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ANC and Scottish Green Party endorse BDS calls for "international wave of action"

By Cath And - October 17, 2015
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [BDS]

A press statement released by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) Wednesday morning announced that The African National Congress (ANC) and The Scottish Green Party have both endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.


The ANC, the ruling party in South Africa, reasserted its support for BDS by discouraging travel to Israel, and calling for “the isolation of the UN List of businesses that [illegally] operate in the [Israeli] occupied territories in Palestine.”


The ANC had previously endorsed BDS in 2012, declaring itself to be "unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel."


The Scottish Green Party, a left-wing political party in Scotland, has labelled Israel an “apartheid” state, and accused it of “systematic infringements of international law.” The party voted overwhelmingly in favour of endorsing an economic, cultural, and academic boycott of Israel.


The Scottish Green Party has called for a military embargo to be issued on Israel alongside UN sanctions and the prosecution of Israelis suspected of war crimes.


A spokesperson for the BNC, Dr Haidar Eid, professor of literature at Al Aqsa University in Gaza, stated that “Palestinians everywhere welcome the ANC and the Scottish Green Party’s endorsements of effective BDS” at this time of “extreme brutality, racist criminality and colonial hubris by Israel and its Jewish fundamentalist settler militias.”


Eid stated that the endorsements of BDS are a “reminder that people of conscience can hold Israel to account and challenge its impunity.”


Eurig Scandrett, who moved the motion in support of BDS at the Scottish Green Party conference, told the Palestine Monitor that “the Green approach is to support nonviolent resistance to colonisation and to express solidarity with colonised people.”


Scandrett believes that “Palestinian resistance takes many forms,” but he has consistently heard from Palestinians that the international community can have a positive impact on this resistance by supporting BDS.


By isolating Israel through BDS, the international community can put pressure on Israel, which Scandrett hopes “will help to weaken the colonial violence and move towards negotiations [and] towards an equal and democratic future for Palestine.”


Dr Haidar Eid has echoed this belief that BDS is an effective means by which the international community can contribute to Palestinian resistance by citing the effectiveness of international boycotts in the South African struggle against apartheid. .


Eid has stated “as in the struggle against apartheid South Africa, Palestinians are empowered and inspired by international grassroots and civil society measures to isolate Israel and the corporations that enable its regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid to continue.”


The BDS movement has called for an “international wave of action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle” to begin the weekend of 16-18 October. BDS urges the international community “to take action and develop Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions efforts.”


At this time of increased violence against Palestinians, BDS believes that “an effective international response is urgently needed to pressure governments, institutions and corporations to end their role in Israel’s crimes.”


Events are being organised in towns and cities across the world in solidarity with the Palestinian people as part of this “wave of action.”


BDS’ suggestions for actions the international community can partake in include calling for military embargoes against Israel, campaigning against companies which are complicit in the occupation, and educating about Palestinian rights through campaigning for BDS.


The BDS movement tweeted yesterday that the “wave of action” allows the international community to “join a new generation of Palestinians rising up against Israeli apartheid.”



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