News and updates about BDS

After agreeing to boycott Israel:

President of California university temporarily steps down

President of Sonoma State University announces he is stepping aside after agreement with pro-Palestinian Arab protesters that includes an academic boycott of Israel.

President of California university temporarily steps down

Columbia University-affiliated seminary to divest from Israel

Union Theological Seminary announces its board of trustees endorsed a divestment plan from "companies profiting from war in Palestine/Israel".

Columbia University-affiliated seminary to divest from Israel

83% of Israelis support retaliatory boycotts

A new poll shows that 83% of Israelis support imposing a boycott on countries that have imposed a boycott on Israel.

83% of Israelis support retaliatory boycotts

California:

Richmond city council votes to divest from Israel

In a 5-to-1 vote, the city council of Richmond in California votes to divest from companies doing business in Israel.

Richmond city council votes to divest from Israel

Report:

McDonald's purchase of Israeli stores signed in just 2 months

Global fast-food company rushes to purchase 225 Israeli branches after being targeted by BDS campaign over Israeli branch's support for IDF soldiers.

McDonald's purchase of Israeli stores signed in just 2 months

BDS forces McDonald's to buy back Israeli shops

The movement targeted McDonald's after Israeli shops began distributing free meals to members of security forces.

BDS forces McDonald's to buy back Israeli shops

Due to claims of 'genocide'?

Germany: Anti-Zionist organization's accounts frozen

A German bank announced that it has frozen the accounts of the organization 'Jewish Voice for Peace.'

Germany: Anti-Zionist organization's accounts frozen

Harvard faculty form new anti-Israel group

65 Harvard faculty, staff members form Harvard Faculty and Staff for Justice in Palestine, to advance BDS cause, accuse Israel of genocide, and accuse university of silencing anti-Israel voices.

Harvard faculty form new anti-Israel group

Goldman Sachs is funding Iran solidarity visits

The bank is facilitating the funding of the pro-Hamas rallies, but it seems it is also involved in aiding BDS and visits to Iran. Report.

Goldman Sachs is funding Iran solidarity visits

Win for Israeli diplomacy:

UK House of Commons votes for Anti-BDS Bill

The bill, referred to as the anti-BDS bill, seeks to prevent public bodies, including councils, from boycotting, disinvesting, or sanctioning a particular international territory, unless supported by the government's foreign policy.

UK House of Commons votes for Anti-BDS Bill

McDonald's Malaysia sues BDS movement

McDonald's Malaysia claims it lost profit due to BDS' call to boycott the chain over its alleged support for Israel.

McDonald's Malaysia sues BDS movement

Finland may boycott Eurovision due to Israel's participation

Officials in Finland stated that in light of the war in Gaza and Israel’s participation – they plan to boycott Eurovision 2024

Finland may boycott Eurovision due to Israel's participation

Canada:

Protesters blocked Zim's offices in Toronto and Montreal

Group representing protesters stated Zim is main transporter of weapons to Israel, which is committing "genocide" on the residents of Gaza.

Protesters blocked Zim's offices in Toronto and Montreal

Hostages' family rejects rumors of BDS support

The family of the two women released by Hamas categorically denied any connection between their loved ones and BDS activities.

Hostages' family rejects rumors of BDS support

Palestinian Authority PM demands return of 1948 lands

PA Prime Minister demands a series of steps against Israel from the international community.

Palestinian Authority PM demands return of 1948 lands

Spain:

Lawsuit filed in Barcelona over ex-Mayor's Israel boycott

Court accepts lawsuit by Action and Communication on the Middle East following former Barcelona Mayor's decision to support BDS.

Lawsuit filed in Barcelona over ex-Mayor's Israel boycott

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American Anthropological Association adopts Israel boycott

American Anthropological Association voted to adopt boycott of Israeli academic institutions over “discrimination of Palestinians”.

American Anthropological Association adopts Israel boycott

Will Joe Zevuloni be appointed a special envoy in the US?

Foreign Minister considering appointing businessman and pro-Israel activist Joe Zevuloni as a special envoy in the fight against BDS.

Will Joe Zevuloni be appointed a special envoy in the US?

Amnesty International may lose tax benefits in Israel

Tax authority investigating whether Israeli branch of organization is in violation of anti-BDS laws.

Amnesty International may lose tax benefits in Israel

BDS to South African teams:

'Cancel friendlies against Maccabi Tel Aviv'

BDS movement calls on South African soccer clubs to cancel upcoming friendlies against Maccabi Tel Aviv, cites "Israeli apartheid".

