Tag Archive for BDS

European court overturns France in prosecution of Israel boycott cases

The EU human rights court rules the French arrest & conviction of 12 BDS activists in 2010 over distribution of handbills calling for boycott of Israeli goods, ‘lacked any relevant or sufficient grounds’.
– France ordered to pay €27,380 ($31,150) to each BDS activist.

By Reuters

 

The European Human Rights Court (EHCR) ruled on Thursday that a French criminal conviction against activists involved in a campaign to boycott products imported from Israel had no sufficient grounds and violated their freedom of expression.

France’s highest appeals’ court in 2015 upheld rulings that convicted campaigners on the basis of inciting racism and anti-Semitism. Continue Reading »

Germany institutes travel ban on senior Palestinian terrorist

Having already classified the PFLP as a Palestinian terrorist organization by the U.S. & E.U., Khaled Barakat, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has been deemed, ‘Persona non grata’ by Berlin.

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

 

BERLIN – The German government has issued a four-year travel ban against a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who allegedly supports terrorism and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Jewish state.

The Palestinian journalist and alleged PFLP terrorist Khaled Barakat, who is based in Canada, said in a webinar in late March that the German authorities imposed a “four-year ban on me entering Germany” because “I support [the Palestinians’] right to resist Israel, call for the liberation of Palestine from river to sea… that I support the Palestinian organization and they name it the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).” Continue Reading »

MLB cuts all Roger Waters’ tour promotions over antisemitic bias

Major League Baseball agrees to Jewish advocacy groups’ concerns, ends all associations on its platforms with Pink Floyd frontman over his support of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, sanctions movement.

By Associated Press, Israel Hayom Staff

 

Major League Baseball will not schedule any more advertising on its platforms promoting music artist Roger Waters.

The leadership of the Jewish advocacy organization B’nai B’rith International sent a letter to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred last month criticizing the sport’s involvement in ticket sales for Waters’ “This is Not a Drill” tour. MLB.com was among the organizations sponsoring ticket pre-sales.

Pig balloon with Star of David from Roger Waters concert 370 – YouTube Screenshot

B’nai B’rith President Charles O. Continue Reading »

“Queen’s Speech” to include mention of Boris Johnson’s anti-BDS law

UK official says, “Antisemitism is an attack on the British way of life and British identity, …Without our Jewish citizens we would be a lesser nation.”

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The new Conservative government in the UK will pass a law making it illegal for public bodies to engage with BDS, UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues Rt Hon Lord Eric Pickles said at the International Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s conference in Jerusalem on Sunday night.

“BDS is antisemitic and should be treated as such,” Pickles said, explaining that the new law will not allow public bodies to work with those who boycott, divest from or sanction Israel in any way. Continue Reading »

Trumps takes on unbridled anti-Semitism propagating on US campuses

By signing the Executive Order, Trump’s presidential directive will broaden the existing definition of anti-Semitism to that of the IHRA, so that “targeting of the State of Israel” and singling it out for criticism above other nations will not spill over into religious discrimination that targets Jewish students.

By Itamar Eichner, News Agencies, Ilan Levinsohn

 

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order on Wednesday that would treat “Jewishness” as a nationality and not just a religion, making anti-Semitism subject to a law that bars discrimination on the basis of national origin at educational institutions that receive federal funding. Continue Reading »

Israel Supreme Court agrees: Human Rights Watch official must leave Israel

Omar Shakir, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) director for Israel and the Palestinian territories fails in his attempt before the Israeli Supreme Court to force Israel’s government to allow him to remain in Israel even after his entry visa expires.

By i24NEWS, AFP

 

Israel’s supreme court on Tuesday upheld a government decision to expel Omar Shakir, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) director for Israel and the Palestinian territories.

After about a year of orders and court proceedings, it is now up to the government whether to follow through and deport Shakir, a US citizen, who brands the move a bid by Israel to silence and delegitimize critics of its treatment of the Palestinians. Continue Reading »

Czech parliament condemns anti-Semitism & anti-Israel boycotts

The Czech parliament passed a resolution Tuesday condemning all types of boycotts against Israel and all manifestations of anti-Semitism.

By Gary Willig

 

The Czech parliament passed a resolution Tuesday condemning boycotts of Israel and all forms of anti-Semitism.

The resolution was passed following a spate of anti-Semitic incidents across Europe and a similar decision by the German parliament calling the BDS movement anti-Semitic.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz on i24NEWS interview – Screengrab i24NEWS

Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz praised the move.

