Aug 31, 2011

#BDS: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Proms, London

"The Proms is an annual musical event at the Royal Albert Hall in London. I didn't know but apparently it is organised by the BBC but now I do know I am not surprised that this year they have invited the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform.  Here's a letter in yesterday's Independent protesting at the BBC siding with the racist war criminals of the State of Israel yet again:

Proms exploited for arts propaganda campaign

As musicians we are dismayed that the BBC has invited the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to play at the Proms on 1 September. The IPO has a deep involvement with the Israeli state – not least its self-proclaimed "partnership" with the Israeli Defence Forces. This is the same state and army that impedes in every way it can the development of Palestinian culture, including the prevention of Palestinian musicians from travelling abroad to perform."

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#BDS: Petition & Open Letter to Mona Eltahawy

"In February 2011, Mona Eltahawy accepted an invitation to a J-Streetconference in which she alleged that the Egyptian uprising of 25th January - 11th February 2011 was solely about internal issues and that it had nothing to do with Israel 
or the United States and its imperial control over Egypt and the wider 
Middle East. Indeed, she explicitly said "not one country's flag was 
burned... not one anti-Israeli or anti-American sentiment was 
expressed", and that Egyptians and other Arabs will embrace the Zionists
of J-Street, and Israeli Jews more generally, should they "march for 
Palestinian freedom and dignity".

the undersigned, declare with emphasis the falsehood of both 
statements. While the first statement is easily falsified through a 
cursory review of photographic and journalistic evidence from the 18-day
uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak, the second statement is falsified 
in principle owing to the fact that Mona Eltahawy is NOT an elected 
spokesperson, negotiator or representative of ANY Egyptian or other Arab
movement, nor is she connected in any substantive way to any of the 
active Egyptian groups that are associated with the 25th January 
revolution, whether through the official, state-recognized 25th January 
Youth Coalition or through other political and social movements on the 
ground. In short, Mona Eltahawy speaks only for herself and is not an 
elected or legitimate spokesperson for public opinion in Egypt, 
Palestine or elsewhere in the Arab or Muslim world."

Read the rest of the petition and sign it here

Aug 27, 2011

#BDS: مسيرة في جنين تدعو إلى مقاطعة المنتجات الإسرائيلية

جنين - "الأيـام": شارك عشرات المتطوعين في الحملة الشعبية لمقاطعة المنتجات  الإسرائيلية، أمس، في مسيرة جابت 
شوارع مدينة جنين، تطالب بمقاطعة تلك المنتجات، وذلك تحت شعار "الإفطار الحلال مش من صنع الاحتلال".

وانطلق المتطوعون من أمام مكتبة البلدية العامة في البلدة القديمة من جنين، وهم يحملون لافتات كتبت عليها شعارات
 تدعو لمقاطعة المنتجات الإسرائيلية، وتشجيع المنتجات الوطنية.

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#BDS: سيناتور أميركي يخرق تقاليد للكونغرس- اقتراح وقف المعونة لوحدات «الكوماندو» الإسرائيلية

في سابقة تعكس التغييرات التي تجري داخل الولايات المتحدة بسبب الأزمة الاقتصادية والغطرسة الإسرائيلية، وللمرة الأولى في تاريخ مجلس الشيوخ الأميركي، تقدّم سيناتور من الحزب الديموقراطي باقتراح قطع المعونات العسكرية عن وحدات النخبة في الجيش الإسرائيلي لأسباب تتعلّق بممارساتها ضد الفلسطينيين.

وقد بادر السيناتور البارز في الحزب الديموقراطي، باتريك ليهي إلى بلورة اقتراح لوقف المساعدات الأميركية عن كل من وحدة الكوماندوس
 البحري المعروفة بـ«شييطت 13» والتي كانت أبرز جرائمها الأخيرة مجزرة سفينة مرمرة التركية، ووحدة المستعربين المعروفة باسم «دفدفان» ووحدة الكوماندو الجوي المعروفة باسم «شلداغ». وأشار السيناتور في مبادرته إلى أن موقفه هذا نابع من حقيقة أن هذه الوحدات تشارك في انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان الفلسطيني في الضفة والقطاع. وأشارت صحيفة «هآرتس» التي نشرت النبأ إلى أن وزير الدفاع الإسرائيلي إيهود باراك    والذي يرتبط بعلاقات صداقة حميمة مع السيناتور ليهي التقى به في
زيارته الأخيرة لواشنطن قبل أسبوعين، محاولاً إقناعه بالتراجع عن مبادرته

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#BDS: Why boycott #Israel?

