Saturday, March 25, 2017

BDS

The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli refers to a global campaign designed to coerce Israel into complying with international law respecting the Palestinian human rights. Initiated in 2005, one year after the historic International Court of Justice (ICJ) advisory opinion on the illegality of Israel’s Wall in the occupied Palestinian territories, Palestinian civil society groups put out a call to ‘people of conscience’ across the globe, asking them to enact broad boycotts, implement divestment initiatives, and to demand sanctions against Israel until Palestinian rights are recognized in full compliance under international law.

The Palestinian Civil Society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions can be read here.



  • Palestine Solidarity Campaign chairman becomes first victim of Israel’s travel ban | March 18, 2017
    Earlier this week, the chairman of the London-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Hugh Lanning, became the first foreign activist to fall prey to the controversial “BDS ban” law, just a few days after it was approved. The law, passed by the Knesset on March 7, prohibits the granting of entry visas or residency rights to foreigners who are advocates of the non-violent BDS movement. .....
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  • Israel passes law to bar BDS supporters from entering the country | March 07, 2017
    The Knesset passed a law barring foreign nationals who support a boycott of Israel from getting visas or residency permits. Critics say the move violates freedom of expression and will serve to further isolate the country. The law will also apply to Palestinians with temporary residency status in Israel. .....
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  • Theology professor deported on grounds of support for Israel boycott | December 06, 2016
    On Monday, Israel denied entry to a senior official from the World Council of Churches (WCC) citing her organisation’s involvement in pro-Palestinian activism in the West Bank and alleged support for BDS. It’s the first time Israel deports a foreign national explicitly for involvement with boycott activities. .....
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  • Dr. Mustafa Barghouti: G4S withdrawal, "a great victory for BDS" | March 11, 2016
    The withdrawal of the G4S company from Israel is a great victory for BDS. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, said that the withdrawal of the British company, G4S, from Israel and the closing of their offices represents another great victory that is crucial to the BDS movement against Israel......
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  • BDS: Lauryn Hill cancels Israel show | May 05, 2015
    American R&B and hip hop star Lauryn Hill on Monday canceled an upcoming concert in Israel, saying she had been unsuccessful in her attempts to schedule a similar show in the occupied Palestinian territories. .....
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  • BDS in West Bank grows stronger | February 10, 2015
    The head of a higher Palestinian Authority committee in charge of confronting Israeli practices against the Palestinians announced Monday that they will prohibit the entry of merchandise from six large Israeli companies into the West Bank as of February 11. .....
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  • Is the West Bank boycott beginning to turn the corner? | January 22, 2015
    Bravo supermarkets grabbed headlines last autumn when the company announced that it was initiating a complete boycott of Israeli produce. Bravo is the first Palestinian supermarket chain to do so, a significant step given that it is the largest chain in the West Bank. .....
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  • The unlawful sacking of Arab-American Professor Steven Salaita | August 18, 2014
    Steven Salaita, an Arab-American Professor of American Indian Studies, was recently fired from his position as associate professor in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Although the University asserts that his contract was merely “rescinded,” many believe that Salaita was sacked for ... .....
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  • BDS is on the rise | February 24, 2014
    In recent weeks, some of the biggest international financial institutions have decided to reconsider their economic ties with Israel. .....
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  • SodaStream violates International Law | February 02, 2014
    After significant press coverage of the situation, Scarlett Johansson made the decision to step down from her position as an ambassador for Oxfam, over a “fundamental difference of opinion” with the charity. .....
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  • BDS Momentum and Debate in 2013 | December 28, 2013
    In December, a major European business firm and an important American academic association made headlines when they endorsed sweeping boycott measures against Israeli institutions, capping a momentous year of growth and debate surrounding the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli violations of Palestinian rights and ... .....
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  • G4S: Privatizing security and profiting from the Israeli occupation | March 28, 2013
    G4S (formerly G4S Securior) is the world’s largest security company and third largest private sector employer, with its headquarters based in Crawley, England and over 657,000 employees around the world.  It also actively profits off of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Most recently, G4S Israel—the Israeli branch of G4S—has come under fire... .....
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  • The strange case of Veolia | February 07, 2013
    Veolia‘s light rail sought to strengthen Jewish only settlements and to reinforce the illegal annexation of Palestinian lands. The creation of permanent structures in the occupied territories has proved that the Jerusalem Light Rail has been a manual on how to break International Humanitarian Law (IHL). .....
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  • International football players join BDS Campaign | December 16, 2012
    The campaign to boycott Israel has gained further global recognition, with the public condemnation of recent events in Gaza by top international football players. Sixty-two players have shown their support for Palestine after the UEFA decision chose Israel to host the 2013 under 21 European championship.... .....
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  • Palestine’s resistance and education | November 13, 2012
    The Palestinians are in the grips of a horrifying economic crisis. It is the product of three factors. The first is the occupying power’s strategy of politically, economically and socially debilitating Palestinian society, deliberately creating as wretched conditions as possible so as to drive increasing numbers of Palestinians to emigrate...... .....
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  • SodaStream: Greenwashing the Israeli occupation | October 03, 2012
    SodaStream is far from the concerned, ethically minded company it is trying to reinvent itself as. With a manufacturing location in the West Bank, the company is profiting from Israel’s occupation. Whilst its products help customers in the UK and around the world create an abundance of fizzy drinks, their production facility on occupied territory.......
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  • BDS: South Korea’s Palestine Peace and Solidarity movement | September 19, 2012
    In March 2003, the United States invaded Iraq, with South Korea being among the countries to dispatch its own army there. The Palestine Peace and Solidarity (PPS) group was formed in South Korea as a result of the anti-war movement in the same year. The group focused its efforts on raising awareness of the Palestinian struggle under Israeli... .....
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