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 this op-ed first published in The Salon, BDS National Committee member Omar Barghouti argues that trying to silence BDS supporters, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has done, will not break their solidarity
The Israeli government and its lobby groups around the world have responded to the 2005 Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), including the academic and cultural boycott, with well-oiled propaganda, across-the-board bullying and intense repression. In the west, nothing short of a new wave of McCarthyism is setting in, except this time around the required blind loyalty is to apartheid Israel.