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.
Ten thousand people braved the rain on June 9th to march for Palestine in Cape Town under the banner 'Free Palestine! End Israeli Occupation!'
The crowd was addressed by long standing Palestine and former anti-apartheid activists as well as Ministers Pallo Jordan and Ronnie Kasrils of the ANC, Moulana Hendricks, President of the Muslim Judicial Council, Tony Ehrenreich of Cosatu, Jeremy Cronin of the SACP, Rev Oswald of the Anglican Church and Mercia Andrews of the New Women's Movement.
The Socialist Left Party, one of three parties in the Norwegian government, has renewed its support for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. The Party's Congress adopted a resolution unanimously on March 25th named "Sanctions against the Occupier - not the Occupied."
The new resolution contains amongst other things, the condemnation of the Occupation' policies, a focus on the arms trade, a consumer boycott and a demand that new regulations must be made so that the State Pension Fund will divest from Israeli companies.
Stop the Wall
Ratcheting up the simmering debate over how Protestant denominations should express their concern about Israel, the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church is advising congregations and individuals to divest their holdings from a wide variety of American corporations that the United Methodists believe support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.