Jun 30, 2011

#BDS: More on General Mills

#BDS: More reasons to boycott Haagen Dazs

Haagen Dazs, which was previously owned by Nestle, was recently purchased by General Mills. Now, Nestle is already on the list of boycotted companies for supporting Zionist charities, investing in Israel and operating on occupied land. What's worse than that is that General Mills has a branch in Israel. I will be posting more about this company and it's brands.

Jun 29, 2011

#BDS: Add this to your boycott list: #Cinnabon coming to #Israel

"American chain of baked goods to open first store in Tel Aviv. Its signature item, large cinnamon roll, expected to cost NIS 16 to 18

Israelis love sweet yeast dough with the scent of cinnamon. So for all those pastryholics out there, here's some sensational news: American chain Cinnabon is on its way to Israel, along with its signature item – a large cinnamon roll.

Get your tissues ready: You'll be needing them once you report to your Weight Watchers instructor after consuming one of these calorie bombs."

#BDS; EXCELLENT NEWS: Massive Attack promotes #Palestine

"British DJ and trip hop duo follows in Coldplay's footsteps, posts 'Freedom for Palestine' song on its Facebook page

English rock band Coldplay created an uproar on the Web afterposting on its Facebook page a new song called "Freedom for Palestine", which was created by different artists.

The band received tens of thousands of responses, positive and negative, for its decision to promote the project. But the uproar grew when Coldplay removed the link from its page several days later, without providing any explanations."

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#BDS VICTORY: Jello Biafra cancels his performance in #Israel!

"Statement from Jello Biafra Wednesday June 29 2011

Dear Friends,
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine are not going through with the July 2 date in Tel Aviv. This does not mean I or anyone else in the band are endorsing or joining lockstep with the boycott of all things Israel.

I am going to Israel and Palestine to check things out myself and may yet conclude that playing for people in the belly of the beast was the right thing to do in the first place."

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#BDS: Peter Tatchell: Holding #LGBT conference in #Israel will inflame homophobia

"Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says that holding the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation general assembly in Israel will inflame homophobia, cause divisions and stop delegates from the Muslim world attending.

The decision of the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) to hold its General Assembly (GA) in Israel this December is divisive, exclusionist, mistaken and regrettable."

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#BDS: Twitter Alert: Tell Jello Biafra to Honor the Boycott!

"After building a career on his opposition to racism and oppression, Jello Biafra has unbelievably decided to violate the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel by performing with his current band, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, in Tel Aviv on July 2.
See appeals to Jello from Palestinianssolidarity activists, and his fans. Please join them by telling him: You wouldn’t entertain apartheid in South Africa, so support the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) by cancelling your show in Tel Aviv!
Tweet your message to Jello or post it on his Facebook page."
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#BDS: Slavoj Zizek honors BDS call on trip to Israel/Palestine

"The organizers of philosopher Slavoj Zizek's events in Israel/Palestine issued the following press release:
World-renowned philosopher, Slavoj Zizek of Slovenia, had yesterday concluded a week-long visit to the region.

During his week's visit, Zizek delivered a three-day seminar in Ramallah on the topic of Cinema and Politics, along with celebrated film producer and Focus Features CEO, James Schamus. At the end of the seminar, aimed to support Palestinian young artists and the Palestinian struggle for liberation, Zizek delivered a public talk in a Tel Aviv independent bookstore, Tolaat Sfarim, in honor of the forthcoming book of Israeli-American film-maker, writer & BDS advocate Udi Aloni, entitled What Does a Jew Want?: On Binationalism and Other Specters.

He did so following the guidelines of PACBI, stipulating that he will only speak at a venue that will publicly renounce the occupation, and state unequivical support for full equal rights to all Palestinians."

