The social, political, and environmental practices of the Israeli government have inspired us to call for a boycott of all Israeli products, as a step toward justice for the Palestinians and Israelis, following a path of nonviolent resistance that led to an end of Jim Crow laws, ended violations of farm workers' rights, and ended apartheid in South Africa.

We act locally to promote a boycott of products imported from Israel and the occupied territories until Israel stops violating international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people.

Art saving lives

September 10, 2010 Comments off

Kit Kittredge came back from Gaza with a great deal of children’s art. And she shares! Watch this site for 15 additional works by children who are trying to come to terms with being alive – and in Gaza – and growing up in the sights of warplanes.

Then take action. We can’t help those kids soon enough, but we sure can try.

Palestine? Israel? Help!

September 10, 2010 Comments off

Professor Steve Niva of Evergreen State University in Olympia, WA, wrote an excellent backgrounder on the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and has generously permitted us to post it on our site.

You can read all about it by clicking this link or find it later by hovering your cursor over at our FAQ menu.

Another excellent piece of writing from Professor Niva is this Counterpunch article responding to critiques of the Olympia Food CoOp boycott.

Thanks so much for sharing your work, Professor Niva!

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Theatrical artists in Israel and outside it boycott Ariel Culture Hall

September 7, 2010 Comments off

One of the greatest services that boycotting does to a community is opening up the conversation inside it – this is an effect we see again and again as group after group speaks up against the occupation and the apartheid involved in it.

The latest group to join the boycott (albeit in a limited way, banning only the illegal Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on the West Bank of the Jordan River) is a contingent of stars and performers, who join to support the Israeli theater artists who refuse to perform in the newly-constructed Ariel Culture Hall.

Who’s boycotting and way? Read all about it!

Added on 9 September: Theodor Bikel wrote a wonderful piece about the implications of performing in the Occupied Territories.

Haaretz: Israel Is Paying the Price of Occupation

September 6, 2010 Comments off

Haaretz finance and business writer Nehemia Shtrasler knows what’s up: “The sums involved are not large, but their international significance is huge. Boycotts by governments gives a boost to boycotts by non-government bodies around the world.”

In his piece in Israel’s paper of record, Shtrasler grapples with the reality of the unthinkable: Israel losing its free pass.

Anti-Israel economic boycotts are gaining speed

BDS, though not huge in dollar terms, has been a giant step forwards because the very discussion Shtrasler engages in was impossible even a few months ago. BDS gets the system moving. And the mention of “a chain in Washington” is most gratifying. You rock, OlympiaBDS!

Making the work worthwhile: the future. The kids.

September 5, 2010 Comments off

BDS will help bring health, liberty, dignity, and safety for Palestine. Who are we doing it for?

And we’re in great company! Here’s CODEPINK, always outrageous fun, this time rocking it in Gaza, in a playground raising:

Every one of those kids is as valuable and worthwhile as their counterparts, anywhere in the world. So we’ll BDS and rock on, until these kids have a fair shake at NOT going to bed hungry due to a siege.

Rachel Corrie and an Inspiration to Act

September 5, 2010 Comments off

Part of the reason that BDS is needed is that all internal checks of state, all mechanisms of obtaining fair treatment for citizens and residents. One of the mechanisms of such fair treatment is that when something goes wrong – when someone is wounded or killed – a public investigation is held, and the results become part of the public record. If someone is at fault, the state holds that person accountable, in hopes that this will deter recurrences.

This mechanism is entirely broken in Israel, and nowhere is this breakage clearer than in the killing and subsequent investigation into the death of Rachel Corrie.

Ms. Corrie’s parents are in Israel right now for yet another part of that process, still seeking answers seven years after their daughter was killed. But they are not there only for her. Tragic as their case is, they are better able to get answers than the relatives of victims of the same struggle who were Palestinian. Craig Corrie’s statement rings both terrible and true: “Being here is emotionally taxing in ways that are really hard to explain, but we have to do it and have an obligation to the many who cannot. It is not just about Rachel or our family.”

BDS is needed, now, because Israel’s Apartheid claims new victims every day. BDS is that poke from outside of Israel that will support fairness and human dignity to every person whose life is between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Israel evicts farmers from their land

September 5, 2010 Comments off

Ma’an News Agency reports:

SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israel’s Civil Administration ordered farmers to leave land they were cultivating on Wednesday in the Wadi Abu Ammar area in the northern West Bank district of Saflit. […]

Read the item, then join BDS. Interfering with the work of farmers endangers the food supply for the coming season, perhaps the entire year. Starving Palestinians into submission needs a clear response: BDS.