News Roundup

Rashida Tlaib, First Palestinian-American Member of Congress, Will Lead A Delegation to West Bank
Mariana Alfaro, Business Insider

Rashida Tlaib, First Palestinian-American Member of Congress, Will Lead A Delegation to West Bank

Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic representative-elect from Michigan and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, will lead a delegation to Palestine in 2019 instead of participating in a sponsored trip to Israel that is traditionally offered to newly-elected members of Congress, The Intercept reported.

about 5 days ago
Senators Working To Slip Israel Anti-Boycott Law Through In Lame Duck
Ryan Grim & Alex Emmons, The Intercept

Senators Working To Slip Israel Anti-Boycott Law Through In Lame Duck

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin is making a behind-the-scenes push to slip an anti-boycott law into a last-minute spending bill being finalized during the lame-duck session, according to four sources familiar with the negotiations.

about 6 days ago
City Cancels Police Chief’s Trip To Israel Amid Opposition
Dusty Christensen, Daily Hampshire Gazette

City Cancels Police Chief’s Trip To Israel Amid Opposition

Activists are claiming victory over the city’s canceling of a trip the police chief planned to take to Israel to train with that country’s security forces. Local residents, including members of the national organization Jewish Voice for Peace, raised concerns over the trip after learning through a public records request that Police Chief Jody Kasper was prepared to go on the trip.

about 1 week ago
U.S. Police Departments Nix Participation in Joint Program With Israel After BDS Pressure
Amir Tibon

U.S. Police Departments Nix Participation in Joint Program With Israel After BDS Pressure

Two police departments in the northeastern United States decided over the past week to cancel their participation in a program that involves visiting Israel and meeting Israeli police officers, due to public pressure by a coalition of progressive organisations, including a number of groups affiliated with the boycott, sanctions and divestment movement.

about 1 week ago
Walsh Asked To Stop BPD From Attending Israeli Training
Mike Deehan, WGBH

Walsh Asked To Stop BPD From Attending Israeli Training

Peace activists want Mayor Marty Walsh to cancel the Boston Police Department's participation in an annual training seminar in Israel they say promotes militarized responses to public safety concerns. Boston police have in the past attended the Leadership, Resilience and Counter-Terrorism Seminar which is set to start Sunday in Israel.

about 1 week ago
CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill As Contributor After He Called For A “Free Palestine” At The UN
Rachel Leah, Salon

CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill As Contributor After He Called For A “Free Palestine” At The UN

Author and professor Marc Lamont Hill was fired from CNN on Thursday, where he worked as a political commentator, after he criticized Israel at the U.N. In his speech delivered on Wednesday, Hill called on the U.N. to extend an active solidarity to Palestinians in their struggle for equal rights and self-determination, in line with both nonviolence and international law.

about 1 week ago
Rep.-Elect Rashida Tlaib Endorses BDS Movement, Will Lead Delegation to West Bank
Prachi Gupta, Jezebel

Rep.-Elect Rashida Tlaib Endorses BDS Movement, Will Lead Delegation to West Bank

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, won’t attend an annual trip to Israel sponsored by pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

about 1 week ago
Rejecting Israel Lobby’s Influence Over Congress Rashida Tlaib Plans To Lead Delegation To Palestine
Alex Kane & Lee Fang, The Intercept

Rejecting Israel Lobby’s Influence Over Congress Rashida Tlaib Plans To Lead Delegation To Palestine

Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic representative-elect from Michigan, belongs to a cohort of incoming members of Congress who’ve vowed to upend the status quo — even on third-rail issues in Washington like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

about 1 week ago
Faculty Vote to End Israel Study Abroad
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed

Faculty Vote to End Israel Study Abroad

Pitzer professors seek to suspend the college's program at University of Haifa as study abroad becomes target for supporters of Israel boycott.

about 1 week ago