New Book calls for direct action against British companies complicit in Israeli apartheid
Corporate Watch has just released a book, Targeting Israeli Apartheid: A Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Handbook, encouraging campaigners to take direct action against the British companies complicit in Israeli apartheid, militarism and colonisation.
The book, based on extensive research in Palestine and the UK, and interviews with Palestinian and Israeli campaigners, takes its cue from the unified Palestinian call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS):
“We representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel, similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.”
- Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, 2005.
The book begins by examining the Israeli economy industry by industry and suggesting where the movement should focus its campaigning energy in order to be most effective. Part two contains five in-depth geographical case studies. The final section looks at how campaigners can bring the fight home to the UK.
Targeting Israeli Apartheid picks out Barclays Bank as the British bank with the most substantial investments in Israeli companies, including companies with branches in illegal Israeli settlements. The book also examines several British university and pension fund investments and reveals financial support for companies based in Israeli settlements and arms companies supplying weapons to the Israeli state. The book goes on to show how charities registered in the UK donate to the Israeli army and settlements.
Targeting Israeli Apartheid is the guide many of us in the movement have been waiting for. This forensic, clear and systematic account details the where, who, how and why of the flows of capital and contracts which enable the colonisation of Palestine to continue."
- Ewa Jasiewicz - Coordinator of the Free Gaza movement.
The rationale for the book is to provide necessary information for campaigners to take action, allowing the international BDS movement to bring the Palestinian struggle to the doorsteps of those profiting from Israeli apartheid.
Notes for Journalists
Targeting Israeli Apartheid was written by Tom Anderson, Georgia Clough, Jack Curry, Pete Jones and Therezia Cooper. It was produced by Corporate Watch.
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From Corporate Watch's beginnings looking at PFI roadbuilding, we have broadened out to examine the oil industry, globalistion, genetic engineering, food, toxic chemicals, migration, privatisation and many other areas, to build a picture of almost every type of corporate crime and the nature and mechanisms of corporate power, both economic and political. We have worked with and provided information to people and groups including peace campaigners, environmentalists, and trade unionists, large NGOs and small autonomous groups, journalists, MPs and other members of the public.
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