Last month, Egged Bus Systems (EBS), a subsidiary of Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society, Israel’s largest public transportation operator, lost a bid for a decade-long contract to run public transportation in the North-Holland region of the Netherlands. This contract was valued at 19.1 million euros a year, with a total worth of 190.1 million euros.
I am a queer Palestinian who has been working tirelessly over the last decade for sexual and gender diversity, as well as LGBTQI visibility in Palestinian society. And I am committed to fighting for justice for all people. So why am I calling for an international boycott of Gay Pride in Tel Aviv this June? Gay Pride in Tel Aviv is heavily sponsored by the Israeli government and is cynically deployed to divert attention from the occupation of Palestinian lands and the daily violation of Palestinian rights.
Israel’s military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, turns 50 this week. The scar on my head from a fateful day in June 1967, when that military rule started, is now completely covered by my greying hair, but the scar that day left on my life remains largely raw. I was less than 3 years of age when my anxious 24-year-old mother hastily grabbed me and my two older brothers to flee to the relative safety of Jordan, just days after Israeli armed forces occupied Ramallah.
June 20, 2017, Occupied Ramallah — The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) warmly welcomes a historic open letter by the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) urging the World Council of Churches (WCC) to “recognize Israel as an apartheid state,” support the nonviolent, Palestinian-led global BDS movement, help intensify Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns and actively refuse Christian complicity in ongoing Israeli violations
Swiss Parliament & Spanish Government Reject Efforts to Criminalize BDS Human Rights Movement
Israel’s far-right, pro-settler Education Minister Naftali Bennett is promoting a new “ethics code” that would prohibit Israeli university professors from expressing “political opinions.”
Sigue la campaña #StopCemex en Facebook y Twitter El Comité Nacional Palestino de BDS y organizaciones latinoamericanas hacen un llamado a los grupos de Derechos Humanos, movimientos sociales y la sociedad civil en general para que este 9 de julio se sumen al Día de Acción para denunciar a la cementera mexicana CEMEX, la cual está directamente facilitando y lucrando con el apartheid, la ocupación y la colonización israelíes contra el pueblo palestino.
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.