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.
As Palestinians continue to resist the increasingly oppressive policies of colonization, military occupation, and apartheid by the most right-wing and racist government in Israel's history, effective solidarity with their struggle for freedom, justice, and equality continues to grow.
Palestinian dance and performing arts companies write to dance festivals in Bologna, Ravenna and Potenza, Italy, urging them to refuse funding from the Israeli government, which seeks to use culture to artwash and cover up decades of apartheid, military occupation, and oppression of millions of Palestinians.
Balata Youth Center, whose 16-year-old player Saeed Odeh was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers last year, and the Palestine Amputee Football Association, made up of players who lost limbs to Israeli snipers and military assaults on Gaza, urge international teams not to play in apartheid Israel.
As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2022, Sapienza University of Rome's Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy was set to host an event to present Amnesty International's report on Israeli apartheid. Hours before the event, authorisation for the event space was withdrawn.