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.
Major international companies and consortia continue to withdraw from bidding to build Israel’s illegal settlement railway on stolen Palestinian land, as pressure over complicity in Israel’s rights violations grows.
Following an intense advocacy campaign, Alstom, a French transport company, withdrew from a planned East Jerusalem light rail construction project, a tool of the Israeli settlement and annexation policy in the city.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, calls on the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest to Israel's illegal settlements.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report identifying, but not naming, 206 companies doing business linked to illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
The Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, has officially announced its support for the BDS movement and called, for the first time, on the international community to “impose sanctions on Israel” to end its ongoing, grave violations of Palestinian rights as stipulated by international law.
Denmark's third largest pension fund excludes four companies from its portfolio, citing their investments in illegal Israeli settlements. The four companies are all companies targeted by the BDS movement.
The European Union does not recognize illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights as part of Israel, and has admitted that it cannot tell whether producers from these illegal settlements are fraudulently taking advantage of trade privileges the EU has granted to Israel.