Anti-BDS

Testimony presented at hearing on Anti-BDS Legislation, S.1689/H.1685, July 18, 2017 My name is Cole Harrison, the executive director of Massachusetts Peace Action. Massachusetts Peace Action is the state affiliate of Peace Action, the largest grassroots peace organization in the country. We are celebrating our …

Boston, July 18 — Legislators, lawyers, faith leaders and business people testified today at a State House hearing that a proposed bill will not combat discrimination but is instead an unconstitutional attack on the right to boycott in Massachusetts. Those testifying against the legislation raised …

Anti-BDS Legislation Hearing

July 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight will be hearing public testimony about legislation that aims to penalize supporters of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The hearing will be in the Gardner Auditorium. This legislation (S.1689 /H.1685), deceptively titled “An …

New Massachusetts state legislation – introduced by the Jewish Community Relations Council and backed by senators across the aisle – aims to penalize supporters of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement under an anti-discrimination guise. The BDS movement uses nonviolent economic practices to …

Mobilizing Against Anti-BDS Legislation

June 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Legislation has been filed in the Massachusetts legislature which aims to penalize supporters of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This legislation (S.1689 /H.1685), deceptively titled “An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts,” is in fact a dangerous attempt to restrict our right …

This article was originally published in Cambridge Wicked Local on April 18th, 2017. In late March, UN “special rapporteurs” Maina Kiai and David Kaye warned the U.S. that bills introduced in 16 Republican-dominated state legislatures “could result in a detrimental impact on the rights to …

Palestine/Israel in the Trump Era

April 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

This article appeared in our Spring 2017 Newsletter Despite the Trump administration’s contradictory policies, MAPA’s Palestine/Israel working group is keeping on, to advance Palestinian rights and for our own sanity, and to add new issues as needed: e.g., opposing David Friedman as ambassador to Israel. …

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