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 (TLVFest). 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:
Throughout the month of May, members of the Modern Language Association, the largest professional society of humanities scholars in the United States, will be voting on a resolution which—in contrast to other scholarly associations—seeks to ban the association from endorsing of the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The Resolution was
May 11, 2017 -- Palestinians accuse FIFA President Gianni Infantino of corruption and nepotism after he blocked the Palestinian Football Association’s motion at today’s FIFA Congress. The motion demanded that the Israeli Football Association abide by FIFA statutes by excluding football clubs based in illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
May 9, 2017 – Today, the mass hunger strike by Palestinians in Israeli prisons is in its critical fourth week, at which point the hundreds of hunger strikers may find standing up difficult or impossible. Heeding the call to action issued on May 6 by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement leading this strike to end Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and to ensure dignity and humane conditions for political prisoners, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) calls: