The global Palestinian-led BDS movement was started by 176 Palestinian organisations in 2005.
It calls for Boycotts, Dis-investments and Sanctions (BDS) until Israel complies with international law on three principles of human rights:
- Ending Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights
- Equal rights for all — ending apartheid systems
- Allowing Palestinian refugees to return to their homes under UN resolution 194.
In Oct 2015, with the situation currently worsening, the Palestinian BNC (Boycott National Committee) has written a statement (below) calling for international solidarity:
CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE – BOYCOTT ISRAEL NOW
Whether the current phase of Israel’s intensified repression and Palestinian popular resistance will evolve into a full-fledged intifada or not, one thing is already evident—a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up en masse against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.
In this latest round, Israel has fanned the flames of Palestinian grassroots resistance by stepping up its attacks against al-Aqsa mosque compound, the Noble Sanctuary, located in the heart of the Israeli occupied Old City of Jerusalem. Fanatic, government-backed Zionist fundamentalist settler groups have persistently desecrated the compound, often verbally insulting worshippers with vile racism and openly calling for the destruction of the mosque. This has triggered widespread anger and protests in Jerusalem and among Palestinians everywhere in historic Palestine.
This ongoing rebellion is also a response to Israel intensifying its ethnic cleansing and oppression of Palestinians. In recent months, Israel has sped up its theft of Palestinian land and demolition of Palestinians houses, tightened the siege on Gaza and implemented new racist measures against Palestinians.
In a typical so-called “period of calm”, Israel enforces its medieval siege of Gaza, conducts incursions into Palestinians cities, confiscates Palestinian land, including in the Naqab (Negev), destroys Palestinian property, and builds illegal Jewish-only settlements. In its ongoing attempts to entrench its system of apartheid and colonial rule, Israel denies Palestinians their full spectrum of rights in the most banal of ways, from a child’s right to education to a mother’s access to health care, to a farmer’s ability to reach his/her land and to the right of a family to even live together in one home.
In light of the apathy or direct complicity of world governments and the UN, and as a result of Israel’s impunity in perpetuating this system of injustice against Palestinians, in historic Palestine as well as in exile, the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has made great strides in redefining Israel’s positioning in the world stage as a pariah state.
More needs to be done, however, to hold Israel to account and shatter its still strong impunity. Complicit governments must be exposed. Corporations that are enabling and profiting from Israel’s human rights violations must pay a price in their reputation and revenues. Israel’s military machine, including its research arm, must face a comprehensive international military embargo, and all Israeli leaders, officers and soldiers who are involved in the commission of the current and past crimes must be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court as well as national courts that respect international jurisdiction.
Read the full statement from the Palestinian BDS National Committee here.
Take action now:
- Share our call for solidarity action and our Boycott Israel now! graphic on Facebook and Twitter
- Find out ideas on products to boycott and campaigns to support here.
- Build awareness about Palestinian rights under international law and support for BDS
- Pressure parliaments to impose a military embargo on Israel
- Campaign against Israeli military companies such as Elbit Systems;
- Support boycott and divestment campaigns against complicit companies, such as G4S and HP, that are most blatantly complicit in Israel’s infrastructure of oppression
Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
Hamori building 2nd floor, Jerusalem Street, PO Box 2232, Ramallah, Palestine
Read the full statement here: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2015/solidarity-with-the-palestinian-popular-resistance-boycott-israel-now-13313