Author Archives: Susan Landau

About Susan Landau

Susan Landau is an activist and organizer with Philly BDS.

Video: How to destroy your SodaStream machine

How to protest the renewed assault on Gaza? The Philadelphia Coalition for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (Philly BDS) suggests recycling, repurposing, or … destroying! …. your SodaStream machine, made in the occupied territories

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Tax-deductible apartheid: JNF raises $60 million a year for racially-discriminatory housing

As part of Israeli apartheid week, demonstrators denounced ethnic cleansing outside the annual fundraiser of the Jewish National Fund in Philadelphia. The regional head of the fund said the demonstration was good for business– buying land for Jews in Israel and Palestine

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BDS activists protest the Jewish National Fund in Philadelphia

“Ethnic cleansing is a crime – justice now in Palestine!” Chanting with great energy and exuberance, the Philadelphia Coalition for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel (Philly BDS) was once again a colorful and vocal presence in protest at the annual local fundraiser for The Jewish National Fund.

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Say no to settlement products AND Sabra hummus

The “No Justice No (Chick) Peas” campaign offers a friendly way to engage in the more difficult conversation about injustice in Palestine and the three rights-based demands of the boycott call. Hummus is a staple on college campuses, at social events, and in many homes, making the connection between our daily lives with the hyper-militarization and racism of Israeli society. Both Strauss support of the Golani and Givati Brigades and Osem support for the Jewish National Fund together tell the story of Israel as an apartheid state.

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Deep political differences became the elephant in my therapist’s office

The therapist was proud of his son in the military. And only after years in the relationship did I see that it was an Israeli uniform, and then that was the elephant in the room

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Faith-based communities provide fertile ground for boycott movement

Last Saturday at the Penn BDS Conference, Susan Landau moderated a panel of religious speakers who are supporting boycott and divestment. Here are her opening and closing remarks. INTRODUCTION. The road to equality and justice is well lit by people … Continue reading

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Transatlantic Jewish coalition set to break the siege of Gaza

Within days after the attack on the Mavi Marmara, European activists announced a Jewish Boat to sail in July from an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean, attempting to break the siege imposed by Israel in 2006. The boat is sponsored … Continue reading

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‘The Nakba was our doing’

Several years ago, I introduced the idea of a Nakba commemoration to my progressive synagogue in Philadelphia. The response was a stunning barometer of the work ahead. “It’s too bad the Nakba has to fall on Israel Independence Day. That’s … Continue reading

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