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.
Through statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament’s anti-Palestinian resolution attacking the right to boycott.
Palestinian civil society coalitions, human rights organizations, labor unions, and representatives of the Palestinian people, condemn in the strongest terms the German Parliament's resolution which is based on outright lies and equates the nonviolent BDS movement for Palestinian rights with anti-semitism.
On April 10, Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights defender and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement for Palestinian rights, was denied entry into the United States at Ben Gurion Airport despite having valid travel documents.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said, “U.S. courts have protected the right of individuals to participate in boycotts as a form of political protest. The same protection applies to the right to advocate or oppose BDS."
In a significant blow to efforts by Israel lobby groups to use courts to harass, intimidate and silence supporters of Palestinian rights, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the American Studies Association over its decision to support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
La FIDH, à l’occasion de son Bureau international tenu à Paris du 25 au 27 mars 2016, a tenu à formellement reconnaître et réaffirmer le droit des personnes à participer pacifiquement et à appeler à des mesures de boycott-désinvestissement-sanctions (BDS) pour protester contre les politiques d’occupation et de discrimination du gouvernement israélien, et demande instamment aux États de respecter et de défendre les droits connexes de liberté d’expression, d’opinion, d’association et d’assemblée.