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#BDS: On BDS Bashers and their Search for Fig Leaves

"In the context of applying the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement’s guidelines for the international academic and cultural boycott of Israel, PACBI sometimes faces scenarios where boycott bashers attempt to redeem their conscience, and with it some moral ground, by using token Palestinians (or more rarely other Arabs) as a fig leaf to cover up their complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and Palestinian rights.  While the pool of available “fig leaves” is diminishing every year, thanks to the recent impressive spread of BDS consciousness among Palestinians and in the Arab world, there are still those who are ready to accept for their names to be manipulated in the cynical political agendas of international boycott violators.  When these Palestinians and Arabs play such roles, it is sometimes due to a lack of political understanding, but, more often than not, it is due to a willingness to put personal interest ahead of collectively upheld principles of resistance to colonial oppression and apartheid. "

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#BDS: Update your boycott list: #Evian plans splash in Israeli bottled water market

"French brand of 'designer water' makes another go at Israeli consumers; eyes 'premium water' shelves

Danone Waters CEO Elio Pacheco has a new goal – to see Evian make a serious splash in Israel's bottled water market.

However this newfound tenacity is plagued by awkward timing, just as the Environmental Protection Ministry has decided to join various eco-groups' fight against the bottled water industry, which they considered one of the environment's major enemies."

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#BDS NEEDED: #Wikimania 2011 Sponsored by Israeli-Government Company

"Wikimania, the annual conference of the Wikimedia community to be held in the Israeli city of Haifa this August, is to be partially sponsored by the East Jerusalem Development Company (EJDC), an Israeli government-owned company responsible for “the development and operation of tourist sites in eastern and greater Jerusalem.”

EJDC projects, including settlements, conservation areas and new “heritage” sites, have been sprouting up steadily across East Jerusalem. Palestinian residents in Silwan, for example, are under direct threat from the excavation of the “City of David”, while the Jerusalem Municipality has issued plans to convert much of the Wadi Hilweh and Al-Bustan neighbourhoods into a settler-run archeological park. To support this plan, Palestinians are evacuated from their homes, denied building permits, and demolition orders are often issued through the municipality on tenuous licensing pretenses. "

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#BDS: Thank you Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for slam dunking apartheid #Israel!

"Weeks before Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scheduled visit to Israel, the Jerusalem Film Festival foreign office confirmed that the legendary basketball star and actor had canceled his planned July 2011 trip, due to concerns arising “after the Nakba Day violence” (referring to May 15, 2011). Abdul-Jabbar's visit was coordinated with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Consulate of New York and he was slated to present his film, “On the Shoulder’s Of Giants,” at the Jerusalem Film Festival."

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Jun 28, 2011

#BDS: Surprise Surprise (Not really): Knesset Committee approves bill outlawing boycotts on #Israel

"Knesset Members on the Right and Left argued on Monday over the merits of a bill to prevent boycotts against Israel, with the law’s opponents saying it limits free speech and freedom of assembly.

“The Bill to Prevent Harm to the State of Israel Through Boycotts” was approved by the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee for second and third (final) readings in the plenum – with eight in favor, and five opposed."

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Jun 27, 2011

#BDS: عمرو موسى يقر بتأييده تصدير الغاز لاسرائيل اثناء توليه وزارة الخارجية #Egypt

القاهرة ـ 'القدس العربي' - من حسام عبد البصير: اقرعمرو موسى المرشح المحتـــمل لانتخابات الرئاسة المصرية، أنه اقر اجراء الدراسة لتصدير الغاز الى اسرائيل وغزة اثناء عمله كوزير للخارجية في عهد الرئيس السابق حسني مبارك، لكنه نفى أي دور له في تمرير صفقة تصدير الغاز لإسرائيل.
وقال موسى في بيان صادر عن حملته الانتخابية إن ما نشرته إحدى الصحف المصرية اليومية (اليوم السابع) امس الأحد من وثيقة تزعم أنه وافق على تصدير الغاز لإسرائيل خلال توليه منصب وزير الخارجية مختلق وعار تماما عن الصحة.

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Jun 26, 2011

#BDS: #Egypt to boycott #Shakira over #Israel? YOU BET!

"Facebook groups call for cancellation of Colombian singer's Cairo concert in November following her recent visit to Jewish state, want her banned from country

Will Shakira pay a price for attending Israeli Presidential Conference? Egyptian newspaper al-Dostor reported over the weekend that many Egyptians are furious over the popular Colombian singer's visit to Israel last week."

