Activists gear up for the annual global BDS day of action; Glasgow University bans Israeli drinking water; Pinkwashing events canceled in Washington state; BDS campaigners urge major rock stars not to play in Israel; and more.
Activism and BDS Beat
Graduate students at Carleton University in Ottawa have overwhelmingly voted for divestment from companies profiting from Israeli occupation and human rights abuses in what is the first ever such referendum on a university campus in Canada.
Chicago activists released a video today to bring attention to the heroic hunger strike undertaken by Palestinian political prisoner Hana al-Shalabi, who is at risk of imminent death as she has refused to eat since she was arrested on 16 February.
Batsheva Dance Company, identified by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs as “the best known global ambassador of Israeli culture,” has faced protests throughout its ongoing US tour.
Israeli Apartheid Week in Gaza is still going on despite Israel’s relentless attacks on the civilian enclave.
In this week’s roundup of news from the global BDS movement, Palestinian campaigners urge writers not to participate in the upcoming International Writers’ Festival in Jerusalem; Brooklyn’s Park Slope Food Co-op’s BDS initiative gets a boost of support from Israeli boycott activists; and more.
Students at the University of Ottawa say that the campus administration threatened to cancel an 8 March panel discussion they are scheduled to hold as part of Ottawa’s Israeli Apartheid. Meanwhile, at Carleton University, also in Ottawa, students found their posters defaced with slogans such as “This is where the Holocaust began.”
The head of the press association in Granada, Spain, took off his belt and threatened to beat a Palestine solidarity protestor at the opening ceremony of a graphical exhibition celebrating “25 years of diplomatic relations between Spain and Israel.” This is the latest of several incidents of violence being threatened or used against Palestine solidarity protests in recent weeks.
Students at UC Irvine in Southern California staged a silent walk-out during a presentation by Israeli soldiers on campus.
UCLA students staged a silent walk-out during a presentation by Israeli soldiers there to defend Israel’s attacks on the Gaza strip in 2008-09.