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.
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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.
French philosopher Monique Canto-Sperber shut down an appearance by the late Stephane Hessel at a leading French school four years ago because it was sponsored by a group favoring BDS against Israel. On April 24 she comes to NY to give a lecture on “Free Speech.”
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.”
On April 16, the international Cartoons on the Bay animation festival will kick off in Venice, Italy. The festival and will be awarding Israel the Pulcinella Award 2015 as a tribute to the country’s ability to produce “interesting, original and innovative” animated cartoons despite its “delicate geopolitical context.” In an open letter to festival organizers, BDS Italy asked what criteria was used to select Israel as “guest country” to a festival of animation for children “when it has shown that it has absolutely no regard or respect for Palestinian youth and children?”
Palestinian civil society activists have heralded the decision by French corporate giant Veolia to sell off nearly all of its business activity in Israel as a huge victory for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The sale follows a worldwide campaign against the company’s role in illegal Israeli settlements that cost the firm billions of dollars of lost contracts.
A series of events in Italy during the month of March show that, despite the government’s strong ties with Israel and recent efforts to shut down the debate on Palestine, the boycott divestment and sanctions movement is becoming more and more mainstream.
On March 12, Maccabi Tel Aviv played against FC Barcelona at a Euroleague Basketball match. After four days of tension between Barcelona supporters and FC Barcelona authorities due to the prohibition by the Catalan club on exhibiting Palestine solidarity, Maccabi Tel Aviv was received by waving Palestinian flags at the Palau Blaugrana (FC Barcelona Stadium).
Air Canada recently signed a maintenance agreement for its B787 jets with Israel Aerospace Industries IAI, a military defense company wholly owned by the government of Israel. IAI is the subject of boycotts across Europe and is well-known for its drone technology and production.
The past week has seen international efforts to prevent an Israeli-Jordanian gas deal grow. Jordan BDS has called upon the international boycott movement to stand against the deal, and on Friday, February 20th activists in Denver, London and South Africa took to the streets to join the call to action. If the gas deal goes through it will increase Israeli dominance in the region by controlling the energy supply to bordering countries, and undermine the growing BDS movement.
On February 17, the Undergraduate Senate of Stanford University voted 10-1-4 to pass a resolution to divest from the occupation of the Palestinian Territories. Senate leaders motioned to reconsider the resolution after it was narrowly defeated by one vote last week (9 for, 1 abstention, 5 against). The senators stated that the hostile environment opponents of divestment created at last week’s hearing impeded their ability to vote with clarity and requested the opportunity to align their votes with their true opinions.
Instro Precision, an arms company near Broadstairs (Kent), was occupied at 5am this morning to protest its sales to both Israel and Afghanistan. Four people are on the roof with banners to shut the factory down, with ten more on the ground, one of whom is locked to the fence. This is the second UK-based Elbit factory to be targeted by activists, after the successful occupation last summer of a drone engine factory near Birmingham.
This is one of the craziest stories we’ve ever reported. The student government at the University of Toledo is so frightened by a debate over divestment from Israel that it is rigging the debate on the topic tonight. It will hold the debate behind closed doors and limit how many students can come to the meeting. Only five representatives from two campus organizations. And each organization has to leave the room when the other side is making its case. Though guess what– two officials of the Jewish Federations of Greater Toledo are invited to the debate! “We are fully 100 percent opposed to this model of debate,” says Derek Ide of SJP
Last October the Jewish Defense League disrupted a University of Toronto event in favor of divestment from Israel. The school’s administration has failed to take appropriate action to safeguard campus speech from intimidation, a group of 23 faculty complain in a letter to VP Angela Hildyard
Within the past four days, over 29 Stanford professors have signed on to a faculty letter calling on Stanford University to “stop investing in companies that profit from the occupation of Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967.” Tonight the Stanford Undergraduate Senate will be voting on a resolution calling for divestment from companies violating human rights in occupied Palestine.
The UC Student Association is the official voice of the student body of the University of California, and represents hundreds of thousands of undergraduate and graduate students across the UC system. Over the weekend it became the first multi-campus student association to vote in favor of divestment from companies engaged in the systematic violation of Palestinian rights in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. This landmark vote is undoubtedly the largest victory thus far in the campus divestment movement in the United States.