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Activists occupy Rep. Schakowsky office demanding human rights for Palestinian children

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Activists occupy Re. Jan Schakowsky's office. (Photo: US Palestinian Community Network Twitter)

Members of Jewish Voice for Peace, American Friends Service Committee, and other constituents occupied the office of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL 9th District) and called on her to support a congressional bill that promotes human rights for children in Palestine. The protesters read a list of 271 Palestinian children who have been arrested and detained by the Israeli military, as well as a list of the 8 children killed in Israel’s recent attack on Gaza.

Rep. Pocan emphasizes progressive caucus’s commitment to Palestine

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Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) revealed in late October that members of Congress are planning another delegation to Palestine and this time “the permission has to include Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.” Pocan’s remarks introducing Palestinian writer Yousef Aljamal show that support for the rights of all Palestinians is growing within the 98-member-strong Congressional Progressive Caucus.

How AXA insures life while investing in death

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The French insurance giant AXA is the second-largest provider in the world, with operations based in more than 60 countries that total over 100 million clients, including banks that finance Israeli settlement infrastructure projects.

‘Hey Boston! Thanks for the guns!’ Guerrilla ads oppose U.S. aid to Israel

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Ad place in Boston bus kiosk. By group calling itself Center for Accurate Reporting on Palestine.

Boston has banned ads for Palestine– and other political causes– in transportation sites, and an anonymous group responded by opening many bus station kiosks this week and replacing advertisements for commercial products with “posters explaining that the good people of Boston lose out on social programming, education, and clean energy because $11 million of this city’s taxes go towards buying guns for Israel every single year.”

Build resistance not walls

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Photo taken during the visit in 2017 of the first delegation for a World without Walls, composed of Mexican and US activists.

November 9th marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall but we have unfortunately entered a new era of walls. The Stop the Wall campaign in Palestine has published a new anthology looking at global connections and resistance to walls and militarization. “Instead of ceding to the temptation to become completely absorbed in the ever more dramatic and brutal crises and attacks on our movements, this is a moment to lift our heads, see beyond the walls, and make connections between our struggles in order to gain strength and confidence together,” Maren Mantovani writes.

Jerusalem architectural event under fire for featuring West Bank site

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Protest of a tour run by the settler organization Elad, Jerusalem. (Photo: Megan Giovannetti)

Every Fall architecturally distinct buildings and grounds in Jerusalem treat the public to free tours as part of Open House Jerusalem. This year, for the first time, the festival was protested after it promoted guided tours at a site in the West Bank and programs in Jerusalem run by a settler organization.

A harpsichord is christened in Bethlehem

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In order to play authentic religious music commemorating Bethlehem’s native son, the Amwaj Choir and Palestine Philharmonie needed a harpsichord. That search began a few years ago in Europe and culminated in Bethlehem in late October with the unveiling of a beautiful instrument.

Tell Argentina and Uruguay: There’s nothing friendly about Israeli apartheid

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Last year, a huge global outpouring convinced Argentina to cancel a planned friendly match in Jerusalem. Now, BDS activists are attempting to halt a match scheduled between the Argentina and Uruguay national football teams to be held in Tel Aviv.

UMass SJP open letter to chancellor on statement attacking BDS

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UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine protesting, July 11, 2014. (Photo: UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine/Facebook)

UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine write an open letter to the university chancellor demanding a retraction on allegations against the BDS movement and demand that the university make a clear public statement explaining the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

Duke students protest Tzipi Livni, former Israeli foreign minister accused of war crimes 

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Students at Duke University in North Carolina repeatedly interrupted an event last Wednesday featuring Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister who was subject to an arrest warrant issued by the UK and criminal complaints in two more European countries for her alleged role in war crimes committed during the 2008-09 Cast Lead invasion of Gaza.

Georgia Tech student activists found guilty of discrimination for preventing pro-Israel staffer from disrupting meeting

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YDSA GT members tabling. (Photo: Twitter/YDSAGT)

The Young Democratic Socialists of America at Georgia Tech have been found guilty of discrimination and sanctioned by the school’s Office of Student Integrity for barring a pro-Israel individual from attending one of their meetings over concerns that they would potentially be disruptive. The decision comes after a 6-month long disciplinary process from the OSI, which YDSA referred to as “open-ended, opaque, politically-motivated, and ultimately unlawful.”

Activists declare victory in #RaptorsDontGo campaign

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Toronto Raptors co-owner Larry Tanenbaum with the Raptors mascot.

The Canadian BDS Coalition is declaring victory in its campaign to stop the Toronto Raptors from going on a team trip to Israel, which co-owner Larry Tanenbaum promised after winning the NBA championship in June 2019.

Trail Blazers deny BDS pressure ended relationship with IDF-linked company

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Leupold & Stevens is based in Beaverton, Oregon and up until recently it sponsored a segment during Blazers’ home games where military members were honored. The sponsorship had been the target of multiple protests over Israel’s repressive policies and occupation of Palestine. The Blazers now say that campaign did not bring about the end of the relationship.

Canada’s shameful position on the Palestinian refugees

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Photo: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Canadian governments have a woeful record at supporting the rights of Palestinian refugees and the current government is no different. With the right of return under renewed attack from Trump’s “Deal of the Century” it is essential that activists make clear Palestinian rights are not for sale.