- Written by One World One World
- Published: 06 June 2011 06 June 2011
PORTLAND BDS FLASH MOB LANDS AT
NE NEW SEASONS MAY 29th, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Flash mob targets New Seasons’ ethical image, Israeli products
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Media contact: Wael Elasady (602) 446-9444
May 29th, Portland, OR— Shoppers at Portland’s Concordia New Seasons were greeted with an unexpected performance this afternoon when about two dozen Portlanders broke into song and dance. “New Seasons, you say you’re local but you buy into Israeli occupation,” participants sang, referencing the 19 Israeli products New Seasons carries. The flash mob, coordinated by the Portland BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) Coalition, was part of an ongoing campaign calling on New Seasons to stop selling Israeli products.
“New Seasons cannot claim to be friendly and local while it continues to stock products made by Israel, a gross violator of international law,” said Wael Elasady, member of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights and flashmob participant. “There’s a glaring discrepancy between their ethical image and the products they profit from.”
STOP ART CENSORSHIP AT NEW SEASONS
EVENT: Demonstration to protest New Season's decision to remove photo exhibition featuring images from Palestine. (Details below)
DATE: Thursday, May 19th, 2011
TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: New Seasons Grocery Store, SE Division & SE 20th, Portland, OR
[PHOTO by Stephen Kerpen, Young Bedouin Women of the village of al-Araqib]
Tell New Seasons that you are not cool with censorship:
Call their Store Support Office (9am to 5pm Monday - Friday) Phone: 503.292.1987 Fax: 503.292.6280
PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY! Thanks!
Community Calendar Announcement
EVENT: Joint Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of
Peace and Equality, a free public lecture by Stanford University Professor
of Middle East History, Joel Beinin.
DATE: Saturday, June 4th, 2011
PLACE: Room 271, Cramer Hall (1721 SW Broadway, downtown Portland),
Portland State University Campus.
CONTACT: Jewish Voice for Peace – Portland (503) 888-7455
Please join the newly formed Portland chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace for
a special evening with Stanford University Professor of Middle East History,
Joel Beinin. The topic for Professor Beinin's talk will be "Joint
Palestinian-Israeli Popular Struggle: The Face of a Future of Peace and
The lecture and discussion to follow, free and open to the general public,
will take place at 7:30PM on Saturday, June 4th, in lecture room 271 of
Cramer Hall on the Portland State University campus in downtown Portland
(1721 SW Broadway). Also co-sponsoring this event are Students United for
Palestinian Equal Rights, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, the
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Portland Code Pink, War
Resister League of Portland, Friends of Sabeel - North America, Portland
Peaceful Response Coalition, Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, and
others. For more information, please contact Jewish Voice for
Peace-Portland at 503-888-7455.
Haartz has today revealed files showing that Israel cancelled the residency of up to 140,000 Palestinians between 1967 and 1994.
The paper reports that the files, obtained by the Centre for the Defence of the Individual upon filing a request under the Freedom of Information Law, show a clear procedure of removal of residency rights for Palestinians during the period. Haaretz claims the procedure was unknown to Palestinians leaving the country, often for work and study purposes abroad.
Between the occupation of the West Bank in 1967 and the Oslo Accord of 1994 those wishing to travel from the West Bank into Jordan via the Allenby Bridge were required to leave their identity cards at the border and were issued with an exit visa valid for three years. Unbeknownst to Palestinians, the Centre has claimed, those who failed to return within six months of the cards expiration would be declared NLR, or No Longer Resident, without warning, and prevented from returning to their homes.