"Author and history professor Mark LeVine speaks with sociologist Lisa Taraki, a co-founder of the Palestinian campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Mark LeVine: What is the "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" movement and how is it related to the academic and cultural boycott movement? How have both evolved in the past few years in terms of their goals and methods?

Lisa Taraki: The BDS movement can be summed up as the struggle against Israeli colonisation, occupation and apartheid. BDS is a rights-based strategy to be pursued until Israel meets its obligation to recognise the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and complies with the requirements of international law.

Within this framework, the academic and cultural boycott of Israel has gained considerable ground in the seven years since the launching of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) in 2004. The goals of the academic and cultural boycott call, as the aims of the Palestinian Civil Society Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions issued in 2005, have remained consistent: to end the colonisation of Palestinian lands occupied in 1967; to ensure full equality of Palestinian citizens of Israel and end the system of racial discrimination; and to realise the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194."

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#BDS: Boycott #Israel campaign targets London's Hatton Gardens

Boycott Israel campaign targets London's Hatton Gardens

"London's Hatton Gardens is being targeted this weekend to highlight the deceptions of the Kimberley Process, which tracks the trading of rough diamonds for illicit purposes but excludes Israeli Blood Diamonds.

The international Boycott, disinvestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is being joined by Palestinian groups to raise awareness about Israel's huge diamond industry funding for its illegal occupation and human rights abuse.

Sean Clinton, who has been leading the Boycott Israeli Diamonds campaign in Ireland, said that both jewellers and the public at large were being targeted at Hatton Gardens on Saturday because it was “one of the major hubs of the global diamond industry.” 

#BDS: Anti-Israeli campaigners protest in Sydney #Australia

"A protest took place for activists arrested for their involvement in boycott Israel activities. A number of groups have been formed in Australia dedicated the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS, from a broad cross-section of Palestinian organisations in 2005.

On July 1st the Victorian police launched what protesters described as an unprovoked attack on a peaceful demonstration outside the Max Brenner cafe in Melbourne. 19 people were arrested in what protesters believe is an attempt to intimidate the BDS, which has been growing in Australia. Two Sydney activists were arrested on July 9 at a similar protest. The activists face up to $32,000 in fines. On Tuesday 9th August, 4 of the arrested activists in Melbourne were re-arrested in dawn raids for allegedly breaching their bail conditions by attending another BDS protest. $18,000 in surety had to be paid before the police would release them. "

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#BDS: Why We Should Boycott #SodaStream

"SodaStream, a home seltzer machine made in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Edomim. Situated atop land confiscated from Palestinians, Mishor Edomim is an industrial park where manufacturers receive tax breaks and other incentives from the Israeli government. Like most settlement goods, SodaStream is mislabeled as a product of “Israel,” although Mishor Edomim is beyond Israel’s internationally recognized boundaries. Generally speaking, in addition to violating international law, settlements splice up the West Bank with a system of settler-only roads that cage Palestinians into ever-shrinking areas; create a two-tiered legal system of military rule for the occupied and civilian rule for the occupiers; and appropriate scarce Palestinian water resources."

#BDS: #Australia Unionist's BDS support puts Labor on the spot

"A PROMINENT unionist has been revealed as a key supporter of the pro-Palestinian campaign attacking firms with links to Israel, exposing Victorian Labor's leadership to further embarrassment.

Former Victorian Trades Hall Council president Kevin Bracken yesterday strongly supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.
Mr Bracken said the Maritime Union of Australia Victorian branch backed the boycott and confirmed that he was a keynote speaker supporting the campaign last year. The MUA, of which he is Victorian secretary, also had allowed its rooms to be used for the campaign."

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#BDS: Tell #Interpol Not to Entertain Israeli Apartheid!

American post-punk band Interpol plans to perform in Israel later this month. Join the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) -- a US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation member group -- in calling on Interpol to not entertain Israeli Apartheid!

Here is a sample email appeal, followed by sample tweets.

