Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BDS to kick off on the 30th of March

Israeli Boycott Campaign- Set to Kick off on 30th March

A coalition of Palestinian solidarity movements are tightening their plans for a major Israeli boycott campaign, set to kick off on Tuesday 30th March. Consumers will be urged to boycott all Israeli products as part of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, in protest of the government's expanding Zionist policies, which has seen tensions rise in Palestine over the past few weeks.

The first activity earmarked for the 30th March is the "Guerilla Shopping" campaign, in which Palestinian activists will be tasked with spreading awareness of the Israeli goods boycott. This campaign will be initiated in Johannesburg, but will be rolled out across the country at a later stage, said Cosatu coordinator Tahir Sema.

"Participants would visit a particular supermarket and select products from Israel. The activists will take the items to the checkout counter and refuse to pay for them - to make a bold statement against Israel. We want people to say they will not buy Israeli products...because the Palestinian blood is on them," he explained.

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