Swedish Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Newsletter No 38, January 2016

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.


PSABI demands the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace at Stockholm University to explain the ethical basis of their collaboration with Tel Aviv University

The Action Group at KTH for Boycott of Israel sent a letter to the government funded Institute for Future Studies and the Director for the newly established Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. The letter demands the center to explain the ethnical basis for their collaboration with Tel Aviv University. More

The animated film “The Bus Trip” by PSABI’s member Sarah Gampel will be screened at Göteborg’s Film Festival, opening discussions on BDS

Sarah Gampel’s animated short film The Bus Trip (see film trailer) will be screened at Göteborg’s Film Festival (see festival program) as well as at the Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg (3rd February). The filmmaker will follow the film screening at the two events with discussions on the academic and cultural boycott of Israel. More

Palestinian Youth Conference in Gothenburg for the Right of Return with Ilan Pappé 

For the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Al-Nakba (the catastrophe) the Palestinian Youth Conference in Gothenburg organised a two-day conference to debate the Palestinians’ Right of Return with important scholars including Ilan Pappé, Rachid Alhajed, Eva Hammad and others. More (in Swedish)

Olof Palme price to the BDS-activists Mitri Raheb and Gideon Levy

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy and Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb won the 2015 Olof Palme human rights prize for their “fight against occupation and violence. More

France’s Orange dumps Israeli affiliate that backed Gaza war

This news comes just eight months after an international boycott campaign was launched against The French multinational telecom company Orange over its support for Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza and its complicity in Israel’s colonization of the occupied West Bank. More

Solidarity with the Palestinian Popular Resistance

Whether the current phase of Israel’s intensified repression and Palestinian popular resistance will evolve into a full-fledged intifada or not, one thing is already evident—a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up en masse against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. More

UNHCR offices in Jordan boycott Israel prison profiteer G4S

The UN Refugee Agency in Jordan stopped using the services of the British security firm G4S, which has long been targeted by the BDS movement for its involvement in human rights abuses against Palestinians. G4S provides services to Israeli prisons and checkpoints in the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians are frequently tortured and mistreated. More

National Women Studies Association Joins BDS 

At the NWSA’s conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2014), nearly 800 participants signed a petition calling upon the organization to support the BDS. About 2500 members of the audience at the plenary on Palestine stood in unison in support of freedom and justice for/in Palestine. In 2005, the NWSA endorsed the BDS of economic, military and cultural entities and projects sponsored by Israel. More

UK academics boycott Israeli universities and fight for Palestinians’ rights

More than 300 academics from dozens of British universities have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest at what they call intolerable human rights violations against the Palestinian people. More

The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, endorse BDS 

Out of 2056 votes cast at the SOSA, an overwhelming majority of 73% voted in favour of boycotting Israeli academic institutions. More

Over 25 Spanish and Basque municipalities endorse BDS 

Over 25 local municipalities and regional governments in the Spanish State, including in Catalunya and the Basque Country, have endorsed the BDS boycott of Israel and similar resolutions. Recent municipalities include Diputación of Sevilla, Badalona, Terrassa, Santiago de Compostela and last month in November, Cabildo of Gran Canaria. More

Protests at Israel supporting restaurants in London, Rome, Berlin & Barcelona 

Anti-apartheid activists picketed Stazione di Posta in Rome, Tragaluz in Barcelona, Fruehsammers in Berlin and the Cinnamon Kitchen in London to protest their participation in a culinary event in Tel Aviv intended to whitewash Israel’s violent repression of Palestinians. More

The American Anthropological Association endorse BDS

The American Anthropological Association endorsed BDS by over 88% in the most well-attended business meeting in the association’s history. The measure will now be forwarded to the entire membership for a final vote by electronic ballot in the spring. More

University of Chile’s Student Federation for BDS 

The Student Federation of the University of Chile (FECH) cancelled its support for a presentation from an Israeli choreographer sponsored by the Israeli Embassy and issued a statement calling for “rejecting ties with all initiatives, support and sponsorships in which the state of Israel or its diplomatic bodies are involved”. More

Stories from activists campaigning for a free Palestine

How can we keep on working for a free Palestine, hear stories from some international activists. More



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