Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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.
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.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
UPDATE: Sen. Gillibrand has dropped her support of this bill. You can call to congratulate her.
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: [ https://www.aclu.org/letter/aclu-letter-senate-opposing-israel-anti-boycott-act ]
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)
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
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.EldadISRAEL AND PALESTINE: SOME RECOMMENDABLE READINGSAli 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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Friday, May 12, 2017
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Thursday, April 20, 2017
I was scheduled to make a visit to Israel with fellow NFL players. I was excited to see this remarkable and historic part of the world with my own eyes. I was not aware, until reading this article about the trip in the Times of Israel, that my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government for the purposes of making me, in the words of a government official, an "influencer and opinion-former" who would then be "an ambassador of good will." I will not be used in such a manner. When I do go to Israel -- and I do plan to go -- it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives.
One of my heroes has always been Muhammad Ali. I know that Ali always stood strongly with the Palestinian people, visiting refugee camps, going to rallies, and always willing to be a "voice for the voiceless." I want to be a "voice for the voiceless," and I cannot do that by going on this kind of trip to Israel.
I know that this will anger some people and inspire others. But please know that I did this not for you, but to be in accord with my own values and my own conscience. Like 1968 Olympian John Carlos always says, "There is no partial commitment to justice. You are either in or you're out." Well, I'm in.
Bennett and Zirin appeared together at a Seattle town hall meeting discussing the intersection of sports and politics last month.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Twitter Storm Today: Tell HP and JerusaLens: Occupation isn’t Pretty!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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Friday, January 20, 2017
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
- Three more multinationals, Orange, CRH and G4S were compelled under BDS pressure to end involvement in illegal Israeli projects, indicating a start of a domino effect.
- Israel’s global legal war on BDS suffered fatal setbacks after the EU upheld the right to boycott Israel under freedom of speech.
- Israeli Apartheid Free Zones or settlement-free zones were declared by dozens of municipal councils across Europe.
- Israel’s global isolation intensified as the logic of appeasing its regime of oppression started to give way to the logic of sustained international pressure, including at the UN.
Can you help us make sure that we achieve even more during 2017?
- More mainstream churches, from the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) to the United Methodist Church in the US, adopted BDS-related measures in support of Palestinian human rights.
- Our BDS campaign against apartheid profiteer Hewlett Packard (HP) went viral globally. There were actions and events in more than 100 cities as part of our recent week of action.
- BDS reached the Oscars and the Olympics, as the academic and cultural boycott of Israel spread even further among student unions, academics, artists and writers, especially in the global South.
- International trade unions intensified support for BDS measures in solidarity with the Palestinian people and Palestinian workers.
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