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Boycott Victories

  • ''Arab Artists Back Out of Regional Show in ''Israel

    Artists, hailing from France and Lebanon, say they weren't notified that their works would be exhibited; Curator in response: Collective withdrawal due to BDS influence.

    Five well-known Arab artists whose works were supposed to be shown at a regional exhibition later this week in the city of Sakhnin have asked that their works be withdrawn from the event.

    The five artists whose works were to be on display at the Third Mediterranean Biennale are Zineb Sedira, a French Algerian; Bouchra Khalili and Yto Barrada, both French Moroccans; Walid Raad, a Lebanese American; and Akram Zaatari, a citizen of Lebanon. The theme of the biennale, which opens Thursday and runs through December 16, is "Out of Place."
     
    The artists said they had only discovered last weekend – thanks to an online newsletter put out by the e-flux publishing platform – that their works were going to be shown at an Israeli exhibition. They immediately contacted FRAC’s director*, Pascal Neveux, asking him to tell curator Fainaru to remove their works from the biennale and their names from all its advertising materials.

    *FRAC: Contemporary art museum in France

    June 2017

  • ?After years of pressure, is Veolia quitting Israel

  • BDS impact round up for 2016

    Israel's war of repression has failed to stop the continued growth of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights.


    The year 2016 will be remembered by Palestinians and supporters of Palestinian freedom, justice and equality, among other things, as Israel’s year of waging an all-out war on the Palestinian-led, global BDS movement for Palestinian rights, in a desperate attempt to crush it.

     

    In this respect, 2016 will also be remembered as the year of Israel’s spectacular failure, as BDS grew further into the mainstream, and its impact on Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid intensified.

     In 2016, Israel deployed massive financial assets, intensive espionage, well-oiled propaganda, cyber “sabotage,” and, most importantly, legal warfare against BDS human rights defenders and networks.

     

    Frustrated with the spread of BDS throughout the west, in Latin America, the Arab world, South Africa and parts of Asia, Israel has hoped to leverage its enormous influence on the US Congress and state legislatures, as well as on the governments of France, the UK, Canada, among others to suppress BDS. Israel has attempted to stigmatize, demonize and in some cases delegitimize BDS from above, after failing to crush the movement at the global grassroots and civil society levels.

     

    Throughout this year, BDS has grown stronger and stronger.

     

    Major multinationals, including Orange and CRH, abandoned their involvement in Israeli projects that infringe on Palestinian rights. This followed Veolia’s exit from Israel in 2015 after losing billions of dollars worth of tenders due to seven years of BDS campaigning.

     

    Also this year, tens of city councils, mainly in Spain, announced themselves “Israeli Apartheid Free Zones,” and major churches in the US divested from Israeli banks or international companies that support the occupation.

     

    BDS has also strengthened principled intersectional coalitions with movements for racial, economic, gender and climate justice, among others, around the world.

     

    One exceptionally noteworthy achievement for the BDS movement in 2016 was its success in winning support for the right to boycott Israel in support of Palestinian rights under international law from the European Unionthe governments of Sweden, Netherlands and Ireland, as well as from Amnesty Internationalthe American Civil Liberties Unionthe International Federation of Human Rights, and hundreds of political parties, trade unions and social movements across the world.

     

    The logic of appeasing Israel’s regime of oppression has started giving way to the logic of sustained international pressure, which proved instrumental in ending apartheid in South Africa. The UN Human Rights Council, for instance, adopted in its March meeting a decision to create a database of Israeli and international corporations that are complicit in and profiting from Israel’s occupation regime. This remarkable development has made many companies nervous about their own involvement in Israel’s serious violations of international law.

     

    The following timeline sums up some of the most significant indicators of direct and indirect BDS impact in various fields.


    January

    • Orange drops Israel affiliate following intense BDS campaigning in Egypt and France.
    • The United Methodist Church divests from Israeli banks financing the occupation.
    • Hundreds of academics in Brazil and Italy join the academic boycott of Israel.
    • Irish corporation CRH becomes latest multinational to exit Israel.


    February


    March


    April

    #StopG4S protest in Lebanon for Palestinian political prisoners day


    May


    June


    July


    August


    September

    • Dozens of city councils in Spain, including Gran Canaria, Sevilla, Córdoba and Santa Eulària in Ibiza, declare themselves “Free of Israeli Apartheid.”
    • UK composer Brian Eno refuses to license his music to any group sponsored by the Israeli state.