'Cancel friendlies against Maccabi Tel Aviv'

New Hampshire adopts anti-BDS legislation

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signs executive order barring the state from investing in companies that boycott Israel.

New Hampshire adopts anti-BDS legislation

Caving to BDS:

Carrefour to refuse to open branches in Judea and Samaria

After becoming the largest foreign grocery retailer in Israel by opening 50 stores in May, French company announces boycott of settlements.

Carrefour to refuse to open branches in Judea and Samaria

British bill would bar localities from boycotting Israel

Minister Michael Gove says BDS campaigns lead to antisemitism as he raises anti-BDS bill this week.

British bill would bar localities from boycotting Israel

Ad Kan reveals:

'Our Agents work inside anti-Zionist orgs in Israel and abroad'

Organization appeals to public for support to continue work to expose BDS organizations.

'Our Agents work inside anti-Zionist orgs in Israel and abroad'

Spain:

Barcelona mayor who boycotted Israel unseated in elections

The mayor, Ada Colau, caused an uproar when she announced she is suspending all of the city’s ties with Israel.

Barcelona mayor who boycotted Israel unseated in elections

Universities urged to reject Anthropology Association's BDS move

Letter by over 100 organizations calls for university administrators to distance themselves from academic organization's BDS proposal.

Universities urged to reject Anthropology Association's BDS move

UK college union slammed for motion comparing Israel to Nazis

British university union singles out Israel at annual conference, passing motion placing Israel alongside Nazis, South Africa and slavery.

UK college union slammed for motion comparing Israel to Nazis

'Raging antisemitism has fully consumed CUNY'

NY lawmakers and Jewish activists call for end of public funding for CUNY after extreme anti-Israel graduation speech by BDS activist.

'Raging antisemitism has fully consumed CUNY'

Rabbinical Alliance applauds lawmakers for protecting Israel

Rabbinical Alliance of America applauds Daniel Rosenthal and Nily Rozic for leading charge against pro-BDS legislation in New York.

Rabbinical Alliance applauds lawmakers for protecting Israel

New York State Assembly member pushes for pro-BDS legislation

Zohran Mamdani’s bill would penalize Jewish charities operating in communities in Judea and Samaria.

New York State Assembly member pushes for pro-BDS legislation

Over BDS support:

Toronto university praised for freezing student fees

B’nai Brith Canada commends University of Toronto for continuing to withhold fees from union which supports BDS.

Toronto university praised for freezing student fees

Quebec:

Political party urged to condemn antisemitic remarks by member

B'nai Brith demands Quebec Solidaire take action after politician makes hateful anti-Israel statements, demands ban of 18 Israeli wines.

Political party urged to condemn antisemitic remarks by member

Arkansas anti-BDS law: State won't pay Jewish doctor for lecture

Jewish doctor denied $500 payment after refusing to promise Arkansas he won’t boycott Israel.

Arkansas anti-BDS law: State won't pay Jewish doctor for lecture

Rugby league says exclusion of Israel not discrimination

Rugby’s governing body rules that South Africa’s exclusion of Israel was not discrimination. The Israeli team is skeptical.

Rugby league says exclusion of Israel not discrimination

Belgian city of Liège passes motion to boycott Israel

City council denounced for approving motion by far-left party to boycott Israel and all 'institutions that are complicit.'

Belgian city of Liège passes motion to boycott Israel

Barcelona mayor faces lawsuit over boycott of Israel

Lawfare Project files lawsuit against Barcelona's mayor, after she cut ties with Israel and imposed a boycott.

Barcelona mayor faces lawsuit over boycott of Israel

Why boycotts of Israel are never kosher

A call to reconsider investing in Israel because of judicial reform, although not exactly BDS, validates anti-Zionist lies. Op-eds.

Why boycotts of Israel are never kosher

Amid criticism:

Columbia University launching research center in Tel Aviv

Pro-BDS students and faculty protest Columbia University's plan to open research center in Israel, lambasting Netanyahu government.

Columbia University launching research center in Tel Aviv

Harvard University ‘apartheid wall’ sparks outrage

Art installation full of anti-Israel propaganda mounted on campus slammed by Jewish student leaders as a form of hate speech.

Harvard University ‘apartheid wall’ sparks outrage

Munich fails to stop upcoming Roger Waters concert

German city cites legal issues after admitting it will not be able to stop BDS supporting musician accused of antisemitism from performing.

