Jul 27, 2011

#BDS: 'We may have been taught not to mix sports and politics, but every Israeli knows you must defeat Arabs,'

"Swim team expresses disappointment after Iranian competitor withdraws from heat against Gal Nevo at world championships. 'We may have been taught not to mix sports and politics, but every Israeli knows you must defeat Arabs,' Nevo says in response

The Israeli swim team has expressed disappointment after an Iranian competitor withdrew from a heat against one of its athletes at the world championships."

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#BDS: Boycott Israeli dates this #Ramadan

"Every year, Israel exports millions of pounds worth of dates to the world, which many people buy and use to break their fasts. These dates are grown in illegal settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, on land that has been stolen from Palestinians. By buying these dates, we are in fact helping Israel to continue its occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.
As a guide please avoid the following companies:
  • Carmel – also under the names of Agrexco, Jordan Plains and Jordan Valley
  • Hadiklaim – also under the names of King Solomon Dates and Jordan River
They also supply Israeli dates to supermarkets who market them under their own brand names. These include Marks & Spencer’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, and Waitrose, often labelled as from West Bank or Jordan Valley."
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#BDS: Ramadan : pas question d’acheter les dattes de l’occupant israélien!

"Boycott Israël, Boycottez les dattes de l’apartheid
Dans quelques jours commence le jeûne du mois de Ramadan. C’est une période très attendue par les sociétés agro-alimentaires israéliennes et surtout par les colons de la Vallée du Jourdain qui vivent majoritairement de l’agriculture, sous la protection de l’armée d’occupation israélienne.
C’est pourquoi, une fois encore, nous rappelons l’importance du boycott des dattes “israéliennes”."

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#BDS: #France to buy Israeli-made drones, 42 years after it banned weapons sales to #Israel

"The French Defense Ministry decided last week to purchase unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel, 42 years after French President Charles de Gaulle placed an embargo on weapons sales to Israel.The approved sale of Heron TP, or Eitan, will be the first time the drone is sold to a foreign country.
The Eitan is the largest and most sophisticated drone made in Israel. It is assembled by Israel Aerospace Industries, and went into operational service in the Israeli Air Force a year and a half ago." 
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#BDS: The law actually deals with boycotting Israel as a whole – not only settlements

"What’s the “Boycott Law” about?  If you ask Israelis that question, particularly those opposed to the law, they’ll probably say that it prohibits calling for boycotts of products produced by Israeli settlements located in territories captured in 1967.  But that’s the wrong answer, which is surprising given how recently the law was passed by the Knesset.  More and more Facebook pages display photographs of Israeli leftists wearing buttons declaring they’re boycotting products from the settlements.

Well, that law prohibits citizens of the state from engaging in any activity that encourages avoiding “economic, cultural or academic connections with a person or other entity solely because of their connection with the state of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control, the effect of which is to cause economic, cultural or academic damage.”  No mention of “territories,” of “settlements” – no nothing.  The law actually deals with boycotting Israel as a whole."
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#BDS: What is the new Israeli Anti-Boycott law?

"1. Definition:
1. In this bill, "a boycott against the State of Israel" is defined as: deliberately avoiding economic, 
cultural or academic ties with another person or body solely because of their affinity with the State 
of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control, in such a way that may cause 
economic, cultural or academic damage.
2. Boycott – a civil wrong:
A.     He who knowingly publishes a public call for a boycott against the State of Israel, 
where according to the content and circumstances of the publication there is reasonable 
probability that the call will lead to a boycott, and he who published the call was aware of 
this possibility, will be considered to have committed a civil wrong to which the Civil Tort 
Law [new version] is applicable.
B.     In regards to clause 62(A) of the Civil Tort Law [new version], he who causes a 
binding legal agreement to be breached by calling for a boycott against the State of Israel 
will not be viewed as someone who acted with sufficiently justified cause.
C.     If the court will find that a civil wrong, as defined by this law, was deliberately carried 
out, it will be authorized to compel the person who committed the wrongdoing to pay 
[punitive] damages that are independent of the actual damage caused; in calculating the 
sum of these damages, for example, the court will take into consideration, among other 
things, the circumstances under which the wrong was carried out, its severity and its extent."

