Category: BDS

Open Letter to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement

The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine pleads for Western churches to take a stand: “As we meet this month in Bethlehem in occupied Palestine, we are still suffering from 100 years of injustice and oppression…we need you and we need you now more than ever. We need your costly solidarity…This is no time for shallow diplomacy Christians. We urge you to hear our call.”

Gideon Levy: Thom Yorke, This Is Why You Should Boycott Israel

Ha’aretz’s Gideon Levy writes: Isn’t it time to do away with the artificial distinction between the Israelis who view themselves as nice and just and the brutal occupation they are responsible for? Hasn’t the time come to punish them in a nonviolent manner for the crimes that each and every one of them is party to?

CounterPunch: An Accelerating Palestine Rights Movement Faces Uncertain Direction

Analyst Jack Dresser discusses the Israel connection to Mideast wars, the injustice of a “two-state solution,” Israel’s loss of full control, the role of Jewish organizations in the Palestine rights movement, JVP President Vilkomerson’s husband’s employment at Israeli security company Check Point, and to what degree such groups will embrace a “transformative vision”…

Ha’aretz: Richard Gere calls settlements ‘absurd provocation,’ occupation ‘indefensible’

Ha’aretz interview with actor Richard Gere: “Obviously this occupation is destroying everyone,” he says. “There’s no defense of this occupation. Settlements are such an absurd provocation and, certainly in the international sense, completely illegal – and they are certainly not part of the program of someone who wants a genuine peace process.”

Anti-BDS bills fast-tracked in NY State Senate

Palestine Legal: Three anti-BDS bills were fast-tracked out of committee and passed today (March 8, 2017) without debate by the New York State Senate. These bills are blatantly unconstitutional attacks on First Amendment rights to protest and dissent. They resurrect widely-condemned tactics used to undermine democracy: creating blacklists, punishing dissent, attacking academic freedom, and cracking down on student organizing…

Texas Governor calls for passage of anti-BDS, anti-Iran laws (traveled to Israel on Adelson jet)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called in his budget for passing laws cutting off businesses from Texas pension plans that adhere to Israel boycotts and broadening laws banning state investments in Iran. He traveled to Israel on a jet supplied by pro-Israel megadonor Sheldon Adelson. Adelson has said he regretted serving in US Army, would have preferred being in Israeli army…