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In victory for activists, drone manufacturers linked to Gaza war cross-examined in Scottish courts

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Protest at Thales UK factory on 23rd September, 2014 in response to the war in Gaza.

In a major victory for Palestine activists against the arms industry, a member of Thales senior management was summoned by the Scottish courts to answer questions as to the nature of their business. Under cross examiniation Senior Manager of Thales UK, Ian Lindsay, admitted that components manufactured on the Clyde in Glasgow are used in military drones. This is significant because it is rare that arms companies are called to face the courts as to the nature and legality of their business.

Gulf Labor Artist Coalition stages BDS intervention at 2015 Venice Biennale

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G.U.L.F. intervention outside Israel's National Pavilion at 2015 Venice Biennale Aug.2, 2015 Photo: G.U.L.F.

Gulf Labor Coalition’s creatively interjected Palestinian resistance and BDS into the 2015 Venice Biennale on Sunday. GLC’s exhibition artists staged an intervention performance adding a stencil of Handala to their exhibition banner hung prominently in the Pavilion Arsenale exhibition hall, read a ‘Statement on Palestine’ and occupied the 2nd floor of the Israeli Pavilion.

Israel vs the Violin

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Cartoon by Sainatee Suarez

This past semester Tom Suarez was the violin and viola teacher at the Gaza branch of Palestine’s National Conservatory of Music—”though I never met my students, because Israel blocked me from entering the coastal strip. So I taught by Skype from the West Bank as best I could”

AFSC commemorates one year since attacks on Gaza with beach remembrance

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On July 19th, the American Friends Service Committee held a symbolic morning commemoration on Montrose Beach in Chicago to remember the children killed by the Israeli military in the summer of 2014. AFSC’s morning remembrance on Montrose Beach consisted of placing black pinwheels in the sand. Each pinwheel symbolizes a child killed, and is labeled with their name and age. AFSC chose the location of a beach to symbolize the loss of the four Baker boys who were killed by the Israeli military while they were playing soccer on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea on July 16, 2014.

What about Palestinian academic freedom?

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Gaza school attacked by Israel, 2014.

Howard Davidson writes: “If Palestinians’ academic freedom is to be valued as it is for Israelis, then a boycott of Israel state sponsored research and teaching is justified until the forces that deny academic freedom for Palestinians no longer exist. It is admirable to treasure academic freedom and to bristle at any suggestion of boycotts. It is hypocrisy to admonish the BDS call for academic boycott of Israeli institutions with no protest against a colonial regime that is denying Palestinian the same freedom.”

Once we were embattled, now we are insurgent

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Denver protest, July 2014: Young women march in Palestinian protest, one wears hijab other wearing keffiyeh on head and carries sign about racism, other marchers in background with American flag and Palestinian flags. Photo by Chris Goodwin

Young people studying the Middle East are almost all sympathetic to the Palestinian point of view. Many are conversant on the history of the region and root causes. They understand BDS as a moral imperative. Once we were embattled; today we are insurgent.

The great Highway 17 billboard contest

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Hwy 17 billboard contest in British Columbia, Canada

Israel supporters in Canada have countered an ad calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel (BDS) because of apartheid practices with an “I Love Israel” billboard. Is that really an answer?

How long will I have to convince liberals that Palestinians matter?

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Amira Sakalla writes: “As much as building coalitions is imperative to liberation, so too is the preservation of distinct stories, histories, identities. As a Palestinian, I must take ownership of my lost – claim each of them, wholly, as important – and give this same ownership to my allies over theirs. Mohammed Abu Khdeir was my brother. Eric Garner was my best friend. I say Black Lives Matter not because Eric is like Mohammed, but because Eric is important. Period. And I ask that the same singular relevance apply to us, too. We Palestinians matter in our own right.”

St. Louis Jews call on ADL to cancel honor to police

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St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace calls on all who oppose white supremacy to cut ties with the Anti-Defamation League

Why is the Anti-Defamation League invoking the Holocaust and honoring the St. Louis police department, which is under scrutiny for another shooting of an unarmed black youth, Jewish Voice for Peace asks

The Israeli Anthropological Association’s desperate attempt to derail the academic boycott

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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.

Pro-BDS anthropologists publish guide to boycotting Israeli academic institutions

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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.

The case for US government sanctions on Israel

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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.

Time for a Jewish reformation?

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(RNS1-JULY 1) Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived from 1906 to 1945. For use with RNS-DIETRICH-BONHOEFFER transmitted July 1, 2014. RNS photo courtesy Joshua Zajdman, Random House

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

The BDS Movement at 10: An interview with Omar Barghouti

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Omar Barghouti

Mondoweiss co-editors Adam Horowitz and Philip Weiss talk with Palestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the BDS movement Omar Barghouti on the tenth anniversary of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions again Israel.

Following boycott campaign, 1st Israeli Feis attempts to smear activists as it cancels performance

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Palestinians on the West Bank appeal for the Feis to be cancelled  Photo: Hamza Burnat

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.