Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
Statements in support of Palestinian rights, many advocating for BDS, have been endorsed by more than 300 academic departments, programs, centers, unions and societies and garnered 15,000 signatures from scholars, researchers, students and university staff worldwide.
80+ progressive, anti-racist groups across Europe joined a Palestinian call to integrate the struggle against Israeli apartheid into European mobilizations for the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21
Representatives from the Walloon and Brussels governments cancelled their participation. Ex-Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo of the Socialist Party said reasons for the Walloon government's withdrawal included 'violations of important parts of the Geneva Convention by Israel'.