Israel boycott successes

IssueDecember 2014 - January 2015
News by David Polden

In October, there were several victories in the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

Kuwait announced it will not deal with 50 European companies because of their involvement in illegal settlements in occupied Palestine. Israeli-owned soft drink company SodaStream moved one of its factories out of the Occupied Territories.

Israeli shipping line Zim apparently cancelled all future shipments to the port of Oakland, after nonviolent blockades.

Israeli refuseniks

At the end of September, 43 veterans of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit declared their refusal to continue serving in the Occupied Territories because their duties there are ‘morally repugnant’.

In October, two 19-year-old Israelis went to prison for refusing military service in protest at the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel.