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Israel advances bill to conceal its overseas partners in suppressing BDS

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Israel advances a law that will make secret its operations to suppress the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the law would exempt government agencies from complying with FOIA requests that could reveal its fight against BDS, and its overseas civilian partners that seek to hide their relationship with the Israeli government.

If Israel is unwilling to differentiate itself from the settlements, then boycotters shouldn’t either

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A new Israeli law bars entry to foreigners involved in boycotting Israel and criminalizes even those who have supported a ‘partial’ boycott targeting settlements. Activists and organizations, even the liberal Zionist ones who have supported boycott of settlements, now have to ask themselves: If Israel does not differentiate between itself and its occupied territories, if Israel bars entry to any foreigner who boycotts (even if they are Zionist), why should the boycotters make the differentiation between Israel and its settlements?

Please boycott us, Governor Cuomo

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The Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees writes to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring its support for BDS and asking to be included in the list of boycott-supporting organizations the state of New York will be creating following the governor’s executive order.

Palestinian Oscar nominee Basil Khalil comments on #OscarsSoWhite (Updated)

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Palestinian director Basil Khalil, whose short film Ave Maria is nominated for an Oscar this year, cautioned that the Academy’s effort to diversify its membership could fall short of achieving the intended goals, “As a Palestinian who was brought up in Israel, I know all too well about discrimination. The solution starts from the bottom. Producers, agents, film executives need to hire a diverse range of actors in their films, production staff in their companies, and finance diverse films.”

Why my books are not published in Israel

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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?”

‘Tip of the BDS iceberg’: Kuwait excludes Veolia from $750m contract

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Anti-Veolia graffitti

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) warmly welcomes the decision by the Kuwait City Municipality exclude the French company Veolia from a huge solid waste management contract, valued at $750 million, citing the BNC appeal to that affect. Basing its decision on Veolia’s complicity in Israeli projects that violate international law, the municipality also decided to exclude Veolia from “all future projects.”

Countdown to the next round in Gaza

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The cease-fire that ended seven weeks of hell in Gaza is only two days old. But the countdown to the next round began as soon as the ink dried on the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian armed factions. The deep-rooted problems bedeviling the Palestinian people and Israel have not gone away. The only question is when that next spasm of violence breaks out.

40 Holocaust survivors condemn ‘massacre’ of Palestinians, call for BDS against Israel

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40 Holocaust survivors and 287 descendants of those targeted by Nazi Germany have harshly criticized Israeli actions in Gaza and called for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The criticism came in the form of a letter printed in the New York Times on Saturday. Signatories of the letter held a press call on Monday to speak out against Israel’s assault on Gaza. “I resent anybody who will use those events as an excuse to exterminate Palestinians,” said Edith Bell, whose parents died in concentration camps and who was taken to four camps herself.

Chomsky and BDS

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Parsing Noam Chomsky’s argument against portions of BDS in The Nation, Tom Suarez says Chomsky grants too much authority to what Israelis will accept, or maybe not, and fails to see the power of BDS in educating the world about Palestinian conditions in exactly the way the world was educated about South African apartheid

BDS’ big night: Loyola student government passes divestment, U. Mich votes it down

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Debate on divestment and Israel exploded on college campuses last night. For the second time in two weeks, Loyola University’s student government voted to call on their school to divest from corporations involved in the Israeli occupation. But in the vote that captured the most attention, the University of Michigan’s student government voted down a call for divestment. Still, students in support of the resolution said it was a victory to spark a campus-wide debate on the occupation and Palestine.

U. Mich student government move to table divestment resolution sparks uproar

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The University of Michigan student government’s move to indefinitely postpone a vote on a resolution to divest from occupation profiteers has sparked an uproar on campus. The tabling of the resolution caused immediate outrage, with hundreds of students holding an impromptu rally outside to call for their school to divest from corporations like Caterpillar. And last night, over 100 students declared an “indefinite” sit-in at the student government building, calling for a vote on the divestment bill.

Loyola University Chicago student union passes resolution to divest from Israeli occupation

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On Tuesday night, Loyola University Chicago became the first Jesuit University in the United States to pass a student government resolution to divest from companies complicit in aiding the Israeli occupation. The Senate voted 26-0, with 2 abstentions, to call on the school to remove its holdings from eight corporations that play an active role in the human rights abuses committed by the Israeli government.

BDS and the purveyors of Israel’s democratic image

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The boycott-divestment, sanctions movement (BDS) is unlikely to hurt the Israeli economy or the western governments’ support for Israel in the near future. Where it will have a huge impact, though, is on the cultural, intellectual and financial elite in Israel who have purveyed the country’s image abroad and are highly sensitive to world opinion. At first, the vast majority of this group rejected BDS, and called it anti-Semitic. With time however, BDS will become harder and harder for this group to dismiss with the kind of facile arguments offered by Israeli diplomacy and advocacy.

Why is the American elite scared of BDS?

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Despite being at Berkeley, with its liberal reputation, I was reminded repeatedly that talking about Palestine, standing up for Muslim and Arab students, and opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan not only made tongues wag with accusations of anti-Americanism, it also simultaneously brought the intense scrutiny of state agencies with respect to my activism and paradoxically the conscious neglect of the state when I received death threats –Snehal Shingavi

Congress is next battleground over boycott of Israel

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Two members of the House of Representatives from Illinois have introduced a bill against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. With the Orwellian name of the “Protect Academic Freedom Act,” it seeks to bar federal funds from going to academic institutions that back the BDS movement. “Congress has a responsibility to fight back against these hateful campaigns, which contradict academic freedom and are designed to delegitimize the Jewish State of Israel,” said GOP Representative Peter Roskman, who introduced the bill along with his Democratic colleague, Rep. Dan Lipinski. A chorus of voices have slammed the legislation as unconstitutional.

‘Haaretz’ analyst says surging BDS movement may be contributing to falling shekel

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Rafi Gozlan, the chief economist at Leader Capital Markets, one of Israel’s top investment banks, is speculating that the threat of boycott and sanctions against Israel, as well as the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson’s global ambassadorship for SodaStream, could have attributed to the weakening of the shekel.