#BDS: For World Peace, #Israel Must Be Destroyed

#BDS: Did you know there is a law against 'Israeli' flag racism? I did not.

"A student at St Andrews University has been found guilty of a racist breach of the peace after he insulted the flag of Israel.

Paul Donnachie, 19, put his hands down his trousers then rubbed them on a flag belonging to Jewish student Chanan Reitblat.
Donnachie also accused Mr Reitblat of being a terrorist during the incident at the halls of residence in March."
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#BDS: تظاهرة في تونس ضد إسرائيل #Tunisia

تونس (ا ف ب) - تظاهر عشرات التونسيين مساء أمس الأول في تونس العاصمة، دعما لقطاع غزة ورفضاً للتطبيع مع إسرائيل.
وفي تصريح لوكالة “فرانس برس”، قال الكاتب العام لمنظمة “حرية وإنصاف” التونسية حاتم الفقيه وهو أحد منظمي التظاهرة “نحن هنا تضامناً
 مع أهلنا في غزة ولتأكيد موقفنا الرافض للتطبيع مع إسرائيل والمطالبة بتجريمه”.

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#BDS: Boycott Israel protest in Brisbane Tomorrow at Max Brenner Store

"A protest in support of Palestinian rights will be held in Brisbane on Saturday August 27 as part of the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel.

The protest will gather in South Brisbane with a march to the Israeli owned Max Brenner chocolate store. The global chain of stores is owned by Israel’s second largest food company, the Strauss Group, which boasts of its support for the Israeli military occupation forces.

According to Justice for Palestine activist, Kathy Newnam, “The protest will seek to highlight the reality of life in Palestine under military occupation. It will combat the lies and misinformation and the continual mantra by politicians and the corporate media about the supposed need for “balance”.

“Just look at what is happening in Gaza right now. Israel has launched a bombing campaign that has killed at least 20 people in the past week. Israel claims that this brutality is a response to an attack on a bus which killed eight Israelis. The corporate media repeats this claim uncritically under the guise of “balance” despite the fact that Israel is carrying out a brutal form of collective punishment that is completely illegal under international law."

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Aug 14, 2011

#BDS: صحافيون أردنيون في دائرة التطبيع #Jordan

هل التقى الرئيس الإسرائيلي شمعون بيريز أخيراً صحافيين عرباً من الأردن، مصر، الإمارات، قطر، المغرب، وفلسطين؟ هذا ما أعلنته الإذاعة الإسرائيلية التي ذكرت أن «بيريز عقد مؤتمراً صحافياً بحضور ممثلي وسائل الإعلام العربية في مناسبة قرب حلول شهر رمضان». وحالما أذيع هذا الخبر، فتحت نقابة الصحافيين الأردنيين تحقيقاً في الموضوع. وصرّح رئيس لجنة مقاومة التطبيع في نقابة الصحافيين عصام مبيضين أنّ اللجنة «اطلعت على مختلف تقارير وسائل الإعلام المحلية والعربية والإسرائيلية التي تناولت الخبر، ولم تحصل على تفاصيل عن الوقائع والأسماء والصحف ووسائل الإعلام التي يمثلها المشاركون في اللقاء». وأضاف: «اتفقنا في اللجنة على الاتصال بوزارتي الخارجية والإعلام لتزويدنا بالمعلومات والتفاصيل المتعلقة بهذه القضية». وأشار إلى أن «حرص الصحافيين المشاركين على عدم خروج أسمائهم إلى العلن يؤكد أن هذه اللقاءات مرفوضة من الجسم النقابي والصحافي والوطنيين الأردنيين».

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#BDS: Appeal to #Riverdance Company not to Tour #Israel

"Since management of the Irish troupe Riverdance is determined to tour Israel in September 2011, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and others encourage individual members of the company to refuse to participate in this tour.

On 6th April last, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign appealed to Riverdance to cancel its tour of Israel scheduled for 1-13 September next.

In response, Riverdance posted the following on its website: “Riverdance supports the policy of the Irish Government and indeed the policy of every other EU state that cultural interaction is preferable to isolation.” Significantly, all feedback comments were disabled for this posting."

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#BDS: South African students outraged by #Israel mission

"South African students have spoken out against what they call "Israeli apartheid agents" who plan to visit South African universities in an effort to improve the country's image.

