Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Major victory for US academics and students

Israel lobby lawsuit against San Francisco State University collapses - Electronic Intifada (11/9/17)

A federal judge in San Francisco said on Wednesday that he will dismiss a frivolous lawsuit against professor Rabab Abdulhadi and her employer, San Francisco State University. They were both accused of fostering a hostile environment for Jewish students based on Palestine advocacy and criticism of Israel’s policies. This is a major victory for US academics and students who are facing a legal assault from pro-Israel groups to punish and censor advocacy for Palestinian rights.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We have great news to share.

This month, a World Without Walls delegation with grassroots leaders from Mexico and the United States met with us in Palestine. This group of Latinx and indigenous activists from communities hurt by the US/Mexico border joined Palestinians to build connections and a joint resistance. A resistance committed to strengthening the BDS movement and to challenging both the Israeli Apartheid Wall and the Wall of Shame that President Trump wants to expand.

We at the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) are proud to have co-organized this delegation, and are now building on it towards a November 9 Global Day of Action for A World Without Walls with groups from over 30 countries.
In other good news, the United Nations is producing a list of companies involved in Israel’s occupation — taking its first concrete step to hold Israel accountable for violating Palestinian human rights. And the premiere civil liberties organization in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has for the first time filed a lawsuit challenging anti-BDS legislation. The ACLU makes clear that the right to boycott Israel for its violations of Palestinian human rights is a constitutionally protected right, and that political boycotts to advance progressive causes have a long and admirable history. 

Both these significant developments indicate the growing impact of the BDS movement.


The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Free (Speech) Palestine: Writers Talk about BDS and Beyond

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BDS National Committee

Friday, July 21, 2017

Call Senators to drop their sponsorship of (S720)

Sen. Charles Ellis Schumer
District: New York US Senate
Phone:(202) 224-6542

Sen. Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik Gillibrand
District: New York US Senate
Phone:(202) 224-4451

UPDATE: Sen. Gillibrand has dropped her support of this bill. You can call to congratulate her.

These calls take about two minutes each. Maybe read below to get yourself ready to defend the First Amendment, and then dial them up.


As a supporter of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, I strongly urge you to remove your sponsorship of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720) because the bill is an unconstitutional infringement on free speech and a blatant attempt to legitimize illegal Israeli settlements constructed in Occupied Territory in violation of international law. 

The bill seeks to amend the Export Administration Act of 1979 to impose criminal penalties and fines on corporations that boycott business dealings with illegal Israeli settlements or divest assets from corporations profiting from illegal Israeli settlements. The bill also seeks to amend the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to deny loans to corporations that similarly boycott or divest from business dealings with illegal Israeli settlements.

The Supreme Court has held that political boycotts, like boycotts for Palestinian rights, are unquestionably protected under the First Amendment. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, by seeking to penalize corporations which exercise that right, is an unconstitutional infringement on freedom of speech.

As the ACLU has stated, "the bill would punish businesses and individuals based solely on their point of view. Such a penalty is in direct violation of the First Amendment.” For additional reasons why the ACLU is opposed to this bill, please see: [ ]

Since 1967, stated bipartisan US policy has opposed the creation and expansion of Israeli settlements in Occupied Territory on the basis that these settlements constitute violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The intent and effect of this bill is to encourage business dealings with corporations based in illegal Israeli settlements and to penalize corporations which refuse to do so, thereby legitimizing and entrenching those settlements in opposition to official US policy.

For these reasons, I urge you to remove your sponsorship of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. I look forward to your response. 

(From US Campaign for Palestinian Rights)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Many of the books are by Israeli historians and scholars

My friend Bob has produced this list of commendable books for those interested in Israel - Palestine. Many of the books are by Israeli historians and scholars. 
Feel free to forward to your friends. 
Ali Abunimah.  The Battle for Justice in Palestine.  Haymarket Books: Chicago, 2014.  (Palestinian journalist, director of the Electronic Intifada, and proponent of a  “single state” solution.)
Max Blumenthal.  Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.  Nation Books: New     York, 2013 (A powerful journalist’s overwhelming first-person account of life  in Israel under right-wing domination.)
Max Blumenthal. The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. Nation Books: New York, 2015.  (Why did Israel pummel civilian Gaza for six weeks in 2014   when it needed only six days to occupy all of Palestine and the Sinai in 1967?  Blumenthal reveals all.)
Ron David.  Arabs and Israel for Beginners. ForBeginners Books: Danbury, 2001. (Irreverent text and graphics well received by major scholars.  A Jewish investigator gets beyond Israel’s whitewash of history.)
Ben Ehrenreich. The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine.  Penguin: New York, 2016.  (An incisive novelist and journalist conveys the lives of ordinary  Palestinians and their “stubborn refusal of injustice”.)
Marc H. Ellis.  Judaism Does Not Equal Israel.  The New Press: New York, 2009.  (A powerful testament by a leading Jewish theologian.) 
Marc H. Ellis.  Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation. 3rd edition.  Baylor Univ.  Press:  Waco, TX, 2004.  (A prophetic call for Jews to move beyond politics based on a sense of vulnerability and to take up the liberation theology embedded in Exodus)
 Simha Flapan.  The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities.  Pantheon Books: New York, 1987.  (A “radical revision of the mythology” by a political activist who saw it first-hand.)
 Jewish Voice for Peace. On Antisemitism:  Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice.        Haymarket: Chicago, 2017 (Statements and essays by 22 writers.)
Rashid Khalidi.  The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood. Beacon: Boston, 2007.  (“A patient and eloquent work” covering the history from World War I to the death of Yasser Arafat.)
Smadar Lavie.  Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and      Bureaucratic Torture.  Berghahn Books: New York, 2014.  (Anthropologist   and, herself, a Mizrahi single mom, Lavie explores the class and gender lines  between Israel’s European and Eastern Jews in this first-person account.)
John Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt.  The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. Farrar, Straus, Gogiroux: New York, 2007   (Top rated political scientists   were condemned as anti-Semitic for writing this important book.)
Ilan Pappe.  A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples.  Cambridge  Univ. Press: Cambridge, 2006, 2nd ed.  (Incisive social history since the  mid19th century.)
 Ilan Pappe.  The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.  OneWorld Publications:  London,      2006.  (Israeli historian, using government documents, exposes the real  history of the 1947-48 takeover of Palestine.)
Ilan Pappe.  The Idea of Israel:  A History of Power and Knowledge.  Verso: London,  2014.    (A cultural history of the promise and failure of Israel’s “post Zionist moment in the early 1990s.)
Alice Rothchild.  Broken Promises, Broken Dreams:  Stories of Jewish and  Palestinian Trauma and Resilience.  Pluto Press: New York, 2007, 2nd ed.   (On-scene reports of film-maker and ob-gyn from Harvard Med. and JVP  Boston)
Edward Said.  From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map: Essay:s. Vintage: New York,  2004 (Incisive assessments of events as they unfolded, by a leading  Palestinian thinker, published after his death.
Shlomo Sand.  The Invention of the Jewish People. Verso: New York, 2009.  (An  Israeli historian’s brilliant polemic against the claim that “the Jewish people”   have a historical “right” to a nation state in Palestine.)
Ben White. Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide.  Pluto Press: London, 2009.  (A  brief book hailed as “an essential guide” to “both the history and the day-to- day reality”.)


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