What is BDS?
One of the ways Palestinians have asked the international community for support is through BDS - Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. A broad consensus among Palestinian civil society, which saw 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', 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 discriminated Palestinian citizens of the Israeli state. Efforts to coordinate the BDS campaign, which began to grow rapidly after 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 the Palestinian coordinating body for the BDS campaign worldwide. You can read more on the website of the BDS National Committee.
NZ Palestine Solidarity Network Aims
We support the Palestinian Call for BDS as a strategy to:
- End Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.
- End discrimination against Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel.
- Enforce Israeli acceptance of the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties in Israel.
- In practice this will involve promoting consumer boycotts, pressuring government to divest from companies that profit from the occupation of Palestine, to impose sanctions on Israel as long as it continues to breach international law, and to recognise the full legal sovereignty of Palestinians in our capacity in such international bodies as the UN, etc.