With over half of US states having passed anti-BDS legislation, an author of the ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’ in the Senate, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (Rep), wants to hear from Airbnb.
BY MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – Airbnb’s move this week to delist properties located in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its website prompted enough of an outcry in Israel to be heard in Washington, where key lawmakers are expressing concern and raising the prospect of legal action against the service giant.
The decision by Airbnb, an online marketplace for property rentals, sparked furor from Israeli officials this week. Continue Reading »
Israel’s former Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, “Airbnb blacklists Jewish apartments in Judea & Samaria – not Palestinian apartments, not apartments in Turkish occupied Cyprus, not in Moroccan occupied Sahara, not in Tibet or the Crimea. – Airbnb’s policy is the very definition of antisemitism. No one should use its services.”
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
Airbnb agreed to boycott West Bank settlements and announced plans Monday to remove settler listings from its popular website of temporary rentals in 191 countries.
“Another BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] win!” multiple pro-Palestinian groups jubilantly claimed on social media.
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Pro-Israel U.S. Voters, WAKE UP!
Poll conducted this year found a mere 27% of Democrats sympathize with Israel than Palestinians, as compared with 79% of Republicans.
BY MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement making its way through Congress has earned the support of a majority of senators, save for a handful that share one thing in common: plans to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
No senator who has expressed an interest in running for president this cycle – Senators Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York – has joined 57 of their colleagues to cosponsor the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. Continue Reading »
After Israel’s Supreme Court nixed the deportation of pro-BDS student Alqasem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem students hung posters just ahead of her arrival, saying, “We don’t want you here!”
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Dozens of anti-BDS anti-terror posters directed at master’s degree candidate Lara Alqasem were hung and distributed today, Sunday, on Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus ahead of Alqasem’s arrival.
Poster at Hebrew Uuniversity – Im Tirtzu
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday evening against the state’s position that Alqasem is prohibited from entering the country under Israel’s anti-BDS law, which bars non-citizen supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement from visiting Israel. Continue Reading »
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has applied to the Tel Aviv court for permission to join the defense team representing the American student, Lara Alqasem, who is still awaiting an appeal against deportation from her holding-cell at the Ben Gurion Int’l airport’s detention facility.
By i24NEWS – AFP
A US student refused entry for alleged support of a pro-Palestinian boycott of goods from Israeli has chosen to stay and fight the ban in court with the support of the Hebrew University where she had intended to spend a year studying.
Immigration authority spokeswoman Sabine Haddad told AFP late Tuesday that Lara Alqasem was being held at an immigration facility but was not under arrest. Continue Reading »
Three Knesset Members from Meretz were denied entry to the Ben Gurion Airport detention facility upon their ‘surprise’ visit to see the 22 yr-old American woman who has been held for over five days now.
By ZACHARY KEYSER
Meretz Members of Knesset Tamar Zandberg, Issawi Farig and Musi Raz were not allowed to visit Lara Alqasem, the Florida university student who has been detained by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) at Ben-Gurion Airport for alleged Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activity since arriving in Israel on Tuesday.
Lara Al-qasem, once served as Florida University president of Students for Justice in Palestine, an anti-Israel group which supports the BDS movement against Israel’s existence. Continue Reading »
Letter including signatures of Roger Waters and Ken Loach, calls to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to be held in Israel, ‘until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights.’
By Ami Friedman
Over 100 artists from around the world are calling for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, due to be held in Israel on 2019. In a letter published by the Guardian on Friday dozens of musicians, actors, filmmakers and directors said they support Palestinian artists’ boycott of the contest since Israel “violates Palestinian human rights.”
“Until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights, there should be no business-as-usual with the state that is denying them their basic rights,” the letter reads. Continue Reading »
#BDSfail: Jerusalem District Court on Monday maintained the legal privilege of attorney-client confidentiality to outside parties when pro-Palestinian activists claim protecting identities of foreign attorneys representing Israel’s interests overseas “poses a slippery slope of anti-democratic activity.”
By Ariel Kahana
The Jerusalem District Court on Monday denied a petition by pro-Palestinian activists’ demanding to reveal the names of the attorneys who work with Israeli ministries to counter the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement activities worldwide.
