Dear Thom Yorke, We are Palestinian artists and we write to ask just one thing, as many others have asked, that you respect the wishes of the absolute majority of Palestinian civil society and do not cross the picket line we have clearly marked.
July 13, 2017, Occupied Palestine — More than 200 Latin American organizations, coalitions, social movements and personalities published a July 9th letter addressed to the Board of Directors of the Mexican multinational company Cemex, calling on its members to end the company’s complicity in Israel’s human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Sigue la campaña #StopCemex en Facebook y Twitter Como parte del Día de Acción #SotpCemex, este 9 de julio será enviada una Carta Pública a Cemex, pediendo a la cementera mexicana que retire su participación en e proceso de colonización, apartheid y ocupación que Israel lleva a cabo desde hace 69 años contra el pueblo palestino.
July 9, 2017 marks 12 years since the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was born. It’s been 12 years since an impressively large and diverse coalition across Palestinian civil society surmounted incredible odds to unify around three basic Palestinian rights and a nonviolent, inclusive, anti-racist path of struggle to achieve them.
Saturday, July 15, 2017 8pm Palestine / 5pm GMT / 1pm EDT Live on the BDS National Committee’s Facebook page The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is excited to host a conversation with Roger Waters on his support for the cultural boycott of Israel and Palestinians’ rights.
June 30, 2017 – On Tuesday, the Spanish parliament unanimously passed a motion recognizing the right to advocate for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as protected under the right to freedom of expression and association. This bill was introduced by the progressive parliamentary coalition “Unidos Podemos-En Comú Podem-En Marea.” Unidos Podemos said in a statement:
Dear Thom Yorke, We are Israeli musicians writing you about your scheduled performance in Israel this July 19. It is our understanding that the public appeal urging you to respect the Palestinian picket line and cancel this concert was published only after a private appeal went unanswered. Likewise, we will only publish a public letter if we are unable to engage with you in private.
The UK government has acted unlawfully by attempting to restrict local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel through their pension schemes. Palestine campaigners hailed the triumph the ruling represented for the BDS movement, stating “Today is a victory for Palestine, for local democracy, and for the rule of law.”
Last month, Egged Bus Systems (EBS), a subsidiary of Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society, Israel’s largest public transportation operator, lost a bid for a decade-long contract to run public transportation in the North-Holland region of the Netherlands. This contract was valued at 19.1 million euros a year, with a total worth of 190.1 million euros.
I am a queer Palestinian who has been working tirelessly over the last decade for sexual and gender diversity, as well as LGBTQI visibility in Palestinian society. And I am committed to fighting for justice for all people. So why am I calling for an international boycott of Gay Pride in Tel Aviv this June? Gay Pride in Tel Aviv is heavily sponsored by the Israeli government and is cynically deployed to divert attention from the occupation of Palestinian lands and the daily violation of Palestinian rights.
Israel’s military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, turns 50 this week. The scar on my head from a fateful day in June 1967, when that military rule started, is now completely covered by my greying hair, but the scar that day left on my life remains largely raw. I was less than 3 years of age when my anxious 24-year-old mother hastily grabbed me and my two older brothers to flee to the relative safety of Jordan, just days after Israeli armed forces occupied Ramallah.
June 20, 2017, Occupied Ramallah — The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) warmly welcomes a historic open letter by the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) urging the World Council of Churches (WCC) to “recognize Israel as an apartheid state,” support the nonviolent, Palestinian-led global BDS movement, help intensify Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns and actively refuse Christian complicity in ongoing Israeli violations