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.
The last few weeks of 2012 saw a number of high-profile victories for the BDS movement, including thewithdrawal of occupation profiteerVeolia from a major contract bid in London following a two-year campaign, reflecting the growing strength of our activist networks.
A network is simply a collection of things and the relationships that exist between them: Our organizations are networks, our coalitions
In this BDS roundup, artists call on Carnegie Hall to cancel the upcoming performance of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Indian and Israeli BDS campaigners call on a Delhi arts festival to rescind Israel’s Cameri Theatre invitation to perform, a Dutch council decides against a Veolia contract following a high-profile BDS campaign by activists, PACBI urges the boycott of Urban Party Jerusalem and Open House Jerusalem events this week, and UK campaigners say they will sustain a protest outside the Natural History Museum over Veolia sponsorship of exhibit.
In this week’s roundup of news from the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement: A South African university adopts a full academic and cultural boycott of Israel; A new Sodastream store will be protested every week in Brighton; Protesters disrupt the Israeli Bats
In this roundup of news from the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement: Campaigners strengthen calls for divestment against Caterpillar following the Corrie verdict; Indian activists, scholars and artists denounce India-Israel free trade agreement; South Africa approves measure to correctly label products from Israeli settlements; and Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (Vancouver) denounces pinkwashing, calls for adoption of BDS guidelines at Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
All too aware of how bad association with war crimes is for business, the diamond industry has taken pains to evade questions about its connections with Israel’s human rights abuses — and so far has escaped scrutiny from watchdog organizations.
Representatives for 75 countries affiliated to the United Nations-based Kimberley Process Certification Scheme meeting in Kinshasa this week failed to reach agreement on the export of blood-stained diamonds from Zimbabwe.
As part of a regular feature, The Electronic Intifada reports on the latest developments of the Palestinian-led global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli violations of human rights and policies of apartheid.
BDS campaigners scored a significant victory this month as the London Borough of Tower Hamlets voted to exclude Veolia, a French firm that has provided services to the Israeli occupation in the West Bank, from receiving any contracts with the municipality. Activists have also staged protests and launched campaigns in Ireland, Belgium, Palestine.