The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement took a step towards building a united, nationwide campaign last weekend when Palestine solidarity activists from around the country gathered in Auckland for a “Conference on Palestine”.
BDS is a global movement started in 2005 by Palestinian civil society organisations that calls for “international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era”.
The label “apartheid” fits the state of Israel just as it once fitted South Africa. Israel is a racist, colonial state where the indigenous people – Palestinians – are not granted the same rights to life, liberty and self-determination that are enjoyed by non-Palestinian Israelis. [Read more...]