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The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

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Updates from the palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

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We thank 50+ Brazilian groups that won a victory for Palestinians and for demilitarizing Brazil, by mobilizing opposition in Brazil’s Parliament to filibuster a bill to strengthen military and scientific cooperation with Israel.

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The Palestinian call for a military embargo on Israel is fundamentally linked to calls for ending militarism and repression across the globe, and for ending Israel’s support for militarism and repression.

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In 1988, PM Thatcher banned local council boycotts and divestment against apartheid South Africa. Now, Boris Johnson plans to ban local council boycotts and divestment against apartheid Israel. It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now.

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The second global AXA Day of Action included mobilizations all around the world, on the same day as the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and the 4th global climate strike.

BNC Statement

On the anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Resolution 194 affirming Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes, the BDS movement insists on “the full menu of rights” for the indigenous Palestinians.

Israel regards BDS as a “strategic threat” to its ongoing oppression of Palestinians and spending millions of dollars on sabotaging BDS and persuading supportive governments to repress BDS activism.

BDS seen as a "strategic" challenge to Israel's oppression

French telecoms giant Orange left the Israeli market after campaigning in France and Egypt over the role its Israeli franchise holder played in supporting the Israeli military and its attacks on Gaza and its involvement in illegal Israeli settlements.

Orange leaves Israeli market

SodaStream announced the closure of its factory in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim following a high profile boycott campaign against the company that saw retailers and investors across the world cut links with the company.

SodaStream closes illegal colony factory

More than 30 US student associations and 11 Canadian student associations have voted to support divestment from Israeli apartheid.

Students vote to join BDS movement

The University of Johannesburg severed its ties with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University in response to calls from 400 South African academics.

University of Johannesburg cuts links with Israeli university

World renowned scientist Stephen Hawking pulled out of a conference hosted by then president Shimon Peres following appeals from Palestinian academics.

Stephen Hawking boycotts Israel conference

Motions in support of BDS and BDS initiatives have been passed by more than 50 councils in Spain and by dozens of other councils across the UK, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Ireland.

Local councils across Europe vote to join BDS movement

Responding to public opinion and grassroots campaigning, the EU has introduced rules prohibiting itself from funding Israeli companies and bodies based in illegal Israeli settlements and has warned businesses about the risks of doing business with illegal Israeli settlements.

EU takes action against illegal Israeli settlements

Community mobilisations during Israel's 2014 attack on Gaza prevented Israeli ships from docking at a port in Oakland in California, following on from actions by dockworkers at ports in South Africa, Sweden and India in recent years.

Israeli ships prevented from docking at ports across the world

Israeli state water company Mekorot has lost out on contracts in Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and the Netherlands as a result of BDS campaigning over its role in Israel's apartheid water policies.

Israeli state water company loses contracts