BDS MOVEMENT INFORMATION
At BDS Movement – Philadelphia, we’re here to bring awareness to the illegal acts committed in the name of the Jewish People on the Palestinians in the occupied territories. The Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement utilizes economic boycott of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The movement is similar to the protest movement in South Africa during the apartheid-era. We are not here to call of the end of the Jewish State, but for Israel to recognize Palestinian sovereignty. Learn More at BDSMovement.net
The BDS Movement does not and will not condone any forms of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or other types of racism/bigotry nor will endorse any of them. We are not seeking the destruction of Israel and do not condone violence or intimidation of any Israeli/Jewish Person in Israel or abroad. The actions of the Israeli Government is solely the government and not the Jewish people who are living their everyday lives.
If you see anyone endorsing any racist, terrorist or other hate groups or claim to represent the BDS Movement. They are not in any way, shape, or form affiliated with our non-violent, non-racist movement. This movement’s goal is not to isolate the Jewish people in any way. I hope you can discern facts from fiction about this movement.
ABOUT OUR MOVEMENT
Inspired by social movements in apartheid South Africa, BDS Movement began in 2005 when a group of Jewish and Palestinian activists decided that the crimes by the Israeli government was not going to stop. The movement calls for the end of settlement expansion, use of Palestinian labor, and the end of companies doing business in the occupied territories. Take Action
What We Do
BOYCOTT OF VENUES
We have had famous artists such as Lorde, Roger Waters and Brian Eno to refuse to perform in Israel until peace talks are done… As of this update; Roger Waters, Rage Against The Machine, Serj Tankian of System of a Down and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream has joined the long list of performers, companies, and colleges that joined the Boycott, Divestments and Sanction of Israel Movement.
Another approach is economic boycott of Israeli products which operate in the occupied territories. It is a way for Israel to be persuaded to end the illegal acts. If enough of us are able to boycott Israel, we can stop the continuing violations of international crimes on the Palestinian people. People ask if BDS Movement is anti-Semitic and my answer is: Absolutely NOT! We have countless Jews worldwide who condemn Israel’s actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
CALLS TO INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES
We think by reaching out to institutions such as United Nations, Amnesty International, etc., we can apply diplomatic pressure on Israel to end these practices. We have to hit the Zionist regime where it hurts the most for them, their source of income/survival. If we can call on the United States to cut foreign aid to Israel until they make concessions (REASONABLE concessions) with the Palestinians and become a member of the IAEA/Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty, we can force Israel to end it’s current political impasse and start making progress with peace talks.
DO YOUR PART
HELP ORGANIZE RALLIES
By helping bring awareness in your area, organizing rallies or demonstrations is crucial to getting the word out about BDS Movement. Social Media is a great way to help organize and has been a useful tool in toppling corrupt regimes in the past including aiding in the rise of the Arab Spring in 2012.
PLANNING A FUNDRAISER
In organizing a fundraiser, you can help those who are on the frontlines trying to bring awareness. There are sites similar to GoFundMe which can be used to raise funds for a cause directly without handling the donations yourself.
OPENING DIALOGUE WITH THE PUBLIC
Another effective approach is to try to open dialogue with people who are not educated on the issues plaguing the Middle East. It is the best approach and most efficient in getting your point across without using violence or intimidation.
The way we want to achieve our goals is similar to the boycott movement during the South African apartheid. It was pressure from the international community that caused their apartheid to collapse without a single bullet being fired.
We hope we can encourage more people regardless of ideology, religion, age, etc. to join together and ask for Israel to try to also open dialogue with a Palestinian representative(s).