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$170m Argentina loss for Israeli water firm Mekorot as BDS continues to bite

Authorities in Buenos Aires have suspended a proposed $170m water treatment plant deal with Israeli state water firm Mekorot after a campaign by local trade unions and human rights groups over its role in Israeli apartheid and Israel’s theft of Palestinian water sources.

Friends of the Earth Palestine and a range of BDS partners are calling for a week against Mekorot during the last week of March.

Take action: Join social media action against Mekorot #stopMekorot

Join the week against against Israel's state water company Mekorot by taking part in this Twitter action. Simply sign up through the Thunderclap page and a Tweet or Facebook message will be sent our from your account automatically on World Water Day, March 22.

Luxumbourg state pension fund joins divestment groundswell

Luxembourg’s state pension fundhas excluded nine major Israeli banks and firms and one US company because of their involvement in Israeli settlements and human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The move follows similar steps taken by other major financial institutions including the Dutch pensions giant PGGM and Norway’s state pension fund. New research suggests that as many as one in seven Dutch institutional investors have excluded companies involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the course of the last five years.

UK student union to cancel G4S contract over role in Israeli prisons

The student union at the University of Kent in the southeast of England is to terminate its contract with G4S following an “outcry” over its role in human rights abuses in Palestine.


G4S provides security “services” to Israeli military bases, checkpoints, illegal settlements and prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to abuse and torture.

Judith Butler, Rashid Khalidi and over 150 other scholars condemn censorship, intimidation of Israel critics

"Only by refusing to become vehicles for censorship and slander, and rejecting blacklisting, intimidation, and discrimination against certain viewpoints, can [US academic] institutions live up to their purpose as centers of learning and culture," the letter argues