Belgian Academics & Artists For Palestine - BAA4P
 

 
 

BAA4P: Israel.Anti-Palestinianism.

  • Yasmeen ABU-LABAN and Abigail B. BAKAN: "Anti-Palestinian Racism and Racial Gaslighting” (The Political Quarterly, Oct 31, 2022): click here!
    In full: The Political Quarterly, Vol. 93, No. 3, July/September 2022, pp. 508-516, click here!  In pdf: click here!
    Abstract: Since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, more attention is being paid to anti-black racism and anti-racism. The authors contend that, by extension, other forms of racism need to be considered more closely, including those that have received limited scholarlyand public attention. This article isolates key elements of anti-Palestinian racism as a specific form of racism that operates at local and global levels. As an Arab group which includes both Christians and Muslims, Palestinians can experience anti-Muslim racism (or Islamophobia) along with being subjected to anti-Arab racism and Orientalist stereotypes. Using the concept of racial gaslighting which has been advanced recently across a number of disciplines, the authors isolate an identifiable anti-Palestinian racism, arguing that anti-Palestinian racism is expressed through racial gaslighting in a threefold manner. The first is denial, with a key example being the treatment of the 1948 Nakba (or catastrophe). The second is how racial gaslighting operates through power inequities, with stateless Palestinians, occupied Palestinians and Palestinians holding Israeli citizenship having clear inequities, distorted by an active repositioning of the apartheid and settler-colonial character of the Israeli state as one that is ‘democratic’, ‘Jewish’, and unfairly treated. Finally, the article considers how Palestinians are victim-blamed, by discourses which present them as ‘terrorist’, ‘anti-semitic’, and ‘undemocratic’.
  • Terry AHWAL: "Anti-Palestinianism makes the weaponization of antisemitism possible” (Mondoweiss, Oct 15, 2022): click here!
    Zionism requires the demise of and continuous crimes against the Palestinian people. I will oppose it regardless of what you label me.
  • +972 Webinar: "How anti-Palestinianism went global — and how we can fight it” (Edo Konrad, Sept 7, 2022): click here!
    Palestine activism has faced an aggressive crackdown across Europe in recent months, particularly in Germany and the United Kingdom. This has included the censorship of Palestinian and Arab voices in German media for their views on Israel, the banning of protests in Berlin hoisting the Palestinian flag or keffiyeh, and draconian anti-Palestinian legislation dressed up as measures to combat antisemitism — all while Israel escalates its persecution of human rights groups in Palestine itself.
  • Emad MOUSSA: “Geopolitics as anti-Palestinianism" (Mondoweiss, Aug 22, 2022): click here!
    Western support for Israel is explained away by shared interests and realpolitik, but this elides an underlying anti-Palestinianism which motivates pro-Israel bias.
  • Peter BEINART: "It’s Time to Name Anti-Palestinian Bigotry. Anti-Palestinianism is as ubiquitous as it is invisible" (Jewish Currents, July 16, 2021): click here!
    Anti-Palestinianism is as ubiquitous as it is invisible. - IN JUNE, three Republicans in the House of Representatives—Michael Waltz, Jim Banks and Claudia Tenney—introduced a resolution censuring Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for, among other things, “inciting anti-Semitic attacks across the United States.”
  • Sami ABOU SHAHADEH: "'Death to Arabs': Palestinians Need International Protection From Israel's Racist Jewish Thugs" (Haaretz, April 26, 2021): click here!
    Israel's right-wing extremists, Netanyahu's allies, are taking to the streets, fueled by Jewish supremacy and anti-Palestinian hate, protected by the police and emboldened by their unprecedented power in the Knesset.
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  • Awdah HATHALEEN: "In Masafer Yatta, teachers like me can’t guarantee our students an education" (+972, Nov 15, 2022): click here!
    With schools facing demolition orders and soldiers detaining students and teachers for hours, obstacles to education are becoming insurmountable.
  • Kathryn SHIHADAH: "Israel has been actively covering up a Shin Bet sex crime for years" (Informed Comment, Nov 15, 2022): click here!
    A Palestinian woman filed a complaint after being subjected to an intimate search. Her story reveals the tip of an iceberg of Israeli misconduct, excuses, and cover-ups at the highest levels of the security and justice establishment.
  • Juan COLE: "Israel’s Racism Controversy over the “Problematic” “Arab Womb.” Should Palestinian-Israelis be fined for Having Children?" (Informed Comment, Oct 26, 2022): click here!
    Adnan Abu Aamer writing at the pan-Arab newspaper Arabi 21, reviews the controversy roiling the Palestinian-Israeli community, over a physician’s remarks on the alleged “danger” posed by the Palestinian “womb.”.
  • Hebh JAMAL, "Uniting behind Palestinians, German art festival hits back at antisemitism charges" (+972, Oct 24, 2022): click here!
    Curators and artists at the renowned documenta fifteen exhibition faced a torrent of denunciations, including from German officials, for hosting Palestinian collectives and exhibits on Palestine solidarity.
  • "New Course at Vienna Fine Arts Academy Signals Further Erasure of Palestinian Narrative " (ELSC, Oct 7, 2022): click here!
    The ELSC expressly condemns the holding of a course that is likely to fuel insidious censorship of genuine anti-racist discourse.
  • Hagar SHEZAF: "2022 Already the Deadliest Year for West Bank Palestinians in 7 Years” (Haaretz, Sept 14, 2022): click here!
    Eighty-one Palestinians have been killed by Israeli civilians or as a result of the army's increasing arrest operations in the West Bank in 2022.
  • Antony LOEWENSTEIN: “Kafka in Gaza: How Israel turned a Palestinian aid worker into a ‘terrorist.’ " (+972, Sept 8, 2022): click here!
    All of the evidence in Mohammed Halabi’s six-year trial was either 'secret' or implausible. That didn’t stop Is-rael sentencing him to 12 years in prison.
  • Jewish Voice for Labour: "Deutsche Welle has enshrined anti-Palestinianism in its code of conduct” (Sept 12, 2022): click here!
    Accompanied with the article: "German broadcaster requires employees to ‘support Israel’s right to exist’", by Hebh Jamal, +972 Magazine (Sept 8, 2022), click here!
  • Natasha ROTH-ROWLAND: “How the antisemitic far right fell for Israel " ( +972, Sept 7, 2022): click here!
    The Israeli right's embrace of Viktor Orbán typifies its convergence with a global far right espousing what scholar Jelena Subotić calls 'pro-Israel antisemitism.' She tells +972 why they have so much in common.
  • Ali ABUNIMAH: “Court orders Deutsche Welle to reinstate second Palestinian journalist" (The Electronic Intifada, 6 Sept 2022): click here!
    The compulsory anti-Palestinian racism that Deutsche Welle imposes on its employees means that even when those wrongly fired are reinstated, they will continue to work in an environment that dehumanizes them just because of who they are. Nonetheless, Maraqa’s victory, like Salem’s in July, is a milestone in the fight to end officially sanctioned racism and bigotry in Germany.
  • "Foreign West Bank visitors must tell Israel if they fall in love with Palestinians" (The Times of Israel, 3 Sept, 2022): click here!
    New rulebook, set to take effect Monday, requires foreigners to notify Defense Ministry unit within 30 days if they are cohabiting, engaged to, or marry Palestinians...
  • Ramzy BAROUD: “Investigating the Victim: On Abbas’ ‘Holocaust’ and the Depravity of Israeli Hasbara" (The Palestine Chronicle, Aug 31, 2022): click here!
    There was no Massacre in Jenin” was the title of a Haaretz editorial on April 19, 2002, one week after Israel ended its deadly onslaught on the besieged Palestinian refugee camp in the northern West Bank.
  • Mona ABUAMARA: “Anti-Palestinianism makes the misuse of antisemitism possible" (Mondoweiss, Aug 20, 2022): click here!
    Beating back anti-Palestinian prejudice, which shouldn't even exist in the first place, doesn't feel like a win.
  • Ghada AL-HADDAD: “Why is the world so indifferent to Gaza?" (The Electronic Intifada, 19 Aug, 2022): click here!
  • Reema RUSTON & Muhammad SANKARI: “Brutal police assault on Palestinian-American teen in Chicago " (The Electronic Intifada, 18 Aug, 2022): click here!
    On 28 July, the Arab community of Chicagoland (Chicago proper and its suburbs) awoke to a viral video on Facebook showing a young Arab male being brutally beaten by three Oak Lawn police officers. (Oak Lawn is a southwest suburb of Chicago that has a large Palestinian population.)
  • Elis GJEVORI: “Israel and assassinations: UN calls them illegal, so why is there no accountability?" (MEE, Aug 8, 2022): click here!
    After decades of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians, Israel is no nearer to being held to account.
  • Marwan BISHARA: “Why Israel hates the Palestinians so much" (AlJazeera, Aug 8, 2022): click here!
    Israel’s hatred of the Palestinians is shaped and driven by three basic sentiments: fear, envy and anger.
  • Mariam BARGHOUTI: “Help me get out”: Ahmad Manasra appeals to the world from solitary confinement" (Mondoweiss, Aug 5, 2022): click here!
    Ahmad Manasra's childhood was stolen from him by Israeli military courts. His life mirrors those of thousands of Palestinian children who have been targeted by Israel since birth.
  • "Hoogste rechter: Palestijnen in Israël mag staatsburgerschap worden ontnomen" (The Rights Forum, 1 augustus, 2022): click here!
    Het Israëlisch Hooggerechtshof staat toe dat Palestijnse inwoners van Israël het staatsburger­schap mag worden ontnomen als sprake is van een ‘schending van loyaliteit aan de staat’. Het besluit vormt een middel voor de staat om zich van Palestijnse inwoners te kunnen ontdoen.
  • "Anti-Palestinian Racism Campaign" (NA'AMOD, British Jews Against Occupation): click here!
    In recent years many of our leaders and organisations in the British Jewish Community have committed to anti-racism via public statements, commissioning reports and much more. Sadly, despite this, anti-Palestinian racism is often seen and left unchallenged within our community. This form of racism, with its associated mistruths and stereotypes, clouds our community’s conversation on the occupation and prevents us from uniting in a truly anti-occupation and anti-racist stance.
  • Or KASHTI & Chen MAANIT: "77% of Incitement Charges in Israel Filed Against Arabs, Study Reveals" (Haaretz, August 1, 2022): click here!
    The first comprehensive quantitative analysis of Israel's enforcement policy on incitement found yawning gaps in conviction rates and sentences between Arabs and Jews over the past years.
  • Haaretz Editorial: "An Israeli City's Record of Discriminating Against Arabs" (Haaretz, July 20, 2022): click here!
    The Afula city council attempted to reach a new nadir of racism this week, with its proposal to bar driving schools from operating in the city on Shabbat and holidays, except in the industrial zone.
  • Amira HASS: "Understanding the Spiritual World of the Hebrew Bands Promoting Expulsion" (Haaretz, July 18, 2022): click here!
    Last week another 16 Palestinian families were forced to leave their encampments. What goes on in the minds of the skullcap-wearers responsible for this?
  • Michael ARRIA, "Biden-Lapid joint declaration takes aim at BDS movement" (Mondoweiss, July 14, 2022): click here!
    A joint strategic partnership signed by Joe Biden and Yair Lapid promises to combat the BDS movement.
    >>> "BDS movement response to hate-filled joint declaration" (Palestinian BDS National Committee - BNC, July 14, 2022): click here!
  • Hebh JAMAL: "Germany puts artists, academics in its anti-Palestinian crosshairs" (+972, July 3, 2022): click here!
    In the span of just a few months, four high-profile Palestinians have been censored and attacked in Germany for their views after being accused by pro-Israel groups of antisemitism.
  • "Anti-Palestinian Discrimination" (Jewish Voice for Labour, June 23, 2022): click here!
    A recent JVL members meeting heard two talks on Anti-Palestinian discrimination and the silencing of Palestinian voices. One was from Ghada Karmi, a Palestinian in exile for her home country. The other was from Ofer Neiman, a Jewish Israeli activist in support of Palestinian rights.
  • Tareq BACONI: "A colonized Palestine isn’t the answer to the world’s guilt" (+972, June 20, 2022): click here!
    Zionism's synergy with right-wing populists has exploited antisemitism to justify apartheid. And Palestinians refuse to be its silent victims.
  • Stuart WINER: "Top German cultural institute revokes invitation to controversial Palestinian writer" (Times of Israel, June 19, 2022): click here!
    Muhammad Al-Kurd was to speak on panel at forum examining global far-right movements; session hosts pull out, accuse Goethe Institute of ‘racist’ stifling of Palestinian dissent.
  • Edna MOHAMED: "Israel to begin live fire training in Palestinian community facing forced expulsion" (Middle East Eye, June 17, 2022): click here!
    Palestinians in Masafer Yatta say such drills are a scare tactic aimed at facilitating their eviction.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, "Gaza: Israel’s ‘Open-Air Prison’ at 15" (Human Rights Watch, June 14, 2022): click here!
    Israel, Egypt Movement Restrictions Wreak Havoc on Palestinian Lives.
  • Isaac SCHER: "Israel Moves to Ban the Palestinian Flag" (Jewish Currents, June 7, 2022): click here!
    New legislation would criminalize the display of the colors of “any enemy state” at public institutions.
  • Shira KADARI-OVADIA: "Israel Cites Nation-State Law to Block Educators From Refuting Its Jewish Nature" (Haaretz, June 6, 2022): click here!
    Outside school program operators in Israel will have to sign 12 conditions in the bidding process, including vowing to not treat Independence Day as a 'day of mourning'.
  • Dania AKKAD: "German-Palestinian academic at centre of smear campaign wins crucial legal victory" (Middle East Eye, May 17, 2022): click here!
    A German court has ordered a state-funded body to release a secret dossier that saw Anna-Esther Younes disinvited from anti-racism event, but her lawyers say their fight isn't over.
  • Jens HANSSEN: "Who was Khalil al-Sakakini? Diaries to Palestine" (Jadaliyya, April 13,, 2022): click here!
    “Does the Documenta have an anti-Semitism problem?” an editor of the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT asked on 12 January, 2022. He went on to explain a few issues later (in the ZEIT of February 2, 2022): “Artistic freedom and freedom of expression [are] by no means the same.” In both articles he makes serious allegations against Yazan Khalili, the spokesman for the group The Question of Funding, which was invited as an artist collective to produce new work at the renowned art forum documenta fifteen which opens this summer.
  • David KATTENBURG: "How Apartheid Israel stifles Palestinian education and scientific research" (Mondoweiss, Oct 8, 2021): click here!
    An educated citizenry and advanced scientific research capacity are key drivers of sovereign national development. No one knows this better than “Start-Up” Israel. According to one recent estimate, Israel has the third most educated population in the world (behind Canada and Japan). As for the five million Palestinians living under permanent belligerent Israeli rule and presumptive apartheid, Israel honors this truth in the breach — systematically impeding Palestinian access to education, and the ability of Palestinian scientists to carry out research.
  • Omar ZAHZAH: "Fired for a Facebook post, doctor seeks justice" (The Electronic Intifada, Aug 4, 2021) ): click here!
    As bombs rained down on the besieged Gaza Strip in May, countless individuals took to social media to express their outrage over the latest slew of atrocities perpetrated by the Israeli military, “the most moral army in the world.”
  • Peter BEINART: "The Double Standards Fallacy" (The Beinard Notebook, Aug 2, 2021) ): click here!
    In recent weeks, I’ve heard commentators ask why Ben and Jerry’s isn’t divesting from Saudi Arabia. It’s an old argument: That people who protest Israel are guilty of “double standards.” The argument is often phrased as a question: “Why is [insert lefty institution here] picking on Israel when [insert tyrannical government here] is worse?”
  • Peter BEINART: "It’s Time to Name Anti-Palestinian Bigotry. Anti-Palestinianism is as ubiquitous as it is invisible" (Jewish Currents, July 16, 2021): click here!
  • Steve SALAITA: "How to Handle a Zionist Defamation Campaign" (Steve Salaita, June 28, 2021): click here!
    Nothing is guaranteed to save your job, but here are some suggestions that might give you a fighting chance.
  • Itay MASHIACH: "In Germany, a Witch Hunt Is Raging Against Critics of Israel. Cultural Leaders Have Had Enough" (Haaretz, Dec 10, 2020 ): click here!