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#BDS: #Apple Bans Palestinian Activist App From iTunes, But Allows Israeli Government Propaganda App

"Earlier this week, Apple announced that it would pull an iPhone app published by a group of Palestinian activists calling for a third intifada (Arabic for uprising). Thebanning of the app came after complaints from the Israeli government and allied activists. In explaining the decision, an Apple spokesman said it violated “the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people” — likely because it protested Israeli policies and helped organize protests against that country’s military presence."

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Jun 25, 2011

#BDS: حملة مصرية لمقاطعة شاكيرا بعد زيارتها اسرائيل

القدس - معا - بدأت مجموعات شبابية مصرية بحملة مقاطعة ضد المغنية الكولومبية من اصول لبنانية شاكيرا على الفيس بوك، نتيجة زيارتها لاسرائيل ولقائها رئيس اسرائيل شمعون بيرس.

وبحسب ما نشر موقع "قضايا مركزية" العبري اليوم الخميس، فقد اعتبر الشباب المصري انه من غير المسموح لشاكيرا الغناء امام الشعوب العربية كونها زارت دولة معادية، وطالبوا الشعوب العربية بمقاطعة شاكيرا لهذه الزيارة ولتصريحها بأن رئيس اسرائيل شمعون بيرس هو رجل السلام في المنطقة.

#BDS: Israeli Academic faces boycott in London

"London, (Pal Telegraph) - On Tuesday evening, June 14th, Palestinian rights campaigners in London produced a determined and visible show of opposition when Israeli historian Benny Morris came to the London School of Economics to expound his repugnant views of Arabs and his whitewashing of the Nakba.

Earlier that evening, Palestinian rights campaigners sitting in a coffee shop near the LSE, spotted Benny Morris walking down Kingsway, a busy street near Holborn Tube Station. This was too good an opportunity to miss; in a flash, campaigners gathered around him and took turns to put questions directly to Morris about his writings and statements on the necessity of ethnic cleansing, his call for the caging of Palestinians, and the racist overtones of his descriptions of Arabs."

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#BDS: Earlham College students launch divestment campaign

"The following call for BDS at Earlham was circulated by Earlham Alumni Against Apartheid:

At Earlham College, a group students supported by alumni are calling on their college to join the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israeli apartheid.  BDS Earlham and Earlham Alumni Against Apartheid are asking you to join their campaign by signing their petition.
BDS Earlham is calling on Earlham College to end its investments in Motorola, Caterpillar, and Hewlett-Packard. "
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#BDS: Dublin: Don’t dance for Israeli Apartheid

"On Tuesday 28th June at 6pm the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will hold a loud and colourful ‘Don’t Dance for Israeli Apartheid’ protest outside Riverdance’s opening night in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. The protest was called to highlight the shameful fact that Riverdance is scheduled to tour Israel this September.

The protest forms part of the international Cultural Boycott of Israel campaign which has seen many stars such as Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Christy Moore and Damien Dempsey refuse to perform in Israel. The Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel – until it ends the occupation of Palestine and abides fully by its obligations under international law – has also been endorsed by over 200 Irish performing and creative artists as well as countless others internationally (See http://www.ipsc.ie/pledge )."

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#BDS: Academic Complicity: Princeton University, #Israel, and the Pakistani Military

"PACBI has recently learned of an academic job announcement that highlights the nefarious connections between Princeton University and Israel.  In this particular case, Princeton academics are being asked to assist the Israeli state in advising the Pakistani military.  The Pakistani government is a repressive, anti-democratic government whose army is deeply implicated in grave violations of international law.  We wonder if this is what Princeton University means by its informal motto: "Princeton in the nation's service and in the service of all nations."  

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#BDS: Add this to your boycott list: #HelloKitty arrives in #Israel

"Japanese brand to open 18 stores in Israel, sell wide variety of products dedicated to famous fictional cat, including items 'never seen here before'

Famous Japanese cat makes aliyah: The Hello Kitty brand is launching a chain of 18 stores in Israel at an initial investment of $2-3 million.

Sanrio, the company which created the pink icon in 1974, has chosen Leader Brands as its franchiser in the Jewish state."

