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.
Josh Ruebner, ZNet: Today, two movements for the promotion of human rights in Sudan and Palestine seek to emulate the successful role played by boycotts, divestment, and sanctions in achieving democracy and equality in South Africa. The two movements, however, have received radically different receptions on Capitol Hill.
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.
At 1pm on 18 August, approximately 20 activists from London, Brighton, Reading and the nearby Climate Camp entered the Carmel Agrexco site in Hayes Middlesex where some activists have D-locked the gates shut. They are being entertained by Samba. Four police arrived on the scene almost immediately.
This afternoon a group of protesters from anarchist group State Of
Emergency have blockaded the main UK warehouse of Israeli company
Carmel Agrexco in Hayes, Middlesex.
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in London published on its website a link to my article "Volvo: Symbol of safety or human rights abuses?," and asked the company to respond. The article highlights the use of Volvo construction machinery by the Israeli military as a tool in the occupation, which is the reason behind recent calls for economic pressure on Volvo. Mr. M. Wikforss, Vice President of Media Relations & Corporate News of Volvo Group wrote a letter in response, which is also published on the Resource Centre's website.
Ten thousand people braved the rain on June 9th to march for Palestine in Cape Town under the banner 'Free Palestine! End Israeli Occupation!'
The crowd was addressed by long standing Palestine and former anti-apartheid activists as well as Ministers Pallo Jordan and Ronnie Kasrils of the ANC, Moulana Hendricks, President of the Muslim Judicial Council, Tony Ehrenreich of Cosatu, Jeremy Cronin of the SACP, Rev Oswald of the Anglican Church and Mercia Andrews of the New Women's Movement.
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.
Stop the Wall
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.