Jul 10, 2012

#BDS: #CAAM: End sponsorship of #Israel-#China film festival

"The following letter was sent to Stephen Gong, the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media, to protest the Israel-China Film Festival, on June 26-28 at the San Francisco Public Library, a partnership with the Israeli Consulate. This letter was initiated by USACBI and endorsed by numerous organizations and individuals, listed below.

Stephen Gong
Executive Director
Center for Asian American Media
Dear Mr. Gong:
The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI), and the undersigned groups and individuals, are deeply dismayed and disappointed that CAAM is sponsoring the Israel China film festival on June 26-28 at the San Francisco Public Library, as part of the Israel-China Festival this year."
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#BDS Action Alert: Campaign against #Israel hosting #UEFA championship continues

"It took three months of hunger strike and the near death of a Palestinian footballer, held for three years without charge or trial under the 'Unlawful Combatants Law' which is itself illegal under international law, for the Israeli authorities to agree to a release deal. While we cautiously welcome the deal that should see Mahmoud Sarsak released on 10 July 2012, we are alarmed that Olympic squad goalkeeper Omar Abu Rois and Ramallah player Mohammed Nimr are also being held by Israel without charge. We maintain that a state which holds sportsmen as political prisoners is unfit to host an international sporting event. We, therefore, call on UEFA to withdraw the honour of hosting the 2013 European Under-21 championship from Israel."

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#BDS: Norman #Finkelstein’s disinformation about BDS

"Norman Finkelstein continues to spread disinformation about BDS. In a new interview [1], by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Finkelstein repeated the accusation that "BDS is a cult," this time in a measured and composed way, not as an "outburst". Parenthetically, the interview itself, in its structure and the kind of questions asked and not asked, suggests that Finkelstein himself is  fashioning his own persona as a cult leader. But let's get back to the specific accusation. Finkelstein claims that "[t]he movement is riddled with flagrant hypocrisy." He offers three examples:
"a) a leader calls for the boycott of all Israeli universities while he himself studies at Tel Aviv University, (b) a leader claims that BDS doesn’t target individuals or an individual’s beliefs, only institutions, but he then calls for a ban on Daniel Barenboim, because Barenboim is a “Zionist,” c) BDS did not call for a ban on [the film] Five Broken Cameras although it was produced in conjunction with an official Israeli film society."
None of these three examples represent any shred of hypocrisy."
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#BDS: Presbyterian Church Opposes Divestment But Backs Settlement Boycott

"Hours after it narrowly rejected divestment from some companies that do business with Israel, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to endorse a boycott of products made in the occupied West Bank.

The church’s general assembly also cleared the way for a vote in 2014 to establish an Israel occupation-free “conscience plan” for participants in its pension plan."

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#BDS: This #Ramadan, 'Boycott Israeli Dates'

"With Ramadan rapidly approaching we need your help to get the message out to our people - Do Not Buy Israeli Dates. We need your help to distribute 'Boycott Israeli Dates' leaflets in your Mosques, your campuses, and your communities.
Its simple - you don't need to join any organisations or facebook groups, just get a couple of friends together and order your leaflets. The leaflets are sent free of charge, just let us know how many you can distribute and we will send them.
This Ramadan don't just think of the Palestinians, but act!"
Click here to check out the leaflets

#BDS: التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني يجر "معهد أماديوس" إلى القضاء #المغرب

التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني يجر "معهد أماديوس" إلى القضاء

تنظر المحكمة الابتدائية بمدينة الرباط، صباح غد الجمعة 6 يوليوز 2012، في الدعوى القضائية التي رفعها ناشطون ضد التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني، من أجل حل جمعية إبراهيم الفاسي الفهري، نجل وزير الخارجية السابق، والمعروفة باسم "معهد أماديوس". وقالت مصادر مطلعة، إن الجلسة ستعرف مرافعات من المنتظر أن يحضرها بكثافة عدد من الناشطين في مجال مقاومة التطبيع، مضيفة أن دفاع المعهد، تقدم إلى رئيس الجلسة بمذكرة جوابية في الموضوع.
ويستند محامو المدعين، وهم ناشطون في مجموعة العمل الوطنية لمساندة العراق وفلسطين في طلبهم لحل "معهد أماديوس"، كون هذا الأخير خرج عن مقتضيات القانون المنظم للجمعيات ومس بالأمن النفسي والأخلاقي للمغاربة، باستدعائه لمتطرفين شاركوا في العدوان على الشعب الفلسطيني، كما تقوم الدعوى على حقيقة أن المغرب عضو في الجامعة العربية التي أسست المكتب المركزي المناهض للتطبيع، وأن "اسرائيل" دولة عدوانية خارجة على الشرعية الدولية وتحتل أراضي عربية.

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