BDS (Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment against Israel) has nothing to do with "occupation" and everything to do with elimination of the Jewish State

BDS Activists around the world are demanding boycotts, divestment initiatives, and sanctions against the state of Israel. The charge of apartheid against Israel is one of a barrage of accusations levied against Israel, whose mere existence as a Jewish state is rejected by anti-Zionists.  That rejection is the denial of the right to self determination of the Jewish people. The position of BDS activists that Israel violates human rights is not a conclusion based on facts but a strategy adopted to combat the existence of the state of Israel.  This strategy leads anti-Zionists to accuse Israel of every grave crime known to humanity – war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, colonialism, imperialism, and, not least, apartheid.

BDS Movement (H/T Jean V)

BOYCOTTS of products, culture, and academics – BDS activists lobby stores not to carry Israeli products and encourage others not to purchase them. They send letters to artists, musicians, authors, and academics, imploring them not to perform and appear in Israel or cooperate with Israeli institutions. Boycotts undermine liberal values, such as academic freedom and freedom of expression, by restricting openness and tolerance. They represent the immoral collective punishment of Israelis and those who associate with them.

DIVESTMENT from companies that do business with Israel – Distorting the concept of ethical investing, NGOs accuse companies that conduct business in Israel of involvement in war crimes and violations of international law. The NGOs approach investors, primarily large banks and pension funds, and push for the exclusion of these companies. When Israeli corporations were removed from funds devoted to developing countries, due to Israel’s stable and advanced economy, divestment proponents falsely proclaimed victory.

SANCTIONS against self-defense measures – Anti-Israel activists demand that the international community enact comprehensive sanctions against Israel – treating Israel as a pariah state. The ultimate goal is legally enforced sanctions by the UN Security Council. Other forms of sanctions include arms embargoes, which are premised on baseless charges of war crimes. Similarly, legal proceedings are initiated against Israeli officials to punish Israel for defensive actions.

A guide to understanding Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel

BDS Resolution Myths and Facts

BDS supporters often claim that BDS is an apolitical movement aimed only at ”making Israel comply with international law.” As a result, many of the campus divestment resolutions accuse Israel of violating international law in a number of ways. This page is dedicated to combating those false accusations. Israel does its best to comply with international law, even though the United Nations is often hostile toward Israel due to the great influence of its many Arab and Muslim member states. Below are some of the top myths cited in campus divestment resolutions:

BDS AGAINST ISRAEL: It isn’t what you think.

BDS Activities since Jan. 2011

Posted on April 5, 2011 by Kampania Solidarności z Palestyną.

Polish campaign against Egged launched

Polish Campaign of Solidarity with Palestine launches campaign against Egged-Mobilis, a company complicit with Israeli violations of international law


Posted on April 5, 2011 by Adalah-NY

Boycott Israel group posts silent video after YouTube removes original

After receiving over 30,000 views in just two days, a video of New York human rights activists commemorating Palestinian Land Day by calling on Americans to boycott Israel was taken down on the evening of April 1st by YouTube.


Posted on April 5, 2011 by Quaker News

British Quakers to boycott products from Israeli settlements

The decision was made on Saturday (2 April) by the representative decision-making body for Quakers in Britain, Meeting for Sufferings.


Posted on March 31, 2011 by BNC

BDS campaigners force London Ahava shop to move

BDS activists have campaigned against the shop since January 2009.


Posted on March 29, 2011 by BNC

Welcome to the new

New BDS portal launched by Palestinian BDS National Committee as part of Global BDS Day of Action

Image credit: Flikr user michaelramallah

Posted on March 27, 2011 by Adri Nieuwhof and Basma Salem

G4S ends some aspects of its complicity with Israeli Apartheid

The campaign will continue as the company will still deliver security services to illegal settlements in the West Bank and to prisons in Israel.


Posted on March 27, 2011 by Tania Kepler for the Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Tell the Kimberly Process: Israeli diamonds are blood diamonds

Israeli economist Shir Hever: “Diamond industry funds Israel’s war machine with some US $1 billion yearly.”


Posted on March 27, 2011 by London BDS

Race Against Israeli Apartheid

London activists demonstrate against Adidas on day of the Jerusalem Marathon it is sponsoring

Photo credit: Flikr user Joshua Wanyama

Posted on March 23, 2011 by

University of Johannesburg ends Israeli links

In a precedent setting move backed by Desmond Tutu, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has decided to sever ties with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University (BGU).


Posted on March 22, 2011 by LSE Palestine Society

London School of Economics joins boycott of Eden Springs

The LSE joins a number of UK universities, including Edinburgh and Strathyclyde, in boycotting Eden Springs following a student campaign.


Posted on March 22, 2011 by Tania Kepler for the Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Tell Wikimedia Not to Hold 2011 Annual Conference in Israel!

Wikimania, the annual conference of the Wikimedia community, is set to be held in Haifa in August.


Posted on March 16, 2011 by Students for Justice in Palestine (Edinburgh University)

Edinburgh University students vote overwhelmingly for boycott of Israeli goods

A motion to boycott Israel was overwhelmingly passed at the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) General Meeting on Monday 14th March.


Posted on March 15, 2011 by BNC

New PACBI Newsletter: Risala March 2011

As well as the latest regarding the decision by the University of Johannesburg to sever links with Ben Gurion University, this issue incldues an article by David Cronin on Israeli involvement in European research projects and a letter by the Irish Palestine solidarity urging Bob Geldof to cancel performance in Israel.


