Recent Farming Injustice Articles
- Friends of the Earth International statement in support of BDS and campaign against Mekorot
- Jordan Valley settlements hit by boycott campaign
- Netherlands: Retailers ban goods from settlements
- Netherlands becomes latest country to act against trade with illegal Israeli settlements
- EU consuls recommend imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements
Farming Injustice Resources
- Briefing: Farming Injustice – International trade with Israeli agricultural companies and the destruction of Palestinian farming
- Report: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
Farming Injustice Statements
- Palestinian Agricultural Organizations and Civil Society Networks Call for Ending International Trade with Israeli Agricultural Companies
- Europeans call on supermarkets and governments to take Israeli apartheid off the menu
- Take Apartheid off the Menu! A European Day of Action Against Israeli Agricultural Produce Exporters – November 26, 2011
- Palestinian civil society welcomes Agrexco liquidation, calls for celebration of this BDS victory
- PARC renounces the utilization of its’ name by the Israeli company–Agrexco
Farmers in Gaza march on the buffer zones in Gaza to demand a boycott of Israeli agribusinesses (Photo: Joe Catron)
Palestinian farmers face the brunt of Israel’s land confiscations, demolitions and water theft. Farmers that still have access to land and water face systematically implemented restrictions and violence.
Israeli agricultural export companies such as Mehadrin and Hadiklaim are among the primary beneficiaries of the destruction of Palestinian agriculture, operating inside and exporting produce from illegal settlements using stolen Palestinian land and water and profiting from the siege on Gaza.
On February 9 2013, all of the major Palestinian agricultural organisations issued an appeal for action to end trade with illegal Israeli settlements and Israeli agricultural export companies. The organisations also published a briefing that aims to shed light on the systematic destruction of Palestinian agriculture by Israel and the complicity of Israeli agricultural companies in this destruction. The campaign was launched with a series of demonstrations in Gaza and across 40 cities in Europe.
In September 2011, following a campaign lasting over 6 years and taking place in more than 15 countries, Israel’s largest export company Agrexco entered into liquidation. The campaign against the company was one of the major factors behind its collapse. The company has now reformed, but is no longer the dominant player that it once was.
The Co-operative Group announced in 2012 that it would no longer source products from any supplier that operates in illegal settlements and cut ties to four Israeli companies following pressure from its members. There are campaigns underway to pressure other businesses to take similar steps.
Governments in Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and South Africa have introduced special labelling for products from illegal Israeli settlements, and pressure is mounting for states to ban trade that sustains illegal settlements, which they are obliged to do under international law.
This round-up was published in conjunction with a Palestinian BDS National Committee statement looking ahead to 2014.
Palestinians are today commemorating with action Land Day, a day in 1976 when Israeli military forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel. These brave youth were among thousands protesting the Israeli government’s expropriation of Palestinian land. International supporters of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality are marking Land Day with actions and initiatives to further campaigns for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
Palestinian civil society welcomes the findings and recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission on Israeli settlements
The BNC calls upon states, members of the Human Rights Council, to adopt the report, and on all governments and business enterprises to implement its recommendations. The BNC also calls upon conscientious citizens and civic organizations worldwide to use this report as a tool to intensity the global civil society BDS Campaign and put pressure on governments to implement its recommendations.
The Palestinian BDS National Committee publishes submission made to International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli settlements in the OPT in November 2012.