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The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

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Updates from the palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

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Open Letter

Palestinian environmental networks and professional unions call on MedPine to relocate its conference outside of Israel and urge invited speakers to refuse to lend their scholarship to KKL-JNF’s greenwashing of Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.

September 21, 2018
Update

Palestinians welcome Prof. Cheney-Lippold's stand for Palestinian rights and urge academics to end all collaboration with complicit Israeli institutions, including through study abroad programs in Israel.

Open Letter

Palestinian football clubs and sports associations urge Puma to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association due to inclusion of teams based in illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

Update

Palestinian workers', women's and farmers' associations urge international chefs to cancel their participation in Round Tables 2018 in Tel Aviv. "It is an attempt to whitewash Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights."

Update

As the Oslo Accords turn 25, we see that the “peace process” has served as cover for Israel to steal more Palestinian land, expel more Palestinians from their homes and commit war crimes against Palestinians without accountability. It's more important than ever to redouble our efforts to isolate Israeli apartheid and create a future where we are all free.

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Company says that BDS is protected by freedom of expression and asserts that people have the right to criticize Israeli policies

SodaStream announced the closure of its factory in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim following a high profile boycott campaign against the company that saw retailers and investors across the world cut links with the company.

SodaStream closes illegal colony factory

More than 30 US student associations and 11 Canadian student associations have voted to support divestment from Israeli apartheid.

Students vote to join BDS movement

The University of Johannesburg severed its ties with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University in response to calls from 400 South African academics.

University of Johannesburg cuts links with Israeli university

World renowned scientist Stephen Hawking pulled out of a conference hosted by then president Shimon Peres following appeals from Palestinian academics.

Stephen Hawking boycotts Israel conference

Motions in support of BDS and BDS initiatives have been passed by more than 50 councils in Spain and by dozens of other councils across the UK, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Ireland.

Local councils across Europe vote to join BDS movement

Responding to public opinion and grassroots campaigning, the EU has introduced rules prohibiting itself from funding Israeli companies and bodies based in illegal Israeli settlements and has warned businesses about the risks of doing business with illegal Israeli settlements.

EU takes action against illegal Israeli settlements

Community mobilisations during Israel's 2014 attack on Gaza prevented Israeli ships from docking at a port in Oakland in California, following on from actions by dockworkers at ports in South Africa, Sweden and India in recent years.

Israeli ships prevented from docking at ports across the world

Israeli state water company Mekorot has lost out on contracts in Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and the Netherlands as a result of BDS campaigning over its role in Israel's apartheid water policies.

Israeli state water company loses contracts

The Kuwaiti government blacklisted 50 companies targeted by the BDS movement as a result of campaigning by activists in Kuwait and the Palestinian BDS National Committee.

Kuwait government boycotts 50 companies linked to occupation

The Chilean government suspended free trade agreement talks with Israel during its 2014 attacks on Gaza following campaigning by MPs and Palestinians in the country. Bolivia and Venezuala have cut diplomatic ties with Israel.

Chile suspends free trade agreement process action over Gaza massacre