    Scholars are boycotted for signing a petition, artists are subjected to background checks and critical texts are censored. Now, in an unprecedented move, leaders of top German cultural institutions have joined forces to declare: enough.
  • Noa LANDAU: "Mossad Involved in Anti-boycott Activity, Israeli Minister's Datebooks Reveal" (Haaretz, Nov 18, 2020 ): click here!
    Strategic affairs minister's schedules show he met with spy agency's chief. Datebooks also include several meetings devoted to creation of firm to advance 'mass awareness activities'.
  • Ali ABUNIMAH, "EU spreads more lies about BDS" (The Electronic Intifada, 3 July, 2020): click here!
    A prominent EU official, Katharina von Schnurbein, the bloc's anti-Semitism coordinator, is once again spreading lies about the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights. "It is hardly shocking that Katharina von Schnurbein, an unelected EU bureaucrat who acts more like an advocate of Israel's apartheid regime and a defender of its war crimes, is trading in anti-Palestinian racist fabrications and propaganda," Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, told The Electronic Intifada. "It believes that there is nothing Jewish about Israel’s ethnic cleansing, siege, military occupation and murderous apartheid policies against Palestinians, and that Israel does not speak for or represent all Jewish communities." By contrast, von Schnurbein appears to equate being Jewish with supporting Israel. She does not share or welcome the proposals and ideas of Jewish organizations and prominent Jewish and Israeli figures who support Palestinian rights or criticize official efforts to equate Palestinian rights advocacy with anti-Semitism.
  • Gideon LEVY: "In Germany, a Non-violent Struggle Against War Crimes Could Be Declared Illegal" (Haaretz, June 13, 2019 ): click here!
    If the German government adopts the Bundestag resolution to outlaw the BDS movement, there will be nothing to equal it in any democracy.
  • Haaretz Editorial: "Israel's Ministry of Strategic Harm" (Haaretz, June 13, 2019 ): click here!
    In recent years Israel has waged all-out war against the movement, exerting diplomatic, legal and even economic pressure.
  • Glenn GREENWALD: "A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — so She Lost Her Job" (The Intercept, Dec 17, 2018): click here!
  • Josh NATHAN-KAZIS: "Revealed: Secret ADL Memo Slammed Anti-BDS Laws As ‘Harmful’ To Jews" (Forward, Dec 13, 2018): click here!
    The Anti-Defamation League has emerged as a supporter of controversial legislation targeting boycotts of Israel. But internal ADL documents obtained by the Forward show that the organization’s own staff believed the laws could actually harm American Jews.
  • Noa LANDAU: "Israel Publishes BDS Blacklist: These Are the 20 Groups Whose Members Will Be Denied Entry" (Haaretz, Jan 7, 2018): click here!
    Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry had for months refused to divulge which organizations are on the list.
  • Jonathan LISS: "Israeli Lawmakers Push Prison Time for Pro-boycott Activists" (Haaretz, Nov 29, 2017): click here!
    A bill sponsored by members of two parties in the governing coalition would allow activists who promote anti-Israel boycotts to be charged with a crime carrying a penalty of up to seven years in jail.
  • Haaretz Editorial: "The Walls of Paper Protecting the Occupation" (Nov 30, 2017): click here!
    Draft law imposing prison sentences on boycott activists seeks to block criticism, instead of fixing the faults that are the reason for critique.
  • "Israel sets up blacklists of boycott supporters" (MEMo, Nov 10, 2017): click here!
    The Israeli government is currently preparing a blacklist of the local and international organisations and activists who call for boycotting Israeli institutions, products and events, local media sources revealed yesterday.
  • Jonathan LIS: "Ministers Back Bill Awarding Israelis Compensation From Boycotters Without Proof of Damage" (Haaretz, Nov 6, 2017): click here!
    High Court of Justice can award up to $143,000 if it determines that the boycott call is an injustice committed in an organized, systematic fashion.
  • Gideon LEVY: "Hopelessly Criminalizing BDS Only Augments Its Impact" (Haaretz, Oct 26, 2017): click here!
    Dickinson’s 20,000 inhabitants, who had probably never heard of Israel, are now new and ardent supporters of the movement to boycott it.
  • Chaim LEVINSON & Barak RAVID: "Israel Secretly Using U.S. Law Firm to Fight BDS Activists in Europe, North America" (Haaretz, Oct 25, 2017): click here!
    Israeli government hired lawyers to counter BDS; nature of work is kept a secret, and defined as 'extremely sensitive'.
  • David ROSENBERG: "Why Is U.S. Congress Bent on Exorcising an Imaginary BDS Demon?" (Haaretz, Oct 12, 2017): click here!
    Israel isn’t under any threat from boycott movement, but fighting a phony BDS war is too tempting for many to pass up.
  • Steven SALAITA: "Can’t discuss Palestine on campus? Then disaffiliate."(Mondoweiss, Oct 4, 2017): click here!
    It’s an old story: a scholar criticizes Israel (harshly or haltingly, it doesn’t really matter). In many cases, nobody pays attention. Sometimes, though, pro-Israel groups catch wind of the offense, at which point any number of things can happen: sanctimony, abuse, outrage, blacklisting, ostracism.
  • Roger WATERS: "Congress Shouldn’t Silence Human Rights Advocates"(The New York Times, Sept 7, 2017): click here!
    Members of Congress are currently considering a bill that threatens to silence the growing support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian freedom and human rights, known as B.D.S.
  • Michael SFARD: "How I stopped ignoring NGO Monitor and started fighting back" (+972, Aug 30, 2017): click here!
    For years I have remained silent as Gerald Steinberg and NGO Monitor have harassed anti-occupation groups in Israel-Palestine, spreading falsehoods about us in order to shut us down. Now is the time to speak out.
  • Steven SALAITA: "AUB Limited" (Mondoweiss, Aug 21, 2017): click here!
    I write about my experience of Beirut with great trepidation, because I know that every observation will produce hundreds of exclusions. Instead of trying to quantify the place, I want to politicize the city. Doing so will give readers a reason to be angry with me, which is the kind of concrete reaction Beirut has earned.
  • Elizabeth REDDEN: "A New Boycott Battle" (Insight Higher Ed, Aug 11, 2017): click here!
    Civil rights groups argue “anti-Israel boycott” bill would violate First Amendment rights, while supporters say the bill is narrowly tailored and represents a minor amendment to current law.
  • Ramzy BAROUD: "‘The Palestine Exception’: War on BDS is Now a War on American Democracy" (The Palestine Chronicle, Aug 9, 2017): click here!
    There is something immoral in Washington D.C., and its consequences can be dire for many people, particularly for the health of US democracy. The US government is declaring war on the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
  • Palestine Legal: "Civil Rights Groups to Congress: Oppose Unconstitutional Israel Anti-Boycott Act" (Aug 9, 2017): click here!
    Today, a coalition of ten national civil and human rights organizations sent a joint statement to members of Congress expressing strong opposition to the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and calling on lawmakers to reject - rather than amend - the bill.
  • Amnon PORTUGALY: "The war on Israeli BDS supporters" (+972, Aug 4, 2017): click here!
    Israel’s minister of strategic affairs is gathering intelligence and compiling blacklists on Israeli citizens who support the boycott movement.
  • Haaretz Editorial: "Israel’s anti-BDS Blacklists" (Haaretz, July 28, 2017): click here!
    Israel’s government is stepping up the oppression of its critics, and will continue to do so unless and until it is stopped.
  • David PALUMBO-LIU: "What Does the Resistance Really Stand for If It Criminalizes Free Speech?" (In These Times, July 26, 2017): click here!
    Pressure is building for ‘progressives’ to pull their support from proposed legislation that would criminalize support for Palestinian rights.
  • Amir TIBON: "BDS Activists Prevented From Traveling to Israel Say Jerusalem Gave Airlines a Blacklist" (Haaretz, July 26, 2017): click here!
    Five members of 22-strong interfaith group were prevented from boarding Lufthansa flight in D.C., raising questions as to how Israel enforces the policy.
  • Judy MALZ: "These Four Things Will Get You Barred From Entering Israel Under Its New BDS Travel Ban" (Haaretz, July 25, 2017): click here!
    After BDS activists prevented from boarding plane for trip to Israel, senior minister warns, 'The rules of the game have changed'.
  • Asa WINSTANLEY: "Israel’s covert terror campaign against human rights groups says a lot about the regime" (MEMo, July 23, 2017): click here!
    Last month, Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon made a disgusting and dangerous speech to the media outside the Security Council. In it, he continued a long-running campaign of incitement and hatred against human rights organisations...
  • "Open Letter of California Scholar for Academic Freedom" (MWC News, July 22, 2017): click here!
    Prefatory Note: Below is an Open Letter prepared under the direction of Vida Samiian of State University of California at Fresno on behalf of California scholars defending against any effort to abridge academic freedom anywhere in the world, but particularly in California and the United States (Richard Falk).
  • Michael Schaeffer OMER-MAN: "America's BDS law is an attack on far more than free speech" (+972, July 21, 2017): click here!
    The world long ago made clear to the Palestinians that violence is not a legitimate path for seeking independence. Now Congress is trying to criminalize one of the few nonviolent tools left.
  • Glenn GREENWALD & Ryan GRIM: "U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel" (The Intercept, July 19, 2017): click here!
    The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel.
  • "Israeli parliament advances law to keep fight against BDS secret from public" (Ma'an, July 19, 2017): click here!
    An Israeli bill aimed at exempting Israel’s attempts at combating the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and efforts to “delegitimize Israel” from Israel’s Freedom of Information Law, which allows Israeli citizens to obtain information from the government, passed its first reading in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Monday.
  • Ilan LIOR: "New Guideline Permits Israel to Deny Entry to Visitors Over 'BDS Activity'" (Haaretz, July 6, 2017): click here!
    Regulation follows the passing of a law this past March that forbids the issuance of a visa or other entry permit to foreign citizens who have called for a boycott of Israel or the settlements.
  • "South African Christians denied entry to Palestine & the Holy Land by Israeli regime" (BDS South Africa, June 29, 2017): click here!
    An alarming number of South African Christians en-route to Palestine and the Holy Land are increasingly being denied entry by the State of Israel. In particular, South African Christian volunteers, part of the World Council of Churches EAPPI program, are being denied entrance by Israel into Palestine.
  • Or KASHTI: "Israeli Education Minister's Ethics Code Would Bar Professors From Expressing Political Opinions" (Haaretz, June 10, 2017): click here!
    The code would forbid academic staff from calling for boycotts of Israel, and would prevent institutions from collaborating with political organizations.
  • "Danish FM mulls cutting funding to pro-BDS NGOs in Palestinian territory"(Ma'an, May 31, 2017): click here!
    The Danish Foreign Ministry has begun to re-examine its funding to Palestinian nonprofits in the occupied territory following pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who urged Danish leaders to cut donations to Palestinian organizations supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and those “inciting” against Israel, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.
