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Microsoft Drops AnyVision

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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 […]

Palestine solidarity activism hasn’t stopped: Watch these webinars, interviews, and virtual rallies while social distancing

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A Palestinian youth protesting as part of the Great March of Return in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip on March 30, 2019.

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.

Filmmaker Ken Loach shows (all) racism the Red Card

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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.

‘A huge and timely BDS victory’: Microsoft divests from Israeli tech firm AnyVision

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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.

Bloomberg once accused BDS supporters of wanting Israelis to be ‘massacred’

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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.” 

UN releases database of companies operating in illegal West Bank settlements

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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.

South Dakota Governor signs anti-BDS executive order

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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.

GOP lawmakers are using recent attacks on Jews as an excuse to push anti-BDS, pro-Israel curriculum in public schools

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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.

Court lifts ban on Arizona’s controversial anti-BDS law

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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.