Deutsch “Attempts in Germany to impose political conditions on artists who support Palestinian rights, particularly targeting people of colour and queer artists, comprise a shameful trend of censorship, anti-Palestinian repression, and attacks on freedom of conscience.” - Over 100 leading artists, academics and public figures
By Ben Wray The ‘People Make Glasgow’ logo was removed before the arms conference in June last year after the Council came under pressure from campaigners over the hosting of the conference
The BDS movement for Palestinian rights condemns in the strongest terms the rising racist and fascist groups in Germany and across Europe. Our nonviolent movement opposes all forms of racism and racial discrimination, including antisemitism and Islamophobia, as a matter of principle.
Nya Bashir, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Dundee SPSC welcomes the confirmation from Dundee City Council that Tayside Pension Fund no longer invests our pension fund in Bank Hapoalim. Tayside Pension Fund have not been forthcoming with why they have had this turn around but no doubt that due to the combined efforts of SPSC and Unison Time to Divest campaign Tayside Pension Fund have made this welcome decision to divest from a bank which capitalises on the illegal settlements of palestinian lands.
Prior to the U.S. House of Representatives' approval on July 23 of anti-BDS resolution, H. Res 246, the BDS movement condemned the resolution, saying that it is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel’s military occupation and apartheid. On behalf of the Palestinian-led BDS movement, Omar Barghouti said:
The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian society, shares the shock and anger of Kashmiris and democratic forces in India and across the world over the authoritarian decision of the Bharatiya Janta Party-led Indian government to effectively nullify overnight the relative autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We denounce the increasing use of Israeli-style paradigms and policies by the current Indian government.
On August 3, at the 2019 national convention of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) - the largest and fastest growing socialist organization in the U.S., with two members in Congress, DSA approved a resolution establishing a national working group dedicated to organizing for BDS and Palestine Solidarity. DSA had endorsed the BDS movement at its 2017 national convention. The text of the approved 2019 DSA resolution #35, Establish a National BDS and Palestine Solidarity Working Group, follows below.
[Deutsch] The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) calls on all participating artists in Pop-Kultur Berlin festival to withdraw, due to its ongoing partnership with the Israeli embassy. Fourteen artists from six different countries withdrew from the last two editions of the festival for this reason, just as they would have withdrawn from an event in Germany partnered with the South African regime during the height of apartheid there.
On Monday, Israel committed its biggest crime of ethnic cleansing since 1967, against the Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi Hummus in occupied East Jerusalem. In a military raid that began at dawn, Israeli soldiers destroyed, in just a few hours, the homes of hundreds of Palestinian families. This attack came almost immediately after an Israeli military court had authorized the demolitions. Another 116 homes are under imminent threat of demolition in Wadi Hummus.
This March, the BDS movement celebrated another important victory in a German court. The Higher Administrative Court of Lower Saxony overturned the verdict of the lower court and ruled that the City of Oldenburg must to provide its halls for 2019 Israeli Apartheid Week events of BDS Oldenburg.
From July 10-15, groups all over the world - in Australia, the Arab world, India, Ireland, Malaysia, the US and the UK - participated in the #BoycottHP Global Week of Action. The beginning of the week, July 9th, marked 15 years since the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on Israel’s apartheid wall, which the Court found to be illegal. The end of the week marked a year since the passing of Israel’s “Jewish-Nation-State law,” which effectively legalizes Israel’s decades-old apartheid system.
The BDS movement for Palestinian rights warmly welcomes the resolution introduced by Congress members Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and US civil rights veteran John Lewis "Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights.” On behalf of the BDS movement, Hind Awwad said: