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Quotes from signatories of the Boycott Eurovision 2019 artists’ letter published in The Guardian: Australia

We, the undersigned artists from Europe and beyond, support the heartfelt appeal from Palestinian artists to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 hosted by Israel.

Welcoming the significant growth in recent years of progressive politics centred on social justice and internationalism in the UK, especially within the labour movement, we, Palestinian trade unions, mass organisations and networks, representing the majority in Palestinian civil society, call on the British Labour party, trade unions, city councils, universities and civil society at large to reject the IHRA’s false, anti-Palestinian definition of antisemitism.

FIFA ignores Israel's attacks on Palestinian athletes while it sanctions the President of the Palestinian Football Association. Stephanie Adam of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel commented: FIFA is again showing its true face as a corrupt and complicit organization,betraying its self-professed commitment to human rights.

August 22, 2018 — Earlier this week, PepsiCo announced that it signed an agreement to buy SodaStream, a producer of home-carbonation machines. SodaStream has faced global boycotts because of its complicity in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights.   Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, said:

The following letter was sent on August 2, 2018 to invited speakers of the “Inflation, Alternatives and Gravitational Waves” workshop to be held September 3-6 at Ariel University. The university is built on occupied Palestinian land in the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel. Over half those invited to speak have confirmed they will not be attending.

This article was originally published in the July newsletter of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP)

An Israeli publisher is finding it increasingly difficult to acquire translation rights to some of the year’s most important novels, mostly due to the reinvigorated support many writers are feeling for Palestine and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Movement. Haaretz contributor Gili Izikovich reports on the matter.

Here are 70 highlights of solidarity and BDS for Palestine in 2018. We highlight 70 moments of hope on this year marking the seventieth anniversary of the ongoing Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” wherein indigenous Palestinians faced mass expulsion from their homes to establish a Jewish-majority settler-colonial state.

We, Palestinian cultural organizations, municipalities and human rights campaigns, call for the boycott of Meteor Festival in Israel, scheduled for September 6-8, 2018. We urge all participating artists to respect Palestinians’ non-violent resistance and withdraw from this complicit festival as a meaningful contribution to our struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel welcomes the news that Adidas is no longer sponsoring the Israel Football Association (IFA).

The passing of a controversial bill in the Israeli Knesset which defines Israel exclusively as a nation of Jewish people has prompted Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan to call for a 2019 Eurovision Boycott. Speaking today the Sinn Féin Dublin MEP sad the bill, also referred to as ‘the Jewish Nation State Bill’, will marginalise 1.8m Palestinians. "It promotes the construction of Jewish-only settlements. It revokes the status of Arabic and makes Hebrew the country's official language.