What YOU can do
Boycott: The Palestinians appeal to citizens of the world
Boycott is one of the primary forms of pressure which can be exerted on the state of Israel by citizens of the international community. This form of opposition to Israel’s continuing policies of colonisation can be exercised, by you, on a daily basis.
Inspired by the South African struggle against apartheid, the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement is rooted in a century-long tradition of Palestinian civil and popular struggle for freedom, justice and human rights.
In 2005, in light of the failure of the UN and the international community to hold Israel accountable for its continuous impunity and violations of international law and after one year of silence following the historic ruling of the International Court of Justice on the illegality of the Wall, Palestinian civil society appealed to citizens of the world to shoulder the moral responsibility to end complicity in Israel's violations of international law and Palestinian rights.
The Palestinian call for BDS asserts the primacy of the right to self-determination and addresses the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people:
- To live free from Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem;
- To end Israel's system of institutionalised racial discrimination against its Palestinian citizens;
- For the Palestinian refugees and internally displaced, the great majority of the Palestinian people, to exercise their UN-sanctioned right to return to their homes of origin and to receive reparations.
Sadaka endorses the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until such time as Israel complies with international law and ends its illegal occupation of Palestine. One of Sadaka’s key organisational aims is to promote and gain mainstream support throughout all sections of Irish society for the BDS campaign.
Sadaka collaborates with trade unions, churches and other civil society organisations in Ireland, networks internationally and liaises with the Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) to contribute to the effective co-ordination and implementation of the global BDS campaign against Israel.
The first three numbers of the Israeli bar code are 729, in a barcode like this:
But that isn't always enough to spot Israeli products as some companies repackage them in other countries to avoid the boycott, but there is plenty of information elsewhere on the web to help you join in with this popular grass-roots campaign.
For a comprehensive list of Israeli products subject to boycott in Ireland, please go to:
For further information:
Academic & Cultural Boycott
Further information on the cultural and academic boycott:
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel