The United Nations and BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions): Modern Antisemitism
NGO Action News Entries
February 6, 2017: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, February 6, 2017," Palestine Solidarity Campaign
"The UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign has issued an urgent call to action calling on its supporters to write to their Members of Parliament ahead of the 9 February parliamentary debate regarding the expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestine. The call to action aims to ensure that 'as many MPs as possible speak out about the stark impact of settlement building on Palestinian lives and ask the government to take concrete steps to cease all trade and financial ties with settlements.'"
Editor's note: The words "urgent call to action" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"We need to make sure as many MPs as possible ... ask the government to take concrete steps to cease all trade and financial ties with settlements."
January 6, 2017: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, January 6, 2017," Palestine Solidarity Campaign
"On 24 December, the UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomed Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), calling for a ban on the importation of settlement products and a stronger set of guidelines to businesses and banks to ensure they have no trading, financial or investment links with Israeli settlements."
Editor's note: The words "Palestine Solidarity Campaign" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"Much of the Israeli agricultural produce sold in the UK is grown in illegal Israeli settlements and benefits from preferential trade agreements with the UK. Meanwhile, companies and charities registered in the UK do business in settlements, sending money in support of projects that expand and entrench Israeli domination...PSC's settlements campaign launched in 2016 calls for the following
1. Commit to a thorough review of all UK financial relationships with Israeli settlements. Publish and promote a stronger set of guidelines to businesses and banks to ensure they have no trading, financial or investment links with settlements
2. Ensure that settlements are excluded from all bilateral and multilateral arrangements between the UK and Israel.
3. Ban the importation of settlement products to the UK."
December 30, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, December 30, 2016," Palestine Legal
"Under the theme "Protect Your Right to Boycott", Palestine Legal, in cooperation with US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and Jewish Voice for Peace, will continue to provide updates on developments regarding specific anti-BDS legislation in the United States."
Editor's note: The words "Protect Your Right to Boycott" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"Protect your right to boycott: Anti-BDS Legislation by State"
December 16, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, December 16, 2016," Palestinian BDS National Committee
"On 8 December, numerous European legal scholars issued a statement to defend the right to support BDS as a lawful exercise of freedom of expression, criticizing legislative measures to outlaw the movement."
Editor's note: The words "European legal scholars" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"STATEMENT BY LEGAL SCHOLARS AGAINST MEASURES ADOPTED BY CERTAIN GOVERNMENTS TO OUTLAW THE BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS (BDS) MOVEMENT FOR PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is a global, peaceful movement led by Palestinian civil society that seeks to put pressure on Israel...the BDS movement has become a powerful and effective global movement in the advocacy of measures aimed at pressurizing Israel..., and at persuading other states and business enterprises to withhold all support for Israel's violations of international law."
"On 20 October, BADIL and Al Mezan hosted a discussion at the European Parliament in Brussels on the need to ensure accountability for human rights violations, focusing on settlement businesses and policies causing the displacement of Palestinians. Al Mezan called on EU Member States to fulfil their third-party obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention."
Editor's note: The words "BADIL and Al Mezan" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"On October 20th 2016, BADIL Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights (BADIL) and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights (Al Mezan) hosted the Exchange of views on ensuring accountability for violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian Territories and on the UN database of businesses operating in Israeli settlements at the European Parliament in Brussels. The discussion was led by Martina Anderson, the Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Palestine, who cited the database as a 'necessary step' for the implementation of the UN resolution on Israeli settlements."
November 4, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, November 4, 2016," Amnesty International USA
"In October, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) launched a new campaign calling on President Obama to prioritize human rights during his last 100 days in office and to stop selling arms to allies in the Middle East including Israel, which had been used to commit human rights violations."
Editor's note: The words "Amnesty International USA (AIUSA)" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"The U.S. has continued to sell weapons and provide military assistance to...Israel...The president must impose stronger human rights conditionality on all U.S. arms sales, transfers, and military aid, which should be the first step towards an arms embargo..."
"In a letter to UN Member States of 17 October, AI [Amnesty International] stated that Israel's investigation mechanisms had long shielded Israeli security personnel responsible for unlawful killings from prosecution. The organization called for independent investigations to be initiated automatically into all killings, the application of universal jurisdiction by States to end impunity and the suspension of sales of arms and crowd control equipment to Israel until substantive steps to achieve accountability are taken."
September 30, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, September 30, 2016," The New York Review of Books
"In its upcoming issue of 13 October, The New York Review of Books will feature an open letter signed by over 70 American academics and intellectuals calling for targeted boycotts, limited to settlements, to encourage all parties to negotiate a two-State solution. The letter also requests the US government to exclude settlements from trade benefits accorded to Israeli enterprises."
Editor's note: The words "The New York Review of Books" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"For an Economic Boycott and Political Nonrecognition of the Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories..., we call for a targeted boycott of all goods and services from all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, and any investments that promote the Occupation...We further call upon the US government to exclude settlements from trade benefits accorded to Israeli enterprises..."
June 17, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, June 17, 2016," Palestine Solidarity Campaign
"On 8 July, Palestine Solidarity Campaign is organizing a rally in London to demand that Israel ends its siege on Gaza and that the UK ends its arms trade with Israel."
Editor's note: The word "rally" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"We are calling for...an end to the UK's arms trade with Israel... End the arms trade with Israel."
April 8, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, April 8, 2016," Jews for Justice for Palestinians
"On 9 April in the UK, Jews for Justice for Palestine are organizing an event: "Stop G4S - here and everywhere".
Editor's note: The word "event" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"National Stop G4S Day...Everyone interested in stopping this continuing disgrace is invited to come to the National Stop G4S Event...We expect to share information between local groups campaigning to stop their local councils and health decision makers paying G4S for public services and to discuss how we can take action more widely to highlight G4S abuses... in complicity with Israeli security systems."
April 8, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, April 8, 2016," Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
"On 18 April, in Dublin, Ireland Palestinian Solidarity Campaign will present lawyer Aouda Zbidat to mark the Palestinian Prisoners Day 2016. Her talk will be a first-hand account of the key human rights violations facing Palestinian political prisoners in the OPT."
Editor's note: The words "Palestinian Prisoners Day 2016" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
March 24, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, March 24, 2016," Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
"[O]n 21 April the centre is hosting a panel on BDS with Omar Shakir from the Centre for Constitutional Rights."
Editor's note: The word "panel" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"'BDS: Context and Challenges'. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) is a global grassroots movement that was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005. It calls for the academic, consumer, and cultural boycott of Israeli institutions, companies, goods, and services...Shakir will focus on the historical, comparative, and theoretical context of BDS, addressing how and why the movement developed, how other movements have deployed it to challenge institutional discrimination, and why it is such a powerful tool."
March 4, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, March 4, 2016," Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
"On 9 March, Columbia University is hosting Sara Saadoun from Human Rights Watch who will discuss a report on why HRW is calling on businesses to pull out of the settlements."
Editor's note: The word "HRW" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"Why Human Rights Watch Is Calling on Businesses to Pull Out of Israeli Settlements...A new Human Rights Watch report, Occupation, Inc., examines the human rights impact of these businesses and calls on them to end their settlement-related activities."
January 22, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, January 22, 2016," Human Rights Watch
"Human Rights Watch on 19 January published a report: 'Occupation, Inc.: How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel's Violations of Palestinian Rights'."
Editor's note: The word "report" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"In Human Rights Watch's view, ... businesses should cease carrying out activities inside or for the benefit of settlements, such as building housing units or infrastructure, or providing waste removal and landfill services. They should also stop financing, administering, trading with or otherwise supporting settlements or settlement-related activities and infrastructure."
January 15, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, January 16, 2016," The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church in USA
"The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church in USA announced that it would divest from 5 Israeli banks as part of the implementation of their human rights guidelines."
Editor's note: The word "announced" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"When activities in high-risk countries or areas represent a significant or integral part of a company's business, we will avoid investing until the company changes its business practices or until there is a change in its operating environment...Areas currently identified include:
Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territories (specifically the Israeli settlements located in the West Bank east of the 'Green Line')"
January 13, 2016: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, January 13, 2016," European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine
"Several dozen prominent legal experts have written to the EU and its Member States urging them to comply with their fundamental legal obligations resulting from the duty of non-recognition and non-assistance to Israeli settlements and their economic activity and therefore to impose an import ban on settlement products. These legal experts warn that the policy of labelling is a wholly inadequate measure as it fails to recognise the obligations of third states under international law."
Editor's note: The word "written" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
July 15, 2015: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, July 15, 2015," War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Palestine Solidarity Campaign
"On 2 July, War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Palestine Solidarity Campaign released the report entitled 'Arming Apartheid: UK complicity in Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people'.
Editor's note: The word "report" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"Act Now to Stop Arming Israel: Join the call for an immediate two-way embargo on the arms trade with Israel...If the government's own export guidelines were properly applied, the result would be a de facto embargo on arms exports to Israel...Help us increase the pressure on the UK government to end its arms trade with Israel and its complicity in Israel's occupation and war crimes: email your MP to demand a two-way arms embargo against Israel."
May 15, 2015Excerpt from "NGO Action News, May 15, 2015," Palestine Solidarity Campaign
"The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) organized Nakba commemorations in Brighton and Bristol on 15 May and in London, Nottingham and Sheffield on 16 May... Sheffield PSC was organising the Sainsbury's boycott and Town Hall demonstration in Sheffield on 16 May."
Editor's note: The Sainsbury Campaign states: "Brighton & Hove PSC once again tells Sainsbury's: 'Stop profiting from Israeli apartheid!'"
April 30, 2015:
Excerpt from "NGO Action News, April 30, 2015," BDS Eearlham
"On 22 April, the Student Senate of Earham College in Indiana, USA, passed a resolution in support of divestment from companies directly involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestine: Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, and Caterpillar."
Editor's note: The words " resolution in support of divestment" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"RESOLVED that the Earlham Student Senate endorses BDS Earlham's request of Earlham College to ensure that its assets will no longer include holdings in Caterpillar, Motorola, and Hewlett Packard; be it finally,
RESOLVED that the Earlham Student Senate endorses BDS Earlham's request of Earlham College, specifically the Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, to remain committed to ensuring that its assets will not include companies materially supporting or profiting from Israeli violations of International Law and the universal Human Rights Principles by constructing and sustaining illegal settlements, exploiting Palestinian resources, markets, and labour, and/or supplying equipment, knowhow, and services towards the repression of the occupied Palestinian population through the separation wall and checkpoints."
April 21, 2015Excerpt from "NGO Action News, April 21, 2015," Adalah-NY
"Adalah-NY organized a protest on 12 April against the Idan Raichel Project- an art project sponsored by the Israeli Government- at the Beacon Theatre in NYC."
Editor's note: The words "Idan Raichel Project" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"Tell the Beacon Theatre to stand against apartheid and oppression and cancel Idan Raichel's concert. The Beacon Theatre in New York City should not co-sign the atrocities that the Israeli government is committing by hosting Israeli musician Idan Raichel's concert on April 12... Sign the letter below calling on the Beacon Theatre to...cancel Raichel's show."
"US Campaign to End the Occupation and Vermonters for a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine called for their supporters to leaflet and protest outside of Ben & Jerry's ice cream shops during their annual Free Cone Day on April 14 to demand that the company stop selling ice cream in settlements."
"US Campaign to End the Occupation calls on its supporters to join and act to End Military Aid to Israel."
March 31, 2015:
Excerpt from "NGO Action News, March 31, 2015," Canada Palestine Association
"Canada Palestine Association ...also launches an online petition addressed to Air Canada CEO to put an end to the maintenance agreement signed with Israeli Aerospace Industries, a military defense company."
