Category Archives: Boycott Movement

18 Jun
12:54

International Campaign to #BoycottPuma Speaks Out in Cities around The World

BDS organizers and activists for justice in Palestine organized dozens of international actions calling for a boycott of Puma on Saturday, 15 June. After Adidas dropped its sponsorship of the Israeli Football Association in 2018 after being presented with over 16,000 signatures of protest, Puma took up the sponsorship. This means that […]

14 Jun
4:58

240 Jewish and Israeli Scholars to German Government: Boycotts Are a Legitimate and Non-violent Tool of Resistance

June, 2019 bdsmovement.net Mid-May, Jewish and Israeli scholars, many of whom specialized in anti-Semitism, Jewish history and history of the Holocaust, sounded alarm about the growing tendency to label supporters of Palestinian human rights as anti-Semitic. They did so in a call addressed to the German Bundestag in relation to several […]

14 Jun
4:39

EU Court: Settlement Products Should Be Labeled

A senior official of the European Union says it is his legal opinion that labels of the products from the Israeli-occupied territories must clearly show the precise origin of the products, to avoid misleading consumers. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) outlined its Advocate General Gerard Hogan’s legal opinion, in […]

14 Jun
2:35

Morocco & Lebanon Back Boycott

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says his country is boycotting the forthcoming US-led conference in Bahrain, in support of President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians, dubbed “The Deal of the Century,” because Palestinians are not taking part in the event. “We will not […]

08 Jun
12:17

More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid

June 5, 2019 / BDS Italy / Italy Trade unions, movements, artisans, businesses and cultural, recreational and sports centers join campaign for Palestinian rights in what is also a clear stand against the mounting racism and nationalist closure that is fomenting hatred and intolerance across Europe and around the world. More than one hundred […]

04 Jun
5:49

Scientists Protest Holding International Physics Olympiad in Israel over Its Denial of Palestinian Right to Education

photo: Palestinian students have their lessons inside a tent after Israeli forces demolished a primary school in Hebron, West Bank on 11 April 2018 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency] – Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine Twenty scientists, including the 2018 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry George P. […]

30 May
6:03

Milton Don’t Go!

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Brazil, Brasil In an open letter, Brazilian artists, academics, cultural organizations, trade unionists, political parties, indigenous people and popular movements urge Milton Nascimento to cancel Tel Aviv show: Español | PortuguĂȘs Dear Milton Nascimento, With admiration for your work and historic commitment […]

29 May
5:25

Palestinians Call for Boycott on US Conference in Bahrain

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has called on the international community to boycott a forthcoming US conference in Bahrain which Palestinians view as a platform to sell out their rights. Washington announced, last week, that it would co-host the June 25-26 meeting in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama, purportedly to […]

25 May
3:50

Another Company Withdraws From Israeli Light Rail Project

Alstom, a French transport company, has announced their withdrawal from an Israeli light-rail project that is being used to annex illegal Israeli settlements into Jerusalem, citing potentially harmful human rights violations, and French law. According to activists campaigning against the light-rail line, Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, rapid development […]

24 May
4:51

Palestinians Unanimously Condemn German Parliament’s Attack on the Right to Boycott Israel’s Apartheid and Colonization

May 24, 2019  by Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)  Germany, Palestine Through statements issued by both the Palestine Liberation Organization, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices in Ramallah and Gaza, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament’s May 17 […]

23 May
7:19

Palestinians Urge NGOs to Reject Money Airbnb Charity

A coalition of Palestinian NGOs is urging local and international organizations to reject donations from Airbnb, in light of the company’s ongoing listing of homes in illegal Israeli settlements. According to a statement published on the site of Ramallah-based human rights group Al-Haq, the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations Network (PNGO-NET) issued […]

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
5:17

Eurovision Turns Out To Be A Big Hit For Palestine

by Yvonne Ridley  It was the result that nobody predicted: the winner of Eurovision 2019 is
 Palestine! Despite the organisers describing the Eurovision Song Contest as a non-political event, the issue of Palestine took back, front and centre stage in Tel Aviv over the weekend, which may make Israel come to regret its weaponisation of culture […]

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 […]

19 May
5:30

Dutch Politician Arrested in Jerusalem

A Dutch politician was arrested, Friday, by Israeli security forces, while carrying a Palestinian flag, after Friday prayers in the occupied Old City East Jerusalem al-Quds. Israeli soldiers arrested Tunahan Kuzu, the leader of Dutch political party DENK and a parliamentarian, as he was walking toward the al-Aqsa Mosque with […]

