The growing European consensus around labelling Israel’s settlement products reflected mounting public pressure in Europe on policymakers to end the profound European complicity in Israel’s violations international law and Palestinian human rights.
The UK Conservative Party has announced plans to ban local councils from using ethical procurement policies and divesting from companies complicit with Israel’s occupation and settlements and UK arms companies.
As a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid, four Colombian film festivals join the cultural boycott against Israel’s regime.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a campaign that advocates applying economic and political pressure on Israel to achieve equal rights for Palestinians in Israel and an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, has criticized the 150 British artists, authors and politicians who published a letter on Thursday opposing a cultural boycott of Israel and calling for Israeli-Palestinian dialogue and co-existence have faced a backlash, led by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
“Let it be clear to any company or organization that’s considering boycotting us: We will hit back. We will attack our attackers. We will boycott our boycotters.” Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of her Jewish Home party
Soon after the EU adopted guidelines for labelling products made in Israeli settlements on 11 November, Israel furiously rejected this symbolic move claiming that such procedure is ‘discriminatory and damaging for the peace process with the Palestinians’. However, Palestinians saw this step essential to maintaining Palestinian dignity and holding Israel accountable for continuously violating international law.
The European Commission's decision to label products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories is the latest step by the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, established in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 2005.