Boycott - Divestment - Sanctions Campaign

Palestinian Civil Society

Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights.

BNC LogoOne year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israel's Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal, Israel continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court's decision. Thirty eight years into Israel's occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and is now de facto annexing large parts of the West Bank by means of the Wall.

Israel is also preparing - in the shadow of its planned redeployment from the Gaza Strip - to build and expand colonies in the West Bank. Fifty seven years after the state of Israel was built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners, a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are stateless. Moreover, Israel's entrenched system of racial discrimination against its own Arab-Palestinian citizens remains intact.

In light of Israel's persistent violations of international law, and

BDS_Poster_New_MGiven that, since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel's colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate, adequate and effective remedies, and

Boycott - Divestment - Sanction CampaignGiven that all forms of international intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarian law, to respect fundamental human rights and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine, and

In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions;

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international
solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression,

We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.

These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

  • Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
  • Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
  • Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

YMCA-YWCA Norway encourages broad economic boycott of Israel

Category: Boycott - Divestment - Sanctions Campaign
Created: 14 March 2014

YMCA-YWCA Norway LogoPublished in Norwegian - 20th Feb 2014 on 

Free Palestine
Just Peace for Israel and Palestine

KFUK-KFUM Global (Y-Global Norway) encourages broad economic boycott of Israel as a means of resisting the occupation of Palestine

The aim is to reach a solution that brings just peace for both Israel and Palestine. God created all people equal in His image and human dignity is violated daily in the Palestinian territories today.

We believe that both Israel and Palestine have the right to self-determination and security. Webelievethatthere is a need forstronginternationalpressureto makeIsrael end theoccupationofthePalestinianterritories. Economic boycott is a legitimate and non- violent method that we encourage people to use to stop fundamental and serious injustice.

YMCA-YWCA Global is working closely with the YWCA and YMCA in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They work with youth who are suffering because of a long lasting and seemingly entrenched conflict. Palestinianyouthwanttheirfreedomofmovement, freedom to chooseeducation and work and freedom to influencetheirownfuture .
The occupation is affecting young girls who are being kept inside and away from school to avoid harrasment, young boys who become traumatized by fear, arrests and violence, and all palestinian society whichis losing the opportunity to build their state and to create a well functioning democracy.
We believe that the road to peace is through justice and protection of human rights for all. This means the occupation has to end.

We encourage a wide boycott of goods from Israel, from Israeli settlements and from companies that contribute to the occupation until the occupation has ended and Palestinians enjoy their basic human rights.


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