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.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly have both made powerful decisions advancing solidarity with Palestinian rights under international law within faith communities in the U.S.
In light of the Israel-led campaign of de-legitimization and intimidation in many countries against human rights defenders who campaign for Palestinian rights through BDS advocacy, this brief presents an overview of facts and legal principles and demonstrates that BDS is legal and an expression of the responsibility of civil society to act for realizing Palestinian human rights.
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the broad coalition of Palestinian civil society that leads the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement for freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people, is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of life long social justice advocate and freedom fighter Hedy Epstein on May 26, 2016.
Responding to comments made today by Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the EU Ambassador to Israel, that “settlement products are welcome on the EU market,” Mahmoud Nawajaa, a spokesperson for the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), said:
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society leading the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, salutes the United Methodist Church (UMC) for declaring the five largest Israeli banks off limits for investment for the Church’s $20-billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund.