BDS is a legitimate means of protest against human rights abuse, says War on Want

14 December 2017 - 12:15pm
Press release

War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

"BDS is a global non-violent grassroots movement of people holding institutions and governments to the standards set by international law, which guarantees human rights to all people, including Palestinians. It is a movement calling for justice and equality, and is supported by hundreds of trade unions, academic associations, charities, and faith institutions around the world.

"Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights are systematic, and include grave breaches of international law including the use of torture, the forcible transfer of Palestinians for the building of illegal Israeli settlements, collective punishment in the form of bombing campaigns and the military siege on the Gaza Strip. These are the violations that the BDS movement is exposing and demanding accountability for. Our governments and institutions have a legal and moral obligation to end their complicity in such violations.

"Campaigning for BDS is a legitimate means of protest, a fact that has been affirmed time and time again by bodies such as the European Union. It’s effectiveness is one of the main reasons why there is an organised campaign led by the Israeli government to shut it down.

"Our elected representatives should be applauded for calling out violations of international law and human rights abuse."

War on Want abhors and absolutely rejects anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all other forms of racism.

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Notes to editors

EU declares right to boycott Israel is protected by free speech (Nov 2016)

200 lawyers and legal experts published an open letter affirming that BDS is “a lawful exercise of freedom of expression” (Dec 2016)

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