The delegation of 22 Israeli twenty-somethings from a group called What Is Rael will arrive in South Africa next week. The group will visit universities in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, with a focus on the University of Johannesburg, which earlier this year cut research ties with Ben Gurion University in Jerusalem."

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#BDS: Update your boycott list: Fashion brand #Express coming to #Israel

"Another international fashion brand is landing in Israel: Calcalist has learned that the president and the CEO of US fashion brand Express visited Israel two week ago.

The company's contact person is businessman and former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman, who also brought to Israel the Forever 21 fashion brand, which is expected to open its first store in October at the Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv."

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#BDS: Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey to #Israel?

"America's lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and legendary television host Oprah Winfrey may visit Israel in the coming months.

The first guest, Martha Stewart, 70, is a media personality with a business empire marketing a variety of home-improvement products and the publisher of cook books and lifestyle magazines. Yedioth Ahronoth has learned that she is scheduled to visit Israel in early September."

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#BDS: Each Israeli action creates support for BDS – a strategy, not a goal


The 2005 Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) marked the first anniversary of the ICJ opinion, becoming another strand in Palestinian nonviolent resistance that included the popular struggle against Israel’s wall in the Palestinian villages directly impacted by its route.
International solidarity activists flocked to both the popular struggle and BDS. However, while it takes time and money to travel to Palestine, anyone can join a boycott or divestment campaign, or lobby for state sanctions wherever they live. This is a strength of the global BDS campaign. Others include the fact that the campaign is Palestinian-led, and those whose rights have been violated are now gradually imposing their agenda on a sterile, U.S.-Israeli led process.
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#BDS: BDS Brides Bring Boycott #SodaStream and #Ahava Sales at Bed Bath & Beyond

#BDS: Britain denies entry to Israeli rabbi who advocated killing of non-Jews

"U.K. Border Agency sends Rabbi Yosef Elitzur letter signed by the home secretary, informing him that he could not enter Britain for the next three years.

The U.K. Border Agency is prohibiting fundamentalist Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, co-author of the controversial book “The King’s Torah” (“Torat Hamelech” ), from entering Britain, the Jewish Voice website reported on Wednesday."
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Courtesy of Daniel Ibn Zayd:

"When Gloria Jeans Coffee opened up in Hamra, Beirut, they gave away free coffee to the delight of my students. I half-jokingly asked one student if she was sure that Gloria Jeans had no ties to Israel. I did an Internet search, and found this link, where the owner of Gloria Jeans is speaking to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Check out their logo—after Palestine, Australia! Note too that the press release on this page only lists a "business partner". Shame of shames, that would be Nabi Saleh, from Iran. Disturbingly, it is also the name of a Palestinian town resisting occupation."

#BDS: Max Brenner protesters reappear in court #Australia

"FOUR of the 19 pro-Palestinian activists arrested at the protest outside Max Brenner in Melbourne on July 1 were arrested again on Tuesday for breach of bail conditions.

This latest development comes amid Jewish community groups applauding the Victorian government for asking the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate if the recent anti-Israel Max Brenner protests are in breach of Australian competition law.
A spokesperson for Victoria Police confirmed the four arrested appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon, and The AJN understands at least two face further hearings."
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#BDS: Canadian NCRA joins the global movement for BDS against #Israel

"The National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada joins the global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel.

The National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA), an organization representing 82 radio stations from every corner of Canada, adopted a motion at its annual general meeting on June 10, 2011, in the city of Halifax to endorse the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (or BDS) against Israeli apartheid. In doing so, the NCRA is proudly the first national media organization in Canada to join the global movement for BDS."
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Aug 11, 2011

#BDS in Action: Peace Works ’11

"With the bittersweet passing of the 2011 Peace Works conference, Solidarity in Action, we continue to celebrate the growth and success of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. Born July 9, 2005 out of Palestinian civil society’s call for worldwide solidarity, BDS has since wedged its way into mainstream success as people from all sects of society stand up for human rights. This year’s conference welcomed organizers from across the nation to share their stories of struggle and success, and inspire attendees to join the movement by providing social, economic and political methods of action."

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#BDS: #US Group Wants Park Slope Food Coop to Consider Boycott of Israeli Products

"A group aligned with the B.D.S. movement wants Brooklyn's Park Slope Food Coop to consider a move toward a boycott of Israeli products.