Editor's note: The words "an online petition" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"Stop outsourcing to Israel Aerospace Industries and end all complicity with Israeli war crimes...Air Canada has recently signed a maintenance agreement for its B787 jets with Israel Aerospace Industries IAI, a military defense company wholly owned by the government of Israel. IAI is the subject of boycotts across Europe and is well-known for its drone technology and production...Send the message that Palestinian rights and lives matter & Israeli government abuses of international law will not be rewarded with our travel dollars!"
March 16, 2015: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, March 16, 2015," Adalah-NY
"Adalah is organizing on 10 March in New York a protest against the meeting of the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces (FIDF)."
Editor's note: The words "a protest" on the UNISPAL website are a direct link to the following:
"The Friends of the IDF is not welcome in New York City to get more money, at a minimum cost of $1,000 a seat, to perpetuate its war against the Palestinian people and the system of apartheid the army upholds. WAR CRIMES WE MUST PROTEST, BOYCOTT, SANCTION, AND DIVEST."
"Canada Palestine Association interviewed with Dr. Sunera Thobani, associate professor at the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia, on International Women's Day, BDS activism and the recent BDS referendum campaign on the Berkley Campus."
"End the Occupation invited its supporters to sign a the petition to let Northeastern University vote on divestment."
December 9, 2014: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, December 9, 2014," Omar Barghouti
"The Israel-Palestine NGO Working Group at the UN hosted Omar Barghouti (BDS Movement) on 3 December 2014 to discuss the recent achievements of the BDS movement. The video is available here."
Editor's note: The word "here" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
[Video Description] "December 1, 2014. Omar Barghouti articulates recent achievements in the BDS movement. Presented at the Church of the United Nations in New York City. Hosted by Doug Hostetter, Director of the UN Mennonite Central Committed."
October 17, 2014: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, October 17, 2014," Palestinian BDS National Committee
"The BDS Movement delivered on 9 October 2014 a petition signed by over 60,000 people, including Nobel Laureates, artists and public intellectuals, to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling on the UN and Governments around the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel."
Editor's note: The words "BDS Movement" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"The broad consensus among Palestinian civil society about the need for a broad and sustained Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resulted in the Palestinian Call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel that was launched in July 2005 with the initial endorsement of over 170 Palestinian organizations."
"The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is organizing its Annual National Organizers Conference in San Diego (CA) entitled The Mainstreaming of BDS and Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights on 19-21 September 2014."
"The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) published on 21 August 2014 an audio interview with Abir Copty (Free University of Berlin, former city council member in Nazareth) on Palestine, feminism and the BDS movement."
Editor's note: The words "audio interview" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"In the interview, Abir talks about the ongoing situation in Gaza from a feminist perspective and about the importance of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement."
July 30, 2014: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, July 30, 2014," Caabu
"CAABU is inviting its supporters to write to the UK Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary as well as MPs to demand a ceasefire on Gaza, the lifting of the Gaza-blockade, an independent international investigation on the current hostilities, a ban on Israeli settlements trade and a full arms embargo on Israel.
The Palestinian BDS Movement is calling for a military embargo on Israel and issued a petition entitled Stop Arming Israel."
Editor's note: The word "write" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"Over the next 12 months, we will build on our existing work by expanding our campaign on banning settlement trade as part of a zero tolerance policy, forcing settlers to apply for visas to enter the UK and ending the blockade of Gaza."
July 3, 2014: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, July 3, 2014," The Israel/Palestine Mission Network
"The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) announced on 20 June 2014 that the plenary of the 221st General Assembly has voted 310 to 303 to divest from three US companies that profit from Israel's military occupation of Palestinian land.
We Divest Campaign is calling for a National Week of Actions on 6-13 July 2014 to celebrate BDS victories. The campaign will also host a Summer BDS Camp 10-14 August in North Carolina. Click here for more information.
A coalition of NGOs including Jewish Voice For Peace and Women in Black - Union Square is organizing an event on 7 July 2014 in New York to mark the 9th anniversary of the 2005 Palestinian call for BDS."
Editor's Note: The word "divest" (first paragraph) on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is pleased to announce that the plenary of the 221st General Assembly has voted 310 to 303 to divest from three US companies that profit from Israel's military occupation of Palestinian lands.
"After a decade of corporate engagement with Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions, these companies have failed to modify their behavior and continue to profit from Israeli human rights abuses and non-peaceful pursuits," said IPMN member Rev. Dr. Walt Davis, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco Theological Seminary."
"The Presbyterian Church (USA) will decide at its biennial General Assembly held in Detroit on 14-21 June 2014 whether or not to stop investing in Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard, 3 companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. Interfaith Partners in Action launched a petition to support divestment and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is mobilizing its supporters to assist its allies at the Presbyterian Church."
April 9, 2014: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, April 9, 2014," Voice of Palestine
" The Voice of Palestine presented on 3 April 2014 a new interview with Tyler Levitan, Campaign Coordinator for Independent Jewish Voices - IJV Canada, who talks about about IJV's Expose the Jewish National Fund JNF campaign, their new postcard initiative, and their support for the BDS movement."
Editor's note: The word "interview" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"This week Voice of Palestine interviews Tyler Levitan, campaign coordinator for Independent Jewish Voices, Canada. We talk with him about IJV's 'Expose the Jewish National Fund JNF' campaign, their new postcard initiative, and their support for the BDS movement."
March 27, 2014: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, March 27, 2014," Voice of Palestine
"The Voice of Palestine presented on 19 March 2014 a new interview with Iymen Chehade, an instructor at Columbia College in Chicago, on the cancelation of his course on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at Columbia College and the resolution passed by the American Studies Association in support of the BDS movement."
Editor's note: The word "interview" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"We talk with him about his course at Columbia College, why it was cancelled, and the role of the Zionist lobby in suppressing the Palestinian narrative. We also discuss the recent resolution passed by the American Studies Association supporting the call for BDS and the reaction to it."
"The BDS Movement issued a statement on 21 January 2014 under the title UN Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People begins with boycott success. The coalition also updated on 10 January 2014 its round-up of 2013 BDS successes.
Adalah-NY – The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel launched on 14 January 2014 a petition to show solidarity with the American Studies Association's decision to endorse academic boycott against Israeli academic institutions.
Code Pink - Women For Peace updated the actions of its Boycott SodaStream! initiative which now features a letter campaign asking Scarlett Johansson to end her PR contract with SodaStream, a factory operating in the Israeli settlement of 'Ma'ale Adumim'."
Editor's note: The word "statement" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"In November of last year, the UN General Assembly designated 2014 as the UN International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. Just three weeks into 2014, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has again shown that it represents an increasingly effective form of solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality."
"The American Studies Association's national council on 15 December 2013 voted for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions.
The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association's council declared on 15 December 2013 its support for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
The Voice of Palestine presented on 19 December 2013 a new interview with Ramah Kudaimi, Membership and Outreach Coordinator for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, about the US Campaign's objectives, their BDS work and the Boycott SodaStream campaign."
December 2, 2013: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, December 2, 2013," End the Occupation Blog
"Adalah-NY, Jewish Voice for Peace – NY, and Park Slope Food Coop Members for BDS are organizing a musical protest against SodaStream on 7 December 2013."
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is calling on supporters to help in their 2013 Boycott SodaStream Days of Action. Demonstrations against SodaStream (see list of activities here) are being planned to focus on Target retail stores and will be held from 2 December to 10 December 2013. As well, the Campaign launched a petition on 26 November 2013 to ask Bartell Drugs in Seattle to stop selling SodaStream products."
Editor's note: The word "petition" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"We would like to take the international campaign to a local Seattle target. Bartell Drugs still sells SodaStream... With enough local pressure, Bartell would be able to decide at the local level to stop selling SodaStream."
November 18, 2013: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, November 18, 2013," Sacramento BDS Petition
"Le Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient is organizing several different artistic events and conferences throughout the month of November 2013, and held a special conference-debate Should we Boycott Israel? with Michael Deas (European Coordinator for the National Committee for the Palestinian BDS Campaign against Israeli Policies) on 8 November 2013 in Luxembourg.
