Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS)

July 9, 2005 (also available here)

One year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which found Israel’s Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory to be illegal, Israel continues its construction of the colonial Wall with total disregard to the Court’s decision. Thirty eight years into Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights, Israel continues to expand Jewish colonies. It has unilaterally annexed occupied East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights and is now de facto annexing large parts of the West Bank by means of the Wall. Israel is also preparing – in the shadow of its planned redeployment from the Gaza Strip – to build and expand colonies in the West Bank. Fifty seven years after the state of Israel was built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners, a majority of Palestinians are refugees, most of whom are stateless. Moreover, Israel’s entrenched system of racial discrimination against its own Arab- Palestinian citizens remains intact.

Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights

In light of Israel‘s persistent violations of international law, and Given that, since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions have condemned Israel‘s colonial and discriminatory policies as illegal and called for immediate, adequate and effective remedies, and Given that all forms of international intervention and peace-making have until now failed to convince or force Israel to comply with humanitarian law, to respect fundamental human rights and to end its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine, and In view of the fact that people of conscience in the international community have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in the struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions;

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression,

We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.

These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people‘s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

  1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
  2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
  3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Endorsed by:
The Palestinian political parties, unions, associations, coalitions and organizations below represent the three integral parts of the people of Palestine: Palestinian refugees, Palestinians under occupation and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Unions, Associations, Campaigns

  1. Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine (coordinating body for the major political parties in the Occupied Palestinian Territory)
  2. Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen‘s Rights (PICCR)
  3. Union of Arab Community Based Associations (ITTIJAH), Haifa
  4. Forum of Palestinian NGOs in Lebanon
  5. Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU)
  6. General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW)
  7. General Union of Palestinian Teachers (GUPT)
  8. Federation of Unions of Palestinian Universities‘ Professors and Employees
  9. Consortium of Professional Associations
  10. Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC)
  11. Health Work Committees – West Bank
  12. Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)
  13. Union of Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)
  14. Union of Health Work Committees – Gaza (UHWC)
  15. Union of Palestinian Farmers
  16. Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI)
  17. General Union of Disabled Palestinians
  18. Palestinian Federation of Women‘s Action Committees (PFWAC)
  19. Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
  20. Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
  21. Union of Teachers of Private Schools
  22. Union of Women‘s Work Committees, Tulkarem (UWWC)
  23. Dentists‘ Association – Jerusalem Center
  24. Palestinian Engineers Association
  25. Lawyers‘ Association
  26. Network for the Eradication of Illiteracy and Adult Education, Ramallah
  27. Coordinating Committee of Rehabilitation Centers – West Bank
  28. Coalition of Lebanese Civil Society Organizations (150 organizations)
  29. Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), Network of Student-based Canadian University

Refugee Rights Associations/Organizations

  1. Al-Ard Committees for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria
  2. Al-Awda Charitable Society, Beit Jala
  3. Al Awda – Palestine Right-to-Return Coalition, U.S.A
  4. Al-Awda Toronto
  5. Aidun Group – Lebanon
  6. Aidun Group – Syria
  7. Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center, Aida refugee camp
  8. Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Internally Displaced (ADRID), Nazareth
  9. BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Bethlehem
  10. Committee for Definite Return, Syria
  11. Committee for the Defense of Palestinian Refugee Rights, Nablus
  12. Consortium of the Displaced Inhabitants of Destroyed Palestinian Villages and Towns
  13. Filastinuna – Commission for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria
  14. Handala Center, ‘Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem
  15. High Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Jordan (including personal endorsement of 71 members of parliament, political parties and unions in Jordan)
  16. High National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return , Ramallah
  17. International Right of Return Congress (RORC)
  18. Jermana Youth Forum for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria
  19. Laji Center, Aida camp, Bethlehem
  20. Local Committee for Rehabilitation, Qalandia refugee camp, Jerusalem
  21. Local Committee for Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem
  22. Palestinian National Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return, Syria
  23. Palestinian Return Association, Syria
  24. Palestinian Return Forum, Syria
  25. Palestine Right-of-Return Coalition (Palestine, Arab host countries, Europe, North America)
  26. Palestine Right-of-Return Confederation-Europe (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden)
  27. Palestinian Youth Forum for the Right of Return, Syria
  28. PLO Popular Committees – West Bank refugee camps
  29. PLO Popular Committees – Gaza Strip refugee camps
  30. Popular Committee – al-‘Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem
  31. Popular Committee – Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem
  32. Shaml – Palestinian Diaspora and Refugee Center, Ramallah
  33. Union of Women‘s Activity Centers – West Bank Refugee Camps
  34. Union of Youth Activity Centers – Palestine Refugee Camps, West Bank and Gaza
  35. Women‘s Activity Center – Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem
  36. Yafa Cultural Center, Balata refugee camp, Nablus

