Tagged: Solidarity

Gaza Remembers Rachel Corrie in a Football Tournament
Al Bawaba

Gaza Remembers Rachel Corrie in a Football Tournament

For the ninth year in a row, Palestinians in the city of Rafah will organize a football tournament in the memory of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year old American peace activist who was killed in the city while she was trying to protect Palestinian houses from Israeli demolition. The tournament, which will take place on June 7, 2016, will consist of 32 teams from across the Gaza Strip.

on May 26, 2016
Musicians Raise Their Voices in Song to Help Children in Gaza
Samantha Cowan, The Christian Science Monitor

Musicians Raise Their Voices in Song to Help Children in Gaza

“Open up your heart and mind and just listen,” singer Philip Lawrence crooned against a gentle piano accompaniment before slipping into a falsetto sigh during a performance at Los Angeles nightspot The Study late last month. Lawrence – part of Bruno Mars’ songwriting trio The Smeezingtons – has helped pen hits such as Flo Rida’s “Right Round” and Snoop Dogg’s “Young, Wild, and Free.”

on May 18, 2016
Methodist Supporters of Israel-related Divestment Regroup After Setback
Emily McFarlan Miller & Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

Methodist Supporters of Israel-related Divestment Regroup After Setback

United Methodists who want their church to sanction Israel are regrouping after a committee at their denomination’s General Conference rejected four divestment or investment screening resolutions over the weekend. Those resolutions “pretty much went down in flames,” said John Lomperis, the director of the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s United Methodist Action Program and an opponent of divestment.

on May 16, 2016
Open Letter from a Palestinian Christian to the United Methodist Church
Philip Farah, The Huffington Post

Open Letter from a Palestinian Christian to the United Methodist Church

As an American of Palestinian Christian origin, I urge the United Methodist Church to heed the Palestinian Christian Kairos call for divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. The Kairos call is certainly one of defiance, but it is also, in its own words, truly a message of “faith, hope, and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering.” It is based on a simple premise: Righteous people ought not to profit from unjust practices inflicted upon their fellow human beings.

on May 9, 2016
Lawmakers Waging “McCarthyite Attack on Right to Boycott,” Legal Groups Warn…
Ben Norton, Salon

Lawmakers Waging “McCarthyite Attack on Right to Boycott,” Legal Groups Warn…

Activist groups are pushing back against lawmakers’ attempt to punish Americans who boycott Israel and other U.S. allies. Pending legislation in dozens of states around the country, legal groups warn, would make “blacklists” of organizations and individuals that endorse boycotts like those organized in order to combat U.S.-backed apartheid in South Africa.

on May 5, 2016
Just as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down
Katherine Franke & Michael Ratner, Slate

Just as Boycotts Are Making a Difference for LGBTQ People, Some Lawmakers Want to Shut Them Down

In recent weeks, governors, mayors, major businesses, and entertainers have joined a boycott of North Carolina and Mississippi as a way of protesting new state laws that license discrimination against LGBT people. Similar boycotts of Indiana were threatened or announced last year when that state also passed homophobic legislation.

on April 29, 2016
In Photos: Palestinian Medics Treat Earthquake Victims in Ecuador
Ma'an News Agency

In Photos: Palestinian Medics Treat Earthquake Victims in Ecuador

A Palestinian medical team arrived to the destroyed city of Portoviejo last week to help treat the victims of a deadly earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16. The team provided medical treatment, including surgeries, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement Monday.

on April 25, 2016
NYU Grad Student Union Overwhelmingly Votes to Boycott Israel Over Violations…
Ben Norton, Salon

NYU Grad Student Union Overwhelmingly Votes to Boycott Israel Over Violations…

Graduate students at New York University have overwhelmingly voted to boycott Israel in protest of its violation of Palestinian human rights. Exactly two-thirds of voting members of the graduate student union the Graduate Student Organizing Committee, or GSOC-UAW 2110, supported a referendum on Friday that calls for New York University and United Auto Workers International to withdraw their investments...

on April 22, 2016
Israel Boycott Battle Heads to Court
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed

Israel Boycott Battle Heads to Court

Four professors on Wednesday sued the American Studies Association, alleging that its boycott of Israeli universities violates Washington, D.C., law governing nonprofit corporations. The suit alleges that the academic boycott of Israel falls outside the scope of the ASA’s corporate charter and stated mission to promote the study of American culture.

on April 21, 2016
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