18 May
11:21

German Parliament Passes Anti-Boycott Bill

Two right-wing parties in Germany succeeded in getting the German Parliament to pass a bill on Friday condemning the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement as ‘anti-Semitic’ in a close vote following a rowdy debate – although the bill is largely symbolic and has no enforcement mechanism. According to the Times of Israel, […]

18 May
10:51

LGBTQ Groups Boycott Eurovision Festival in Tel Aviv

From DazedDigital.com: The Eurovision song contest is a gay institution, an international marquee event affectionately dubbed the ‘Gay Olympics’ – but with Israel hosting this year’s contest, a growing number of LGBTQ+ organisations, groups, journalists, and individuals are joining the call for a global boycott of the hosting state in solidarity […]

15 May
10:50

Eurovision Artist Boycott Curbed by Qatari Aid

The Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel this week has been made possible only through a ceasefire signed between the Israeli government and the Hamas party in Gaza, with the help of Qatar. A delegation from Qatar is now in the Gaza Strip providing around $30 million […]

15 May
10:35

BNC: “We can end the ongoing Nakba with hope, resistance and meaningful solidarity.”

May 15, 2019/Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)/Palestine Palestinians in the homeland and in exile are commemorating the 71st anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, Arabic for catastrophe. With hope, we continue to resist and to insist on our right to freedom, justice, equality and dignity. We are also sending a message […]

15 May
10:25

Israeli Occupation Exploiting Eurovision to Consolidate Colonialism

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates sent several letters calling on the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to withdraw any promotional materials for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, filmed in the occupied city of Jerusalem, to demonstrate respect for the rights of the Palestinian people and international law. The […]

13 May
3:30

Thousands in London Take to the Streets for Palestine

Thousands of people marched through central London, in a bid to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and the blockade on Gaza. “Free Palestine”,and “End Siege in Gaza” protesters shouted, carrying pro-Palestinian placards, according to Andalou/Al Ray. The procession started in Portland Place, whereupon protesters marched through Oxford Circus […]

13 May
3:13

Nakba Day: Global Campaign Launched to Deactivate Airbnb

A global coalition launched a campaign, today, against the international tourism company, Airbnb, for reversing its decision to delist properties in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, according to a press release. WAFA reports that the coalition is asking people from around the world to deactivate […]

11 May
6:04

Israeli Apartheid Week: An Even Bigger Success in 2019

May 10, 2019 / Israeli Apartheid Week / Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Arab World, Palestine Thanks to your support, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) was an even bigger success this year!  IAW featured more than 200 events, across 30 countries, on five continents, all under the theme “Stop Arming Colonialism.” Events included big panel discussions at universities, concerts, […]

11 May
4:53

Gaza Artists Continue to Urge Eurovision Performers to Respect Picket Line

Palestinian artists have again called on Eurovision song contestants to boycott the international music competition that Israel is hosting next week. The Gaza Strip-based Palestinian Artists Association said. on Wednesday, that Israel is using the event to “perpetuate oppression, promote injustice or whitewash a brutal apartheid regime”. The artists cited the killing of […]

06 May
8:23

Palestinians to German Newspaper NWZ: Don’t Give Platform to Israeli Official Justifying War Crimes

Photo: Mohammed Asad May 3, 2019/Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Germany Dear Nordwest Zeitung, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, […]

01 May
7:39

On May First: Palestinian Detainees are Part of the International Workers’ Struggle

Classic Palestinian revolutionary poster for 1 May. Artist Marc Rudin On the First of May – International Workers’ Day – Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Palestinian workers and the workers of the world. This is a day of struggle for the liberation of the working class from exploitation, racism, […]

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 […]

28 Apr
1:02

Palestinians Call on Iceland’s Eurovision Contestant Hatari to Withdraw

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has called on Iceland’s Eurovision entrant Hatari to withdraw from the contest, held in Tel Aviv next month. PACBI, a founding member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement National Committee, the largest Palestinian civil society coalition, said […]

28 Apr
12:48

British Filmmakers Call On UK Cinemas to Boycott Israeli Film Festival

In an open letter recently published by The Guardian, 20 British filmmakers and writers including Mike Leigh, Leila Sansour, Ken Loach and Prahitbha Parmar have criticized the hosting of an Israeli government sponsored film festival in the UK. The letter cites the findings of the recent UN report on Israel’s […]

26 Apr
4:10

Coalition Calls for AXA to Divest from Israeli Apartheid at Annual Meeting

April 24, 2019, Paris – This afternoon, before AXA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Palais des CongrĂšs in Paris, over 50 activists from the Coalition to Stop AXA Assistance to Israeli Apartheid gathered outside, and called on AXA to divest from Israeli apartheid. AXA invests, through its subsidiary AXA IM, […]

21 Apr
3:59

AXA IM Divests from Elbit Systems – Involved in Israeli War Crimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: press@sumofus.org SumOfUs and the Coalition to Stop Assistance to Israeli Apartheid welcome AXA’s decision to withdraw part of its investment in Elbit Systems, and call on AXA to end its complicity in full by withdrawing all of its investments in companies complicit in Israel’s occupation. AXA is […]

15 Apr
12:27

USCPR Statement on Airbnb’s Reversal of Commitment to Remove Listings in Illegal Israeli Settlements

In November 2018, online booking giant Airbnb announced that it would remove listings in illegal, Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank, bowing to years of pressure from the StolenHomes Coalition, including SumOfUs, CODEPINK, American Muslims for Palestine, the US Palestinian Community Network, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Friends of Sabeel […]

15 Apr
12:17

Georges Abdallah Launches Solidarity Strike with Palestinian Prisoners from French Prison

Georges Abdallah, the Arab communist struggler for Palestine who has imprisoned in French jails for over 34 years, announced on Thursday, 11 April that he is launching a three-day hunger strike in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike inside Israeli jails, the Battle of Dignity 2. He is joined on the […]

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 […]

10 Apr
7:33

Madonna to Cross Eurovision Picket Line

Pro-Palestinian groups and organizations, such as Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and Jewish Voice For Peace, have called on US pop singer Madonna to cancel her performance at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, in May. PACBI took it to Twitter to send […]

10 Apr
7:24

UNICEF: Don’t Plug Into Israel’s War Crimes

Photo: Children studying by candlelight in the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestinian Territory Israel wants to build the longest submarine electricity cable to Europe via Cyprus and Greece. The EuroAsia Interconnector will unify Europe and Israel’s electricity networks, including grids powering Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. This multi-billion […]

04 Apr
5:36

UK Band Release Song Highlighting Israeli Apartheid (VIDEO)

The UK-based band Slovo has released a new song which calls for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest final, which will be held in Tel Aviv on the 18th of May. Entitled ‘Not My Kinda Party’, the song refers to Israel as an apartheid regime, and lists aspects of […]

23 Mar
3:33

Vienna Museum Cancels Palestine Event with South African Anti-apartheid Leader

Ronnie Kasrils: South African anti-apartheid leader and former Government Minister March 21, 2019  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Austria, South Africa, Europe March 21, 2019 —  A Vienna museum, Volkskundemuseum, has cancelled an event on Palestinian rights where former minister in Nelson Mandela’s government Ronnie Kasrils was scheduled to speak (Video by Ronnie […]

19 Mar
6:23

Israeli Apartheid Week Opens Worldwide, As Netanyahu Confirms Discriminatory Regime

March 18, 2019 / Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)  / Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America Global Actions Follow Record Turnout at Palestinian National BDS Conference The 15th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), the largest global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) mobilization for Palestinian rights, opens today with more than 80 events in 40 […]

18 Mar
4:33

Campaign Calls on UN to Release Names of Companies Involved in Settlement Activities

Al-Haq Human Rights organization launched an action alert urging the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Council and Member States to abide by their commitments and publish the UN Database on companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlements. The campaign mentions that, in 2016, the UN Human Rights Council voted in […]

14 Mar
8:06

Do No Harm! Palestinian Call for Ethical Tourism/Pilgrimage

March 12, 2019 / /Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Palestinian civil society calls on all international visitors, especially pilgrims, and people of conscience to do no harm to our nonviolent struggle for our rights under international law by respecting our ethical tourism guidelines. Based on the […]

04 Mar
6:35

Airbnb Blacklisted by Texas over Settlement Boycott

The state of Texas has blacklisted Airbnb over its decision to remove listings of rooms and homes for rent in West Bank Jewish settlements. Airbnb, on Friday, was placed on the state’s “List of Companies that Boycott Israel” by Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar. Texas, in 2017, passed […]

28 Feb
6:21

Activists Announce 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week

February 28, 2019 / By Israeli Apartheid Week  / Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week of actions will take place all around the world between March 18th and April 8th 2019 under the theme “Stop Arming Colonialism” Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness […]

