Sunday, January 7, 2018

Apartheid Israel blacklisting peace groups

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, the Israeli government published a list of six US organizations, including CODEPINK, and 20 organizations worldwide whose activists will be barred from entering the country because of their support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) in favor of Palestinian rights.
Join us in calling on influential Senators Chuck Schumer and Ben Cardin to denounce this outrageous ban and tell Israel to lift it immediately. These senators should stand up for the right of US citizens to criticize repressive Israeli policies, especially since Israel gets over $3 billion of our tax dollars every year.
The six banned US groups are:

  • American Friends Service Committee
  • American Muslims for Palestine
  • CODEPINK
  • Jewish Voice for Peace
  • National Students for Justice in Palestine
  • US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Jerusalem as the capital of Israel


Donald Trump is playing with fire. Any moment now he is expected to announce Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His actions will contravene international law and decades of US foreign policy. It is likely to trigger a massive outbreak of violence.

Since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which initiated moving the US embassy, every six months the President of the US has signed a waiver to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv. But now it looks like Trump will break with this policy. Moving the embassy, or declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, obliterates any claim that the US can be an “honest broker” in the Middle East. Countries across the Middle East, and even former Israeli ambassadors, are urging Trump cease and desist from his reckless course.

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.

Solidarity,

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

 

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