The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is an integral part of the nonviolent resistance against the illegal Israeli Occupation. At the conference was Omar Barghouti, a founding member of the BDS movement. Barghouti shared the purpose and benefit of BDS, not only as the key to ending the Occupation of the West Bank and the siege of Gaza but to granting all Palestinians, including those within Israel, their full rights. The BDS movement is a call put forth by the Palestinian people, lead by the Palestinian with the support of Israeli and International activists. As Barghouti stated in this video clip from the conference,
“You get to decide whether you can help us or not but you do not put words in our mouth and say this is what you really want. We’re not native idiots who cannot express ourselves. Believe us, we have average intelligence or above average intelligence, we’re quite rationale, and we know exactly what we want – self determination.”
Barghouti also touched on the importance of the Boycott from Within, a group of Israeli citizens both Palestinian and Jewish, dedicated to the BDS campaign. Click here for the video clip discussing the Boycott from Within as well as the greater international community's role in BDS.
To learn more about the BDS movement, visit the website at www.bdsmovement.net