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23 May
3:50

Palestinians Rally Against Germany’s Criminalization of BDS

Dozens of Palestinians, representing political factions, civil society organizations, labor and trade representatives, and the National Boycott Committee, demonstrated, Wednesday, outside the German representatives office in Ramallah, Palestinian Wafa News Agency reported. The Palestinians were there to protest the bill adopted in the German parliament, the Bundestag, labeling the Boycott, […]

22 May
10:31

Palestinian Foreign Ministry Condemns Germany for Calling BDS “Anti-Semitic”

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned, Sunday, the German parliament’s decision to designate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign as “anti-semitic”, Maan News reported. The majority of German legislators voted in favor of the resolution, entitled “Resisting the BDS movement decisively – fighting antisemitism”, which claims the peaceful […]

28 Apr
1:10

Federal Judge Blocks Anti-BDS Law In Texas

In a major victory for free speech rights, a federal court judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction on Thursday against the state’s 2017 law that requires public employees and companies who contract with the state to certify that they will not engage in a boycott of Israel. The Texas law is […]

15 Apr
12:02

Co-founder of Palestinian BDS Movement Denied Entry by U.S. Officials

On April 10, Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights defender and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement for Palestinian rights, was denied entry into the United States at Ben Gurion Airport despite having valid travel documents. He was scheduled to travel to the U.S. on a […]

13 Apr
7:50

BDS: Take the Pledge — Give PUMA the Boot Until It Ends Support for Illegal Israeli Settlements

On April 18, Puma shareholders will gather for the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Let’s make sure Puma’s sponsorship of Israeli war crimes is on the agenda! Tweet the pledge to give Puma the boot!  Puma is the only international sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams in illegal […]

20 Feb
9:18

ANC Youth League Affirms Support For BDS

The African National Congress Youth League has affirmed its support for the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Speaking to Middle East Monitor on Monday, the Secretary General of South Africa’s ruling party, Njabulo Nzuza, stressed that its National Executive Committee (NEC) even took a decision to work together […]

07 Feb
7:30

Anti-BDS Bill Passes US Senate

The Republican-controlled United States Senate has passed legislation that would allow state and local governments to sanction those who support the BDS movement (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) against Israel, with a 77-23 vote in favor. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives, currently ruled by a Democratic majority. […]

20 Jan
5:35

Justin Trudeau’s Description of BDS: ‘A Pack of Lies’

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his belief that the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement is anti-Semitic. TRNN speaks to Ali Abunimah, who says that Trudeau has adopted Israeli PM Benamin Netanyahu’s talking points. Ali Abunimah, Al-Shabaka Policy Adviser, is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

05 Dec
4:48

Rashida Tlaib To Head US Congressional Delegation To West Bank, Endorses BDS

US Democratic Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib plans to lead a delegation of American lawmakers to the West Bank, the congresswoman-to-be has told the Intercept. Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, told the publication that the delegation will focus on “Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water, and poverty” and that the […]

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 […]

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 […]

31 Oct
8:32

Israeli ‘Thought Police’ Lose Effort to Ban Student Over BDS

Lara Al-Qassem, an American student of Palestinian origin, has defeated an Israeli effort to ban and deport her over her prior support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, BDS. TRNN speaks to her attorney, Yotam Ben-Hillel. Video & Transcript AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron Mate. Imagine being […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

16 Apr
9:22

University of Sydney Backs BDS

Dozens of academics at the University of Sydney have declared their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, reported the Australian. The move comes as a response to the lethal crackdown by Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. The Australian notes, according to Days of […]

10 Apr
6:29

Dublin City Council Votes to Support BDS

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has warmly welcomed the vote by Dublin City Council to formally support and endorse the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for freedom, justice and equality. The motion, voted for by a majority of Councillors, according to the PNN, also commits the council to […]

01 Apr
8:17

Saudi Prince Meets with AIPAC, anti-BDS Leaders during US Visit

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has met with leaders from a number of right-wing Jewish organizations during his tour of the United States. The groups, which have donated millions to illegal settlement building and the fight against BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, include officials from […]

11 Mar
7:48

From BDS to the Tamimis, Palestinians Defend Their Rights

The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah says US-backed Israeli efforts to criminalize the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement and to silence protesters like the Tamimi family are backfiring as Palestinians and their allies fight back. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A […]

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, […]

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). […]

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). […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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
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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Dec
4:19

