Category Archives: Boycott Movement

11 Jan
7:13

The BDS Movement Salutes Angela Davis

January 10, 2019 / By Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / United States The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, salutes Angela Davis for her lifelong struggle for justice and expresses its full solidarity […]

10 Jan
4:07

Anti-Boycott of Israel Bill Pushed Back in US Senate

The US Senate voted down, in a cloture vote on Tuesday, a bill aimed at impeding the international boycott of Israel spearheaded by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, according to a press statement by the Institute For Middle East Understanding (IMEU). Republican Senators Marco Rubio, James Risch, Cory […]

10 Jan
3:40

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Wins Right to Approach Supreme Court

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has won the right to challenge the Court of Appeal judgement which upheld the government’s right to restrict Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) from divesting contrary to UK foreign and defence policy, thereby limiting the possibility of divestment from companies involved in Israel’s human rights violations. In […]

09 Jan
11:55

Birmingham Honors Angela Davis after Israel Lobby Sabotages Award

(from the Electronic Intifada) American academic Angela Davis says she is “stunned” at the decision of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama to revoke a human rights award it was planning to give her at a gala next month. In a statement on Facebook, the iconic Black intellectual and activist said that the […]

09 Jan
1:51

Arab Americans, Civil Liberties Groups Challenging Anti-BDS Bill in US Congress

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (WAFA)  – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and American civil liberties organizations are leading a campaign to block a bill in the US Congress aimed at fighting boycott of Israel led by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Republican Senators Marco Rubio, James Risch, […]

09 Jan
1:47

Oppose Senate Bill S.1 – Would Give Israel $38 Billion, Combat BDS, & More

Senators Mark Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo from Jewish Insider.) Phone and email your senators NOW to vote no on Senate bill S.1! The latest news is that Democrats may try to prevent today’s action on the bill (over concerns over the government shutdown), so phoning […]

30 Dec
5:33

Largest European Bank to Divest from Israeli Defense Contractor

In what is being cheered as a victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, the international banking firm HSBC has announced that it is divesting from Elbit Systems, the second-largest weapons manufacturer in Israel. Europe’s largest bank confirmed, on Thursday, that it has completely liquidated its holdings in the […]

28 Dec
7:51

Israeli Agricultural Products Banned from Palestinian Market

The Palestinian government decided, on Thursday, to ban entry of Israeli vegetables, fruits and poultry into the Palestinian market, following an Israel ban on import of similar Palestinian products. The cabinet said, in a statement following its weekly meeting held in Ramallah, that “in accordance with the principle of protecting […]

21 Dec
4:12

Senators Sneak Amendment to Make Israel Boycott Illegal

While Senators Cardin and Portman are trying to sneak a last-minute amendment into the budget bill to make BDS illegal – violating free speech – 26 states are also moving to make boycotts of Israel illegal. TRNN speaks to IPS’s Phyllis Bennis about the anti-BDS efforts in the US. Phyllis […]

18 Dec
6:17

Veteran Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy: BDS Is Not Anti-Semitic

Veteran Israeli journalist Gideon Levy has reaffirmed his support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, speaking in a Haaretz podcast interview. Asked about the backlash against the boycott, both in Israel and in the United States, Levy said that the BDS campaign is still “the only game in town”, […]

15 Dec
4:44

Canadian Court Hands Important Victory to BDS Movement

A Canadian Court has ruled that Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activists were denied free speech and campaigning rights when the city of Montreal tore down their posters highlighting an Israeli atrocity, during an election campaign in Canada. TRNN discusses the case with Bruce Katz, one of the main plaintiffs in […]

14 Dec
7:32

Pro-Israel Lobby Groups Secretly Admits Boycott Is Effective, Leaked Report Shows

Ali Abunimah discusses a leaked report from Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), a front for Israel government-backed lobby group StandWithUs, which admits the cultural boycott is “constantly growing” and “innovative”. TRNN Video & Transcript   BEN NORTON: It’s The Real News Network, and I’m Ben Norton. As the campaign to boycott […]

10 Dec
6:42

Belgian City Votes to Ban Contracts with Companies that Violate Human Rights

[Photo: City Hall in Ghent, Belgium] 12/08/18 Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Norway Last month, the City Council in Ghent, Belgium voted to ban companies involved in human rights violations from doing business with the the city. Palestinian solidarity activists with the group Ghent Action Platform Palestine (GAPP) were the driving force […]

