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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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Open Letter

Dozens of Palestinian cultural organizations and local administrations urge Grammy Award-winning pop star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira to cancel her show in Israel.

Update

Palestinians warmly welcome news that Gilberto Gil, a legendary Brazilian musician and cultural hero, has cancelled his July 4 performance in Tel Aviv. His cancellation appears to be in response to Israel’s slaughter of over 100 civilians in Gaza over the past few weeks.

Update

The Trump administration’s decision to open the US embassy in Jerusalem as Palestinians commemorate 70 painful years of displacement signals that it’s giving Israel freer reign than ever to try to push Palestinians out of their homeland. But a growing alliance of progressive communities around the world gives Palestinians hope that together they can, and will, end the ongoing assaults on Palestinian life, and create a better world for all.

Update

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel calls for the boycott of Pop-Kultur Berlin, until it drops Israel’s sponsorship.

Update

Israeli military forces continue implementing their shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy against Palestinian protesters in Gaza while its secret police threatened Palestinians protesting the Giro d’Italia cycing race in the occupied Palestinian West Bank and within present-day Israel.

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