The campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is shaped by a rights-based approach and highlights the three broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel. The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:
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; and
Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
What does BDS stand for?
Boycotts target 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 they don’t buy produce made in Israel or by Israeli companies. Campaigners and groups call on consumers not to buy Israeli goods and on businesses not to buy or sell them.
Israeli cultural and academic institutions directly contribute to maintaining, defending or whitewashing the oppression of Palestinians, as Israel deliberately tries to boost its image internationally through academic and cultural collaborations. As part of the boycott, academics, artists and consumers are campaigning against such collaboration and ‘rebranding’. A growing number of artists have refused to exhibit or play in Israel.
Divestment means targeting corporations complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights and ensuring that the likes of university investment portfolios and pension funds are not used to finance such companies. These efforts raise awareness about the reality of Israel’s policies and encourage companies to use their economic influence to pressure Israel to end its systematic denial of Palestinian rights.
Sanctions are an essential part of demonstrating disapproval for a country’s actions. Israel’s membership of various diplomatic and economic forums provides both an unmerited veneer of respectability and material support for its crimes. By calling for sanctions against Israel, campaigners educate society about violations of international law and seek to end the complicity of other nations in these violations.
The BDS Movement is based on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.
Here is a list of Israeli companies to avoid. Some notable companies that are Israeli that you may be inadvertently supporting are Sabra Hummus, Sodastream, Ahava Cosmetics, Dead Sea, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Eden Water, Tribe Hummus, Pastures of Eden Feta, and Arava.
Always look out for the 729 and 821 barcode although someties that won't be efficient since companies like Sabra use local distributors.
DIVESTMENT: An organization that you may be a member of such, as a university, trade union, or church may have an investment portfolio that invests in Israeli companies or international companies deeply tied to Israel. Organizing a local campaign to divest is one way you can help. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with a local campaign in your area.
SANCTION: Sanctioning is one of the most difficult, but ultimately most important ways to compel Israel to comply with international law and end its abuse and occupation of the Palestinian people. Lobbying politicians in your country and encouraging them to cut off ties with Israel and creating awareness of the crimes of Israel is a powerful tool to end Israeli apartheid.
Follow the BDS Movement at https://twitter.com/BDSmovement
Check out www.bdsmovement.net/takeaction to find out about on-going online actions. If you have your own suggestions for BDS campaigns, please share it with them.
Note: This post will be updated with ongoing relevant information. You are encouraged to revisit this thread weekly.
You guys achieve nothing to hurt Israel. Meanwhile Israel's GDP is highest ever. Fewer Israelis are dying from terrorist attacks than at any point in their 70 year history. Their technology & medicine are the envy of the world. Their military is very powerful and they have a functioning missile shield.
BDS failed guys, face it. Your impotent rage is my delight. Consistently Americans support Israelis by 2 to 1 over Palestinians. Polling data shows it for decades.
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