Since 2015, Israel – through the Strategic Affairs Ministry – has been waging a low-profile campaign in Europe against organizations promoting the boycott of the Jewish state. Continue Reading »
Anti-Israel BDS activists claim they forced a cargo ship leased to the Israeli shipping services ZIM, to miss its scheduled port of call at Rades Port, Tunisia.
By Mordechai Sones
A ship leased by the Israeli ZIM shipping company was forced last week to change route that originally passed through the port of Rades in Tunisia on its way to Spain.
News item – Screenshot of news clip
The ship left the entrance to the port of Rades after anti-Israel boycotters threatened to block the harbor and port workers threatened to refuse to handle the cargo if it anchored at the port. Continue Reading »
BDS director in Europe Ana Sanchez Mera, was banned from entering Israel by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri for advocating boycotts and organizing demonstrations in Spain against the State of Israel.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The Population Authority on Tuesday prevented the entry into Israel of Ana Sanchez Mera, a senior member of the BDS National Committee (BNC), under the guidance of Minister Aryeh Deri, on the recommendation of Minister Erdan.
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (L) and Public Security Min. Gilad Erdan (R) Photos: Wikimedia
The activist who has been prevented from entering Israel is the coordinator of the BNC organization in Europe and the director of the organization’s international campaigns. Continue Reading »
BDS activist & anti-Israel propagandist Lydia de Leeuw, was detained by Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority at Ben Gurion Int’l airport, then refused an entry visa on Friday by the Interior Minister for persistently taking part in activities against the State of Israel.
BY JULIANE HELMHOLD
A Dutch female BDS activist was refused entry into Israel Friday noon by the Population and Immigration Authority of Ben Gurion airport.
Entry into Israel, Passport Control. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Lydia de Leeuw had persistently taken part in activities against the State of Israel and demonstrations, and promoted the de-legitimization of and boycott against Israel in the Netherlands. Continue Reading »
After a few questions upon her arrival at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport on Sunday evening, notoriously known anti-Israel activist Ariel Elyse Gold had her visa nullified and was prevented from entering the country.
Ido Ben Porat
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Sunday prevented an American Jewish BDS activist from entering Israel, at the recommendation of Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan.
The activist, Ariel Elyse Gold, is a recognized anti-Israel activist belonging to the Codepink organization.
Ariel Elyse Gold openly protests on social media against Israel.- Facebook
Gold arrived in Israel a few months ago as a tourist, and during her stay it became known that she is a well-known activist who was leading boycotts against Israel. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev, announced that under threats to harm footballer Lionel Messi and his family should he play in Israel, the Argentinian soccer team apologized for having to cancel their game in Israel.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
The Almagor Terror Victims Association called on the Israel Police to open an investigation into senior Palestinian Authority official Jibril Rajoub over allegations that he had launched a series of threats against Israeli soccer players in Argentina.
Messi points to the sky – Photo: Shai Pal, Wikimedia
Rajoub. who is the former head PA Preventive Security Force in West Bank, is currently the Palestinian Football Association and the Palestine Olympic Committee head. Continue Reading »
After the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) worked hard to make sure Netta didn’t amass votes outside of Israel, they were devastated to learn Saturday night, it was a huge waste of time & money.
– Watch Netta’s winning performance.
– Watch Netanyahu’s reaction…it’s hilarious.
By Israel Today Staff
War with Iran seems more likely than ever, and the United States is about to move its embassy to Jerusalem. But on Sunday morning Israelis could talk of little else than the nation’s victory at the Eurovision song contest.
Final tally of top 26 of 43 entries to the 63rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Continue Reading »
Despite the taunting he received when returning home to Nazareth while serving in an IDF Golani unit, Christian Arab Youssef Haddad, 32, now fights BDS for Israel with ‘Reservists on Duty’ and works to bring Israel’s Arab sector closer to the Jewish State.
By Hassan Shaalan
A Christian Arab from Nazareth joined the IDF of his own volition and served in the elite Golani Brigade. During his service, he was wounded in the Second Lebanon War and upon his discharge found another way to serve his country: combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and improving ties between Israeli-Arabs and the state. Continue Reading »