Global Day of Action: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
War on Want joins the global day of action on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel
30 March 2010 is the Global Day of Action for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. All over the world demonstrations and actions will be taking place calling for an end to Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian and in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
The assault on Gaza in early 2009 marked the culmination of a policy of collective punishment and killing practised by Israel against the Palestinian people. Over the last 60 years Israel has continuously acted in defiance of UN resolutions, international law and global outrage. The continuing occupation has destroyed any semblance of a Palestinian economy and today 70% of Palestinians live in crushing poverty and more than half rely on food aid to survive.
The international community has largely ignored international law with respect to Israel's crimes and instead the British government amongst others has rewarded Israeli aggression with financial, military and diplomatic support. The response of Palestinian civil society has been to call for an international boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. War on Want is one of the signatories to the international call. One of our partner organisations in Palestine, Stop the Wall, is on the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee and has been involved in mobilising for the day of action.
What is Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions?
Boycotts come in various types. In the UK, the Boycott Israeli Goods campaign is running a boycott of consumer goods produced in Israel. The target is Israeli goods as a whole, though there has been a particular focus on fresh produce grown in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Carmel Agrexco, the Israeli state-owned agricultural exporter has been a target of direct action in the UK, while activists have lobbied supermarkets not to stock Israeli goods.
Divestment means targeting corporations which are complicit in the occupation and ensuring our universities, pensions or other public money is not invested in such companies. War on Want has been running a campaign on divestment from companies making a killing from the occupation since the launch of our report Profiting from the Occupation.
Sanctions are an essential part of demonstrating disapproval for a country's actions. War on Want was one of the founders of the Stop Arming Israel campaign which has been calling for the UK government to put in place a two way arms embargo on Israel. War on Want is also calling for a suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement which already ensures preferential treatment for Israeli trade in Europe.