Boycott, Divest and Sanctions

BDS South Africa is an organisational lobby which has recently created many waves in the media space.  From the Boycott of Israeli produced goods at  Woolworths to the recent T-Shirt saga at Virgin Active, Muhammed Desai, Head of BDS SA chats to Faizal about the work of the lobby and his life as an activist.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement) is a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel to comply with the stated goals of the movement: the end of Israeli occupation and colonisation of Palestinian Land, full equality forbArab-Palestininan citizens of Israel, and respect for the right to return of Palestinian Refugees.

The campaign was started on 9 July 2005 by 171 Palestinian non – Governmental Organisations  in support of the Palestinian cause for boycott, divestment and International sanctions against Israel.

Citing a body of UN resolutions and specifically echoing the anti-apartheid campaigns against white minority rule in apartheid era South Africa the BDS campaign called for “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under International Law.