EU adopts anti-boycott stance in official commercial policy

(JTA) – In a reaction to attempts in Europe to boycott Israel, the European Union’s report on commercial competition for the first time included a rejection of such initiatives.

The reference to boycotts, which does not name Israel specifically, was introduced earlier this year into the draft of the Report on Competition Policy for 2016 by a pro-Israel European Parliament lawmaker from Italy Fulvio Martusciello, JTA learned Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Court rules professors can sue American Studies Association over academic boycott of Israel

(JTA) – A U.S.  federal court has ruled that four college professors can sue the American Studies Association over its academic boycott of Israel.

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday ruled that the professors’ lawsuit, a case called Bronner v. Duggan, can go forward after the American Studies Association, or ASA, asked the court to dismiss it. [Read more…]

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Israeli firm to provide drinking water – from the air – for India and Vietnam

Water Gen President Mikhael Mirilashvili signing a memorandum of understanding with the Vietnamese government in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 29, 2017. (Courtesy of Water Gen)
Water Gen President Mikhael Mirilashvili signing a memorandum of understanding with the Vietnamese government in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 29, 2017. (Courtesy of Water Gen)

Water Gen President Mikhael Mirilashvili signing a memorandum of understanding with the Vietnamese government in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 29, 2017. (Courtesy of Water Gen)

(JTA) – An Israeli company whose technology made a splash at last week’s AIPAC conference has signed deals to produce drinking water – by extracting it from the air – in India and Vietnam, two countries that have long faced shortages.

Water Gen inked an agreement last week with India’s second largest solar company to produce purified water for remote villages in the country. Earlier, the company arranged with the Hanoi government to set up water generators in the Vietnamese capital. [Read more…]

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Rasmea Odeh, Linda Sarsour slam ‘Zionists’ at Jewish Voice for Peace summit

(JTA) – A Palestinian woman who is being forced to leave the United States for not telling immigration authorities that she was imprisoned in Israel for two terror attacks told a U.S. Jewish group that they must stop the “Zionists” from their “land grab.”

Rasmea Odeh was the keynote speaker on Sunday in Chicago at a summit of the Jewish Voice for Peace, an anti-Zionist group that backs the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. [Read more…]

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Thousands gather at United Nations to oppose BDS

NEW YORK (JTA) – Thousands filled the United Nations General Assembly hall for a conference opposing the BDS movement.

The conference on Wednesday, sponsored by the World Jewish Congress and Israel’s mission to the UN, focused on ways to combat the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. Sessions concerned opposing BDS on campus, among private corporations, on social media and at the UN itself – a body Israel and the United States have accused of being biased against Israel. [Read more…]

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Rasmea Odeh, Palestinian woman imprisoned in Israel for terror attack, takes U.S. plea deal

(JTA) – A Palestinian woman who had not told U.S. immigration authorities that she had been imprisoned in Israel for two terror attacks accepted a plea bargain that forces her to leave the country.

Rasmea Odeh, 69, would not spend time in U.S. prison or detention but would lose her U.S. citizenship, according to a Thursday statement by the Rasmea Defense Committee. [Read more…]

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Co-founder of BDS movement arrested in Israel for tax evasion

(JTA) – Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel was arrested in Israel for tax evasion.

Barghouti, a Qatari-born Palestinian who lives in northern Israel with his Israeli-Arab wife, was arrested Monday and questioned before being released a few hours later on bail, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. He was banned from leaving the country and required to leave his passport with the court in Haifa, according to reports. [Read more…]

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Report: Israeli public security minister plans database of Israeli citizens supporting BDS

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s public security minister plans to set up a database of Israeli citizens involved in supporting boycotts against Israel or West Bank settlements.

Gilad Erdan, the minister of public security and strategic affairs, whose office is responsible for co-ordinating Israel’s response to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, reportedly has been trying to implement the plan for several months, Haaretz reported Tuesday, citing unnamed senior Israeli officials. [Read more…]

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