Sunday, February 8, 2009

New Australian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign for Palestine website

Dear friends,

In 2005, more than 170 Palestinian civil society organisations, including political parties, unions, associations, coalitions and other civil organisations representing the Palestinian people in the 1967 and 1948 territories and the diaspora issued a call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid, the BDS campaign is conducted in the frame work of international solidarity and resistance to injustice, occupation and oppression. The campaign calls upon international civil society organisations 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, while also calling for pressure to be place on governments to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel until it meets its obligations to recognised the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self determine and Israel fully complies with international law by:

1. End its occupation and colonisation of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;

2. Recognising the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

With the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign for Palestine gathering momentum world wide, a new Australian BDS campaign blog has been established at:

The site is dedicated to providing information about the developing BDS campaign in Australia, while supporting BDS actions and initiatives around the country in order to strengthen the campaign both in Australia and internationally.

in solidarity,

BDS actions from around the world

Spain - 5 February, 2009. Solidarity with Palestine, Boycott Israel protest at the Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Barcelona Basketball game.

London - 22 January, 2009. Report on University student occupations in solidarity with Palestine.

Oxford - 22 January, 2009. Oxford University student occupation for Palestine

London - 9 Feb 2008. Protest outside Lev Leviev Diamonds

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