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.
The first quarter of 2014 has been an interesting time for the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign, with a number of promising developments - particularly in Europe - and indications that the Israeli government is taking the 'threat' posed by boycott initiatives more seriously than before.
One significant development has been a rash of decisions by European pension funds to divest from or blacklist Israeli banks and corporations on the grounds of those entities' complicity in violations of international law.
Israel has asked the British government to "lean on universities to prevent their participation in academic boycotts of the country", according to a report in The Times.
In a meeting this week with the UK's Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts, Israeli Science Minister Yaakov Peri slammed the academic boycott campaign, and urged Willetts to "to try and put so