Celebrating our Victories, Planning for More!
9 July 2010
Marking the 5th anniversary of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Call
Occupied Palestine – The Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) calls on people of conscience all over the world to unite for a BDS Media Day on 9 July 2010, the 5th anniversary of launching the BDS movement and the 6th anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion stating that Israel is to dismantle its illegal Wall and associated colonial regime.
Five years since the call for BDS against Israel until it complies with international law, the global BDS movement has grown to become a force to be reckoned with. It is time to celebrate our well-deserved achievements, to critically and rationally appraise our present challenges, and to further strengthen our collective resolve to end Israel’s three-tiered system of oppression against the Palestinian people by making it pay the price for it through our civil BDS campaigns in all fields.
For this anniversary on 9 July the BNC urges all partners to focus on the media to reach a wider audience:
– Publish BDS articles in your local and national press;
– Brief journalists on your BDS activities, establish enduring relationships and make a case with them on why they should cover BDS;
– Stage public actions with focus on media, such as direct action and launching of high profile campaigns, publicize legal actions, expose violators and promote public debates;
– Use alternative media to mark the anniversary;
Activists from 22 countries answered our last call for a Global BDS Day of Action on 30 March, commemorating the Palestinian Land Day, with meaningful actions. Join us on 9 July 2010 for a day of media-focused activities to celebrate our achievements and plan for the future.
For information on how to join this global event and how to develop ongoing BDS action in your country, organization and network, please contact the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) at: [email protected]. For more information see: http://bdsdayofaction.net