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

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It was a big night for proponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Yesterday, by a 12-10 vote (with 9 abstentions), Loyola University’s student government passed a resolution for a second time that called on their school to divest from corporations involved with the Israeli occupation.  “One thing I want to say our senators: they […]

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

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The campus battle over Israel and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement made a splash in Ann Arbor Tuesday night, as hundreds of students came out to call for the University of Michigan to divest from corporations profiting off the Israeli occupation.  But no vote was held, with the student government voting to indefinitely […]

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

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The following press release was sent out by Loyola University Chicago Students for Justice in Palestine: On Tuesday March 18, 2014, 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 of Palestine. The Senate legislation calls […]

Zahi Khouri to Methodist conference: ‘We don’t need charity; we want freedom to help ourselves’

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When United Methodist delegates gather as a plenary to vote on church policies this week, two petitions will be presented that reflect opposing approaches to helping Palestinians. The first is the approach Palestinian Christians themselves have asked for: divestment from companies that support the occupation. The second, re-written by the Financial Administration Committee, calls only […]

Moment of Truth: Report from day two of the United Methodist General Conference

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A packed audience listen to Daoud Nasser and Dalit Baum discuss divestment at the United Methodist Church General Conference. (Photo: JVPlive) When I am in the United States, and not in Gaza, I sometimes have difficulty identifying activism that will actually make a difference on behalf of Palestinians. When the call went out for volunteers […]

’60 Minutes’ report boosts divestment proponents at Methodist church convention

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When the Israeli government got wind that the CBS program “60 Minutes” was running a piece on the plight of Palestinian Christians, their lobbying efforts kicked into high gear. According to an Israeli official who spoke with Nathan Guttman of the Jewish Daily Forward, the Israeli government’s lobbying postponed the story from running on “sensitive […]

Christian group dedicated to derailing divestment bankrolled by settler-funding philanthropy

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When United Methodists converge on Tampa, Florida this Spring, and the Presbyterian Church (USA) holds its general assembly in early July, the question of divestment from companies that profit off of the Israeli occupation will once again attract significant attention. Delegates at these church wide meetings will be confronted by an array of attacks on […]

Put it down and walk away?! (an exchange over BDS, and Israel, between 2 Jewish lawyers)

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Two weeks back we reported on a debate on Jewish Perspectives on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions at a Brooklyn church (videos here). Adam Horowitz moderated, and Kathleen Peratis, a lawyer and member of the J Street board, argued against boycott. David Samel, who is also a lawyer, attended the event. He later sent Peratis a […]

Massachusetts State Treasurer candidate has anti-Iran agenda

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Steve Grossman, one of the candidates in next Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Massachusetts State Treasurer, is a past national president of AIPAC (The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee). Grossman, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, has been very coy about publicly admitting his involvement with pro-Israel lobbying. Although AIPAC has been an important part of his […]