  • Derek ATTRIDGE: "‘Ban the Boycott’ – An all too familiar refrain"(Mondoweiss, May 5, 2017): click here!
    Throughout the month of May, members of the Modern Language Association, the largest professional society of humanities scholars in the United States, will be voting on a resolution which—in contrast to other scholarly associations—seeks to ban the association from endorsing of the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
  • Asa WINSTANLEY: "Anti-BDS intelligence chief revealed as Shai Har-Zvi" (EI, April 28, 2017): click here!
    A leaked report, endorsed by the Israeli government, has revealed the name of a top official crucial to the fight against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Obtained by The Electronic Intifada, the report lists Shai Har-Zvi as “Director of Intelligence” at the Ministry of Strategic affairs – Israel’s anti-BDS ministry.
  • Ali ABUNIMAH: "Leaked report highlights Israel lobby’s failures" (EI, April 28, 2017): click here!
    Key Israel lobby groups have conceded that they have failed to counter the Palestine solidarity movement, despite vastly increasing their spending. The admission is contained in a secret report that The Electronic Intifada has obtained.
  • Amir TIBON: "All 100 U.S. Senators Demand UN Take Action Against 'anti-Israel Agenda'" (Haaretz, April 28, 2017): click here!
    Entire U.S. Senate sign letter demanding new UN chief 'ensure that Israel is treated neither better nor worse than any other UN member in good standing'.
  • Asa WINSTANLEY: "BDS is winning, admits top Israeli “sabotage” strategist" (EI, April 21, 2017): click here!
    The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel is winning, a top anti-BDS strategist has conceded. At the “Ambassadors Against BDS” conference in New York last month, former Israeli government advisor Gidi Grinstein said that “in 2016 our community probably invested 20 times … more resources in dealing with this problem compared to what we invested in 2010.”
  • "Israel denies head of Palestinian Federation of Chile entry into West Bank" (Ma'an, April 10, 2017): click here!
    Israeli authorities reportedly prevented the head of the Palestinian Federation of Chile, Anwar Makhlouf, who holds Chilean citizenship, from entering the country through the King Hussein (Allenby) Bridge border crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank on Monday.
  • Charlotte SILVER: "US judge throws out key claim against academic boycott of Israel" (EI, April 5, 2017): click here!
    Israel and its surrogates suffered a significant defeat last week, when a federal court in Washington, DC, threw out a key claim in a lawsuit against the American Studies Association for its resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.
  • Jonathan COOK: "Israel steps up dirty tricks against boycott leaders" (Mondoweiss, April 4, 2017): click here!
    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed cohorts of Israel loyalists in the United States by video link last week at the annual conference of Aipac, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee.
  • Ramzy BAROUD: "The next phase in the war on BDS: Why Israel detained Omar Barghouti" (Ma'an, March 30, 2017): click here!
    The Israeli state has violated international law more than any other country, yet has rarely, if ever, been held accountable for its crimes and misconduct.
  • Judy MALTZ: "Jewish Group Releases Blacklist of U.S. Professors Who Back Academic Boycott of Israel" (Haaretz, March 30, 2017): click here!
    AMCHA's list, which includes hundreds of names, comes weeks after Israel barred entry to supporters of boycott. 'Knesset travel ban is toothless, unless there are lists,' professor says.
  • J"Don’t Punish Protest – Open Letter to the University of Manchester" (BDSUOM, March 27, 2017): click here!
    Dear Dame Nancy and Dr Redmond, Two of our students from the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement are facing disciplinary hearings this week (29th March) due to carrying out a banner drop on the Samuel Alexander building which read ‘Stop Arming Israel’.
  • Uri BLAU: "Inside the clandestine world of Israel's 'BDS-busting' ministry" (Haaretz, March 26, 2017): click here!
    The Strategic Affairs Ministry's leaders see themselves as the heads of a commando unit, gathering and disseminating information about 'supporters of the delegitimization of Israel' – and they prefer their actions be kept secret.
  • Richard SILVERSTEIN: "Israel couldn't get the BDS founder on anything else. So they went with taxes" (Middle East Eye, March 22, 2017): click here!
    What a clever way to destroy the career of a Palestinian activist. He founded an international movement, BDS, so arresting him for espionage or on a political pretext would invoke the world's wrath on Israel.
  • Allison KAPLAN SOMMER: "Israeli BDS Activists Welcome Minister's Threat to Blacklist Them: He Made Our Job Much Easier" (Haaretz, March 22, 2017): click here!
    Minister Erdan's plan for a blacklist of BDS supporters has far from dismayed leftist activists. "It's a good sign that we're on the right track," Boycott from Within co-founder says.
  • Judy MALZ: "Israel's Travel Ban May Prevent Israel Studies Scholars From Entering the Country" (Haaretz, March 20, 2017): click here!
    Association of Israel Studies warns that it will not hold any more conferences in Israel until it's assured all its members will be allowed in the country.
  • Colin SHINDLER: "These Academics Fight BDS on Campus Every Day. Will They Be Banned From Israel?" (Haaretz, March 19, 2017): click here!
    Israel's law banning entry to settlement boycotters is a form of intellectual harassment and may mark a watershed moment in wider Israel-Diaspora relations.
  • Stuart LITTLEWOOD: "Zionists snuff out free speech at UK universities" (Redress Information and Analysis, March 9, 2017): click here!
    Who had the impudence to change our values regarding free speech? Desperation tactics to shut down discussion of the Israeli regime’s mega-crimes reach new heights of absurdity.
