BDS impacts so far in 2021

In a year marred by Israeli apartheid brutality and massacres, Palestinian hope and unity shine through. So too does the outpouring of global support from trade unions, academics, grassroots and civil society groups, artists and individuals. The word on everyone’s tongue is ‘unprecedented!’ Never before has support for Palestinian freedom, justice, and equality been more popular and effective, proving that this time, #ItsDifferent! 

As the global, Palestinian-led BDS movement marks its 16th anniversary let’s take a look back at 16 victories for Palestinian rights so far this year that the movement has impacted:

  1. Following years of #BDS campaigning, Ben & Jerry’s announced it will not renew its licensing agreement with its Israeli licensee and will end sales of its ice cream in Israel's illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

  2. Norway's largest pension fund KLP excluded 16 companies because of their links to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. In a statement, KLP cited an “unacceptable risk that the excluded companies are contributing to the abuse of human rights in situations of war and conflict through their links with the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank”.

  3. A groundbreaking report by Human Rights Watch, titled ‘A Threshold Crossed’, detailed how Israel’s policies against millions of Palestinians amounts to persecution and apartheid! 

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  1. Lothian Pension Fund, Scotland’s second largest local authority pension fund, with 84,000 members and £8 billion in assets, divested from Israeli Bank Hapoalim.

  2. The Irish government became the first EU country to declare Israel’s building of illegal settlements on Palestinian land a ‘de facto annexation.'

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  4. Chilean parliament introduces a bill to ban import of Israeli goods from illegal settlements. 

  5. 39 labour organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of workers across Canada, signed an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging his government to immediately suspend bilateral military trade with Israel. 

  6. The Canadian Labour Congress endorsed a ban on settlement goods, promoting divestment from Israeli military and security companies, and calling on Canada to impose a #MilitaryEmbargo on Israel.

  7. The University of Brasilia and the University of Costa Rica passed historic resolutions declaring they will have no ties with companies complicit in Israel’s regime of military occupation, colonialism, and apartheid.

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  1. The Student Association of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva became the first student association in Switzerland to endorse BDS and to declare itself an Apartheid Free Zone (AFZ).

  2. The City University of New York (CUNY) staff congress, representing 30,000 members, passed a resolution condemning Israel as a settler-colonial and apartheid state.

  3. More than 130 Mexican civil rights organizations demand CEMEX end complicity with Israeli apartheid.

  4. East Sussex Pension Fund divested from Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest private arms manufacturer.

These 16 impacts are just a snapshot of where we stand today. Global support for our BDS movement is at an all-time high, and that is thanks to supporters like you! Thank you for taking action and standing in solidarity with Palestinians everywhere. Our goal of freedom, justice and equality is closer than ever!




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