Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Campaign
What is BDS?
BDS is the Palestinian-initiated campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Using a human-rights-based approach the Palestinian BDS campaign highlights the three broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel.
The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by:
Ending its occupation and colonisation of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall;
Recognising 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.
What's happening here in Adelaide?
Lots of local education happening at our weekly protests - visit our YouTube channel.
14 FEB 2018 - BDS movement update, AFOPA's 3 Things Digest
18 JAN 2018 - The BDS movement in 2017 and beyond, AFOPA's 3 Things Digest
28 OCT 2017 - 3 Updates from the BDS front, AFOPA's 3 Things Digest
31 AUG 2017 - 3 things about Israel's blood diamonds trade, AFOPA's 3 Things Digest
29 JUN 2017 - Growing support for the Palestinian picket line: 3 recent BDS victories from around the world, AFOPA's 3 Things Digest
20 APR 2017 - 3 Divestment initiatives: Churches, Superannuation Funds, Local Councils, AFOPA's 3 Things Digest
2 MAR 2017 - 3 Boycott initiatives: Academic, Cultural, Sports, AFOPA's 3 Things Digest
8 AUG 2016 - 3 words: Three Hundred Weeks, AFOPA's 3 Things Digest
16 JUL 2016 - 3 Words: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, AFOPA's 3 Things Digest
7 MAY 2016 - Israel's in a bit of a pickle, Intifada-Palestine
23 JAN 2016 - Zionism's exaggerated sense of entitlement, Intifada-Palestine
1 AUG 2015 - Ten years of BDS in solidarity with Palestine, Green Left Weekly
17 SEP 2014 - Celebrating four years of BDS activism in Adelaide, Intifada-Palestine
8 FEB 2013 - Police caught spying on Adelaide activists, Green Left Weekly
16 OCT 2012 - The Seacret controversy, Verse Magazine
2 AUG 2012 - Friends of Palestine to mark 100 weeks of protest, Green Left Weekly
19 DEC 2011 - Our second Christmas of protests in Adelaide - now kids ask, 'What is Palestine?', Mondoweiss
4 AUG 2011 - 44 weeks of pro-Palestinian protest in Adelaide and not a word in print, Mondoweiss
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and to pressure Israel to comply with international law. Their website is maintained by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the coalition of Palestinian organisations that leads and supports the BDS movement, and by the Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a BNC member organisation.
Who Profits from the Occupation is a research centre dedicated to exposing the commercial involvement of Israeli and international companies in the continued Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land. Research is focussed on three main areas of corporate involvement in the occupation: the settlement industry, economic exploitation and control over population. The Who Profits website publishes information concerning companies that are commercially complicit in the occupation. Their online database constitutes part of an ongoing investigation. Who Profits also serves as an information centre for queries regarding corporate involvement in the occupation – from individuals and civil society organisations working to end the Israeli occupation and to promote international law, corporate social responsibility, social justice and labour rights, both in Israel and internationally.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel was launched in April 2004 by a group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals to join the growing international boycott movement. The Campaign built on the Palestinian call for a comprehensive economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel issued in August 2002 and a statement made by Palestinian academics and intellectuals in the occupied territories and in the Diaspora calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions in October 2003. Boycotting Israeli academic and cultural institutions is an urgently needed form of pressure against Israel that can bring about its compliance with international law and the requirements for a just peace.
The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) also maintains a listing of products made in the illegal Israeli settlements which are sold in Australia - click here for the product list >>
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has a handy tool to screen your investments for their involvement in Israel/Palestine - INVESTIGATE.