Apr 30, 2012

#BDS Heeding boycott call, Irish band Dervish pulls out of Israel concerts

The Irish band Dervish announced today that it has pulled out of a series of Irish music concerts in Israel this June, so as not to violate calls for the cultural boycott of Israel.
At the time we agreed to these performances we were unaware there was a cultural boycott in place. We now feel that we do not wish to break this boycott,” the group said in a statement on its Facebook, adding, “Our decision to withdraw from the concerts reflects our wish to neither endorse nor criticise anyone’s political views in this situation.”
Composer and writer Raymond Deane, hailed the decision, commenting, “I salute you for this courageous and morally correct decision. You will now be subject to massive defamation from Zionists and their fellow-travellers - you should see this as proof that you have made the correct decision, because it will reveal to you the viciousness and mendacity of Israel’s apologists.”
Deane has been a leading Irish campaigner for the cultural boycott of Israel and a signatory along with 150 other Irish artists of an August 2010 pledge to boycott Israel. Since the pledge’s launch, the number of signatories has reached more than 200.  Read more here.

#BDS Apolitical band to boycott Israel

News just in from David Landy in Ireland:
This is good news. Dervish is a decent Irish traditional band from Sligo - although they did a fairly underwhelming  Eurovision entry a few years agohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeoSXqOh6ZY&feature=related   (Not their choice of song though). A much better song, with the great Kate Rusby, is here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8671ZVYrKLw&feature=related)  Anyway, they were scheduled to play Israel, and after people started asking them not to (and really it was a very short campaign), they issued a statement saying they wouldn’t break the boycott.
I’m probably not alone in being disappointed by the statements that are issued by bands that boycott Israel. I want them to say ‘We are not playing Apartheid Israel. Victory to the Palestinian struggle!’ And of course, they usually come out with more milk-and water stuff – we don’t want to aggravate the situation, there are extremists on all sides but maybe in such a tense situation we shouldn’t go etc.
This disappointment was my initial reaction when reading Dervish’s statement from their facebook page below. But thinking more, it’s a good thing that a band says that their decisions are ‘completely non-political’ AND at the same time ‘we do not wish to break the boycott’. It shows how normal the boycott is getting, that breaking it is starting to be seen as a political act – whereas not going to Israel is seen as apolitical – that is, ordinary. Israel is gradually being placed outside the ordinary – another victory for the anti-normalisation campaign.
And well done to Dervish!
‘Dervish wish to announce they will not be taking part in the Irish music concert series in Israel this June.
Our original decision to participate in the concerts was, like all our tours and appearances, completely non-political.
The organiser of the shows is a musician and friend of the band for many years. He has worked to bridge divides between people through music for much of his life. These concerts were organised in this same spirit.
At the time we agreed to these performances we were unaware there was a cultural boycott in place.
We now feel that we do not wish to break this boycott.
Our decision to withdraw from the concerts reflects our wish to neither endorse nor criticise anyone's political views in this situation.
Dervish are a grouping of like musical minds, we are not a political party.
Our motivation as a band has always been and will continue to be our love of music’  Source

Apr 29, 2012

#BDS: #UK's largest Co-op boycotts exports from #Israel's West Bank settlements

"The Co-operative Group has become the first major European supermarket group to end trade with companies that export produce from illegal Israeli settlements.

The UK's fifth biggest food retailer and its largest mutual business, the Co-op took the step as an extension of its existing policy which had been not to source produce from illegal settlements that have been built on Palestinian territories in the West bank."
Read more and write the co-op at customer.relations@co-op.co.uk to show your support. 

Apr 27, 2012

#BDS Twitter Alert: Tell the Harlem Globetrotters to cancel their trip to #Israel

"Will you tell the Harlem Globetrotters to cancel their trip to Israel?
We are asking BDS supporters to get the word out and tell the Harlem Globetrotters to cancel their May 1 & 3 games in Israel! See the letter urging them to respect Palestinian rights and not cross the international picket line: http://bit.ly/IkFvat
Tweet the BDS message or post it to their facebook page,http://www.facebook.com/HarlemGlobetrotters or send them a message through their online contact form,  http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/contact."
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#BDS in #Turkey #Boycott #Israel

I have recently moved to Istanbul, Turkey and would like to get in touch with pro-Palestine and BDS supporters/advocates/groups. Kindly contact me at youth.agnst.normalization@gmail.com.


#BDS: The Eleven that Have the Great Opportunity to Stand for Justice

"These groups/artists who plan to play for the Israeli government-sponsored Tel Aviv White City musician roundup (see http://www.tlv-music.com/en/Artists) all have the amazing opportunity to stand up for justice.  By choosing to refrain from playing in Israel, they can be part of the solution to the problem of racism, inequality, and denial of human rights that Palestinians face daily.  Even if an artists does not agree with the goals of BDS, they can still stand up for justice by refusing to take part in a festival that is being partially paid for by the government of Israel, and that supports injustice.  As the renowned French philosopher and political theorist Jacques Rancière said just last January:

"I accepted the invitation to contribute to the debate on the image, of a research group whose work on photography is closely related to the exposure of violations of the rights of the Palestinian people since the birth of the State of Israel."
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#BDS: Time for Justice: Springsteen, Palestine, and the Boycott

"Four months into 2012, and Bruce Springsteen has not booked a gig in Israel.  Last November, it appeared that negotiations with the legendary Boss were pretty much firmed up.  The Israeli press declared "Now its the Boss:  Bruce Springsteen lines up a concert in Israel," and "Bruce Springsteen to give concert in Tel Aviv" with confident conviction.  Plans were in the making for a June gig in Israel."

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#BDS: Lettre ouverte à Renaud Garcia-Fons

"Le 6 mai prochain, vous prévoyez de donner un concert à Tel Aviv, dans le cadre du Festival de musique « de la ville blanche ».
Nous sommes étonnés que vous, qui êtes attaché au respect de la dignité humaine, alliez donner un concert dans un pays qui bafoue le droit international depuis plus de soixante ans.
Nous nous souvenons que vous aviez en effet participé à un « Orchestre pour la Paix » à travers un « Concert de la solidarité humaine » à Paris en 2002."
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#BDS: The diamond industry’s double-standard on #Israel

"All too aware of how bad association with war crimes is for business, the diamond industry has taken pains to evade questions about its connections with Israel’s human rights abuses — and so far has escaped scrutiny from watchdog organizations.
Representatives for 75 countries affiliated to the United Nations-based Kimberley Process Certification Scheme meeting in Kinshasa this week failed to reach agreement on the export of blood-stained diamonds from Zimbabwe. The elephant in the room was Israel’s burgeoning diamond exports which evade the human rights strictures imposed on Zimbabwe’s diamond exports."
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#BDS Victory: #EU Boycotts #UK Company for Dealing with #Israel

"The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement praised the EU on Wednesday for deciding not to renew a contract with the world’s largest security solutions company, because it also does business with Israel.

Group 4 Securicor (G4S), a UK-based company, has provided security services to the buildings of the European Parliament since 2008 – but lost the tender as of April 13, because it also provides security services to Jewish communities, security checkpoints and Israeli prisons at which Arab convicts from Judea and Samaria are held, according to BDS."
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#BDS: Appeal to L. Subramaniam to boycott the Tel Aviv White City Music Festival 2012

"Dear Dr. L. Subramaniam,

We understand that you are scheduled to participate in the Tel Aviv White City Music Festival, 2012, a festival sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Tourism and a company owned by the Tel Aviv municipality. 

We, a group of academics, activists and artists in India, came together in June 2010 to campaign against yet another apartheid regime by extending support to the international campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel (see www.incacbi.in).

In response to a recent boycott call from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (see appeal to participating writers on www.pacbi.org), the Indian Campaign urges you to withdraw your participation in this music festival. A number of conscientious musicians around the world are participants in this boycott, most recently Pink Floyd."

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#BDS: المغرب: الغاء مهرجان الرقص الشرقي بمراكش عقب احتجاجات على مشاركة اسرائيليين به

 نجحت احتجاجات تصاعدت خلال الايام الماضية في الغاء مهرجان للرقص الشرقي يشارك به اسرائيليون كان سينظم في منتصف ايار (مايو) القادم بمدينة مراكش.

وأفادت مصادر مطلعة أن الوكالة المكلفة بتنظيم النسخة الثالثة من مهرجان الرقص الشرقي بمراكش أعلنت عن إلغائه صباح امس الخميس، بعد موجة الانتقادات التي تعرض لها المهرجان على الموقع الالكتروني الخاص به. وقالت صحيفة 'مراكش365' الالكترونية أنه بعد موجة الانتقادات التي تلقتها الوكالة المكلفة بتنظيم النسخة الثالثة من مهرجان الرقص الشرقي بمراكش، وبعد تنبيه السلطات المحلية المنظمين إلى أن من شأن تنظيم هذا المهرجان أن يخدش الحياء العام للمغاربة، تم الاعلان صباح امس الخميس عن الغائه.

