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BDS Turns 10! Help Us Celebrate BDS's Birthday with 10 New Great Resources!

by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer and Ramah Kudaimi, Membership & Outreach Coordinator
July 9th, 2015

Can you believe how far we’ve come? Ten years ago today, 170 Palestinian civil society issued a historic call for broad boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) by the international community to hold Israel accountable until it respects the basic rights of the Palestinian people to freedom, justice, and equality. In 10 years, the movement has accomplished more than most of us could have dreamed -- mirroring the achievements gained by the the anti-Apartheid movement targeting South Africa over multiple decades after a similar call was issued in the 1950s. 

By popular demand, to celebrate BDS@10: Here is a Brand New List of the Top 100 U.S. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Victories!

(Graphic by Joel Reinstein)

Check out also this new interactive mapping of top victories worldwide from the Palestinian BDS National Committee, which also released this powerful statement. 

It is clear just how powerful this grassroots movement has become given the top-down efforts by Israel and its U.S. supporters to suppress BDS. From federal and state anti-BDS legislation to business magnates like Sheldon Adelson fundraising $50 million to fight BDS to Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton declaring “countering BDS a priority.” 

Let’s show Clinton and others that BDS is something we are proud of and we will not be deterred! 

Please take a moment to say why YOU support BDS by tweeting "#ISupportBDS because…" on Twitter or submitting a picture, video, or message for our new US Campaign Tumblr directly or by emailing membership@endtheoccupation.org. And be sure to use the hashtag #BDS@10 all day! 

And that’s not all! Here are more great new resources just in time for BDS@10: 

  1. 5 Reasons BDS Is Actually Succeeding by US Campaign Executive Director Yousef Munayyer published today in The Nation

  2. Listen to the popular BSD@10 webinar we hosted Tuesday featuring inspiring speakers from Palestine to Syria to the U.S. 

  3. Watch the newly-released video of our webinar featuring member organization American Friends Service Committee’s new, powerful divestment tool enabling investors and others to scan portfolios, learn about occupation-free funds, and more! 

  4. Member group Adalah-NY released this awesome flash mob video today, calling on Target and shoppers to boycott SodaStream, which is now operating on stolen Palestinian Bedouin land. 

  5. Member group Jewish Voice for Peace released this BDS@10 poster and is hosting this four-part BDS webinar series

  6. We are also compiling a List of BDS Trainers & Speakers, given the high demand coming from groups around the country. Please send us your nominations!

  7. As always, you can find inspiring BDS news & resources at bdsmovement.net, pacbi.org, and endtheoccupation.org/bds -- the latter includes our map of BDS campaigns nationwide! 

We know that any celebration of BDS is tempered by the knowledge that as pressure mounts on Israel, so too will its desperation and crackdown on Palestinians increase. May BDS never need another birthday because its goals of freedom, justice and equality for all are realized soon.

P.S. In the meantime, we must keep the pressure on, building stronger and more effective campaigns to hold Israel accountable. Please be a part of that important work by making a donation of $10, $20, $50, or $100 to expand our BDS work today.