BDS Movement

The global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement called for by the majority of Palestinian civil society has made huge strides it was launched in 2005. People of conscience around the world are taking effective action to end Israeli impunity and hold Israel accountable under international law. This timeline, launched at the occasion of the 8th anniversary of the BDS call, charters the key successes of the movement.

Palestinian civil society calls for BDS

On July 9 2005 Palestinian civil society issued a call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law.

British academic union severs links with Histadrut, boycotts Ariel College

At its annual congress, the University and College Union (UCU) made history by voting with an overwhelming majority to sever all relations with Israeli trade union federation the Histadrut. UCU also voted to "commence the investigatory process associated with the imposition of a boycott of Ariel College," a college-colony built on occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank.

Stockholm drops Veolia from €3.5bn contract

The decision by the Stockholm City Council was taken following a lengthy campaign by Swedish civil society organisations

Unilever divests from Israeli factory in West Bank settlement

Food and soap manufacturing multinational Unilever announced it would sell its 51 percent stake in the Beigel & Beigel factory in Ariel settlement, illegally built on land confiscated from Palestinians.

Campaign forces Israeli cosmetics store out of Covent Garden, London

A spokesperson for the landlord said: “When Ahava’s lease expires in September, we will not offer them a new one.”

Dutch ASN Bank ends relations with Veolia

The Bank once refused to deal with companies that were linked in any way with apartheid South Africa.

U of Johannesburg Boycotts Israeli University

Senate of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) voted to allow its formal relationship with Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Israel to lapse on 1 April 2011.

Wave of famous musicians cancel Israel gigs in protest of flotilla attacks

Global wave of outrage at Israel’s deadly attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, alternative band The Pixies, British indie band The Klaxons and the Gorillaz Sound System all canceled gigs in Israel.

Dutch pension fund divests from Elbit

ABP, one of the two largest pension fund in the Netherlands announced it had sold $2.7 million worth of shares in Israeli arms firm Elbit Systems.

American pension fund giant divests from Africa-Israel

US pension fund giant TIAA-CREF divested from Africa-Israel Investments, owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev.

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