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BDS UPDATE (Mid-July to Mid-November 2007)

Written by  BADIL Staff

New BDS tools

New BDS Guide from Stop the Wall and War on Want: Towards a Global Movement for Palestine: A Framework for Today's Anti-Apartheid Activism

August 2007, OPT - The report considers the scope for the development of a global BDS activism strategy in accordance with the goals set out by Palestinians in their BDS calls.

 You can download the BDS guide from:
http://stopthewall.org/news/boycot.shtml
http://www.waronwant.org/Latest Research for Download+8247.twl New Report by the Alternative Information Center: The Case for Academic Boycott against Israel

August 2007, OPT – This report is an initial compilation of facts documenting the discriminatory practices implemented by the Israeli academic system, as well as this system's active and ongoing involvement in the occupation of the Palestinian territories.

To access the report, see:
http://www.alternativenews.org/images/stories/downloads/other/The_Case_for_Academic_Boycott_against_Israel.pdf

New Survey: BDS: An International Campaign on Behalf of Palestinian Human Rights and a Just and Viable Peace in Israel-Palestine

August 2007, US - This is a survey of diverse approaches to ethical economic engagement adopted by groups and individuals worldwide and is an ongoing review by the Palestine-Israel Action Group (PIAG)

For more, see:
http://www.quakerpi.org/QAction/ECON-SURVEY-Version2.html

BDS campaigns

UK- Protesters Occupy UK warehouse of Israeli State Exporter

July 16, 2008 - A group of Palestine solidarity protesters entered the main UK warehouse of Israeli company Carmel Agrexco in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Their action aims to end Israel's breach of International law and abuse of human rights in the occupied territories of Palestine.

Report on Carmel's Involvement in the Jordan Valley:
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/09/322537.html

War on Want's Report -"ProfitingfromtheOccupation":
http://www.waronwant.org/?lid=12671

US Lutherans consider Israel boycott

August, US - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which has almost five million members in the US, took a step toward a partial boycott of Israeli goods at its Church wide Assembly. According to Bishop Christopher Epting, the presiding bishop's deputy for ecumenical and interfaith relations, the assembly urged "consideration of refusing to buy goods or invest in activities taking place in Israeli settlements, and a review of other economic options."

Fair Play for the Palestinians: Kick Israeli Apartheid Out of Football

August-September 2007- The campaign which aims to have the Israeli National Football team suspended from international matches gathered pace. On Saturday 8 September 2007, around 250 supporters of Palestinian human rights gathered to protest at Wembley stadium for the England-Israel qualifying match for the Euro 2008 competition. Thousands of supporters from around the world have now signed the petition asking for Fair Play for the Palestinians and to Kick Israeli Apartheid out of Football.

To sign the petition:
http://www.palestinecampaign.org/petition.asp?PetitionID=4

Boycotting El Al – Israel's main airline company for its systematic discrimination of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

The Committee for Safeguarding Freedoms, a subcommittee of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee may include passenger boycotts against El Al for its discriminatory treatment of Palestinian citizens of Israel at the airport.

BDS Success: Campaign against One Voice Due to Grassroots Mobilization

October 2007, OPT - The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and all its partners, individuals and organizations active in art, culture and human rights, regard the cancellation of the Jericho-Tel Aviv event, planned by “One Voice” to take place on October 18th, as a substantial accomplishment for the Palestinian boycott movement.

One voice is an organization who's platform among other things that supports: the annexation of the settlement blocs and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Jewish "areas"(meaning settlements) in Jerusalem.

The PACBI statement can be read at:
http://www.pacbi.org/press_releases_more.php?id=612_0_4_0_C

Two French companies are brought to trial by the PLO for their involvement in the light-railway project in occupied East Jerusalem

October 2007, France - The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has begun action against two prominent French companies (Alstom and Veolia Transport) in an attempt to stop work on the light-railway project in occupied East Jerusalem. When it begins operating in 2010, the railway will stretch for eight and a half miles through West and East Jerusalem. The PLO argues that the railway will breach the fourth Geneva convention by providing infrastructure to Jewish settlements on occupied land. A key section of the line will run into East Jerusalem, linking Jewish settlements to the city centre. "This tram will constitute at least an element in the expansion of the colonisation of East Jerusalem by the state of Israel," the Palestinian delegation said in a statement.

Scottish Charity KKL Scotland Challenged

October 2007, Scotland - The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has sent a letter to the OfficeoftheScottishCharityRegulatortorequestthattheyreviewthecharityregistrationrecently given to KKL-Scotland in relation to KKL-Scotland's link with KKL-JNF in Israel and Israel's discriminatory land policy.

For more, see Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign:
www.scottishpsc.org.uk

Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign urges Edinburgh City Councillors to vote in support of a motion calling for the cancellation of the Council's contract with Eden Springs UK Ltd

November 2007, Scotland - Eden Springs UK Ltd is ultimately owned by Eden Springs Ltd or Mayanot Eden in Israel. Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has a campaign calling for a boycott of this company based on the activities of Mayanot Eden in the Golan Heights and related to the theft of water resources by Israel.

For more see:
www.scottishpsc.org.uk

Palestinian Rights Protest at the opening of diamond mogul Lev Leviev's Madison Avenue jewellery store

Over 100 well-dressed New Yorkers attending the opening of diamond mogul Lev Leviev's Madison Avenue jewellery store appeared stunned to find their evening derailed by a noisy protest against Leviev's construction of illegal West Bank settlements. Gala attendees set down their champagne glasses to view the signs and Palestinian flags,andhearprotesters'chants.30New York City human rights activists chanted, "You're glitz, you're glam, you're building on Palestinian land", and "All your diamonds cannot hide, your support for Apartheid." Protesters called on New York City's upscale residents to boycott Leviev's diamonds.

Lev Leviev is one of Israel's richest men. He built his enormous fortune trading in diamonds with Apartheid-era South Africa. His company now buys diamonds from the repressive Angolan government. Leviev uses profits from diamond sales to fuel the conflict in Palestine and Israel by funding the construction of suburban developments for Israeli settlers on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank, undermining the prospects for Middle East peace, and threatening farmers' ability to survive and remain in their homes. Leviev's diamonds are "conflict diamonds" in a broad sense of the term, funding repression in Angola and violations of international law in Palestine.

For more info: Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East:
www.mideastjustice.org

 

BADIL Staff

BADIL Staff

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is an independent, community-based non-profit organization mandated to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and IDPs. Our vision, missions, programs and relationships are defined by our Palestinian identity and the principles of international law, in particular international human rights law. We seek to advance the individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people on this basis.