Sep 15, 2011

#BDS: It's never too late?: "Arab League hosts first 'boycott Israel' meeting in 10 years

"Liaison officials for regional boycott Israel offices have convened their first meeting in over ten years at the Arab League's headquarters in Cairo despite the League holding session in Damascus twice annually. 

This is the first time the Arab League has hosted such a meeting despite sessions being held in Damascus twice annually for over 10 years.
The meeting, which began on September 5th and lasts until the 7th, will discuss the activation of popular and official Arab boycott Israel campaigns and whether such campaigns ought to be popular or governmental. The results of the meeting will be reported in the coming Arab foreign ministers session to be held next week."
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#BDS: 5th Boycott Israel Network Workshop (Oct. 14-16) #UK

"These workshops provide an opportunity for activists to come together over a weekend to exchange ideas, discuss progress, develop new projects and share best practice. They are also an opportunity  for those who want to find out more about  the BDS campaign to meet those with experience in BDS campaigning."

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#BDS: نقابات العمال البريطانية تقاطع 'الهستدروت' ومؤسسات وشركات إسرائيلية

لندن 14-9-2011 وفا- صوّت مؤتمر اتحاد نقابات العمال البريطانية، الذي يمثل ستة ملايين ونصف عضو بأغلبية كبيرة، اليوم الأربعاء، على توصية رئيسية بـ'مقاطعة نقابات العمال الإسرائيلية 'الهستدروت'، والمؤسسات والشركات التي تعمل  مع المستوطنات  غير القانونية،  وتساعد في بناء الجدار في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة  .
وأدان المؤتمر، القانون 'غير الديمقراطي'، الذي أقره الكنيست الإسرائيلي، والذي يمنع المطالبة بمقاطعة إسرائيل.
وجدد دعمه لحملة منظمة التضامن مع فلسطين،  لتصعيد مقاطعة إسرائيل  .
 إقرأ\ي المزيد

#BDS: Global 'boycott Israel' campaign grows

"Despite widespread condemnation of Israeli policies by the United Nations, other international bodies, human rights organisations and internationally respected lawyers Israel continues to deprive Palestinians of their rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination.
Israel’s ethnic cleansing, racial discrimination and aggressive expansion through colonisation are well documented.
As the global community has repeatedly failed to hold Israel accountable for its actions, on July 9, 2005, a large section of Palestinian civil society called upon their counterparts and people of conscience the world over to launch a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli state until it adheres to international law and the universal principles of human rights."
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#BDS Works! Palestinian civil society welcomes the liquidation of #Agrexco

"Campaigners for Palestinian rights are celebrating after the primary Israeli agricultural produce export company Agrexco, which has been a key target of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights, has been ordered into liquidation after being unable to pay its creditors.

Agrexco is a partially state-owned Israeli exporter responsible

for the export of a large proportion of fresh Israeli produce, 
including 60-70% of the agricultural produce grown in Israel’s 
illegal settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). In 
a translation of the court documents on the liquidation process 
that the BNC obtained, it is clearly stated that Agrexco acted as 
an arm of the Israeli state, effectively providing state subsidies 
to the agricultural sector. The documents indicate criticism of 
the government for allowing the company to default on its debts 
and also warn that Agrexco is a primary Israeli symbol and that 
its downfall is likely to have great implications."
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Australian parliament debate erupts over #BDS. #Australia

"The Australian parliament was up in arms on Tuesday with one of the most heated debates it has witnessed as senators wrangled over their support and opposition to the pro-Palestinian Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the boycott it is leading against Israeli made products. The debate soon deteriorated to comparisons with the Nazi boycott on Jewish businesses.

The BDS movement is actively seeking to operate against Israel on a global level through various boycotts including on Israeli-made products and companies that operate in Israel. The movement has been active in Australia for some time now with its activists recently participating in demonstrations against the Max Brenner chocolate stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane."

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“A world party and we are all invited”: #BDS by Omar Barghouti

"BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights by Omar Barghouti (2011)
Review by Jeane Strole
Among the books we read, some go farther than others toward informing our thinking, opinions and actions in the world. These invariably become the books we read and refer to over and over again, the pages dog-eared, passages underlined, margins filled with notes.
BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights by Omar Barghouti, for me, is this kind of book. I purchased it already knowing that I would, in short order, mess it up; cracking the spine, marking passages and filling it with scribbled comments. It exceeded my expectations, proving to be a generously dense and invaluable source of information and inspiration about the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel."
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