Opposing opinions on issues around Israel and Palestine have long been exchanged in the coop's in-store newspaper, the Linewaiters' Gazette. But on July 26, the group Park Slope Food Coop Members for Israeli Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions proposed that the coop's board vote on whether or not to hold a referendum to poll the coop's 15,000 plus members on the issue."
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#BDS: The Black Liberation Movement and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: Lessons and Applications for the Palestinian Liberation Movement

"The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions or BDS movement, launched in 2005 to uproot the zionist settler-colonial project and dismantle the Israeli apartheid state following the various setbacks to the Palestinian liberation movement stemming from the Oslo accords, is rapidly growing into a powerful international political force. As the movement continues to grow and expand it is bound to encounter more obstacles and roadblocks. One way to defeat these limitations is to study and learn how other peoples' movements that have employed BDS strategies and tactics on an extensive level organized themselves to overcome or maneuver around the roadblocks on their path. One such movement is the Black Liberation Movement (BLM) in North America. The BLM has employed BDS strategies and tactics extensively for the greater part of the last 200 plus years in its unfinished question for liberation. What follows is a brief summary of the BLM's experience and a short exploration of some of the lessons learned from this extensive experience." 

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#BDS: Australia’s repression of BDS movement coordinated with #Israel

"In the largest show of support for the Palestinian-initiated boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign so far in Australia, more than 350 persons marched on 29 July in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle — and in opposition to an attempt by Victorian Police to criminalize Palestine solidarity activism in Melbourne.

A month earlier, on 1 July, a similar, peaceful BDS action involving 120 persons was brutally attacked by the Victorian Police. Nineteen individuals were arrested."
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#BDS: #Australia threatens further crackdown on boycott activists

"Things are heating up in Australia. The turmoil over boycott arrests previously covered here has escalated. A group called Defend the boycott Israel 19 has issued a press release today announcing Pro-Palestine activists arrested in dawn raids calling this "the most severe crack-down on civil liberties in decades". Protesters were arrested on the pretense of "breaching bail conditions", and it is said that they will be held until September 5th. 

This is just days after the Victoria government issued an unprecedented request bycalling in the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission to investigate citizens who have joined the BDS campaign."
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#BDS: American "Hands of Peace": Normalization of Israeli Oppression

"It has come to our knowledge that Hands of Peace, a non-profit “dialogue-based,” American organization identifying itself as “an interfaith organization developing peace-building and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships” has started recruiting teenagers from The Gaza Strip. This is supposed to be an experience which seeks to “foster long-term peaceful coexistence among Jewish-Israelis, Arab Citizens of Israel, and Palestinians by bringing together teenagers from the Middle East with American teenagers in an interfaith setting.1 (Emphasis added).  

 The Palestinian Students' Campaign for the Academic boycott of Israel and Palestinian Youth Against Israeli Apartheid consider this an act of normalization that violates the boycott guidelines issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)2. HOP seems to ignore the fact that the reason why Palestinians and Israelis cannot get together is because the former are colonized and the latter are settler colonists. It also ignores the fact that Israel is an apartheid state, as former American president Jimmy Carter and anti-Apartheid activist and Nobel Laureate Desmund Tutu called it; a state that discriminates not only against the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, but also against the 1.2 million Palestinians living in it as third class citizens. "

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#BDS: #Dublin – #Riverdance: Don’t Dance for Apartheid #Israel demo

"Riverdance is scheduled to perform a series of shows in Israel in September (see here). To protest this the IPSC are organising another demo outside Riverdance’s ongoing run at the Gaiety Theatre (South King St, off Grafton St – map here) at 6.30pm on Thursday 18th August. This will be the final action in our series of ongoing protests before Riverdance heads to perform for Israeli Apartheid – so please make the effort to come along!

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."
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#BDS: #Veolia, major target of Palestinian BDS campaign, in financial crisis

  • French multinational Veolia to cut back global operations after €67.2 million losses
  • BDS campaign has cost Veolia large contracts across Europe over its illegal Israel project
  • Losses comes on heals of Agrexco’s financial woes, another main BDS target
Only days after losing out on another lucrative contract in London, French waste and water company Veolia on Thursday announced it would scale back its operations in several countries after a surprising first-half net loss of €67.2 million."
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#BDS: Culturescapes #Israel: A Showcase for Apartheid in #Switzerland?

