Friday, November 23, 2012

York University graduate students overwhelmingly support boycott against Israel

The York University community newspaper reports it on their front page, November 21, 2012.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"Protesters ask new Ann Arbor City Council member to spearhead resolution to 'boycott Israel' "

"Protesters ask new Ann Arbor City Council member to spearhead resolution to 'boycott Israel' "

ANNARBOR.COM (Ann Arbor, Michigan newspaper)

November 21, 2012


A small group of anti-Israel protesters put Chuck Warpehoski on the spot Monday night during his first meeting as a member of the Ann Arbor City Council.

Referencing his background as director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, they called on him to use his new position on council to push for an official city boycott of Israel. They called on him specifically because his nonprofit group already passed a similar resolution.
Speaking during the public comment period at the start of the meeting were frequent protesters Blaine Coleman, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani and Henry Herskovitz.

"I'm here because I'm hopeful that Mr. Chuck Warpehoski will spearhead a citywide boycott of Israel and stop arming the racist state of Israel, so that it is no longer able to slaughter children," Savabieasfahani said...

...Coleman used more graphic imagery, calling Israel a "Nazi state."

"Tonight as we meet here, Israel is bludgeoning Gaza with unimaginable numbers of weaponry," he said. "One of the most powerful military machines on earth, Israel, the fourth biggest military machine on earth, is bludgeoning a tiny, helpless strip of land called the Gaza strip where people are packed like sardines."

Coleman referenced a resolution adopted by Warpehoski's group in May 2003 that called for "arms divestment and cessation of U.S. military aid to Israel." In the resolution, ICPJ pledged to work with various groups — including the city of Ann Arbor and University of Michigan — to use their influence to encourage the U.S. government to suspend its military aid and arms sales to Israel and to divest from all companies that manufacture or sell arms and other military hardware to Israel.

"Again, I call on the City Council to pass a resolution to boycott the apartheid state of Israel," Coleman said Monday night, suggesting Warpehoski should put the ICPJ resolution into action. "As I've said before, the trillions of dollars the United States has spent on killing Muslims, on killing Arabs, should be spent instead on rebuilding Detroit and rebuilding the inner cities of the United States."

Warpehoski and other city officials did not respond to the protesters during the meeting, but they shared their thoughts with during interviews later in the night....

...Warpehoski said it's true that ICPJ did pass a resolution taking a stand against military spending and military investment in Israel.

"But we're a peace group," he said. "We don't think the U.S. should be giving military arms to any country, so yes, we have concerns about military spending with Israel...."

...Below are two videos of the anti-Israel protesters in action. The first video is from a demonstration Tuesday at U-M. The second is from an appearance before the City Council in 2009.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Demonstration to Boycott Israel and Save Gaza,

University of Michigan, November 20, 2012:

Demonstration to Boycott Israel and Save Gaza,
At the University of Michigan, 11/20/2012 
Video at:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Divestment urged against Israel, at Detroit demonstration, Nov. 16, 2012

Detroit, Michigan demonstration demanding and end to funding for Israel, and also demanding divestment against Israel.
The demonstration was held near the border with Canada, November 16, 2012, during the massacre of Gaza. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

"Boycott Israel" is demanded outside Israeli embassy in Ireland:

Ireland-Palestine Solidarity protestors demand boycott against Israel, November 15, 2012, in front of the Israeli Embassy in Dublin, Ireland.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

At the University of California:

"Wash your hands of bloody investments!"

Demonstration at the University of California, Berkeley:
Urging the university to "Wash your hands of bloody investments" in Apartheid Israel.
November 15, 2012, as Israel commits more massacres in Gaza.
There is more news today of campaigns for divestment against Israel at:
* UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara)
* UC Irvine
* Swarthmore College ("Students and members of Swarthmore Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP) marched a list of 45 companies up to the Office of Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Suzanne Welsh on Tuesday, asking that Swarthmore disclose any direct holdings in these companies...", )

At Swarthmore College, campaign begins for divestment against Israeli apartheid

At Swarthmore College, the campaign begins for divestment against Israeli apartheid -

"Swarthmore’s Investment Practices Questioned"

THE PHOENIX (Swarthmore College)

November 15, 2012


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Divestment resolution, against Israeli apartheid, wins unanimously at UC-Irvine student government

"UC Irvine's student body takes anti-Israel investment stance"

Long Beach Press-Telegram, November 14, 2012


"UCI Student Panel Calls for Divesting from Firms Aiding Israeli 'Apartheid' "

OC Weekly, November 14, 2012


UPDATE, NOV. 14, 8:59 A.M.: The legislative council of the Associated Students of UCI [University of California, Irvine] voted 16-0, with no abstentions, to favor the resolution calling for university divestment from Caterpillar, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Raytheon and other companies "profiting from human rights violations in the occupied territories," according to a statement from Irvine Divest...

..."I am very proud of my fellow council members and of the students at our university," Sabreen Shalabi, the student representative on the legislative council for the school of social science and co-author of the legislation, says in the release. "Our work today stands tall in the noble tradition of students advocating for justice, joining the ranks of those brave and visionary students who demanded that our universities divest from the terrible crimes of South African apartheid."

"The decision made by ASUCI's legislative Council tonight clearly shows the strength and integrity of students utilizing their collective power to protect human rights on a global scale," adds Traci Ishigo, ASUCI president, "and I stand firmly by the students who believe it is their responsibility to have a voice on matters that urge the UC to be an institution that treasures human dignity."

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YouTube video of the divestment vote at the University of California, Irvine -- November 14, 2012: