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.
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:
- Myth: Israel’s Apartheid wall is a violation of international law and must be torn down in order to ensure human rights
- Myth: Companies that do business in the West Bank violate universally-accepted human rights
- Myth: According to international law (UN Resolution 194), Israel must allow Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in Israel
- Myth: Israel is violating UN resolution 242 by not unconditionally withdrawing from the West Bank and Jerusalem
- Myth: The Gaza blockade violates international law and is only meant to make Palestinians suffer
- Myth: Israeli policy is the source of the Arab-Israeli conflict. If Israel wanted, the conflict could end tomorrow
- Myth: Justice Goldstone remains convinced that Israel committed war crimes documented in the Goldstone Report
BDS AGAINST ISRAEL: It isn’t what you think.
BDS Activities since Jan. 2011
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.
The decision was made on Saturday (2 April) by the representative decision-making body for Quakers in Britain, Meeting for Sufferings.
The campaign will continue as the company will still deliver security services to illegal settlements in the West Bank and to prisons in Israel.
Israeli economist Shir Hever: “Diamond industry funds Israel’s war machine with some US $1 billion yearly.”
The LSE joins a number of UK universities, including Edinburgh and Strathyclyde, in boycotting Eden Springs following a student campaign.
Wikimania, the annual conference of the Wikimedia community, is set to be held in Haifa in August.
A motion to boycott Israel was overwhelmingly passed at the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) General Meeting on Monday 14th March.
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.
The union, which represents over 30,000 energy and telecommunications workers, has adopted a strong and principled position.
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.
SodaStream is to open a new manufacturing plant inside Israel and may close the factory based in the illegal settlement of Mishor Adumim
Pinkwashing is a major component of the Brand Israel project.
French court issues report showing that Agrexco imports settlement produce and certifies it as Israeli produce in such a way that constitutes illegal fraud.
Plus news of a Derail Veolia campaign victory in London and the latest news from the campaign against Israeli blood diamonds
Council to “do everything in its power to support the BDS campaign against pariah state of Israel”
Israel is attempting to widen its global public relations campaign by hiring foreign PR firms.
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.
Manager gives commitment that Premier Dead Sea Products will no longer be able to trade in shopping centre
The French Supreme Court is to rule on whether the charges levelled at BDS activists are constitutional.
Former cabinet member played an intimate role in the 2008-09 Gaza massacre
Creativity abounds as Students for Justice in Palestine prepare for the next stage of the ‘Undip Sabra’ campaign
Irish singer-songwriter Dylan Walshe became the landmark 200th signatory
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).