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.
On March 12-14, an all-India conference gathered hundreds of activists and representatives in Delhi to discuss the situation and the struggle in the Arab world and to further Indian solidarity with Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries under attack.
The conference, entitled "War, Imperialism and Resistance: West Asia" was the first major event of its kind in India, with speakers from the Arab world giving a first hand account of developments in the region.
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.
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The UK House of Commons International Development Select Committee called on the Labour government to press for sanctions against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinian people.
The cross-party committee that the UK should now urge its fellow members in the EU to consider suspending the EU-Israel association agreement as first step in putting pressure on the Israeli government to end this oppression. To see the Select Committee Report, click here.
On October 18th, One Million Voices, an organization led by Israelis and international figures with the support of some Palestinians, is organizing a public event in Jericho and Tel Aviv, simultaneously. As stated on the organization's English webpage, the objective of the event is to “mark the first time that massive numbers of Israelis and Palestinians gather simultaneously to unite against violent extremism.”
The Palestine-Israel Action Group (PIAG) of the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting has published report on the methods used for putting economic pressure on Israel in support of Palestinian rights.The survey looks at methods employed by a range groups from Churches and Universities to governments and Non Governmental Organisations.This is an ongoing project, and the group welcomes others to email additional information.Click here to download a full copy of the report
The Palestinian youth football team was banned from playing in the UK last week, causing a storm of protest froms solidarity groups and commentators all over the world.The Boycott Israeli Goods campaign has sent an open letter to FIFA and the issue has been taken up by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
BDSMovement.net has published the first edition of its BDS newsletter, giving an update on global BDS activism around the world.The report highlights key developments, focussing on eight areas: the consumer boycott, the cultural boycott, the municipality and unions boycott, the sports boycott and the campaign to cut Military links and push for divestment and sanctions.
The newsletter supplements Towards a Global Movement: A framework for today’s anti-apartheid activism, the handbook to the boycott movement.
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Activists from Campaign Against Israeli Apartheid confronted majority shareholders at Reisman and Schwartz about Israeli military links at Indigo Books and Music Inc, on June 21 2007. Indigo Books and Music Inc shareholders' Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwarz's founding and support for Heseg – Foundation for Lone Soldiers. Heseg, founded in 2005, provides financial support to former Israeli “Lone Soldiers” in the form of scholarships. On Heseg's board sit several retired Israeli military officers, including Doron Almog, who narrowly avoided arrest in 2005 in London, UK, for war crimes.
The publication of Towards a Global Movement: A framework for today’s anti-apartheid activism has provoked a storm of media attention. The full report is available on the BDSMovement website. A summary of the report, by Stop the Wall (The Palestinian Grassroots Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign)
was published in the UK by War on Want.