25 Feb
6:54

Eurovision to Entertain Israeli Soldiers, Promote Settlements

The Irish Campaign to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel has learned the shocking news that the Israeli state broadcaster KAN, which is hosting the Eurovision song contest in May, will reserve 500 rehearsal tickets for Israeli soldiers — this despite the competition being billed by the EBU and RTÉ as “a non-political […]

24 Feb
6:35

Artists Call for Eurovision Boycott

Danielle Alma Ravitzki explains how the Israeli government uses the Eurovision song contest to whitewash and pinkwash its crimes against Palestinians. This year the contest will take place in Tel-Aviv, and artists from around the world are calling for a boycott. (Part 2 at TRNN official.) Video & Transcript MARC […]

22 Feb
7:26

France Considers Boycotting Eurovision over Israeli TV Series

France reportedly threatened to boycott the Eurovision song contest to be held in Tel Aviv, in southern Israel, as a form of protest against an Israeli television series which portrays France’s entry in the competition as a terrorist. Hebrew-language news outlets reported, on Thursday, that the Israeli television series entitled […]

21 Feb
5:31

EuroAsia Interconnector: “Electricity Highway” to Israeli War Crimes

February 20, 2019 / By Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) The EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world’s longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe’s electricity grid with Israel’s grid that incorporates the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, […]

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 […]

20 Feb
9:11

Palestinian Professors’ Unions Urge International Hispanistas Association to Move Congress From Hebrew University

February 19, 2019 / By Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) and The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) urge the AsociaciĂłn Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH) to move its July 2019 congress from Hebrew University. […]

13 Feb
4:30

Samidoun Urges Broad Support for Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands with Ilhan Omar, a strong supporter of Palestine elected to the United States House of Representatives last November, and urges a broad mobilization to defend her against media and political incitement by Israel and its allies. Rep. Omar is one of only […]

07 Feb
8:05

Dublin National Union of Journalists to Support Eurovision Boycott

(L to R) Celebrities, public figures & activists at Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge during a launch of the Irish Call to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel on June 27, 2018 (Image: Collins) The Irish Campaign to Boycott the 2019 Eurovision, in Israel, welcomes the motion passed by the Dublin Broadcasting Branch […]

07 Feb
7:38

US Court Throws Out Lawsuit Against Academic Boycott Of Israel

by Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books. A federal judge in Washington, DC, on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the American Studies Association over its decision to support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The ruling is […]

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. […]

06 Feb
4:22

Palestinian Professors’ Unions Urge Pitzer College to Uphold Faculty Vote to Suspend Study Abroad with Complicit Israeli Institutions

Via BNC Official. February 5, 2019 / By Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) / United States The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) supports the faculty at Pitzer College calling to suspend a complicit study abroad program in Israel over its discriminatory practices. PFUUPE, which […]

30 Jan
4:52

More Than 60 LGBTQ+ Groups Call for Boycott of Song Contest in Israel

More than 60 queer and trans liberation organizations, from nearly 20 countries across Europe and beyond, are calling on global LGBTQIA communities to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. The signatories condemn Israel’s “shameful” use of Eurovision, which has a strong following among LGBTQIA communities, to “distract attention from its […]

29 Jan
4:57

Irish Bill Banning Israeli Settlement Goods Passes

The lower house of the Irish parliament passed a law, on Thursday, preventing the importation or sale of goods from Israeli settlements. The Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill, originally proposed by Senator Frances Black, was passed in the Irish Senate back in January 2018. On Thursday, Irish MP Niall […]

28 Jan
4:36

Malaysia Out for 2019 Swimming Championship Venue after Israeli Ban

Malaysia has been stripped of hosting the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, for denying to issue entry visas for Israeli para-swimmers, the International Paralympic Committee confirmed in a statement. Earlier this month, Malaysian authorities denied to issue entry visas for two Israeli para-swimmers for the event, which was set to […]

27 Jan
8:44

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Reinstates Award for Angela Davis

Academic and civil rights activist, Angela Davis was nominated for the Fred Shuttlesworth Award in early January, by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), but soon after, the award was rescinded due to Professor Davis’ outspoken support of Palestinian equal rights. The decision was reversed on January 25th, when the […]

26 Jan
5:58

The Boycott Movement and the Attack on Palestinian Prisoners

The following article by Khaled Barakat, Palestinian writer and coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, was originally published on 24 January 2019, in Arabic, at Quds News Network.  The right-wing Zionist Cabinet minister, Gilad Erdan (Likud), is waging a furious and organized campaign against the prisoners’ movement in Israeli jails […]

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 […]

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: […]