Dec 17, 2011

#BDS: National Lawyers Guild supports Minnesota lawsuit to divest from #Israel Bonds

"On behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, we write in support of the lawsuit filed on November 29, 2011, against the Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI) which seeks a judgment directing the SBI to divest from Israel Bonds.

The complaint against the SBI makes pointed reference to Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which both the United States and Israel are parties. Article 49 specifically prohibits an occupying power from transferring (settling) parts of its own civilian population into territory it occupies. Article 49's anti-colonization provisions are jus cogens, which means that they are mandatory norms of international law. Jus cogens violations are not political questions."

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#BDS: Boycott de produits israéliens à Mulhouse : les 12 prévenus relaxés

"Le tribunal correctionnel de Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) a relaxé jeudi les 12 militants du collectif Boycott 68 qui avaient été jugés mi-novembre pour avoir appelé au boycott de produits israéliens lors de deux rassemblements dans un supermarché du département.
Le procureur de la République avait requis 500 euros d’amende contre chacun des prévenus, poursuivis pour "provocation à la discrimination, à la haine ou à la violence".

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#BDS: Dis-Chem nails its colors to the Israeli Mast

"Pro-Palestinian activists are up in arms after a major South African pharmacy chain harshly rebuffed calls by a consumer to remove Israeli goods from its shelves. The retailer, Dis-Chem, which boasts scores of stores across South Africa also stands accused of defending controversial Israeli occupation and military policies.

The fracas began when Fatima Moosa, a health enthusiast, raised an objection to the company’s stocking of Israeli products at a branch in Durban. In an online submission to the Dis-Chem website, she expressed her dissapointment that the store imported products from a country whose human rights violations she described as “replicating Hitler’s Nazism.” She further appealed to the company to consider removing Israeli products from its shelves."

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#BDS: L-3 teams with Israeli firm in bid for military projects

"L-3 Electronic Systems has teamed up with Elbit Systems Land in a bid to bring portions of two large military projects to Nova Scotia.

L-3, which has about 170 employees in this province, could add another 30 people to the roster at its Enfield plant if it is successful in its bid to help put together and maintain the army’s new tactical armoured patrol vehicles.

"We’re in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the total contract of dual (remote weapons systems)," Gerry Morey, a former air force officer who now works for L-3 in Nova Scotia, said Wednesday."

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#BDS: Jane Birkin: No Balance with Apartheid!

"Dear Jane Birkin,

Back in 2003, when you sang in Tel Aviv and the occupied Palestinian territory, many considered your project progressive, even daring, despite presenting both oppressors and oppressed as if they were symmetric. Today, seven years after the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) [1] was launched with overwhelming support from Palestinian artists and cultural centers [2], your upcoming performance in Tel Aviv would undermine our boycott against Israel's cultural institutions and provide Israel with a valuable cover of normalcy to divert attention from its system of occupation, colonialism and apartheid [3] against the Palestinian people."

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