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.