On Monday, in a victory for the American Studies Association (ASA) and the right to boycott, a district court in Washington D.C. dismissed a lawsuit seeking to deter academic associations from adopting boycotts for Palestinian rights. In dismissing the lawsuit, the court held that “nowhere” could the plaintiffs, who opposed the boycott, explain how they were injured by the boycott. An injury is a necessary requirement for the lawsuit to go forward.

The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE) supports the faculty at Pitzer College calling to suspend a complicit study abroad program in Israel over its discriminatory practices. PFUUPE, which represents more than 6,000 Palestinian university staff at 13 higher education institutions in the occupied Palestinian territory, commends our colleagues at Pitzer College for overwhelmingly supporting this principled stand for Palestinian human rights and for equality.

January 29, 2019—More than 60 queer and trans liberation organizations from nearly 20 countries across Europe and beyond are calling on global LGBTQIA communities to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, salutes Angela Davis for her lifelong struggle for justice and expresses its full solidarity with her.

In May 2016, the German city of Oldenburg prevented a public lecture titled "BDS: A Palestinian Human Rights Campaign" from taking place by withdrawing its permission for event organizers to use the scheduled event space. On September 27, 2018, the Adminisrative Court-Oldenburg ruled that the city’s cancellation of the contract with the group BDS Initiative-Oldenburg had been unlawful. Now, almost two months later, the full 20-page decision lays out the court’s reasoning.

December 7, 2018 — Last month, the City Council in Ghent, Belgium voted to ban companies involved in human rights violations from doing business with the the city. Palestinian solidarity activists with the group Ghent Action Platform Palestine (GAPP) were the driving force behind this vote. Similar votes have also been passed in response to Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights in dozens of cities, including Barcelona, Valencia, Dublin and Trondheim.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights continues to make long strides in effectively challenging Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid.

[Português abaixo / Portuguese follows] We, Palestinian and Rio de Janeiro’s favelas’ social movements, have been resisting the militarization of our lives and struggling daily for equality, freedom and justice for decades. The election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil and Wilson Witzel as governor of Rio de Janeiro should further strengthen our ties of solidarity and joint struggle against oppression.

Here are 18 highlights of direct and indirect BDS impact from 2018. We celebrate the extraordinary strides that the BDS movement for Palestinian rights has made with your support. We are exposing Israel’s crimes and apartheid policies and building pressure to end them. Please donate to help us do more in the year ahead. Together we can, and will, make the words “freedom, justice and equality” not an aspiration, but a reality.

November 29, 2018 — With an overwhelming majority, the National Congress of Chile approved a resolution demanding the government “forbid the entry of products manufactured and coming from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolution had 99 votes in favor and only 7 against.

November 27, 2018— Earlier this month, Faculty at Pitzer College in California overwhelmingly voted to pass two motions providing support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights.