Israel is occupying and colonizing Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel, and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. It is maintaining a military regime of occupation, apartheid and settler-colonialism over the Palestinian people. Israel is only able to maintain this illegal regime because of international support and complicity. Rather than holding Israel to account, many governments provide Israel with tacit and explicit political cover as well as diplomatic, military, and financial support. Businesses compete to profit from Israel’s violations of international law. When those in power refuse to act to stop this injustice, what is needed is a global citizens’ response.
The BDS Movement aims to pressure Israel to respect international law by:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall. International law recognizes the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan Heights as occupied by Israel.
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
These are three basic rights without which the Palestinian people cannot exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The BDS Movement does not advocate for a particular political solution to the conflict and does not call for either a “one state solution” or a “two state solution”. Instead, BDS focuses on the attainment of legitimate civil rights and the implementation of international law.
Thanks to the strategic campaigning of people and organisations all over the world, the global BDS Movement is having a real impact. For example:
As the US organization Jewish Voice for Peace has explained, Israel claims to be acting in the name of all Jewish people but a rapidly increasing number of Jewish people of conscience feel compelled to make sure the world knows that many Jews are opposed to Israel's actions.
Planting olive trees through Joint Advocacy Initiative, JAI