Category Archives: Boycott Movement

15 Feb
8:12

Over 10 Million Indian Women Demand Freedom For Ahed Tamimi, Endorse BDS

As Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teenaged girl enduring unjust detention in an Israeli prison, began her trial this week, major organizations from the Indian women’s movement, representing over 10 million Indian women, demand her release alongside all Palestinian child prisoners. These organizations have also heeded the call by Palestinian women to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, […]

07 Feb
4:44

Kansas Teacher Scores Big Win for Israel Boycott, and Free Speech

A federal judge has ruled that Esther Koontz’s constitutional rights were violated when she was denied a Kansas teaching job over her refusal to renounce the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel. Rahul Saksena is a staff attorney with Palestine Legal. His work focuses on legislative issues and legal […]

06 Feb
7:32

BNC Releases List of Achievements in 2017

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)-movement for Palestinian rights was, this week, formally nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian MP BjĂžrnar Moxness (RĂždt). The BDS National Committee has released a short list of its top achievements for the year 2017. GOVERNMENT & POLITICAL PARTIES A UN-commissioned report established […]

03 Feb
8:53

BDS Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2018

BjĂžrnar Moxnes, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, has nominated the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for this year’s Nobel Prize. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)-movement for Palestinian rights was, this week, formally nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian MP BjĂžrnar Moxness (RĂždt). […]

03 Feb
8:46

USCPR Welcomes Federal District Court Decision Supporting Right to Boycott

The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights welcomes a Federal District Court preliminary injunction halting a Kansas law that punishes persons engaged in boycotts of Israel. January’s ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), last fall, and is  a powerful affirmation that the […]

General strike (image by Quds News)
23 Jan
12:56

Palestinians in Jerusalem and West Bank join Gaza in General Strike to protest Pence

As U.S. Vice President and Christian Zionist Mike Pence visited Jerusalem Tuesday, Palestinian stores and businesses across the city and across the West Bank were shuttered to protest the Vice President’s visit. They joined a general strike that began a day earlier in the Gaza Strip to bring attention to […]

20 Jan
8:30

Netanyahu Criticized over Bollywood ‘Selfie’

BDS affiliates in India have accused Israel of exploiting Bollywood to improve its global image, after Israeli PM took “selfie” on stage with legendary movie star Amitabh Bachchan, while visiting Mumbai. Activists made the claims after the Israeli government staged an outreach event titled “Shalom Bollywood” on Thursday, in a […]

19 Jan
7:16

New Orleans Human Rights Resolution Under Attack (VIDEO)

by Ben Norton Top New Orleans politicians are pushing to rescind a historic human rights measure because one of the many countries it could affect is the State of Israel. The New Orleans city council voted unanimously on January 12 to pass a resolution that would have created a mechanism […]

19 Jan
7:01

I am American, Jewish and Banned from Israel for my Activism

Medea Benjamin is an author and cofounder of Codepink: Women for Peace. Her latest book is Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connections. This month, Israel announced that activists affiliated with 20 organisations, including mine Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for […]

15 Jan
9:02

New Orleans Passes BDS Resolution

The New Orleans City Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for a process to avoid contracting with or investing in companies that profit from abuses of human rights, civil rights, labor rights, and other violations. The resolution was spearheaded by USCPR member group New Orleans Palestine Solidarity Committee (NOPSC). […]

12 Jan
6:42

NGO That Rescued Jews from Nazis during WWII on Blacklist

The 101-year-old American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization that was honored with the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize for assisting and rescuing Jewish victims from the Nazi regime during World War II was among 20 organizations recently blacklisted by Israel. The South African human rights and Palestine solidarity organization, […]

08 Jan
3:13

Adalah: Israel Releases ‘BDS Blacklist’ Banning NGOs from Entering Country (VIDEO)

Israel released on Sunday, 7 January 2018 a list of NGOs whose members will be prevented from entering the country. Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan announced the list of 22 NGOs from Europe, the United States, South America, and Africa whose employees and/or members are banned from entering Israel […]

07 Jan
7:40

US Palestine Solidarity: Reviving Original Patterns of Political Engagement

by Loubna Qutami, Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network Overview The past decade has seen major shifts in Palestinian and Palestine solidarity activism in the US. Many of these changes both inform and are caused by the explosion of awareness of the Palestinian struggle, which has long languished at the periphery of the […]

