Nov 26, 2010

#BDS: Palestinian civil society reaffirms support for persecuted French activists

Occupied Palestine, 23 November 2010 – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) urges the French government to immediately cease all undemocratic, repressive measures against its own conscientious citizens who promote or engage in non-violent boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel until it complies with international law. The BNC also calls upon the State of France to respect its own legal obligations under international law, cease its role as the EU's largest supplier of military equipment to Israel, and undertake further measures, including sanctions, in order to bring to an end Israel's unlawful regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people.
The BDS Campaign is an effective, legal and morally grounded, non-violent strategy whose necessity has been affirmed not only by Palestinian civil society, but also by independent legal scholars and UN human rights experts. The BNC hereby reaffirms its unflinching support for the persecuted French activists and calls upon people of conscience and the BDS movement everywhere to redouble support of those facing shameful state repression.

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