Earlier this week, the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn held a general meeting at which it passed a measure to require a super-majority of 75 percent on resolutions to boycott products at the coop. The rule is aimed at holding back the forces that want to boycott Israeli goods.
Category Archives: BDS
Roger Waters appeals to the “collective beating heart” of the French people to oppose anti-Palestinian discrimination, in the wake of a French court upholding criminal charges against protesters who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel
In an effort to preempt a proposal to boycott Sodastream products made in the occupied West Bank, the Park Slope Food Coop is holding a vote tonight to require a supermajority of 75 percent to approve a boycott
The National Labor Relations Board has rejected a complaint filed by the Israeli lawfare organization Shurat HaDin against the the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) that sought to overturn the union’s historic resolution in support of BDS.
Tiffany & Co was set to appear at Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit USA 2016, but disappeared from the schedule after the jeweler’s ties to an Israeli supplier which funds a unit of the Israeli military came to light.
Omar Barghouti writes, “Though Human Rights Watch does not endorse BDS or call for a boycott against Israel or companies profiting from its violations of international law, it actually calls for something quite radical: sanctions against Israel.”
The Methodist decision to withdraw their investments from five major Israeli banks for their enablement – and profiteering – from the occupation of Palestinians is telling. Not only do they call out Israel for its transgressions, they add it to a list of “high-risk” areas that “demonstrate a prolonged and systematic pattern of human rights abuses.” It is the nations of the world they place Israel among that’s most explosive.
Recent Israeli efforts to fight BDS smell of deep despair, which is giving rise to hopeless aggression, even worse bullying and patently irrational measures that can only help BDS to grow in the coming few years. Particularly noteworthy are reports on the Knesset’s anti-BDS caucus meeting which convey the universal sense in Israel of failure to stem the BDS movement’s growth and the admission that the impact of BDS may be growing beyond control.
For her bat mitzvah, Faryn Borella’s grandparents bought her fifteen shares of stock in General Electric. Every financial quarter since she has received a tiny check in the mail, which she has dutifully yet automatically deposited in her bank account. Then she became a BDS activist.
2015 was a landmark year for the BDS movement. Read a detailed round-up of BDS victories over the past 12 months.
Labeled ‘malevolent,’ ‘virulent,’ and ‘noxious’, BDS continues to put real pressure on Israel, as leading business site says that the movement is having economic impact.
An open letter signed by dozens of prominent legal scholars calls on the European Union to stop trading with Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. This letter comes in the wake of the EU decision to label settlement products. However, as the international law experts confirm, the EU and its member states have a firm obligation under international law to stop trading with settlements altogether.
For the past two weeks people have been bombarding Tiffany’s Facebook page with questions about the company’s funding of Givati Brigade, a unit of the Israeli military that has been accused of war crimes.
On December 1, the Wall Street Journal published an oped titled, “Those Israel Boycotts Are Illegal” after members of the American Anthropological Association overwhelmingly voted in favor of endorsing a resolution calling for the academic boycott of Israeli institutions. In response, Palestine Legal staff attorney Radhika Sainath submitted the following letter to the editor, which the Journal refused to run.
Palestinian author Susan Albulhawa shares a correspondence with an Israeli publisher where she explains why she won’t allow her books to be published in Israel: “How could I sell my novel rights to a people who have been destroying our society?”
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement announced a victory today as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan confirmed to journalists that it no longer does business with the British private security firm G4S.
On Wednesday November 18, 2015, San Jose State University became the first California State University to pass a student government resolution to divest from companies complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The Associated Students resolution calls on the Board of Directors to remove San Jose State University’s holdings from four companies that play an active role in the human rights violations committed by the Israeli Government in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This resolution is endorsed by 28 organizations the vast majority of which are student organizations of diverse backgrounds.
On Friday, the American Anthropological Association will consider a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Laurie King writes in favor of boycott. “A boycott of Israeli universities (not individuals) would show Palestinians that they are not forgotten, that their suffering has not gone unnoticed or unanalyzed, that they are still considered fully human, while encouraging Israeli society to confront the discrimination and structural violence implicit in Zionism as it now is manifest in Israeli governmental, military, economic, and social policies.”
A new video released by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel features eight leading artists stating, “I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel.” The artists include Tony-nominated stage and television actress Kathleen Chalfant; musician Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd; musicians Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio; musicians Kool A.D and Tamar-kali; artist and author of Drawing Blood, Molly Crabapple; and visual artist Swoon.
Jemima Pierre writes, “As a Black anthropologist with cultural, political, and research concerns in communities of African descent, I know too well the ways that global structures of race and power operate to control, destroy, debase, punish, and dehumanize. I understand that anti-Blackness in Israel is but a symptom of the broader culture and practice of Palestinian disenfranchisement.”
Oberlin College’s Investment Office has rejected a proposal submitted by the campus club, Students for a Free Palestine, calling on the college to drop holdings in a number of corporations involved in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Though Oberlin’s Student Senate passed a divestment resolution submitted by Students for a Free Palestine in May 2013, the Board’s rejection of SFP’s divestment proposal indicates a watershed moment for campus-based BDS movements across the country: it represents what can happen when symbolic divestment resolutions are met with supposedly amenable college administrative frameworks.
Palestinian student organizations in Gaza call upon student organizations and unions around the world to mobilize against Israel’s policies of occupation, colonization and apartheid in Palestine by intensifying the #WaveSolidarityBDS campaign initiated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee.
Professor Nadia Abu El-Haj responds to a recent Ha’aretz column by Israeli anthropologist Dan Rabinowitz who argued against the Palestinian academic and cultural boycott of Israel by saying the BDS movement surreptitiously promotes the “endgame” of “a future with no Israel.” Abu El-Haj writes: “Nearly 70 years later, however, Israel does exist so the question shifts: What do we do now? BDS insists that Israel cannot—and should not—continue to exist as it exists today. Yes, this is a challenge to the state’s future—that is, those of us advocating for boycott and divestment think that the Israeli state has no right to continue to exist as a racial state that builds the distinction between Jew and non-Jew into its citizenship laws, its legal regimes, its educational system, its economy, and its military and policing tactics. What the day after will look like remains an open question.”
Editors of Park Slope Food Coop newsletter censor letters on boycotting Israel because editing takes up so much of their time as editors and the letters allegedly contain hate speech.
Palestinian Harry Potter fan Mia Oudeh writes to author J.K. Rowling about her opposition to the BDS movement. Oudeh draws parallels between the Harry Potter world and the Palestinian reality in order to demonstrate her confusion and disappointment in Rowling’s position.