  • Judy MALTZ: "Israel’s New Travel Ban: A Survival Kit for Activists Stopped at Israel's Airport" (Haaretz, March 8, 2017): click here!
    What happens if you've ever signed a petition condemning the Israeli occupation? This is your survival kit for entry into the country at Ben-Gurion airport.
  • Haaretz Editorial: "Israel's New Travel Ban: Boycotting the Truth" (Haaretz, March 8, 2017): click here!
    The new law plays into the hands of those who seek to destroy Israel and penalizes those who support its existence but oppose the occupation.
  • "Knesset passes 'BDS ban' preventing foreign boycott supporters from entering Israel" (Ma'an, March 8, 2017): click here!
    Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed an amendment into law on Monday evening forbidding entry into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to foreigners calling for a boycott of Israel, Israeli media reported.
  • Chemi SHALEV: "The New Anti-boycott Law Is anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish" (Haaretz, March 7, 2017): click here!
    Frustrated by their failure to annex, right wingers exact a price tag from opponents of Jewish presence in the West Bank.
  • Mira SUCHAROV: "Israel's Travel Ban: How Banning Settlement Boycotters Is Driving Me Into the Arms of BDS" (Haaretz, March 7, 2017): click here!
    Israel's entry ban on settlement boycotters has left me, and many other anti-occupation Diaspora Jews with deep ties to the Jewish state, bewildered, frustrated and unmoored.
  • Jonathan LIS: "Israel's Travel Ban: Knesset Bars Entry to Foreigners Who Call for Boycott of Settlements" (Haaretz, March 7, 2017): click here!
    The Knesset gave its final approval Monday evening to a bill that forbids granting entry visas or residency rights to foreign nationals who call for economic, cultural or academic boycotts of either Israel or the settlements.
  • "Free speech on Israel under attack in universities - Letter from 243 academics" (The Guardian, 27 Feb, 2017): click here!
    "These are outrageous interferences with free expression, and are direct attacks on academic freedom. As academics with positions at UK universities, we wish to express our dismay at this attempt to silence campus discussion about Israel, including its violation of the rights of Palestinians for more than 50 years. It is with disbelief that we witness explicit political interference in university affairs in the interests of Israel under the thin disguise of concern about antisemitism."
  • Ben WHITE: "Israeli Apartheid Week: How campus activism is being shut down by false charges of 'anti-Semitism'" (Middle East Eye, 23 Feb, 2017): click here!
    Cancellation of Friends of Palestine event followed calls by pro-Israel groups for supporters to bombard universities with complaints.
  • Simon HOOPER: "REVEALED: UK universities told to 'manage' Palestine activism" (Middle East Eye, 22 Feb, 2017): click here!
    Prevent training package advises that events involving 'vocal support for Palestine' should be 'risk-assessed and managed'.
  • Lode VANOOST: "Owen Jones laat zich gebruiken door Britse Israëllobby" (De Wereld Morgen, 22 feb, 2017): click here!
    De Britse Israëllobby poogt al jaren de BDS-beweging tegen de bezetting van Palestina en de apartheid in Israël te delegitimeren met beschuldigingen van antisemitisme. De lobby zoekt daarvoor steun bij 'gematigde critici van de bezetting'.
  • Asa WINSTANLEY: "How the Israel lobby is using Owen Jones" (The Electronic Intifada, 21 Feb, 2017): click here!
    Last week the Jewish Labour Movement announced that Guardian columnist Owen Jones will be the big name speaker at an event the group is holding on 2 April. Jones will lecture on “left anti-Semitism, the Middle East and the Labour Party.”
  • Adri NIEUWHOF: "Why I must oppose smears against Israel’s critics in Germany" (The Electronic Intifada, 15 Feb, 2017): click here!
    I have to speak out against the smear campaign waged in Germany against Farid Esack, an Islamic studies professor from South Africa. When Israel’s supporters learned that Esack had been given a teaching post at the University of Hamburg, they made baseless allegations of anti-Semitism against him.
  • Hilary AKED: "How a London theater became a BDS battleground" (The Electronic Intifada, Feb 6, 2017): click here!
    srael’s UK ambassador and his allies in the British government viewed a 2014 row over the sponsorship of a film festival as a key battle against the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according to documents released under freedom of information rules.
  • Haaretz Editorial: "The Minister of Reeducation" (Feb 5, 2017): click here!
    The expansion of the 'boycott law' is an attempt to prevent any protest against government policy.
  • Jonathan LIS: "Israeli Bill Would Cut Funds to Universities With Lecturers Backing Boycott" (Haaretz, Feb 5, 2017): click here!
    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will decide Sunday whether to support a bill that would let the Council for Higher Education reduce state funding to an academic institution if a lecturer calls for a boycott of Israel.
  • Hilary AKED: "Inside the ‘secret’ public-private partnership Israel is using to fight BDS" (Mondoweiss, Feb 1, 2017): click here!
    When journalist Marcus Dysch reported on an April 2014 gathering at London’s Hilton Metropole hotel, involving the leaders of pro-Israel organizations from 25 different countries, he called it a “secret” conference. Evidently not a very well-kept secret.
  • Jonathan LIS: "Israel Set to Pass Law Banning pro-BDS Foreigners From Entering Country" (Haaretz, Jan 30, 2017): click here!
    The Knesset is likely to give final approval Monday evening to a bill that would forbid granting entry visas or residency rights to foreign nationals who call for economic, cultural or academic boycotts of either Israel or the settlements.
