Sixteen years ago, we launched Palestinian civil society’s BDS Call for international boycotts, divestment and sanctions against apartheid Israel similar to those applied to apartheid South Africa. Today, numerous public figures, institutions and human rights organizations worldwide, including Human Rights Watch, recognize: Israel maintains a criminal regime of apartheid against all of us, Palestinians under Israeli occupation, Palestinian citizens of Israel and the exiled refugees.
We salute Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine for his personal sacrifice and principled stand in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Reflecting the sentiment of an overwhelming majority across the Arab region, his statement says it all, “We worked a lot to reach the Olympics, but the Palestinian cause is bigger than all of this.”
Activists protested at security company Allied Universal’s headquarters in Santa Ana, CA earlier this month over Allied’s recent takeover of G4S. G4S has a long history of human rights violations, and remains complicit in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians through its partial ownership and operations of Policity, the Israeli national police academy.
On Saturday, over 10,000 people took to the streets for Berlin's first Internationalist, anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist Pride march. Held on the same day as the mainstream Christopher Street Day parade, the march was the most representative queer Pride demonstration ever to take place in the city, bringing together diverse queer communities under the banner "none of us are free, until all of us are free". More than 450 viewers joined the simultaneous livestream.
In a year marred by Israeli apartheid brutality and massacres, Palestinian hope and unity shine through. So too does the outpouring of global support from trade unions, academics, grassroots and civil society groups, artists and individuals. The word on everyone’s tongue is ‘unprecedented!’ Never before has support for Palestinian freedom, justice, and equality been more popular and effective, proving that this time, #ItsDifferent!
160 academics, past and current recipients of prestigious European Union research funding, urge the EU to exclude all Israeli academic institutions complicit in Israel’s grave violations of international law and Palestinian human rights from its research funding and programmes. Signatories commend existing EU prohibition of funding for illegal Israeli settlement entities, but call for complicity to be the determining factor for exclusion rather than solely geographic location.
The growing international scandal around the Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, used by dictatorships and authoritarian regimes in perpetrating numerous crimes and human rights violations, is only the tip of the iceberg. For years, Israel and its high-tech companies have been exporting spyware and other intrusive surveillance technology across the globe, including to some of the most ruthless regimes. Military, security and surveillance technology trade form the bedrock of Israel’s ties with the rest of the world.
Just as we launched our midyear fundraiser a few days ago, our BDS website came under a massive cyber attack. The huge spike in attempts to access the website indicates a well-organized denial of service attack, most likely part of Israel’s declared “cyber warfare” against the nonviolent BDS movement for Palestinian rights.
Following years of #BDS campaigns, Ben & Jerry's has announced it will end sales of its ice cream in Israel's illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land.We warmly welcome their decision but call on Ben & Jerry's to end all operations in apartheid Israel.
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Unprecedented! This has become the most commonly used word in describing the outpouring of global solidarity with the struggle for Palestinian liberation during the most recent Israeli terror unleashed on us in Gaza, Jerusalem, Lydda, Acre, Haifa, Jaffa, the Naqab and elsewhere.
Letters signed by more than 200 Palestinian sports clubs call on three UEFA teams, FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid and Inter Milan, to cancel their upcoming “friendly” matches in “apartheid Israel.”