Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) may be the most powerful global movement of our age, the magic weapon at our fingertips...
BDS is a clever dog. We weasel our way inside the minds of capitalists, using their own system to bring them to their knees.
As surprising as it may seem, BDS has been around for centuries, and may very well be one of the most effective tools for bringing about widespread social change.
1767. Britain is imposing unjust taxation on imports to its American colonies. Locals respond by boycotting British goods, including dumping a shipload of tea into the Boston harbor - a crucial step in the American Revolution. The Boston Tea Party: a boycott.
The 20th century - South Africa™, USA Jim Crow™, and Israel™ use their brands to divert attention away from the murder, oppression and violence they commit on a daily basis. They fund their oppressive regimes by selling products around the world, greenwashing, pinkwashing and whitewashing in the process.
In 1958, academics and consumers felt that boycotting the South African state could strike a major blow to the apartheid regime. They were right. South African BDS grew until, in the 1980’s it put insurmountable pressure on the SA government.
BDS once again picked up steam during the civil rights movement. Boycotting racist businesses was a powerful tool in the fight for equality. It turned the capitalist logic on its head, using money to take a moral stance against institutionalized racism.
“In response to this fatal alliance of savage capitalism in the West with Israeli racism...the global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel presents not only a progressive, anti racist, and effective form of civil non-violent resistance, but also a real chance of becoming the political catalyst for an international social movement capable of reaffirming the rights of all humans to freedom, equality and dignity.”
― Omar Barghouti, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights
“Those who continue to do business with Israel, who contribute to a sense of ‘normalcy’ in Israeli society, are doing the people of Israel and Palestine a disservice. They are contributing to the perpetuation of a profoundly unjust status quo. Those who contribute to Israel’s temporary isolation are saying that Israelis and Palestinians are equally entitled to dignity and peace.”
Most political leaders don’t have the guts to take on Israel, so it is up to us, the people of the world, to rise up and force Israel to stop its murderous tirade against the Palestinian people.
BDS will set Palestine free!