News Roundup

Temple Will Not Punish Marc Lamont Hill, Issues Condemnation
Sarah McLaughlin, The Fire

Temple Will Not Punish Marc Lamont Hill, Issues Condemnation

The announcement finds Temple returning to its initial statement, which recognized that Hill’s speech was protected by the First Amendment.

on December 12, 2018
Pitzer College Faculty Moves To Suspend Israel Program In Support Of Palestinian Rights
Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

Pitzer College Faculty Moves To Suspend Israel Program In Support Of Palestinian Rights

Pitzer College faculty have voted to suspend a study abroad program in Israel, sparking widespread controversy over what is believed to be the nation’s first such campus action in support of Palestinian rights.

on December 12, 2018
New Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Rejects Traditional Trip to Israel In Favour Of One to West Bank
Sarah Harvard, Independent

New Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Rejects Traditional Trip to Israel In Favour Of One to West Bank

Democratic Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan has announced she will be leading a congressional delegation to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, an unprecedented move given the traditional nature of American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) sponsored trips to Israel for new members.

on December 12, 2018
Rashida Tlaib Backs BDS, Plans To Lead Delegation To West Bank
Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward

Rashida Tlaib Backs BDS, Plans To Lead Delegation To West Bank

Rashida Tlaib, who became the first Palestinian-American ever elected to Congress last month, will lead a Congressional delegation to visit the West Bank, according to a report in the Intercept today.

on December 12, 2018
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.

on December 6, 2018
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.

on December 5, 2018
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.

on December 4, 2018
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.

on December 4, 2018
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.

on December 4, 2018