Jul 11, 2012

#BDS at 7! – Celebrating, reflecting and further mainstreaming

"Seven years after the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel was launched, the global BDS campaign has become stronger, more widespread, more effective and certainly more diverse than ever—a true cause for celebration by all those groups and conscientious citizens of the world who contributed to this success. However, Israel’s intensifying violations of international law and basic Palestinian rights, the direct threat Israel poses to the freedom of peoples across the region, and the impunity that Israel still enjoys are cause for reflection and the continuous fine-tuning of our strategies to further spread BDS and further isolate Israel as a world pariah, just as South Africa was under apartheid.

Thanks to the BDS movement, the struggle for the basic rights of the entire Palestinian people has taken a major leap during these last seven years, reaching wide audiences and achieving concrete achievements in major European countries, South Africa, Latin America, India, the Arab world, Australia, New Zealand and even North America. Following on from a similar round up published to mark five years of BDS, the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the broad Palestinian civil society coalition, has put together the following selection of highlights gives a taste of the spectacular growth of BDS over the last two years."
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Stop the Wall: #G4S, #Allianz, and the global #BDS movement

"G4S, Allianz, and the global BDS movement
We are therefore launching a new campaign targeting the German insurance company Today in Palestine the struggle of the people is at a crucial stage. More than ever it is clear to all that Israel leaves us no other alternative than a life in impoverished prisons under constant control and repression by military and security forces. Urgent action is needed.
The recent announcement by Israeli ‘defense’ minister Ehud Barack that Israel should plan for ‘unilateral withdrawal’ accompanied with Israeli announcements last year that Israel intents to ‘relocate’ Palestinian population from area C is an open announcement of an existing ethnic cleansing plan that in these years is being implemented."

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#BDS: مستشار لحكومات أوروبية: لا مانع من مقاطعة منتجات المستوطنات الإسرائيلية

قال مستشار للحكومة البريطانية ولحكومات أخرى بالاتحاد الأوروبى إنه لا مانع قانونيا من أن تقدم بلدان أوروبية على حظر المتاجرة بمنتجات مصدرها المستوطنات الإسرائيلية.

ونقلت الإذاعة الإسرائيلية عن جيمس كروفرد، الخبير القانونى، أنه لا يوجد قانون لدى دول الاتحاد الأوروبى يحظر مقاطعة منتجات المستوطنات لأسباب تتعلق بالسياسة العامة.

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