"An Open Letter to the organizers and partners of the Festival Culturescapes (September−November 2011) and to all the artists and cultural stakeholders in Switzerland.

This open letter of the BDS Campaign Switzerland, which supports the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and respects the human rights of the Palestinian people, is addressed to the organizers of the Festival Culturescapes Israel, as well as to the institutional partners of the Culturescapes Foundation throughout Switzerland."

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Aug 8, 2011

#BDS Victory: إلغاء عقود تأمين لإسرائيل بالأردن

ألغت شركة تأمين أردنية عقودا أبرمتها مع سفارة إسرائيل بعمان تخص سياراتها بعدما تلقت تهديدا من لجان مقاومة التطبيع بالأردن، في حين ربط خليل خموس نائب شركة الشرق العربي للتأمين بين إلغاء عقود تأمين 4 سيارات تابعة للسفارة الإسرائيلية وموقف الشركة الرافض لأي علاقة تربطها بتل أبيب.

وأوضح خموس أن مندوبين في الشركة أجروا تأمينا لسيارات تابعة للسفارة دون الرجوع إلى إدارة الشركة، التي رفضت عروضا سابقة من السفارة، وأضاف أن الإدارة اتخذت إجراءات لعدم تكرار هذه الحادثة من خلال سحب بطاقات التأمين من الوكلاء، وأضاف خموس أن فسخ عقود التأمين يترتب عنه غرامات مالية وأن الشركة مستعدة لدفعها.

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#BDS: الإفطار الحلال ليس من صنع الاحتلال

طولكرم- معا- في إطار الحملة الرمضانية لمقاطعة البضائع الإسرائيلية، وتحت شعار (الإفطار الحلال ليس من صنع الاحتلال) نظمت الحملة الشعبية لمقاطعة البضائع الإسرائيلية حملة للتعبئة الجماهيرية في شوارع مدينة طولكرم، شارك فيها 40 ناشطا، حملوا اللافتات المكتوب عليها شعارات تحض المواطنين على مقاطعة البضائع الإسرائيلية، كشكل من أشكال المقاومة الشعبية ضد الاحتلال.

وبهدف إلحاق الخسائر باقتصاده، وقد سار الناشطون في مركز المدينة وشوارعها الرئيسية، وتحدثوا مع التجار والمواطنين، واجروا نقاشات معهم ليشرحوا أهداف وجدوى المقاطعة، كما ووقف الناشطون في ميدان جمال عبد الناصر حيث رددوا الشعارات الخاصة بالمقاطعة، وأوقفوا السيارات وتحدثوا مع الركاب وابلغوهم رسالة المقاطعة.

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#BDS: #Orange aussi élimine Israël

"Les abonnés à Orange reçoivent dès leur arrivée à l'aéroport Ben Gourion (Tel Aviv) le message suivant sur leur téléphone
« Orange vous accompagne to PALESTINIA AUTHORITY »
Orange participe aussi au boycott d'Israël. Son slogan « La vie change avec Orange » changerait-il aussi la carte du Moyen-Orient ?
Europe Israël écrit au PDG d'Orange et de France Télécom afin de lui demander sa position officielle de la société Orange , filiale de France Télécom."
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#BDS: Marianne Faithfull returning to #Israel

"Legendary British singer Marianne Faithfull, who has already become a regular guest in Israel, will perform at the Shuni Amphitheater in Binyamina on October 18.

The upcoming concert is part of Faithfull's "Horses and High Heels" tour following her latest album released in March." 

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#BDS: Israeli, Iranian singers to meet online


An internet meeting will be held on August 17 between Israeli singers, who will perform songs in Persian, and famous singers from Iran, who will sing in Hebrew.


The Iranian side, at least according to the organizers, will be represented by singers Hamid Hami, considered a supporter ofIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ali Lohrasbi, Mohammad Esfahani and two others.

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#BDS: Air Supply coming to Israel in September

"Veteran Australian soft rock duo Air Supply will arrive in Israel in September for a series of concerts, following the success of its previous visit to the Holy Land three years ago.

The upcoming visit will be part of the band's world tour."