    October


    November

     

    December

    • G4S, the world’s largest private security company, ends most of its involvement in illegal Israeli business, but BDS campaign against it to continue until the company ends all complicity in Israel’s human rights violations. Also this month, UNICEF in Lebanon and the UN World Food Program in Jordan drop their respective contracts with G4S.
    • 200European legal scholars issue a statement defending the right to support BDS for Palestinian Rights,dealing a significant blow to Israel’s legal warfare on BDS.
    • The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) withdraws from an Israeli propaganda event in Osaka involving illegal settlements’ wineries.
    • The city council of Valencia (Spain) votes unanimously to declare the city “Free of Israeli Apartheid,” joining dozens of other city councils across Spain.
    • The municipal councils of Clermond-Ferrand and St. Pierre des Corps (France) vote to boycott products of Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory, joining the Paris-region councils of Bondy and Ivry-sur-Seine.
    • The city council of Tromso (Norway) endorses a boycott of Israeli goods and services produces in the occupied Palestinian and Syrian territory, joining the city council of Trondheim.
    • The University of Manchester (UK) student senate votes overwhelmingly for endorsing BDS against Israel.
    • The Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz votes to boycott all Hewlett Packard (HP) products because of the company’s role in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.
    • The Dutch government rejects Israel lobby calls to cease funding of organizations that advocate BDS against Israel, insisting that BDS advocacy is constitutionally protected under freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. The Netherlands was among the first governments in Europe to uphold the right to BDS against Israel.
    • The Green Party of Canada calls for “economic measures such as government sanctions, consumer boycotts, institutional divestment, economic sanctions and arms embargoes” to nonviolently pressure Israel to end its occupation, afford its Palestinian citizens equal rights, and respect the UN-stipulated right of return for Palestinian refugees.
    • The City of Portland (Oregon) becomes the first in the US to endorse divesting from Caterpillar, among other corporations that violate socially responsible investment guidelines. Palestinian rights group, Occupation-Free Portland, is part of the coalition that campaigned for this divestment.

    BDS Movement- 28/11/2016

     

  • BDS Movement Turns 12, Marks Anniversary With List of 12 Wins in 2017

      Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)

    July 9, 2017 marks 12 years since the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was born. It’s been 12 years since an impressively large and diverse coalition across Palestinian civil society surmounted incredible odds to unify around three basic Palestinian rights and a nonviolent, inclusive, anti-racist path of struggle to achieve them. Despite the fragmentation, military occupation, segregation and dispossession, we came together to assert our people’s right to freedom, justice, equality and dignity.

    The 2005 BDS Call embodies overwhelming Palestinian support for demanding an end to Israel’s military occupation and the dismantling of its illegal wall, an end to its institutionalized and legalized system of racial discrimination which meets the UN definition of apartheid, and the right of refugees to return to their homeland as stipulated in international law.

    Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement and the American Civil Rights Movement, entities representing Palestinians everywhere called on people of conscience worldwide to adopt pressure tactics in support of our struggle for rights. BDS calls for boycott and divestment initiatives in the academic, cultural, economic and sports fields and for pressuring states to implement meaningful sanctions against Israel until it fully complies with its obligations under international law.


    You have not let us down
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    As BDS turns 12 this week, here are 12 indicators of our movement’s growing impact from 2017 to mark the occasion:

    1. UN report established that Israel has imposed a system of apartheid on the entire Palestinian people and called for BDS measures to end this apartheid regime.

    2. The Mennonite Church USA just voted by a 98% majority to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation, following several mainline churches that have adopted similar policies in recent years, including the Presbyterian Church USA, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. The Mennonite resolution also urges church members to boycott products produced in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.

    3. Right to Boycott wins: The Spanish parliament affirmed that the right to advocate for Palestinian rights through BDS is protected under freedom of speech and association. The UK government was defeated in court by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and its allies in a ruling that deems it unlawful for the government to restrict the right of local authorities to divest from companies complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights. The Swiss parliament blocked Israel lobby efforts to criminalize support for BDS.

    4. Norway’s largest trade union federation, representing close to one million workers, endorsed a full boycott of Israel to achieve Palestinian rights under international law.

    5. The Lebanese doctors’ syndicate dropped G4S, the world’s largest private security company, following a campaign by boycott activists in Lebanon concerned with the company’s ongoing complicity in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights.

      G4S also suffered its first loss in Ecuador, where a research institute dropped its contract with the company following a BDS campaign. A California transportationboard dropped its contract with G4S after a human rights and labor coalition, including BDS activists,  highlighted the company’s role in violating human rights in Palestine and the United States.

      These developments follow many BDS successes in previous years against G4S in Jordan, Colombia, Finland, UK, South Africa, the European Parliament, among other countries and institutions, which compelled the company to sell most of its illegal Israeli operations.

    6. Israel’s largest public transportation operator lost a 190 million euro contract to run public transportation in the Netherlands.

    7. The Barcelona city council adopted ethical procurement guidelines that exclude companies involved in Israel’s military occupation. In the past year, dozens of city councils across the Spanish state declared themselves Israeli “Apartheid Free Zones.”

    8. Palestinian coalition of Christian organizations called on the World Council of Churches to support the BDS movement for Palestinian human rights.

    9. A wave of boycotts hit the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival as artists from around the world showed respect for the Palestinian cultural boycott picket line. An award-winning South African filmmaker, whose film was scheduled to be the festival’s opening film, was among the artists who canceled their participation in the festival.

    10. Two Chilean universities cancelled events sponsored by the Israeli embassy, and students governments in several US and other universities passed various BDS measures.

    11. The Israeli government suffered an embarrassing blow after six out of eleven National Football League (NFL) players in the US turned down an all-expenses paid propaganda trip organized to improve Israel’s fast deteriorating image.

    12. BDS campaigns grow among Palestinian citizens of Israel. In coordination with BDS partners in South Korea, the BDS Committee of Palestinian Citizens of Israel(BDS48) launched a campaign to boycott and divest from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) until the company ends its complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights, particularly in Jerusalem and the Naqab (Negev).

    09/07/2017

  • BDS victory in Mennonite Church Canada

    The BDS Movement celebrated a victory at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly this weekend in Saskatoon, with an  overwhelming majority of delegates supporting a resolution on that encourages BDS. With 350 delegates in attendance only one person opposed the resolution.

    This resolution is in part a response to the 2009 Kairos Document that was prepared by Palestinian Christians in Palestine asking their global Christian brothers and sisters to show their solidarity with them through Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions. The Mennonite resolution laments the violence in Israel and Palestine and repents its complicity in anti-Semitism and structures of colonialism that oppress Indigenous people in Canada. The resolution commits the Mennonite Church to further education on what is happening in Israel and Palestine, in addition its concluding demands are:

  • BDS: security company G4S announces plans to exit Israeli market

    • - G4S has lost contracts worth millions of dollars in more than a dozen countries following BDS campaigns protesting its role in G4S securing apartheid- BDSIsraeli prisons, settlements and checkpoints.
    • - Campaign against G4S to remain “high BDS priority” until sale is finalized.
    • - BDS to continue supporting boycotts against G4S over mass incarceration globally.

    British security company G4S, the world’s largest, has responded to a four-year long global BDS campaign protesting its role in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights by announcing yesterday it will sell its Israeli subsidiary in the coming “12 to 24 months.”

  • Berkeley divests from torture profiteer G4S

    The city of Berkeley, California, has adopted a resolution to divest from private prison firms, including G4S, a provider of services toSource: The Electronic Intifada Israeli jails where Palestinians are routinely tortured.

    In the resolution, approved by the city council on 19 July, Berkeley will be called on to divest from private prison corporations and request that its business partners, including banking giant Wells Fargo, follow suit.

    The resolution targets major players in the US’ private prison industry, including the Geo Group, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and G4S.

  • Church movements in southern Africa, Central and South America, Asia and Europe have responded to the call ''A moment of Truth''

    In gratitude for the courageous witness and call to action issued by Kairos Palestine, church movements in southern Africa, Central and South America, Asia and Europe have responded to the Palestinian call  ''A moment of Truth'', issuing their own statements of faith and calls to action in response to the Palestinian document and in witness to the injustices in their own national contexts.

  • G4S Dropped by several institutions in Beirut

    March 28, 2017, Beirut, Lebanon — Last week, the Doctors’ Syndicate in Beirut decided to end its relationship with  G4S, one of the world’s largest multinational security companies, following a campaign by activists in Lebanon concerned with the company’s ongoing complicity with Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights.
     
    The “Lebanese Campaign to Boycott the Supporters of Israel” has announced that the decision by the Syndicate to not renew its contracts with G4S is an important milestone in the global campaign against the company. The group noted that several other institutions, including the Arab Bank, UNICEF and the Dunes Complex in the Verdun neighborhood of Beirut have also distanced themselves from G4S over the past few months.
     
    The global campaign against G4S was launched in 2012 after a call by Palestinian political prisoners to boycott the company over its role at the time in providing equipment and services to Israeli prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are routinely held without trial and subjected to torture and ill-treatment. G4S has also been involved in servicing Israeli military checkpoints and illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land. 

    Under strong pressure from BDS activists participating in the international Stop G4S campaign, G4S has for the last several years been losing major deals and investments around the world. In 2016, the company was forced to sell most of its business in Israel, but still services the Israeli Police Academy and invests in the Shikun & Binui group which builds illegal settlements. As such, G4S remains complicit in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, and will continue to be a BDS target due to its persisting complicity.

    The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society and the leadership of the global BDS movement, welcomes this victory and salutes the efforts of activists in Lebanon. The BNC further confirms that the campaign against G4S will continue, both regionally and globally,  until G4S completely ends its complicity in Israel’s regime of apartheid, military occupation and settler-colonialism.

    The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)- 28/03/2017

    Updating: Crowne Plaza hotel decided not to renew its contract with G4S (Beirut, April 2017).

     

     

     

  • G4S withdrawal from Israel: a great victory for BDS

    Controversial British security firm G4S is pulling out of Israel within the next one to two years, in what pro-Palestinian groups G4S (The New Arab)have said is a victory for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign protesting its role in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights.

    The private security giant broke the news as it announced its full-year results on Wednesday, telling its shareholders it intends to sell its G4S Israel business.

    The news was hailed by BDS campaigners as a victory for their relentless efforts over the past few years.

    "This it not just a victory for BDS, but for all pro-Palestinian activists who have worked hard for the last three years to convince companies and organisations to drop G4S," Samah Idriss, co-founder of the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon, told The New Arab.

    The campaign was one of the groups putting pressure on G4S, which also has operations in Lebanon.

  • G4S “to end” Israel prison contracts as pressure mounts over torture complicity

    Ali Abunimah

    British-Danish multinational security and prison profiteering firm G4S is to pull out of Israeli prisons completely, the Financial Times reports this morning.Campaigners have given a cautious welcome to the news, but emphasize that pressure on the company must continue until the abuses it is complicit in end. They note that G4S has made misleading statements in the past.

    According to the Financial Times:

    G4S has confirmed that it will end all its Israeli prison contracts within the next three years after an annual general meeting that was severely disrupted by human rights protesters. Asked by angry protesters whether G4S would withdraw from the Palestinian territories as reported by the Financial Times last year, Ashley Almanza, chief executive, confirmed “no change to that position.”

    “We expect them to expire and we don’t expect to renew them,” he said. These include contracts to provide security and screening equipment at military checkpoints, the controversial Ofer prison and a police station in the West Bank, all of which are expected to expire next year.

    But Mr Almanza said for the first time that the move would also include prison service contracts all over Israel.

    Caution

    “G4S is certainly feeling the pressure and reputational damage caused by the international campaign against its complicity in Israel’s military occupation,” said Randa Wahbe, advocacy officer with the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, in a statement emailed to The Electronic Intifada. 

    “The latest reports that G4S will not renew its contract with the Israeli Prison Service is a welcome step, but this has no immediate effect on those facing human rights violations inside Israel’s prisons today,” she added.

    “G4S has a long track record of saying one thing but doing another and has not made any formal written statements about when it intends to end its contracts with the Israeli prison service and other aspects of Israel’s apartheid regime,” Wahbe said.

    “The campaign against G4S will continue until it actually ends all contracts that support Israel’s military occupation.”

    The Palestine Solidarity Campaign adds that G4S “will continue to be targeted until it ends its complicity with Israeli crimes.”

    “Blood on its hands”

    Despite the apparent decision to pull out, the company maintains that it has no role in Israel’s abuses.

    “We do not operate prisons, we supply prisons with security equipment,” Almanza told the Financial Times, claiming that the equipment made the Israeli prisons “safer” and did not increase human rights abuses.

    But as this video from Addameer explains, G4S has “blood on its hands” by providing surveillance systems and other services at facilities like Megiddo prison, where father of three Arafat Jaradat was tortured to death last year, and where Palestinian teen Ali Shamalawi, one of the “Hares Boys,” is being held.

    Increasing pressure

    On 5 June, dozens of campaigners disrupted the G4S annual shareholder meeting in London and 25 were forcibly ejected, as many more demonstrated outside.

    The video at the top of this post, taken during the meeting, features activists loudly shouting “G4S shame on you!” They also list the company’s abuses, including its role in the abuse and detention of asylum seekers and migrants in the UK and for Australia(Three G4S guards have been charged with manslaughter following the 2010 death of Jimmy Mubenga as he was being restrained by the men during a forcible deportation from the UK.)

    Another video posted by the activist coalition Stop G4S on its Facebook page shows more of the action outside the shareholders meeting.

    The news also comes after a number of well-known artists, activists and politicianspublicly called on G4S to end its complicity in Israel’s abuse of child prisoners.

    They include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African politician and former political prisoner Ahmed Kathrada, Alice Walker, Roger Waters, Angela Davis, Breyten Breytenbach, Saleh Bakri and a number of UK members of parliament.

    In addition to protests, G4S is also finding itself under official pressure. Earlier this week, as the Financial Times reports, “the UK government’s National Contact Point watchdog launched an investigation into G4S’s activities in Israel and the West Bank. The National Contact Point, which is part of the Department for Business, said it had ‘accepted issues for further examination.’”

    This follows a formal complaint by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, which welcomed the trade body’s step as “ground-breaking and significant.”

    Last week it was revealed that the Bill Gates Foundation dumped a significant holding of shares in G4S after coming under criticism for INVESTING in the company.

    The latest developments show clearly that even a company as vast as G4S – it has more than 600,000 employees worldwide – cannot continue to profit from the suffering and abuse of human beings without feeling the pressure from dedicated campaigners.

    The Electronic Intifada- 06/06/2014

  • Historic Decision: Barcelona City Council Votes to End Complicity with Israeli Occupation & Illegal Settlements

    April 19, 2017 – Today, in light of the Barcelona City Council’s vote to condemn Israel’s occupation, call Barcelona City Councilto end complicity in Israel’s violations of international law, and affirmation of the legitimacy of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights,  the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) released the following statement:

    Recognizing how similar measures have contributed to ending apartheid in South Africa, Palestinian civil society salutes the Barcelona City Council for its historic decision to end complicity in Israel’s occupation and human rights violations by voting to: 

     “Condemn the Israeli occupation and policies of colonization of Palestinian territories and the plunder, exploitation, destruction and depletion of Palestinian natural resources and wealth, including land and water.”  

    The council also voted to ensure that its public procurement policies incorporate clauses guaranteeing respect for human rights in order to “prevent the Barcelona City Council from having any kind of complicity with this occupation, violation of human rights and plundering of resources.” 

    The motion encourages local authorities and municipalities to introduce human rights clauses within all public procurement contracts, which  would rightly exclude from public tenders corporations profiting from Israel’s illegal settlements and abuses of Palestinian human rights. 

    In an unmistakable reference to the right to advocate for Palestinian rights through BDS tactics, the Barcelona City Council recognized the legitimacy of  “nonviolent campaigns promoted by Palestinian and international civil society for defending international and human rights law in Palestine.”

    With this landmark decision, the Barcelona City Council joins more than 70 local authorities across the Spanish state that have adopted diverse measures to end local complicity in Israel’s regime of  occupation, apartheid and settler-colonialism. Tens of these local authorities have passed motions in support of the BDS movement  for Palestinian rights and declared themselves “Apartheid Free Zones”. 

