UPDATE January 9th 2019: Thanks to everyone who took the time to engage with the Bollywood stars, this event has not been rescheduled. According to Indian outlet The Wire:- Sometime last October, four Bollywood stars – Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Shilpa Shetty – were scheduled to perform in Rishon LeZion, an Israeli city, at an event called ‘Bollywood 4 Ever’.

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton and her team withdrew from Israel’s Round Tables Festival, scheduled to start this Sunday, November 11 in Tel Aviv. 90 chefs and culinary figures appealed to Hamilton and other chefs to withdraw from Round Tables, heeding the call from leading Palestinian women, farmer, and worker organizations.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) Secretariat sent the following letter to the Head of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) regarding its planned conference in partnership with Hebrew University.

Please click here for a statement from the letter's organizers on current context.   Update from letter organizers: Gabrielle Hamilton has withdrawn from Israel’s Round Tables "gastro-diplomacy" festival To the remaining 5 chefs in this year's Round Tables: Judy Joo, Maca De Castro, Elena Reygadas, Leo Espinosa and Tanja Grandits we hope that you will join Gabrielle Hamilton in withdrawing from the festival.

Israel overtly uses culture as a form of propaganda to whitewash, justify or distract from its regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people.

Pressure is mounting on Puma to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA). The IFA includes clubs in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land. More than 200 Palestinian sports clubs have sent a letter urging Puma to end the sponsorship deal.

For some, Lara Alqasem may be taking a noble stance by insisting that she ought to be allowed to study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, despite the Israeli government’s effort to deport her. It is intuitive and natural to stand by any Palestinian, especially when they are in Israeli detention, and to that extent she deserves solidarity. But her actions merit a closer look from the perspective of their impact on efforts led by Palestinians to hold Israel accountable for catastrophic and ongoing violations of their rights.

The case of Lara Alqasem, the American citizen fighting deportation from Israel, is shining a bright light on Israel’s racial profiling of American students, the growing witch hunt against BDS activists, and the very real impact of smear websites. Alqasem said when the Israeli immigration  officer interviewing her upon arrival looked her up online, the first website that appeared was her profile on the extreme right wing anti-Palestinian “Canary Mission,” which shows her as past president of the University of Florida’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine.

Sportswear manufacturer Puma is the new sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA). The IFA includes teams in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Puma replaced Adidas as news broke that Adidas would no longer be sponsoring the IFA following an international campaign.

October 12, 2018 — The University of Michigan is reportedly disciplining teachers for their decision to respect the Palestinian picket line against discriminatory Israeli institutions and for supporting Palestinian human rights. Omar Bargouthi, co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), said:

At the very moment when our people are struggling for justice, freedom, and dignity in the face of the Israeli occupation, with all of the damage inflicted by its arbitrary policies and immoral practices… At the very moment when social workers and psychologists in Palestine stand together against this oppression, supporting the people of Palestine in their struggle for an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital…

Eight international chefs, all women, are set to participate in the Round Tables festival in Tel Aviv between November 11 and 23.