Human rights groups in Israel are protesting the new Israeli law passed yesterday which “prohibits boycott of businesses, universities, and social and cultural institutions based in Israel and the illegal settlements, and imposes heavy financial sanctions against civil society organizations and businesses that participate in boycotts.”
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A group of Indigenous and Women of Color feminists who recently returned from a visit to Palestine has issued a strong statement endorsing the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Explaining their decision to travel to Palestine, the group wrote:
Following on the heels of punk rock icon Jello Biafra’s last-minute — however reluctant — decision to respect the Palestinian-led call for BDS, Punks Against Apartheid say they’ve just begun their work with the global BDS movement.
The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Committee (BNC) announced today a call for an urgent military embargo against Israel, “similar to that imposed against apartheid South Africa in the past.”
The Egyptian Independent Union Federation affirmed solidarity with the Palestinian people and upheld a commitment to “reject any form of normal relations” with Israel, including gas supply agreements that have been in place since Mubarak was empowered.
BDS activists with We Divest From Israel’s Occupation recently performed a flashmob action in New York City’s Times Square after pension giant TIAA-CREF censored a shareholder resolution last week.
PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, released a hard-hitting statement demanding that international artists, performers and academics “refrain from undermining our boycott principles.”
Democracy Now! produced and broadcast a video today of an exclusive tour of the US boat The Audacity of Hope, part of the upcoming second Freedom Flotilla due to sail to the occupied Gaza strip in an attempt to break the 4-year-old Israeli siege.
Legendary basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will not be coming to Israel due to “concerns arising from Nakba day violence.”
After weeks of sustained protest and outcry from punk rock supporters, Palestinian solidarity activists, and boycott campaigners, punk rock icon Jello Biafra has agreed to cancel his upcoming show in Tel Aviv, planned for next week.