Holiday shopping-related actions took place around the world as BDS activists encouraged shoppers not to buy Israeli products. And a group in California calls on the state pension fund to investigate its investment ties with Israeli companies and US companies that do business with the Israeli military.
Activism and BDS Beat
Twelve French activists from a group called Boycott 68 have been acquitted on charges of “inciting discrimination and racial hatred” for calling on French shoppers to boycott Israeli goods.
Activists with the Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign have officially filed a lawsuit against the State Board of Investments, demanding that Minnesota divest from Israel’s illegal military occupation activities in Palestine.
UN body CESCR calls on Israel to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes. Israeli occupation forces use machines from British manufacturer JCB.
Belgian police protect Yitzhak Ben-Israel, a military strategist who helped developed some of Israel’s nastiest weapons.
Veolia feigns commitment to peace by supporting the Veolia Desert Challenge sports event. Meanwhile the company continues to be involved in Israeli colonization projects in the occupied West Bank.
Students at the University of Michigan have done it again — a year after the silent mass walk-out from a propaganda event on campus featuring an Israeli soldier, setting an example followed by students at several other campuses, students organized another mass walk-out from a hasbara lecture by the Israeli government’s token Arab spokesperson, Ishmael Khaldi.
Punk musicians and activists declare that “racism ain’t punk!” and officially launch their new boycott activism network.
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.