Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Non-Violent Campaign
Remarks by Mai Abdul Rahman on March 22, 2010
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is a non-violent
movement based upon conventional international law principles. It is a
campaign opposed to all forms of discrimination, racism and bigotry
that utilize peaceful means to influence intractable Israeli policies.
This non-violent campaign offers every American the means to bring
peace among Palestinians and Israelis, support our peace efforts in the
Middle East, and help protect our troops.
and Sanctions (BDS) peaceful campaign is subscribed worldwide by
governments, nongovernmental organizations, religious leaders, peace
advocates and consumers. It is a global movement supported by
diverse religious and secular groups that intends to influence and
change Israeli discriminatory practices, its illegal settlement
policies, end the Gaza siege and the occupation of Palestinians.
month the EU Court of Justice ruled that imports produced or
manufactured in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank shouldn't
benefit from a trade agreement between Israel and the European Union.
The court’s decision was based on world consensus and established
international law as stipulated in the Fourth Geneva Convention that
prohibits “Israel” the Occupying Power from deporting or
transferring parts of its civilian population into the territory it
occupies; and the Hague International Court rulings on the
“Israeli Separation Wall” and settlement policy, which
confirmed "the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory (including East Jerusalem) have been established in breach of
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
(BDS) movement offers Americans the opportunity to contribute
meaningfully to help end the Israeli occupation of the
Palestinian occupied Territories, Israel's Gaza siege, illegal
settlement policy and discriminatory practices and actions toward the
Palestinians, which Vice President Joe Biden, General David Patraeus,
and Admiral Mike Mullen say are putting our troops in Afghanistan and
Iraq in danger and are hurting our interests and world standing.
can help advance peace, support our interests and protect our troops in
Iraq and Afghanistan by simply refusing to purchase Israeli consumer
products such as: Ahava Dead Sea Cosmetics, which operate in the
Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem in the occupied West Bank; Sabra
Hummus, owned by an Israeli company that supports the Israeli army
brigade Golani Brigade notorious for human rights abuses in Gaza and
the West Bank; Agrexco Agricultural Export Company products "Carmel"
produced in illegal settlements; Soda-Club, Ltd. products manufactures
in the Mishor Adumin settlement; and Motorola, which arms and assists
the Israeli military in the construction of the illegal "apartheid
wall" in the West Bank. Americans active in their churches can help
advance peace, support our country and troops by calling their local,
regional, and national religious organizations to sanction companies
linked to the Israeli occupation by divesting from mutual funds that
invest in Caterpillar, Terex, or ITT, General Electric, and United
Technologies-- All are American companies that benefit from Israeli war
crimes and the Israeli occupation.
Participating in the Boycott,
Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaign offers Americans the opportunity
to join a world wide peaceful movement to influence Israel to end it
discriminatory practices, stop its illegal settlement support, end the
occupation of Palestinians and the strangulating Gaza blockade, while
advancing our interests in the region and improving our country's
standing in the world.