Posts in BDS
INTERVIEWS AROUND UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor, MI I Electronic Intifada

Delegation leader Nora Barrows-Friedman interviews people around the University of Michigan about the two professors there who have declined to write recommendation letters for two separate students seeking to join study abroad programs in Israel.

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What is Resolution B016?

Austin, TX I General Convention of the Episcopal Church

Eyewitness Palestine delegation leader Anna Baltzer reports from the General Convention of the Episcopal Church: The Episcopal Peace Fellowship EPF Palestine Israel Network (EPF PIN) put in amazing work over many years to make the Episcopal Church the 10th Christian denomination in the US to take economic action for justice in Palestine. Thanks in large part to their mobilization, the church also passed ground-breaking resolutions:

Asserting the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

Condemning Israel’s violence against protesters in Gaza

Calling on the US government to reinstate funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)

Supporting the rights of Palestinian children

Demanding equal access to Jerusalem and opposing Trump’s move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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Episcopal Church Votes to Divest From Israeli Human Rights Abuses

Austin, TX I General Convention of the Episcopal Church

Eyewitness Palestine delegation leader Anna Baltzer reports from the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. With more than 3 million members has voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.

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Presbyterian Delegates Take Action at PCUSA General Assembly

St. Louis, MO I Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly

Eyewitness Palestine delegates were at the forefront of organizing to keep the Presbyterian Church USA focused on it's important work putting economic pressure on Israel to abide by human rights standards. Several overtures regarding Palestine were passed in committee at the 223rd General Assembly of the PCUSA and were approved “by consent” at the opening session.

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TODAY, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO RESIST A MODERN POLAROID

Cambridge, Massachusetts I Cambridge Day

Eyewitness Palestine delegates William Ruhm and Elizabeth Rucker speak up at a Massachusetts Against Hewlett-Packard organizing event in Cambridge.

“Today, we have a chance to resist a modern Polaroid…

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U.S. FAITH GROUPS DEFEND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BOYCOTT IN SUPPORT OF PALESTINIAN FREEDOM

Washington, DC I Huffington Post

Eyewitness delegation leader Philip Farah writes that the Kansas Commission of Education barred a math teacher from a program for training other teachers because she refused to sign a pledge certifying that she is “not engaged in boycotting Israel.”


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INTERSECTIONALITY AND THE MAINSTREAMING OF PALESTINE

San Francisco, California I Palestine in America

Delegation leader Nora Barrows-Friedman writes an article titled “Intersectionality and the  mainstreaming of Palestine” in Palestine in America.

She writes:

“Princess Nokia did it. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis did it. Queer filmmakers did it. A group of NFL players did it. Barcelona city council members did it. Even Sacramento, California transit officials did it. 

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BERKELEY SHOULD SUPPORT COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE BY SAYING NO TO URBAN SHIELD

San Francisco, CA I Berkeleyside

Eyewitness Palestine delegate Mohamed Shehk, with two other authors, has published a piece in Berkeleyside in lieu of tonight’s Berkeley City Council meeting and vote on withdrawal from Urban Shield.

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