Apr 28

Huge Co-op in UK dumps suppliers linked to Israeli settlements

Originally posted on Mondoweiss by Annie Robbins, April 28th 2012.
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The Co-operative Group Head Office city center Manchester

The Boycott Israel Network (BIN) sent out the following press release earlier today:

Palestine human rights campaigners today welcomed news that the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, The Co-operative Group, will “no longer engage with any supplier of produce known to be sourcing from the Israeli settlements”.

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Apr 27

Land Day 2012

The 30th of March marks the annual commemoration of Land Day.  It is a day of mourning–for loss of land, a continuing history of dispossession and ethnic cleansing, and for those lost in the struggle to resist.    On this day in 1976 in response to the Israeli government’s plan to expropriate thousands of dunams of Palestinian owned land, a general strike and marches were organized in towns from the Galilee to the Negev.  These non-violent actions were brutally surprised by Israeli police and army.  Six demonstrators were killed and about one hundred were injured–hundreds of others were arrested.

This year, we honor them while we honor the burgeoning Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Movement.  BDS, also a form of non-violent direct action, address the central issue of land as more and more homes are demolished or taken over by Israeli settlers not only in the Occupied Territories, but within “Israel-proper.”

SUPER UW joined a coalition of other Seattle organizations to commemorate Land Day in Seattle’s downtown consumer hub.  A large group including a marching band demonstrated at Westlake park and marched to Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Bed Bath & Beyond demanding that these stores stop carrying Ahava Cosmetics and Sodastream Home Carbonation Systems–both products made in illegal Settlements on expropriated Palestinian land.

In Macy’s, Land Day participants staged a deshelving action.  Entering the store, close to 15 prospective shoppers surrounded the Ahava display Mic-checked: “Boycott Israeli Goods.  Ahava is a product of Israeli Apartheid.” and left the store singing.  The incredibly busy first floor of the department store went silent to listen to the message.

The day was a mixture of celebratory action and mournful reflection.

Apr 26

UMass Boston Student Senate calls for divestment from Boeing

Originally posted by Alternative Information Center on April 26th, 2012.

UMass Boston Student Senate passes resolution calling for divestment from Boeing. Citing Boeing’s involvement in Israel’s Operation Cast, student-led coalition demands divestment from Boeing and other companies profiting from war crimes and human rights violations.

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Apr 17

SUPER-UW Endorses ProgressUW for ASUW for Socially Responsible engagement with student spending

At our last meeting, four of the Progressive UW candidates for ASUW visited to speak to us about their plans for promoting democracy, transparency, and financial accountability to the students. Bill Dow (running for Vice President), Orion Donovan-Smith (running for Programming) Ada Waelder (running for University Affairs), and Brian Moe (runing for Policy & Procedures) were articulate, well prepared, and have a clear plan to represent student interests to the Provost Advisor Commity for Students (PACS) and to continue building connections between students and Registered Student Organizations, as well as to actively contribute to bringing progressive groups together for more events. These values and promises for action are in close alignment with the purpose of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights; we are committed to working together with other groups to educate and bring awareness about the situation in Palestine and the Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement in America and around the world. Responsible spending of student dollars is crucial, and we support their work to bring students together democratically. These candidates are well versed in the workings of ASUW, and it is our pleasure to endorse them. We encourage all UW students to speak with them about their vision, and to vote for them during election May 7th-9th.

Mar 30

“Si, se puede!” : Palestinian civil society salutes US Chacino/Latin@ youth for their principled stand in support of BDS

Originally posted by the Palestinian BDS National Committee on March 30th, 2012.

Occupied Palestine, 29 March 2012 – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition of Palestinian political parties, trade unions, NGOs and networks, warmly salutes the National Movímíento Estudíantíl Chícan@ de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A), the largest association of Latin@ youth in the US, for their landslide vote in support of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel at their 19th annual national conference in Phoenix, AZ.

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Mar 26

Brandeis University Students for Justice in Palestine Disrupt Town-Hall Meeting with Israeli Knesset Members

Originally posted by brandeis University Students for justice in palestine on March 26, 2012.

Newton, MA – On Monday, March 26th 2012, members of Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine (BSJP), together with Waltham and Boston area Palestine solidarity activists, disrupted a Town Hall Meeting with 5 members of the Israeli Knesset (MKs) at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts. The event, whose sponsors included Brandeis University, the Ruderman Foundation, and a number of Boston-area Zionist organizations, was aimed at strengthening relations between Israeli political leaders and the American Jewish community. The activists mic-checked the panel, protesting the undemocratic nature of the Israeli apartheid state and notified the offending officials that until their government ceased its discriminatory policies they were not welcome by students at Brandeis University community events. The activists were pushed outside the hall by police officers and private security guards.  One Brandeis student was arrested and another was injured while being thrown to the floor by a police officer. Continue reading
Mar 26

Boycotting Israel: Mustafa Barghouti vs. Rabbi Arthur Waskow on BDS Movement, Palestinian Solidarity

On Monday March 26th, Democracy Now! hosted a debate on BDS between Mustafa Barghouti and Rabbi Arthur Waskow. This comes as news of Brooklyn Park Slope Food Co-op schedules a vote on divestment from Israeli products for Tuesday evening.