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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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Last month, Egged Bus Systems (EBS), a subsidiary of Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society, Israel’s largest public transportation operator, lost a bid for a decade-long contract to run public transportation in the North-Holland region of the Netherlands, which includes the country’s capital, Amsterdam.

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The BNC warmly welcomes a historic open letter by the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) urging the World Council of Churches (WCC) to “recognize Israel as an apartheid state,” support the nonviolent, Palestinian-led global BDS movement, help intensify BDS campaigns and actively refuse Christian complicity in ongoing Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights.

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On July 29, festival organizers in 8 countries are uniting to put on a “Tomorrowland” music event that will help whitewash Israel’s racist system of apartheid, military rule, siege over 2 million people, and ongoing, grave violations of Palestinian human rights. Sign up for this thunderclap to say NO to Tomorrowland, NO to Israeli apartheid.

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Israel's Minister of Education has proposed a university "ethics code" that would institutionalize an existing unstated policy stifling academic freedom

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Swiss parliament and Spanish government reject efforts to criminalize the BDS human rights movement

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Fourteen filmmakers and other artists declared their support for boycotting Israeli government sponsored TLVFest. 

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