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#BDS: مشاركة المغرب و مصر و تركيا و ماليزيا و الهند في معرض إسرائيلي

جاء في الموقع الرسمي لغرفة التجارة الفرنسية الاسرائيلية ” اسرائيل فالي نيوز ” أنه من المرتقب حضور و فد فلاحي مغربي للمعرض الدولي للتكنلوجيا الفلاحية ” إغريتيك ” في دورته الثامنة عشر و المزمع عقدها ما بين 15 و 17 أبريل الجاري في تل أبيب . هذا المعرض سيعرف مشاركة وفود عربية و إسلامية مثل مصر و تركيا و ماليزيا و الهند ضاربين بذلك عرض الحائط كل دعوات رفض التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني.

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#BDS: Stockholm airport bars Israeli airline over security inspection methods

"Arkia has to stop flying to Stockholm because the Swedish capital’s international airport now refuses to allow Israeli methods of security inspections dictated by the Shin Bet security service, TheMarker learned on Wednesday. Thus, Stockholm’s airport joined those in Malmo, Sweden and in Copenhagen in refusing to allow Israeli security inspections, which involve ethnic and personal profiling, extensive questioning and selective inspections based on the perceived degree of risk to security."

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#BDS: Who really wields the baton at the London Philharmonic Orchestra?

"Calls for the boycott of Israel’s cultural ambassadors just won’t go away. Now London’s Globe Theatre is being criticised for its invitation to Israel’s Habima Theatre, the latter having performed in Israel’s illegal settlements. Prominent arts figures such as Mike Leigh, Emma Thompson, Jonathan Miller, and Mark Rylance, the Globe’s founding artistic director, have publicly called for the theatre to cancel Habima’s appearance. Meanwhile Günter Grass, author of the classic anti-Nazi novel The Tin Drum, created a storm with his poem Was gesagt werden muss (What must be said), which seeks to free Germans from the ancestral guilt that Israel exploits to secure their obedience. An outraged headline in the Jewish Chronicle equated the boycott call with Nazi book-burning, and Israeli politicians smeared Grass as a Nazi for his conscription into the Waffen-SS, which German youths ‘joined’ to stay alive."

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Apr 25, 2012

#BDS Red Hot Chili Peppers urged to abandon Israel gig

Open letter from Lebanon to the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Come to Lebanon, but not to Israel: Until All Palestinians Have the Right of Return"
25 April 2012
Dear Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Last November you played at a benefit for Palestinian refugee children at Cafe de Paris in London. Your decision to support Palestinian refugees must have come from an understanding that for 64 years Palestinians have been denied the right to return to their land and to be compensated for loss incurred by the Zionist colonization of their land. Fighting for the implementation of this right is the central tenet of the Palestinian Boycott National Committee and the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). As a result, we find it strange that less than a month after your benefit concert you announced your decision to play in Israel.
Come to Lebanon on September 6th, but honor the 2005call from Palestinian Civil Society, and do not go to Israel on September 10th. Come to Lebanon and learn of the oppression we have also endured at the hands of the Israeli army and its collaborators; unlearn the myths Israel propagates. The soil that Arabs have cultivated for centuries, in Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria, has been militarily occupied for decades by Israel. The Palestinians have been denied their right to return to their land solely because they are not Jewish. The essence of Israeli colonialism in the region is about control over the land using military mechanisms that also prevent refugees from returning. Your participation in last year's event supporting Palestinian refugees suggests you sympathize with Palestinian refugees' struggle for the right of return.
Numerous bands and artists have already heeded Palestinian Civil Society’s 2005 Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel as a reaction to its occupation, apartheid and denial of Palestinian refugees inalienable right to return to their homes, as stipulated in UN resolution 194. Music cannot be isolated from politics. A visit to Israel is viewed by Israel, and internationally, as implicit support for Israeli policies and indifference to the victims of Israeli crimes. Ilan Pappe, an anti-Zionist Israeli historian and strong supporter of the BDS, recently wrote: “The cultural image in Israel feeds the political decision in the west to support unconditionally the Israeli destruction of Palestine and the Palestinians.”
We ask you to follow in the steps of Cat Power, the Pixies, Gorillaz Sound System, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron, Carlos Santana, Bono/U2, Devendra Banhart, among others, who did not perform in Israel, and to support the call for boycott that was recently embraced by Roger Waters and Pete Seeger. In the letter Roger Waters wrote announcing his support of a cultural boycott of Israel, he said:
My conviction is born in the idea that all people deserve basic human rights. My position is not anti-Semitic. This is not an attack on the people of Israel.
This is, however, a plea to my colleagues in the music industry, and also to artists in other disciplines, to join this cultural boycott.
Artists were right to refuse to play in South Africa’s Sun City resort until apartheid fell and whites and blacks enjoyed equal rights.
And we are right to refuse to play in Israel until the day comes — and it surely will come — when “The Wall” of occupation falls...
It is not only the Palestinians who have been victimized by Israel. We, in Lebanon, have suffered a great deal. Israeli aggressions against Lebanon began in 1948, with the occupation and annexation of 30 Lebanese villages, and have continued regularly since then. Most recently:
1. 2006: More than 1000 Lebanese civilians were killed by Israel in the 33-day most aggressive onslaught by Israel. The July 2006 war was regarded as a crime against humanity and a war crime by a tribunal of international judges.
2. 2006 to present: Millions of Israeli cluster bombs (from the July 2006 war) and land mines (from the 22-year occupation) still contaminate Lebanese agricultural land. These bombs continue to kill and injure people.
3. May 15, 2011: Israeli soldiers shot and killed 11 civilians and injured more than 100. These unarmed civilians were on the Lebanese border with Israel, and had been calling for their legal and legitimate right to return to their homes in Palestine.
4. 1948 to present: Israel continues to deprive 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon from their right of return to their homes and land and villages from which they were forced to leave at gun point in 1948. The refugees are not allowed to return only because they are not Jewish!
In response to Israel's Freedom Flotilla massacre, the prominent Scottish writer, Iain Banks, wrote in the Guardian that the best way for international artists, writers and academics to “convince Israel of its moral degradation and ethical isolation” is “simply by having nothing more to do with this outlaw state.”
We urge you not to allow your music and talent to be used to whitewash the crimes of this outlaw state.
We urge you to stand with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and globally by supporting our people's struggle for equality in our land and on our terms.
Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon
Read the full article, here.

