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The Myth of a Disunited and Dysfunctional Palestine Is an Israeli Invention

    The Myth of a Disunited and Dysfunctional Palestine Is an Israeli Invention

The International Conference on Palestine held in Istanbul between April 27-29 brought together many speakers and hundreds of academics, journalists, activists and students from Turkey and all over the world. The conference was a rare opportunity aimed at articulating a discourse of international solidarity that is both inclusive and forward thinking. There was near consensus…

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Thought Police: US, Israel Increasingly Banning & Deporting Ideological Enemies

    Thought Police: US, Israel Increasingly Banning & Deporting Ideological Enemies

TEL AVIV/WASHINGTON — Israel and the U.S. are simultaneously stepping up repression in the form of travel restrictions against critics of the apartheid state. A Palestinian activist has been barred from entering the U.S. while an advocate with a leading human rights NGO – Human Rights Watch (HRW) – faced a ruling on Tuesday in…

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Israeli Gov’t Launches Campaign Calling BDS Proponents ‘Terrorists in Suits’

    Israeli Gov’t Launches Campaign Calling BDS Proponents ‘Terrorists in Suits’

Israel has launched a smear campaign against activists affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, labeling them “terrorists in suits”. Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry launched the campaign last weekend with a series of posters depicting prominent BDS activists as “terrorists”, using the hashtag #TerroristsInSuits to smear the individuals’ professional credibility and the BDS movement as a whole.…

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The War on BDS: How Israel’s Agenda Became a US Priority

    The War on BDS: How Israel’s Agenda Became a US Priority

The Israeli-US war declared on the Palestinian boycott movement is coming to a head, culminating in a well-orchestrated effort aimed at suffocating any form of tangible protest of the ongoing Israeli colonization of Palestine. But an Israeli ‘victory’, even with blind US government support, is still too elusive if at all guaranteed. Killing unarmed protesters at the fence…

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New Senate anti-BDS Bill Unconstitutional and Ineffective at Curbing Boycotts

  New Senate anti-BDS Bill Unconstitutional and Ineffective at Curbing Boycotts

WASHINGTON — Pro-Israel lawmakers in Washington, undeterred by the partial shutdown of the United States government, are pursuing their agenda full speed with the introduction of the first piece of legislation before the 116th Senate — a bill that aims to stifle the free-speech rights of American critics of apartheid Israel. The Republican-controlled Senate’s first…

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Texas Educator Files Lawsuit after She was Fired for Refusing to Sign an Oath to Israel

  Texas Educator Files Lawsuit after She was Fired for Refusing to Sign an Oath to Israel

AUSTIN, TEXAS — A Texas speech pathologist has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas after she was reportedly fired for refusing to sign an oath that she would not boycott the apartheid state of Israel. A U.S. citizen born in Austria and of Palestinian descent, Bahia Amawi is a speech specialist in western…

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Airbnb Set to Remove Listings from Occupied West Bank that Serve Jewish Settlers

  Airbnb Set to Remove Listings from Occupied West Bank that Serve Jewish Settlers

SAN FRANCISCO — In a major win for Palestinian human rights and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), the popular apartment-rental website Airbnb has announced plans to remove all listings in the Israeli-occupied West Bank that serve illegal Jewish settlers. According to the company’s statement, there are currently about 200 rentals available in Israeli…

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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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