News Roundup

Florida Legislators: Criticizing Israel is Not Anti-Semitic
Alan Levine and Donna Nevel, Orlando Sentinel

Florida Legislators: Criticizing Israel is Not Anti-Semitic

Around the country, legislators have sought to curry the support of pro-Israel voters by silencing and intimidating those who advocate on behalf of Palestinian rights.

on March 21, 2019
What is Palestinian cooking? Yasmin Khan’s New Book Will Show You
Rebecca Flint Marx, The Guardian

What is Palestinian cooking? Yasmin Khan’s New Book Will Show You

Most cookbooks begin with the promise of transporting the reader to a happy place. Yasmin Khan’s new cookbook, Zaitoun: Recipes From the Palestinian Kitchen, begins by transporting the reader to the Tel Aviv airport interrogation rooms where Khan, a Briton of Iranian-Pakistani heritage, was questioned for several hours after flying into Israel.

on February 11, 2019
A New Palestinian Cookbook’s Challenge: Shedding Light on a Cuisine Without a Country
Jane Black, The Washington Post

A New Palestinian Cookbook’s Challenge: Shedding Light on a Cuisine Without a Country

It was a food-world fairy tale come true. In 2013, Yasmin Khan decided to write a cookbook. She was 32 and burned out from her work as a London-based human-rights campaigner focused on the Middle East.

on February 11, 2019
British Cultural Figures Urge BBC To Boycott Eurovision in Israel
Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

British Cultural Figures Urge BBC To Boycott Eurovision in Israel

Vivienne Westwood, Mike Leigh and Julie Christie are among those calling for coverage to be cancelled, citing human rights violations.

on February 11, 2019
Israel Boycott Fight Divides Democrats on Free Speech Concerns
David Wainer, Bloomberg

Israel Boycott Fight Divides Democrats on Free Speech Concerns

Senate Republicans are daring Democrats to vote against a measure aimed at preventing anti-Israel boycotts as they seek to portray the party as divided over Israel.

on February 11, 2019
GOP Lawmaker Pushes To Derail Rashida Tlaib From Leading Delegation to West Bank
Melanie Zanona, Politico

GOP Lawmaker Pushes To Derail Rashida Tlaib From Leading Delegation to West Bank

A Republican lawmaker is trying to block freshman firebrand Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from leading a congressional delegation to the West Bank.

on February 11, 2019
Jewish Voice for Peace, 350+ Scholars Sign Letter Supporting Angela Davis
Sameer Rao, Colorlines

Jewish Voice for Peace, 350+ Scholars Sign Letter Supporting Angela Davis

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute recinded the activist and educator’s Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, saying, “she unfortunately does not meet all of the criteria on which the award is based.”

on February 11, 2019
Angela Davis Says She’s ‘Stunned’ After Award Is Revoked Over Her Views on Israel
Niraj Chokshi, The New York Times

Angela Davis Says She’s ‘Stunned’ After Award Is Revoked Over Her Views on Israel

Angela Davis, the activist and scholar, said this week that she was “stunned” after a civil rights group in her native Birmingham, Ala., reversed its decision to honor her with an award amid protests over her support for a boycott of Israel.

on January 9, 2019
Rashida Tlaib: The Senate’s Anti-BDS Bill Is an Unconstitutional Attack on Free Speech
Democracy Now!

Rashida Tlaib: The Senate’s Anti-BDS Bill Is an Unconstitutional Attack on Free Speech

A new Senate bill would allow state and local governments to boycott any U.S. companies which are engaged in a boycott against Israel.

on January 9, 2019