Category Archives: Activism
On 11 June 2015, the Israeli Anthropological Association passed a resolution, for the first time in its 42 year history calling for an end to the occupation, while simultaneously opposing the call for academic boycotts of Israeli academic institutions. Although the recognition of Palestinian rights is a necessary first step, both the timing and content of the statement raise serious questions about the sincerity of the organization’s newfound commitment to ending human rights abuses.
In response to Israel’s obstruction of the Swedish vessel Marianne of Gothenburg’s humanitarian mission on June 28, Boston area Students for Justice in Palestine demand that their government officials hold the state accountable for its ongoing violations of international law.
Last week Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions marked the anniversaries of Israel’s brutal 51-day attack on Gaza last summer and the 10th anniversary of the BDS movement by releasing the document “Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions — Advice for Anthropologists,” which provides advice to scholars on how to implement the boycott in their individual capacities.
“After the establishment of the state, we will abolish partition and spread throughout all of Palestine,” Ben-Gurion said, and new bus ads say that the US has done nothing to stop continuing Israeli settlements
Enacting sanctions on Israel, that is ending the U.S. government’s unflinching support of Israel, should be the key action item for organizations leading the BDS movement, yet most of them are conspicuously silent on this topic.
Leading Christians stood up for the civil rights movement and against Nazism and South African apartheid. They are silent about Palestine because of the history of the Holocaust. When actually: they are needed to help Jews through a historical crisis created by a Zionist ideology that they will one day mourn in contrition
Following an intense campaign by Irish BDS activists, organizers of the 1st Israeli Feis, a first time competitive tournament of traditional Irish Dance in Israel, announced the cancellation of the event on their Facebook page yesterday. In the initial cancellation announcement, the event accused the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), of threatening to kill “everyone” participating in the event, by shooting them in the head. Talk about massive social media fail.
Marking the first anniversary of Israel’s 51 day assault on Gaza last summer, Block the Factory activists in the UK protested at 3 Elbit Systems arms factories in the UK this morning and successfully shut one down for the day.
Israeli company Elbit makes drones in the UK, and Manchester Jewish Action for Palestine is proud to join the national demonstration today in Britain against the armsmaker on the anniversary of last year’s onslaught on Gaza
Legendary Brazilian artists and political activists Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are scheduled to perform to an already sold out crowd in Tel Aviv on July 28. Brazilian and international BDS activists have implored the artists to cancel their performance. Read a letter from Roger Water to Veloso on why he should cancel the concert.
In the four months directly following last summer’s Israeli attacks on Gaza, the UK licensed £4 million of arms exports to Israel. This figure and others can be found in a new report, ‘Arming Apartheid’, published by War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The report details the UK’s complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people, with a specific focus on the multi-million pounds’ industry that is the UK-Israel arms trade. The authors call for an immediate two-way arms embargo against Israel, and for pressure on the UK government and arms producers to end this horrendous trade in death.
Today, in a vote of 508 in favor and 124 against, the plenary of the 30th United Church of Christ General Synod passed a resolution calling for boycotts and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. “As disciples of Jesus, we hear and seek to heed his call to be peacemakers, responding to violence with nonviolence and extending love to all,” said Rev. John Deckenback, Conference Minister of the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC, which submitted the resolution to the synod. “It is in that spirit of love for both Israelis and Palestinians, and a desire to support Palestinians in their nonviolent struggle for freedom, that the United Church of Christ has passed this resolution.”
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
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 July, activists standing in solidarity with Palestinians will attempt to shut down an Israeli arms factory in England on the anniversary of Israel’s military operation ‘Protective Edge’.