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.
Balata Youth Center, whose 16-year-old player Saeed Odeh was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers last year, and the Palestine Amputee Football Association, made up of players who lost limbs to Israeli snipers and military assaults on Gaza, urge international teams not to play in apartheid Israel.
10 UK unions have issued a statement condemning Israel's ciminalisation of six civil society organisations, which the unions say fits the international legal definition of apartheid and should be viewed in such context.
Statements in support of Palestinian rights, many advocating for BDS, have been endorsed by more than 350 academic departments, programs, centers, unions and societies and garnered nearly 24,000 signatures from scholars, researchers, students and university staff worldwide.
The scholars strongly oppose the governmental imposition of the "inherently flawed" definition and urge UK universities to rejct it, remaining firm in their commitment to academic freedom and freedom of speech while continuing their fight against all forms of racism, including antisemitism.
UK construction equipment company JCB is to be investigated after a UK Government body found a human rights complaint by Lawyers for Palestinian Rights was “material and substantiated” regarding use of JCB machinery in Israel’s illegal demolitions and settlement construction.