What is BDS?
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions is a grassroots tactic for human rights work that has a proven track record for effectiveness. It has been used in the past to end South African apartheid, to push for civil rights reforms in the United States, and to force California grape producers to honor their workers’ desire to improve their standard of living by unionizing.
In July 2005 a broad range of Palestinian civil society organizations issued a call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel as part of a non-violent campaign to end the Israeli occupation of Gaza and West Bank, including East Jerusalem. You can learn more about the Palestinian call at www.bdsmovement.net.
There is a parallel Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. You can learn more about it at www.pacbi.org.