The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, colloquially the BDS Movement, is a Palestinian-led global campaign seeking political activism against Israel for "occupying and colonizing Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes." The movement, which takes its cues from the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, was created in 2005 as calls grew in the international community to pressure Israel on behalf of the Palestinian cause. It is often criticized for being antisemitic in its opposition to Zionism and promoting the de-ligitimization of Israel and denying the country its right to exist and self-determination. Movement goals The BDS Movement calls for non-violent yet punishing measures against Israel until it ends what is seen as an occupation of rightfully Palestinian territory and a dismantlement of the West Bank separation barrier. BDS also pushes for full equality of Palestinians and the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in accordance with United Nations Resolution 194, adopted December 11, 1948. The movement uses protests and cultural boycotts to target Israeli businesses in the West Bank or events with connects to Israel. BDS is a key player in the international Israeli Apartheid Week, a series of lectures and rallies across college campuses against Israeli activity in the West Bank. BDS supporters have successfully gotten some artists from cancelling concerts in Israel, even when the concerts were not scheduled to take place in the West Bank. In addition, business boycotts are a common tactic employed by the movement, targeting Israeli businesses, notably the soft drink company SodaStream and Israeli banks Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi. Supporters are urged to refrain from buying goods or using services from Israeli companies or from companies which do business in Israel. Criticism Multiple organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, classify the BDS movement as antisemitic, citing the double standards Israel is held to that apply to no other country in the world. Other claims of antisemitism highlight that BDS supporters engage in antisemitic activity and deny Israel's right to self-determination. Critics also point out BDS closely parallels the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses in the era right before World War II. Critics also note that the calls to boycott Israeli businesses, which themselves employ Palestinian workers, inadvertently harm Palestinians, the people the BDS movement claims to support. The European Union has expressed opposition to the boycott of Israel, and motions have been passed across the world condemning the movement. A non-binding motion in Ontario, Canada called to "reject the 'differential treatment' of Israel by the BDS movement," while 21 states in the United States have passed anti-BDS laws. French anti-hate speech law has been used against BDS activists. Support BDS enjoys endorsements from the African National Congress and branches of the Green Party in England, Wales, Scotland and Canada. Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters is a noted supporter of the BDS movement, as are Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and novelist Alice Walker.

BDS activists in Berlin.
Berlin refuses to implement anti-BDS resolution against German MPs

"No German MP should ever be associated with a global campaign seeking demise of the Jewish State.”

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS.
US government slams German MPs for role in antisemitic BDS movement

“The United States strongly opposes boycott campaigns targeting the State of Israel, and regularly engages with governments and other entities to oppose such activities."

German MPs must know they ‘support antisemitic BDS movement’ - official

BDS uses the same language once used by Nazis to express: ‘Don't buy from Jews!’ Today, this means: ‘Do not buy from Israel!’

Israel slams German art college for ‘embracing antisemitism’

‘School for Unlearning Zionism’ is the name of a Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin program.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS.
Does Israel need a ministry to fight BDS?

After incoming Strategic Affairs Minister calls to eliminate his own office, experts and activists weigh in on its necessity.

Ariel University
Ariel U. study rejected because author refused to remove 'written in Israel'

An activist group asked the journal to change the address to say "Ariel University, illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel, Occupied Palestinian Territory."

Peace hijacked by boycotts: Redefining the Israel narrative

The main contributor to the misguided debate on Israel is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Illinois U student govt passes BLM resolution, calls to divest from Israel

The university’s Office of Student Affairs condemned the nonbinding resolution, which passed last week in a 22-11 vote with seven abstentions.

Students at Columbia University hold a "die-in" demonstration
Columbia U students pass college’s first-ever Israel boycott referendum

The referendum follows several previous attempts by Palestinian groups on campus to bring a BDS vote to the student body.

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German police threaten Israeli with crime for show of Israeli flag

German Muslims call young Israeli musician a ‘Nazi,’ police said she provoked demonstrators and was ordered to leave

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