A bluffer’s guide to boycotting Israel


The protests against Israel’s latest attack on Gaza have been some of the biggest ever with more than a million on the streets across the world. When BDS first started to gain traction after 2005 it was highly controversial, whereas for many activists today it seems an obvious strategy for solidarity.  Estelle Cooch presents a bluffer’s guide to BDS.


So, what is BDS? It sounds like it could be on some kind of dubious late-night program on channel 5.

BDS stands for boycott, divestment and sanctions. It refers to a global campaign that was launched on 9 July 2005 to ask individuals to boycott Israeli goods, to demand companies divest from Israeli businesses and to force governments to sanction Israel for their continued crimes against the Palestinians. Since its launch in 2005 the BDS campaign has gone from strength to strength, often growing as a result of Israel’s rampages through…

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