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The Bay Area Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid (BACEIA) is a grassroots effort to engage people in boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) work. We are asking people to take our pledge to boycott Israeli goods, support the Palestinian fair trade economy, and stay in touch with us as we work locally to end Israeli apartheid.

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E-Newsletter: October 2010

Dear BACEIA supporters,

We are reflecting and building on our activities as a coalition in 2010 as we strategize and prepare for 2011. We’re not ready to share all of our plans yet, but we can let you know that we’re hard at work researching and developing a more targeted campaign that we hope will contribute to the ever-growing international BDS movement.  Stay tuned for details!

Meantime, there’s some exciting stuff happening in our home state!  The Israel Divestment Campaign recently launched a ballot initiative to divest the state’s two public retirement funds from companies that provide equipment and services to Israel that are used in violation of international law.  Read below for more information about how to get involved!

We’ve also rounded up news about a recent action targeting Hewlett Packard, Students for Justice in Palestine’s recent response to being named on the ADL’s “Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America,” an event with Palestinian Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi, information on the Week Against the Wall, and more BDS news and victories from around the world.

In Solidarity,


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Boycott Sabra/Tribe guerilla advertising spotted in San Francisco

New culture jamming in San Francisco! You all have likely heard and read about Sabra and Tribe in our literature and blog posts here about groups in Philly and Chicago targeting the hummus makers. Now some guerrilla artists have put the word out to all of San Francisco… check it out:

Stolen:  Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
ISRAEL:  Practicing expulsion, occupation, apartheid and cultural & cuisine appropriation since 1948
Sabra Hummus is co-owned by the Strauss Group, an Israeli company supporting the Israeli armys Golani Brigade.  The Golani Brigade has been cited for numerous human rights violations since 1948 including during Israel’s three week 2008-2009 assault on Gaza that killed more than 1,400 mostly unarmed Palestinian civilians.
Tribe   Hummus, is owned by the Osem Group a supporter of the Jewish National Fund (JNF).  The JNF aquires land for the exclusive use of “Jewish people in perpetuity” and in this way, contributes to the ethnic cleansing of indigenous Palestinians.
In 2005, Palestinian civil society called for a global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel until it complies with international law.
www.bdsmovement.net • facebook:  don’t buy into apartheid




Six Activists and a Writer Arrested at AIPAC Gala

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rae Abileah, 415-994-1723

Six Activists and a Writer Arrested at AIPAC Gala for Singing Flashmob Calling for End to US Military Aid to Israel
Protest of Ahava and AIPAC Planned Today in San Francisco

On Monday, December 13, when the American Israel Public Affairs Committee held its annual dinner in Oakland, a group of activists performed a flashmob inside the Marriott hotel to the tune of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall,” addressing Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. Six Activists and one writer were arrested.

VIDEO of protest is now LIVE at: http://bit.ly/aipacflashmob

The activists were charged with trespassing and are were held at the North County jail for over six hours, released in the wee hours of the morning.  After arrest, Janet Kobren was searched without consent by an Alameda sheriff.  Gene St. Onge was held longer in solitary confinement for refusing to eat a baloney sandwich.  The flashmob was coordinated by activists representing CODEPINK Women for Peace, American Friends Service Committee, US Boat to Gaza, Students for Justice in Palestine, Queers Undoing Israeli Terror and Don’t Buy Into Apartheid.

Today, Tuesday, December 14, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee will hold its annual dinner in San Francisco, and a coalition of peace and justice groups, including CODEPINK, are coordinating a protest about the use of our tax dollars to fund apartheid and war on the Palestinian people.

In addition, activist, some dressed in spa attire,  will gather at a retail store that carries Ahava products to tell the store: No more Ahava cosmetics. Activists won’t just be holding signs and chanting, as the event will feature original parodies of “Jingle Bells“ and “Chanukah oh Chanukah“ sung by caroling demonstrators.

AIPAC lobbies annually for Congress to approve a $3 billion gift of military aid to Israel, much of which goes into demolishing Palestinian homes, uprooting thousand-year-old olive orchards, and pauperizing the people living in the Occupied Territories.

