Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, President of the Free University of BerlinProf. Dr. Tanja Börzel, Director of the Otto-Suhr-Institut, Free University of BerlinProf. Dr. Bernd Ladwig, ad hoc Director of the Otto-Suhr-Institut, Free University of BerlinMembers of the Board of the Otto-Suhr-Institut, Free University of Berlin Dear Colleagues,

Sitting in a Classroom at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, a group of some 30 North American undergraduate students watched a news flash broadcast on the aggressive behavior taken by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement on US campuses. As the report concluded, the students, on a two-week organized trip by the Zionist Organization of America, huddled around computers brainstorming social media campaigns to defend Israel in the wake of the report.

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The news is in: on Saturday, a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions was rejected by the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association, the largest and most traditional humanities association in the United States.  An opposing resolution that directs the MLA not to endorse a boycott of Israeli universities passed by a narrow margin of eight votes.

THE DELEGATE Assembly of the Modern Language Association (MLA), a professional organization of professors of language and literature, last week voted against a resolution in favor of boycotting Israeli universities. The association also voted, by a narrower margin, to reject academic boycotts in toto.

What is BDS? BDS stands for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (and not, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed, for "bigotry, dishonesty and shame"). The BDS movement's three aims are grounded in international law and fundamental rights. It seeks to end the occupation and dismantle Israel's illegal wall and settlements, demands full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and calls for the rights of Palestinian refugees to be upheld. 

Coldplay have denied recent reports that the band will play two "peace concerts" for Israelis and Palestinians in November. The Times of Israel, citing a report on Israel's Channel 2, claimed that the group would perform on November 2nd and 3rd at an "outdoor location north of the Dead Sea" and that 50,000 tickets would be sold in both Israeli and Palestinian territories.

Boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigners in France are welcoming their government’s decision not to spend more than $100 million on Israeli drones.

Al Jazeera Investigative Unit's series "The Lobby" goes undercover inside the Israel lobby in the UK and uncovers a tight web of relations that converges in the Israeli government's plans to fight BDS. The investigation raises serious questions about the extent UK lobby groups are involved in Israel's more beligerent threats, including of launching "black ops" and other illegal operations, against the movement's supporters.  

On January 7, the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association (MLA) voted against a non-binding resolution to endorse the call from Palestinian civil society for the academic boycott of Israeli institutions (Yes, 79; No, 113). At that same session, the Assembly voted for a resolution to condemn the boycott (Yes, 101; No, 93). One of the reasons it is difficult for those supporting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to get their motions passed is that external organisations here and in Israel add their resources and legal teams to the anti-boycott side.

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.