Intersectionality and the mainstreaming of Palestine

Originally published in the third print issue of Palestine in America. Subscribe here  INTERSECTIONALITY AND THE MAINSTREAMING OF PALESTINE Princess Nokia did it. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis did it. Queer filmmakers did it. A group of NFL players did it. Barcelona city council members did it. Even Sacramento, California transit officials did it.  In just the…

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…

NFL players answer BDS call, cancel trip to Israel

Update: Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills also canceled his trip to Israel and New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett showed support for his brother by retweeting Michael Bennett’s statement. Justin Forsett of the Denver Broncos also pulled out of the trip, but cited the birth of his child as the reason behind his decision. However, Forsett…

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America votes for investment screening, ending aid to Israel

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted on Aug. 13 to adopt an investment screen that would prevent the church from investing in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation and other human rights violations around the world. A day earlier, the ELCA voted for a resolution that calls for an end to U.S.…