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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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
On February 8, the University of California Student Association, the independent official voice of 240,000 UC students, passed two advisory resolutions: Resolution Calling for the UC Regents to Divest from Corporations Violating Palestinian Human Rights and Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California by an 9-1 vote, with 5 abstentions.
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This Week in Palestine, June 24th, 2016 IMEMC Friday Jun 24th 10:25 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 17th, 2016 IMEMC Friday Jun 17th 9:56 PM
BDS in San Francisco: Responding to the Call of Palestinian Christians Ecumenical Peace Partners Wednesday Jun 15th 11:30 AM
Evergreen State College Students Vote in Solidarity with Palestine and Farmworkers Students for Justice in Palestine at TESC Monday Jun 13th 1:10 PM
Talk by: USS Liberty Survivor Don Pageler Allan Rees Sunday Jun 12th 4:57 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 10th, 2016 IMEMC Friday Jun 10th 10:25 PM
Protesters tell Cuomo: We will boycott Israel until it ends abuses of Palestinian rights Adalah-NY, Jewish Voice for Peace, JewsSayNo! (1 comment) Thursday Jun 9th 4:31 PM
Mark Stone Voted for Unconstitutional, Anti-BDS Law AB 2844 via South Bay Jewish Voice for Peace (1 comment) Wednesday Jun 8th 12:08 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 3rd, 2016 IMEMC Saturday Jun 4th 12:29 AM
This Week in Palestine, May 27th, 2016 IMEMC Sunday May 29th 12:15 AM
Union officials suppress member support for BDS via Palestine Legal Wednesday May 25th 3:37 PM
The Nakba Files Adalah / CPS Saturday May 21st 2:37 PM
This Week in Palestine, May 20th, 2015 IMEMC Friday May 20th 11:57 PM
This Week in Palestine, May 13th, 2015 IMEMC Saturday May 14th 12:03 AM
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