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#BDS: Israeli cafe #Aroma opens 3rd Kiev branch

"Israeli café chain inaugurates its biggest ever store in Ukrainian capital after winning title of Kiev's best coffee shop for past two years

KIEV – Israeli café chain Aroma has opened its biggest branch ever in Kiev, Ukraine. The new café, Aroma's 122nd branch, measures some 600 square meters (6,460 square feet) in size and is surrounded by a large terrace."

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#BDS: #Apple under fire for pulling Intifada app

"US computer giant Apple has culled a Palestinian application (app) from its iPhone offerings at the request of Israel, which said it incited people to violence against the Jewish State.
The Arabic-language app ThirdIntifada, released by Apple just days ago, provides users with details of upcoming anti-Israel protests, access to news articles and editorials, and links to Palestinian nationalist material.
In calling on Apple to act decisively, Israel's public diplomacy minister Yuli Edelstein said the iPhone app was "anti-Israel and anti-Zionist", and warned that it could "unite many towards an objective that could be disastrous".
The decision by Apple to purge the app has been criticised by pro-Palestinian campaigners, who claim that the term "Intifada", used to refer to a mass uprising, is not necessarily a call to violence. Apple said the app "violates the developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people".
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Jun 24, 2011

#BDS: Growing LGBTQ solidarity with Palestine

"Over the last few years, as the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel (BDS) has gathered steam in the U.S. and throughout the world, the apartheid state of Israel has turned to various tactics in an attempt to counter the growing solidarity with the Palestinian people. One such strategy is to portray Israel as the only place in the Middle East that is friendly to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people.
The tactic, dubbed “pinkwashing” by progressive pro-Palestinian LGBTQ forces, relies on a broad-brushed slander of the entire Arab and Muslim world, which is presented as “backward.” It is further based on the egregious lie that the Israeli settler state treats LGBTQ Palestinians equally to LGBTQ Israelis. Pinkwashing not only serves to legitimize the Israeli state but also reinforces U.S. imperialist propaganda, which claims that the U.S. wages war in an effort to “liberate” LGBTQ peoples and women in the Middle East and throughout the world — even as LGBTQ peoples face police brutality, added economic hardship and denial of social services here in the U.S."

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#BDS: Fighting apartheid on land and sea

"Earlier this month, 100 activists from nine countries gathered in Montpellier, France for the first European Forum Against Agrexco to strengthen the boycott campaign against Israel's largest fresh produce exporter, which exports under the brand Carmel primarily to European markets. Up to 70 per cent of the fruit and vegetables grown in the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank are marketed by Agrexco, making it a prime strategic target for BDS.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee's Rafeef Ziadah explains that the campaign includes all three components of BDS: in the first place, the boycott of Agrexco products, but also divestment via suspension of commercial agreements, and sanctions through court actions directed at Agrexco's violations of international law, especially false labelling of produce. According to Stephanie Westbrook, "Its complicity in a broad range of human rights violations, profiting from crops grown on stolen land, irrigated with stolen water and worked with child labour also provides the campaign with ample opportunities to reach out beyond the Palestine solidarity networks to find allies in other social justice movements."

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#BDS: Palestinian sports community appeal to #UEFA – Red Card Israeli Apartheid

"Mr. Platini,

We, Palestinian footballers, athletes and sporting organizations and officials, are dismayed that Israel has been rewarded for its continued impunity and violent oppression of our people with the honour of hosting the UEFA Under-21 tournament in 2013. This decision is a drastic reversal of your brave stand just last year against Israeli attacks on Palestinian sport and its persistent violations of universal principles of human rights. You said: “We accepted them in Europe and furnished them the conditions for membership and they must respect the letter of the laws and international regulations otherwise there is no justification for them to remain in Europe. Israel must choose between allowing Palestinian sport to continue and prosper or be forced to face the consequences for their behaviour”. We write today to remind you of the facts that no doubt informed this brave stance and to urge you to take steps to ensure that the 2013 tournament does not take place in Israel."
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#BDS: Australian Police called to action on BDS #Australia

"NEWLY appointed Member of Legislative Council Walt Secord has wasted no time demonstrating his support for Israel. Secord has called on NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher to provide assurances for the protection of businesses with Israeli links in light of recent Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protests.

