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Swedish Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Newsletter No 37, September 2015

This newsletter is published by the Action Group at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) for Boycott of Israel in collaboration with the network Isolera Israel. Find old issues of the newsletter here, and in Swedish here.

The Action Group continues to pressure the Swedish Government to react against the Israeli illegal settlement policy

The Swedish Foreign Ministry was requested by the Action Group to react against the illegal Israeli settlement policy, and specifically investigate the Swedish involvement in the sale of a West Bank church compound to an Israeli settler organization that had used a Swedish company to conceal their identity. More

The Action Group joins the EPACBI Delegation to Palestinian Universities

A delegation from the European Platform for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (EPACBI) visited several Palestinian Universities in the West Bank, April 2015, in solidarity with Academic freedom in Palestine. A report will be published soon by the delegation

 

The International Conference of Critical Geography (ICCG) joined BDS

During the final session of the 3-day ICCG in July 2015, the participants voted overwhelmingly for a strong resolution endorsing BDS. All members of the ICGG Steering Committee also supported the resolution. Press release will be published soon on the ICCG website

 

Veolia has withdrawn completely from the Israeli market

After losing more than $20 billion in contracts following BDS campaigns worldwide, Veolia began by selling off its Israeli bus services in September 2013. This year, Veolia sold off its settlement landfill and wastewater contracts as well as its final JLR shares in the occupation. Mor

 

London’s SOAS backs Israel boycott in referendum landslide

Students and staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University Collegae London, voted to boycott contacts with all Israeli academic institutions in line with the BDS campaign. Although the results are not binding, BDS produced several platforms to discuss the illegal occupation of Palestine. More

Israel Apartheid Week in Sweden

Israeli Apartheid Week is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing BDS campaign. I took place in several countries and in Sweden several events were organised between 2-9 March. More

Largest Luxembourg supermarket chain stops selling Israeli produce

Cactus, the largest supermarket chain in Luxembourg, has stopped selling produce from Israel until its suppliers verify that it does not originate in the West Bank. More

S. national industrial union endorses BDS of Israel

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, a democratic national union representing more than 35,000 workers accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. More

 

US busses drive awareness campaigns about the virtue of BDS to stop violation of human rights in Palestine

The campaign NoTaxDollarsToIsrael has partnered with several awareness groups in several US cities Seattle, Washington DC, Denver, and Portland OR. Busses display BOYCOTT ISRAEL UNTIL PALESTINIANS HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS. More

The American Anthropological Association has massively scaled up its BDS activities

To explore the diverse activities of the AAA please visit their website https://anthroboycott.wordpress.com/ and make sure to sign the statement for boycott that you find on the same website. More

The Swedish hypermarket Coop Stopped selling Israeli products

Coop chain announced on 19 July that it would stop purchases of Soda Stream carbonation devices due to the company’s activities in the illegal Israeli settlements. More

Brazil cancels $2 billion contract with Israeli security firm for 2016 Olympics

After excluding the Israeli firm International Security and Defence Systems from a $2.2 billion contract with the Brazilian government to coordinate security at the 2016 Olumpics, the Palestine solidarity activists in Brazil continue to deprive the Israeli company from the profit they expected to earn through the Olympics. More

Israel continues to enjoy Fifa while the Palestinians dont

Palestinians became disappointed after Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Football Association, pulled a motion to suspend Israel from FIFA over its systematic abuses of Palestinian players. More

Sign the Petition to End the Blockade on Construction Material for Gaza.

One year on from the devastating conflict in Gaza, we are calling on you to press Israel to end the blockade and to immediately remove wood, steel bars, cement, aggregates, and other essential construction materials from the list of items restricted from entering the Gaza Strip. Not one of the 19,000 homes destroyed in Gaza has been fully rebuilt in the last year. World leaders have pledged $3.5 billion to rebuild Gaza, but Israeli government restrictions on the entry of building material are costing reconstruction efforts severe delays. As concerned citizens, we urge you to take action to press for an end to these restrictions now, so that families are lifted out of the rubble and homes, schools, and hospitals can be built. Sign

 

By Feras Hammami
On behalf of Dick Urban Vestbro, Prof Emer, dickurba@gmail.com
The Action Group at KTH for Boycott of Israel
Member of the coordination committee of BDS Sweden