Posted on March 14, 2011 by BNC

Norwegian Union EL & IT adopts full BDS, calls for boycotting Histadrut

The union, which represents over 30,000 energy and telecommunications workers, has adopted a strong and principled position.


Posted on March 11, 2011 by BNC

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters endorses BDS

“This is a plea to my colleagues in the music industry, and also to artists in other disciplines, to join this cultural boycott.”


Posted on March 10, 2011 by BDS Berlin and BDS-Kampagne

BDS Berlin: Letter to International Tourism Fair organizers

We appeal to you not to blindly side with the official Israeli public relations policies, which distract international public from the colonial, occupation and settlers policies of Israel.


Posted on March 8, 2011 by BNC

Dexia excluded from ethical investment fund

Belgian bank Dexia has been excluded from the Triodos sustainable investment universe because of its ongoing financing of illegal Israeli settlements.


Posted on March 3, 2011 by BNC

SodaStream begins to bow to international pressure

SodaStream is to open a new manufacturing plant inside Israel and may close the factory based in the illegal settlement of Mishor Adumim


Posted on February 23, 2011 by Palestinian Queers for BDS

An open letter to Queer academics, artists, and activists

Pinkwashing is a major component of the Brand Israel project.


Posted on February 18, 2011 by BNC

French court reveals fraud committed by Carmel Agrexco as campaign gathers momentum across Europe

French court issues report showing that Agrexco imports settlement produce and certifies it as Israeli produce in such a way that constitutes illegal fraud.


Posted on February 11, 2011 by Electronic Intifada

Boycott roundup: international day of action called for Land Day

Plus news of a Derail Veolia campaign victory in London and the latest news from the campaign against Israeli blood diamonds


Posted on February 11, 2011 by Vredesactie (Peace Action)

Belgian activists blockade Agrexco

A group of Belgian peace activists blocked the entrance of the Israeli exporter’s distribution centre at Liège Airport


Posted on February 9, 2011 by IPSC

IPSC condemns EU-Israel data-sharing plan

The Irish Government had previously attempted to block this data-sharing relationship, but to no avail.


Posted on February 9, 2011 by BNC

London council votes to Dump Veolia and support BDS

Council to “do everything in its power to support the BDS campaign against pariah state of Israel”


Posted on February 7, 2011 by Aletho News

Largest Brazilian Trade Union backs Boycott

razil’s largest Trade Union Confederation (CUT) has voiced its support of the BDS call and called for the suspension of Israeli-Brazilian economic agreements and military ties


Posted on February 6, 2011 by Tania Kepler for the Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Five Norwegian PR Firms Reject Lucrative Offers to Improve Israel’s Global Image

Israel is attempting to widen its global public relations campaign by hiring foreign PR firms.


Posted on January 25, 2011 by BNC

World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Joins BDS Movement

In the first move by a major international media organization to back BDS, the decision is critically important due to the deep implication of AMARC member radio stations within grassroots social movements around the world.

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Posted on January 25, 2011 by IPSC

Irish shopping centre gives Commitment on Dead Sea Products

Manager gives commitment that Premier Dead Sea Products will no longer be able to trade in shopping centre


Posted on January 25, 2011 by BDS France

Trial in Perpignan postponed: the mobilization continues!

The French Supreme Court is to rule on whether the charges levelled at BDS activists are constitutional.


Posted on January 19, 2011 by Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK

Major retailers drop Ahava

Major UK and Canadian retailers cease stocking settlement cosmetics


Posted on January 19, 2011 by Coalition for a Free Palestine (CFP)

Tzipi Livni cancels South Africa trip over arrest fears

Former cabinet member played an intimate role in the 2008-09 Gaza massacre


Posted on January 17, 2011 by Sami Kishawi

‘Undip Sabra’ campaign hits DePaul’s bulletin boards and cafeteria cash registers

Creativity abounds as Students for Justice in Palestine prepare for the next stage of the ‘Undip Sabra’ campaign


Posted on January 16, 2011 by BNC Europe

French pop star cancels Israel gig

Vanessa Paradis and her partner Johnny Depp cancelled their plans to visit Israel following calls to do so by fans and human rights campaigners


Posted on January 13, 2011 by IPSC

“Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel” reaches 200 signatories

Irish singer-songwriter Dylan Walshe became the landmark 200th signatory


Posted on January 11, 2011 by Adalah-NY

Protesters Tell New York Business to Stop Providing Israel’s Lethal Tear Gas

Thirty-five protesters gathered during the lunch hour today outside the midtown Manhattan offices of Point Lookout Capital Partners, a New York firm that facilitates investment in Combined Systems Inc. (CSI).


Posted on January 8, 2011 by BNC Europe

Adidas – Don’t Run with Apartheid

The campaign against Adidas’ sponsorship of the Jerusalem Marathon, which will pass through Occupied East Jerusalem, is gathering pace.

Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer stands in her army uniform after a training session in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday Sept. 17, 2007.

Posted on January 7, 2011 by Global Peace and Justice Auckland

Peer’s non-appearance a win for BDS campaign

The failure of Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer to appear at the ASB tennis classic in Auckland this week is a significant victory.