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#BDS: Open call to #Wikimania: ‘Edit’ occupation and apartheid out of #Palestine!

"Wikimania’s decision to hold its annual conference this August in Israel despite its ongoing occupation, colonialism and apartheid can only be seen by Palestinians and international supporters of a just peace as feeding Israel’s impunity and helping it to cover up its grave violations of international law and Palestinian rights. Given Israel’s intensifying ethnic cleansing in occupied Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, and the Naqab (Negev), its deadly siege on Gaza, and the spread of its illegal colonial settlements, any international conference held in Israel cannot but be a political decision that insists on colluding with Israel. It is also a deep insult to Palestinian civil society which has almost unanimously called for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully abides by its obligations under international law. Furthermore, in light of the recent revelation that Wikimania is to be partially sponsored by the East Jerusalem Development Company (EJDC)[1], a state-owned company involved in colonial activity in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) calls on Wikimedia to reject this sponsorship and calls for the event to be moved from Israel. If it fails to do both, we call on all people of conscience to boycott this Wikimania conference of complicity and shame."

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#BDS: النرويج: ضحايا المجرزة طالبوا بمقاطعة إسرائيل وتأييد الدولة الفلسطينية

قال الموقع النرويجي "بوليتاليسك" إن شبيبة حزب السلطة في جزيرة أوتويا ناقشوا الأربعاء الماضي، قبل يومين من وقوع المجزرة، إقامة الدولة الفلسطينية ودعوا إلى مقاطعة إسرائيل.
وجاء أن الشبيبة قد التقوا وزير الخارجية النرويجي يوهانس ستور، وطالبوا بالاعتراف بالدولة الفلسطينية، في حين رد الأخير بالقول إن الفلسطينيين يستحقون دولة لهم، وقال "يجب أن ينتهي الاحتلال، ويجب أن يهدم الجدار الآن".
وعلم أن عددا من الشبيبة في المكان رفعوا شعارات تطالب بمقاطعة إسرائيل.
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#BDS: دعوة فى فرنسا لمقاطعة شراء تمور إسرائيل

أطلقت جمعية "يورو- فلسطين" الفرنسية تحت شعار "مقاطعة إسرائيل، مقاطعة تمور التمييز العنصرى" دعوة الى الفرنسيين والجاليات العربية المقيمة فى فرنسا بالامتناع عن شراء التمور الوارد من دولة إسرائيل.

وحثت المنظمة على مقاطعة التمور الإسرائيلية بهدف عدم تشجيع احتلال الأراضى العربية و حرمان مستوطنى وادى نهر الأردن الذين يعتمدون على الزراعة من أهم مصدر للدخل بالنسبة إليهم.

ترافقت هذه الدعوة مع نشرة بأسماء الموردين الإسرائيليين حتى يسهل على المستهلك التعرف عل هذه التمور المشبوهة.

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Jul 26, 2011

#BDS: #BBC Proms: Cancel #Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Invitation

"We, Palestinian cultural institutions, including the leading musical organizations, urge the BBC to cancel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) concert at this year's Proms [1], due to IPO's complicity in whitewashing Israel's persistent violations of international law and human rights. The IPO is scheduled to perform in September in London.  Should the BBC fail to cancel this ill-conceived concert, we urge all people of conscience in the UK and especially those who stand for justice, freedom, equality and human rights to effectively protest this event, including by promoting a wide boycott of it, and by tapping into the impressive creative energies British supporters of Palestinian rights have always shown."  

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#BDS: Five Norwegian PR Firms Reject Lucrative Offers to Improve #Israel’s Global Image

"Five of Norway’s largest PR firms have said ‘no’ to offers to improve Israel’s global public relations campaign, reported the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naæringsliv.

Israel is attempting to widen its global public relations campaign by hiring foreign PR firm to improve its reputation abroad. With the increasing threat being posed by the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and the publicity surrounding Israelis human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian Territory, Israel has contacted public relations specialists in Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Norway for help."

