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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

The Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement

On July 9, 2005, a clear majority of Palestinian civil society called upon international organizations 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. This call was endorsed by over 170 Palestinian parties, organizations, trade unions and movements representing the Palestinian people in the 1967 and 1948 territories and in the Diaspora.

The Palestinian civil society groups that signed the 2005 call set up a coordinating committee, the Palestinian BDS National Committee, to help promote, support, and coordinate the growing global BDS movement. Their electronic home is the website www.bdsmovement.net.

The full text of the Palestinian civil society call can be found in multiple languages HERE.

Break The Siege sees our work as part of the global BDS movement and our BACEIA campaign is our way of implementing BDS work locally. In addition to our own campaign, we seek to support other local, national, and international BDS efforts that are part of this growing movement.

Refusal to economically, politically or culturally support Israeli businesses and institutions.

Types of boycotts include:
Consumer – Not purchasing, using or selling Israeli goods and services.
Academic, Cultural, Athletic – Not collaborating with, participating in, or sponsoring Israeli academic, cultural or athletic programs and events.
Tourist – Cancelling travel plans to visit Israel.

Individual and institutional action to withdraw investments from and cease economic relationships with the Israeli government, Israeli companies and any other corporation that financially benefits from Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

Government bans on trade with, aid to, and investments in Israel until an end to Israeli apartheid and Occupation is achieved.

Other BDS Campaigns


Dont Buy into Apartheid

Boycott L’Oreal  – facebook page

Student divestment groups

UC Berkeley Students for Justice in Palestine


U.S. Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (US-ACBI)

U.S. Campaign Against the Occupation - boycott of Motorola & boycott of Caterpillar

Adalah-NYConsumer Boycott Resource List


Global BDS Movement

Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel