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Leading writers and editors protest Israeli sponsorship of Brooklyn book festival

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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

South Africa High Court rules in favor of BDS South Africa billboard

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Billboard- Johannesburg,  South Africa (Photo: BDSSouthAfrica)

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.

Some thoughts on the Cornell-Technion partnership in light of the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza

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Young men look for their belongings in the remnants of a Gaza apartment building, August 2014. (Photo: Dan Cohen)

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.”

Toronto activists intensify campaign against SodaStream

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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.”

40 Holocaust survivors condemn ‘massacre’ of Palestinians, call for BDS against Israel

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Holocaust survivors printed an ad in the New York Times condemning Israel's attacks on Gaza. (Photo: Alex Kane)

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

Watch: Huge pro-BDS Palestinian flag unfurled on Manhattan Bridge

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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

My personal BDS

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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

Lady Gaza comes to Melbourne

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The Melbourne Palestine Action Group, a group consisting of Whistle Blowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) and Renegade Activists, locked down Elbit Systems in the suburb of Port Melbourne and occupied the building’s roof for a few hours. Arriving at the site at 5 in the morning, the activists erected a replica of Israel’s apartheid wall

The catastrophe inflicted on Gaza–and the costs to Israel’s standing

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The statistics coming out of Gaza as Israel’s most recent bombardment of that hapless territory gradually winds down are on the scale of a natural disaster, but they capture the nature of a catastrophe methodically inflicted by one people on another. In a month of indiscriminate bombardment, Israel has killed or injured almost twelve thousand

Top legal scholars decry ‘chilling’ effect of dehiring scholar Salaita

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Editor’s note: The following piece about reactions in the academic world to the dehiring of Steven Salaita over his criticism of Israel is a combination of two posts on Corey Robin’s blog.  Scholars from law schools at Columbia, Cornell, Berkeley, Georgetown, and other universities have come out with a very strong letter condemning the decision

Film and Media scholars & makers condemn Gaza assault, endorse BDS

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This Open Letter, to date containing 147 signatures, was drafted by members of the Middle East Caucus (MEC) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), and has been endorsed by the Asian/Pacific American Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the U.S. Campaign for the Academic

Hundreds of scholars say they won’t engage with University of Illinois unless decision to block Salaita is reversed

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In the last 24 hours, sociologists and scholars of composition and rhetoric have organized two new statements of refusal regarding the Steven Salaita affair. 1. The sociology statement reads as follows: Dear Chancellor Wise: We are members of Sociology departments from around the world who write, regretfully, to inform you that we will not engage

Washington D.C.’s ‘Day of Rage’ directs ire at U.S. complicity in Gaza assault

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On August 9, tens of thousands of protesters marched around the globe to support the doleful plight of Palestinians in Gaza. Indeed, pro-Palestinian rallies took place in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Cape Town, Canada, Oman, Iran, Spain, Malaysia and many other countries. The protest in Washington, D.C. was distinct in two

Rania Masri gives Barack Obama a lesson on the meaning of ‘barbaric’

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Thousands of people from Austin and the surrounding region attended a rally and march protesting Israel’s assault on Gaza, joining the millions protesting around the world. Though for the most part, Austin’s protest on August 2 went unreported. And video from that rally, of a thunderous speech by Dr. Rania Masri chastising President Obama over

‘Day of rage’ tomorrow: Palestinian resistance ‘starts with the tongue’

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Predictably, Israel rejected Hamas’ demands “that Israel agree in principle to end Gaza’s border closure and allow the rebuilding of Gaza” ending a 3 day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that elapsed today at 8 A.M. this morning. Attacks have resumed.  The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement has called for an international Day of Rage tomorrow, Saturday August 9th. It’s a call

When the smoke clears in Gaza

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“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” –Nelson Mandela Israel’s illegal, genocidal war on the people of Gaza has the characteristics of a massive tsunami. Waged with even greater ferocity than Operation Cast Lead or any other assault since the Nakba of 1948 or the 1967 War, its

On being accused of anti-semitism by well meaning liberals

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The recent crimetastrophe in Gaza has meant a month of being glued to the news, dry-mouthed, nauseated, furious and sad. It has meant posting endlessly on Facebook, feeling helpless and useless but noticing more support than I’ve ever had before, and making many more friends and contacts than the few I’ve lost. My family is

Over 400 Middle East scholars and librarians call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions (Updated)

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Update below We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip – the third and most devastating in six years –constitutes complicity. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations

Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday August 9 Day of Rage

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Join the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement today. Demand Sanctions on Israel Now. As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure governments to sanction Israel and implement a comprehensive

Coalition of feminists condemn ‘massacre’ in Gaza, urge support for BDS

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Editor’s note: The following statement in solidarity with Gaza comes from Palestinian, indigenous, women of color, anti-racist, and Jewish feminists. Statement in Solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and with seekers of freedom and justice world-wide As Palestinian, indigenous, women of color, anti-racist, and Jewish feminists involved in a range of social justice struggles, we strongly

The threat of sanctions worked against Israel in 1956 — and it can work again

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In 1957, President Eisenhower addressed the US public: “Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose conditions on its own withdrawal? If we agreed that armed attack can properly achieve the purposes of the assailant, then I fear we will have turned back