Sacramento BDS is calling on its supporters to sign a petition asking stores in the US not to buy or sell SodaStream products, which are made in an Israeli settlement."
Editor's note: The word "petition" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"Please support international law and human rights, don't buy and don't sell SodaStream or any other products made in illegal Israeli settlements."
"The American Friends Service Committee released on 28 October 2013 a Monster Mash Remix - Boycott SodaStream song. You can listen to the performance here.
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign is organizing a protest in front of London Drugs in Vancouver on 3 November 2013 to ask the store to stop selling SodaStream products. This demonstration is part of the Canada-wide SodaStream boycott campaign of the Canadian Boycott Coalition."
October 21, 2013: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, October 21, 2013," Voice of Palestine
"The Palestinian BDS Movement urges the American pop artist Rihanna to cancel her concert in Tel Aviv scheduled on 22 October 2013.
The Voice of Palestine presented on 12 October 2013 its new programme featuring a discussion with David Klein, professor at California State University Northridge who has been targeted by Zionist groups for his support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The music closing the programme, entitled They're Building a Wall, was performed by the Jewish American folksinger David Rovics."
Editor's note: The word "programme" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"This week Voice of Palestine talks with Professor David Klein, who teaches at California State University Northridge, and is being targeted by Zionist groups for his support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement."
January 14, 2013: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, January 14, 2013," Electronic Intifada
"Electronic Intifada looks back at the 2012 successes of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). Read Nora Barrows-Friedman's article, BDS roundup: The victories of 2012."
Editor's note: The word "article" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"BDS roundup: The victories of 2012. 2012: A year of BDS successes Worldwide: From Glasgow to Cairo, Jerusalem to Olympia, activists tirelessly campaigned on behalf of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to hold Israel accountable for its ongoing human rights violations. Here's a look back at The Electronic Intifada's coverage of the significant BDS victories of 2012."
January 14, 2013: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, January 14, 2013," BDS Movement
"The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) on 6 January 2013 issued its monthly Newsletter."
Editor's note: The word "newsletter" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
" Palestinian organisations called on the EU to suspend its trade agreement with Israel and end the trade in settlement goods...Palestinian agricultural organisations are calling for the launching of worldwide campaigns on February 9 against Israeli agricultural export corporations..."
January 14, 2013: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, January 14, 2013"
"US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation launched on 8 January 2013 a new initiative inviting its supporters to gather in Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on 21 January 2013. Interested participants will distribute the brand-new US Campaign flyers calling on President Obama to end US aid to Israel. Volunteers should sign-up to take part in the event organization."
"Stanley Jordan the American jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and pianist cancelled his planned appearance as the headlining artist for the Israel Red Sea Jazz Festival."
October 10, 2012: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, October 19, 2012," The Palestinian BDS National Committeea
"The Palestinian BDS National Committee in its Newsletter on 10 October announced that Friends Fiduciary Corporation, the socially responsible investment firm serving over 300 Quaker institutions in the United States, had dropped its holdings in Hewlett Packard and Veolia Environment, two corporations that supported Israel's occupation of Palestinian Territory."
Editor's note: The word "Newsletter" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to the following:
"Friends Fiduciary Corporation, the socially responsible investment firm serving over 300 Quaker institutions in the United States, has dropped its holdings in Hewlett Packard and Veolia Environment, two corporations that support Israel's occupation of Palesitnian [sic] territory"
"The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) in its newsletter on 5 October announced that PSC was working to block a new EU trade agreement with Israel (called ACAA). It said that soon all MEPs would be voting on this new trade agreement and PSC was working with members and supporters to persuade them to vote 'no.'"
October 10, 2012: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, October 19, 2012," Palestinagruppen i Stockholm (PSG)
"Palestinagruppen i Stockholm (PSG) on 13 October organized a talk about BDS in Stockholm with Anna Wester, President of PSG."
April 30, 2012: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, April 30, 2012," Australian Friends of Palestine Association
"Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA) in Adelaide organized their latest BDS action against Seacret in the Rundle Mall on 22 April. The latest YouTube video shows the protesters' actions. The next BDS action in the Mall will be held on 29 April. Seacret promote their products as originating from the Dead Sea. They are one of a number of Israeli companies selling such products around the world, including AHAVA."
Editor's note: The word "video" on the UNISPAL website is a direct link to a Youtube video promoting the boycott of Israel
"London BDS on 15 April launched several YouTube videos, exposing the sales practices of Dead Sea Kiosks in shopping malls, selling Dead Sea beauty products. These kiosks have attracted a lot of attention, not just for the origin of their natural resources, but also for their shady practices and coercive sales techniques. Kiosks stocking Dead Sea beauty products can be found in many malls run by Israeli companies who employ almost exclusively Israelis. These kiosks are legitimate targets for BDS campaigns, as every sale supports companies who in turn support the apparatus of oppression and apartheid policies in Israel."
"Association Belgo-Palestinienne (ABP) on 28 April organized a day of public-outreach entitled "Dare to boycott: No to the disintegration of Palestine!" The public-outreach campaign will be continued on 1 May, when ABP will set up a stall on the Place Rouppe in the centre of Brussels to inform the public about potatoes imported from Israel in connection to the dispossession of Palestinian land where the potatoes are grown."
"The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) will demonstrate on 19 February in London against AHAVA, the Israeli company whose cosmetics come from Dead Sea minerals and are manufactured in an illegal settlement. For additional PSC events, visit their website."
"Stop the Wall reports that, on 28 January, Brazil's largest trade union confederation, known as CUT, issued a statement supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and called for the suspension of Israeli-Brazilian economic agreements and military ties."
"The Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine reports that a discussion entitled "Holding Israel Accountable- Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign" will be held on 18 February in Sydney, Australia."
"The Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA) has posted videos of its ongoing protests in Adelaide, which promote the boycott of the Israeli cosmetic company, Seacret, which, according to AFOPA, uses Palestinian mineral resources from the Dead Sea."
"Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) issued on 21 November 2008 an action alert support call to support the ban on Israeli settlement produce sold in the UK and labelled "West Bank" and "Israel" in fact originating from Israeli settlements. The organization posted a list of supermarkets that stock settlement produce. PSC two announced two events: a public meeting on 29 November entitled "The Occupation and Israeli Civil Society", with Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz; Samia al-Botmeh, Birzeit University; and Ilan Pappe, Exeter University, at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS). The second event will be held on 1 December entitled "Power and Water in the Middle East - the Hidden Politics of the Palestinian-Israeli Water Conflict" by Mark Zeitoun."
"United Civilians for Peace (UCP) issued a report in November 2008 entitled 'Improper Advantage: A Study of Unilever's Investment in an illegal Israeli settlement'."
June 2007: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, December 2008"
"Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel issued a press release on 30 May 2007 informing about the decision by the University and College Union (UCU) Congress to support motions that endorse the logic of academic boycott against Israel. Palestinian calls for boycott have included the British National Union of Journalists (NUJ); Aosdana, the Irish state-sponsored academy of artists; Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU); and British and international architects led by Architects for Peace and Justice in Palestine (APJP)."
February 2007: Excerpt from "NGO Action News, February 2007," International Solidarity Group
"International Solidarity Group (ISM) issued a press release on informing that the Boycott Israeli Goods Campaign (UK) held on 10 February 2007 a mass picket of the UK Carmel Agrexco depot in opposition to the sale of Israeli goods and in support of the Palestinian farmers who are not able to market their goods internationally. Agrexco is the largest exporter of settlement produce for sale overseas and the UK is the most important foreign market for Israeli fresh produce."
"The Arab Cultural Center issued a press release informing that on 3 February 2007 a motion of support for the BDS Campaign was passed at the National Congress of the Youth Section of the CUT, Brazil's largest trade union."