Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

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BDS protest April 2017.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is a movement promoting boycotts, divestments, and economic sanctions against Israel. The movement is coordinated by the BDS National Committee.

BDS states that it's objectives are to pressure Israel to:

  • Withdraw from territory captured after 4 June 1967
  • Remove of the separation barrier in the West Bank
  • Provide for full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel
  • Allow Palestinian refugees to return to the former homes in Israel

In contrast much of its activism takes a broader approach and often seeks to de-legitimise Israel. Prominent BDS activist Omar Barghouti has stated his opinion on Israel:

"Definitely, most definitely, we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine. No Palestinian, rational Palestinian, not a sell out Palestinian, would ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine." [1][2][3]

BDS is modeled after the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and claims that Israel is an apartheid state. In contrast more than 20% of citizens of Israel self-identity as Arab.[4] Prior to 2018 Arabic was an official language in Israel alongside Hebrew. Since the passage of the Nation-State Law Arabic has held special status in Israel.[5]

Protests and conferences in support of the movement have been held in several countries. Its mascot, which features on its logotype, is Handala, a symbol of Palestinian identity and "right of return".

The woke tend to support BDS although not everyone who supports BDS is woke.

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