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In growing ‘student backlash’ against Hillel Int’l, Oberlin Hillel leaders host civil rights veterans

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Our site has been closely following the Open Hillel movement’s encounter with Hillel International: a nationwide campus tour by four Jewish civil rights movement veterans who have been banned from speaking at Hillel’s because they violate the organization’s rules against addressing Palestinian human rights. Open Hillel’s track record of desegregating the Hillel lunchcounter goes like […]

From AIPAC to JVP: The political evolution of Seth Morrison

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Seth Morrison delivers a petition against the Gaza war to the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Seth Morrison)

Seth Morrison used to travel to Israel to work on a kibbutz and go to AIPAC’s policy conferences. Today, the 63-year-old attends Jewish Voice for Peace meetings. Morrison’s long political evolution is an increasingly common story among liberal Jews. The deepening of the Israeli occupation is pushing people like Morrison to the left–and to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Mondoweiss caught up with Morrison at the Jewish Voice for Peace membership meeting in March, and produced an audio report on Morrison’s political evolution.

SJP activists call on California community colleges to divest from human rights abuses in Palestine

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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.”

Italian BDS activists call on Unicef to pull out of cartoon festival honoring Israel

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Israeli bombs are real, Not cartoons! (Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook)

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?”

Mainstreaming BDS in Italy

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A mural by students in Cagliari, Italy

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.

Netanyahu partners with Jimmy Carter to bring ‘Habitat for Humanity’ to the West Bank

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing his new Habitat for Humanity program at the Ariel settlement in the West Bank. (Photo: GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, April 1, his latest initiative to start a Habitat for Humanity branch in the West Bank. Invoking the humanitarian work done by former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, Netanyahu expects his charitable venture will create tens of thousands of new homes for displaced and disadvantaged Jewish citizens.