Scuffle erupts at rally against CUNY’s hosting of BDS promoter Linda Sarsour

(JTA) – A scuffle broke out between supporters and critics of the City University of New York’s plan to host Linda Sarsour, an activist opposed to U.S. President Donald Trump and a supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The incident occurred Thursday night outside the CUNY building in Manhattan, where activists against radical Islam, including Pamela Geller and Milo Yiannopoulos, had rallied in protest of the decision by the institution’s School of Public Health to host Sarsour on Friday as a commencement speaker, the New York Daily News reported. [Read more…]

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SodaStream bringing 74 West Bank Palestinians back to work at Negev plant

SodaStream’s West Bank factory was relocated to the Negev following international criticism. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

SodaStream’s West Bank factory was relocated to the Negev following international criticism. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

(JTA) – Some 74 Palestinian employees of SodaStream, who lost their jobs when the company shut its West Bank plant in the face of international pressure, will return to work at its factory in southern Israel.

The employees’ work permits, which allowed them to enter Israel from the West Bank, expired in February 2016. [Read more…]

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Norwegian Jewish leader: Trade union’s boycott vote was anti-Semitic

(JTA) – In a rare rebuke, the leader of Norway’s Jewish community said that anti-Semitism motivated a local trade union to pass a resolution urging a boycott of Israel.

Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish Community in Oslo, said the vote last week by the assembly of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions “is anti-Semitic in the way that it singles out Israel.” [Read more…]

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All 50 U.S. governors sign anti-BDS statement

(JTA) – Governors of all 50 U.S. states have signed a pledge to reject the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Organized by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Governors United Against BDS statement declares that “the goals of the BDS movement are antithetical to our values and the values of our respective states, our support for Israel as a vital U.S. ally, important economic partner and champion of freedom.” [Read more…]

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Detroit-area synagogue cancels Noa concert in face of right-wing protests

Singer Achinoam Nini (Noa) performs during a memorial ceremony for the late Yossi Sarid, on January 12, 2016. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Singer Achinoam Nini (Noa) performs during a memorial ceremony for the late Yossi Sarid, on January 12, 2016. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

(JTA) – A Detroit-area synagogue canceled a scheduled appearance by the Israeli singer Achinoam Nini, known as Noa, claiming that threats attributed to right-wing Jewish protesters posed a security risk.

Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills informed its members of the cancellation of the concert in a May 4 letter obtained by the Detroit Jewish News.  [Read more…]

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University of Wisconsin student resolution blames Israel for police violence against African-Americans

(JTA) – The student government of the University of Wisconsin-Madison included an amendment specifically targeting Israel in a resolution calling for divestment from companies operating in many countries.

The resolution was passed Wednesday by the Associated Students of Madison by a 24-0 vote, with two abstentions. It calls on the university and its foundation to divest from companies involved in private prisons, arms manufacture, fossil fuels and border walls, and banks that “oppress marginalized communities.” [Read more…]

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British student union votes out president who backed boycotts, ridiculed Zionists

(JTA) – A Muslim activist who supports boycotting Israel and Palestinian resistance to the Jewish state has lost in her bid to be re-elected as president of the United Kingdom’s National Union of Students.

Jewish groups welcomed news that Malia Bouattia, who once described Birmingham University as a “Zionist outpost,” lost Wednesday to Shakira Martin, who received 402 votes to Bouattia’s 272. [Read more…]

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Reform head asks Netanyahu to clarify how anti-boycott law will affect Israel trip participants

(JTA) – The head of the Reform movement asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to clarify how the country’s new anti-boycott law will affect participants in the movement’s tours to Israel.

In a letter sent Wednesday, Rabbi Rick Jacobs said he was writing on behalf of students who are scheduled to participate in trips to Israel sponsored by the movement and are concerned that they will be turned away because of their political views. [Read more…]

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