Dina Awad (Toronto - NOW Magazine) - Two hundred activists braved winter’s blasts December 2 and took to the sidewalk in front of the Sheraton Hotel on Queen to protest the Jewish National Fund’s annual gala. The dinner honouring local phil-antropist Miles S.
Josh Ruebner, ZNet: Today, two movements for the promotion of human rights in Sudan and Palestine seek to emulate the successful role played by boycotts, divestment, and sanctions in achieving democracy and equality in South Africa. The two movements, however, have received radically different receptions on Capitol Hill.
The International Committee, which includes representatives of PNGO, AIC, and other key Arab and international civil society networks, decided as far back as July that any group that wishes to take part in the Forum must first endorse the Reference Document as a necessary condition of participation. This Reference Document articulates the consensus principles agreed upon by the diverse international groups organizing the Forum, and projects an alternative vision for justice and peace based on international law and universal human rights.
Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (South Africa): I am delighted to address you on behalf of the End the Occupation Campaign Steering Committee, on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The topic for this address is: “Global civil society working to realise the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people”
On April 18, 1996, when Israel still occupied southern Lebanon, Shimon Peres was Prime Minister. He was in the midst of an election campaign, so he took a decision to do something to change his "dovish" image because doves are not respected in Israel. He launched "Operation Grapes of Wrath" causing 400,000 Lebanese to flee their homes, with almost 800 of them fleeing to a UN base in Qana, South Lebanon.
On Tuesday evening over 20 LSE students silently occupied a meeting of LSE's governing body for over 30 minutes in protest at LSE Director Howard Davies' implicit support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine. For more click here.
A group of activists who interrupted an Israel-Switzerland World Cup qualifier with a protest against Israeli apartheid today used their court appearance in Basle to publicly denounce the occupation again.
BDSMovement.net has published the first edition of its BDS newsletter, giving an update on global BDS activism around the world.The report highlights key developments, focussing on eight areas: the consumer boycott, the cultural boycott, the municipality and unions boycott, the sports boycott and the campaign to cut Military links and push for divestment and sanctions.
The newsletter supplements Towards a Global Movement: A framework for today’s anti-apartheid activism, the handbook to the boycott movement.
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The Palestinian youth football team was banned from playing in the UK last week, causing a storm of protest froms solidarity groups and commentators all over the world.The Boycott Israeli Goods campaign has sent an open letter to FIFA and the issue has been taken up by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
The Palestine-Israel Action Group (PIAG) of the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting has published report on the methods used for putting economic pressure on Israel in support of Palestinian rights.The survey looks at methods employed by a range groups from Churches and Universities to governments and Non Governmental Organisations.This is an ongoing project, and the group welcomes others to email additional information.Click here to download a full copy of the report
On October 18th, One Million Voices, an organization led by Israelis and international figures with the support of some Palestinians, is organizing a public event in Jericho and Tel Aviv, simultaneously. As stated on the organization's English webpage, the objective of the event is to “mark the first time that massive numbers of Israelis and Palestinians gather simultaneously to unite against violent extremism.”
The UK House of Commons International Development Select Committee called on the Labour government to press for sanctions against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinian people.
The cross-party committee that the UK should now urge its fellow members in the EU to consider suspending the EU-Israel association agreement as first step in putting pressure on the Israeli government to end this oppression. To see the Select Committee Report, click here.