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.
A local London newspaper, the Wimbledon Guardian, has today (7 May 2011) reported that only two bidders remain in the race for a £1bn (€1.14) contract in South London – neither of which are Veolia.
Ben Soffa, Secretary of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: ‘Local activists and PSC branches organised a really vocal campaign to oppose awarding this contract to a company that is complicit in Israel’s illegal occupation.
Quakers in Britain have agreed to boycott products from the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The settlements are illegal under international law. Quakers consider that this boycott is a nonviolent move for peace for Israelis and Palestinians. The decision makes clear that Quakers are not boycotting Israel.
Half a million Israeli settlers live illegally in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem).
The central London flagship store of Ahava, an Israeli cosmetics company whose products come from stolen Palestinian natural resourcesin the occupied West Bank, and are produced in the illegal settlement of Mitzpe Shalem, has been forced to move following a sustained cam
On the evening of Friday 25 March 2011, the day of the Jerusalem Marathon whose major sponsor is Adidas, BDS activists held their own race against Israeli Apartheid inside the Adidas flagship store on London’s Oxford Street.
This is the first of many actions that will bring Adidas’s shameful sponsorship of a marathon that promotes a municipality that is actively involved in ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, demolition of houses and destruction of people and property into the public spotlight.
The runners attracted attention from shop staff, customers and the general public and distributed fl
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.
Tower Hamlets council in London has become the second UK local authority to pass a motion to exclude Veolia from local procurement contracts over its complicity with Israeli violations of international law.
The motion, which was moved by councillor Harun Miah of the Respect Party, was passed at a full meeting of Tower Hamlets council on February 2.
The motion requests that the Mayor of Tower Hamlets writes to Veolia to explain the council's determination not to work with Veol