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BDS Campaign National Committee

BDS Campaign National Committee

The broad consensus among Palestinian civil society about the need for a broad and sustained Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resulted in the Palestinian Call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel that was launched in July 2005 with the initial endorsement of over 170 Palestinian organizations. The signatories to this call represent the three major components of the Palestinian people: the refugees in exile, Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the subjugated Palestinian citizens of the Israeli state.
 
The efforts to coordinate the BDS campaign, that began to grow rapidly since the 2005 call was made public, culminated in the first Palestinian BDS Conference held in Ramallah in November 2007. Out of this conference emerged the BDS National Committee (BNC) as a coordinating body for the BDS campaign within Palestine. The goals of the BNC are:
 
• To strengthen and spread the culture of Boycott as a central form of civil resistance to Israeli occupation and apartheid;
• To formulate strategies and programs of action in accordance with the 9 July 2005 Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS;
• To form the Palestinian reference point for BDS campaigns worldwide;
• To form the national reference point for the anti-normalization campaigns within Palestine;
• To coordinate the various BDS campaign efforts in all locations;
• To organize a yearly conference of the organizations and initiatives involved in the BDS campaign.
 

The tasks of the BNC include:
 
Campaigning & Awareness Raising, both within Palestine, and by preparing and disseminating resources to campaigns worldwide;
Holding Conferences & Training local activists and organizations on BDS campaign work;
International Advocacy, aimed at developing a clear official Palestinian position adopting the BDS campaign, as well as monitoring and confronting international efforts towards normalization with the apartheid regime;
Rapid Response to projects and initiatives that have normalization with the apartheid regime as their declared or implicit goal, as well as setting clear standards through which initiatives and projects can be assessed;
Coordinating the BDS Campaign in Arab countries;
Support & Encouragement for BDS initiatives worldwide;
• Activating & Operating the BDS campaign website (www.bdsmovement.net);
Media Advocacy and Campaign Materials aimed at disseminating and raising awareness about the importance and development of the BDS movement in Palestine and worldwide;
Developing and pushing forward the BDS campaign goals, strategies and tactics in accordance with the 2005 Palestinian Civil Society call for BDS.
 

The current members of the BNC are:
 
Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO)
Occupied Palestine and Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI)
Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine
Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)
General Union of Palestinian Workers
Global Palestine Right of Return Coalition
Federation of Unions of Palestinian Universities' Professors and Employees
General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW)
Charitable Organizations Union
Independent Federation of Unions – Palestine (IFU)
Palestinian Farmers Union (PFU)
National Committee for the Commemoration of the Nakba
Civil Coalition for Defending the Palestinians' Rights in Jerusalem
Coalition for Jerusalem
Union of Palestinian Charitable Organizations
Palestinian Economic Monitor
Union of Youth Activity Centers - Palestinian Refugee Camps (UYAC)

The Palestinian Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions Committee was formed in 2007 and grew out of the need to shape, maintain and steer the BDS campaign, which in turn was developed in response to Israel’s complete failure to comply with the 2004 ruling of the International Court of Justice calling for the demolition of the Annexation Wall and its related regime. BADIL has been fully committed to the BDS campaign from its very inception and will continue to strive for a durable solution to the Palestine/Israel situation. Such a solution must be the result of a rights-based approach, and until this is achieved, the BDS campaign must continue.

Miércoles 24 de Octubre de 2012 14:10

BNC News Compilation – July-September 2012

No more tax deductibles for funding settlements in occupied territory

September 21, 2012 — Following advocacy-work and pressure from Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE), the Norwegian Ministry of Finance announced their decision to exclude the Norwegian organization “Karmel-instituttet” from the list of organizations that the Norwegian public may get tax deductions for providing funds to. The reason behind the decision is that the organization provides financial support to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Viernes 25 de Mayo de 2012 15:57

BDS Campaign Update (January – May 2012)

UK’s student body endorses divestment
January 6, 2012—In a historic move, the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK has committed its “resources and support” to any students wishing to organize their own campaign targeting companies complicit in Israel’s occupation and breaches of international law, and particularly Eden Springs and Veolia. This comes soon after the NUS’ National Executive Committee voted to condemn the collaboration between King’s College London (KCL) and Ahava.

Viernes 24 de Febrero de 2012 11:38

BDS Campaign Update(October - December 2011)

Turks say can’t sell Israeli carpets
16th October 2011 - A Turkish Company has cancelled an order of two containers of carpets from Israel’s Carmel Carpets, saying it can’t sell Israeli products at this time. Each container is said to be worth some NIS 100,000 (about $26,700). The Bytex CEO asked to cancel the order for fear it would cause him financial damage and tarnish his image. Carmel Carpets has been in contact with this client for some 10 years. “We created a friendly, almost family-like relationship,” says a Carmel manager. “We approved his request in light of the circumstances and didn’t fine him. We hope relations will be resumed in the near future.”

Miércoles 27 de Octubre de 2010 16:35

BDS Campaign Update (April 2010 – June 2010)

Palestinian University Students and Youth Groups Commit to Sweeping Boycotts
28 April 2010 – In the lead-up to the Nakba-62 commemorations, Palestinian student and youth groups in Palestine and in exile issued a statement in which they committed to enforce a broad boycott of Israeli products and programs. "Economic, political, cultural and institutional normalization legitimize Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people by giving the appearance of normalcy to the relationship between oppressor and oppressed. This relationship is hardly one between equals as Israel continues to violate our inalienable rights, steal our land, and prevent refugees from our right of return in contravention of international law and numerous UN resolutions." The students also asserted their “right to resist Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people through all forms of resistance and in accordance to international law, including forms of civil resistance such as demonstrations, sits-ins and, boycotts of Israel.”

Domingo 23 de Agosto de 2009 17:37

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Online

On 9 July 2008, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) launched a major new online resource for the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. BDSmovement.net will bring together news, campaign materials and resources from Palestinian and global activists in a single site to support, coordinate, and provide information, updates and analysis about the international BDS movement.

Statement of the BDS Campaign National Committee (BNC)

 27 December 2008

 Occupied Ramallah, Palestine - 27 December 2008: Today, the Israeli occupation army committed a new massacre in Gaza, causing the death and injury of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including a yet unknown number of school children who were headed home from school when the first Israeli military strikes started. This latest bloodbath, although far more ruthless than all its predecessors, is not Israel 's first. It culminates months of an Israeli siege of Gaza that should be widely condemned and prosecuted as an act of genocide against the 1.5 million Palestinians in the occupied coastal strip.
 

Civil Society Action for Justice in Palestine

31 October 2008

 For the past 60 years, the indigenous Palestinian people has been scattered in the Diaspora and fragmented within its homeland by walls and policies of segregation and domination. However, the Palestinian national struggle cannot be divided, and the rights of the Palestinians to return to their homes of origin, enjoy freedom, and exercise self-determination can only be achieved if the root causes of their denial are addressed and if Palestinian national unity is preserved.

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