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#BDS: 3 Israelis evicted from Fiji for mistreating Palestinians

"Three Israelis told by Fijian immigration officer that they cannot enter country for mistreating Palestinians during military service

Three Israeli backpackers were evicted from Fiji after a Muslim immigration officer ruled that they had humiliated Palestinians during their military service in the territories.

The three – Amit Ronen, Eldar Avracohen, and Nimrod Lahav – left Israel in February for a tour in Australia.

In July they decided to spend a week in Fiji. On July 13 they arrived at Fiji airport where a surprise awaited them."

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#BDS: #Norway Youth Camp had a boycott #Israel rally before attack

"Forty-eight hours before Friday massacre, teens participating in ruling party youth camp met with Norwegian foreign minister. Some called for boycott of Israel

The teenagers who took part in Norway's ruling party youth camp in the island of Utoya met with Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere and demanded he recognize Palestine on Wednesday, two days before the deadly terror attack which left many of them dead.

Gahr Stoere told the youths that the Palestinians deserve a country of their own and that the occupation must end, Norwegian website Politisk reported. Several of the youths waved signs reading: "Boycott Israel."

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#BDS: Boycotters ramp it up: “put an end to #Agrexco’s presence in Europe”

"The BDS movement in Europe appears to be going for a knockout.  A coalition of 23 organizations from across Europe issued a "Political declaration after the Forum against Agrexco" outlining their campaign against the Israeli agricultural giant which is half owned by the Israeli Government and responsible for 60-70% of the agricultural produce grown in Israel’s illegal settlements. Here is a press release:

Facing a bankruptcy hearing in a Tel Aviv court Tuesday, Israeli export company Agrexco has been beset by bad headlines in recent months. Now its problems look set to worsen, after Palestinian solidarity groups from across Europe joined forces to escalate a boycott campaign."
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Jul 23, 2011

#BDS: Make A Dream Come True : Just Once, Please – for Nader K.

Courtesy of Occupied Palestine:

Make a Dream “Just Once, Please…” Come True!

On June 19 we reposted a touching blogpost (see below) of Nader aka @imNadz from Gaza about the difficulties Gazans are facing in education, and his hope and his despair on chances for a scholarship abroad.
All his and our prayers have been heard because Nader – unless the highly competitive demands – has reveived an unconditional offer for an MCS Business Intelligence & Analytics at the University of Westmister in UK!
The full time 1 year course is starting in September 2011 so time is limited for arrangements for the Confirmations of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) only is issued after the years tuiton fees.  This means the University only isssues the CAS after payment of  £4000 which is obligatory as well to be able to apply for a student visa to travel even out of Gaza. So a very limited time to arrange all especially for as almost all students and especially even talented ones like Nader in Gaza are jobless and without any income at all. Hence, over 70% of Gazans are even dependant on food aid for staying alive.
This blog does not fundraise for itself. We sometimes fundraise for special occassion, mostly when urgent surgeries are needed for children in Gaza with severe diseaseses, cancer, born with heart-diseases and so on.  This time, knowing Nader and his endless fights for being able to study we want to post this appeal to make his dream come true and ask you all for a little help because together we can change someone’s life and opportunities.
Needless to say, for almost anyone else in the world education or traveling abroad for education is something obvious and nothing special. But for someone in Gaza it is almost impossible without some help from others.
So our appeal is: Let’s Make His Dream “Just Once, Please… ” Come True!
The total fees for academic year 2011/12 starting in September 2011 according to tuitionfees spreadsheet published on the website of the University of Westminster the costs for the expenses are:
Estimated Monthly Expenses in GBP
TypeEstimated Cost
Tuiton Fees10,785*
Living Expenses400
* Total fees for academic year 2011/12 starting in September 2011 according to tuition
Given the financial opportunity with some help of us all makes Nader able to complete an MSc Business Intelligence and Analytics degree would mean his dream of becoming an Advanced Data Analyst could be realized.
For more information contact @imNadZ, or to make a direct  donation via his weblog and be part of making this dream and once in a lifetime chance into reality go to the weblog of Nader : Sleepless in Gaza
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June 19, 2011 | Nader K | Sleepless in Gaza

Just Once, Please  -  by Nader K.

