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Friday Aug. 13, 2010 1:38 PM (EST+7)
Besieging Israel's siege; the Palestinian boycott campaign goes global

Read more: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, BDS, international, boycott, Israeli products, anti-boycott law

RAMALLAH, August 13 (JMCC) - In just a few years the Palestinian campaign to boycott Israeli products has gone global. In Washington DC a food co-op is refusing to buy Israeli products. Boycotting Israeli produce also remains a hot topic in universities across the United Kingdom and such boycotts have gained support from prominent figures, including Nobel peace laureates Desmond Tutu and M?iread Maguire.

The movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel was launched in 2005, a year after the international court of justice had found Israel's wall and colonies built on occupied Palestinian territory illegal. Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions, mass movements and NGOs endorsed the movement, which is led by the BNC, a coalition of civil society organisations.

BDS avoids the prescription of any particular political formula and insists, instead, on realising the basic, UN-sanctioned rights that correspond to the three main segments of the Palestinian people: ending Israel's occupation and colonisation of all Arab lands occupied since 1967; ending racial discrimination against its Palestinian citizens; and recognising the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

BDS has seen unprecedented growth after the war of aggression on Gaza and the flotilla attack. People of conscience round the world seem to have crossed a threshold, resorting to pressure, not appeasement or constructive engagement, to end Israel's impunity and western collusion in maintaining its status as a state above the law.

BDS campaigners have successfully lobbied financial institutions in Scandinavia, Germany and elsewhere to divest from companies that are complicit in Israel's violations of international law. Several international trade unions have endorsed the boycott. Following the attack on the flotilla, dockworkers' unions in Sweden, India, Turkey and the US heeded an appeal by Palestinian unions to block offloading Israeli ships.

Read more at The Guardian…







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