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 Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition of Palestinian civil society, applauds Vitens, the largest supplier of drinking water in the Netherlands, for the decision to end its cooperation agreement with Israel’s national water company Mekorot because of Vitens’ commitment to international law.
The BNC also commends the Dutch foreign ministry, who had advised Vitens about the cooperation and in general discourages financial transactions with illegal Israeli settlements.
Steps by European companies and governments to restrict business with West Bank settlements are rekindling longstanding fears in Israel of a broader economic boycott over its treatment of the Palestinians.
After facing criticism from activist groups in the Netherlands, Vitens, the Dutch drinking-water company, said this week that it was cutting ties with Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, because it had business in the occupied West Bank.
Separately, UK Trade & Investment, the business promotion body, published guidance last week warning companies of the risks of doing business wi
- Dutch government must consistently exclude all Israeli and other companies involved in Israel’s settlements from Israel-Netherlands business forum - Governments across the world should take steps to end corporate complicity with Israeli violations of international law
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition of Palestinian civil society unions, parties and organisations, calls on the Dutch government to be consistent with its stated position opposing the Israeli occupation and illegal sett
Blue Planet Project, an international civil society movement begun by the well-respected Council of Canadians, has published a report in partnership with LifeSource on The Human Right to Water in Palestine outlining Israeli violations of the human right to water and nonviolent resistance to these violations, recommending the boycott of Israel.
In this report written by local experts and grassroots activists who are a part of the Palestinian LifeSource collective, we learn that Isra