Other Actions - BDS Successes 

For updated BDS successes and a 2013 round-up, see http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/2013-round-up-11579 .


May 7, 2013: Stephen Hawking joined the academic boycott of Israel and pulled out of a Jerusalem conference to be hosted in June by Shimon Peres. Read more.

May 5, 2013: The Oberlin College Student Senate voted to divest from 6 companies that profit from the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. Read more.

May 4, 2013: In London, campaigners for Palestinian human rights occupied and shut down shops in central London to protest their sale of SodaStream drinks machines. The Kensington branch of Whole Foods had to be evacuated as a group of 40 campaigners blocked the entrance to the store for several hours. Read more.

April 22, 2013: In a historic decision, the Association for Asian American Studies voted this weekend at their annual conference to support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. This is the first academic organization in the U.S. to join the boycott of Israeli institutions. Read more.

April 18, 2013: University of California Berkeley's student senate voted 11-9 to ask the university to divest from 3 companies profiting from the Israeli occupation. Read more.

April 4, 2013: At its Annual Congress, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) became the first academic union in Europe to endorse the Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel. The motion, which refers to Israel as an “apartheid state”, calls for “all members to cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all cooperation in research programmes” was passed by a unanimous vote during today’s morning session. Read more.

arch 16, 2013: The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) United States announced that its board of directors had voted unanimously on March 16 to divest the organization's direct holdings in "companies that support Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza."  Read more.

Selected BDS Successes - 2012

The list below of selected 2012 BDS successes was compiled by Nora Barrows-Friedman and posted January 3, 2013 at Electronic Intifada. Original link: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora/bds-roundup-victories-2012

She writes that "more BDS successes and activism can be found on this excellent, comprehensive list compiled by Don’t Play Apartheid Israel, which we encourage our readers to check out". Her list is partial, and excludes the United Methodist Church's resolution to boycott settlement products passed at General Conference in May 2012.

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February 2012:

  • US singer/songwriter Cat Power canceled her performance in Israel.
  • In Canada, the University of Regina’s student body adopted a BDS motion “as a means of pressuring Israel to comply with international and human rights law.”
  • US jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson canceled her performance in Holon. She announced, “as a human rights activist, I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel.”
  • Israeli cosmetics company Ahava — which pillages resources from the Dead Sea in the occupied West Bank, and produces the cosmetics in an illegal settlement colony while labeling them as “made in Israel” — was de-shelved across Japan. DaitoCrea, the Japanese distributor for Ahava’s cosmetics line, announced that they would immediately stop carrying Ahava products because of that company’s fraudulent labeling policy.
  • A judge threw out a lawsuit by Israel lobby group against Olympia Food Co-op in Washington, US, protecting the co-op’s decision not to carry Israeli products and uphold the boycott.

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