-I have never visited Israel, or the occupied West Bank and Gaza, but I have several friends, Jews and Palestinians, who teach in universities there and joining the BDS movement does not entail breaking my friendship with them. But I am appalled by the repeated savage destruction of Gaza as well as the slow strangulation of Palestinian society living under occupation – including Gaza, a minute territory besieged by Israel for years by land, sea and air.
-It has come to our attention that the Locarno Film Festival has chosen to place Israel as the center of this year's festival in its "Carte Blanche" initiative, in cooperation with the Israeli Film Fund. This fund is an Israeli government-funded agency which receives support from the Israel Film Council, the government appointed film funding advisory body, as well as support from the Film unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs whose aim is to “promote Israeli films abroad with the support of the cultural attachés in the Israeli embassies throughout the world.”
- About 120 New York University (NYU) professors are calling on the school to divest from companies linked to the Israeli occupation.
-A future Palestinian rapper, perhaps one the age of Kanye’s daughter now, might eventually pen lyrics reminiscent of the deepest of Ye’s racially oriented rhymes, perhaps lyrics that call to mind West’s bitter account
-In what is surely a first for BDS activism in the United States, Palestinian Human Rights lawyer and activist, Professor Noura Erakat was among those welcomed by a University President to deliver a public talk on Palestine. Professor Erakat spoke at California State University, Fullerton, on March 3, 2015 as the keynote speaker for the university’s Women’s History Month Reception sponsored by University President Mildred García.
-Anti-Semitism remains a very real problem. The line of questioning put to UCLA student Rachel Beyda during her confirmation hearing for a student government position was inappropriate, and yes, anti-Semitic in its raw form. So are the isolated incidents of swastikas found on campuses. These instances of anti-Semitism must be addressed head-on.
-The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is deeply troubled to learn that you are scheduled to perform in Rishon Lezion’s Live Park amphitheater on May 7, 2015, while Israel continues unabatedly with its settler colonial and apartheid designs to further dispossess, oppress and ethnically cleanse native Palestinians from their homeland.
-The Israeli Foreign Ministry's flagship programme: a World Science Conference – Israel (WSCI) for Nobel Laureates and upcoming, young scientists, scheduled for this coming summer in Jerusalem. Foreign Ministry official: Participants will be opinion-shapers in their countries, conference will strengthen global image of Israel. Ironically, the conference was originally planned for last summer, and was postponed due to Israel's military attack of the Gaza Strip.
What is the Role of Academia in Political Change?: The Case of BDS and Israeli Violations of International Law
-In addition to a collection of rich individual interviews and special segments, Status also publishes panels and lectures with every issue of the audio journal. For Issue 2.1, we highlight the debate on academic freedom at the December 2014 meeting of the American Anthropological Association, and provide an exclusive audio recording of the panel.
« Nous sommes Farid ! » : Lettre ouverte aux administrateurs des universités franēaises : Arrźtez de réduire au silence les défenseurs des droits palestiniens !
-"Je n’ai jamais pensé, pour ma part, que la liberté de l’homme consiste dans sa capacité ą faire ce qu’il veut, mais aucun pouvoir humain ne devrait le forcer ą agir contre sa volonté." Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
- The Virginia State Bar has canceled its midyear legal seminar in Jerusalem, citing “unacceptable discriminatory policies and practices pertaining to border security that affect travelers,” in a decision that provoked a swift reaction Sunday among some political leaders
“We are Farid!”: An open letter to French university administrators: Stop silencing advocates for Palestinian Rights!
- “I have never thought, for my part, that man's freedom consists in his being able to do whatever he wills, but that he should not, by any human power, be forced to do what is against his will.”—Jean-Jacques Rousseau
-Boykot Israel Denmark calls on The Danish Football Association (Dansk Bold-Union - DBU) to support the proposal to expel the Israeli Football Association (IFA) at FIFA’s Congress in Zürich May 28 and 29, 2015.
Boycott, Sovereign Anxieties, and the Decolonizing Temporality of Return: A Note on Adi Ophir’s Remarks on BDS
-It is fair to say that the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has today achieved a certain (belated) level of legibility, or audibility. Its opponents still vociferously and viciously fight it. However, in the United States and European academy it has, with some effort, gained the right to be heard.
-The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Palestine, has learned that you reportedly plan to perform in Israel on 11 April 2015 . If this information is correct, we are writing to urge you to refrain from playing in apartheid Israel and not to condone Israel’s violations of international law and human rights against the Palestinian people.
- Whenever a new poem by Mahmoud Darwish was published in al-Quds newspaper, I rushed over to Abu Aymen’s newsstand that was located in the refugee camp’s main square. It was a crowded and dusty place where grimy taxis waited for passengers, surrounded by fish and vegetable venders.
-February witnessed important milestones in the growth of the BDS movement. At the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), students, staff and faculty overwhelmingly voted in a school-wide referendum in favour of boycotting Israeli academic institutions.
-South by Southwest (SXSW) -- an international festival for artists, filmmakers, and techies -- is planning to host a series of Israeli government-sponsored events as part of the "Brand Israel" propaganda campaign.
-Letter from AURDIP and BRICUP to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, of 22 février 2015.
-In your latest album Liquid Spirt, you sing ‘I do not agree, this is not for me, no musical genocide. I will not commit, nor will I submit to a musical genocide, I will not let it be’.