Munich fails to stop upcoming Roger Waters concert

BDS activist accused of antisemitism wins Ontario election

'Radical activist' associated with anti-Israel groups easily wins election to Ontario's legislature, despite Jewish groups sounding alarm.

BDS activist accused of antisemitism wins Ontario election

Germany:

Following Frankfurt, other cities to cancel Roger Waters shows

German tour by pro-BDS former Pink Floyd frontman may not take place as multiple cities move to ban his concerts.

Following Frankfurt, other cities to cancel Roger Waters shows

Ontario election:

NDP stands by BDS candidate who called for eliminating Israel

Province's official opposition party defends 'radical activist' candidate who called for 'Palestinian state from the river to the sea.'

NDP stands by BDS candidate who called for eliminating Israel

New Hampshire political figures urge passage of anti-BDS bill

Current and ex-New Hampshire lawmakers call for support for anti-BDS measure, accusing bill's opponents of 'exploiting latent antisemitism.'

New Hampshire political figures urge passage of anti-BDS bill

Ontario NDP under fire for candidate with 'animus toward Israel'

Ontario's opposition party slammed by B'nai Brith Canada for running anti-Israel candidate in upcoming byelection.

Ontario NDP under fire for candidate with 'animus toward Israel'

NY state investigating CUNY law school over BDS support

Pro-Israel group alleges that faculty council BDS resolution in direct contravention of New York human rights law.

NY state investigating CUNY law school over BDS support

Israel expels European Union parliament member

Anti-Israel EU parliament member from Spain refused entry into Israel as part of diplomatic mission, is forced to return home.

Israel expels European Union parliament member

Montreal:

Campus newspaper slammed for biased coverage of Israel trip

Concordia University student paper prints front page story quoting anti-Israel activists on president's deal with Bar-Ilan University.

Campus newspaper slammed for biased coverage of Israel trip

US Supreme Court refuses challenge to Arkansas anti-BDS law

Court refuses ACLU's request to review lower court decision that anti-BDS law does not violate freedom of speech.

US Supreme Court refuses challenge to Arkansas anti-BDS law

Spanish Jewish org furious after Barcelona cuts Tel Aviv ties

Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain slams the decision by Barcelona city council to sever ties with its twin city Tel Aviv.

Spanish Jewish org furious after Barcelona cuts Tel Aviv ties

Tourism Minister Katz:

'Barcelona's decision is unfortunate and erroneous'

In a letter to his Spanish counterpart Minister Chaim Katz condemned Barcelona's decision to suspend all of the city's ties with Israel.

'Barcelona's decision is unfortunate and erroneous'

Pink Floyd guitarist's wife:

Roger Waters 'antisemitic to the rotten core’

Polly Samson, wife of David Gilmour, slams ex-band member Waters after he doubles down on antisemitic claim about Israel.

Roger Waters 'antisemitic to the rotten core’

Watch: Are anti-reform activists promoting BDS?

Now that the Left is fervently battling Netanyahu's judicial reform, is it taking on the roll BDS has occupied for the past decades?

Watch: Are anti-reform activists promoting BDS?

Op-ed:

What’s in a Jewish name?

There is a threat to Jewish identity today, more malignant and enigmatic than physical attacks, and it comes from Jews themselves. Op-ed.

What’s in a Jewish name?

Op-ed:

Sarah Margon personifies what’s wrong with America and its Jewry

Sarah Margon was dead wrong. Dead, as in Stephens, Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods. Op-ed.

Sarah Margon personifies what’s wrong with America and its Jewry

New bill:

Support BDS? You can't run for Knesset

Likud bill aims to "end the days when elected officials work against the state."

Support BDS? You can't run for Knesset

Opposition mounts to Roger Waters concert in Frankfurt

Frankfurt politicians call for concert to be canceled, with move taking place to convince city and state governments to get behind campaign.

Opposition mounts to Roger Waters concert in Frankfurt

BDS targets Puma clothing stores

Activists marched on stores in numerous countries with the aim of ending its relations with Israeli athletic teams.

BDS targets Puma clothing stores

Biden renominates anti-Israel NGO member to federal agency

Nomination of board member of pro-BDS anti-Israel organization to Small Business Administration was previously blocked by GOP Senators.

Biden renominates anti-Israel NGO member to federal agency

Government negligence:

Justice Ministry posted sensitive security contract on internet

Ministry only discovered error following media inquiry. Post since deleted.

Justice Ministry posted sensitive security contract on internet