BDS: HP Actions Broadest Ever Coordinated

40 UK towns and cities saw actions across the week, from Brighton to Bristol, Liverpool to Lewisham, Edinburgh to East London, Cardiff to Chester, and many places in between. During the International Week of Action on Hewlitt-Packard, it was revealed that the world’s largest security firm, G4S, had agreed to relinquish most […]

03 Dec
5:27

Under BDS Pressure, G4S Ends Most Illegal Business with Israel

Human rights campaigners to intensify pressure against the company…   G4S announces sale of most of its Israel business, following intense BDS pressure G4S remains involved in Israeli police training and settlement construction business BDS human rights campaigners celebrate victory, call for continuing pressure   The world’s largest security company, […]

29 Nov
7:35

BDS Movement Counts Successes for 2016

(Photo: A campaigner in the West Bank puts up a poster in support of a campaign during Ramadan encouraging people to boycott Israeli products. Community boycott campaigns are spreading across the West Bank and the whole of Palestine.) The year 2016 will be remembered by Palestinians and supporters of Palestinian freedom, […]

24 Nov
4:43

Militarized BDS Backlash Targets College Campuses

Reservists on Duty and the Lone Soldier Center recruit recently released American Israeli soldiers to attack the BDS movement on college campuses. Israeli anti-BDS organization Reservists on Duty (RoD) is partnering with the Lone Soldier Center to launch a recruitment campaign titled “Project Gideon,” the Jerusalem Post reports RoD was established in […]

20 Nov
8:32

BDS Movement Announces Global Week of Action Against Hewlitt-Packard (VIDEO)

The International Boycott HP Network and the Palestinian BDS National Committee are calling for an international week of action against Hewlett-Packard, over its role in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. The week of action will take place November 25 – December 3, which includes the UN Day of Solidarity with […]

09 Nov
3:12

Knesset Authorizes Bill to Ban BDS Supporters from Israel

A bill preventing supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering Israel was authorized on Monday,  for its first reading in the Israeli parliament, according to Israeli media. Ma’an News Agency reports that, according to the Jerusalem Post, the interior committee of the  Israeli parliament (Knesset) approved […]

12 Sep
5:46

Israel’s Anti-BDS Task Force Enjoys Unchecked Power to ‘Struggle Against Terror’ (VIDEO)

09/12/16, Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center (AIC) Even Israeli occupation officials question the amount of secrecy afforded to the Ministry of Strategic Affairs’ anti-BDS campaign.  Yossi Melman details in his recent article [link: Hebrew] in Maariv newspaper what little is known about the Israeli government’s efforts to undermine the Boycott Divestment and […]

03 Sep
10:09

Canadian Green Party Adopts BDS into Its Platform

via bdsmovement.net The Green Party of Canada has adopted a policy of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel into its official platform after a hard-fought resolution successfully passed at the party’s annual convention, over the weekend. Despite pressure from pro-Israel lobby groups, supporters of the BDS resolution within the party […]

17 Aug
11:43

News Jersey: Anti-BDS Bill Signed into Law

The State of New Jersey, in the U.S., on Tuesday, became the tenth state in the nation to implement a law that opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel. According to Israeli daily Haaretz, Governor Chris Christie, flanked by local Jewish community leaders, signed […]

17 Aug
11:10

“Hello? I’d like to report a BDS activist.”

Heeding Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s call, an Israeli settler organization establishes a hotline to report international BDS activists to the Israeli government.  Israeli newspaper Ynet reported that an Israeli settler non-profit, Lev HaOlam (Heart of the World), has organized an informant hotline for people to report information on international […]

09 Aug
8:39

Black Lives Matter Endorses BDS: “Israel is an apartheid state.”

Black Lives Matter and The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 organizations representing African Americans, published a comprehensive platform, Friday of last week, which addresses the systemic racism, violence, oppression and discrimination faced by black communities in the United States. Along with calling for ‘an end to the […]

08 Aug
2:52

Israel Launched Anti BDS Task Force to Crush Any Boycott

By Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Israeli government formed a ministerial task force to track down any foreigners in Israel who are engaged in activities linked to the international Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The government compares these subversive elements with terrorists that aim at destroying Israel from within. The launch […]

08 Aug
12:02

BDS: Game Changer in Germany

photo: With Palestine solidarity activism in Germany gaining more visibility, the backlash against it has increased. (Anne Paq/ActiveStills) The Holocaust was the first historic event that touched my inner core as a human being. Perhaps this explains my early fascination with everything Jewish. In the 1990s, I lived for two years in […]