#BDS Israeli cardiologists denied visas for Dubai confab

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Jewish and Arab Israeli cardiologists were denied visas at the last minute to attend a professional conference in Dubai.
Only two of the more than one dozen Israeli doctors invited to present talks at or participate in the World Heart Federation conference in Dubai last week were able to attend, The Jerusalem Post reported. Some 12,000 cardiologists attended the conference.
Each of the Israelis denied visas had paid $3,000 to attend the conference, including hotel and airfare. The conference, which had pledged to try to ensure that Israelis would be given visas to enter Saudi Arabia, reportedly would not refund the doctors' conference fees.
The Israelis who did attend the conference were confined to the hotel, The Jerusalem Post reported.
In January 2010, it was suspected that Israeli agents used foreign passports to travel undercover into Dubai in order to assassinate Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.  Source.

#BDS Divest Elbit

The call to divest from Elbit Systems Ltd. has become a key element of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at ending Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid against the Palestinian people.  Read more here.

#BDS ’60 Minutes’ report boosts divestment proponents at Methodist church convention

The CBS report on Palestinian Christians aired the weekend before the gathering kicked off, where a resolution to divest from three companies profiting off the Israeli occupation will be voted on. And pro-divestment delegates say that the "60 Minutes" piece is a boost to their efforts to convince delegates to vote in favor of their resolution.
“It is heartening to see that the media is finally telling the American public what is happening to the Christian community in the Holy Land,” said Susanne Hoder, a member of United Methodist Kairos Response, the group behind the resolution. “It’s what we’ve been trying for years to tell people about.”  To read the entire piece, click here.

#BDS Vote for Divestment. Vote for Human Rights.

Apr 22, 2012

#BDS: حول زيارة مفتي مصر للمدينة المقدسة

أثارت زيارة مفتي جمهورية مصر العربية الشيخ علي جمعة لمدينة القدس و صلاته في المسجد الأقصى العديد من العواصف داخل مصر, بشكل خاص, و في العالم العربي , بشكل عام. كان التساؤل واضحا حول اعتبارها نوعا من أنواع التطبيع, أم تضامنا مع أهل فلسطين المحتلة. فبيان شيوخ الأزهر, الذي بدأ باستعادة دوره التنويري و الثوري, يذهب أبعد من ذلك و يصف الزيارة ب(الخيانة). و لكن, و في الطرف الأخر, هناك من اعتبرها مساندة للصمود الفلسطيني المقدسي منه بالذات, في مواحهة التهويد المستمر للمدينة المقدسة, و النضال ضد احتلالها منذ عام 1967 (على الأقل القسم الشرقي منها!)