    Rafeef Ziadah, member of the International Secretariat of the BNC said:
    We warmly welcome this victory for human rights and salute the Barcelona City Council for taking this significant step forward to uphold Palestinian rights under international law. After 50 years of Israel's military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and decades of its regime of apartheid and settler-colonialism, it is heartening to see people of conscience adopting the logic of nonviolent pressure promoted by the fast-growing BDS movement.  

    Following similar positions by the European Union and the governments of Sweden, Ireland and Netherlands, the Barcelona City Council’s recognition of the right to advocate for Palestinian rights through BDS campaigns is a triumph for free speech and democratic rights in Europe. It gives further recognition to BDS as an inclusive, inspiring, anti-racist movement rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that upholds the basic principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.

    At a time of  shrinking democratic space for citizens and civil society across Europe, it is empowering to witness how citizens and elected officials are recognizing that ending their institutions’ involvement in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights intersects with domestic agendas that promote gender, social, economic and environmental justice.

    Read the statement by Spanish state Palestine solidarity groups in  English and in Spanish.  

    BDS Movement- 19/04/2017

  • Hollands Kroon municipality says no to G4S

    G4S entering the market of “health and welfare” services to municipalities in The Netherlands; Hollands Kroon DocP: Gemeente- Hollands Kroon - No to G4Smunicipality says ‘no’.

    DocP congratulates the GreenLeft party with the outcome of the decision-making procedure in Hollands Kroon regarding the contract for health care delivery for which G4S was a candidate.

  • Kairos Palestine – A British Christian Response

     Time for Action is a call to British Christians to be involved in furthering a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis. It explains why British Christians have a particular responsibility toward the situation in Palestine and why there is an urgent need for them to be involved in supporting the call of the Palestinian church for international action.
  • Kuwait’s Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) Divests its Funds from Global Security Giant G4S Following Sustained BDS Pressure

    The Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) in Kuwait has decided, as reported in the Kuwaiti media, to divest its funds from Source: BDS G4S, a company that is profiting from the Israeli occupation and has a notorious record of human rights abuses. The decision comes following calls from BDS Kuwait and the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, on PIFSS to divest from G4S.

  • Lara Fabian annule sa tournée au Liban après la campagne de boycott

    La chanteuse belge Lara Fabian a annoncé, via Facebook ce jeudi, qu’elle avait annulé son concert de février au Liban, après l’intervention de militants pour le boycott contre sa visite.

  • Lara Fabian cancels Lebanon tour after boycott campaign

     Belgian singer Lara Fabian announced via Facebook on Thursday that she has cancelled her February concert in Lebanon after boycott activists campaigned against her visit.

  • Largest Israeli Public Transportation Company Loses Netherlands Contract Worth 190 Million Euros Following Campaign by BDS Activists for Palestinian Rights

    Last month, Egged Bus Systems (EBS), a subsidiary of Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society, Israel’s largest public  transportation operator, lost a bid for a decade-long contract to run public transportation in the North-Holland region of the Netherlands, which includes the country’s capital, Amsterdam. This contract was valued at 19.1 million euros a year, with a total worth of 190.1 million euros. 

  • Letter: Over 100 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel

    Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today that we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel.

  • Listen: Why “Wonder Woman” is banned in Lebanon & other countries

    Lebanon has banned Wonder Woman from showing in the country’s movie theaters because the film’s lead actor, Gal Gadot, is  Israeli.

    Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere in Lebanon, which is officially at war with Israel.

    Wonder Woman has been promoted around Lebanon and was scheduled to premiere in the country until hours before the ban went into effect. Lebanon’s Grand Cinemas movie theater chain announced the ban on its Twitter feed.

    Though Wonder Woman had passed the country’s normal screening procedures, the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon put pressure on the government to block the film, describing it as “the Israeli Soldier film”.

    Gadot, who is from Tel Aviv, was a combat trainer in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) for two years and crowned Miss Israel at age 18. The Campaign had previously tried to block Lebanon’s screenings of Batman v Superman, which also features Gadot as Wonder Woman, but was unsuccessful.

    The Guardian - 31/05/2017

    Updating:  
    TunisiaAlgeria, Palestine, Qatar, Kuwait& Jordan follow Lebanon in banning Wonder Woman screenings because lead actress Gal Gadot is Israeli.

    Bahrain: Civil organazations letter to cinema theater to stop showing Wonder Woman. 