02 Aug
10:29

Travel Ban on BDS Co-founder Temporarily Suspended by Israeli Authorities

The effective travel ban imposed by the Israeli government on the BDS Movement’s co-founder Omar Barghouti was temporarily suspended for two months, during a court hearing at Haifa District Court, on 19 July 2016. Barghouti has been under an effective travel ban since April of 2016, ostensibly based on the […]

11 Jul
8:05

US Churches Advance BDS Initiatives

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition in Palestinian civil society, has offered its congratulation and thanks, to both the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, for their respective and powerful votes, in the weeks past, towards advancing solidarity with Palestinian rights under international law within […]

07 Jul
7:57

BDS National Committee Expresses Solidarity on 2nd Anniversary of 2014 Attack on Gaza

A message from the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the broadest coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that leads the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Two years ago today, Israel began a brutal military attack on Palestinians in Gaza in which more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and […]

28 Jun
8:40

London High Court Rules in Favor of BDS Groups

A pro-Israel group has lost its legal action against three local authorities who passed resolutions in support of the Palestinians. Today’s High Court, in London, ruling in favor of three councils which have boycotted Israeli settlement goods has been hailed as a “victory for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign […]

18 Jun
8:23

Important stage victory for BDS Oldenburg and Freedom of Speech

18th June 2016 | BDS Oldenburg, Germany On 14 June, 2016, the Regional Court Oldenburg ordered Sara Rihl, local SPD politician and student member of the senate of the university of Oldenburg, not to repeat her statements relating to Christoph Glanz. Rihl had played a leading role in the prevention […]

15 Jun
5:39

Omar Barghouti — BDS: Discussing Difficult Issues in a Fast-Growing Movement

via the Alternative Information Center, courtesy Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Introduction Israel’s attacks on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and other human rights defenders living under occupation, such as Al Haq staff, have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, including the direct threats made by leading Israeli officials […]

08 Jun
10:31

Jews Worldwide in Solidarity with Omar Barghouti and the BDS Movement

On the evening of June 5th, 2016, 49 years into the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, Jewish organizations and individuals worldwide speak out in support of the right of Palestinians to non-violently resist Israel’s illegal and inhumane occupation.  In a petition sent to numerous national parliaments and European […]

07 Jun
9:31

BDS Blacklisted by New York Governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order, on Sunday, that will penalize people and businesses in support of the non-violent movement to boycott of Israel. In a speech to The Harvard Club, Cuomo said that New York would “lead by example.” “We are also a place of action,” he […]

19 Apr
10:33

BDS: UNOPS 3rd Jordanian-based UN Agency to Drop G4S

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Jordan has not renewed its contract with security company G4S, following a campaign over the firm’s role in Israeli human rights abuses, the BDS national movement has reported. The UNOPS in Jordan contract with G4S was worth more than $50,000 in […]

09 Apr
6:38

5th Annual BDS Conference Held in Ramallah

04/09/16  International Solidarity Movement Held on the 68th anniversary of the Deir-Yassin massacre, the fifth annual BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) Conference took place in Ramallah. The event featured a keynote address from Ahmed Kathrada – an icon of the South African Anti-Apartheid movement and former political prisoner. The conference was […]

28 Mar
7:19

U.S. States, Academies Crack Down on BDS

On March 18th, the Illinois Investment Policy Board blacklisted 11 companies from doing business with the state for allegedly boycotting Israel.The Illinois legislation behind this move, SB 1761, was passed in 2015. It made Illinois the first state in the country to punish companies for boycotting Israeli trade. Now, Illinois […]

26 Mar
4:38

BDS Salutes UNHRC New Resolution

The BDS Committee, on Thursday evening, welcomed the news from the UN Human Rights Council after four resolutions were passed regarding Palestine, with emphasis to a resolution that will produce a database of all business enterprises that operate in illegal Israeli settlements.Riya Hassan, Europe Campaigns Officer for the Palestinian BDS […]

16 Mar
12:00

An Internal BDS Movement?

Israeli sociologists and Palestinian citizens of Israel contemplate initiating boycotts against an Israeli university in a West Bank settlement, though with key ideological differences.At the first conference on the role of Palestinian citizens of Israel in the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement, Palestinian activists discussed organizing a boycott campaign against […]

15 Mar
10:53

Why BDS Cannot Lose: A Moral Threshold to Combat Racism in Israel

A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments, originating from the UK, the US, Canada and others, to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). […]