31 Dec
12:18

Lorde Set an Example to Follow for Young Celebrities

In the growing tide of support for the cultural boycott of Israel, New Zealand music star Lorde’s decision to cancel her Tel Aviv concert is precedent-setting in many ways. Lorde cancelled the Israeli leg of her 2018 world tour only days after it was announced. With commendable modesty and openness to engage […]

12 Dec
5:23

EU Research Collaboration With Israeli Police in Tatters After Belgian University Exit

The prestigious Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium has announced its withdrawal from a controversial EU-funded research cooperation project with the Israeli police and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security. The Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium has announced its withdrawal from a controversial EU-funded research cooperation project with the […]

04 Dec
12:55

Thousands Attend Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bethlehem

Outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Christians believe that Jesus was born, thousands of people gathered Saturday for the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration, ceremony, concert and fireworks. Among the people who attended the ceremony were the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, the Governor of Bethlehem Major […]

04 Dec
9:58

Roger Waters Confronts the Occupation of the Canadian Mind (VIDEO)

Rock musician and Palestinian rights advocate Roger Waters discusses his recent concert tour in Canada. TRNN transcript & video: D. Lascaris: This is Dmitri Lascaris for The Real News network. Legendary musician Roger Waters, the co-founder of Pink Floyd, just completed a 14 concert tour of Canada which concluded on […]

04 Dec
8:12

Hundreds of Elected Officials in the Spanish State Endorse BDS for Palestinian Rights

Hundreds of elected officials in the Spanish State endorse BDS for Palestinian rights, setting a new BDS precedent in Europe. They include mayors, city councillors, members of congress, presidents of regional parliaments and members of the European Parliament. (Madrid City Council) This week, on the International Day of Solidarity with the […]

26 Nov
8:43

UK: Universities Blocking Platform to Free Speech on Palestine?

British universities are being accused of threatening free speech on issues such as Palestine by insisting on tough yet ill-defined rules that events must be chaired by approved “independent” moderators, according to academics and students. Standard rules of non-interference on campus have been contradicted by training given to universities under […]

25 Nov
5:39

BDS Gulf Holds its First Regional Anti-normalisation Conference

Last week, BDS Gulf held its first regional anti-normalization conference in Kuwait City, with a broad participation of speakers, organizations, activists and political figures from the entire Gulf region. The conference, which was followed by workshops focused on campaign strategies and a practical regional action plan, made several recommendations regarding […]

24 Nov
3:30

Palestinians Urge Pope Francis to Reject Netanyahu’s Invitation to Launch Giro d’Italia in Israel

Pope Francis touches the wall on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square, in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014 Osservatore Romano—Reuters In an open letter, Palestinian civil society groups urge the Pope not to lend his name in any way to the 2018 Giro d’Italia […]

21 Nov
7:53

India Scraps $500M Military Deal With Israel Amid Rising Popular Concern About India’s Complicity With Israeli Crimes

In anticipation of this deal to produce missile systems, Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems had entered into a joint venture with its in Indian partner. (Representative Image: Reuters) Yesterday, media reported that the Indian Ministry of Defense scrapped the $500M deal with Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for […]

20 Nov
1:08

Omar Barghouti on BDS: How Effective Is It?

The Israeli government, which adopted a very aggressive counterstrategy, “likes to believe it is somehow winning the fight against BDS,” but that view is “quite delusional,” says Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, who co-founded the BDS movement. TRNN video and transcript: SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries […]

14 Nov
9:22

20 European Officials Denied Entry to Israel for Boycott Support

Israel announced, on Monday, that it plans to deny entry to a European delegation, using the recently approved legislation which bars visits by anti-Israel boycott activists. Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that the 20-member delegation, which was set to arrive in Israel next week, was to include European parliament members and […]

12 Nov
3:59

Israel Draws Up Blacklist of Boycott Supporters

The Israeli government is currently preparing a blacklist of local and international organizations and activists who call for boycotting Israeli institutions, products and events, local media sources revealed yesterday. On Sunday, the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation passed a law against activists who encourage the international boycott of Israel, under […]

