In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Human rights for the Palestinians and ends the military occupation. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.
From the BDS website – The campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is shaped by a rights-based approach and highlights the three broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel. The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:
- Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall;
- Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
- Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
The Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is one of the efforts fighting back against Israel and is a “nonviolent effort to honor international law and human rights conventions, and grant and restore rights to Palestinians.”
As the Salon article points out, it must be doing something right to get the Senate to be voting for amendments against it.
“It is indisputably the single most identifiable and powerful alternative to conventional diplomacy, which has for decades proven to be utterly ineffective in addressing the issues of Israel’s long-standing violations of international law and human rights conventions and covenants. There is no doubt that with Netanyahu at the helm, any change will have to emanate from outside Israel, via an international consensus. And that is what Israel is afraid of when it sees the successes of BDS.”
Listen to this Israeli Soldier explain what is really happening in the Occupied Territories and why the BDS is the best option without violence:
The boycott of Israeli products and companies supporting Israel is a peaceful means of putting international pressure on apartheid Israel and follows in the footsteps of the successful boycott against South African apartheid. Help end Palestinian suffering by boycotting Israel today!
Which Corporations are profiting from the occupation?
“Who Profits” (link above) is dedicated to exposing the commercial involvement of companies in the continuing Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land. The project publishes information about these companies, produces in-depth reports and serves as an information center.
Read about all the Churches in America who are joining in the BDS movement, as well.