08 Dec
11:17

German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly

[Photo: From right to left, Israeli dissident Ronnie Barkan, Palestinian activist Majed Abusalama, BDS activist Christoph Glanz celebrate victory] 12/06/18 BDS Initiative Oldenburg, Germany In May 2016, the German city of Oldenburg prevented a public lecture titled “BDS: A Palestinian Human Rights Campaign” from taking place by withdrawing its permission for event organizers to use the scheduled event space. […]

07 Dec
4:13

Israeli Government-Linked Creative Community for Peace’s Confidential Report

12/06/18 Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / US, UK The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights continues to make long strides in effectively challenging Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid. The cultural boycott of Israel is supported by thousands of artists around the world, with pledges to uphold […]

07 Dec
3:13

Irish Senate Approves Boycott of Goods Made in Settlements

The Irish Senate voted, on Wednesday, to pass a bill to boycott the trade and importing of goods originating from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The bill was submitted to the Senate by independent Senator Francis Black who hopes that, with support, the vital bill will become law. Palestinian […]

02 Dec
11:52

Israeli Settlers Slash Tires in Kafr Qassem

The Palestinian village of Kafr Qassem, east of Tel Aviv was stormed by Israeli settlers Sunday, who vandalized many cars, local sources told Maan News. Dozens of settlers reportedly punctured tires of 32 vehicles belonging to Palestinians, and spray painted threats and racist slurs. Some of the slogans that damaged […]

01 Dec
6:11

PLO Calls on Eurovision Organizers to Not Broadcast Contest in Israel’s Illegal Settlements

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: “We call on the EBU to respect the Palestinian people’s rights and to not broadcast any Eurovision Song Contest events in Israel’s illegal settlements…” Giving Israel the privilege of hosting the 2019 Eurovision amounts to rewarding it for and helping it to conceal […]

30 Nov
6:18

Chilean Congress Votes to Ban Products from Illegal Israeli Settlements

With an overwhelming majority, the National Congress of Chile approved a resolution demanding the government “forbid the entry of products manufactured and coming from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolution had 99 votes in favor and only 7 against. The resolution was debated as part of the International […]

30 Nov
6:13

Irish Boycott Bill Passes First Senate Reading

A bill prohibiting the importation and sale of goods and services originating in illegal Israeli settlements approved in July by the Irish Senate, was passed in its first reading, on Wednesday. The Control of Economic Activities (occupied territories) Bill 2018, which was sponsored by Senator Frances Black, seeks to prohibit the import […]

30 Nov
6:05

PLO: Solidarity with Palestinians not Just an Abstract Expression of Empathy

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said, while marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that coincided on Thursday, that solidarity is not just an abstract expression of empathy; rather, it is an active, positive and concrete engagement. “On November 29, 1947, the United […]

29 Nov
7:30

Pitzer College Faculty Votes Support BDS for Palestinian Rights

Earlier this month, Faculty at Pitzer College in California overwhelmingly voted to pass two motions providing support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. In the first motion, faculty rejected a decision taken last year by the college’s president and trustees to nullify a Student Senate resolution in support […]

26 Nov
10:55

Report: Israel Continues with Ethnic Cleansing Policies in Occupied Jerusalem

In its latest report about Israeli settlements activities in the occupied West Bank, the National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated that, within the Israeli plans to complete the settlement belt around Jerusalem in general, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, the Israeli High Court has approved the […]

22 Nov
4:24

BNC Statement: Airbnb’s Decision to Exit Israel’s Illegal Settlements a Partial Victory for Human Rights & Accountability

Via BDS official. We welcome Airbnb’s decision to end its business in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, following a global campaign led by Human Rights Watch and a number of organizations affiliated with the BDS movement for Palestinian rights. It is a first step in the right direction to […]

22 Nov
3:37

LGBT Activists to Protest Netta’s Performance at London Nightclub

Queer pro-Palestine activists will lead a colourful karaoke protest outside famous London LGBT nightclub Heaven on Wednesday, 21 November, when controversial Eurovision 2018 winner for Israel Netta Barzilai performs. Organized by London Palestine Action, the musical protest will also feature dabke – a Palestinian folk dance – and Palestinian solidarity […]

20 Nov
2:29

AirBnB announces: No more listings in Israeli colonial settlements

On Monday, the international crowdsourced bed and breakfast company AirBnB announced that they will no longer allow listings that are located in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The decision comes after a two year campaign of Human Rights Watch and other organizations, who pointed out that the promotion of […]

