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As a Jew whose grandmother died in a Nazi death camp, one who grew up among holocaust survivors whose lives had been completely
disrupted by anti-Semitism in Europe, I have a deep fear of anti-Semitism. However, I have no fear of the BDS movement and want to explain
why.
To understand BDS, one need only look at the way that Arabs in historical Palestine are being treated. If you look with open eyes, you will
quickly see that something is very wrong.
-You will see law-abiding Arab families living in constant fear of police, soldiers, and heavily armed civilians who treat them as enemies rather
than human beings who are entitled to the rights that we are all supposed to enjoy.
-You will see youth growing up without hope and in fear of arbitrary treatment by heavily armed forces that are ready to kill on the slightest
pretext.
-You will see hotel doormen reach for a weapon when a Palestinian arrives to pick up a guest.

November 25 marked the launch of the global BDS Week of Action to hold Hewlett Packard (HP) companies accountable for providing technology that enables Israel's system of occupation, racial segregation and denial of Palestinian human rights.

The Week of Action is called for by the new International Boycott HP Network, led by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), and will extend through December 3rd. Over 100 cities worldwide are participating, with BDS partners in more cities continuing to confirm participation each day. See the BNC’s Boycott HP Week of Action page to find an action near you and resources for organizing actions and campaigns targeting HP for its involvement in Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.

Already on Day 1 two concrete BDS victories were achieved!

The BNC congratulates BDS Italia for successfully working to remove HP from the program of an Italian “Ethics and Social Responsibility in Information Technology” Conference next month. Watch this video of the action in Rome, Italy.

We also salute the Irish Palestine Solidarity Committee (IPSC) and for Derry Councilor, Gary Donnelly, who decommissioned Council issued HP products in support of Palestinian rights.

You may wish to sign this petition to tell Paypal to stop discrminating against Palestinians and offer services to Gaza and the West Bank:

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/paypal-stop-discriminating-against-palestinians/?akid=24824.3772801.tMpW0u&rd=1&source=fwd&t=1

 

You will be glad to hear that the French government has published new regulations obliging importers and retailers to label products originating from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.

According to the report in Haaretz, the notification, published yesterday, is headed “Notice to economic operators concerning the indication of origin of goods originating in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967.”

 

Citing the November 2015 European Commission guidelines, and “in order not to deceive consumers”, the new government regulations “say it is necessary to mark the precise place from which goods originating in these areas came, and not mark them as products of Israel.”

 

This report from Brighton PSC about the visit by young musicians from Gaza is well worth reading!  They are hoping to organise another visit in June which might include our own event.

To read the report please click on the link below.

Report on June 2016 visit of 4 young musicians from Gaza and their teacher