15 quotes to mark 15 years of BDS

BDS Movement  /  July 9, 2020

With your support, the BDS movement for Palestinian rights has grown worldwide and played an unparalleled role in further isolating Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid at the grassroots level around the world.

We hope that the following quotes by diverse, leading figures — in culture, academia, politics as well as in social and racial justice struggles — about our movement and the struggle for Palestinian rights will inspire you to increase your support for BDS on its 15th anniversary. Your donation will be an important contribution to help us continue the struggle for Palestinian freedom, justice, and equality.

“Palestinian activists have long supported the Black people’s struggle against racism. When I was in jail, solidarity coming from Palestine was a major source of courage for me. In Ferguson, Palestinians were the first to express international solidarity. … We have a profound responsibility to support Palestinian struggles.”

Angela Davis, iconic Black American social activist, academic, feminist and philosopher

“Just as we said during apartheid that it was inappropriate for international artists to perform in South Africa in a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity, so it would be wrong for Cape Town Opera to perform in Israel.”

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African anti-apartheid and human rights leader

“[BDS] campaigns around the world present the most promising way to overcome the failure of world governments to stand up to Israel’s intransigence and lawless behaviour.”

Stephane Hessel, the late German-French Holocaust survivor, diplomat, author

“We, the undersigned Latin American artists, declare that from this moment on we will reject any invitation made to us to appear in Israel or in any event financed by this government that leads to the ‘normalization’ of apartheid….”

Lina Meruane (Chile), Jesús Abad Colorado (Colombia), Daniel Devita (Argentina), + 500 Latin American artists who signed a pledge for the cultural boycott of Israel

“The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.”

Naomi Klein, best-selling Canadian author, social activist and filmmaker

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