Omar Barghouti discusses BDS

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cofounder of the Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and leading light of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, Omar Barghouti discusses the burgeoning of support from civil society worldwide for BDS since the horrific slaughter visited on Gaza by Israel in winter 2008- 2009 and the Mavi Mara massacre. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) refers to an international economic campaign initiated by the July 9, 2005, call of 171 Palestinian non-governmental organizations “… for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights.” The three stated goals of the campaign are: 1. An end to Israel’s “occupation and colonization of all Arab lands”, as well as “dismantling of the Wall;” 2. Israeli recognition of the “fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality;” and 3. Israeli respect, protection, and promotion of “the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194.”

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