Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine

Sydney, Australia

BDS News, December 2012

Academic Boycotts
In Australia
, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney has been vilified for its support for the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, and specifically a boycott of Israeliuniversities. a policy which was adopted, and has since been affirmed, by the Centre’s governing Council.
http://newmatilda.com/2012/12/13/why-boycott-israel
http://newmatilda.com/2012/12/13/what-impartial-means-oz
http://antonyloewenstein.com/2012/12/08/
In South Africa, Wits University’s Students Representative Council’s (SRC) has decided to support a full academic and cultural boycott of Israel in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.  More details here or on the University homepage, scroll down past the official statements to see what the students had to say in their press release
In Norway, the University of Oslo has decided not renew its contract with G4S, which has been providing security services on campus since 2010, G4S is an international  security company providing equipment and services to Israeli prisons which detain Palestinian political prisoners, including child prisoners, as well as equipment and services to checkpoints, illegal settlements and businesses in settlements. More details here.

Trade Unions
One of the  largest international trade union bodies  is Public Services International, (PSI), which represents 20 million workers around the world who deliver public services in 150 countries including Australia. At their November 2012  conference in Durban, South Africa,  delegates to support the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaignand  to promote and partake-in the annual awareness-raising initiative, the annual Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) campaign. For more details:
http://auspalestine.org/2012/12/03/psi-passes-palestine-resolution
http://www.cosatu.org.za/docs/pr/2012/pr1203.html
The Congress of South African Trade Unions has the text of the resolution:
http://www.cosatu.org.za/docs/cosatu2day/2012/pr1130a.html
Also in South Africa, the October 2012  International Solidarity Conference of the African National Congress (ANC)  condemned the continued occupation of Palestinian territories by the Israeli government and supported the call of civil society’s BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign. You can download their statement here .

Churches
In the USA 
both the Presbyterian Church and the United Methodist Church have voted this year to boycott products from Israeli settlements recognised as illegal under international law. See this report.

South African church leaders have expressed their support of the Palestinian call for economic, cultural and other forms of boycott, divestment and sanctions — “a strategy that helped us to end apartheid in South Africa.” following a visit  to Palestine by church leaders. http://kairossouthernafrica.wordpress.com/

Armaments Trade
In France, an effective campaign by the French BDS movement apparently resulted the Israeli arms companies, Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), “withdrawing” from  the 2012 Aeromart Business Convention held in Toulouse, France.  Apparently these companies decided they would be better off staying home than risking more damage to their reputation.T
http://www.bdsmovement.net/2012/israeli-arms-companies-forced-to-pull-out-of-major-aerospace-convention-in-france-10138

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