SA or the Palestine Solidarity Alliance. A judge of the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled in favor of BDS South Africa, declaring that the removal of the billboards was both “unlawful and unconstitutional” and ordering Continental to re-erect the billboards within 10 days and pay all court costs. The court also ordered the City of Johannesburg to amend their bylaws.
When Zoe Goorman tried to explain to Democratic politicians in Marin County, California, that Israel is the elephant in the room that they’re not talking about, she let them know graphically: with a poster of an elephant in the room. Maybe others should follow suit?
It’s been a busy time for Palestine solidarity folks in Albuquerque. Five and half years ago after Israel’s 08-09 massacre in Gaza, the Coalition to Stop$30Billion to Israel, a grassroots group of ordinary citizens, launched a campaign erecting 10 billboards in their city that inspired campaigns in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Portland, Washington DC, Boston, Arizona, and Seattle, just to name just a few. They’re at it again. Last Monday Sept.8 the coalition up their first digital billboard in response to the recent carnage in Gaza.
Saturday night activists in Amsterdam pulled off a fantastic action at an Israeli whitewashing event promoted as “Israel=Culture” the first Israeli theatre mini-festival in Amsterdam, “three days of presenting the rich and vibrant theatre culture of Israel.”
Tithi Bhattacharya and Bill V. Mullen share five lessons they learned from the efforts to reinstate Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois. As they watched the protests over Salaita’s firing they saw protesters connecting the dots between Apartheid Israel and the violation of labor rights at home and realized that the protesters at UIUC were showing us the way to a new social movement that could constitute a fighting force against neoliberalism, both at home and abroad
Cornell professor Eric Cheyfitz writes: “It is no secret that Cornell’s institutional partner in the New York City tech campus is Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. It is also no secret that Technion is substantially involved in the development of systems used in the militarization of the Occupied Territories. The question might arise, then, at least in some minds, as to Cornell’s possible complicity in Israeli state policy in the Territories, including the latest invasion of Gaza and the ongoing blockade.”
Open Hillel will host their first conference at Harvard University October 11-13, 2014 with guest speakers Judith Butler, Rashid Khalidi, Steven Cohen, among others.
On Sunday, August 31st, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) gathered to share information with members of the Toronto community about the current campaign to boycott SodaStream, a carbonated beverage company whose main production facility is in Ma’ale Adumim, an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. “In the wake of Israel’s deadly assault on the people Gaza we must intensify our BDS campaigns,” said CAIA member Kat Lapointe. “We know for a fact that the global campaign against SodaStream is having a significant impact. People will no longer tolerate companies that profit off of Israeli apartheid.”
It’s not all about academic freedom: Steven Salaita is targeted because of what he has said about Palestine. He is targeted because he was to be the first Palestinian voice at the University of Illinois. He’s targeted at a national level because the Israel lobby is afraid that it’s losing its control of the narrative. For even the Jewish community in Illinois has been divided by the Gaza onslaught and leaders hope that the rifts won’t be exposed
Cycling4Gaza began in 2009 as four London friends recruited cyclists to raise funds for Gaza. Now it is teamed with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and coming to the U.S., with a Philadelphia to Washington trip on Sept. 18-21.
Palestine Solidarity Legal Support offers a roundup of summer incidents in which people lost their job, were investigated or otherwise sanctioned because they were critical of Israel’s policies, or merely expressed support for Palestinian rights. These incidents share much in common including that Israel advocacy groups frequently demand that individuals supporting Palestinian rights be investigated and punished relying on false accusations of anti-Semitism.
When Yale Episcopalian chaplain Bruce Shipman said that Israel’s actions were contributing to the growth of anti-Semitism, the backlash from Israel supporters was so fierce that he decided to move a benefit for a Gaza hospital off campus.
Shuhada Street in Hebron has been closed to Palestinians for many years. In August a military checkpoint on the street was set afire. The Israeli occupying forces cracked down on Palestinians for the fire, further limiting their movements
On Tuesday August 26, 2014, more than 50 demonstrators protested outside the Newark, New Jersey, offices of U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker demanding that the legislators stop providing a blank check for Israel’s crimes. Thirteen demonstrators were arrested inside the building as they read out the names of some of the nearly 500 Palestinian children killed in Gaza
The Bay Area chapters of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP-BA) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) have teamed up on a great radio ad campaign that began airing locally yesterday morning on KCBS. The ad will run on KCBS for the next 2 weeks Monday through Thursday, 16 times a week during commute time (5am
A group of Holocaust survivors and descendants of those targeted by Nazi Germany have harshly criticized Israeli actions in Gaza and called for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Following a letter from survivors of the Holocaust printed in the New York Times on Saturday, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, which helped coordinate the
There have been several developments in the Steven Salaita firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The university is obviously concerned that Salaita is becoming a cause celebre. Yesterday it issued two long statements describing Salaita’s alleged infraction as a violation of “civility.” Salaita is now without a job, a home, and health insurance.
Ads Against Apartheid (AAA) is going national with a their “ONE WORD” campaign, and not just in subways. News of their June campaign in Boston swept social media like a tsunami and the organization got flooded with messages from people all over the world lauding the ads with praise. Many inquiring how to get the ads in their
Hundreds of New Yorkers marched over the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday in a rally for Gaza. Demonstrators called for boycotting Israel and chanted for a free Palestine. The video above was shot by the MTL Collective. It shows that as demonstrators streamed over the bridge, a huge Palestinian flag with the words “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” and
Within the course of my academic work as a linguist who researches Arabic dialects, I was recently asked by a colleague at an Israeli university if I would be willing to answer a few questions that a couple of her students had while writing a paper. Though I am committed to the Boycott, Divestment and
Update: It’s hard to keep up with all the twists and turns in the ongoing saga of the Zim Piraeus, the Israeli-owned cargo ship that’s been trying to unload and reload at the Port of Oakland since last Saturday. The report below reflected the situation as it appeared as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday. But