The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement turns 8 this week!
In 2005 more than 170 Palestinian civil society organizations called on people of conscience all over the world to launch broad boycotts, implement divestment initiatives, and to demand sanctions against Israel until Palestinian rights are recognized in full compliance with international law.
Since then the global movement for Palestinian rights has grown tremendously. Boycott campaigns have imposed a major cost on settlement products and ushered in a new climate in the academic and cultural world; divestment resolutions have passed targeting corporations that profit from Israeli occupation and apartheid; and activists worldwide have increasingly held Israel accountable for its actions.
The Palestinian BDS National Committe marked the occasion, launching an interactive timeline to mark the 200+ key achievements and successes of the campaign in its eight year life time. You can view the timeline on the BDS movement website, or in full page here.
You can also find out more about the movement in Generation Palestine: Voices from the Boycott, Divesement and Sanctions Movement, Pluto’s new book edited by Rich Wiles.
Voices from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement
Edited by Rich Wiles. Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Brings together Palestinian and international activists in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
“The BDS movement is the most enlightened, imaginative, moral, fearless and dynamic blow for freedom I have known for many years. I believe it will be a vital factor in the liberation of Palestine. The inspiring voices in this book will help achieve that goal.” – John Pilger
“Reading this book, talking about it and acting upon its ideas is a further political act against an injustice that has lasted a lifetime. “ – John Berger