Activism and BDS Beat

Police aggression at Brussels protest against Israeli firm

Earlier today, I was at the receiving end of aggressive police behavior during a protest against a company operating in an illegal Israeli settlement. Along with about 15 activists, I picketed a food fair in Brussels to highlight how SodaStream produces carbonation machines for making soft drinks at a factory in Mishor Adumim, an Israeli-controlled industrial zone in the West Bank. 

Palestinian BDS National Committee supports Wall Street protests

The BNC says: “The refreshing scenes of determined peaceful protest for justice from around the world tell us that we, the 99 percent of the world, are in the process of straightening our backs, collectively, with unwavering fortitude and boundless hope.” 

Action urged as Israel punishes dozens of hunger-striking political prisoners

Thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip rallied in recent days in support of political prisoners who are protesting worsening conditions in Israeli detention. Thousands of prisoners are said to be taking part in the civil disobedience protests which began on 27 September. 

Swedes call for academic boycott of Israel

Swedish students, professors and lecturers sign on to a call for a comprehensive academic boycott against Israel and Israeli educational institutions. 

International star Natacha Atlas announces Israel boycott

International singer and songwriter Natacha Atlas has announced publicly that she is canceling a planned concert in Israel and will boycott the country “until this systemised apartheid is abolished once and for all.” 

Hasbara in Helsinki

How dare the EU sponsor a science festival featuring Israeli “water conservation” projects when the Union supports Israeli arms companies that help destroy Gaza’s water network. 

UK trade unionists put Histadrut under review; victory declared over Agrexco liquidation

Two significant milestones in the Palestinian-led movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) were marked this week with a vote by the UK’s Trades Union Congress to reconsider its ties with Israel’s national trade union federation, and with the confirmation that boycott target Agrexco was ordered into liquidation. 

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