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 _ Here are 18 highlights of direct and indirect BDS impact from 2018.
We celebrate the extraordinary strides that the BDS movement for
Palestinian rights has made with your support. We are exposing
Israel’s crimes and apartheid policies... _ 

 , Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) 

 

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AIRBNB DECIDED IT WOULD NO LONGER PROFIT FROM MOST ILLEGAL ISRAELI
SETTLEMENTS on stolen Palestinian land. This followed an international
campaign led by the #StolenHomes coalition of organizations affiliated
with the BDS movement for Palestinian rights and human rights
organizations.

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Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib MADE HISTORY by becoming the FIRST
SITTING U.S. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO PUBLICLY ENDORSE BDS. Tlaib, the
first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, HAS ALSO
EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR CUTTING U.S. MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL.

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Mobilizations across the world convinced ARGENTINA’S NATIONAL
FOOTBALL TEAM, led by Captain Lionel Messi, to cancel its exhibition
match with Israel.

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Celebrity singer LANA DEL REY became one of 19 artists to withdraw
from Israel’s Meteor Festival, after thousands of fans and activists
from around the world urged her to respect the Palestinian picket
line. SHAKIRA and LORDE were among other top artists to cancel their
concerts in Israel this year. More than 100 DJs and electronic music
artists joined the cultural boycott of Israel under #DJsForPalestine.

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CHILE'S CONGRESS overwhelmingly voted to ban products from illegal
Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.

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Major organizations from the INDIAN WOMEN’S MOVEMENT, representing
over 10 million women, endorsed the BDS movement and demanded the
release of all Palestinian child prisoners.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CALLED FOR AN ARMS EMBARGO ON ISRAEL. It slammed
the United States and the European Union for their military deals with
Israel and held them responsible for “fueling mass violations" of
Palestinian human rights.

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THE UK LABOUR PARTY recently voted to freeze arms sales to Israel. In
Ireland, a MINISTER OF STATE AND 50 IRISH LAWMAKERS called for Ireland
to stop arming Israel. Earlier, Dublin became the first European
capital to endorse BDS for Palestinian rights. In SCOTLAND, Falkirk
Pension Fund divested from Bank Hapoalim, becoming the first local
authority pension fund in the UK to divest from a company complicit in
Israel's violations of Palestinian rights.

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PARLIAMENTARIANS FROM SPAIN AND PORTUGAL took a stand for Palestinian
rights and denounced Israel's war crimes and racist "Jewish
Nation-State Law.​" Several CITIES IN ITALY AND THE SPANISH STATE
CALLED FOR AN ARMS EMBARGO ON ISRAEL.

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THE MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES released a powerful statement of
solidarity with the Palestinian people and called for the United
States to end its $38 billion in annual military aid to Israel. The
city of NORTHAMPTON AND THE STATE OF VERMONT both pulled out of a
planned training junket for US police to learn from the Israeli
military.

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40 INTERNATIONAL JEWISH SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS recognized that
the BDS movement for Palestinian rights has a proven commitment to
“fighting antisemitism and all forms of racism and bigotry.” They
condemned attempts to stifle criticism of Israel’s policies.

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A 2018 NOBEL PRIZE WINNER in Chemistry, Professor George P. Smith,
expressed support for the BDS movement and for cutting US military aid
to Israel.

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ADIDAS STOPPED SPONSORING THE ISRAEL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (IFA), which
includes teams based in illegal settlements built on stolen
Palestinian land, after appeals from more than 130 Palestinian sports
clubs.

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Trade unionists and human rights activists in Tunisia and across the
Arab world FORCED ISRAEL'S ZIM SHIPPING LINE TO SUSPEND ITS ROUTES TO
TUNISIA.

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The CANADIAN FEDERATION OF STUDENTS, representing more than 500,000
students, just voted at their Annual General Meeting to back the BDS
movement.

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Leeds became the FIRST UK UNIVERSITY to divest from firms involved in
Israel's arms trade, following a BDS campaign by Palestine solidarity
activists. The university has divested more than $1.2 MILLION IN
HOLDINGS from corporations that trade military equipment with Israel.

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Quakers became the FIRST CHURCH IN THE UK to say they "will not invest
in any company profiting from [Israel's military] occupation."
Recently, several US churches have also voted to divest from Israeli
and international companies complicit in Israel's violations of
Palestinian human rights.

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From SOUTH AFRICA, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, a member of parliament
and Nelson Mandela’s grandson, has AFFIRMED THE CRITICAL ROLE BDS IS
PLAYING TO END ISRAELI APARTHEID.

EARLIER BDS HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018 AND 2017:

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Top 70 Moments of Solidarity & BDS for Palestine in 2018
[https://bdsmovement.net/news/top-70-moments-solidarity-bds-palestine-2018]

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Top 30 BDS Moments of 2017
[https://bdsmovement.net/news/top-30-bds-moments-2017]

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BDS Movement Turns 12, Marks Anniversary With List of 12 Wins in 2017
[https://bdsmovement.net/news/bds-movement-turns-12]

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_The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition
in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights._

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