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.
Dutch media reports 2 of country's largest retail chains announce they will not sell more products originating beyond Green Line
Following the European Union announcement regarding official guidelines prohibiting the funding of Israeli bodies and actions beyond the Green Line, it was reported Monday in the Netherlands that at least two large retail chains in the country have stopped selling goods produced in Isra
The European Union must ban produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank from entering its markets in order to cut off "a vital source of revenue which allows settlements to thrive", says a report by the Palestinian human rights organisation Al Haq.
The trade, estimated by the Israeli government to be worth about $300m (£185m) a year, is "an essential step in the process of reinforcing and consolidating the settle
The Palestinian cause is not a charity. The international community, however, has often failed to grasp the nature of the struggle for justice, preferring to channel funds to Palestinian "development" projects to compensate for the lack of will to put serious pressure on Israel. That mentality has been challenged by two recent reports that suggest that lip service to justice for Palestinians could be transformed into critical action.
Moreover, much of the EU money given to Israel for research and development has been used to directly support activities in settlements.
In the latest sign that some European governments are starting to realize that they must do more that merely condemn Israel’s colonization of Palestinian land, comments by a Greek diplomat and the Norwegian foreign minister suggest
This week, the United Church of Canada’s governing body will decide whether to endorse a boycott of goods imported to Canada from Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. The boycott, recommended by a United Church working group, is both legally and morally just.
Criticism has been levelled by a group of nine Canadian senators, echoed by numerous pro-Israel groups and commentators, who fret about the church interfering in Canadian foreign policy.
European governments, including Britain's, have received legal opinion from a leading international counsel who argues they would be fully within their rights to ban trade with Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.