Wednesday, July 22, 2020

National Students for Justice in Palestine

The undersigned student groups are in fierce opposition to the Israeli-US annexation plan. With Trump’s blessing, the Israeli regime continues to steal more and more Palestinian land, tearing families from their homes and siphoning essential natural resources, maintaining its goal of Zionist supremacy from the river to the sea.

Illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank have stolen Palestinian lives, land, and livelihoods for over half a century, and Trump’s green light will formalize their theft. While this is indeed a moment of crisis, Palestinians have been resisting systematic Israeli violence for decades while the US bankrolls and politically enables Israeli atrocities.

Annexation means further entrenching a settler-colonial project which imposes apartheid walls that separate families, military checkpoints that brutalize workers daily, settlement construction that destroys centuries-old olive groves, and unequal rights based on race and religion as the permanent reality for Palestinians.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Complicity in Israeli Apartheid

A statement by tens of UN experts condemned Israel's planned annexation as crystallizing Israel’s “21st century apartheid.” Advocating accountability and an end to Israel’s impunity, they wrote: “The lessons from the past are clear: Criticism without consequences will neither forestall annexation nor end the occupation.”
Israel is only able to maintain its regime of occupation, colonisation and apartheid over the Palestinian people because of the international complicity of States, institutions and corporations. 

But thanks to pressure from the BDS movement even large companies such as Veolia and Orange have withdrawn from illegal Israeli projects and Microsoft has recently ended its involvement with Israeli facial recognition company AnyVision over human rights concerns.
Today is French insurance company AXA’s shareholder meeting. Under pressure from our BDS campaign, AXA has divested from Israeli weapons-maker Elbit Systems and largely divested from a subsidiary that finances Israeli apartheid. But AXA still invests in three Israeli banks which are listed in a UN database of companies that enable Israel’s illegal settlements. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Ben and Jerry is PEP, progressive except for Palestine

Middle East Eye:
"Ben & Jerry's freezes when it comes to Palestine. Ice cream brand has been vocal advocate for Black Lives Matter movement, but refuses to halt operations in illegal Israeli settlements. ...

Case in point: Israel. Ben & Jerry's has conducted business in Israel with a licensee partner since 1987, with a manufacturing facility and two scoop shops they describe as located 'outside the occupied territories, just south of Tel Aviv.'

Thousands of individuals and almost 250 organizations in 20 countries have since urged Ben & Jerry's to stop sales in illegal Israeli settlements and publicly oppose Israel's occupation. In 2015, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) called for a boycott of the brand amid its refusal to alter its business practices."

-->Ben and Jerry is PEP, progressive except for Palestine, Should opposition to racism stop at our borders? The NYT doesn't do articles about PEP, since our newspaper of record is a prime example. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Israel’s illegal Jerusalem Light Rail project

On June 13, the Basque firm CAF will hold its annual shareholders meeting. CAF is helping to implement Israel’s illegal Jerusalem Light Rail project, which enables the ongoing annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory. We must ensure that CAF's involvement in Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights and international law is on the shareholders' agenda.

CAF’s AGM coincides with announced plans by the extremist Israeli government to formally annex a critical part of the occupied Palestinian West Bank from July 1.

1. Action on social media

From June 1 to June 13 we want to make a lot of noise! Use your networks to mobilize and raise awareness. Please do the following:
1. Print the image at the top of this page
2. Take a photo of yourself holding the image
3. Share the photo on social media with this text

Israel plans to formally annex West Bank Palestinian lands. CAF is developing a tramway entrenching Israel’s illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land marked for annexation.

#CAFGetOffIsraelsApartheidTrain End involvement in Jerusalem Light Rail:

Tag the CAF campaign on twitter: @eaudecaf

2. Email jam

Send an email to CAF’s CEO ahead of CAF’s shareholders meeting demanding that the company quit the illegal Israeli Jerusalem Light Rail project and stop supporting Israel’s military occupation, annexation and apartheid.

3. Call CAF

Contact the company by phone to request that CAF stop participating in the Jerusalem tram project. You can either call CAF’s headquarters at +34 943 88 01 00 or your local office listed here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

GUEST: Cody O'Rourke, human rights activist in the West Bank

Activist Radio (5 - 6 pm) has the following guest on this Thursday:

GUEST: Cody O'Rourke, human rights activist in the West Bank and communications coordinator for the Good Shepherd Collective, talks about his organizations commitment to exposing apartheid and ending the occupation of Palestine.   

Activist Radio is broadcast: Thursdays 5-6 pm from WVKR 91.3 FM at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Sundays 4-5 pm from WIOF 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY; and Sundays 5-6 pm from the Progressive Radio Network at PRN.FM. Past programs can be heard on, or as a podcast (search for Activist Radio).


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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Condemning ethnic cleansing...

Monday, April 27, 2020

Boycotting Israeli dates is working and we need to keep going

There are five major Israeli date companies that export to the United States and Europe: Hadiklaim and its brands Jordan River and King Solomon, Mehadrin, Galilee Export, Carmel Agrexco and Agrifood Marketing with its brand Star Dates.

Hadiklaim, Mehandrin and Carmel Agrexco all have operations in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Hadiklaim and Carmel Agrexco have been accused of using child labour and paying Palestinian workers less than the minimum wage. 


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