01 Nov
6:55

Arab-American Activist Banned from Entering Israel

Israeli occupation authorities banned, on Tuesday, the Arab-American activist Raed Jarrar from entering Israel, over his support of the boycott movement against Israel. Jarrar was barred from accessing pre-1948 Palestinian lands in Israel by recommendation of Israeli Minister of Internal Security Golad Erdan.  Erdan said that everyone who activates against […]

31 Oct
6:01

Award-Winning Filmmakers Donate Film Screening Proceeds to BDS Movement

Award-winning British filmmakers Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien and Paul Laverty have donated proceeds from screenings of their latest film “I, Daniel Blake” to the BDS movement, as a gesture of support for the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Award-winning British filmmakers Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien and Paul Laverty […]

27 Oct
7:52

Israeli Government-Sponsored Culinary Festival Loses Another Chef Amid Boycott Calls

Peruvian chef Mitsuharu Tsumura becomes the second to withdraw from Tel Aviv Round Tables culinary festival which whitewashes ongoing Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. October 26, 2017 — Top chef Mitsuharu Tsumura has announced that he is dropping out of this year’s Round Tables culinary festival in Israel, an event which […]

24 Oct
8:14

16 Million-Strong Organization in India Joins the BDS Movement

Earlier this month, the largest national organization representing peasants in India, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), has announced that it has joined the BDS movement. AIKS is is spread across 21 states in India and is over 16 million members strong. AIKS has resolved to: Endorse the call for Boycott, […]

20 Oct
7:08

Upscale Tokyo Department Store Withdraws Products from Illegal Israeli Settlements

October 19, 2017 — The upscale Mitsukoshi department store in the Ginza district of Tokyo has withdrawn Israeli settlement products. Earlier this month, the store was scheduled to host an event featuring Israeli wines, including wines made in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen land. But after Japanese civil society raised concerns, […]

19 Oct
6:02

Boycott Movement: Arab Delegations Withdraw from International Festival

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement has welcomed the Palestinian student delegation and other Arab delegations’ withdrawal from the World Festival of Youths and Students, held in the Russian city of Sochi, due to the participation of Israeli delegations. “We appreciated the principled stand taken by the Arab youths rejecting […]

17 Oct
7:22

Medical Students at Chile’s Largest University Overwhelmingly Vote for BDS

(University of Chile, Faculty of Medicine) More than three-fourths of students at the University of Chile’s Faculty of Medicine voted to break institutional ties with Israeli universities in a student referendum held last month. They also voted against Israeli government sponsorship or attendance of events at their university. This is the […]

13 Oct
9:00

Prominent Chefs Urge Colleagues to Withdraw From Tel Aviv “Culinary Propaganda” Festival

Israeli soldiers regularly harass and assault Palestinian farmers and destroy their crops (AP/Mohammed Ballas)   October 12, 2017 — In an open letter, prominent chefs from Palestine and nine other countries called on their colleagues to withdraw from the upcoming Round Tables culinary festival in Tel Aviv. This festival is sponsored by […]

11 Oct
11:15

Israeli-led “Women’s Peace March” Criticized as Normalization

A two-week march led by Israeli women calling for peace culminated in a rally in Jerusalem Sunday, although the march was largely boycotted by Palestinians who called it a part of the‘normalization’ of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. The organizers of the march called for a return to the […]

06 Oct
10:24

Distinguished Israeli Doctor Supports BDS

Dr. Ruchama Marton is a distinguished Jewish-Israeli civil society leader, a psychiatrist, feminist and the Founder and President of Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI). She has spoken out about why she is convinced that the BDS movement is critical to ending Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people. October 2017 — […]

05 Oct
6:06

Thousands Call for End of Irish Arms Trade with Israel (Photos)

On Wednesday, 4th October, 2017, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign presented the Irish Government with over 23,000 signatures to a petition demanding an end to bilateral arms trade between Israel and Ireland. PNN reports that human rights campaigners were joined by TDs and Senators from the Oireachtas [Irish parliament], and Dublin […]

30 Sep
4:59

Trump Administration Hires Israeli Military Contractors to Build U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

Official statement from the BNC: The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, strongly condemns the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to award millions of dollars in contracts to fulfill President Donald Trump’s  ominous promise to expand […]

29 Sep
4:17

UN Takes First Concrete Step To Hold Israel Accountable For Violating Palestinian Human Rights

