BDS is a nonviolent strategy that allows people around the world to contribute to the Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid and for freedom, justice and equality. This video from the BDS Movement is a good introduction to the call from Palestinian civil society for economic action.
US Congress is considering a bill that will criminalize the boycotting of Israel with up to 20 years imprisonment! This attack on First Amendment rights is based on a misunderstanding of BDS. But what is BDS, and why is the US Congress targeting it?
South Africans know apartheid when they see it and they stand in solidarity with Palestine. This short video shows South Africans standing in solidarity with Palestine through the Covid-19 pandemic. See SA BDS Coalition on Facebook for more on what they do.
In 2016, the City Council of Ivry-sur-Seine, a city near Paris, adopted a resolution for a boycott of Israeli products. The recommendation was proposed on behalf of the municipal majority and adopted by a large majority. They cited the need for "sanctions against an Israeli State which persists in its apartheid policy." Further, the city council said, "We express our willingness to examine all options available to us so that the products from Israeli settlements are not acquired and distributed by the city services. And we ask France to stop these imports."
Israel Action Network's opaque lobbying and funding is a prime example of what grassroots groups around the world are up against when it comes to protesting Israeli human rights violations. Working against big organizations with links to the Israeli government, grassroots activists are up against endless funding but have truth on their side.
These clips from a behind-closed-doors event reveal who has been training and funding Christians to work against BDS within their own churches. Note that the host calls BDS, a time-honored non-violent protest tactic, "economic warfare on Israel." More info.
As a way to show solidarity for Palestinians, many have joined the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. So how does BDS work?
Israel's month-long assault on Gaza has over 1900 Palestinians dead, mostly civilians. It has sparked condemnation by the UN and of course on twitter. Outraged tweeps are using the hashtag #BDS, short for means boycott, divestment and sanctions -- a growing movement to get Israel to change its policies when it comes to human rights.
Roger Waters, founding member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd confronts the challenges to BDS on the progressive US new program, Democracy Now, who says, "In recent years,
Waters has become one of the most prominent musicians supporting BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel over its treatment of Palestinians."
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Elected officials are targeting your free speech rights because they want to shield a foreign government from criticism. As the Trump administration ramps up its crackdown on Palestinian rights advocacy, states across the U.S. are requiring people to sign oaths pledging they won't boycott Israel. But human rights advocates aren't backing down--they want freedom, justice and equality in Palestine, and everywhere around the world.
Veteran Israeli journalist Gideon Levy discusses why the Palestinian situation is a straightforward struggle for land and rights.
Complicity in Israeli human rights abuses comes in many ways. Here is one example of complicity through irresponsible tourism.