Because governments have been unwilling to take serious measures to end Israel’s occupation and discriminatory policies, Palestinians have called on people throughout the world fill the vacuum and do what their governments have refused to do. One of the most effective ways to pressure Israel to end its occupation and reverse its policies is through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. In a letter supporting UC Berkeley’s divestment campaign, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote:

In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.

Please read the Palestinian BDS call of 2005. Below, the PSC will share some of the latest news and developments in this critical movement.

Presbyterian committee recommends divestment

9/13/2011 Via Mondoweiss: The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment has recommended that the church divest from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motor…

Huge victory! German company pulls out of Israel rail project

From the Washington Post: Deutsche Bahn confirmed Monday that it backed out of the project amid political pressure. Several German lawmakers had criticized Deutsche Bahn’s participation. A se…

Cornel West Endorses BDS

http://nomoredeaths.org/University-of-Arizona-NMD/cornel-west-ua-letter.html Cornel West’s Letter to UA: Supporting Divestment, Ethnic Studies Princeton Center for African American Studies Sta…

Roger Waters’ Journey to BDS

From Mondoweiss: In 1980, a song I wrote, “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2,” was banned by the government of South Africa because it was being used by Black South African children to advocate thei…

Folk music legend Pete Seeger endorses boycott of Israel

Today, Adalah-NY and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) released the following: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Folk music legend Pete Seeger has come out in support of the growing Pa…

BDS Victory: Veolia Sells Shares in Jerusalem Light Rail

French firm Veolia drops its role in the Jerusalem Light Rail apartheid project: Veolia has signed a principled agreement to sell its shares in the Jerusalem Light Rail to the Israeli transportatio…

Major Dutch pension fund divests from occupation

From EI: The major Dutch pension fund Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW), which has investments totaling 97 billion euros, has informed The Electronic Intifada that it has divested from almost a…

Olympia Food Co-op boycott Israeli goods

From the press release issued by Olympia BDS: The Olympia Food Co-op Board of Directors has decided to boycott Israeli goods at their two locations in Olympia, Washington. At a July 15th meeting pack…

Illinois Methodists vote to divest from the occupation

The Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church just voted to divest all holdings in three international corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation. The press release announc…

Huge outpouring of Oakland picketers stop unloading of Israeli ship

If anyone had any doubts that the movement for justice in Palestine is growing by leaps and bounds, in numbers, breadth, and determination, check out what happened this morning in Oakland, CA: • …

Nicaragua suspends diplomatic ties with Israel

Nicaragua suspended diplomatic ties with Israel on Tuesday in protest at Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine people, President Daniel Ortega’s office said. “Nicaragua suspen…

UCU Passes important BDS Resolution

The University and College Union, representing approximately 120,000 teaching and related staff in colleges and universities in the UK, has passed new policies supporting boycott, divestment and sanct…

Elvis Costello cancels concerts in Israel in protest at treatment of Palestinians

He said on his website: It is after considerable contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the two performances scheduled in Israel on the 30th of June and th…