It was Thursday when Ziyaad, Mohammed, Mr. Refaat and I met in the evening to watch the sunset and converse, as we left the plan for rest of the night to be decided later. The usual conversation then went from about life to almost all aspects; whether be it social, economical, political, educations, or anything you could possibly think of.
We then started talking about education once again. Mohammed is going to London School of Economics (LSE) to do his Masters in Global Politics, Mr. Refaat is going to Kent University to do his PhD in Comparative Literature, while I was still not sure about what should happen next. My mind starts to wonder off to three weeks ago, when I received an unconditional offer from the University of Westminster for a Masters degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics.
It was a sunny Friday when I received an email from the admissions office in the University of Westminster, telling me that the University has made an unconditional offer, for the previously mentioned course, starting in September 2011. This very email was the first ever to put me in tears. I was very happy that I’d finally made it half way through to the UK!
Three hours later, I applied to the scholarship, without which, I won’t be able to continue my education! All required papers were submitted. TOEFL and IELTS, full transcript, Résumé, etc. The scholarship sent a confirmation receipt by email a few hours later. I lean back and grab my cup of coffee with a wide smile. I felt so close to leaving Gaza for the first time in my life.
All of this flashed in front of my eyes in a fraction of a second, and I am back to reality when Mr. Refaat asked me: “So, Nader, for which scholarship did you apply?” With utmost courage I replied: “PEACE”. As soon as I said that, the whole atmosphere changed to absolute silence, which, in fact, terrified me a little bit and made me feel a bit uncomfortable, as I sensed something wrong. “What’s wrong?” I asked, breaking the silence, wanting to bring the old atmosphere back. “Nothing!” Mr. Refaat replied, stopped for second and continued, “Did you know that this is one of the highly competitive scholarships?”
Once again, my feelings were right. I knew something bad wass going to happen because nothing has ever gone right so far. Then Mr. Refaat continued, “I know many who have applied to this very scholarship and I believe that it is going to be highly competitive this year”, “Yeah, right” I said to myself and the topic changed somehow and we ditched this topic as it was time for Maghrib.
I spent fifteen minutes thinking of what Mr. Refaat had said over and over again and the more I thought about it, the more that creepy feeling got me. So I just decided to leave and go to the gym to release the depression and clear my mind at least for an hour.
It took me two whole days to recover from that shock. Also, thanks to my friends who have helped me through this. Without them, I wouldn’t have come to realize that I am a competitor and I deserve to get it for my rich work experience and academic excellence. I am not depressed anymore, but not getting the scholarship will be totally devastating.
If you happen to be or know someone in the scholarships office in the university, talk to them about my case please. Otherwise, just pray I get it. Help me help make the world a better place.
Nader K.

#BDS: Paul Simon violates the boycott call and performs in Tel Aviv

"It didn't matter where you sat, stood or danced at Thursday night's Paul Simon concert in Tel Aviv, the music swirled around you and swept you up. For such a large venue, there was an intimacy normally associated with club gigs, which emanated directly from the artist and extended right to the very back of the stadium, where the crowd danced, cheered and sang along just as enthusiastically as the lucky few at the very front."

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Jul 22, 2011

#BDS: Coop #Sweden stops all purchases of Israeli Soda Stream carbonation devices

"On July 19 the Swedish News Agency (TT) reported that Coop has decided to terminate all purchases of Soda Stream carbonation devices after it was revealed that they are still produced in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). Selling products from occupied territories disputes Coop’s own ethical standard as well as Global Compact, the UN ethical guidelines for businesses.

The Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden (PGS) welcomes Coop’s decision. It means that Coop has finally heeded the call for a boycott of Soda Stream as long as the company contributes to crimes against international law.  The fact that Coop stops its purchases of Soda Stream is an important precedent for other retailers of Soda Stream, says Anna Wester, Information Officer at PGS."
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#BDS: Political declaration of the European Forum Against #Agrexco

"In June 2011, campaigners gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. The following declaration was agreed upon by organisations from across Europe. 

Political declaration after the Forum against Agrexco
We, Palestinian and Europeans together, affirm our determination to put an end to Agrexco’s presence in Europe. Our actions are taking place within the framework of the Palestinian-led global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement."

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#BDS: So sue us: #Israel’s outrageous law will not deter boycott movement

"The Israeli government has long touted itself as “the only democracy in the Middle East.” This mantra ignores the fact that following the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, which paved the way for the creation of Israel, over 4 million people under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip  have no access to a civil judicial system and are under nearly complete military control.
While the “democracy” in Israel—much like the “democracy” of the United States—is nothing but a farce, the façade is crumbling with the recent passing in the Israeli legislature, the Knesset, of several extremely oppressive laws.
Among them is the Law for Prevention of Damage to State of Israel through Boycott, commonly known as the “Boycott Law,” which was approved by the Knesset on July 11."
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#BDS: We won't back down until TIAA-CREF divests from the Israeli occupation!

Jul 21, 2011

#BDS: Hello Kitty Now in #Israel

hello+kitty+israel Hello Kitty says hello to Israel; BDSers unhappyelder of ziyon

#BDS: Despite opposition, #Finland proceeds with Israel arms deal

"Despite an unprecendented public outcry, Finland’s Ministry of Defense is set to go ahead with a controversial collaboration with Israeli arms companies deeply involved in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. Finland is turning to Israel for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) — commonly known as a “drones” — in a deal with more than 17 million euros.

On 10 October last year, the main Finnish daily and the largest subscription newspaper in the Nordic countries Helsingin Sanomat published in its Sunday edition a full page article titled “Israel, Our Brother-in-arms” (“Aseveljemme Israel“ [PDF])."
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#BDS: Boycott the state, not just the settlements

"Recent legislation passed in the Israeli Knesset, which many people call the "Anti-BDS" bill, has raised a number of questions about a rising tide of "fascism" in Israel. This language is not only used by Palestinian critics, who have long borne the brunt of Israel's undemocratic policies. Now, many Israeli and Jewish-American writers can no longer ignore the trend.

If something good has come out of the passage of this legislation, it is two things: First, a growing number of people are recognising that the Zionist aim - the  imposition of an ethnocentric majority by force in a territory where the majority of the native inhabitants are disenfranchised - is fundamentally and inherently undemocratic. Second, the passage of this bill has brought discussion of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to the foreground.

While increased discussion about BDS will only strengthen the movement, a troubling trend has become apparent in some of the commentaries on BDS written in response to the passage of the "Anti-BDS" bill. This is the assertion that boycotting colonies or settlement goods is acceptable, while boycotting the Israeli state or Israeli products outside of the occupied territories is somehow unacceptable."

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#BDS: Two Open Letters: #Riverdance should not go to #Israel

"See below for two Open Letters concerning Riverdance’s planned tour of Israel in September 2011. The first is from Irish artist Robert Ballagh who was the set designer for Riverdance, and the second is from Raymond Deane, Cultural Boycott Officer of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Riverdance in Irsael: Robert Ballagh’s Open Letter
26th April 2011
As the designer of Riverdance I am personally disappointed to learn of the decision to perform the show in Israel at this time.
Many years ago I was honoured to meet Nelson Mandela when he was in Ireland. I took the opportunity to ask his opinion on the cultural and sporting boycott of South Africa. He replied by saying that the boycott was an essential weapon in the struggle against apartheid. His forceful words came back to me last year when I, along with many other Irish creative and performing artists, signed a cultural boycott pledge not to visit Israel (www.ipsc.ie/pledge). This was a positive response to the call by Palestinian film-makers, artists and cultural organisations for a cultural boycott of Israel. I believe that this non-violent cultural boycott will contribute to the struggle for justice for the Palestinian people."
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