Secord, a former AJN journalist, asked a series of formal questions on Monday, including what measures the government was taking to protect businesses and patrons affected by actions, such as the demonstration outside the Max Brenner chocolate shop on June 11."
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#BDS: Too Little Too Late: Mostafa El-Sayed: I would never repeat the Hebrew honorary doctorate experience

During a lecture by the Egyptian American chemist and physicist Mostafa El-Sayed at AUB yesterday, a student interrupted the scientific discussion to ask El-Sayed if he would accept to receive an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University today the way he did in 1993. El-Sayed, who was expecting the question because of the controversy raised about granting him an honorary doctorate from AUB, replied by saying no. He noted that he agreed to be honored in Israel because 'peace with Israel' was more acceptable at the time, especially in light of the Oslo Accords.

#BDS: مصطفى السيّد: لن أكرّر تجربة الدكتوراه العبرية #AUB #Lebanon

قطع أمس أحد طلّاب «الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت» نقاشاً علمياً في تكنولوجيا النانو، في محاضرة قدّمها الكيميائي والفيزيائي المصري الأميركي مصطفى السيد في حرم الجامعة، ليسأله عمّا إذا كان يقبل اليوم تسلّم دكتوراه فخرية من الجامعة العبرية كما فعل عام 1993. السيّد الذي كان يتوقّع السؤال كما يبدو، بسبب الجدل الذي أثارته قضية منحه دكتوراه فخريّة من الجامعة الأميركية، أجاب بالنفي. وأشار إلى أنّه وافق وقتها على تكريمه في إسرائيل لأنّ الأجواء كانت آنذاك منفتحة أكثر على السلام، وخصوصاً في ظلّ اتفاقية أوسلو.

#BDS: جماهير برشلونة في صدمة بعد زيارة غوارديولا وبيكيه إلى إسرائيل

تسود حالة من الغليان لدى جماهير برشلونة في الوطن العربي بعد زيارة مدرب الفريق بيب غوارديولا لإسرائيل بعد أيام قليلة من فوز الفريق الكاتالوني بدوري أبطال أوروبا، ثم قيام نجم الدفاع جيرارد بيكيه وعشيقته المطربة الكولومبية الشهيرة شاكيرا بزيارة الدولة العبرية إستجابة لدعوة الرئيس الإسرائيلي.

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#BDS: لساطع نور الدين نقول: زيارة شاكيرا لإسرائيل خرق واضح وفاضح للمقاطعة

ليس من النادر أن تجتمع في امرأة واحدة مؤخرة جميلة وحنجرة آخاذة ورأس صغير. لكن شاكيرا كانت استثناء. لا لأنها كانت تبرع في استخدام وركيها «اللذين لا يكذبان أبداً»، وتغرد بصوتها الجذاب أجمل الاغنيات.. بل لانها كانت توحي دائماً بأنها تحمل فوق كتفيها رأساً أكبر من رؤوس زميلاتها من المغنيات اللواتي يغوين العالم كله طرباً ورقصاً.
لم يكن حلول شاكيرا في اسرائيل ضيفة على رئيسها شمعون بيريز، سقوطاً لبنانياً او عربياً جديداً عند اقدام المغتصب. فالمغنية الكولومبية، اللبنانية الجذور، لم تزعم يوماً أنها تحمل هذه الهوية. قالت في المغرب قبل اسابيع انها نشأت على سماع اغنيات فيروز وام كلثوم، التي يعشقها والدها، لكنها لا تتقن العربية ولا تعرف منها سوى كلمات قليلة، بينها «اعطني بوسة»، حسبما ردّدت على مسامع الصحافيين المغاربة الذين تسمّروا يومها في مقاعدهم ولم يتقدم أحد منهم لاختبار عروبة شاكيرا.
لم تخرق شاكيرا شروط التطبيع او قوانين المقاطعة العربية لإسرائيل، لكنها فقط مزقت صورة باهرة رسمتها لنفسها، عن فنانة مبدعة في إغواءات الصوت الساحر وإغراءات الجسد المثير، التي استمدّتها من تراث عربي لا لبس فيه، رفع الرقص الشرقي وحركاته وإيقاعاته الى مراتب عالمية لم يسبق لأي راقصة عربية أن بلغتها.. وكانت اشبه بسفيرة متطوعة لنشر تلك القيمة الفنية التي يحتاج العرب جميعاً الى حفظها وحمايتها من تحديات الظلام والفراغ والفوضى. 