Organizations

  1. Abna‘ al-Balad Society, Nablus
  2. Addameer Center for Human Rights, Gaza
  3. Addameer Prisoners‘ Support and Human Rights Association, Ramallah
  4. Alanqa‘ Cultural Association, Hebron
  5. Al-Awda Palestinian Folklore Society, Hebron
  6. Al-Doha Children‘s Cultural Center, Bethlehem
  7. Al-Huda Islamic Center, Bethlehem
  8. Al-Jeel al-Jadid Society, Haifa
  9. Al-Karameh Cultural Society, Um al-Fahm
  10. Al-Maghazi Cultural Center, Gaza
  11. Al-Marsad Al-Arabi, occupied Syrian Golan Heights
  12. Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Gaza
  13. Al-Nahda Cultural Forum, Hebron
  14. Al-Taghrid Society for Culture and Arts, Gaza
  15. Alternative Tourism Group, Beit Sahour (ATG)
  16. Al-Wafa‘ Charitable Society, Gaza
  17. Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ)
  18. Arab Association for Human Rights, Nazareth (HRA)
  19. Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD)
  20. Arab Center for Agricultural Development-Gaza
  21. Arab Education Institute (AEI) – Pax Christie Bethlehem
  22. Arab Orthodox Charitable Society – Beit Sahour
  23. Arab Orthodox Charity – Beit Jala
  24. Arab Orthodox Club – Beit Jala
  25. Arab Orthodox Club – Beit Sahour
  26. Arab Students‘ Collective, University of Toronto
  27. Arab Thought Forum, Jerusalem (AFT)
  28. Association for Cultural Exchange Hebron – France
  29. Association Najdeh, Lebanon
  30. Authority for Environmental Quality, Jenin
  31. Bader Society for Development and Reconstruction, Gaza
  32. Canadian Palestine Foundation of Quebec, Montreal
  33. Center for the Defense of Freedoms, Ramallah
  34. Center for Science and Culture, Gaza
  35. Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ramallah- Al-Bireh District
  36. Child Development and Entertainment Center, Tulkarem
  37. Committee for Popular Participation, Tulkarem
  38. Defense for Children International-Palestine Section, Ramallah (DCI/PS)
  39. El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe
  40. Ensan Center for Democracy and Human Rights, Bethlehem
  41. Environmental Education Center, Bethlehem
  42. FARAH – Palestinian Center for Children, Syria
  43. Ghassan Kanafani Society for Development, Gaza
  44. Ghassan Kanafani Forum, Syria
  45. Community Mental Health Program, Gaza (GCMHP)
  46. Golan for Development, occupied Syrian Golan Heights
  47. Halhoul Cultural Forum, Hebron
  48. Himayeh Society for Human Rights, Um al-Fahm
  49. Holy Land Trust – Bethlehem
  50. Home of Saint Nicholas for Old Ages – Beit Jala
  51. Human Rights Protection Center, Lebanon
  52. In‘ash al-Usrah Society, Ramallah
  53. International Center of Bethlehem (Dar An-Nadweh)
  54. Islah Charitable Society-Bethlehem
  55. Jafra Youth Center, Syria
  56. Jander Center, al-Azza (Beit Jibreen) refugee camp, Bethlehem
  57. Jerusalem Center for Women, Jerusalem (JCW)
  58. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC)
  59. Khalil Al Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah
  60. Land Research Center, Jerusalem (LRC)
  61. Liberated Prisoners‘ Society, Palestine
  62. Local Committee for Social Development, Nablus
  63. Local Committee for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Nablus
  64. MA‘AN TV Network, Bethlehem
  65. Medical Aid for Palestine, Canada
  66. MIFTAH-Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, Ramallah
  67. Muwatin-The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy
  68. National Forum of Martyr‘s Families, Palestine
  69. Near East Council of Churches Committee for Refugee Work – Gaza Area
  70. Network of Christian Organizations – Bethlehem (NCOB)
  71. Palestinian Council for Justice and Peace, Jerusalem
  72. Palestinian Counseling Center, Jerusalem (PCC)
  73. Palestinian Democratic Youth Union, Lebanon
  74. Palestinian Farmers‘ Society, Gaza
  75. Palestinian Hydrology Group for Water and Environment Resources Development-Gaza
  76. Palestinian Prisoners‘ Society-West Bank
  77. Palestinian Society for Consumer Protection, Gaza
  78. Palestinian University Students‘ Forum for Peace and Democracy, Hebron
  79. Palestinian Women‘s Struggle Committees
  80. Palestinian Working Women Society for Development (PWWSD)
  81. Popular Art Centre, Al-Bireh
  82. Prisoner‘s Friends Association – Ansar Al-Sajeen, Majd al-Krum
  83. Public Aid Association, Gaza
  84. Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
  85. Saint Afram Association – Bethlehem
  86. Saint Vincent De Paule – Beit Jala
  87. Senior Citizen Society – Beit Jala
  88. Social Development Center, Nablus
  89. Society for Self-Development, Hebron
  90. Society for Social Work, Tulkarem
  91. Society for Voluntary Work and Culture, Um al-Fahm
  92. Society of Friends of Prisoners and Detainees, Um al-Fahm
  93. Sumoud-Political Prisoners Solidarity Group, Toronto
  94. Tamer Institute for Community Education, Ramallah
  95. TCC – Teacher‘s Creativity Center, Ramallah
  96. Wi‘am Center, Bethlehem
  97. Women‘s Affairs Technical Committee, Ramallah and Gaza (WATC)
  98. Women‘s Studies Center, Jerusalem (WSC)
  99. Women‘s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, Jerusalem (WCLAC)
  100. Yafa for Education and Culture, Nablus
  101. Yazour Charitable Society, Nablus
  102. YMCA-East Jerusalem
  103. Youth Cooperation Forum, Hebron
  104. YWCA-Palestine
  105. Zakat Committee-al-Khader, Bethlehen
  106. Zakat Committee-Deheishe camp, Bethlehem
  107. The Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People (PCR)
  108. Alternative Voice in the Galilee (AVIG)