In France, a boycott campaign against Israeli products is gathering support, a glimmer of hope that a peaceful end to the occupation of Palestine may yet be possible. Now, in a desperate attempt to halt the growing movement even at the cost of silencing nonviolent free speech, criminal charges have been filed against ten key organizers at EuroPalestine alleging that boycotting Israeli goods is anti-semitic.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which was officially launched in 2005 by an international coalition of peace organizations, calls upon “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.” Hitting Israel where it hurts – its economy – is the best chance we have for breaking down the wall of Israeli intransigence. Diplomatic relations have failed, and the violence promoted by certain Palestinian factions is not the answer. In BDS we have the potential to build a truly international coalition through completely legal and ethical action – a nonviolent means to strike against a system of asymmetric power and high-tech violence.
BDS has worked before, and it will work again. The key, as the organizers at EuroPalestine are demonstrating, is inspiring people and showing them that through solidarity and perseverance, we can end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
To get involved, visit www.bdsmovement.net or check out the movements in the USA and Canada. See who’s profiting from the occupation at www.whoprofits.org.