In a recent initiative by US based organizations Jewish Voice for Peace, Jewish scholars and students sign statements urging both The House of Representatives as well as President Obama to reject the "Antisemitism Awareness Act." 

Prime Minister Theresa May today announced that the UK is formally adopting a definition of anti-Semitism agreed on earlier this year by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This definition is not new, however, and it poses a familiar threat to legitimate criticism of the State of Israel.

The Dutch government has rejected calls to cease funding organizations that advocate a boycott of Israel.

The World Council of Churches has condemned Israel’s deportation of its associate general secretary Dr. Isabel Apawo Phiri. In a statement on Tuesday, the Geneva-based ecumenical organization said that Apawo Phiri had been “apprehended, interrogated and deported” upon arrival at Tel Aviv airport.

Last night the congregation of Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, CA voted to refrain from buying Hewlett-Packard (HP) products including printers, computers, and ink cartridges until HP companies cease to profit from Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights. Peace United Church of Christ joins the Presbyterian Church, Unitarian Universalists, United Church of Christ, Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation, and the Alliance of Baptists, which have all divested from HP companies at the denominational level. These organizations represent over 15,000 U.S.

The state of New York has released a blacklist of companies that it says support the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Meanwhile, the author of a controversial definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel is urging the US Congress not to enshrine the definition into law, saying it would be unconstitutional and harmful to free speech on campuses.

Around 200 lawyers and academics have said moves by the UK and other nations to discourage support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement may violate fundamental human rights.

Around 200 leading legal experts have signed a statement defending the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) as a lawful exercise of freedom of expression. The legal experts from 15 countries agreed the BDS movement should be treated the same way as the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa. Lawyers backing Friday's statement include South African jurist John Dugard, who served at the International Court of Justice, and Guy Goodwin-Gill, former legal adviser for the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

The Dutch government has rejected calls to cease funding organizations that advocate a boycott of Israel.

The multinational company Hewlett Packard (HP) has been removed from the program of the conference "Ethics and Social Responsibility in Information Technology" set for December 5 in Milan, Italy. (original program)

22 November 2016, The Hague: Today, Palestinian human rights groups urged the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to examine the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip, which has denied two million Palestinians a panoply of fundamental rights for nearly a decade, as the crime against humanity of persecution under the Rome Statute.

Councillor Donnelly said he’s backing an Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign call for all councillors and staff to return their HP products as part of a “week of action.” The Derry IPSC branch is protesting because HP systems are used in Israeli ID cards and it holds contracts with several Government departments. In March Haaretz, reported how HP held the largest number of government contracts, not subject to tender, of any firm: 16 ministries signed 81 contracts, valued at 735m shekels, in five years.