Punk musicians and activists declare that “racism ain’t punk!” and officially launch their new boycott activism network.
Activism and BDS Beat
Today Nadine Darwish, a sophomore at Lincoln-Way High School in the Chicago suburbs, tweeted the news that her school will no longer serve Sabra brand hummus. This afternoon she told me more about what happened, and that others concerned with human rights shouldn’t be intimidated from speaking up.
Last Friday I was part of a group of Palestine solidarity activists who took advantage of the large crowds on the busiest shopping day of the year to educate people about companies profiting from or normalizing Israel’s occupation.
Activists de-shelved huge amounts of Israeli avocados and oranges during a protest action in Montpellier in the south of France on 26 November.
The firm that installed screens and lightning on U2’s stage for its world tour also supplies components to Israel’s war industry.
After a year-long campaign by DePaul’s Students for Justice in Palestine against Sabra hummus products from the dining halls, the university has quietly introduced alternative brands from which students can choose according to their ethics.
Israeli officials suspect that France-based megabank BNP Parisbas has pulled out of Israel due to pressure from Palestine solidarity groups, even though the bank itself has denied this. Haaretz reported on 24 November: The powers that be are furious at BNP Paribas for shuttering its operations in Israel, and suspect it is acting due to Arab and anti-Israeli pressure in France, the bank’s home base.
A number of actions in Europe are being planned for this weekend in nine different countries. Follow an interactive map as the weekend progresses.
Veolia owns and operates Tovland Landfill, occupied Jordan Valley, where Israeli waste is dumped. Meanwhile,Veolia digs its heels deeper into the Israeli occupation by offering waste collection services to Israeli army bases in the Jordan Valley.
Boycott campaigners call on MF Doom and French singer Mireille Mathieu to cancel their upcoming performances in Tel Aviv, and activists in Ireland demand that a film forum refuse to host the Israeli embassy for a de-politicized “celebration of Israeli cinema.”