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Jun 23, 2011

#BDS: Q&A: Why United Church activists are targeting #Israel


"Q So why a boycott of Israel?
A Number one, because Israel purports to be a democracy. Number two, they are in violation of international law and even the UN has tried to call Israel to account. So what is left for people who want to see international law enforced? Libya just happened and the U.S. jumped to take on the presumed responsibility to protect civilians; they jumped in with all kinds of force. But they won’t do that against Israel ever because Israel purports to be a democracy.
Q You say five of the companies extract minerals from occupied land or exploit labour or is a supporter of the IDF. Does Indigo make books in Israel?
A Chapters Indigo owners [Heather] Reisman and [Gerald] Schwartz founded the HESEG foundation, which provides scholarships and other support to “lone soldiers” who have been in the Israeli military. [Lone soldiers are Jews who leave their home countries to join the Israeli army. They have no family in Israel, but often want to stay once their military service is done.]"
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#BDS: Third Intifada app removed from #Apple Store after complaint by #Israel

"Apple removed an application from its App Store on Wednesday after a Jewish human rights group and a top Israeli official said it contained anti-Semitic content and promoted violence against Israel.

The app, “The Third Intifada,” notified people of upcoming protests against Israel and also highlighted anti-Israel news and opinion from around the Web."

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#BDS: #Veolia-controlled company participating in a public tender in The #Netherlands

"As Palestinian organisations dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), we are concerned about the involvement of corporations in violations of international humanitarian law. Of recent concern are the activities of Veolia Environment, a French multinational providing infrastructure through its subsidiary VeoliaTransdev to Israeli local authorities,   for its involvement in the construction of a light rail tramway linking West Jerusalem to illegal Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank.

On 3 May 2011, as Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations, we sent Stadsregio Arnhem Nijmegen a letter urging them to exclude VeoliaTransdev, parent company of the Dutch transport market leader Connexxion, from the upcoming one billion Euros public transport tender for Arnhem Nijmegen and from all future contracts on grounds of grave misconduct in the OPT. The tender in question will include all the Arnhem Nijmegen city district’s public bus services as well as the Arnhem-Doetinchem railway line, one of the most frequently traveled regional tracks."
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#BDS: غضب مصري على شاكيرا بسبب زيارتها إسرائيل #Shakira #Egypt #Israel

طالب عدد من النشطاء الالكترونيين بإلغاء حفلة شاكيرا المقرّرة في مصر ليلة التاسع والعشرين من تشرين الثاني (نوفمبر) المقبل.

وجاء ذلك بعد الزيارة التي قامت بها النجمة الكولومبية اللبنانية الأصل إلى تل أبيب.

إذ شاركت أمس في افتتاح الدورة الثالثة من مؤتمر "الرئيس" بدعوة من الرئيس الاسرائيلي شيمون بيريز.

علماً بأنّ مغنية البوب رئيسة ومؤسسة جمعية "حافي القدم"، وهي منظمة أهلية أميركية معنية بحقوق الأطفال في التعليم.
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#BDS NEEDED: #Interpol to perform in #Israel

Interpol announced on their official website that they will be performing in Israel on August 30.

Jun 22, 2011

#BDS: Lebanese Dancer Johayna Fakhri with Israeli band at Belfast festival, #France

"Israeli metal band " Orphaned Land "continues to bridge the gap Israeli - Arab because of the music: after buying herself tens of thousands of fans the various Arab countries and appeared on the cover of the magazine in Iran , this week the band collaborated with an artist from Lebanon.

