WHAT IS BDS
WHAT IS BDS?
In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.
WHAT ARE PALESTINIANS ASKING FOR?
Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights
9 July 2005
We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace. These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
READ THE FULL CALL.
WHY SHOULD I BOYCOTT?
World governments have failed to end their support for Israel’s crimes or put pressure on Israel to comply with international law and human rights.
By working together on focused consumer boycotts and campaigns against the companies and institutions that help Israel to commit its crimes, the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is a powerful and strategic tool for isolating Israel.
IS BOYCOTTING ISRAEL LEGAL?
Yes. Boycott is protected under the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.
LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR RIGHT TO BOYCOTT.
BDS@10: A DECADE OF EFFECTIVE SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINIANS
Ten years on from its launch on 9 July 2005, the Palestinian civil society-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has achieved significant impacts, and won huge support in its call for freedom, justice and equality. Click the image below to read more about these stories and more!
Boycott National Committee - www.bdsmovement.net
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - www.endtheoccupation.org
Jewish Voice for Peace - www.jvp.org
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network - www.ijan.org
US Palestine Community Network - www.uspcn.org
American Friends Service Committee - www.afsc.org
Friends of Sabeel North America - www.fosna.org