Los Angeles Launches Nation’s First Israel Divestment Campaign also has a link to an interview with Jonathan Ben Artzi, an Israeli peace activist who is also Netanyahu’s nephew, from the Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Ben Artzi supports the BDS campaign. It is a particular joy to see the endorsements page grow.
One of the greatest services that boycotting does to a community is opening up the conversation inside it – this is an effect we see again and again as group after group speaks up against the occupation and the apartheid involved in it.
The latest group to join the boycott (albeit in a limited way, banning only the illegal Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on the West Bank of the Jordan River) is a contingent of stars and performers, who join to support the Israeli theater artists who refuse to perform in the newly-constructed Ariel Culture Hall.
Who’s boycotting and way? Read all about it!
Added on 9 September: Theodor Bikel wrote a wonderful piece about the implications of performing in the Occupied Territories.
Haaretz finance and business writer Nehemia Shtrasler knows what’s up: “The sums involved are not large, but their international significance is huge. Boycotts by governments gives a boost to boycotts by non-government bodies around the world.”
In his piece in Israel’s paper of record, Shtrasler grapples with the reality of the unthinkable: Israel losing its free pass.
BDS, though not huge in dollar terms, has been a giant step forwards because the very discussion Shtrasler engages in was impossible even a few months ago. BDS gets the system moving. And the mention of “a chain in Washington” is most gratifying. You rock, OlympiaBDS!
Israel’s theaters declared that they will perform in the cultural center being constructed during the “construction freeze” settlement of Ariel. In response many of the actors, directors, and playwrights working for those theaters signed a letter stating that they would boycott any performance being held in Ariel – or anywhere else in the Occupied Territories. Responses from Israeli officials were pretty funny: they claimed that people shouldn’t mix politics with the theater – while simultaneously scheduling performances of works by Bertolt Brecht, who famously said that “art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
One of the early supporters of the BDS movement is Boycott From Within, an Israeli response to the boycott call.
August 23, New York, NY – In a major victory for the international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, the Norwegian government announced today that it has divested from Lev Leviev’s company Africa Israel Investments and its construction subsidiary Danya Cebus due to their construction of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The move followed a campaign of more than a year by affected Palestinian villages of Bil’in and Jayyous and by Norwegian, Palestinian, Israeli, and international activist groups, including Adalah-NY, calling on the Norwegian government to divest from Africa Israel.
Activists tell Zim – Israeli ships not welcome in Vancouver
August 24, 2010
Locally-based activists, called out by the Boycott Israeli Apartheid
Coalition (BIAC), are mounting a picket line at the Port of Vancouver’s
Delta Port facility at Roberts Bank, south of Vancouver, as part of a
mounting international campaign to put pressure on the government of Israel.