BDS: Upholding our Rights, Resisting the Ongoing Nakba

The BNC Commemorates the 69th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba

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The 8 most significant indicators of BDS impact in 2016 (1) Three more multinationals were compelled under BDS pressure to end involvement in illegal Israeli projects, indicating a start of a domino effect

Since last week, we have seen a unique sequence of events, some unprecedented and others less so, that have brought the Palestine-Israel issue back to the fore. Last Friday, the United States abstained at the United Nations Security Council on Resolution 2334, thereby allowing it to pass when the 14 other members of the council voted for it.

Airbnb has attracted its fair share of criticism for listing Israeli homes in the Palestinian West Bank, land occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six Day War. Until recently, the San Francisco company could keep its distance from the controversy, as long as the situation remained at impasse. Given recent events, however, Airbnb and other companies that directly or indirectly do business in those settlements can no longer hide under the cloak of ambiguity.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) mourns the loss of the venerable author and world-renowned art critic John Berger whose commitment to justice was unwavering.

On the 29th of December, the Provincial Council of Valencia (Diputación de Valéncia) passed a motion supporting the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and declared itself free of Israeli apartheid. The resolution - passed unanimously and proposed by the political parties València en Comú, Esquerra Unida del País Valencià, Compromís and Partit Socialista del País Valencià - recalls the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and condemns the ongoing violations of human rights perpetrated by the state of Israel.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon has ended its contract with the world’s largest security company, G4S, following a boycott campaign by activists in the country and across the world over the company’s role in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.

Occupied Palestine December 2016 Dear Talib Kweli, We, Palestinian performing arts groups, cultural organizations and human rights campaigns, have recently learned of the cancellation of your December 13 show in Leipzig, Germany because of your support for Palestinian human rights. We regret to hear about this repressive and anti-democratic measure against you for expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom and justice and for standing against Israeli violations of international law.

Last Friday night, over 120 protesters donning Palestinian keffiyehs marched from the #DecolonizeThisPlace hub at Artists Space in lower Manhattan to the offices of Artis, an arts organization that marchers claim “artwashes” the occupation of Palestinian Territories by Israel.

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.