How effective is the growing boycott movement?

9 May

 

PressTV reviews the effectiveness of the rapidly growing boycott, divestment & sanctions movement(BDS) against Zionist Israel, including interviews with the movement’s co-founder, Omar Barghouti and human rights campaigners Maha Rahwanj & Kevin Ovenden. Published 7 May 2014.

PressTV intro: Supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel say it’s having increasing success.

BDS is a global campaign which uses economic and political pressure on Israel to comply with the stated goals of the movement – the end of Israeli occupation and colonization of Arab land, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens, and respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

Increasingly civil society organizations and universities around the world are implementing BDS, as do a number of states.

On the other hand Israel views BDS as a strategic threat and is constantly campaigning against it.

So on today’s show we’ll be discussing what BDS has achieved so far. Can it help bring an end to Israeli apartheid just as sanctions on South Africa brought an end to white apartheid? Or is it — like some pro-Palestinian critics say — a bit like throwing a pebble at a tank?

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