Boycott Israel!

ISM London endorses the July 2005 Palestinian call for a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. See this page on the Global BDS Movement website for the full text of the call in six languages, along with the full list of Palestinian signatories (civil society groups, NGOs, trade unions and political factions).

Boycott news from Global BDS Movement
  • BDS campaigns intensify in the Arab World -

    With G4S losing dozens of contracts with UN agencies and private companies in Jordan and Lebanon and investments in Kuwait, Medjoul Dates boycott adopted by whosale markets in Morocco, and active campaigns in Egypt and Gulf states, the BDS campaign is intesifying in the Arab World. 

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  • Experts say BDS having a growing economic impact -
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    BDS was a major factor behind the 46% drop in foreign direct investment in Israel in 2014, according to a UN report. Israeli exporters have repeatedly complained that it is getting harder to export products to Europe. An Israeli business leader has said that European businesses are increasingly unwilling to invest in Israel because of BDS. A World Bank report reveals that Israel’s exports to the Palestinian economy dropped by 24% in the first quarter of 2015.

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  • Multinational Veolia sells Israel business -
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    French multinational Veolia completely withdrew from Israel after a BDS campaign over its role in Israel’s colonisation of Palestinian land cost it billions of dollars in lost contracts.

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  • G4S announces plans to sell Israeli subsidiary -
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    G4S provides security services and equipment to Israeli checkpoints, illegal settlements and prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture.

    G4S announced that it plans to completely sell its Israeli subsidiary after the international Stop G4S campaign cost the company lost contracts worth millions of dollars. High profile investors including the Bill Gates Foundation have cut their ties with the company. G4S has a record of breaking promises to end its support for Israeli apartheid so the campaign against G4S is ongoing until the sale is complete.

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  • Thousands of artists support cultural boycott -
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    Thousands of artists and cultural figures including Roger Waters, Marcel Khalife and Alice Walker support the cultural boycott of Israel and stars including Lauryn Hill, Elvis Costello and Vanessa Paradis have canceled shows in Israel following requests from the BDS movement.

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  • Academic associations and student unions support BDS -
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    Academic associations in the US, Canada, Ireland, Qatar, South Africa and the UK have voted to support BDS. Supporters include the Teachers Union of Ireland and the American Studies Association in the US.

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  • Major churches divest -
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    US churches including the Presbyterian Church USA, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church (UMC) and several Quaker bodies have voted to divest from Israeli and international companies targeted by the BDS movement.

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  • Divestment by governments and banks -
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    Investors to have divested from companies targeted by the BDS movement include government pension funds in Sweden, Norway, New Zealand and Luxumbourg and investors including George Soros, the Bill Gates Foundation, the huge TIAA-CREF public sector pension fund in the US, Dutch pension giant PGGM and Norwegian bank Nordea.

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  • BDS seen as a "strategic" challenge to Israel's oppression -
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    Israel regards BDS as a “strategic threat” to its ongoing oppression of Palestinians and spending millions of dollars on sabotaging BDS and persuading supportive governments to repress BDS activism. Some Israelis, including business leaders and politicians, have called for modest changes to Israeli policy in response to the growth of BDS. Israel has responded to the growth of BDS by launching a war of repression against the BDS movement.

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  • Orange leaves Israeli market -
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    French telecoms giant Orange left the Israeli market after campaigning in France and Egypt over the role its Israeli franchise holder played in supporting the Israeli military and its attacks on Gaza and its involvement in illegal Israeli settlements.

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