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BDS

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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German Resolution Against BDS Angers Palestinians

Palestinians denounced the German parliament (Bundestag) resolution to denounce the boycott, divest and sanctions movement against Israel (BDS). On Friday, German lawmakers approved a resolution denouncing the BDS movement describing its methods as anti-Semitic and reminiscent of Nazi-era calls to boycott Jews. The motion called on the German government not to support events organized by BDS organizations or other groups …

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Germany votes to define BDS as anti-Semitic

Germany today voted to define the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic, becoming the first major European parliament to do so. The German parliament – known as the Bundestag – this afternoon voted to accept a motion defining BDS as anti-Semitic. The motion, “Resist the BDS Movement – Fighting Antisemitism,” was sponsored by the Bundestag’s two largest parties …

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BDS launches global campaign to boycott Puma

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement has launched a global campaign to boycott the sportswear manufacturer “Puma” because of its sponsorship of the Israel football association, which includes teams in Israel’s illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. “When companies like Puma sponsor and profit from illegal Israeli settlements, they give a nod to Israel’s far-right regime that its criminal land …

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