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British universities invest over £450 million in companies complicit in Israeli war crimes, per new report

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Research by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the U.K. reveals that British universities invest over £456 million in companies complicit in Israeli violations of international law. The research was published as hundreds of students across the country take action as part of ‘Apartheid Off Campus’ day of action, with banner drops and protests at campuses across the UK.

Ali Abunimah’s prophecy of Israel’s loss of legitimacy, 10 years after

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“I am convinced that the loss of legitimacy of the Zionist idea, of the idea of a special state for a special people, is irreversible, that that cannot be resurrected in the 21st century, a time when we at least preach if not practice universal rights and equality,” the writer Ali Abunimah said in a landmark speech ten years ago, and his remarks have proved to be prophetic in describing the anti-Zionist movement inside progressive life.

Inside the mind of an Israeli settler

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Yakov Berg, the CEO of Psagot Winery in the occupied West Bank.

David Kattenburg reports on the testimony of Yakov Berg, the CEO of Psagot Winery in the occupied West Bank, in a case pending before Canada’s Federal Court regarding the labeling of products made in the occupied territories. Berg says labeling his wine as anything other than a ‘Product of Israel’ would be discriminatory and antisemitic.

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.

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.

Students and faculty push back on pro-Palestine censorship

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In recent weeks, the chancellors at the University of Illinois and University of Massachusetts have targeted pro-Palestinian voices on their respective campuses. The Illinois Student Government responded by passing a resolution titled “Condemning Ignorance of Racism and Equating Anti-Zionism with Anti-Semitism,” but the attacks come amidst a wider crackdown on such perspectives which is being fueled by the Trump administration’s Department of Education.

UMass SJP open letter to chancellor on statement attacking BDS

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File photos of 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.

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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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.