“I welcome the adoption of an important resolution, by the Czech Chamber of Deputies, condemning all forms of Antisemitism. Continue Reading »

Israeli Minister seeks to revoke residency visa of BDS co-founder

Israel’s Interior Minister issues an edict seeking a legal opinion for the permanent revocation of the Israeli residency visa given to Omar Barghouti, the co-fonder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

By Elad Benari

 

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Sunday ordered the Population and Immigration Authority to prepare a legal opinion on the revocation of the Israeli residency of Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Israels Interior Minister Aryeh Deri -Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Minister Deri’s decision was made following an announcement by Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber regarding the authority of the Interior Minister to deprive Barghouti’s residency. Continue Reading »

UK denies BDS co-founder entry to speak at Labour Conference

BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti, who was invited to speak at a number of events during the Labour party conference, was denied an entry visa into the UK without explanation.

By Elad Benari, Canada

 

Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, has been denied an entry visa to the UK, where he was due to speak at a number of fringe events at the Labour party conference.

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Barghouti had been due to speak at a Palestine Solidarity Campaign event in Brighton on Sunday, alongside prominent Labour party politicians including Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary and Lisa Nandy, chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, the Jewish Chronicle reported Friday. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Boycott campaign against Canadian business backfires

Shortly after an anti-Israel activist posted on his Facebook page a called to boycott Toronto businesses that supports Israel, the owner of one of the targeted establishments, the ‘Taste of Israel’ grocery store, admitted his sales had skyrocketed.

By Paul Lungen, CJN Staff Reporter

 

It’s a safe bet to say that Firas al-Najim’s boycott efforts didn’t go the way he hoped they would.

About a week after the anti-Israel agitator posted videos on his Facebook page calling for a boycott of Toronto businesses that support Israel, the owner of one of the targets of his campaign, the Taste of Israel grocery store, said sales had more than doubled. Continue Reading »

American actor boycotts working on Israeli created Netflix series, ‘FAUDA’

The pro-Palestinian American actor was right about one thing, admitting, “My refusal to collaborate with Israeli producers will have a negligible effect on this expensive and ambitious project.”

By HANNAH BROWN

 

Emmy-winning actor David Clennon wrote in an op-ed piece that he chose not to audition for a role on a new Netflix series because he didn’t want to work with Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, the creators of Fauda, because that series “had been criticized for its portrayal of Palestinians and for its tendency to justify Israel’s human rights abuses.”

Clennon, who appeared on the series Weeds as a dying man who allows his wife to have lovers, said on the TruthOut.org Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Jennifer Lopez had “unforgettable” time, did not keep low profile in Israel

Ignoring BDS pressure, JLo unapologetically made her presence in the Holy Land, not just at the sold-out performance in Tel Aviv, but with family photos to her 100 million social media followers, as she toured Jerusalem.

By Raz Shechnik

 

A thousand ambassadors would not have been able to improve Israel’s image in the eyes of the world the way Jennifer Lopez, who has over 100 million followers on social media, has done during her five day visit to the Holy Land as part of her concert tour.

It all started with her decision to agree to come to Israel at all, at a time when local producers are struggling to convince top international artists to perform in the country amid the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions threats. Continue Reading »

US Rep. Ilhan Omar proposes new pro-BDS resolution, reports on trip to Israel

Omar’s pro-BDS resolution is retaliatory, a response to the House Foreign Affairs Committee moving forward with 5 pro-Israel bills, two of them, bills that will not only sanction supporters of Hamas (such as herself), but will also supplement improvements to Israel’s defense & security.

BY OMRI NAHMIAS

 

WASHINGTON – US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) put forth a new pro-BDS resolution in Congress “affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”

The freshman congresswomen has become a focal point of anti-Israel and antisemitic sentiment, following numerous controversial comments regarding Israel. Continue Reading »

Bernie Sanders joins Linda Sarsour, Rep. Tlaib supporting anti-Israel campaign

What good can come from Sharia advocates & a self-hating Jew? – #Jexodus PLEASE!

Sen. Bernie Sanders has joined with Linda Sarsour and Rashida Tlaib in IFNOTNOW’s newly formed non-profit branch to highlight its 2020 campaign against Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Jewish West Bank.

BY JEREMY SHARON

 

The radical US-based IfNotNow organization that campaigns against Israel’s control of the West Bank has formed a new nonprofit branch to highlight its message during the 2020 presidential campaign.

The organization stated that Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians was a moral concern for the US Jewish community, and alleged that allegations of antisemitism are manipulated to fight those who oppose Israel’s policies. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, ‘BDS has no place in Florida’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a memorandum of understanding between Ariel University, located in the center of Israel’s ancient heartland, and Florida State University, to establish academic and research collaborations.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and American Jewish businessman Sheldon Adelson and his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson were hosted at Ariel University Monday on the occasion of the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Ariel and Florida State University.

Governor DeSantis received an honorary degree from the university in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between Florida State University and Ariel University. Continue Reading »