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Ali Abunimah Trade unions and human rights organizations in France are celebrating as a victory the withdrawal of train manufacturer Alstom from the Jerusalem light rail. Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that a Greek-led consortium failed to submit a bid.

Ali Abunimah The Electronic Intifada can exclusively reveal that Canadian engineering giant Bombardier has pulled out of a bid to expand and operate an Israeli tramway linking settlements in the occupied West Bank. Bombardier is one of several global firms – two others being Australia’s Macquarie and Germany’s Siemens – to drop out of the tender to build the next phase of the Jerusalem light rail.

Texas is one of 27 states with anti-boycott laws aimed at curtailing boycotts for Palestinian rights. Texas’ law requires anyone who contracts with the state to sign a pledge that they don’t and won’t boycott Israel in order to get paid for their services. The Lone Star State famously came under criticism after one city required Hurricane Harvey victims to sign such an Israel loyalty oath in order to receive state aid.

President Carter Issues Statement on BDS Act of 2019   April 05, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Soyia Ellison, [email protected]

An Israeli delegation composed of businessmen and government officials has cancelled its participation in a conference set to take place in Bahrain. The group, which was planning to attend the gathering organised by the Global Entrepreneurship Network on April 15, said in a statement it was withdrawing from the summit on security grounds.

Johannesburg -  Cosatu has accused the Jewish Board of Deputies of attempting to divide the ruling party and the South African government in its decision to downgrade relations with Israel by trying to isolate Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. "This is the decision of the ANC and we do not believe there have been any contradictions between the President and the Minister in this regard; we condemn this attempt to confuse everyone. South Africa is not a confused state," Cosatu has said.

Nora Barrows-Friedman In a historic move, Brown University in Rhode Island has become the first US Ivy League institution to pass a student referendum supporting divestment from companies complicit in Israel’s human rights violations. The Brown vote follows a similar divestment resolution passed by the student government at Swarthmore College in early March.

Yumna Patel UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has renewed his calls for Britain to cease arms sales to Israel following a UN report last week that the Israeli army’s actions against Palestinian protesters in Gaza’s Great March of Return could amount to war crimes.

The Colombian bookstore chain Panamericana has canceled its contract with the private security company G4S, following a campaign in which the bookstore’s customers asked Panamericana to drop the contract due to G4S’s complicity with Israeli crimes in Palestine. This victory reveals that the G4S brand has become synonymous with violations of Palestinian human rights, making G4S a public relations liability for its corporate clients.

Prof. George P. Smith, 2018 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, speaks about the BDS movement in Stockholm, Sweden. Nobel laureate George P. Smith speaks about BDS

Students at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India, protested an event featuring Israel as a partner country. The university's violent crackdown on peaceful student protesters led to a 10-day sit-in with widespread support across campus. The university ultimately conceded to the students’ demands, including refusing to host future Israeli government-sponsored events.