“While people in our communities are suffering in the worst economy since the Great Depression, we are outraged that some local politicians will still pander to a lobby that wants to divert billions of American tax dollars to enforce a brutal occupation in the Middle East,” said Jim Harris of Stop AIPAC.

The AIPAC protest is being coupled with an Ahava boycott action.  Activists want to illustrate how individuals can use their purchasing power to boycott and divest from Israel’s war crimes, modeling what they believe the US government should do as well: divest by ending US military aid to Israel.  Since June, 2009, activists have been pressuring stores around the world to stop carrying products made by the Israeli cosmetics manufacturer Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories because of the Ahava’s illegal practices. Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories is an Israeli cosmetics company that has its manufacturing plant and visitors center near the shores of the Dead Sea in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. All Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law.  Although its goods are manufactured in the West Bank, Ahava labels them as “products of Israel,” a practice that is illegal under European Union law and is currently being investigated in the UK and Holland.  For more info visit www.stolenbeauty.org.

BDS Success: Sabra out of DePaul & Philly flash mob

The Israeli companies Strauss (”Sabra Hummus” makers) and Osem (”Tribe Hummus” producers) are having their hummus wars in the US over the US market place. As BDS grows, more people are telling them Apartheid companies aren’t welcome here….

1. In Chicago, DePaul deshelves Sabra 11/19/2010

Today marks another win for the global boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement against corporations that profit from severe human rights violations. Chicago’s very own DePaul University just announced that their dining services will be discontinuing the sale of hummus manufactured by Sabra, an Israeli brand known for its vocal and material support of Israeli Defense Forces. The administration has temporarily suspended the sale of Sabra products and will likely move towards permanently banning the brand from campus.

Read more here: http://smpalestine.com/2010/11/19/depaul-divests-from-israeli-hummus-product/

2. Philly BDS held flash mobs to get Sabra and Tribe out of their stores…

Shoppers and employees at the Fresh Grocer’s flagship store at 40th and Walnut Street were surprised by a choreographed flash dance that was performed in the store this afternoon by activists calling for a boycott of products that support Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians.  Approximately twenty neighborhood residents, dressed in black and wearing sequined red accessories, danced in unison and sang an adaptation of a popular song by Lady Gaga to deliver their request that the store and its customers stop selling and stop buying Sabra and Tribe hummus products.

Sabra & Tribe products directly subsidize Israeli human rights abuses through their support of the Israeli Defense Forces and infrastructure of the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

See more on the Philly BDS website: http://www.phillybds.org/?p=549

3. Strauss removes support for IDF from English website!!!

See the Philly BDS blog here: http://www.phillybds.org/?p=624

And the Jerusalem post article here: http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=195963

Congratulations to DePaul SJP and Philly BDS for fantastic work!

One hundred famous Norwegians call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel

More exciting news on the cultural boycott front:

Egil Drillo Olsen, coach for the national Norwegian football team, recently wrote in Aftenposten, the country’s second largest paper, that the call to boycott Israel was “in line with what 90 percent of the world’s population believes. There cannot be many other opinions.”

Egil Drillo Olsen, coach for the national Norwegian football team, recently wrote in Aftenposten, the country’s second largest paper, that the call to boycott Israel was “in line with what 90 percent of the world’s population believes. There cannot be many other opinions.”

OSLO (EJP)—One hundred famous Norwegians, led by the country’s national football coach, have signed a petition demanding a cultural and academic boycott of Israel, accusing its educational institutions of “playing a key role in the occupation” and equating it with apartheid.

A Norwegian ex-premier denounced their boycott call.

Egil Drillo Olsen, coach for the national Norwegian football team, recently wrote in Aftenposten, the country’s second largest paper, that the call to boycott Israel was “in line with what 90 percent of the world’s population believes. There cannot be many other opinions.”

The petition is the last item in a string of similar and high-profile initiatives to have taken place in Norway over the past two years. It was signed by coach Olsen and 99 other public figures from the arts and culture, who stated that a boycott is “necessary” not only to help Palestinians, but also to “support Israelis opposing the occupation.”

Read the full article here: http://www.ejpress.org/article/news/western_europe/47417