Swiss Parliament & Spanish Government Reject Efforts to Criminalize BDS Human Rights Movement

Israel’s far-right, pro-settler Education Minister Naftali Bennett is promoting a new “ethics code” that would prohibit Israeli university professors from expressing “political opinions.”

  Sigue la campaña #StopCemex en Facebook y Twitter El Comité Nacional Palestino de BDS y organizaciones latinoamericanas hacen un llamado a los grupos de Derechos Humanos, movimientos sociales y la sociedad civil en general para que este 9 de julio se sumen al Día de Acción para denunciar a la cementera mexicana CEMEX, la cual está directamente facilitando y lucrando con el apartheid, la ocupación y la colonización israelíes contra el pueblo palestino.

June 9, 2017 — After a wave of cancellations almost derailed this year’s Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival (TLVFest) in what festival organizers called “a severe upheaval,” more filmmakers and artists from around the world joined the boycott of the festival called for by P

Ken Loach: "Thom’s is a simple choice: will he stand with the oppressor or the oppressed?" Roger Waters: "I have made every effort to engage with [Yorke] personally, and would still like to have the conversation" Radiohead Fans for Palestine: "We tried to open a dialogue and it was you who refused."

Student-led BDS campaigns resulted in two major Chilean universities canceling events co-sponsored by the Israeli embassy and featuring Joe Uziel, a director of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). On Monday, Alberto Hurtado University's Anthropology Department announced the cancellation of the event, and yesterday the University of Chile's Social Sciences Faculty did the same. BDS Chile highlighted the reasons behind the campaign to cancel the event:

May 29, 2017  –  At least five of the twelve international speakers scheduled to participate in the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival this June 1-10 have reportedly pulled out after queer Palestinian activists and their allies in the BDS movement called for boycotting the “pinkwashing” propaganda event that gives progressive cover for Israel’s ongoing and grave violations of Palestinian human rights.

May 26, 2017 — Yesterday, award-winning South African filmmaker John Trengove canceled his participation in the upcoming Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival (TL​V​Fest). His film,The Wound, is scheduled to be the festival’s opening night film on June 1. In his letter (copied below) to festival organizers informing them that he was canceling his participation, Trengove said:

Portugal - 'Queer Lisboa', Lisbon's gay and lesbian film festival, dropped its long-standing sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy following a sustained campaign by activists advocating for the boycott of Israel until it abides by its obligations under international law and respects Palestinian human rights. The Israeli embassy has sponsored the festival for the past many years as part of its "Brand Israel" campaign launched in 2005, which aims to divert attention from Israel's violations of international law and Palestinian rights to its artistic and scientific achievements. 

It is possible… It is possible at least sometimes… It is possible especially now To ride a horse Inside a prison cell And run away… It is possible for prison walls To disappear. For the cell to become a distant land Without frontiers  –  Mahmoud Darwish

May 12, 2017 – Today, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), representing close to one million workers, endorsed a full boycott of Israel to achieve Palestinian rights under international law. LO is the largest and most influential umbrella organization of labor unions in Norway. Commenting on this significant BDS victory in Norway, Riya Hassan, the Europe Campaigns Coordinator with the Palestinian BDS National Committee, said: