Highlighting the spectacular growth and victories of the 7-year-old BDS movement; Palestinian civil society commends author Alice Walker for her refusal to have her book published by an Israeli publisher; and more!
Activism and BDS Beat
Signatories to the open letter to the European Commission include Gérard Toulouse, a member of the French Academy of Science, Malcolm Levitt, a member of the UK Royal Society, and renowned philosopher Slavjoj Zizek
“This very close divestment vote and the successful boycott vote, along with several other recent watershed victories, makes clear that Israel can no longer count on being singled out for special treatment.”
A measure to divest approximately $17 million of the Presbyterian Church USA’s funds from corporations profitting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands was defeated by only two votes tonight.
A committee of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of an upcoming divestment initiative that could pull the church’s funds from three major US companies.
The pension fund giant TIAA-CREF has divested $72 million shares of Caterpillar, Inc from its Social Choice Funds portfolio after a two year campaign.
In this week’s roundup of news from the global BDS movement: Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain cancels his performances; boycott activists in the Middle East urge Cirque du Soleil to cancel their upcoming show in Israel; and more!
The father of Palestinian national footballer Mahmoud Sarsak, who is set to be released by Israel on 10 July following a three month hunger strike, has said that it is “unbearable” that Israel will host the tournament “while it routinely arrests, tortures, imprisons and kills Palestinians, including football players, without consequence”
The JTA/Haaretz spin that makes it appear as if Alice Walker is objecting to her book being in Hebrew, instead of boycotting an Israeli publisher, is a complete distortion.
A major victory for the campaign to boycott Israel has been achieved in Norway.