Tufts passes resolution as student activists increase divestment efforts across the US

Tufts University joined the growing list of universities that have passed divestment resolutions targeting organizations with ties to human rights violations, particularly in Palestine. Students in colleges around the country are increasing their divestment efforts, by pushing for student resolutions and beyond. Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed a resolution calling on the university to…

Israeli festival canceled after Princess Nokia cancels show

Destiny Frasqueri, known as Princess Nokia, canceled her performance at the Israeli Kalamazoo Festival. Advocates for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement had previously called on Frasqueri to cancel her show as part of the cultural boycott against Israel. Kalamazoo announced in a statement that they were “forced to cancel” the entire festival due to…

2017 World Voices Literary Festival to be held without Israeli funding

The literary association PEN America will hold their annual World Voices literary festival this year without funding from the Israeli government. PEN America received Israeli government funding for four of their last five literary festivals. Despite the lack of Israeli funding for this year’s festival and pressure from activists, PEN America maintains that they do…

Motion filed to dismiss ‘vindictive’ indictment of Rasmea Odeh

Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh’s defense team recently filed a motion to dismiss the U.S. Attorney’s new indictment brought against her last December. Odeh was originally indicted in 2013, and the prosecutors won the conviction in 2014 before it was overturned in 2016. In 2014, Odeh was convicted of naturalization fraud for not disclosing on immigration…