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#BDS Victory: #Egypt cancels natural gas deal with #Israel

"Egypt's national gas company EGAS announced Sunday that it will be cancelling its natural gas supply deal with Israel.

Ampal-American Israel Corporation, a partner in the East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG), which operates the pipeline, said the Egyptian companies involved had notified EMG they were "terminating the gas and purchase agreement."
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#BDS Egypt to boycott 'pro-Israel' Adidas kit manufacturer

Egypt Football Association (EFA) president Anwar Saleh has confirmed that Egypt will boycott the Adidas sportswear company to comply with the decision of the Arab Youth and Sports Ministers.

"We will boycott the company whatever the consequences. It is not my call, this is a ministerial decision and I cannot ignore it," Saleh was quoted as saying on Ahram Sport.
Earlier this month, Saudi Prince Nawaf Bin Faisal, chairman of the Arab Council of Youth and Sports Ministers, announced during the council’s meeting in Jeddah that "all companies that have sponsored the marathon in Jerusalem, including Adidas, will be boycotted." Read more here

Apr 17, 2012

#BDS Victory: #G4S loses its contract with the European Parliament

"The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP) is pleased to be able to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day by announcing that the European Union has declined to renew a contract with private security company G4S amidst concerns raised by MEPs and campaign groups about the role the company plays in equipping Israeli prisons in which Palestinian political prisoners are held in violation of international law.
G4S has provided security services to the buildings of the European Parliament since 2008 but the contract award notice (service contract 118611-2012) published on the EU official tenders’ website on April 13th shows that G4S hast lost its contract with the European Parliament.
In March 2011, a group of 28 Members of the European Parliament, including 8 MEPs from Denmark and 6 from the UK wrote a letter to former EU Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, demanding that the Parliament dropped G4S as the principal security contractor if G4S continued to provide security services to illegal Israeli settlements, checkpoints and Israeli prisons at which Palestinians are detained."
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#BDS: Minnesota Battle Over Israeli Bonds

"A legal fight is underway in Minnesota over the state’s investment in Israeli bonds that are used to support settlements and other Israeli actions in the West Bank deemed illegal under international law. Sylvia Schwarz, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, explains why she’s demanding the state’s divestiture.

“I do not think this is a radical call,” says Ronnie Barkan, of Boycott From Within (BFW), an Israeli human rights group that advocates boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel until it complies with international law and human rights consensus.

“Simply by investing in the State of Israel, Minnesota inadvertently supports the criminal policies of the State [of Israel], which are detrimental to both the Palestinians and the Israelis.”

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#BDS: UCB Prof Judith Butler: Boycott Politics and Global Responsibility

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#BDS: #Apple to launch latest iPad in #Israel

"Apple Inc. will launch the new iPad in Israel on Friday, April 27 - one of the last countries where the device will be launched. The new iPad will be available at Apple's official distributor, iDigital Ltd."

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#BDS: Major Bay Area arts org worked closely with Israeli consul general to counter protests #US

"Here is a fascinating look inside the front lines of the Israel lobby. 
According to leaked emails, a major Bay Area arts organization worked behind the scenes with the Israeli consulate and the Jewish Federation to counter protests of Israeli films over the last two years.
The emails involve Frameline, a 35-year-old LGBT film festival that has become an institution in the Bay Area. Frameline has often shown Israeli films, and accepted sponsorship from the Israeli Consulate--and as a result it has faced boycott callsand protests in recent years.
The emails show that at a time when Frameline's executive director K.C. Price was telling the press he was "nonpartisan," he was urging Israeli consul general Akiva Tor as well as officials at the Jewish Federation to take action against the protests. "
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#BDS: Action Alert: Petition to Delegates Voting on Church Divestment

Click here for to sign a letter that will be delivered to United Methodist delegates voting at the 2012 General Conference on church divestment from Caterpillar Inc., Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett-Packard due to their involvement in Israel's violations of Palestinian rights. Please sign today and pass it on!

#BDS: Support Historic Methodist & Presbyterian Church Divestment Resolutions!

"Did you know that 2012 is poised to be a landmark year for corporate accountability in the movement to end Israel's violations of Palestinian rights and international law?

