Updates from the palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2018 features over 150 events taking place in 33 countries across 6 continents! This year’s theme centers around the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba — the planned mass expulsion of more than 750,000 indigenous Palestinians to establish an exclusionary Jewish-majority state in Palestine — and the ongoing popular creative resistance to it. Find out how you can participate and support IAW this year.
Ongoing talks on the possibility of EU purchases of Israel’s natural gas put into question the EU’s commitment to Palestinian rights under international law.
The father of unjustly imprisoned 17-year-old Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi has urged Grammy-nominated Uruguayan singer Natalia Oreiro to respect the Palestinian picket line and cancel her March 20, 2018 concert in Israel. Natalia has taken a stand for children’s rights before, and he hopes that she will refuse to help Israel cover up its abuse of the rights of Palestinian children.
Recently, over 25 prominent American artists and cultural figures have expressed their support for Ahed and for all Palestinian children in Israeli prisons.
Calls are mounting for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body of cycling, to take action to relocate the start of the famed Giro d’Italia cycling race from Israel.
As Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teenage girl enduring unjust detention in an Israeli prison, begins trial today, major organizations from the Indian women’s movement, representing over 10 million Indian women, demand her release alongside all Palestinian child prisoners. These organizations have also heeded the Palestinian call to endorse the BDS movement as the most effective form of solidarity with Ahed and other child prisoners.
Short-list of the top 30 BDS moments of 2017, reflecting massive, collective work by supporters around the world. The BDS movement for Palestinian rights grew among trade unions, social movements and mainstream churches, in universities, among star athletes and prominent cultural figures, in parliaments and at the United Nations. It has compelled major multinationals to end their respective complicity in Israel’s egregious violations of Palestinian human rights, and grows stronger every day.
February 2, 2018 — Norwegian parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes has officially nominated the BDS movement for Palestinian rights for a Nobel Peace Prize. He did so with the support of his party, the progressive Rødt (Red) Party, explaining why BDS "should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states."