The unprecedented opportunity to reach the S in BDS
We have no illusions, though. We know it will take a lot of “B” and “D” to get to the “S.” Indeed, we are building grassroots power like never before to have real influence in decision-making circles.
Israel’s massacres, siege, and land theft against our people are escalating. It has killed at least 158 Palestinians already this year, including many children. Yet, the fact that its government is the most far-right, fundamentalist and sexist ever – with a proud fascist component – gives us an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically build our people power to reach the S in BDS – targeted, lawful sanctions.
Our people’s steadfastness (sumud) and relentless popular resistance are our main inspiration. Despite 75 years of its ongoing Nakba against the Indigenous Palestinians, Israel’s regime of settler-colonialism and apartheid has utterly failed to colonize our minds with despair.
Supported by our intersectional solidarity partners in racial, Indigenous, social, gender and climate justice movements representing tens of millions worldwide, we are building power. Just days ago, the BDS movement celebrated bringing G4S, the world’s largest security company, to its knees, making it end all its business in apartheid Israel.
Help us celebrate more BDS victories as we build towards the “S” in BDS
Like apartheid South Africa before it, apartheid Israel derives its power and impunity from the US and Europe. They continue to unconditionally arm it, fund it and shield it from accountability, partly through ruthless bullying and racist repression. But this McCarthyism is a sign of their despair and our strength. They know we shall never rest until Israel receives the full apartheid South Africa treatment.
Building on our grassroots networks, we’re winning more local governments than ever. This year alone, mayors and city councils, from Barcelona (Catalonia) to Liege and Verviers (Belgium), and from Oslo (Norway) to Belem (Brazil), have taken decisive measures against Israeli apartheid and the companies supporting its crimes to express meaningful solidarity with our liberation struggle.
Over the last few years, major state sovereign funds have divested from banks and companies sustaining Israel’s occupation and settlements– a war crime under international law. With Israel’s current political instability and worsening economic troubles (hi-tech shutdowns, capital flight, lower credit rating prospects and drying foreign investments) warranting the #ShutDownNation label, our strategic divestment and corporate accountability campaigns are becoming more effective than ever.
Donate to help us grasp this unprecedented opportunity to multiply our impact
We have no illusions, though. We know it will take a lot of “B” and “D” to get to the “S.” Indeed, we are building grassroots power like never before to have real influence in decision-making circles, primarily to get the UN to revive its anti-apartheid mechanisms and to push for targeted sanctions, e.g., military-security embargos. With your support, we are starting to see the S in BDS on the horizon.