  • Adri NIEUWHOF: "Blogger who smeared Berlin teacher hero-worships Israeli war criminal" (The Electronic Intifada, 26 Jan, 2017): click here!
    A Berlin-based teacher is being pilloried for daring to speak the truth. The Jerusalem Post recently quoted an accusation that the academic Eleonora Roldán Mendívil was an anti-Semite. The newspaper failed, however, to provide any evidence that would support that claim – made by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a pro-Israel group.
  • "Protesters in Antwerp facing trial for organizing Palestine demonstration" (Samidoun, 26 Jan, 2017): click here!
    Three demonstrators who participated in a 2014 protest in Antwerp, Belgium against the attack on the Gaza Strip were called before the court in Antwerp on 24 January. They are charged with incitement to racism against the Jewish community in Antwerp, not based on independent findings by the police, but instead on a complaint filed by supporters of Israel.
  • Salma KARMI-AYYOUB: "What we can legally do against the anti-BDS campaign" (Al-Jazeera, Jan 5, 2016): click here!
    Activists need a solid legal strategy to resist states succumbing to Israel pressure and imposing BDS bans.
  • Charlotte SILVER: "Israel lobby lawsuits aim to slow boycott in Spain" (The Electronic Intifada, Oct 27, 2016): click here!
    In July 2014, at the height of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, Spain’s RESCOP launched a national campaign targeting local cultural institutions, businesses and associations, asking that they declare themselves “free of Israeli apartheid.” That effort has since grown, in both size and kind. Today, there are more than 50 participating cities and towns across the country.
  • Judy MALZ: "Jewish Professors Across America Launching anti-BDS 'University'" (Haaretz, Sept 20, 2016): click here!
    Israel and the Academy website, going live at the end of the month, aims to provide more 'nuanced' understanding of Middle East conflict.
  • "Israeli university, arms company hold hasbara hackathon in Haifa" (MEMo, Aug 16, 2016): click here!
    An Israeli university has hosted a hasbara hackathon, which saw students gather to create ways to improve Israel’s image and undermine the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The ‘iHack’ event, held at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, is the latest example of Israeli students and institutions of higher education enlisting themselves in Israel’s global PR offensive.
  • "Israel wants to ban pro-boycott activists" (Palestine News Network, Aug 8, 2016): click here!
    On Sunday, Israeli Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister and Israeli Interior Minister agreed, during a meeting, to create a new measure preventing the entry into Israel of foreign activists being part of organisations boycotting Israel.
  • "Israel imposes effective travel ban on BDS movement co-founder, steps up anti-BDS repression" (bdsmovement.net, May 10, 2016): click here!
    Israel has officially refused to renew the travel document of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti in a move that amounts to a travel ban and is an escalation of its attacks on Palestinian human rights defenders who nonviolently advocate for Palestinian rights under international law.
  • Conference "Stop the Boycott". Jerusalem, 28 March 2016. Org.: Yedioth Ahronoth & YNet. (YNet): click here!
    Without knives or missiles but with an explosive payload consisting of outrageous lies – genocide, apartheid and crimes against humanity – the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is conquering a growing number of strongholds in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. From the campuses of California to the supermarkets of Paris, the academic, economic and cultural boycott is becoming a palpable threat to the international status of the State of Israel.
  • "Israel launches electronic war against ‘global boycott movement’" (MEMo, January 29, 2016): click here!
    Israel Hayom newspaper reported: "Israel is facing a campaign to de-legitimise it. It penetrates into a certain extent; up to the secretary-general of the United Nations," noting that it is a new battle in its "own stadium: the cyber space".
  • "Israeli university heads, politicians, warn of a growing boycott" (MEMo, Jan 21, 2016): click here!
    Addressing a special meeting of the Knesset’s Science and Technology Committee, aimed at discussing the impact of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on Israeli academia, academics and politicians alike sounded the alarm bells.
  • Dan RABINOWITZ: "A Progressive Respons to BDS" (Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America, Dec 8, 2015): click here!
    "Reasonably well informed people, averagely sensitive and equipped with an intuitive sense of justice, find it increasingly difficult to remain indifferent to Israel’s conduct. The occupation, now nearing its 50th year, has turned Gaza, and to a lesser extent the West Bank, into de facto detention zones. It humiliates millions of Palestinians, robs them of meaningful citizenship, and violates their human rights on a daily basis.
  • "Israel sets up special ministry to tackle BDS" (Middle East Monitor, November 4, 2015): click here!
  • Dan RABINOWITZ: "Why the BDS Campaign Can’t Tolerate Israeli Moderates" (Haaretz, November 3, 2015): click here!
    "For the BDS campaign’s narrative of Israel as a radically essentialized evil to work, those most amenable to nuance and dialogue – like Israeli academics and my late friend Edward Said - must be the first to be boycotted".
  • ""Stop Boycotting Jewish Academics” demands JHRW"(Jewish Human Rights Watch, October 30, 2015): click here!
    Starting in April 1933, German academics actively colluded in the dismissal of their own Jewish colleagues, under the Nazi Law for the Re-Establishment of the Professional Civil Service. So did the activists of the National Socialist Students’ League which, long before the Nazis came to power, organised boycotts of, and disturbances in, lectures given by Jewish academics.
  • J.K.ROWLING: "Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts – letter from JK Rowling, Simon Schama and others" (The Guardian, October 22, 2015): click here!.
  • Willy WOLSZTAJN: "BACBI : une campagne indigne, absurde et hypocrite" (Centre Communautaire Laïc Juif, 27 mai, 2015).



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