Liberal Zionists who now call on Democrats to stop Israeli annexation should have applied sanctions pressure years ago. But they feared the left’s call for democracy and sided with rightwing Israel supporters on lavishing aid to the Israeli occupation. No wonder Israeli leaders have always ignored liberal Zionists.
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Microsoft Drops AnyVision Let’s begin with some good news amid these dark times. Microsoft recently announced that its divesting its shares from the Israeli facial recognition company AnyVision. After Microsoft invested in the company last June, NBC News reported that AnyVision was surveilling Palestinians in the West Bank. When questioned about this issue, AnyVision CEO […]
The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR), Palestine Legal, and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) held a Facebook conversation about the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) frivolous lawsuit against USCPR. The legal action is a clear attempt to silence and intimidate Palestine solidarity activists. Ramah Kudaimi of USCPR, Diala Shamas of CCR, and Dima Khalidi of Palestine Legal break it all down in this informative chat. Watch the video on Facebook.
British filmmaker Ken Loach is compelled to withdraw from an anti-racism charity event because pro-Israel activists target him for his support of BDS. The price for keeping Loach would be “to wreck not only the competition and Ken Loach’s reputation, but the charity’s very existence,” his supporters said.
Microsoft has announced that its divesting its shareholding in the Israeli facial recognition company AnyVision. The move follows an audit which was forced by a BDS campaign targeting the company. “Microsoft’s decision to heed the calls of the campaign to drop the Israeli surveillance company AnyVision is a huge and timely BDS victory,” announced the the Palestinian BDS National Committee.
MuzzleWatch unpacks the legal strategy used by anti-BDS forces — and how to fight it.
Rabbi Noah Zvi Farkas tells AIPAC that Zionists have to tell progressives about their need for Israel because of Jewish “vulnerability” and “trauma” from “thousands of years on the margins of society” in order to get them to stop “preaching BDS.” And it’s working, he says.
“As surely as Israel relies on the extraordinary young people in the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces], it relies on you for steadfast support and success,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer tells thousands of American college students at the AIPAC policy conference, describing their “mission” to fight BDS on campuses.
A newly-formed student group at Harvard University is demanding that the school reveal its financial ties to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and divest from it entirely.
As NY Mayor, Mike Bloomberg said BDS supporters want Israel to be “torn apart.” But he said trying to suppress BDS advocates’ free speech rights would help the movement. “If [you] just shut up, it would have gone away! It would be a bunch of kids on a campus. Nobody would have gone to listen to them and nobody [would have] seen it. Now they’ve created the very monster that they say they’re opposed to.”
The DSA Palestine Solidarity Working Group says the Democratic Socialists of America must recommit to its work affirming BDS strategies in support of Palestinian liberation.
The BDS campaign rejects Zionism, a settler-colonial ideology that demands a Jewish-supremacist state in Palestine, not Judaism or Jews. Unable to refute this distinction, Israel supporters are determined to erase it altogether through a sweeping set of laws, resolutions, and related measures that treat criticism of Israel as bigotry.
Trump donor Miriam Adelson jumps into the war between good Jews and bad Jews: ‘Too many… Jews see anti-Israel activism as an express-ticket to assimilation’
Following the release of a UN database of companies involved in illegal Israeli settlements the ordinary consumer is simply faced with the choice: Support war crimes or take corporates to task for their violations.
After countless delays, the UN released the highly-anticipated database of companies that operate in Israel’s hundreds of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Among the international businesses listed are several companies in the travel industry previously known to operate in settlements, like Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, and TripAdvisor. American food manufacturer General Mills and telecommunications giant Motorola Inc. are also on the list.
Introducing The Shift, a new weekly politics newsletter from Mondoweiss that takes you the front lines in the battle over Palestine in U.S. politics.
The Dingell family has controlled Michigan’s 12th district for 85 years. Challenging a political dynasty this entrenched is obviously a daunting task, but 27-year old Solomon Rajput tells Mondoweiss that he’s up for it.
Here is a selected listing of some of the most egregious muzzling of Palestine solidarity activities from the past week alone.
Congressional Republicans continue to push legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and their first move of 2020 is the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.
On January 14, South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order that prohibits state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. South Dakota becomes the 28th state to pass legislation that targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Last week, Jewish and Palestinian student activists with the group Jewish Voice for Peace were in Iowa to demand that Democratic candidates stop funding Israel’s occupation and embrace Palestinian rights.
The Department of Education is investigating another university over pro-Palestine events. The move comes just one month after President Trump signed an executive order that effectively allows the government to crack down on pro-Palestine campus organizing.
On January 9, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced H. Res. 782. The legislation, which is cosponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and David Kustoff (R-TN), would encourage “public schools to design and teach a curriculum about the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and the vital and historic importance of the Jewish State of Israel.” The bill also cites the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which it claims is spreading “rampant anti-Semitism” across college campuses.
A new University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll gives us further insight into what Americans think about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. One obvious conclusion is the high-profile BDS battles of 2019 have raised awareness for the movement, and that awareness has come with increased support.
In 2016, the Arizona Legislature passed HB 2617. The legislation (which was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey) prohibited the state from investing or contracting with groups that boycott Israel. The law also established a blacklist of businesses that support the BDS movement. The legislation prompted a challenge from Mikkel Jordahl, the owner of a law firm that contracts with Coconino County Jail District to provide legal services for prisoners. He’s a supporter of BDS and the law required him to certify that his firm would not engage in the boycott.