Activism and BDS Beat

Archbishop Desmond Tutu endorses "Freedom for Palestine" song

Archibishop Desmond Tutu, South African human rights leader and advocate of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, officially endorsed the new song “Freedom for Palestine” as the track continues to gain global popularity. 

Punk fans' open letter to Jello Biafra: Apartheid is not punk rock!

Following the recent move by punk rock legend Jello Biafra to buck the international boycott call and play a planned gig in Tel Aviv next month, Punks Against Apartheid have drafted an open letter and set up a petition to urge Biafra and his band to reverse their decision. 

Palestinian BDS organization to Jello Biafra: Do not cross our picket line!

The Electronic Intifada recently reported that legendary punk rock musician Jello Biafra issued a public statement last week saying that he intends to play a planned gig in Tel Aviv despite the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, much to the dismay of international BDS activism groups and his fans. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) released an open letter on 12 June urging Biafra to reverse his decision and respect the BDS call. 

Open letter from Lebanon to Moby: Don't play in Israel next month

The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) posted a public letter signed by Lebanese civil society organizations and student groups commending the decision by musician Moby to visit Lebanon in early July, while urging him to cancel his upcoming concert in Israel planned for the week after in order to respect the call for Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions. 

Jello Biafra bucks international BDS call, will play show in Tel Aviv

Someone once said that “punk rock is dead.” Alas, another nail in the coffin was hammered in on Tuesday, when punk rock legend and former frontman of the anti-imperialist, anti-corporate San Francisco-based band Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra, decided to go ahead with a planned gig in Tel Aviv despite pressure on him to respect and honor the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).  

Largest academic union in UK passes key motions for Palestinian rights

Coming right on the heels of the recent vote by the largest student union in Europe to support the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement — which called for “thorough research into [the University of London Union’s] investments and contracts” with companies guilty of “violating Palestinian human rights” as set out by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC) —  

Greek BDS activists plant trees in Estee Lauder store

Palestine solidarity activists in Thessaloniki, Greece, engaged in a creative action in support of the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing on 28 May when they entered an Estee Lauder cosmetics store with tree saplings in tow.  


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