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 2018 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry says BDS is a platform to persuade people of conscience that Israel’s 71-year regime of dispossession and subjugation is an issue of great moral impact and needs our attention.
The Swedish Trade Union Confederation supports the Palestinian trade union movement’s calls to boycott Israeli goods from occupied territories. However, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation does not at present advocate a general boycott of Israeli goods.
On July 19 the Swedish News Agency (TT) reported that Coop has decided to terminate all purchases of Soda Stream carbonation devices after it was revealed that they are still produced in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). Selling products from occupied territories disputes Coop's own ethical standard as well as Global Compact, the UN ethical guidelines for businesses.
The Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden (PGS) welcomes Coop's decision.