Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

In 2005, Palestinian civil society initiated the the global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience around the world to play an effective role in support of the Palestinian struggle for justice.

In recent months, a series of bills and resolutions have been introduced, and in some cases passed, by Congress and state legislatures that have as their goal the suppression of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement here in the US and abroad.

 

Among other things, these bills would: cut off state funding to educational institutions that support the academic boycott of Israeli universities; punish foreign companies, particularly Europeans ones, that abide by BDS by divesting state holdings; and force American companies, non-profits and individuals to certify that they do not support BDS in order to be eligible for government contracts.

 

These efforts, which are being spearheaded by Israel lobby groups like AIPAC, follow previous attempts to use legal means to suppress BDS in the US, in particular on college campuses.

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