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Signing the boycott pledge

Over 700 artists of every variety have signed a pledge ‘to accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.’

US bill says will trade with EU only if it acts against BDS

On February 10th the US-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act was submitted to Congress. It makes US-EU trade contingent on the EU doing everything possible to suppress the BDS movement. Meanwhile, the EU is considering increased sanctions against settlement products if talks with the PNA are not resumed.

London borough to exclude unethical companies

A campaign run by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Jenin Friendship Association in London’s east end borough, Tower Hamlets, has succeeded in persuading the council to adopt an ethical procurement policy which would exclude companies like G4S and Veolia from contracts because of their complicity with an illegal occupation.

2014 produced a diverse and determined Palestinian resistance

Despite the terrible toll of dead, injured and traumatised in Gaza, Ramzy Baroud finds hope in the lively Palestinian resistance and international recognition of the right to fight back. Here he picks out the five most clarifying developments of the year.

Israel wastes $billions on buying a good image

Omar Barghouti wows a huge audience at Columbia University, New York, with an optimistic assessment of Palestinian determination, of BDS and the inability of the Israeli government – however much money and soft power it expends – to convince the world that it’s the persecuted good guy.

Call for justice or pointless tantrum? BDS reviewed

Two professors from Columbia university, New York – which has been a hotbed of BDS debate – use different platforms to set out their cases for BDS, for and against (they’re not talking to each other but to wider audiences). Neither is an apologist for Israel but they use different criteria for deciding on the value of BDS,

The fizz is going out of SodaStream as boycott shakes it up


Beset by declining demand for its products especially in the US, labour disputes in its occupied territory factory at Ma’aleh Adumim, and a developing worldwide boycott movement which claims to have persuaded George Soros to divest among its many achievements, Sodastream is set for a revamp which will almost certainly include closing its factory on the West Bank. Who says targeted boycotts don’t work?

Who profits from the occupation?


Who Profits? is a brave and committed Israeli organisation – a research center dedicated to exposing the commercial involvement of Israeli and international companies in the continued Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land. It focuses on three main areas of corporate involvement in the occupation: the settlement industry, economic exploitation and control over population.

Here, just to remind readers of its wonderful work, are two reports from its October 2014 Newsletter

Amira Hass banned from Bir Zeit university

Amira Hass is the Israeli journalist who has done most, via the English-language edition of Haaretz, to educate westerners in the reality of Israeli occupation. But staff and students at Bir Zeit expelled her from a public conference as a zionist. This marks both the separatism of some Palestinian radicals and, as Jonathan Cook reports, the death of the Israeli peace camp and any experience of Israeli/Palestinian anti-occupation action.

All at sea: again, California protesters keep Israeli cargo ship away

Here is a form of BDS. Pro-Palestinian protesters in Oakland, California have again prevented an Israeli cargo ship , the Zim Piraeus, docking and unloading. The Block the Boat initiative involves finding out from port authorities the dates of arrival and the nature of cargo aboard. The Zim ship went elsewhere.

From protecting British Jews to protecting Israel’s image

The Community Security Trust has, by and large, earned a reputation as a sensible and apolitical guardian of the safety of British Jews. Now the charity’s communications director has branched out into public appeals to counter the BDS movement because it is making Israel the new South Africa. There goes CST’s reputation.

Politics before art: the boycott debate

This week the long-running argument about the morality, efficacy and limits of boycotting Israeli products as a means of pressing for change from the outside hit the headlines. London’s Tricycle theatre did not want to accept the Israeli state-funding for the Jewish Film Festival which it hosts. Although the theatre offered to make up the funding itself, the JFF rejected the offer on grounds of principle.

One scholar changes his mind


Martin Shaw, a renowned expert on war and genocide in the modern era, has written before about the Israel-Palestine conflict, expressing reservations about boycotting Israel. In the light of current developments he reviews his position.

Sodastream loses major UK outlets under boycott pressure

The most highly rated company in the UK, the John Lewis partnership which has 45 shops in the UK, has decided to stop selling SodaStream products . Ecostream, the shop set up by SodaStream in Brighton, and similarly affected by regular boycott demonstrations, has been closed. The campaign has successfully highlighted the issue of production in illegal settlements.

Chomsky: demanding right of return is guarantee of failure for BDS

Noam Chomsky’s energy in this article is primarily directed against US foreign policy and its role in supporting Israel’s anti-Palestinian rule. His critique of BDS is that the movement cannot impose the S (sanctions) – and that its aim of promoting the right of return for refugees is ‘a guarantee of failure’. He doesn’t say what he thinks should happen to the thousands crammed in camps – but floats the notion of a ‘no-state’ solution.

The only solution: peaceful people’s pressure

If you look through the media serving the biggest city in Pacific NW in the land of free speech you will find no mention of its public event on BDS – except for dire warnings from the Jewish establishment. So here you can read an account which includes how Palestinians recovered from disastrous embraces (like the Irish) of the Nazis and then violence to its current strategy of peaceful popular pressure for BDS.

Presbyterians vote to divest from firms sustaining occupation


In an historic vote in the USA, where support for BDS is much weaker than in Europe, the Presbyterian general assembly voted by a narrow margin to divest from three companies whose products provide the machinery for the occupation. A persuasive factor was the recent refusal by Netanyahu to engage seriously in peace talks.

Hurling dirt at Christians who support BDS

presbyterian general assembly 2012

Next week, the General Assembly of Presbyterians in the US will again discuss a motion to divest from 3 companies embedded in the occupation. This has unleashed a variety of attacks on them from predictable sources (NGO Monitor, JNS), one, less predictably, from a human rights lawyer who can’t seem to grasp the argument in her anxiety to protect Israel from being ‘subverted’.

OECD’s body in UK to examine G4S role in oPt

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights have used existing laws and agencies to trigger an investigation into the role of G4S in policing Palestinians. Many European bodies have ruled that Israeli rule breaches human rights laws. It needs outside bodies to compel them to act on their good intentions.

Gimme shelter – war is just a shot away

Gimme Shelter is a song Palestinians might applaud; it’s unlikely many will be booking for the the Stones’ Tel Aviv gig (‘Money, that’s what I want’). Icons of the radical ’60s, the band swung the young with loud, rhythmic contempt for the suppression of desire. Now they are old and rich (like many of their fans) their machine for making money and adulation crushes all scruples.