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Palestinian rights advocates are preparing for what is expected to be the largest coordinated series of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) actions focused on a single target to date. The week of action will start on Black Friday, the biggest US shopping day of the year.

Human rights activists have picketed high-end restaurants in cities around the world to protest their chefs’ participation in a culinary event in Tel Aviv that campaigners say “intends to whitewash Israel’s violent repression of Palestinian human rights.”

Far from seeking a just and peaceful solution with the Palestinians, the State of Israel, through its successive governments, engages ever more in the violence of the occupation and colonisation and in the violation of human rights.

A coalition of more than 70 civil rights groups have written to Facebookdemanding that the company clarifies its policies for removing content and alleging that it has repeatedly removed posts documenting human rights violations.

Human rights activists opposed to Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid have picketed the Musket Room in New York, L´ami Jean in Paris  and the Maruja Limón in Vigo, as well as restaurants in other cities, in protest of their participation in a culinary event in Tel Aviv which intends to whitewash Israel’s violent repression of Palestinian human rights.

The boycott of US information technology giant Hewlett-Packard has recently gained renewed interest, becoming the “hot new” target for Palestine solidarity campaigners in several countries. An international week of action targeting HP will take place from 25 November to 3 December, a culmination of recent efforts around the world.

How many times have we – supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement – been attacked for advocating for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel? Dozens of times, including by so-called leftist activists.

Portland, OR (October 26, 2016)— The student senate of the Associated Students of Portland State University (ASPSU) passed a resolution earlier this week brought forward by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER). The resolution calls on the university to divest from Israeli apartheid by an overwhelming vote of 22-2, with 1 abstention.

Portland, OR (October 26, 2016)— The student senate of the Associated Students of Portland State University (ASPSU) passed a resolution earlier this week brought forward by Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER). The resolution calls on the university to divest from Israeli apartheid by an overwhelming vote of 22-2, with 1 abstention.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) strongly condemns the Israeli national theater Habima’s decision to perform next month in the illegal Israeli colony, Kiryat Arba, built on occupied Palestinian land in al-Khalil (Hebron). PACBI reiterates its call for boycotting Habima internationally.

Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, condemns attacks on human rights defenders and affirms the rights of European citizens to freedom of expression and association, including through participation in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.