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There's an important birthday coming up…

by Ramah Kudaimi and Anna Baltzer
July 2nd, 2015

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There’s an important birthday coming up… Have you marked your calendar? 

One week from today marks the 
10-year anniversary of the Palestinian call for BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) targeting Israel to fulfill the goals of freedom, justice, and equality! 

To celebrate, the US Campaign is hosting an online briefing on Tuesday, July 7 from 3:30-5:00pm EDT to discuss recent BDS developments and moving forward in the struggle for Palestinian rights. Presenters are Ingrid Jaradat, founding member of the BDS National Committee; Nadim Nashif, director of Baladna- The Association for Arab Youth; Alborz Ghandehari, UAW 2865, the first major U.S. labor union to support divestment from Israel by membership vote; and Nidal Bitari, founder of the Palestinian Association of Human Rights in Syria. If you haven't already, click here to register

Two days ago, the United Church of Christ (UCC) held a landmark vote 4:1 (80%!) in favor of boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning the Israeli occupation, while two other U.S. churches (Episcopal and Mennonite) considered resolutions to implement similar tactics. More than 50% of UCC delegates also voted in favor of naming Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as Apartheid. It has never been clearer that U.S. civil society institutions are reaching a tipping point, refusing complicity with Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. 

Just one day before, the Obama Administration 
signed into law trade legislation containing provisions to punish European companies and governments that support BDS. The rift between the growing mainstream movement for justice in Palestine and U.S. decision makers seemed starker than ever (this should come as no surprise; civil society always leads the way on social change). But yesterday, the State Department clarified that it would not protect Israeli settlements against boycott. As Haaretz reported [emphasis ours]: “…the boycott decision only delegitimizes the settlements more than ever before….The boycott of settlements, in effect, has now been officially stamped “kosher” by the State Department.” 

Help us celebrate BDS’s Birthday, acknowledge the gains, and also reflect on where this movement is headed. Join us on Tuesday for this special event. 

P.S. We are about three months away from our 14th Annual National Organizers Conference: Advancing a Mass Movement for Palestine. We hope you will join us in Atlanta September 25-27 for more opportunities to learn about BDS and further our goal to end all U.S. support for Israel's continued oppression of Palestinians.