A Quito-based research institute — the International Center for Advanced Studies in Communications for Latin America (CIESPAL) — decided against renewing its contract with the British security company G4S after meeting with BDS activists who informed it about G4S’s complicity with Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights.
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An American woman trying to pay respect to her grandmother at the Western Wall in Jerusalem is banned from the city for having pro-Palestinian literature. “Why do you want to free Gaza!” the officer screamed at her.
In an open letter to progressive Jews, Jewish activists says this moment calls for a strong, broad, united front against the Trump administration’s agenda but there are groups within the Jewish community that progressives should not stand beside: “Specifically, we refer to the February 12 rallies in support of refugees in which Jewish social justice groups cosponsored the action with, among others, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), two organizations that have toxic anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian policies.”
Fordham University has issued a disciplinary charge against a student trying to start a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) group on campus, demanding a closed-door hearing with the dean who denied the group club status. The student, senior Sapphira Lurie, was charged with violating the school’s “Demonstration Policy” for organizing a January 23rd rally protesting Fordham’s decision to ban SJP from the school. Her hearing is scheduled for February 22nd.
Hours after President Donald Trump wrapped his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, protesters lined a path near the White House holding signs against Israeli’s occupation. Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour addressed the crowd, “Let’s be clear here, this has been a long-term fight and we’re probably going to have to fight a lot of administrations to come, but Benjamin Netanyahu is not welcome with his racism and bigotry in this country.” About Netanyahu she said, “he found another bigot [Trump], two bigoted peas in a hateful pod.”
Outside Columbia University’s Lerner Hall on Monday evening, around 50 Palestine solidarity activists protested a speech from the Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon. Meanwhile, inside the lecture hall, contingent after contingent of Palestine activists holding Palestinian flags and keffiyehs interrupted Danon’s speech. Columbia University Apartheid Divest member Jeff Jacobs said “We stood up, one by one and said our piece; that we’re not going to accept this hate purveyor coming to campus and spreading his ideas.”
Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, the myth that sports and politics do not mix endures. There is a long history of repressive regimes using sports as a vehicle for normalization, just as there is a parallel history of activists using sports as a venue for political protest. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in the global campaign against Apartheid South Africa. Recently, sports have begun to play a small but steadily increasing role in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that targets Israel for its ongoing violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.
Finally, after lying through their teeth that they have “defeated” or “buried” the BDS movement, Israel’s far-right government and its lobby groups in the west are now admitting that they have failed to stop the impressive growth of the BDS movement.
From the grassroots to the upper levels of government, the national conversation today reflects a new development in the U.S. where resistance is widespread, diverse, and aboveground. As we march and strike to denounce this country’s multiple wrongs now is the time for an intentional revisiting of how we can organize to win. Nada Elia says the leadership of this new movement are the perfect leaders for this moment, “The leaders of national and transnational resistance movements are mostly young, overwhelmingly gender non-conforming women of color, with a critical understanding of violence encompassing intimate as well as institutional, state-sanctioned violence. It’s a leadership grounded in an experiential understanding of intersectionality.”
As the Batsheva Dance Company winds its way across North America, the media has clamored to laud the show on its artistic merits, glossing over the political implications of the group’s visit. However dozens of protestors welcomed the group to Brooklyn this weekend, calling attention to its role in the Brand Israel program which seeks to take attention away from the Israeli occupation.
If Trump’s first week as president exceeded our worst fears, his second week confirmed that we are truly in a state of emergency. However, we have also secured some real victories of late. Nada Elia writes that Trump’s presidency should teach us one thing: When we organize, and mobilize, and are determined to do whatever it takes to shut it down, then we can shut it down.
On Saturday, February 4, New Yorkers will protest Batsheva Dance Company’s evening performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music due to their role as a cultural ambassador for the Israeli government. The protest will call for a boycott of Israeli cultural institutions like Batsheva that are complicit in Israel’s human rights violations.
Little is known about the “Global Coalition for Israel,” an effort by the Israeli government to bring together leaders of pro-Israel organizations from 25 different countries to fight BDS. But despite the semi-covert nature of the coalition’s project, which is now entering its seventh year, it is possible to piece together an understanding of its structure and aims from scraps of information online.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world,” said Anne Frank, German writer, Holocaust victim.
US President Donald Trump’s first week in office far exceeded our worst fears. Nevertheless, as the orders came in, millions of Americans were ready. When, barely a week in office, Trump issued his Muslim Ban, cities and smaller towns across the nation erupted again in rallies and marches. One of the chants heard at the protests was “From Mexico to Palestine, All Walls Will Fall.” It is a chant that indicates an awareness of our connected struggle. And just as “Gaza to Ferguson” has entered and taken hold of American consciousness, expanding our understanding of solidarity and intersectionality, so “No Ban No Wall” and “All Walls Will Fall” must and will become part of American resistance.
California Reps Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters, and LA City Council member Mike Bonin came to LAX to support the immigrant protectors in their demand DHS release detainees from the “Muslim ban” countries. At LAX: ‘No hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here’
Even as a federal judge granted a stay on portions of Trump’s executive order banning refugees from 7 Muslim-majority countries on Saturday night, outrage built globally.
Choice is arguably the most important component of modern feminism. Feminism dictates that women deserve the ability to make their own choices about their careers, their bodies, and their politics. For decades, the Israeli government has denied Palestinian women (and men) the ability to make their own choices about their government, their economy, and their families. Aniqa Raihan writes, “The importance of choice is exactly why Palestinian justice is a feminist issue.”
“I want to ensure this ridiculous messenger movement against Israel never sees the light of day in our state,” MD State Senator Bobby Zirkin says in sponsoring a bill against BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions. His statement is a frank rejection of free speech.
It was mobilizations like the Saturday women’s marches against Trump that ended the war in Vietnam. The word spread then to the soldiers in Vietnam, and they stopped fighting and it was all over. That’s what could happen here. Trump could be all over. We know now we can stop Trump and his deplorable cabinet.
An anti-war bloc that included Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, CODEPINK and Witness Against Torture demonstrated at police checkpoints at the Trump inauguration yesterday, in solidarity with Palestinians at checkpoints and expressing sorrow for Muslim victims of American attacks.