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Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)UC Berkeley Reinstates Course on Palestine Following Outcry
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)Course Examining Palestine through Lens of Settler Colonialism Nearly Censored
University of California Berkeley (Cal) reinstated a student-led course on Palestine on September 19, following an outcry over its arbitrary suspension the previous week. The suspension, taken in apparent response to pressure from Israel advocacy groups, was widely condemned -- by students, professors, and observers -- as a violation of academic freedom, shocking, and unjustifiable. The organization Palestine Legal had sent a letter to Cal Chancellor Dirks on September 16 warning that the suspension infringed on First Amendment rights and principles of academic freedom.
When San Francisco Hillel sponsored the Mayor on a visit to San Francisco State University (SFSU) on April 6, a group of 20 student protesters stood on the sidelines inside the venue and chanted in protest of the Mayor’s controversial policies towards Palestinians. Student protesters were accused of threatening Jewish students with violent and anti-Semitic messages. On September 1, SFSU released a report that concluded that the protest focused on the Mayor for the policies he promotes.
On May 31, students at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA voted overwhelmingly to endorse resolutions expressing support for freedom and equality for Palestinians and labor justice for migrant workers at Sakuma Bros farm in northern Washington. The three resolutions asked students to condemn the presence of Caterpillar Inc. equipment on campus, to de-shelve Sabra hummus, and prohibit the use of Sakuma Bros berries from campus dining services.
Fri Jun 10 2016 (Updated 06/11/16)New Yorkers Tell Governor Cuomo: We Will Continue to Boycott Israel
Fri Jun 10 2016 (Updated 06/11/16)Defiance in the Face of a New Wave of State-Sanctioned Blacklists Targeting BDS Supporters
On June 9, hundreds of New Yorkers demonstrated outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's offices, outraged by his executive order requiring the state to create a blacklist of corporations and institutions that support the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. On the west coast, the California Assembly voted unanimously on June 3 to pass AB 2844, yet another in a string of state-sponsored anti-BDS efforts currently moving forward across the country.
Sun Feb 21 2016 (Updated 05/03/16)Anti-BDS Bills Introduced in California Legislature
Sun Feb 21 2016 (Updated 05/03/16)Nationwide, New Laws Seek to Suppress Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns
Israel’s defenders in the U.S. have intensified their efforts to stifle criticism of Israeli government policies with new bills and laws seeking to censor or punish advocacy in support of Palestinian rights. In California, two anti-BDS bills were introduced by Assembly member Travis Allen. AB 1551, the “California Israel Commerce Protection Act”, would prohibit the state from investing in businesses and institutions that comply with boycotts against Israel or Israeli-controlled territories. AB 1552 would prohibit the state from contracting with entities that engage in what he calls “boycotts due to discrimination and bigotry.”
Sat Oct 3 2015On UCSC Move-In Day, Activists Greet Students with Message: Free Speech For Palestine
On September 17, the first move-in day for Fall quarter at UC Santa Cruz, students and community members at the main entrance of campus displayed signs opposing Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 (SCR 35), which was introduced this year in the California Senate. On its surface SCR 35 is legislation that addresses anti-Semitism on the University of California campuses, but critics caution the measure has the potential to limit the free speech activities of those seeking justice for Palestine.
Wed Apr 8 2015Hewlett Packard Protest: The People's Shareholders Meeting
On the grassy lawn in front of Hewlett Packard headquarters, demonstrators held a "virtual" meeting dubbed "The People's Shareholders Meeting" on March 18. Board members in silk-screened HP insignia ties joined a Meg Whitman character in blonde wig. CEO Whitman fielded questions about the company's complicity in Israel's oppression of Palestine from a group on lawn chairs portraying shareholders. Testifiers, including two Israeli citizens, spoke to the shareholders from a mock podium.
7PM Friday Oct 28 Forum/Foro, Palestine: A forgotten issue in the 2016...
7PM Thursday Nov 17 Palestinian-American human rights lawyer Noura Erakat!
Palestinian-American human rights lawyer Noura Erakat! Tuesday Oct 25th 12:11 PM
Forum/Foro, Palestine: A forgotten issue in the 2016 Elections Sunday Oct 23rd 11:18 AM
Facebook, The Police, ADL, Tenure & The Frame-up Of Canadian Professor Anthony Hall Saturday Oct 15th 10:02 AM
This Week in Palestine, October 14th, 2016 Friday Oct 14th 6:21 PM
"Imagine A Day Without Censorship" Speakout At Facebook Zuckerberg's SF Mansion Wednesday Oct 12th 6:58 PM
2016 San Francisco Gaza 5K Wednesday Oct 12th 1:52 PM
This Week in Palestine, October 7th, 2016 Saturday Oct 8th 10:05 PM
Recent History of Assaults on Universities Regarding Academic Freedom, the Right of Free Speech and Dissent Saturday Oct 8th 1:45 AM
Press Release: New website lists Israelis & Palestinians killed since 2000 Thursday Oct 6th 12:46 PM
Kickoff Indigenous People's Weekend: Protest Facebook Censorship Monday Oct 3rd 9:33 PM
Hebron and Beyond: Settlements, Occupation, and Youth Resistance Monday Oct 3rd 9:43 AM
This Week in Palestine, September 30th, 2016 Friday Sep 30th 6:24 PM
Evidence of Feared Israel-Led Censorship as Zuckerberg Facebook Bans Palestinian Editors Thursday Sep 29th 6:18 AM
Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: Pattern of unlawful killings reveals shocking disregard for human life Wednesday Sep 28th 3:33 PMMore News...