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.
Short-list of the top 30 BDS moments of 2017, reflecting massive, collective work by supporters around the world. The BDS movement for Palestinian rights grew among trade unions, social movements and mainstream churches, in universities, among star athletes and prominent cultural figures, in parliaments and at the United Nations. It has compelled major multinationals to end their respective complicity in Israel’s egregious violations of Palestinian human rights, and grows stronger every day.
The article is not only about the right to BDS. It also discusses how international human rights law has, in general, been rendered meaningless and even oppressive. It uses the example of the BDS movement to show that, nevertheless, there is still a way to utilize its progressive potential.
Blue Planet Project, an international civil society movement begun by the well-respected Council of Canadians, has published a report in partnership with LifeSource on The Human Right to Water in Palestine outlining Israeli violations of the human right to water and nonviolent resistance to these violations, recommending the boycott of Israel.
In this report written by local experts and grassroots activists who are a part of the Palestinian LifeSource collective, we learn that Isra
Photo: Israeli apartheid wall in Occupied Palestine.
Last fall, the Conservative government announced plans to expand the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), a set of policies that serves to further legitimize Israeli occupation and apartheid, and deepen Canadian corporate and state involvement in Israeli racism and colonialism.
CIFTA, which took effect in January 1997, covers geographical areas over which Israel