PSR Delegation to Gaza includes two Oregonians.

Written by AUPHR   
Monday, 03 November 2014 18:53

Maxine and Ned of Jewish Voice for Peace - Portland are in Gaza right now as part of a Physicians for Social Responsibility delegation!
There are not many organizations able to get into Gaza right now and we wish Maxine and Ned a safe and successful journey.
You can read more on Maxine's blog:

 
 

Activists Welcome SodaStream Decision to Shut Down Settlement Factory

Written by US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:17

[See original article for links]

For Immediate Release: October 29th, 2014

Activists Welcome SodaStream Decision to Shut Down Settlement Factory

Contact Ramah Kudaimi at 202-332-0994 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Washington, DC-- Palestinian rights activists are welcoming today's announcement by SodaStream that it will be relocating its factory currently based in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

SodaStream, which manufactures home carbonating devices, has been the target of boycott campaigns worldwide due to the location of its main production site in the Mishor Adumim Industrial Zone and concealing the fact that its products are manufactured in a settlement by using "Made in Israel" labels.

The company has also come under fire for exploiting Palestinian land, resources, and labor, paying its Palestinian workers far less than their Israeli counterparts. In July the company fired 60 of its Palestinian workers over a Ramadan meal dispute.

"We have witnessed a tremendous growth in boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) efforts this year to pressure Israel to ends its denial of Palestinian rights. Today's news is just the latest sign that these global BDS campaigns are having an impact on changing the behavior of companies that profit from Israeli occupation and apartheid," said Ramah Kudaimi of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a national coalition of more than 400 groups.
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SodaStream boycott - Your chance to complain and feel great about it!

Written by Portland SodaStream Boycott Planning Team   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:37


SodaStream boycott - Your chance to complain and feel great about it! 

 

SodaStream Boycott Advocates,

We’re writing to ask that you stop by a local Kitchen Kaboodle store to request that they stop selling SodaStream products.  You won’t be the only one stopping by to register your complaint.  We’re asking all SodaStream boycott advocates to join in a Marathon Complaint Session in late October & early November.  For three days, we’ll flood Kitchen Kaboodle with personal requests to stop selling SodaStream products.  We’re doing this to send the store owners a strong message about the importance of de-shelving SodaStream products, and a strong message about our ability to mount a serious public boycott effort should they continue selling SodaStream products. 

The Marathon Complaint Session is scheduled for Friday, October 31st, Saturday, November 1st and Monday, November 3rd.  

To participate in the Marathon Complaint Session, simply decide which Kitchen Kaboodle store you wish to visit, then click on the link for that store:

Ø  To select the Northeast Portland Store at 1520 N.E. Broadway Street at 16thAvenue,   click here:  Sign-up sheet for Northeast Portland Store

Ø  To select the Northwest Portland Store at 404 N.W. 23rd Avenue at Flanders Street,  click here:  Sign-up sheet for the Northwest Portland Store

After you register for a time slot at one of these stores, we’ll send you specific instructions for the event, including suggested wording for your verbal complaint. 

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Survey: Nearly one-quarter of Jewish-Israelis boycotting Arab businesses

Written by JTA   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:21


Some 51 percent of those surveyed also said that businesses that do not fire employees who criticize the Israel Defense Forces should be boycotted

JERUSALEM (JTA) — One in four Jewish-Israeli consumers is boycotting Arab businesses in the wake of the summer’s Gaza conflict, according to an Israeli business daily.
The 24 percent is down from the 29 percent who said they were boycotting Arab-owned businesses during the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, Globes reported, citing a telephone survey by the Tel Aviv-based Geocartography Knowledge Group research institute. The number was down significantly from the 47 percent of Jewish-Israelis who said during the operation that they planned to boycott such businesses.
Some 51 percent of those surveyed also said that businesses that do not fire employees who criticize the Israel Defense Forces should be boycotted, and that some 11 percent of Jewish-Israelis are boycotting such businesses. Another 40 percent said they would boycott such businesses if they could identify them, the survey found.
Globes quoted unnamed sources among suppliers who said that sales to Arab-owned markets are down substantially in recent months.


Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/10/01/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/survey-nearly-one-quarter-of-jewish-israelis-boycotting-arab-businesses

 
   

Move on? Work to reclaim Univ. of Illinois has has only just begun

Written by Vicente M. Diaz   
Monday, 29 September 2014 02:51

Opinion/Editorial
The Electronic Intifada
26 September 2014

 
Students and faculty are determined to keep challenging University of Illinois administrators’ decision to fire Steven Salaita. (Jeffrey Putney/Flickr)

This is the testimony given by Professor Vicente M. Diaz before the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Faculty Senate on 22 September 2014. Diaz spoke about the matter of Steven Salaita, whose hiring by the American Indian Studies program was formally rejected by the university’s board of trustees earlier this month after a sustained smear campaign by pro-Israel donors, organizations, faculty and students:

My name is Vicente M. Diaz. I am an Associate Professor in American Indian Studies and Anthropology. I am also an affiliate faculty member in History and Asian American Studies. I represent American Indian Studies; in fact, I co-chaired the search committee that recommended the hire of Steven Salaita.

I’m here to express moral indignation and outrage at the University of Illinois Board of Trustees’ denial of Professor Salaita’s hiring.

Far from over, and even further from correct, our leadership’s decision is a wrongheaded and misguided action that has tarnished our university’s reputation among academics who know and understand how academia is supposed to work.
Read more: Move on? Work to reclaim Univ. of Illinois has has only just begun

 
   

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