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, shakes hand with delegates before the opening of the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations. Credit: Laurent Gillieron/AP Media reports reveal that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights began sending letters, two […]

22 Sep
4:53

Twelve Million Reasons To Boycott Israel

by Mahmoud el-Yousseph, Days of Palestine (Edited for the IMEMC by c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g) About 12 million Palestinians scattered all over the world constitute a reason for, not only boycotting Israel, but pushing it out of Palestine. There […]

13 Sep
6:16

Amnesty International’s Tax Benefits to be Revoked by Israel

The Israeli government is set to revoke Amnesty International’s tax benefits in Israel as punishment for the group’s anti-settlement campaign, a move the group said, on Tuesday, was an “ominous sign for the ability of human rights NGOs in Israel to operate freely.” Israeli daily Haaretz reported, according to Ma’an, […]

11 Sep
8:35

Buenos Aires Activists Hang Posters of Netanyahu in Nazi Attire

Pro-Palestinian activists in Buenos Aires hung posters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Hitler’s Schutzstaffel  Nazi uniform, prior to his visit to Argentina. The signs had pictures of  Netanyahu under the words: “Wanted for crimes against human rights and the genocide of the Palestinian people,” where he is […]

05 Sep
5:25

BDS Update: Palestinian Academics Urge European Universities and Scholars to Withdraw from LAW TRAIN

European professors and academic institutions have urged to end cooperation with the EU-funded project over involvement of Israeli institutions known for illegal detention practices, routine torture, and violence against Palestinians. The following letter was released by the BDS National Committee: The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees […]

04 Sep
1:08

US & Israel threaten to cut UN Funding over ‘Settlement Blacklist’

Both Israel and the United States have threatened to cut their funding to the United Nations Human Rights Council if the Council moves ahead with its promise to publish a list of companies that do business in Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land. The threats come in the midst of […]

31 Aug
6:03

Murder Case of Cartoonist Naji al-Ali Reopened in UK

British police have launched fresh appeal for information on the murder of a famous Palestinian political cartoonist in London, 30 years ago, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday. The  police, Days of Palestine reports, said that they hoped someone might feel more able to speak up, three decades later. Naji Salim […]

28 Aug
7:15

BDS: 7 Jordanian Companies End Contracts with G4S

Jordan BDS, today, announced that seven private and public companies have discontinued their service contracts with G4S, the security company.  This announcement comes in response to a global boycott call against G4S’ parent company for its complicity in Israel’s regime of occupation and settler-colonialism. In particular, the companies are: Jordan Hospital Medical […]

20 Aug
9:28

Portuguese Photographers Pledge BDS on Israeli Government

Over 40 Portuguese photographers, teachers of photography and photography students pledged on Saturday, which marked World Photography Day, not to accept professional invitations or financing from Israel, and to” refuse to collaborate with Israeli cultural institutions complicit in Israel’s regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid,” according to the official website […]

19 Aug
6:43

PACBI Releases Response to Pop-Kultur Festival’s Misleading Statement

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has condemned Berlin’s Pop-Kultur festival for spreading “outrageous lies” about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, in a desperate attempt to divert attention from the group describes as shameful acceptance of Israel’s sponsorship and its resultant […]

19 Aug
5:42

Israel Withholds Secret List of BDS Supporters (VIDEO)

The Israeli government is compiling a list of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists who are not allowed to travel to Israel. Asa Winstanly of the Electronic Intifada talks about the effort to expose this secret list. TRNN transcript: SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to […]

17 Aug
3:31

Tayseer Khaled Welcomes Move to Boycott African-Israeli Summit

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) & Head of National Bureau to Defend the Land and Resist Colonial Settlements, Tayseer Khaled, has welcomed South Africa’s decision to boycott the African-Israeli Summit on Higher Technology, Communication, Agriculture and Security, to be held in LomĂ©, Togo, in […]

07 Aug
10:41

BDS Conference in Australia to End Complicity with Israeli Apartheid (Video Link)

08/07/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Australia Multi-award winning poet and playwright Samah Sabawi began Australia’s second and biggest national conference on Israeli Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions last week, in Sydney, with words from the diaspora: “In 2005, after decades of failed negotiations, Palestinian civil society lit a candle in […]

31 Jul
6:07

Israeli musicians to Thom Yorke: Canceling Radiohead show will disrupt Israel’s ‘business as usual’ facade

Israeli musicians urge Radiohead to reconsider violating the Palestinian call for boycott. Dear Thom Yorke, We are Israeli musicians writing you about your scheduled performance in Israel this July 19. It is our understanding that the public appeal urging you to respect the Palestinian picket line and cancel this concert was […]

21 Jul
5:47

Boycott Israel, Go to Jail?

