Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
On March 12-14, an all-India conference gathered hundreds of activists and representatives in Delhi to discuss the situation and the struggle in the Arab world and to further Indian solidarity with Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries under attack.
The conference, entitled "War, Imperialism and Resistance: West Asia" was the first major event of its kind in India, with speakers from the Arab world giving a first hand account of developments in the region.
The Socialist Left Party, one of three parties in the Norwegian government, has renewed its support for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. The Party's Congress adopted a resolution unanimously on March 25th named "Sanctions against the Occupier - not the Occupied."
The new resolution contains amongst other things, the condemnation of the Occupation' policies, a focus on the arms trade, a consumer boycott and a demand that new regulations must be made so that the State Pension Fund will divest from Israeli companies.
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The UK House of Commons International Development Select Committee called on the Labour government to press for sanctions against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinian people.
The cross-party committee that the UK should now urge its fellow members in the EU to consider suspending the EU-Israel association agreement as first step in putting pressure on the Israeli government to end this oppression. To see the Select Committee Report, click here.
The publication of Towards a Global Movement: A framework for today’s anti-apartheid activism has provoked a storm of media attention. The full report is available on the BDSMovement website. A summary of the report, by Stop the Wall (The Palestinian Grassroots Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign)
was published in the UK by War on Want.
The Right to Education (R2E) Student Committee in Birzeit University welcomes the motion passed by UNISON, the biggest trade union of public workers in the UK, and calls for student-wide mobilisation on boycotting Israel as a means to defend the right to education of Palestinians and end the occupation.
To read the full text and for links to relevant UNISON webpages, click here.
The opening of "Israel Week" at the Galeria Kaufhof department store in Berlin spurred a demonstration Saturday against Israeli food products originating in the territories. Protesters held signs reading "No to settlement products" and "Stop the Israel-EU Association Agreement." Groups protesting included The Jewish Voice, a Jewish-German organization opposed to the occupation, and Solidarity with Palestine, German teenagers affiliated with the radical left.
Germans protest sale of food from West Bank settlements
Ratcheting up the simmering debate over how Protestant denominations should express their concern about Israel, the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church is advising congregations and individuals to divest their holdings from a wide variety of American corporations that the United Methodists believe support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.