Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
In 2005, 170 Palestinian civil society organizations issued a historic, rights-based call to the international community for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel and institutions complicit in its oppressive policies towards Palestinians until it complies with international law and ensures freedom, justice, and equality.
USCPR endorsed the Palestinian call for BDS shortly after it was issued in July 2005. Academic and cultural boycott were endorsed in 2009. Active campaigns in the US include those targeting Ahava, Airbnb, Ben & Jerry’s, G4S, HP, Jewish National Fund, Re/Max, Sabra Hummus, and SodaStream. Divestment campaigns are happening in churches, campuses, local city councils, and beyond, and have already won more than 250 victories in the United States alone. Here’s a list of victories!
Toolkit and Videos
Our BDS toolkit and short video series will help you organize effective boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns in your communities in support of Palestinian rights. Please share these resources on Twitter!
- Download the “BDS Toolkit”
- Download “What is BDS & How Does it Work” presentation.
- Download “How to Prepare a BDS Campaign” presentation.
- Download “How to Win Your BDS Campaign” presentation.
Introducing the Divestment Tool we’ve been waiting for!
For years, Palestinian rights supporters have been asking how they can scan their own investments or the portfolios of their churches, universities, municipalities, unions, businesses, and other institutions to ensure they’re not invested in companies profiting from Israel’s brutal military occupation, war crimes, and daily violations of Palestinian rights and international law. This information can be a crucial first step in launching a divestment campaign in response to the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS).
Frequently Asked Questions about Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
Thanks to the BDS National Committee, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, the Institute for Middle East Understanding, the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, and Birthright Unplugged for guidance on these answers.
Here are more useful resources from USCPR and our partners.