A bipartisan Senate bill would make boycotting Israel punishable by up to 20 years in prison. But, a new pushback from groups, including the ACLU, could help stop the ‘draconian’ measure, says Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. TRNN transcript: AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m […]

10 Jul
12:53

Mennonites Latest US Church to Dump Israel-linked Investments

Members of the Mennonite Church USA voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution condemning Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. (Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network) Members of the Mennonite Church USA voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israel’s military occupation and to support divestment from companies that profit from violations of Palestinian rights. The resolution was approved by 98 percent of […]

10 Jul
12:03

BDS Movement Turns 12, Marks Anniversary With List of 12 Wins in 2017

July 9, 2017 marks 12 years since the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was born. It’s been 12 years since an impressively large and diverse coalition across Palestinian civil society surmounted incredible odds to unify around three basic Palestinian rights and a nonviolent, inclusive, anti-racist path of struggle to achieve them. […]

09 Jul
5:15

Facebook Live: A Conversation with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters

For those of you who missed it, here is the video link to the interview, via the official BDS Facebook page… A Conversation with Roger Waters The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is pleased to host a conversation with Roger Waters on his involvement […]

02 Jul
9:17

PSC Chair Hugh Lanning — UK Judge Rules: Illegal to Ban Palestine’s BDS Movement

Palestine Solidarity Campaign wins case against the UK Government as judge rules government acted unlawfully by restricting local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel, says Hugh Lanning. Joining us from Dover, Kent is Hugh Lanning. Hugh has been Chair of the Palestine Solidary Campaign […]

01 Jul
7:14

Spanish Parliament Affirms Right to BDS as Protected Speech

Spanish parliament in Madrid. June 30, 2017 – On Tuesday, the Spanish parliament unanimously passed a motion recognizing the right to advocate for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as protected under the right to freedom of expression and association. This bill was introduced by the progressive parliamentary coalition “Unidos Podemos-En ComĂș […]

23 Jun
7:22

Largest Israeli Public Transportation Company Loses Netherlands Contract Worth 190 Million Euros Following Campaign by BDS Activists for Palestinian Rights

Last month, Egged Bus Systems (EBS), a subsidiary of Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society, Israel’s largest public transportation operator, lost a bid for a decade-long contract to run public transportation in the North-Holland region of the Netherlands, which includes the country’s capital, Amsterdam. This contract was valued at 19.1 million […]

20 Jun
9:08

BNC Welcomes Call by Christian Organizations Urging the World Council of Churches to Support the BDS Movement for Palestinian Human Rights

(Photo Credit: Ryan Rodrick Beiler)   June 20, 2017 ~ Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), Christian Palestinians The Palestinian National Committee for Boycot, Divestment and Sanctions (BNC) has warmly welcomed a historic open letter by the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) urging the World Council of […]

17 Jun
6:27

Nabil Maarouf (pt2): How Can 50 Years of Israeli Occupation be Brought to an End?

Nabil Maarouf, Palestine’s Representative in Canada, calls for sanctions, boycotts and criminal prosecutions to being an end to Israel’s system of apartheid. TRNN transcript: Dimitri L.: This is Dimitri Lascaris for the Real News. This is part two of our interview with Nabil Maarouf, the chief of the Delegation, the […]

10 Jun
6:28

Major Chilean Universities Heed BDS Call, Cancel Events Sponsored by Israeli Embassy

Students at the University of Chile call for an end to ties with Israeli academic institutions. Student-led BDS campaigns resulted in two major Chilean universities canceling events co-sponsored by the Israeli embassy and featuring Joe Uziel, a director of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). On Monday, Alberto Hurtado University’s Anthropology Department […]

08 Jun
6:14

Amnesty International Launches Pro-BDS Campaign against Settlements

Fifty years into the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, NGO Amnesty International announced, on Wednesday, that it was launching a campaign to convince the international community to implement a full boycott of illegal Israeli settlements across the occupied Palestinian territory. “One of the tragedies of […]

06 Jun
5:41

Tracking the Trends of the Palestinian Cause Since 1967

by Nadia Hijab, Mouin Rabbani  The Palestinian cause today has in some respects reverted to where it stood before the 1967 War. It is worth retracing this trajectory to understand how we reached the current situation, and derive insights on where to go from here. Looking Back On the eve […]

05 Jun
4:25

BDS Calls for Intensified Action

The head of the national committee for the boycott, divestment and sanctioning of Israel, Mahmoud Nawaja, on Sunday, through Voice of Palestine radio, called for intensifying the activity of the BDS movement in various fields, in order to pressure and isolate Israel. This came in response to a decision by Israeli Minister […]

02 Jun
6:16

Wave of Boycotts Hits Israeli LGBT Film Festival as International Artists Heed Palestinian Call to Respect Picket Line

At least five of the twelve international speakers scheduled to participate in the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival this June 1-10 have reportedly pulled out after queer Palestinian activists and their allies in the BDS movement called for boycotting the “pinkwashing” propaganda event that gives progressive cover for Israel’s […]

27 May
5:14

Award-Winning South African Filmmaker Cancels Participation in Israeli LGBT Film Festival

South African filmmaker John Trengove on withdrawing from the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival Award-winning South African filmmaker John Trengove canceled his participation in the upcoming Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival (TL​V​Fest). His film, The Wound, is scheduled to be the festival’s opening night film on June 1. In his […]

15 May
8:02

BNC: Upholding our Rights, Resisting the Ongoing Nakba

The BDS National Committee (BNC) Commemorates the 69th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. It is possible
 It is possible at least sometimes
 It is possible especially now To ride a horse Inside a prison cell And run away
 It is possible for prison walls To disappear. For the cell to become […]

13 May
7:07

Norway’s Largest Trade Union Federation Endorses Full Boycott of Israel to Advance Palestinian Human Rights

Norway’s Largest Trade Union Federation Endorses Full Boycott of Israel to Advance Palestinian Human Rights (Credit: Ole PalmstrĂžm) The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), representing close to one million workers, has endorsed a full boycott of Israel to achieve Palestinian rights under international law. LO is the largest and […]

06 May
4:27

Over 170 Sports Clubs in the Occupied West Bank Call on FIFA to Suspend Israel’s Membership

In a letter issued on May 4th, over 170 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations urged FIFA to immediately suspend the Israeli Football Association’s (IFA) membership for its inclusion of seven football clubs that are  based in illegal settlements. The letter comes just days before FIFA’s annual Congress where FIFA […]

28 Apr
8:28

May Day: Palestinian Trade Unions Call for Intensifying BDS

Official statement from the Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS): “On May Day, we Palestinian trade unions are proud to stand with the trade union movement internationally as we collectively resist attacks on our working conditions, cuts to public services and job losses. We lend our voices to the […]

21 Apr
5:43

Historic Decision: Barcelona City Council Votes to End Complicity with Israeli Occupation & Illegal Settlements

April 19, 2017 – Today, in light of the Barcelona City Council’s vote to condemn Israel’s occupation, call to end complicity in Israel’s violations of international law, and affirmation of the legitimacy of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights,  the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) released the following […]

14 Apr
4:43

Human Rights Activists Denied Entry into Israel

On Friday, Kamel Hawwash, member of Palestine Solidarity Campaign EC and also vice chair of the British Palestine policy council, was denied entry into Israel under the new “anti-boycott” law. This follows the refusal, last month, to allow entry to Hugh Lanning PSC chair, and, last weekend, to Anwar Makhlouf, […]

06 Apr
5:00

Princess Nokia Cancels Show at Israeli Music Festival Amid BDS Pressure

Organizers subsequently canceled the Kalamazoo Festival and promised to refund tickets. On March 26, the Israeli Kalamazoo Festival announced that Destiny Frasqueri, also known as Princess Nokia, canceled her upcoming performance at the Haoman 17, a nightclub in Tel Aviv. “Under extreme pressure from [the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement], […]

31 Mar
5:29

Empire Files Rewind: How Palestine Became Colonized

First published on September 28, 2016. Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. Giving critical historical context to the occupation today, this timeline explores the creation of the state of Israel and […]

31 Mar
1:33

Ilan Pappé: The Myth of Israel

Ilan Pappé is an Israeli historian and socialist activist. He is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. His work […]

31 Mar
1:11

US and Israeli UN Ambassadors Vow to Eliminate BDS

Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said on Wednesday that Israel would “keep fighting” until it “eliminates BDS completely.” “There is a new approach [to fight BDS] and it is being heard in the halls of the UN Indeed,” Danon told 2,000 attendees at a pro-Israel UN event, according […]

31 Mar
12:52

G4S Dropped by Doctors’ Syndicate in Beirut

(photo: Alternative Information Center) Last week, the Doctors’ Syndicate in Beirut decided to end its relationship with G4S, one of the world’s largest multinational security companies, following a campaign by activists in Lebanon concerned with the company’s ongoing complicity with Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. The “Lebanese Campaign to […]

29 Mar
2:33

VIDEO: Arrest of Omar Barghouti Comes Amidst Upsurge in International Support for Boycott of Israel

After the P5+1 nuclear deal made it difficult for the Israeli government to continue to appeal to the right-wing through casting Iran as the bogeyman, depicting BDS as a ‘delegitimization’ campaign became its next means of generating fear and paranoia among voters, says journalist Richard Silverstein. TRNN transcript: KIM BROWN: […]

23 Mar
7:28

BNC Responds to New Israeli Database Targeting Israeli Citizens Who Support BDS

On March 21st, Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs, Gilad Erdan, announced that his ministry seeks to create a new database of Israeli citizens who support the grassroots Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to secure Palestinian human rights. In response, Mahmoud Nawajaa, the General Coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), […]

20 Mar
7:55

BDS Activist Speaks About His Arrest by Israeli Police

Jeff Halper is the co-founder and director of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He was born in 1946 in Minnesota and emigrated to Israel in 1973. Since then he has been a tireless advocate for justice and civil rights for all Israelis and Palestinians. He spent ten years […]

19 Mar
4:18

The UN Report Israel Does Not Want You To Read

A new UN report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and support a just peace. The landmark report’s endorsement of boycotts, economic sanctions and other grassroots initiatives comes at a moment when Israel is desperately attempting to criminalize and suppress international support for Palestinian rights. Published […]

17 Mar
9:28

New UN Report Confirms Israel is an “Apartheid” State, Calls for BDS

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society, has warmly welcomed as a “historic breakthrough” a report released today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) that proves beyond doubt that Israel has imposed a system of apartheid on the entire […]

13 Mar
7:25

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Chairman Banned from Israel

Shortly after the Israeli Knesset passed a law to bar BDS activists from entering Israel, Israeli Authorities  have banned the chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). PSC chair, Hugh Lanning, has been denied entry into Israel, raising the likelihood he is the first high profile figure to fall foul […]

10 Mar
9:08

Israel Bans Entry to Supporters of the Boycott Movement

Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy; and the boycott, divestment and sanctions […]

10 Mar
8:34

FIFA Slammed by Human Rights Defenders for Failure to Expel Israeli Football Clubs Based in Illegal Settlements

A wide coalition of Palestinian and international organisations denounced FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s failure to compel Israel’s national football league to exclude six football teams based in illegal Israeli settlements and called for the dissolution of the FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine. FIFA’s failure to act against the Israeli settlement clubs […]

09 Mar
1:30

BDS Ban Passes, Foreign Boycott Supporters Forbidden from Entering Israel

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset passed an amendment into law, Monday evening, which forbids entry into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory by foreigners calling for a boycott of Israel, Israeli media reported. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the amendment, which passed its final readings with 46 MKs voting […]

05 Mar
9:38

Dubliners Launch Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 (PHOTOS)

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) organised a street theatre act on Henry Sreet, to raise awareness about the inhumane and unjust daily life that Palestinian’s face at checkpoints under the control of an apartheid regime. Israeli Apartheid Week, according to the PNN, will […]

04 Mar
4:15

Poll: 80 Percent of Canadians Back Israel Boycott

New findings highlight failure of Canadian government and Israel lobby groups to demonize Palestine solidarity movement. (Denis HĂ©bert) Four in five Canadians expressing an opinion believe the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel is reasonable, a national survey released Wednesday suggests. More than half of Canadians […]

01 Mar
1:26

Why Hollywood Has Abandoned Brand Israel

Oscar nominees’ refusal to be paid props for Brand Israel could reflect a desire to avoid a very polarised discussion. (Todd Wawrychuck/ EPA) via the BDS National Commitee. As Israel moves ever more dangerously rightward – evidenced by the latest law legalising the state’s expropriation of private Palestinian lands and the extremely conservative appointees […]

01 Mar
1:19

BDS: Israeli Apartheid Week Begins in New York (VIDEO)

via apartheidweek.org and the BDS National Committee. The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week will take place all around the world between March – April 2017. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian […]

26 Feb
7:14

Youth Against Settlements: Munther Amira Awarded ‘Personality of the Year’ for Popular Struggle

The Youth Against Settlements movement announced, on Saturday, that Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), activist Munther Amira received the Personality of the Year award for 2016. Mu nther was honored in recognition to his commitment to the popular struggle and his activism in enhancing the idea, both on a local and international […]

26 Feb
7:55

After Appeal by Leading Writers, Major US Literary Festival Will Proceed without Israeli Government Sponsorship

Human rights advocates welcome the decision by PEN America to hold PEN’s annual World Voices literary festival without funding from the Israeli government. The decision followed a campaign and a call supported by leading literary figures asking the organization to reject Israeli government sponsorship. PEN America accepted Israeli government support for the World Voices […]

11 Feb
3:39

NFL Players Pull Out of Israel Propaganda Tour

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, left, talks to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, following a 37-18 Seattle victory at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, 25 September 2016. In solidarity with Palestinians, Bennett this week pulled out of an Israeli-government backed propaganda junket for NFL players.  (Joe Nicholson USA TODAY […]

07 Feb
9:54

Palestinians Call for Boycott of Hyundai

Israeli authorities use a Hyundai bulldozer to destroy the home of a Palestinian citizen of Israel in the town of Lydd, Feb. 10, 2015. The house belonged to a single mother and her four children. (Oren Ziv, ActiveStills) Via the Palestinian BDS National Committee. Palestinians are calling for a boycott […]

03 Feb
11:05

Hundreds of Belgian Artists and Academics Urge Government to End Participation in EU Project Cooperating with Israeli National Police

In Belgium, 482 professors and researchers, and more than 190 artists, have written an open letter calling on their authorities to withdraw from participating in a European Union funded research project called LAW TRAIN, in which Belgium and Spain cooperate with the Israeli National Police. The project, aimed at developing […]

24 Jan
3:06

Tzipi Livni to Face Belgian Arrest Warrant

via the BDS National Committee. (Edited for the IMEMC by chris @ imemc.org) 23/01/2017 – Brussels  Belgian police have confirmed that they intend to question former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at her arrival in Brussels, today, for suspected war crimes. Livni is listed as a speaker  at a European Parliament […]

16 Jan
10:33

BDS: France Shoots Down Purchase of Israeli Drones

Electronic Intifada, France, 12/15/17 Boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigners in France are welcoming their government’s decision not to spend more than $100 million on Israeli drones. Boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigners in France are welcoming their government’s decision not to spend more than $100 million on Israeli drones. This is the second major defeat for […]

01 Jan
9:14

BDS: Provincial Council of Valencia Declares itself ‘Israeli Apartheid Free’

The Provincial Council of Valencia (DiputaciĂłn de ValĂ©ncia) recently became the 60th city in the Spanish state declaring itself “Free of Israeli Apartheid.” Via the BDS National Committee. On the 29th of December, the Provincial Council of Valencia (DiputaciĂłn de ValĂ©ncia) passed a motion supporting the inalienable rights of the […]

24 Dec
6:42

UK’s Largest Student Union Endorses BDS Movement

Via the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). The University of Manchester’s Student Union Senate voted, this past Thursday, to pass a motion in support of the international movement for boycott, sanctions and divestment from the state of Israel. The motion won the backing of 60 per cent of the SU Senate, following […]

22 Dec
10:37

UNICEF in Lebanon Ends its Contracts with G4S

“Breaking a shackle of Palestinian prisoners”. The United Nations Children’s Fund in Lebanon ends its contracts with occupation profiteer G4S. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon has ended its contract with the world’s largest security company, G4S, following a boycott campaign by activists in the country and across […]