Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, key planner and executor of the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, the “War on Terror” and torture and human rights abuses at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and other suspected secret prisons around the world, was disrupted and confronted by protestors as he spoke at Collin County Community College near Dallas, Texas on 18 November.
Activism and BDS Beat
The Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago recently protested the opening night of the Israeli film festival — dubbed the REAL Israel Film Festival. Protesters highlighted how Israel uses culture to try to whitewash its war crimes, occupation and apartheid.
Saturday, 26 November has been declared a national BDS Day of Action in the United Kingdom. This has prompted the Israel lobby in the UK to call for “BUYcutt” days, and similar tactics are underway in the US.
“It’s just because I’m Palestinian” shouts a young woman toward the Israeli soldiers dragging her from a bus that serves Israel’s settler population and travels its segregated roads. Video shot by Anne Paq with the ActiveStills collective shows activists boarding the bus and Israeli forces asking them in broken Arabic for their travel permits. The soldiers then drag the activists from their seats.
In an move reminiscent of anti-Semitic attacks on Jews in America’s past, the ADL is seeking to isolate and cast suspicion on supporters of Palestinian rights at Occupy Wall Street.
Activists delivered a statement of solidarity from Palestinians to the Occupy Wall Street camp in New York City shortly it was was demolished by police, and an OWS activist who played a role in the deletion of an OWS tweet supporting the aid flotilla to Gaza has ties to a conservative lobbyist and Israel PR groups
Belgian journalist and filmmaker Chris den Hond has released a brief documentary about the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The video explains the justifications for consumer and academic boycott and features stunning footage of non-violent confrontational actions taken by French solidarity activists. It also discusses the repression activists face in France for their activities and the government’s efforts to criminalize Palestine solidarity.
Two Israel propaganda events at different Chicago-area universities were creatively protested last night, showing that Israel and its supporters are having a hard time going unchallenged these days.
Irish sports celebrity Trevor Hogan speaks of his week in Israeli custody.
Members of the youth wing of Jewish Voice for Peace disrupted a Birthright Israel event on 7 November.