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Ethical Consumer signs up to Israeli boycott movement

Jun 12

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We aim to show solidarity with Palestinians

Ethical Consumer have this week officially signed up to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

In June 2014, the Ethical Consumer management team, comprising of worker-members of the co-operative, passed a proposal to support BDS. In doing so, two issues were of primary consideration:

1)  The grave human rights abuses committed by the Israeli state against Palestinians living in both the occupied territories and the state of Israel. These violations include those which are illegal under international law.

2)  The fact that BDS is supported by a broad coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations. 

Ethical Consumer recognises that:

The international boycott of South Africa was a key element in bringing to an end the apartheid regime.

The international community has failed to ensure that Israel complies with international law with regard to the treatment of Palestinians.

Boycott, divestment and sanctions are one of the few, but potentially highly effective, means by which international citizens can stand in solidarity with Palestinians and call for an end to the human rights abuses committed by Israel.

In supporting BDS, Ethical Consumer will not knowingly purchase goods or services that originate in Israel, or in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights.  We also support the academic boycott, which means that we will not accept materials for which any of the inputs have come from Israeli academic institutions.  In addition we will support the cultural boycott and not collaborate with any Israeli cultural or artistic institutions unless they expressly criticise Israeli human rights abuses and work for freedom for Palestinians.

Leonie Nimmo a director of Ethical Consumer said, "We feel strongly that those of us in the west must do all we can to stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and the West Bank who suffer the oppression and indignities of the Israeli state on a daily basis. We hope that more co-operatives and those who consider themselves part of the Ethical Consumer movement will now also speak out against the appalling situation faced by Palestinians and do what they can to pressure the Israeli state into ending its illegal occupation."

Over the last few years, Ethical Consumer Research Association (ECRA) has regularly reported on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.  This movement began in 2005 with a call from Palestinian civil society; the call was endorsed by over 170 Palestinian political parties, organisations, trade unions and movements.

According to the BDS Movement website: "The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law by: 

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall; 

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194." 








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