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In his article in Haaretz, Uri Avnery responds to what I said at my 80th birthday party. “Some of my friends believe the fight is lost, that it’s no longer possible to change Israel ‘from within,’ that only outside pressure can help and that the external pressure that is capable of doing this is the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. One of these friends is Dr. Ruchama Marton,” he writes.

The First Amendment squarely protects the right to boycott. Lately, though, a legislative assault on that right has been spreading through the United States –  designed to stamp out constitutionally protected boycotts of Israel.

October 16, 2017 — More than three-fourths of students at the University of Chile’s Faculty of Medicine voted to break institutional ties with Israeli universities in a student referendum held last month. They also voted against Israeli government sponsorship or attendance of events at their university.

For years, people promoting the mantras of ‘constructive engagement’ and ‘bridge-building’ with Israel have cited Professor Noam Chomsky in their defence. He is alleged to oppose the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) launched by Palestinian civil society in 2005. Artists for Palestine UK contacted Professor Chomsky to ask him to clarify his position. He has given us this statement:

October 12, 2017 — In an open letter, prominent chefs from Palestine and nine other countries called on their colleagues to withdraw from the upcoming Round Tables culinary festival in Tel Aviv. This festival is sponsored by the Israeli government and is in partnership with Dan Hotels, which has a hotel built in an illegal settlement on stolen Palestinian land in occupied East Jerusalem.

As Palestinian and international chefs, we call on our colleagues not to participate in the annual Round Tables culinary festival in Israel, and urge those already confirmed to withdraw their restaurants and personal participation.

October 9, 2017 —The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest Palestinian civil society coalition and the leadership of the global BDS movement, calls for intensifying solidarity between Palestinians and the peoples and social movements across Africa still struggling to defeat colonialism, racism and apartheid.

Palestinians are “In Need” of ending Israel’s occupation, colonization and apartheid

October 2017 — Dr. Ruchama Marton is a distinguished Jewish-Israeli civil society leader, a psychiatrist, feminist and the Founder and President of Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI). After speaking last month out about why she, after decades of human rights work, is convinced that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is critical to ending Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, the very organization she founded distanced itself from her, failing to share in her principled commitment and courage to end apartheid.

Award-winning British filmmaker Ken Loach has donated all proceeds from screenings of his latest film in Israeli venues to the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) as a gesture of support for the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

October 3, 2017  (Amman, Jordan) – The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Jordan has dropped its contracts with the world’s largest security firm, occupation profiteer G4S, following an ongoing BDS campaign over the firm’s role in Israel’s violations of human rights.

September 28, 2017 – The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, strongly condemns the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to award millions of dollars in contracts to fulfill President Donald Trump’s  ominous promise to expand the wall at the Mexico/U.S. border.