Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Today's Boycott Gains & Losses

The global boycott of Israeli occupation and apartheid had at least one loss and one gain today. Below is a sampling of each...

Sacramento Co-Op Board Abandons Democratic Principles, Won’t Let Members Vote On Proposed Israel Products Boycott
By Maggie Coulter
March 23, 2011

What started out as a question of whether the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op should stop carrying certain products based on human rights considerations has now become a matter affecting the Co-op’s very democracy.

In an effort prevent the Co-op’s members from voting on this issue, the Co-op Board has eliminate its long standing boycott policy, done away with Open comments at Board meetings, and is seeking to eviscerate member’s ability to put initiatives before a vote of the full membership as provided in the Co-op’s Bylaws. All of this while it discusses major policy changes at private meetings with no member input.


World's First University to Cut Ties From An Israeli Counterpart

BDS Working Group

Today, setting a worldwide precedent in the academic boycott of Israel, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has effectively severed ties with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University (BGU).

This was after UJ’s Senate rejected a last ditch motion by pro-Israeli lobbyists to have two separate bilateral agreements - one with a Palestinian University and another with an Israeli University. UJ chose instead to uphold its previous Senate Resolution that required taking leadership from Palestinian universities. Palestinian universities unanimously rejected any collaboration with BGU (in any form) and have come out in full support of the the academic boycott of Israel. UJ chose to respect this.