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.
South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), at its 53rd National Conference, reaffirmed a resolution supporting the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign.
The South African toy store “Reggies” is knowingly sponsoring an Israeli para-statal organisation, the Jewish National Fund (JNF), which is directly involved in the forced removal and dispossession of the Palestinian people.
Despite numerous appeals to the director of Reggies, Mr Issy Zimmerman (who also owns the South African franchise of Toys’R’us) explaining and detailing the complicity of the JNF in Israeli human rights abuses, he not only refused to end his involvement with the JNF (a recipient of Reggies’ financial support) but threatened that he would intensify it.
At the opening plenary of the African National Congress' (ANC) 3rd International Solidarity Conference, former Dutch anti-apartheid activist, Adri Nieuwhof, presented a statement on behalf of over 150 former internationalanti-apartheid activists (from more than 19 countries and belonging to over 35 organizations) to the ANC, South Africa's ruling party. The statement calls on the ANC to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign.
Open Shuhada Street and the UCT Palestinian Solidarity Forum have vowed to increase their protests at Cape Town's Wellness Warehouse (Kloof Street branch) and have called on the public to join them on 13 October 2012, from 11:30-13:30.
After a successful protest on Saturday 29 September 2012, Wellness Warehouse removed all AHAVA cosmetic products from their shelves. Well-known public activist and member of Open Shuhada Street, Zackie Achmat, communicated this after a joint protest in Cape Town over the weekend: "The manager of W
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.
Occupied Palestine, August 16 - The Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition of Palestinian trade unions, NGOs and mass organisations, salutes and warmly congratulates the South African government for adopting a principled policy to dissuade South African citizens and especially official organisations from travelling to Israel due to its “continued occupation of Palestinian land”.
This welcome show of support for Palestinian rights and for a just peace based on international law is precisely the kind of concrete action that the overwhel
“Because of the treatment and policies of Israel towards the Palestinian people, we strongly discourage South Africans from going there,” South Africa’s deputy minister of international relations and co-operation has told the Mail & Guardian.
Two South African human rights organizations, BDS South Africa and the Palestine Solidarity Alliance, have thrown their weight behind the consumer boycott of a South African company, Karsten Farms, which is complicit in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine.