Boycott roundup: French companies to drop out of Jerusalem rail project

In a significant victory for the global Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, French companies Veolia and Alstom have dropped out of the Jerusalem light rail project due to sustained pressure from Palestine solidarity groups. The companies were contracted by the Israeli government to construct and manage the tramway linking Jerusalem to several illegal Israeli settlement colonies in the occupied West Bank. 

Activism roundup: Abu Rahme sentence extended, students stage mock checkpoint

An Israeli military judge extended the jail term for Abdallah Abu Rahme, a well-known Palestinian activist who was due to be released on 18 November. Meanwhile, in New York City, students created a mock Israeli checkpoint in the middle of Columbia University and in Scotland Edinburgh-based activists worked with one of the country’s top law firms to advise the city council not to contract with Veolia. 

StandWithUs member attacks Jewish Voice for Peace activists

Wrapped in an Israeli flag, San Francisco Voice for Israel/StandWithUs member Robin Dubner, an Oakland-based attorney, pepper-sprayed two Jewish Voice for Peace members in the eyes and face after they attempted to nonviolently block her ability to aggressively videotape the faces of JVP meeting attendees against their will. 

Video: "No justice, no chickpeas!" activists tell Philadelphia shoppers

Shoppers and employees at the Fresh Grocer’s flagship store at 40th and Walnut Street in Philadelphia were surprised last month by a choreographed flash dance performed in the store by activists calling for a boycott of products that provide moral and financial support for Israeli human rights violations.