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#BDS: Dropping the last mask of democracy

""You should definitely postpone your book launch in Jerusalem," warned a close friend who felt that the planned event for launching my recently published book on the Palestinian-led movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel might be too risky in light of the recently passed Israeli law that effectively bans support for the thriving boycott movement. At the packed bookshop-cafe in occupied East Jerusalem last Thursday, however, the engaged and Italian-coffee scented atmosphere was almost jubilant, as if declaring a collective defiance of Israel's latest draconian measure.

Much controversy has arisen since the Israeli parliament passed legislation that would effectively criminalise support for any boycott against Israel or its institutions, under threat of heavy penalties and worse, without the need to prove "guilt". Dozens of Israeli civil society organisations and leading legal scholars, including many opposing the boycott, have resolutely opposed this exceptionally authoritarian law on diverse grounds, ranging from the most principled to the downright pragmatic."

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#BDS: «فيوليا» (لا) تعمل في لبنان؟ #Veolia


 عربياً تبدو الصورة مختلفة. حيث تعمل فيوليا ومتفرعاتها في العديد من الدول العربية. ففي المملكة العربية السعودية تعمل كل من فيوليا والستوم ضمن ائتلاف شركات الراجحي على تنفيذ خط قطار الحرمين. اضافة الى ابرام عقد شراكة مع شركة ديار المملوكة من الحكومة القطرية العام الفائت. وللشركة نشاطها في مصر والمغرب والامارات، اضافة الى دول تعد رافضة للاحتلال الاسرائيلي كفنزويلا وتركيا. اما اسم لبنان فموجود على احد مواقع الشركة التي تقدم حلولاً لمشاكل المياه. «الأخبار» حاولت الاستفسار باتصال هاتفي عن طبيعة عمل الشركة في لبنان «لأننا نجري بحثا عن مشاكل المياه والحلول المناسبة لها»، كما ادّعينا في الاتصال، فحولونا الى شخص من قسم المناقصات اكد لنا أن «الشركة في لبنان» هي فرع للشركة العالمية، وأن اهم مشاريعها في لبنان لمصلحة «مجلس الإنماء والاعمار»، حيث نفذت الشركة تركيب محطات تكرير المياه المبتذلة في النبطية وراس النبي يونس. لكن، هل قامت الشركة بهذه الاعمال باسمها فيوليا أم باسم آخر؟ ارسلنا استيضاحاً رسمياً عبر الفاكس الى مجلس الإنماء والإعمار الذي رد علينا مؤكداً أن المشروعين قد نفذا من خلال شركة «او تي في» غير المسجلة على لائحة المقاطعة، وفقاً لشهادة مكتب مقاطعة اسرائيل في وزارة التجارة والاقتصاد.

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#BDS: #LUSH Under Attack for Supporting #Palestine

"It’s no surprise then that the plight of Palestinians concerns LUSH. In 2011, the company was one of the first to support the OneWorld hit single “Freedom for Palestine”. This song, written by Dave Randall from Faithless, who having visited the West Bank, realised that life for most Palestinians living under the illegal Israeli occupation is just as bad as that endured by black South Africans during Apartheid.
‘Freedom for Palestine,’ inspired by AKA’s classic track ‘Free Nelson Mandela,’ was made in collaboration with many artists, including Maxi Jazz (Faithless), LSK, the Durban Gospel Choir and is supported by Roger Waters, Massive Attack, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu & many others.
However, due to LUSH’s support of ‘Freedom for Palestine’, LUSH is now the centre of a hate campaign by those who support the Apartheid Israeli State."
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#BDS: Update your boycott lists: #Nivea puts #Israel back on the map

"An Israeli blogger was astonished to discover that Nivea skin product company does not list Israel among the countries that sell its products, while the Palestinian territories do appear on its website.

After raising the issue with the company, Beiersdorf – who owns the Nivea brand – promptly added Israel to the list, and linked it to an empty site."

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#BDS: African Americans should support Palestinian rights and BDS

"Members of the Interfaith Peace Builders’ first African Heritage Delegation to Israel/Palestine have issued a call on African Americans to support the struggle for Palestinian rights, and have declared their support for the Palestinian-led campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel.

The group of seven women and seven men, “included teachers, professors, college administrators, human rights activists, and ministers and lay leaders from both Christian and Islamic faith traditions.”
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