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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.

Boycotts, Benjamins, and America’s university leaders

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A BDS pamphlet

Do American university leaders oppose the academic boycott of Israel because they actually believe that it undermines academic freedom, or are there other reasons?  If academic freedom were the real reason, wouldn’t their reactions to targeted boycotts of other regions besides Israel, U.S. states for example, be the same?

Kentucky Governor signs bill that would crack down on BDS movement

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On August 27 Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin held a ceremony to officially sign a law allowing the state to refuse business from companies that boycott Kentucky trade partners, including Israel. The bill’s supporters hailed it as a way for the state to crack down on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

California ethnic studies curriculum delayed after attack on its comparison of Israel to South Africa

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Berlin Radical Queer March, July 27, 2019, Berlin, Germany. (Photo: Facebook/Palästina Spricht)

A bill that would have required all California high school students to take an ethnic studies course will be delayed for at least a year after pro-Israel groups complained that the curriculum failed to address anti-semitism and singled “Israel out for condemnation.” Some of the backlash was initiated by an organization that is funded by the Israeli government.

Political upheaval over Tlaib and Omar shows the power of BDS

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Representative Rashida Tlaib and Representative Ilhan Omar

By banning Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from visiting the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel has created a political upheaval in the U.S., with many Americans now favoring cutting aid to the country. One thing achieved this result: The women support BDS, and they have demonstrated the power of the nonviolent campaign.

Will Israel now ban supporters of the two-state solution?

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Tzipi Hotovely

The Netanyahu government barred Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar over their support for BDS, but earlier this week Israeli lawmakers sent a letter to Congress saying the two-state solution is more dangerous than BDS. Will Netanyahu bar two-state supporters next?

Netanyahu: Tlaib and Omar delegation banned because ‘sole purpose of trip is to harm Israel’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington DC, March 5, 2018. (Photo: Haim Zach/GPO)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave details behind the decision to ban Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering Israel and the West Bank on a Congressional delegation this afternoon in a statement that alleged terrorism ties on the part of the trip’s coordinator and said “the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement.”

Israeli activists to Ayanna Pressley – Palestinians are equally deserving of your solidarity

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Ayanna Pressley at a rally for Elizabeth Warren in Cambridge, MA (Photo: Flickr)

Israeli BDS activists write to Rep. Ayanna Pressley: “We were disappointed to learn of your recent vote in favor of HR 246. Your condemnation of the BDS movement – a global, grassroots-based, non-violent campaign for equality in human rights does not do justice to your relentless work for human rights and human dignity for marginalized populations.”

Israeli lawmakers to Congress: two-state solution far more dangerous to Israel than BDS

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Tzipi Hotovely waving an Israeli flag with the Dome of the Rock in the background, in a 2014 promotion

On August 12, Twenty-one Israeli lawmakers sent a letter to members of Congress criticizing a bill that condemned the boycott of Israel because it endorsed a two-state solution. “We would like to make our position clear that the establishment of a Palestinian state would be far more dangerous to Israel than BDS,” the letter reads.

I said no to a Netflix audition because I support Palestinian rights

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David Clennon

David Clennon was invited to audition for a new Netflix television series that he learned was being produced by the creators of the Israeli series “Fauda.” As much as he needed the work he passed due to their connection to the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s “Brand Israel” campaign: “I haven’t been employed for a year and a half. So, with considerable reluctance, but inspired by the example of so many others, I chose not to participate in the whitewashing of Israel’s image.”

The first major legal win for campus Palestine activists just happened at Fordham

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In 2016, Fordham University tried to block a Palestinian advocacy group from being formed. After a two year legal battle, students at the school have won a landmark victory which legal advocates are calling “the first major legal victory for free speech for advocates of Palestine on college campuses,” and a Students for Justice in Palestine club can now be established on their campus.