Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions is a non-violent strategy that people of conscience around the world are using to stand up for justice in Palestine. Boycott is a traditional and effective form of people power and has been used by civil and human rights campaigners throughout history.
The Palestinian call for BDS demands that Israel:
- Ends its occupation and colonisation of all land occupied in June 1967 and dismantles the Wall;
- Recognises the fundamental rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
- Respects, protects, and promotes the rights of Palesinian refugees to return to their homes.
BDS is a Palestinian-led global campaign
In 2005, Palestinian civil society – students, trade unions, and political parties – came together to call on people around the world to pursue a campaign of BDS against Israel.
We have already achieved significant victories from SodaStream closing its factory in an illegal settlement, Veolia losing contracts worth millions and pulling out of Israel, and now even G4S have promised to sell its subsidary G4S Israel. Together we are standing up to the might of the corporations profiting from occupation and we are winning!
To be as effective as possible we focus our attention on a few companies. We work to amplify Palestinian voices and pick the targets that will have the most impact. Currently we are focusing on HP, G4S, and SodaStream.
We’ve done the research for you, so use it! Does your local council have a contract with HP? Does your university of workplace use G4S for security? Find out and start a campaign to cut the contracts or divest!
Work with others – we are stronger together! Find out where your local Palestine campaign is. Whether it’s at a university, with a local PSC branch, or through your trade union,
Divestment tells companies: stop doing business with Israel until it ends its occupation and recognises Palestinians rights, or lose money. It strikes at the heard of what companies do: make profit. Using our collective power, we can push universities or pension funds to stop investing in companies profiting from Israel’s occupation; showing them doing business with Israel is toxic.
Israel participates in trade and diplomacy as if it’s just another “normal” country. Yet its war crimes make it far from normal. Israel even exports its weapons as “field-tested” which in reality means “tested on Palestinians”.
Our government must respect international law, and implement an arms embargo on Israel, ban the import of settlement goods, and suspend EU agreements that give Israel preferential movement
The cultural and academic boycott
Israel’s occupation denies Palestinians their fundamental right to education and artistic expression which many of us take for granted.
Artists and academics around the world are refusing professional engagements in Israel, just as they did in apartheid South Africa. Artists like Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg and Bono have cancelled gigs. Others including Roger Waters from Pink Floyd and author Naomi Klein, have explicitly endorsed the boycott.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) calls for a boycott until Israel dismantles its system of apartheid, withdraws from the land it has occupied, and agrees to UN resolutions.