Some weeks ago, I added a new link in the right sidebar, BDS Movement: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel until it complies with international laws and Palestinian rights.
Ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, military occupation, these are the policies of Israel on Palestine during decades, also their steady bombardments and invasions of neighbour countries. As the abundant condemnations of Israeli policies by the UN and other international bodies have been useless and Israel’s crimes have continued, the BDS Movement was started by Palestinian civil society in 2005. Here is the call for BDS, 9 July 2005: Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS
As the Movement explains here (Introducing the BDS Movement), the campaign urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law:
- Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall.
- Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.
- Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
Boycott against products and companies (Israeli and international) that profit from the violation of Palestinian rights, as well as Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions. Anyone can boycott Israeli goods, simply by making sure that we don’t buy produce made in Israel or by Israeli companies. 729 barcode means ‘made in Israel’; it’s easy to look the barcode before to buy any good and never to buy a 729 barcode product.
Divestment against corporations complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights.
Sanctions against Israel. As simple citizens, we can’t apply sanctions, but can press our governments until they do it, as it happened with South Africa (at least, those who live in more or less democratic countries).
The boycott worked against South African apartheid and will work against Israeli apartheid, because it attacks the most important thing for any government: the benefits of the corporations whom the government represents.