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Activism and BDS Beat

News about popular struggle, international solidarity and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activism

Virginia state agency cancels Jerusalem trip citing Israeli discrimination

Virginia State Bar cancels Jerusalem seminar citing Israel’s discriminatory practices against Palestinian Americans and other travelers.

Netanyahu win is “victory for BDS,” says UCLA's controversial pro-Israel student president

Israel lobby-backed UCLA student body president Avinoam Baral concedes that the citations in divestment resolutions about Israel’s human rights violations are “ironclad.”

Hillel threatens Swarthmore chapter over events with Palestinian rights supporters

By implementing censorship policies, Hillel International “is stifling Jewish life on campus and actively driving students away,” say student activists.

UK supermarket Waitrose suffers brand damage for promoting Israel

Store tries to censor activists protesting at its circulation of a glossy brochure from the Israeli tourism office. 

Canadian students reject Justin Trudeau's attack on Palestine activism, free speech

Liberal Party leader and would-be prime minister tweets that “The BDS movement, like Israeli Apartheid Week, has no place on Canadian campuses.”

Tourist ad falls foul of UK watchdog for claiming Jerusalem belongs to Israel

The supermarket Waitrose has come under fire for distributing a glossy brochure that erases Palestinian culture and history. 

Pressure grows on US firm selling homes in Israel's settlements

RE/MAX International tries to dodge its role in selling homes on occupied Palestinian land. 

Cornel West backs Steven Salaita, cancels prestigious Univ. of Illinois lecture

“The suffering of precious Palestinians under a vicious Israeli occupation is a crime against humanity,” says celebrated public intellectual.

London's SOAS backs Israel boycott in referendum landslide

Call to cut ties with Israeli institutions garners 73 percent of vote in referendum of students, faculty and staff.

Toronto queer group that won right to say “Israeli apartheid” wraps up

Group fought back against censorship efforts and helped expose Israel’s “pinkwashing.”

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