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 Tuesday evening over 20 LSE students silently occupied a meeting of LSE's governing body for over 30 minutes in protest at LSE Director Howard Davies' implicit support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine. For more click here.
On October 18th, One Million Voices, an organization led by Israelis and international figures with the support of some Palestinians, is organizing a public event in Jericho and Tel Aviv, simultaneously. As stated on the organization's English webpage, the objective of the event is to “mark the first time that massive numbers of Israelis and Palestinians gather simultaneously to unite against violent extremism.”
The Palestine-Israel Action Group (PIAG) of the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting has published report on the methods used for putting economic pressure on Israel in support of Palestinian rights.The survey looks at methods employed by a range groups from Churches and Universities to governments and Non Governmental Organisations.This is an ongoing project, and the group welcomes others to email additional information.Click here to download a full copy of the report
The Palestinian youth football team was banned from playing in the UK last week, causing a storm of protest froms solidarity groups and commentators all over the world.The Boycott Israeli Goods campaign has sent an open letter to FIFA and the issue has been taken up by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
BDSMovement.net has published the first edition of its BDS newsletter, giving an update on global BDS activism around the world.The report highlights key developments, focussing on eight areas: the consumer boycott, the cultural boycott, the municipality and unions boycott, the sports boycott and the campaign to cut Military links and push for divestment and sanctions.
The newsletter supplements Towards a Global Movement: A framework for today’s anti-apartheid activism, the handbook to the boycott movement.
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Activists from Campaign Against Israeli Apartheid confronted majority shareholders at Reisman and Schwartz about Israeli military links at Indigo Books and Music Inc, on June 21 2007. Indigo Books and Music Inc shareholders' Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwarz's founding and support for Heseg – Foundation for Lone Soldiers. Heseg, founded in 2005, provides financial support to former Israeli “Lone Soldiers” in the form of scholarships. On Heseg's board sit several retired Israeli military officers, including Doron Almog, who narrowly avoided arrest in 2005 in London, UK, for war crimes.
The largest civil society organization in Ireland, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, is the latest union to pass a boycott, divestment and sanction motion against Apartheid Israel.
The 770, 000 member-strong organization, which represents trade unions and trade councils across Ireland, condemned the Israeli government in two motions for its oppression of the Palestinian people.
Ireland Palestinian Solidarity Campaign has warmly welcomed the strong Palestinian solidarity motion passed at the biennial Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) conference last weekend. This resolution called for boycott and divestment from Israel and companies such as CRH who are building Israel's apartheid Wall, and for support for beleaguered Palestinian trade unions. The motion authorized the leadership of the Irish trade union movement to undertake a wide range of measures to oppose Israel?s oppressive actions and to show solidarity with Palestinians.
On July 4th, the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) has passed a motion at its biennial conference in support of a customer boycott against Apartheid Israel.
Following in the footsteps of other unions around the world who have taken up the boycott, the biggest general union in the UK, with over 800,000 members, also vowed to take part in the lobby of British parliament on November 2nd and demanding the UK government take a stronger stand against Israel.
n August 2006 activists called on the public to divest from Dexia Bank because of its links to Israeli finance. The bank has retail outlets in Luxembourg and Belgium.
In February 2001, Dexia Bank took over an Israeli bank, Otzar HaShilton HaMekomi Ltd (OSM), becoming the first European Bank to engage in such a takeover. Dexia controls now 65,31% of the shares, 65,99% of the voting rights and 66,67% of the right to nominate the directers.