Everybody’s talking about the Palestinian Bid for Statehood at the UN. While Philly BDS does not take a stand on the bid, we remind everyone of the position of the BDS Movement in Palestine, which is a reaffirmation of the importance of BDS as the “most potent and promising strategy of international solidarity with the Palestinian people. Please go out and join or start a campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions for Palestinian freedom in your community!
To find out more, read the position of the BDS Movement:
Position of BDS Movement: “The key lesson learned from South Africa is that, in order for world governments to end their complicity with Israel’s grave and persistent violations of human rights and international law, they must be compelled to do so through mass, well organized grassroots pressure by social movements and other components of civil society. In this context, BDS has proven to be the most potent and promising strategy of international solidarity with the Palestinian people in our struggle for self determination, freedom, justice and equality.
In light of the above, and inspired by the will and the power of the people which have given rise to the Arab spring, the BNC calls upon people of conscience and international solidarity groups to proceed with building a mass BDS movement in the US and elsewhere in the world’s most powerful countries before and after September. Only such a mass movement can ensure that whatever diplomatic recognition that transpires at the UN in September on Palestinian statehood will advance the rights of the Palestinian people and raise the price of Israel’s occupation, colonialism and apartheid by further isolating it and those complicit in its crimes. A mass solidarity movement that can hold elected officials, especially in the US, accountable to the people … is the only hope for a comprehensive and sustainable peace based on justice.” (Palestine BDS Movement National Committee, August 8, 2011)