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17 January 2018
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
The boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement in 2017 and beyond...
~ Singer, Lorde, cancels Israel concert in support of BDS
~ Israeli Knesset bans 20 BDS groups from entering Israel
~ 2017 in review: last year's BDS victories
and ICYMI... US cuts $65 million aid from UNRWA
UN General Assembly vote on Jerusalem
IMAGE ABOVE: Lorde in concert
Singer Lorde cancels Israel event after backlash
Al Jazeera News, 25 Dec 2017
"I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I'm not too proud to admit I didn't make the right call on this one," said Lorde in an emailed statement to the newspaper...
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See also Lorde's artistic right to cancel gig in Tel Aviv (The Guardian, 6 Jan 2018) - over 100 artists from around the world sign open letter in support of Lorde's action.
Israel Publishes BDS Blacklist: These Are the 20 Groups Whose Members Will Be Denied Entry
Haaretz News, 7 Jan 2018
Those who hold senior or important positions in blacklisted organizations will be denied entry, as well as key activists, even if they hold no official position. Mayors and establishment figures who actively and continually promote boycotts will also be prevented from entering, as will activists who arrive to Israel on behalf of or as part of a delegation initiated by one of blacklisted groups...
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What were the top BDS victories of 2017?
BDSThe Electronic Intifada, 28 Dec 2017
2017 saw artists, performers, athletes, politicians, cultural workers, faith-based organizations, students, academics, unions and activists grow the movement for Palestinian rights... Israel’s top anti-BDS strategist conceded that the boycott Israel movement is winning – despite the Israeli government’s allocation of tens of millions of dollars and the formation of an entire governmental ministry whose sole focus is to combat BDS...
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And in case you missed it...
US cuts UNRWA funding by more than half
GazaAl Jazeera News, 17 Jan 2018
The US government is cutting more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, a move that could prove catastrophic for millions of people in need. The State Department announced on Tuesday it was withholding $65m out of a $125m aid package earmarked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA)...
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