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Pro-Israel group fails to have BDS supporting professor removed

A pro-Israel American campus group has failed in its bid to have a professor removed from the position of interim dean of a department at the George Washington University because of her support for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Professor Ilana Feldman was targeted by GW for Israel following her appointment as the interim dean of the …

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Hamas appreciates British MPs call for sanctions against Israeli occupation

The Hamas Movement has applauded a galaxy of British lawmakers for voicing their rejection of Israel’s annexation plans in a letter they sent recently to their prime minister. In a press release, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasem said that such British position and the widespread international rejection of Israel’s annexation plans confirmed the isolation of the Zio-American policy. The Hamas spokesman …

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Palestine activists win landmark Supreme Court ruling against UK government

Local pension schemes now able to divest from companies complicit in Israeli occupation, after governmental guidance ruled unlawful The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) won a landmark legal victory against the British government on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court ruled local pension schemes could divest from companies complicit in Israel’s military occupation. It is seen by pro-Palestinian activists as a major …

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The PA is provoking the Palestinians with its Israel normalisation meetings

After the massive Palestinian protests against the recent normalisation meetings between PA leaders and Israeli figures, a member of the Fatah Central Committee and head of the PLO’s Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society resigned. Surprisingly, President Mahmoud Abbas rejected Muhammad Al-Madani’s resignation and granted the members of the Committee complete political cover. This was viewed as a direct challenge …

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Norway’s capital, Oslo, is banning Israeli settlement goods and services

In a historic step, Oslo’s newly installed City Council is banning Israeli settlement goods and services from public procurements. The ban on goods from Israel’s illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is a part of the newly adopted platform for 2019 – 2023 approved by Oslo’s recently-elected City Council, led by the Socialist Left (SV), Labor and Green parties. …

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New Swedish Foreign Minister: ‘BDS legitimate not anti-Semitic movement’

Sweden’s new foreign minister, Anna Lindh, said the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) is not anti-Semitic, but rather a legitimate and non-violent movement. According to the website of Yediot Ahronoth, Lindh’s remarks were enough to irritate Israel, like former Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, who resigned from her post earlier last month. In an interview with Swedish television, Lindh indicated that …

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Gas deal with Israel proves Jordan is still a client state

Considerable attention is paid by Western media to the governments of official enemies, when they lack democracy. The Western media’s long attention span for Syria’s democratic deficiencies, as one example, is all too often not motivated by genuine concern for the peoples of the region, but by subservience to their governments’ foreign policies. How do we know this? We know this …

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It’s time for progressives to get off the fence over BDS

The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has come a long way since it was formed in 2005. Once known only to a relatively small group of activists, BDS now makes headlines in mainstream media the world over. One opinion piece yesterday asked, “Does anyone take the BDS movement seriously?” Appearing as it did in the New York Times, the headline answered its …

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Palestine Advocates Slam Symbolic US Resolution Condemning US Boycotts

Middle East Eye quotes Yousef Munayyer, USCPR executive director, in an article covering the responses of Palestinian advocates to H. Res. 246, a non-binding resolution that condemns BDS and is intended to chill speech for Palestinian rights. H. Res. 246 passed the House of Representatives on July 23, with 398 votes for the resolution, 17 against, and 17 abstentions. Yousef Munayyer, …

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South Korea stipulates exception of settlement goods in trade deal with Tel Aviv

Israel media have revealed that the new South Korea-Israel Free Trade agreement will exclude goods produced in the occupied territories of Jerusalem and West Bank and the Golan Heights. Israeli TV Channel Reshet 13 said on its website that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would visit Seoul at the end of this month to sign the deal. He will also visit Japan …

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