Talib Kweli disinvited from German festival over support for Palestinian rights, BDS

Talib Kweli disinvited from German festival over support for Palestinian rights, BDS

Prominent hip hop artist Talib Kweli was recently disinvited from a German music festival over his refusal to denounce the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Festival organizers disinvited Kweli after he refused to respond to their request that he make a statement about his position on BDS. The festival’s demand was prompted by a non-binding resolution passed by the German parliament last month defining the BDS movement as antisemitic and calling for the denial of public funding and forums for projects that support BDS or “question Israel’s right to exist.”

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NYC DSA reschedules BDS & Nakba event, canceled after threats by pro-Israel groups

NYC DSA reschedules BDS & Nakba event, canceled after threats by pro-Israel groups

The New York City Democratic Socialists of America (NYC DSA) has rescheduled a cancelled event on “Palestinian Expulsion and Resistance: The Nakba, BDS and the Great Return March.” The event was cancelled in May after members of the church where the event was to be held were stalked and threatened by right-wing pro-Israel groups. The new event will take place on June 10 at an alternate venue.

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Meera Shah in The Intercept

Meera Shah in The Intercept

Senior staff attorney Meera Shah appeared in a profile on anti-boycott efforts in Texas for The Intercept. The article details the collusion between rightwing Texas businessmen, Christian fundamentalists, and Israel.

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Radhika Sainath in Boston Review

Radhika Sainath in Boston Review

On Thursday, senior staff attorney Radhika Sainath published an essay in Boston Review on the right to boycott. Her essay touches on the legal battles for and against anti-boycott legislation in more than two dozen states, as well as how these laws have impacted activists and everyday people.

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Top 10 Quotes from Texas Court Decision Blocking Anti-BDS Law

Top 10 Quotes from Texas Court Decision Blocking Anti-BDS Law

In a huge boost for the movement for Palestinian rights, a federal judge blocked Texas’ anti-boycott law yesterday, finding it unconstitutional. Judge Pitman’s decision, like those of federal judges in Kansas and Arizona, rightly recognizes the constitutional protections afforded to political boycotts, including those advocating for Palestinian rights, and the unconstitutionality of the anti-boycott law in Texas. Here are 10 gems from his decision:

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Rights Groups Urge Court to Overturn Decision on Arkansas Anti-Boycott Law

Rights Groups Urge Court to Overturn Decision on Arkansas Anti-Boycott Law

The Center for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Legal, and the Law Office of Matthew Strugar filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a lawsuit seeking to strike down an Arkansas law that requires government contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel. The lawsuit and the amicus brief in support of it argue that the law violates the First Amendment. The filing situates the Arkansas law as part of a broader effort to suppress speech in support of Palestinian human rights.

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Zoha Khalili in Al Jazeera English

Zoha Khalili in Al Jazeera English

Staff attorney Zoha Khalili comments on Omar Barghouti’s denial of entry into the US for Al Jazeera English:

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