Israeli Divestment Campaign Sees Victories
Is Israel Reaching Its South African Moment?
Below are links to a series of news stories from the BDS Movement for Freedom, Justice and Equality. It shows a rapidly growing movement achieving major successes that will greatly impact the Israeli economy. It is reminiscent of the era of the end of South African apartheid when that nation became isolated from the world economy because of the racially discriminatory and unjust policies. More is coming, right now the Presbyterian Church is considering divestment from US corporations contributing to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. In recent years, there have been widespread protests in Israel over their economy which is already not working for many Israelis. The security state expenditures for the Palestinian control and land theft policies were already creating a dysfunctional economy, now that people around the world are refusing to be part of Israel because of its abusive Palestinian problems, Israel may finally be forced to face up to its serious mistakes and find a solution to the issue — whether it is a one-state or two-state solution — the bottom line is Israeli apartheid must end. KZ
Largest US Protestant Church divests from Israeli prison contractor G4SJune 13, 2014 by Palestinian BDS National Committee
The news follows a decision by the Gates Foundation to divest from G4S and the opening of an official UK government investigation into the company’s activities in Palestine/Israel. BDS pressure has forced G4S to announce that it plans to end its activities inside Israel’s prisons, albeit not until 2017.
G4S “to end” Israel prison contracts as pressure mounts over torture complicityJune 12, 2014 by Ali Abunimah at Electronic Intifada
The news came as the Bill Gates Foundation confirmed it has completely divested from G4S. Campaigners are calling for continued action against G4S until it ends all involvement in Israel’s prison system and occupation
Human Rights Groups Accuse NBC of Deceit About DIG Filming Locations in Occupied East JerusalemJune 5, 2014 by US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
Human rights groups are accusing NBC of complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights by filming its new series DIG in occupied East Jerusalem, after clearly stating that they would not do so
Gates Foundation sells down its shares in G4SMay 29, 2014 by War on Want
In the face of worldwide pressure, the Gates Foundation has sold down its shares in the world’s largest Private Military and Security Company, G4S
Fifth University of California campus passes divestment motionMay 29, 2014 by Nora Barrows-Friedman at Electronic Intifada
The student government at the University of California at Santa Cruz passed a divestment resolution early Wednesday morning.
“Elbit out of Brazil!” – Protests in Porto Alegre target the Israeli military companyMay 26, 2014 by Stop the Wall
Trade unionists, students and solidarity activists in the Rio Grande do Sul region of Brazil have been holding blockades and occupations to demand an end to the presence of Israeli military company Elbit Systems in Brazil
Black Students conference of UK National Union of Students endorses BDSMay 26, 2014 by Ben White at Middle East Monitor
The annual gathering passed Motion 402: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions by an “overwhelming” majority
DePaul Divest declares victory in student campaignMay 24, 2014 by SJP DePaul
Student coalition DePaul Divest declares victory in campaign calling for student support to divest from corporations that profit from human rights abuses against Palestinians
Report: Germany cancels military subsidy deal with IsraelMay 16, 2014 by Annie Robbins at Mondoweiss
Germany has provided billions of euros of military aid to Israel but are now refusing to help pay for new gun boats for the Israeli navy
Irish activists protest CRH role in Israel’s apartheid wallMay 14, 2014 by Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
The crowd stood outside the Royal Marine hotel and chanted “CRH – Divest now!” and “Boycott Israel” as shareholders entered the meeting