The first ever Palestinian trade union conference for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel was held in Ramallah last week on 30 April. A historic formation was made at the conference with the establishment of the Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS) — the largest coalition of the Palestinian trade union movement.
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Today the US Palestinian Community Network issued a statement on the occasion of International Workers’ Day, giving a summary of the sacrifices Palestinian workers have made for the national liberation struggle, and describing the violations of Palestinian workers’ rights by Israel. Here’s an excerpt:
Following the recent direct action on the University of Arizona (UA) campus — in which an enormous mock wall was constructed to bring attention to Israel’s wall in the West Bank and the wall at the US-Mexico border — legendary intellectual and academic Dr.
Fifty-one Canadian filmmakers issued a letter last week to the co-chairs of the Hot Docs documentary film festival to protest its partnership with the Israeli organization CoPro Documentary Marketing Foundation. According to a press release issued today, “The funders of CoPro include the Israel Film Council, an official part of the Israeli Ministry of Science, Culture and Sports, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Golan Heights Winery, which operates illegally in the occupied Syrian Golan heights.”
Earlier this month, activists with the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee scored an important victory in the cultural and academic boycott movement. Hip-hop artist Marvin Casey from Universal Beatz was disinvited to perform at Washington University in St. Louis, following revelations that his dance troupe is sponsored by the Jewish Agency for Israel. From their press release:
Recent divestment campaigns across Canadian university campuses — specifically at Carleton and several universities in Toronto — have gained ground after strategic initiatives were launched and as more students, faculty and staff sign on to petitions of support.
Earlier, I blogged about how Students for Justice in Palestine activists at Yale delivered mock eviction notices to dormitory residents, in an effort to highlight the ongoing home demolitions in Palestine.
The following is a press release from the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC). The photo is by Peter Lippman. For more information about this campaign, visit www.stop30billion-Seattle.org
Earlier today, Jewish Voice for Peace responded to retirement giant TIAA-CREF’s efforts to thwart a shareholder resolution asking it to engage with companies in its portfolio that profit from Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Here’s the Yale Daily News’ report on the Students for Justice in Palestine action: Many students were surprised to wake up Wednesday to fliers warning that their suites would be demolished within three days.