After many years of hard work by activists in both denominations, the global United Methodist Church (UMC) and the Presbyterian Church (USA) are voting over the next six months on resolutions to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard due to their complicity in the Israeli occupation [documentedhere]. US Campaign member groups United Methodist Kairos Response and Israel-Palestine Mission Network are leading the way in building support for the UMC resolution and Presbyterian Committee on Mission Responsibility through Investment (MRTI)'s divestment recommendation, respectively."

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#BDS: Dead Sea Kiosks #Ahava

"If you visit a shopping centre, chances are that you’ll eventually come across a kiosk selling Dead Sea beauty products. These kiosks have attracted a lot of attention, not just for the origin of their natural resources, but also for their shady practices and coercive sales techniques that would make a snake oil salesman blush.  

Stop for just a few seconds to check the label and you’ll be approached by a young Israeli of the opposite sex, dressed in black and pawing at your hands to entice you to purchase an overpriced container of lotion. If you think they’re just being friendly, think again. Most of them work from scripts like this and this."
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#BDS: Boycott of #Adidas company for sponsoring an Israeli marathon in occupied Jerusalem

"Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has hailed the Arab ministers of youth and a Jordanian sports club for deciding to boycott Adidas company.

Resheq in a press release published on his Facebook page on Sunday described as honorable the ministers’ decision and that of the Jordanian Yarmouk club.

The Arab ministers decided in their Riyadh meeting on 5 April to boycott Adidas for sponsoring an Israeli marathon organized in occupied Jerusalem."

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Apr 16, 2012

#BDS: "اتحرك" تعتصم أمام "أديداس" احتجاجا على دعمها للصهاينة

عمان-الغد- نظم تجمع القوى الطلابية والشبابية لدعم المقاومة ومجابهة التطبيع (اتحرك) اعتصاما أمام محلات شركة "أديداس" للألبسة الرياضية-فرع الجامعة الأردنية، احتجاجاً على قيام الشركة برعاية ماراثون رياضي "صهيوني" أقيم في مدينة القدس المحتلة، بحسب التجمع.
واعتبر التجمع أن رعاية الماراثون تأتي ضمن محاولات العدو الإسرائيلي تهويد المدينة، كما يأتي الاعتصام بالتزامن مع قرار جامعة الدول العربية بمقاطعة هذه الشركة.

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Apr 15, 2012

#BDS: مسؤولون مغاربة يزورون إسرائيل لأول مرة منذ قطع العلاقات بين البلدين #Morocco

قالت صحيف «يديعوت أحرونوت» العبرية، الأحد، إن وفدًا من المسؤولين المغاربة يزور إسرائيل، بإذن من الملك محمد السادس، لأول مرة منذ قطع العلاقات الدبلوماسية بين البلدين عام 2000.

وأفادت الصحيفة بأن البعثة وصلت إلى البلاد، الخميس الماضي، تلبية لدعوة من رئيس الفدرالية العالمية لأبناء الطائفة المغربية اليهودية سام بن شطريت، للمشاركة في الاحتفالات الشع
بية التقليدية المعروفة بـ«عيد الميمونة».

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Apr 13, 2012

#BDS: #Lufthansa cancels airline tickets of 'flytilla' participants

"German airline Lufthansa canceled the tickets of dozens of pro-Palestinian activists scheduled to fly to Tel Aviv on Sunday as part of a mass fly-in dubbed "Welcome to Palestine," the organizers said Friday."

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Apr 10, 2012

#BDS: ACTION ALERT: Sign the petition: Tell @ChiliPeppers to Cancel their Gig in #Israel

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#BDS: #Saudi Issued Visas for Israelis Holding American Passports

"Levy told Haaretz he was certain his wife and daughters would not be able to attend the ceremony, as their passports are full of visas from Israel and his wife and one of his daughters were born in Israel. To his surprise, when he went to the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, the attendants stamped their passports, and no one asked any questions.

In spite of their fears before the trip, Levy said his family was treated to royal hospitality during their entire stay in Saudi Arabia. He said that even when people were aware of his religion and his family's background, he was treated no different than anyone else. Also, Levy said Saudis were fascinated with hearing what he and other visitors think of their country, and if their expectations were proved wrong or not."
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#BDS: #Saudi King Faisal Award to an American Prof who Worked in #Israel

An American professor won the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, popularly known as the "Arab Nobel Prize."
After he was informed of his victory, Levy rushed to check the contest Web site, where he found his picture and biography already on the homepage.
The prize committee had posted Levy's biography exactly as he submitted it, with one glaring exception: the line showing his post-doctoral work at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel had been deleted.
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