In op-eds timed to Episcopal and United Church of Christ conventions, church leaders say BDS is not anti-Semitic and is required as a moral response to new Israeli government’s expansionist policies
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James Michie writes the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori to ask her to support six resolutions relating to Israel and Palestine at the upcoming 78th General Convention later this month.
In March, The Carey Academy, Israel announced the 1st Israeli Feis, a competitive tournament of traditional Irish dancing, to take place in Tel Aviv in August. In response, the Irish Palestinian Activist Collective has called on organizers to cancel it in solidarity with the Palestinian BDS call: “Your performance in Israel is the moral equivalent to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era.”
Peter Beinart’s criticism of the BDS movement displays a shocking ignorance of how a boycott – any boycott – actually works. If he truly is willing to acknowledge that the state of Israel is running an apartheid system – even if he believes that it is only in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – then he has a responsibility to endorse the nonviolent solution which actually targets the responsible party: boycotting, divesting from, and bringing sanctions to bear on Israel itself.
Ynet reports: Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with several officials over the weekend regarding the possible plans of action to combat BDS. The talks included Strategic Affairs and Information Minister Gilad Erdan, whose office’s purview includes fighting BDS, as well as other officials from relevant ministries. Netanyahu and Erdan agreed that his office will receive at least NIS 100 million, most of which will go to fighting BDS. Erdan’s office will also receive 10 new positions for employees who will deal solely with the boycott and de-legitimization activities against Israel. The minister mentioned that he is flooded with calls from Jewish leaders from across the globe, who want to join the effort against BDS.
Further signs of the crisis in Israel’s international reputation. Yair Lapid is the former Israeli finance minister and the head of a centrist party called There is a Future (Yesh Atid) and is supposedly sophisticated, in the Israeli frame anyway. Yair Lapid says BDS movement is “A puppet operated by Hamas and Islamic Jihad” — […]
This June, three more U.S. churches—the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ (UCC), and the Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA)—will join the growing list of those considering resolutions to end financial support for the Israeli occupation.
The Forward says that the anti-boycott movement in the Jewish community is populated by wealth, righwing religious groups and Islamophobes and so will not reach progressive young Jews, while Peter Beinart says the Jewish community is having its rendezvous with BDS
On April 27th, Students for Justice in Palestine and the #MUDivest coalition presented their recommendation for socially responsible investment and divestment to the Marquette University Student Government (MUSG) at the last meeting of the year. The resolution targeted the following major companies: Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard , G4S, and United Technologies. The supporters making up the coalition expected an uphill battle during the months leading up to the divestment vote, but they did not expect to encounter the unjust proceedings set forth by MUSG and attempts by student senators to remove the Palestinian voice entirely.
Haaretz reports: President Reuven Rivlin yesterday described academic boycotts against Israel as a “strategic threat of the first order.” During a discussion of the issue at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, the chairman of the Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities, Technion president Prof. Peretz Lavie, said it was still possible to stop the snowball effect of the movement, but warned that “we are at the 90th minute.”
While companies like Caterpillar and Hewlett-Packard have taken the center stage of the BDS movement, activism against Boeing has also been making its way to the front over the past year.
On April 30, Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia became the first university in the southeastern United States to successfully pass an Israeli divestment resolution, a huge victory for supporters of the BDS movement as adversaries have shown renewed vigor in pushing for anti-BDS legislation in an attempt to stop the tactic.
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.
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.
Despite what it knows and the values that define its corporate identity, Ben & Jerry’s refuses to stop the Israeli franchise from making money in Israeli settlements. Therefore, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel say it’s time for a boycott.
Palestinian rights activists are celebrating Lauryn Hill’s announcement that she is cancelling her concert in Tel Aviv, which was scheduled for May 7. The singer posted the announcement on her Facebook page Monday, writing: “It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans. For this reason, we have decided to cancel the upcoming performance in Israel, and seek a different strategy to bring my music to ALL of my fans in the region.”
Roger Waters has joined the chorus of voices calling on British pop-star Robbie Williams to cancel his May 2nd concert in Tel Aviv. Pressure is also falling on UNICEF as Williams is also one of the organization’s “goodwill ambassadors,” and currently the face of the ‘Children in Danger’ campaign, aiming “to protect children from violence, disease, hunger, and the chaos of war and disaster.” Williams has yet to respond to the campaign, but how about UNICEF? It turns out the organization might have something to gain from Williams’ concert as Tim Clark, vice president of UNICEF UK, is also Robbie Williams’s manager.
After students express their concerns to the dining staff of the products connections to human rights abuses, University of California, Riverside provides alternative hummus brand in its campus store.
On April 22, following three weeks of deliberation, the Student Senate of Earham College passed a resolution in support of divestment from companies directly involved in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. The resolution, presented by Boycott Divestment Sanctions Earlham (BDS Earlham), calls for divestment from three major companies profiting from the Occupation: Motorola Solutions, Hewlett Packard, and Caterpillar. This Senate Victory was a unique one. As opposed to a voting-based model, the Earlham Student Senate utilizes a consensus-based decision making model, which requires that all members of Senate feel comfortable moving forward with any decision.
Students for Justice in Palestine at Los Angeles Valley College: “We urge that the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, that has the privilege of representing all 112 of California’s community colleges, to stand on the right side of history by urging divestment from companies that profit from human rights abuses in Palestine—in which our tuition dollars is invested, and to send a message that human rights abuses is unacceptable no matter where they may be.”
The BDS call represents as close to a consensus as possible within Palestinian civil society. It targets academic institutions, including the Muslim Leadership Institute of the Shalom Hartman Institute, which has now sent two small cohorts of Muslim-American leaders to Israel/Palestine. MLI’s stated purpose is to shape the understanding of these cohorts with regards to Judaism and Zionism.