Non-violent economic tools
against Israeli human rights abuses:
Change always comes from the bottom, not the top.
Every advocacy group is unique to its own setting, but it is our hope that you will be able to find what you need here in this toolkit. You will find a collection of experience, knowledge, and important success stories of many who have patiently and faithfully pursued the goals of justice and peace for Palestine.
This toolkit is a resource developed by Global Kairos for Justice, a network that emerged from the Kairos Palestine conference held in Bethlehem in 2018 which was a follow up to the 2009 groundbreaking document, Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth. The 2009 document was a cry for solidarity in the struggle for justice; it came from Palestinian Christians and addressed all other Christians around the world. It followed and was in support of the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for economic actions, or “BDS” (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel.
At its meeting in December 2019, Global Kairos for Justice commissioned this BDS Toolkit, for the purposes of providing important information and educating people about why economic actions are needed to make change in Israel’s record of human rights violations against Palestine. Since the call for BDS is faced with intense opposition globally, this toolkit aims to let justice-seeking people working for Palestinian rights know that they do not walk this road alone. BDS is a tactic; a means to an end. It offers a unique and distinct witness through time-honored, non-violent tools and actions, calling for justice for Palestinians and Palestine.
Global Kairos for Justice, a worldwide coalition of concerned Christians from different churches, traditions and church-related organizations born in response to Kairos Palestine's 2009 call in Moment of Truth: a word of faith, hope, and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering. We are committed to nonviolent means, calling for and end to the Israeli colonization of Palestine. We advocate for the right of self-determination of Palestinian people and a peace with justice for all people in the holy land.
Today, Kairos movements exist in many countries in the Global South as well as in the Global North. The international movement is dependent on a committee in which Kairos Palestine plays the significant role of facilitating and coordinating the various committees’ tasks of looking at theological and political rhetoric, exchanging information, unifying advocacy strategies and suggesting activities that take into consideration the specificity of each country deriving from the Kairos concept of acting now for justice.
We have chosen to use this spelling: antisemitism - without a hyphen and with a lower case "s". Both The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and Jewish Voice for Peace use this spelling.
According to IHRA, the hyphenated spelling with a capital S “allows for the possibility of something called ‘Semitism’, which not only legitimizes a form of pseudo-scientific racial classification that was thoroughly discredited by association with Nazi ideology, but also divides the term, stripping it from its meaning of opposition and hatred toward Jews. ...The unhyphenated spelling is favored by many scholars and institutions in order to dispel the idea that there is an entity ‘Semitism’ which ‘anti-Semitism’ opposes. Antisemitism should be read as a unified term so that the meaning of the generic term for modern Jew-hatred is clear.”
We wish to thank the following for the gifts of their skills, advice, time, and talents, which made this toolkit possible:
Nidal Abu Zuluf
Joint Advocacy Initiative, JAI
Here's a video tour of what we have collected on this website as a toolkit for those new to BDS.