Festival "Belfast" in France, one of the world's biggest metal festivals, the band appeared on Sunday on the main stage alongside the Lebanese belly dancer Johanna Fakhri, who danced on stage while the band played. This has been a tradition of the band, belly dancers to its numerous performances abroad, but the first time they shared a stage with the Lebanese Fakhri. On stage and in front of tens of thousands of spectators, raising the band and Fakhri flags of Israel and Lebanon."

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#BDS: Former Irish rugby star Hogan sets sail for #Gaza

Former Irish rugby international Trevor Hogan, who will set sail for Gaza as part of Freedom Flotilla II.

"A year after Israeli commandos stormed the Freedom Flotilla bound for Gaza, leaving nine peace activists dead, one Irish rugby star has joined a new international gathering which will set sail at the end of the month in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade of the territory.

Tipperary man Trevor Hogan (31), who was capped three times for Ireland and played over 100 times for both Munster and Leinster before retiring earlier this year, will sail on the MV Saoirse as part of the Irish Ship to Gaza group. The 1.5 million Palestinian inhabitants of the coastal enclave have lived in what is often described as an “open-air prison” since Israel began a policy of isolating the strip in 2006."

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#BDS: ... وسقطت شاكيرا في امتحان فلسطين

عكا | «لا تتنكّري لجذورك...وقفي مع شعبك»، نداء وجّهته مجموعة من النشطاء على الفايسبوك، لم يجد آذاناً صاغية عند شاكيرا، التي وصلت أمس إلى تل أبيب تزامناً مع صدور أغنية «الحريّة لفلسطين»، المناهضة للاحتلال والأبارتهايد الإسرائيلي، عملت عليها مجموعة من الفنانين الأجانب، الذين انضووا تحت اسم مجموعة One World، إذ تقدّم النجمة الكولومبية اللبنانية الأصل عدداً من الحفلات هناك، بعدما شاركت أمس في افتتاح مؤتمر «الرئيس 2011» برعاية شمعون بيريس، حيث ألقت كلمة تناولت فيها أهمية التعليم في تنمية الشعوب والأطفال، باعتبارها سفيرة اليونيسف للنوايا الحسنة.
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"London BDS are joining The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al Aqsa, Inminds, Palestinian Return Centre, Muslim Association of Britain and The Islamic Human Rights Commission to reach out to the wider Muslim community and make them aware of what DATES they are buying for RAMADAN.
Israel produces huge quantities of Medjoul dates which are grown in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Jordan Valley.
Buying these dates will mean that your money is going towards supporting the theft of Palestinian land and the oppression of Palestinians."
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#BDS: Video: #Shakira and boyfriend Gerard Pique with the terrorist Shimon Peres

#BDS: Apartheid is no place for #punk

"The confirmation from legendary punk musician Jello Biafra that he would be playing a show in Israel came as an angry shock to many of his fans and supporters.
The former singer for the Dead Kennedys and well known activist announced recently that, despite having been urged to do otherwise by several groups in the Palestine solidarity movement, he and his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, will be performing in Tel Aviv on July 2. This comes in blatant defiance of the 2005 call for an artistic boycott put forth by over 170 Palestinian civil society groups.
In response, an ad-hoc grouping of global punk fans came together to launch Punks Against Apartheid, whose first action was to launch a petition and statement urging Biafra to abide by the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and cancel the Tel Aviv gig. In a few days, the petition gathered over 1,000 signatures, from Berkeley to London, and Beirut to South Korea. Below, we reprint Punks Against Apartheid's open letter to Biafra."
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#BDS: Israel is intimidated by a phone app: #Israel urges #Apple to remove pro-Palestinian app

We urge everybody to download this app!

"(CBS/AP) - The Israeli government on Tuesday appealed to Apple Inc. to remove an application called "ThirdIntifada" from its App Store, saying the program glorifies violence against the Jewish state.

Israel's information minister, Yuli Edelstein, sent the request in an email to Steve Jobs, the chief executive of the American iPhone maker.

"Intifadah" is the Arabic term for two violent uprisings against Israel over the past two decades. The free application encourages its followers to share opinions and organize protests against Israel."

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