16 Nov
9:32

BDS Austria: Israeli Apartheid State – Get Out of Vienna University

The following statement, initiated by BDS Austria, addresses the role of the Israeli Embassy and the University of Vienna in opposing Palestinian rights and supporting Israeli apartheid. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network as well as Samidoun Goteborg are signatories of the statement, along with other international groups and academics.  Signatories and […]

12 Nov
7:50

BDS: Love Bollywood, Hate Apartheid! (VIDEO)

Four famous Bollywood actors are due to perform in apartheid Israel. The event has been postponed once already. This is our chance to get it cancelled altogether. Last year, on a propaganda trip to Mumbai, Michael Oren, as a senior representative of the far-right Israeli government, urged Bollywood producers to […]

09 Nov
6:46

Has The BDS Campaign Really Achieved So Little?

Last March, outgoing Jewish Agency chair Natan Sharansky declared that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign had “been almost fully defeated”. Sharansky’s pronouncement came two years after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced BDS had been “beaten”. BDS ‘failure’? Premature reports of the BDS campaign’s “failure” are not the sole preserve […]

08 Nov
10:11

Top Chef Withdraws From Israel’s Round Tables Culinary Propaganda Festival

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton and her team withdrew from Israel’s Round Tables Festival, scheduled to start this Sunday, November 11 in Tel Aviv. 90 chefs and culinary figures appealed to Hamilton and other chefs to withdraw from Round Tables, heeding the call from leading Palestinian women, farmer, and worker organizations. Round Tables is part of […]

07 Nov
6:59

Spanish City Cancels Israeli Women’s Waterpolo Match

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists succeeded, on Monday, in persuading the Catalonian city of Molins de Rei not to host a scheduled women’s waterpolo match between Spain and Israel. The match was scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon, as part of a European championship that serves as a […]

07 Nov
6:54

Palestinians to ICRC: Conference in Partnership with Hebrew University Undermines Palestinian Human Rights

Israeli forces detain a Palestinian at Hebrew University during a protest against Israel’s attack on Gaza, 20 November 2012. (Mahfouz Abu Turk, APA images) An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) conference, in partnership with Hebrew University, which is deeply complicit in Israel’s flagrant violations of international humanitarian law, is […]

02 Nov
5:23

Irish Lawmakers Call for Arms Embargo on Israel

In a letter published in the Irish Times newspaper, Minister of State Finian McGrath and fifty other Irish TDs and Senators have called for an arms embargo to be placed on Israel, and for “an end to the bi-lateral arms trade between Ireland and the apartheid state”. In addition to independent Minister McGrath, the signatories […]

31 Oct
8:13

Open Letter To Gabrielle Hamilton & Other Chefs In Israel’s Round Tables Festival

Photo credit: Heidi’s Bridge Please click here for a statement from the letter’s organizers on current context. To the chefs participating in Israel’s Round Tables food festival; We are all people who work in the food industry in the United States. We are chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, managers, farmers, and more. We […]

27 Oct
5:30

Why Israel Sees BDS As A ‘Strategic Threat’

Asa Winstanley is an investigative journalist living in London who writes about Palestine and the Middle East. He writes for The Electronic Intifada where he is an associate editor and also a weekly column for the Middle East Monitor. As leaders of a state that is totally alien to the […]

19 Oct
12:00

Palestinian-American Student Allowed Entry After Appeal to Israeli Supreme Court

A Palestinian-American student who was prevented entry to study in Israel has claimed victory at the Israeli Supreme Court. The court ruled today that 22-year old Lara al-Qasem will be allowed entry to study in a graduate program at Hebrew University. al-Qasem, whose grandparents are Palestinian, is an American student […]

17 Oct
9:39

Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Confront UK Israeli Ambassador in Belfast

Angry scenes were reported to have developed as pro-Palestinian protesters confronted the UK’s Israeli ambassador, Mark Regev, at Queen’s University, in Belfast. A protester was restrained as several attempted to follow Regev’s car as he left the historic institution following a visit to speak to students. Around 70 pro-Palestinian protesters […]

16 Oct
1:11

Supreme Court Freezes Deportation of Detained American Student

The Israeli Supreme Court froze, on Sunday, deportation measures against American student Lara al-Qasem, who was barred entry to Israel over alleged ties to the BDS movement. The court will convene on Wednesday, to determine whether or not it will grant Al-Qasem permission to file an appeal against her detention […]

14 Oct
7:39

“Educators Who Bravely Act on Principle Should be Championed, Not Punished”

10/12/18 Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) The University of Michigan is reportedly disciplining teachers for their decision to respect the Palestinian picket line against discriminatory Israeli institutions and for supporting Palestinian human rights. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) said: […]

12 Oct
7:47

UEFA Bans Broadcast of Games to Israeli Settlements

UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), on Monday, has banned Israel’s public broadcaster from airing its games to illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel’s Public Broadcasting Corporation, known as Kan, won the rights to broadcast preliminary World Cup and European Championship games, after it bid $5.8 […]

11 Oct
8:04

More Public Figures Join Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019

The Irish Campaign to boycott the Eurovision Festival in Israel, 2019, has secured the support of a further 20 public figures, including actor Stephen Rea and musical artists Mary Coughlan, Luka Bloom and the members of KĂ­la, and have called on RTÉ not to participate and for musicians not to […]

10 Oct
7:54

Erdan: US Student Will Be Released If She Condemns BDS

Israeli minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan, on Tuesday, said he would reconsider his official stance on denying entry to an American student over alleged links to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement if she publicly condemned a boycott of Israel. Last week, Lara Alqasem was barred from entering the country […]

06 Oct
5:16

Nobel Prize Winner Supports BDS Movement For Palestinian Rights, Ending Military Aid to Israel

    October 5, 2018 —  A Nobel Prize has been awarded to George P. Smith, a renowned scientist and longtime advocate for Palestinian rights who supports the BDS movement and has called for an end to US military aid to Israel. The BDS movement congratulates Professor Smith. Dr. Samia Botmeh, Dean at Birzeit University in […]

04 Oct
8:45

Palestinians Call on EU to Halt Normalization Programs and End Complicity With Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights and International Law

October 3, 2018 / Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Europe The European Union’s program “Israeli and Palestinian Young Leaders at the European Parliament” cynically aims at reducing 70 years of Palestinian suffering under Israel’s regime of settler-colonialism, military occupation and apartheid to a “conflict” that can […]

27 Sep
7:44

RTÉ Director General Meets with Campaigners over Eurovision Boycott

Representatives of the Irish campaign for a boycott of Eurovision 2019 in Israel, on Wednesday, held a meeting with the Director General of RTÉ Dee Forbes. At the meeting, at which Rory Coveney, Strategic Advisor to the Director General of RTÉ, and Michael Kealy, Head of RTÉ’s delegation for Eurovision, were […]

25 Sep
4:13

Palestinian Activists Consider Boycott of US Goods

Representatives of the Palestinian National Action Teams, yesterday, discussed the launch of a campaign to boycott US products in Palestine, and later expanding it to the Arab and Muslim world and the world, in response to the US Administration’s positions supporting the Israeli occupation. The meeting pointed out the recent […]

21 Sep
9:11

Open Letter: Palestinian Environmental and Professional Organizations Urge MedPine to Relocate KKL-JNF Sponsored Forestry Conference from Israel

Palestinian environmental networks and professional unions call on MedPine to relocate its conference outside of Israel and urge invited speakers to refuse to lend their scholarship to KKL-JNF’s greenwashing of Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights. We are writing from Palestinian environmental organizations and academic and professional unions to urge you […]

21 Sep
12:33

More than 200 Palestinian Sports Clubs Urge Puma to End Sponsorship of Israeli Teams in Illegal Settlements

September 20, 2018 / By Palestinian Athletic Clubs To: BjĂžrn Gulden, CEO of Puma Cc: Management and Supervisory Board members: Michael LĂ€mmermann, Lars SĂžrensen, Jean-François Palus, Jean-Marc Duplaix, BĂ©atrice Lazat, Thore Ohlsson, Bernd Illig and Martin Köppel 10 September 2018 We are writing to urge Puma to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association […]

20 Sep
4:03

Apartheid is Always Bitter! A Palestinian Appeal to Chefs to Withdraw from Round Tables in Tel Aviv

09/19/18 PACBI   We, the undersigned workers’, womens’ and farmer’s associations, appeal to chefs to cancel their participation in Round Tables 2018, scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv from November 9-23. It is an attempt to whitewash Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights. Several world-renowned chefs withdrew from […]

16 Sep
9:17

Mother of BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouthi Passes in Amman

Wafia Barghouthi, the mother of BDS co-founder Omar Barghouthi, passed away in Amman, on Friday, as Israeli occupation authorities ban him from travel. In May of 2016, Israel effectively imposed a travel ban on him by refusing to renew his residency document, and Barghouthi was unable to travel to Jordan, to be with […]

12 Sep
10:41

French Online Payment Service Provider HelloAsso Refuses to Close Accounts Belonging to BDS Activists

Supporters of Palestinian rights in France. [Photo Credit: BDS France] 09/12/18 Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) / France HelloAsso, a French company that provides online payment services, has rejected pressure by Israel lobby groups to shut down the accounts of two French groups which support the BDS movement for […]

12 Sep
9:57

Trump Administration Defining BDS Activities at American Universities “Anti-Semitic”

The US administration is considering measures to ban and sanction the international movement to boycott Israel, from U.S. universities where the movement thrives. Hebrew sources said, according to the PNN, that the U.S. has already started taking steps to ban the BDS movement on American campuses, after Kenneth L. Marcus  was […]

10 Sep
7:38

Over 140 International Artists Boycott Eurovision in Solidarity with Palestinians

More than 100 global artists, including many famous singers and musicians, have signed a statement called for the boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel. In a letter to the paper published on Friday, the artists said they were responding to an appeal by Palestinian artists calling on […]

09 Sep
6:31

Celebrities Call for Boycott of Israel Eurovision

(photo: Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters) Directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, and musicians Roger Waters and Brian Eno, are among the high profile figures calling for a boycott of a Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel. A letter published in The Guardian backed an appeal from Palestinian artists to […]

07 Sep
6:28

15 Acts Cancel Meteor Festival Performances

A wave of cancellations followed Lana Del Rey’s cancellation announcement for the Meteor Music Festival in northern Israel, this weekend. Following efforts by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) and worldwide criticism, more than 15 music artists have cancelled their performances at the Meteor Festival in Israel, according to […]

05 Sep
8:03

Roger Waters on Lionel Messi, Lana Del Rey and the BDS Movement

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters called on Miss Lana Rey to “do the right thing.” Coincidentally, she did. Waters says such victories, by the BDS Movement, have the potential to be a game-changer.   TRNN Video & Transcript:   DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris reporting for The Real News from […]

03 Sep
10:18

Shlohmo Withdraws from Israeli Festival

American electronic musician Henry Laufer, a.k.a. “Shlohmo”, has canceled his planned appearance at an Israeli music festival, he announced on Twitter, Saturday. Laufer apologized to fans and festival staff, in his announcement, saying that “supporting the oppressed thru [sic] my absence is more important to me especially after the [Israeli] […]

01 Sep
9:09

Scientists Openly Oppose Holding Conference in Israeli Settlement

In an open letter, published on Friday in the British the Guardian newspaper, 15 academics and scientists from around the world expressed opposition to holding a conference on cosmology and particle physics at Ariel University, as it is located in an illegal settlement of the occupied Palestinian territory. “We are […]

31 Aug
10:42

Lana Del Rey Cancels Israeli Tour Date

Lana Del Rey performs at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Indio, California.AP American singer Lana Del Rey has announced that she would postpone a show in Israel scheduled for Friday, due to to her inability to schedule a show for Palestinian fans, […]

28 Aug
8:27

Civil Statement: Labour Party Must Reject Biased IHRA Definition That Stifles Advocacy For Palestinian Rights

Palestinian civil society issues a statement urging the UK Labour Party and trade unions to reject IHRA’s false, anti-Palestinian definition of antisemitism which seeks to conflate antisemitism with criticism of Israel. This definition aims to silence criticism of Israeli policies that clearly violate Palestinian human rights. Welcoming the significant growth in recent years […]

25 Aug
7:50

FIFA Continues to Ignore Israel’s Very Real Violence

The world governing body of football ignores Israel’s attacks on Palestinian athletes while it sanctions the President of the Palestinian Football Association. Stephanie Adam of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel commented: FIFA is again showing its true face as a corrupt and complicit organization,betraying its self-professed […]

23 Aug
7:33

Barghouti: “SodaStream is Still Subject to Boycott”

Earlier this week, PepsiCo announced that it signed an agreement to buy SodaStream, a producer of home-carbonation machines. SodaStream has faced global boycotts because of its complicity in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights. Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, said: “SodaStream is still subject to boycott […]

22 Aug
10:32

Lana Del Rey Unsympathetic to Boycott Movement

American singer and songwriter, Lana Del Rey, received criticism worldwide following an announcement that she will be performing at the Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv, next month. Despite pro-Palestinian groups’ efforts, such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), insisting that Lana Del Rey cancel her performance at the […]

21 Aug
11:59

More Than Half the Invited Speakers Withdraw From Scientific Workshop at Israeli Settlement University

August 20, 2018 / By Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Six of the eleven invited speakers have confirmed their withdrawal from a physics workshop at Ariel University, which is built on occupied Palestinian land in an illegal Israeli settlement. Palestinian academics urge remaining speakers to withdraw from […]

18 Aug
8:23

Israel Takes Out ‘BDS Insurance’ to Protect Eurovision

There’s perhaps no greater barometer to measure the lengths to which Israel will go to defame, attack and sabotage the global movement for Palestinian rights than its attitude towards BDS. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, remember, is nothing more than an attempt to told Israel accountable under concepts of international […]

16 Aug
9:07

Israeli Ship Forced to Leave Tunisian Port

The Tunisian General Labor Union (TGLU) and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists, on Thursday, forced an Israeli ship belonging to Zim Integrated Shipping Services to change course, as it was attempting to dock at the Rades port in Tunisia, on its way to Spain. The ship was turned around at […]

11 Aug
12:07

Which will it be: Unequivocal support for Israel or First Amendment rights?

By Justine McCabe, CT Viewpoints An alarming paradox has taken shape in legislation before [the United States’] Congress:  Our representatives would violate Americans’ First Amendment rights in order to protect the State of Israel. This draconian legislation is H.R. 1697/S. 720, the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act,” is a proposed law that could harshly penalize […]

09 Aug
4:17

Top 70 Moments of Solidarity & BDS for Palestine in 2018

August 8, 2018 / Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) Here are 70 highlights of solidarity and BDS for Palestine in 2018. We highlight 70 moments of hope on this year marking the seventieth anniversary of the ongoing Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” wherein indigenous Palestinians faced mass expulsion from their homes to establish a […]

08 Aug
11:23

601 Irish Artists Pledge Boycott of Israeli Cultural Exchanges

Ireland’s continued support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement has extended into the cultural sphere, as Israel’s hosting of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest may be held without Irish Singers. A petition created by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign commits signatories to refrain from performing in Israel or accepting any funding […]

04 Aug
4:35

Palestinians Call for Boycott of Meteor Music Festival in Israel

Via BNC official: We, Palestinian cultural organizations, municipalities and human rights campaigns, call for the boycott of Meteor Festival in Israel, scheduled for September 6-8, 2018. We urge all participating artists to respect Palestinians’ non-violent resistance and withdraw from this complicit festival as a meaningful contribution to our struggle for freedom, justice […]

31 Jul
11:06

Adidas No Longer Sponsoring Israel Football Association

Following a global campaign, Adidas is no longer sponsoring football teams in illegal Israeli settlements. Palestinians call on new sponsor Puma to end complicity with Israel’s violations of international law.  The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel welcomes the news that Adidas is no longer sponsoring the Israel […]

30 Jul
5:37

USS Liberty Attack Survivor: Delegate on Freedom Flotilla Boat

Joe Meadors was selected as the delegate from the United States on the final 1,000-mile voyage to Gaza with the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. He was on the Al Awda or Return boat that was intercepted by Israeli authorities in international waters on July 29th. The 2018 flotilla took a 75-day voyage from Scandinavia to reach Gaza. https://jfp.freedomflotilla.org/news/ports/upcoming-ports […]

28 Jul
1:51

Israel Forces Teachers to Leave Palestine

Photo: Issam Rimawi (APA images) Israel has completely shut down a Palestinian university in Jerusalem amid a series of assaults on academic freedom. Israel is obstructing academic freedom at Palestinian universities through various measures, including closing colleges and denying visas for visiting professors. On 14 July, Israeli police raided and shut […]

26 Jul
10:47

Afro-Palestine: “Israel Has Banned Yet Another African From Entering Occupied Palestine”

By Afro-Palestine Newswire Service: On Wednesday, South African model and actress, Shashi Naidoo, received a 10-year ban from Israel after she tried to enter the West Bank to educate herself about Israel’s occupation of Palestine. After visiting Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, Naidoo was to enter the Occupied Palestinian Territories […]

22 Jul
9:08

JVP: 40 Jewish Groups Worldwide Oppose Equating Anti-Semitism with Criticism of Israel

From South Africa to Sweden, New Zealand to Germany to Brazil, for the first time ever, over thirty Jewish organizations across the globe came together in a statement condemning attempts to stifle criticism of Israel. The statement warns of a growing trend of legislative campaigns to target organizations that support Palestinian rights, particularly the […]

20 Jul
9:12

BNC Statement: “Israel effectively declares itself an apartheid state.”

(A Palestinian family in front of the ruins of their home in Umm al-Hiran, a Palestinian community that the Israeli government is destroying so it can build a town for Israeli Jews only in its place. Residents of Umm al-Hiran are Israeli citizens.) July 19, 2018 / Palestinian Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment […]

18 Jul
3:33

From the Freedom Flotilla, Former Israeli Air Force Pilot Calls for a Boycott of Israel

Yonatan Shapira says Israel’s ‘democracy’ is, in fact, an apartheid state led by fascist Jewish supremacists. TRNN video & transcript: DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network from the port of Naples, Italy. We are seated in front of the ships of the Gaza flotilla, the […]

16 Jul
2:10

Palestinian Information Ministry Denounces Israeli “Facebook Bill”

The Palestinian Information Ministry issued a statement strongly denouncing the new Israeli “Facebook Bill,” and described it as one of Israel’s illegal policies, especially those aiming at concealing and burying the truth, and the ongoing crimes committed by its army against the people of occupied Palestine. In a statement released […]

13 Jul
10:05

Episcopal Church Votes To Divest From Companies Involved In Israeli Violation Of Palestinian Human Rights

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, has voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights. The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network (EPF PIN) put in amazing work over many years to get to make the Episcopal Church the 10th Christian denomination in […]

11 Jul
9:42

Irish Senate Votes in Favor of Boycotting Israeli Settlement Products

The upper house of the Irish parliament, the Seanad Éireann, voted on July 11, in favor of a bill to ban the purchase of goods and services from illegal Israeli settlements. The “Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018” was put forward by Irish Independent Senator Frances Black and […]

08 Jul
8:01

Ten Days in Spain, Ten Days of Hard Work for Palestine

Palestinian and international activists meet in Malaga. Photo credit: Al-Quds Association. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JULY 8, 2018 Palestinian popular resistance activists meet with international solidarity groups. The Al-Quds Association and other Palestine solidarity groups hosted the Alternative Information Center (AIC) and activists from Palestinian popular resistance movements in Spain. The group […]

06 Jul
8:24

Socialist International of 140 Global Political Parties Adopts BDS, Calls for Military Embargo on Israel

July 5, 2018 / Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) The Council of the Socialist International (SI) has called for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) for Palestinian rights at their meeting in the United Nations in Geneva on June 26-27. SI also called for a “total embargo on all forms of military […]

04 Jul
8:56

Palestinians Urge Iroquois Nationals to Withdraw from Lacrosse Championships in Israel

Palestinians call on world-class Lacrosse team to deny Israel the opportunity to use the Iroquois national sport to cover up its escalating, violent ethnic cleansing throughout Palestinian ancestral lands. July 4, 2018 / Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Dear Iroquois Nationals, We are writing from […]

03 Jul
5:23

Prominent Jewish activist denied entry into Israel

Ariel Gold, a member of Code Pink for Peace and an outspoken proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the U.S., was detained at the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday, and was denied entry and sent back to the U.S. The movement that Gold is […]

28 Jun
3:51

Motion on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Passes Unanimously at Society for Socialist Studies AGM

June 26, 2018 / Society for Socialist Studies Canada The Canadian academic society also commits to support the protected rights of students and scholars to engage in research and public speaking about Palestine, the state of Israel and in support of the BDS movement. The Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) joined the Palestinian […]

26 Jun
7:00

Jewish American Explains Why She Supports Palestine and BDS

CODEPINK organizer Ariel Gold discusses with TRNN’s Ben Norton why she supports BDS and the movement for Palestinian rights: “The actions of the state of Israel do not represent my values as an American Jew.” Via The Real News Network (TRNN). Also from TRNN: Omar Shakir of Human Rights Watch  

26 Jun
12:33

BDS: Palestinians Reply to Adidas

Adidas responded to the March 12, 2018 letter from more than 130 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations demanding that Adidas drops its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which hosts  clubs based in Israel’s illegal settlements. We welcome Adidas’ commitment to “uphold human rights standards and norms,” and its call on FIFA […]