     

     

  • Major U.S. Church Denomination Votes To Divest From Israel

    Avaneesh Pandey 

    Michael Warwick / Shutterstock


    The United Church of Christ -- one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States -- on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of divesting from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and boycotting goods produced in these territories.

  • Methodist boycott of goods from illegal Israeli settlements

  • Pizza Hut- "Israel” ridicules the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners

    Social media outlets have circulated a pamphlet from Pizza Hut- "Israel” that ridicules the hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners and Pizza Hut-Israelone of their leaders, Marwan Barghouti.

  • Presbyterians (U.S.A) dump companies they say are tied to Palestinian occupation

    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) is pulling millions of dollars in investments out of three U.S. companies tied to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

  • SECOND UK-BASED ISRAELI DRONE FACTORY SHUT DOWN BY BDS ACTIVISTS' OCCUPATION

    Instro Precision, an arms company near Broadstairs (Kent), was occupied at 5am this morning to protest its sales to both Israel and Afghanistan. Four people are on the roof with banners to shut the factory down, with ten more on the ground, one of whom is locked to the fence.

  • SUCCESS: UK'S NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS VOTES TO JOINS BDS BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

    In a 19-4 vote with one abstention, the confederation of 600 student unions across the United Kingdom  Source: BDS movementpassed the pro-BDS boycott of Israel proposal last Tuesday at a meeting of its National Executive Council.

  • Swiss Parliament & Spanish Government Reject Israeli Efforts to Criminalize Palestinian BDS Human Rights Movement

    In a significant setback for Israel’s campaign against the global, Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, earlier this week the upper house of the Swiss parliament blocked efforts to criminalize BDS and ban government funding for organizations committed to promoting Palestinian human rights. These failed efforts were led by Swiss right-wing parties lobbying for Israel.

  • U.S. churches respond to the Kairos Palestine document

    On Dec. 11, 2009, Palestinian Christians issued a heartfelt, sober, prayerful, urgent cry for help to end the U.S.-backed Israeli occupation. Their Kairos document was called: "A Moment of Truth: A Word of Faith, Hope and Love from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering."  

  • UK academics boycott universities in Israel to fight for Palestinians' rights

    More than 300 academics from dozens of British universities have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest at  Palestinian protesters run from teargas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank. Photograph: Emad Drimly/Xinhua Press/Corbiswhat they call intolerable human rights violations against the Palestinian people.

  • UNHCR in Jordan no longer contracting with G4S

    The Jordan BDS group protesting against UN contracts with G4S on Sunday. Source:BDSA UN body that has been facing pressure to end its links with security company G4S over its role in Israeli human rights abuses has announced that it no longer has contracts with the company.

    G4S has been providing services to UNHCR in Jordan but a spokesperson told a reporter on Monday that the body does not have any contracts with the firm.

  • UNOPS becomes third UN agency in Jordan to drop G4S following campaign

    • News comes as BDS movement marks Palestinian political prisoners day with protest actions against G4S in several countries. Source: BDS South Africa
    • Campaign pressure against G4S set to continue until it completes sale of Israeli business.

    The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Jordan has not renewed its contract with security company G4S following a campaign over the firm’s role in Israeli human rights abuses.

    The UNOPS in Jordan contract with G4S was worth more than $50,000 in 2014 but UNOPS has now hired a new security service provider to provide security services at its Amman office.

  • US church divests from Israeli banks

    Ali Abunimah                                             Bank Hapoalim is one of five major Israeli banks excluded from the United Methodist Churchs pension fund portfolio over its role in financing settlements.Flickr

    The $20-billion pension fund of the United Methodist Church has divested from two Israeli banks and excluded five major Israeli banks from future investments.
    The move by the US church’s pension fund manager Wespath was taken under its ethical investment policy, as Israel falls among the “high risk” countries it has identified for “a prolonged and systematic pattern of human rights abuses.”

  • World Food Program (WFP) in Jordan dumps G4S

    The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Jordan has announced it will no longer contract with G4S.

    The group Jordan BDS hailed the decision as a victory for its year-long campaign, which included a meeting with WFP officials and an open letter signed by dozens of Jordanian organizations to urge the UN agency to end the contract.

    This makes WFP the fourth out of six UN agencies in Jordan to ditch the world’s largest security company, following pressure from the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

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