BDS

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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Germany: BDS activist banned from pro-Palestine events

Germany has banned Palestinian writer and journalist Khalid Barakat and his wife Charlotte Keats from attending pro-Palestine events for their support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Barakat has lived in German capital Berlin for 18 months and works as a freelancer, while his wife is an international coordinator for Samidoon – a Palestinian media group which supports …

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Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt backs Palestinian boycott, will not attend US-led conference in Bahrain

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says his country is boycotting the forthcoming US-led conference in Bahrain in support of President Donald Trump’s controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians, dubbed “the deal of the century,” because Palestinians are not taking part in the event. “We will not participate in the Bahrain conference [scheduled for June 25-26] because …

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Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance

Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine’s most moving poetry to song, passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim. When Rim died, all Palestinians mourned her death. Although a few international outlets carried …

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Eurovision turns out to be a big hit for Palestine

It was the result that nobody predicted: the winner of Eurovision 2019 is… Palestine! Despite the organisers describing the Eurovision Song Contest as a non-political event, the issue of Palestine took back, front and centre stage in Tel Aviv over the weekend, which may make Israel come to regret its weaponisation of culture and the whitewashing of its discrimination against the Palestinian people. Reaching …

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