23 Jun
9:25

Presbyterian Church Confronts US Legislation Targeting BDS

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States approved, during its meeting last week in St. Louis, Missouri, by unanimous consent, an action opposing congressional and state anti-BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) laws, according to a press release. According to WAFA, the newly approved policy directs the […]

21 Jun
10:13

Model Shashi Naidoo to Visit Palestine

Model and social media influencer Shashi Naidoo says she will go on a “fact-finding” mission, to Palestine, after receiving backlash for referring to Gaza as a “shithole” in a viral Instagram comment. According to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in South Africa (BDS-SA) — a pro-Palestinian movement — Naidoo […]

13 Jun
9:12

Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to its Complicity in Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Human Rights

Hewlett Packard (HP) faces over $120 million in potential losses since India’s largest student federation passed a resolution to support the BDS movement and to boycott Hewlett Packard (HP) companies over their well-documented complicity in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights. Apoorva Gautam, the India-based South Asia coordinator for the Palestinian BDS National […]

09 Jun
9:32

Nobel Peace Prize-Nominated Palestinian Movement Responds to Pop-Kultur Festival’s Racism

“[BDS] campaigns around the world present the most promising way to overcome the failure of world governments to stand up to Israel’s intransigence and lawless behavior”. — Stephane Hessel, Holocaust survivor and co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Despite the growing number of cancellations facing Pop-Kultur Berlin festival due to the Israeli […]

06 Jun
11:56

Argentina Cancels ‘Friendly’ Match with Israel

The Argentina Football Association (AFA) has decided to cancel Saturday’s ‘friendly’ game against Israel, which was due to be held at the Teddy Stadium, in Jerusalem.  After mounting pressure from world-wide campaigns calling on Argentina to boycott the match, Messi and his teammates will no longer come to Israel but […]

04 Jun
8:54

After Gaza Massacre, Has Israel Lost Liberal American Jews? (1/3)

Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, discusses the American Jewish community’s growing disillusionment with Israel as it aligns itself closer with the Trump administration and massacres civilians in Gaza. TRNN video & transcript: AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Mate. For years now, American Jewish public […]

01 Jun
5:47

Boycott of Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival Gains Momentum with New Cancellations

Four more filmmakers have joined a growing number of artists boycotting the Tel Aviv LGBT International Film Festival (TLVFest), in response to a Palestinian call. Five artists had already cancelled their participation prior to the start of the festival, which runs between May 31 and June 9. With the latest cancellations, from two […]

31 May
3:48

Shakira Nixes Her Tel Aviv Show – The Timeline

May 30, 2018 / By Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Entering damage control mode after Shakira nixed her July 9 Tel Aviv gig, Israel’s spin machine claimed the gig was never scheduled to begin with. Then, they said it wasn’t cancelled, it was just postponed. We aren’t sure […]

25 May
10:17

UK Artists Withdraw from Pop-Kultur Festival Over Israeli Embassy Sponsorship

Via the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI): Palestinians thank the UK artists for their principled stand and urge all participating artists to withdraw from the festival until it ends all forms of collaboration with Israel’s regime of oppression. We deeply appreciate the decision of UK artists […]

25 May
4:36

In Legislative Upset, Missouri Anti-BDS Bill Fails

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — A five-month grassroots campaign led by human rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri celebrated a win on Friday, May 18, 2018, when the Missouri legislative session ended, failing to pass legislation that would have denied state contracts worth over $10,000 to […]

25 May
4:06

Shakira Urged to Cancel Israeli Performance

Dozens of Palestinian cultural organizations and local administrations are urging Grammy Award-winning pop star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira to cancel her show in Israel. A letter released by the  Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) reads as follows: Occupied Palestine, 24 May 2018 Dear Shakira, […]

23 May
9:09

Brazilian Musician Gilberto Gil Cancels Israeli Concert Date

Brazilian singer and songwriter Gilberto Gil has cancelled a performance that was scheduled in Israel this summer, citing “general sentiment of apprehension.” The legendary Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner, once Brazil’s Culture Minister and now considered one of Latin America’s most prominent and influential musicians, was supposed to perform […]

18 May
8:24

Artistic Director of Portuguese National Theater Joins Cultural Boycott of Israel

The artistic director of the D. Maria II National Theater, Tiago Rodrigues, canceled his participation in the Israel Festival, scheduled to take place in Jerusalem next month, and announced his decision to join the cultural boycott of Israel, according to a statement released by the theater, today. “I have decided […]