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Israel is Lobbying Europe to Declare BDS “Fundamentally Anti-Semitic”

    Israel is Lobbying Europe to Declare BDS “Fundamentally Anti-Semitic”

In its ongoing battle against the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign Israel is pushing for European political parties to declare the movement “fundamentally anti-Semitic.” The latest drive saw Israel’s Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Ze’ev Elkin, attending a conference in Brussels backed by the Israeli government which proposed a text for prospective MEPs and…

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How Detained US Student Lara Alqasem Became a Cause Celebrea for Jewish Liberals

    How Detained US Student Lara Alqasem Became a Cause Celebrea for Jewish Liberals

An American student of Palestinian descent detained in Israel’s airport for nearly a fortnight has become an unexpected cause celebre. Lara Alqasem was refused entry under legislation passed last year against boycott activists, and Israeli courts are now deciding whether allowing her to study human rights at an Israeli university threatens public order. Usually, those…

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American College Student Held in Israel for Support of BDS Movement

    American College Student Held in Israel for Support of BDS Movement

An American student has become the latest victim of Israel’s law targeting supporters of the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Lara Alqasem, 22, has been held since last Tuesday at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. Alqasem is a graduate of the University of Florida and a US citizen whose grandparents are Palestinian She tried…

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Rashida Tlaib Repudiates Views of Liberal Zionist Organization, J Street

    Rashida Tlaib Repudiates Views of Liberal Zionist Organization, J Street

Rashida Tlaib has repudiated key positions of the Israel lobby group J Street, which endorsed her during her winning Democratic primary campaign for Michigan’s 13th congressional district. This comes after days of controversy and questions about the political commitments required to secure the support of the liberal Zionist organization. In an interview with In These Times on Tuesday, Tlaib…

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Adidas is No Longer Sponsoring the Israel Football Association

  Adidas is No Longer Sponsoring the Israel Football Association

The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement announced Tuesday that sports brand Adidas will no longer sponsor the Israel Football Association (IFA), after a campaign asking the sports giant to stop its complicity in the oppression of Palestinian people who live under military occupation, and with the ongoing colonization of their land in the…

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Mandela’s Grandson to Honor Ahed Tamimi with Award for Her Bravery in Resisting Israeli Oppression

  Mandela’s Grandson to Honor Ahed Tamimi with Award for Her Bravery in Resisting Israeli Oppression

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — After her release from an Israeli prison on Sunday, renowned Palestinian teen-activist Ahed Tamimi has been invited to South Africa to receive an award honoring the 17-year-old for her bravery and continued resistance to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine’s West Bank. The award was announced by Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela,…

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Ireland Passes Bill Banning Goods From Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestine

  Ireland Passes Bill Banning Goods From Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestine

DUBLIN – On Wednesday, the upper chamber of Ireland’s parliament – the Seanad – passed a landmark bill banning the purchase of goods and services originating in illegal Israeli settlements. Passed with 25 senators voting in favor and 20 against, the bill still needs to go the lower house of Ireland’s parliament, Dáil Éireann, for…

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CODEPINK Co-Director Ariel Gold Denied Entry and Deported by Israel for Her Pro-BDS Stance

  CODEPINK Co-Director Ariel Gold Denied Entry and Deported by Israel for Her Pro-BDS Stance

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Just a few months after Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry released a full list of organizations whose activists will be barred from entering Israel for advancing the cause of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement, Jewish-American activist and CODEPINK national co-director Ariel Gold was denied entry and then deported from Israel…

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South Carolina’s New Hate Speech Law Outlaws Criticism of the Israeli Occupation

  South Carolina’s New Hate Speech Law Outlaws Criticism of the Israeli Occupation

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — The state of South Carolina will become the first state in the nation to legislate a definition of anti-Semitism that considers certain criticisms of the Israeli government to be hate speech. The language, which was inserted into the state’s recently passed $8 billion budget, offers a much more vague definition of anti-Semitism…

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America’s Most “Jewish” Secular College Votes to Divest from Israel

  America’s Most “Jewish” Secular College Votes to Divest from Israel

NEW YORK – Students at Barnard College just voted overwhelmingly to ask the school’s administration to divest from and boycott eight companies that do business with Israel and profit from the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians. Barnard, a women’s college that is part of Columbia University, passed the referendum by a 64 to 36 percent…

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