Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
BDS refers to the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement, whose supporters call for the withdrawal of financial support for the Israeli government in protest of what it deems to be the "poor treatment" of Palestinian people. The BDS movement started on 9 July 2005, when 171 Palestinian civil society organizations banded together and decided to try a new approach to fight Israel's [so called] occupation. Since then, the movement has expanded to include hundreds of campaigns on six continents. They range from pushes for investors such as churches, trade unions, and universities, to divest from companies holding Israeli military contracts, to consumer boycotts, calls for musicians and other artists to cancel appearances in Israel, and demands for governments to impose sanctions. Each of these diverse efforts shares common demands of Israel: end the “occupation” and colonization of Arab lands and demolish its Judea & Samaria separation barrier. It also insists that Israel allow the return of not only original Palestinian refugees - who left the Jewish state willingly decades ago at the behest of Arab leaders and now claim the right to return - but with millions of their second and third-generation progeny. If Israel were to agree to this Jews would become a minority in their own state. Return of the refugees would put an end to the Jewish homeland. (VFI News)
Much of the BDS in Europe and the USA is connected to radical Islamic groups and Palestinian terror organizations such as Hamas. Hamas and its parent Muslim Brotherhood fuel and direct BDS and anti-Israel political activities on hundreds of university campuses via the Muslim Students Association, with hundreds of chapters in N. America. BDS groups such as American Muslims for Palestine and Students for Justice in Palestine have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Hamas terrorist group.