Boycotts

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The Academic Boycott Debate
Podur, Justin
Article
2006
An excellent summary and commentary on a debate at Ryerson University about whether Israel should be subjected to an academic boycott because of its human rights violations.
BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights
Barghouti, Omar
Book
2011
The case for a rights-based BDS campaign against Israeli occupation and apartheid.
Boycott: Connexipedia Article
Article
A boycott is a form of consumer activism involving the act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with a person, organization, or country as an expression of protest, usually for pol...
The Boycott: Lafargue, Paul
Article
1901
The boycott, which the bourgeoisie regards with sentimental tenderness when directed against the trade of its commercial rival, it considers as a crime when employed by the workers in defence of their...
Boycott America: Are You Ready to Take On a Lone-Gun Superpower?
Article
Hit the superpower with a boycott the whole world can see, and that American power can really feel.
Boycott Derails Jerusalem Rail Line: Rail Firm Pays Price for Link to Settlements
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
The very survival of the rail project is now in question after the boycott movement's successful lobbying. A Dutch bank, ASN, pulled its investments from Veolia in 2006, and the company lost a large c...
Boycott Israel
Gordon, Neve
Article
2009
It is clear to me that the only way to counter the apartheid trend in Israel is through massive international pressure.
Boycott the state, not just the settlements
Munayyer, Yousef
Article
2011
West Bank settlements would not be viable without government aid, so boycotts should target the Israeli state as well.
Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Help Save Our Democracy
Thompson, Gabriel
Book
2007
Thompson argues that we can reclaim our democracy through grassroots organizing.
Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel
Article
2006
A call for sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.
The Case for Academic Boycott
Kunin, Jason
Article
2009
Academic boycott targets Israel's intellectual leadership, the educated elite whose record consists largely of misinforming Israelis about their history, distorting their understanding of current conf...
Chávez, César: Connexipedia Article
Article
Mexican American farm worker, labour leader, and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). (19...
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
Companies that Profit from the Occupation
Article
Makes the case for action against companies that profit from the Israeli occupation, and identifies who those companies are.
A Concerted Effort From Europe Against Israeli Produce Exporter Agrexco
Westbrook, Stephanie
Article
2011
In Montpellier, France, over 100 activists from 9 countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. Delegates from Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and ...
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Website
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
Delano grape strike: Connexipedia Article
Article
A strike, boycott, and secondary boycott led by the United Farm Workers (UFW) against growers of table grapes in California.
Did Leviev's Empire Succumb to Boycott?
Article
2009
The brave people who took to the streets to demand boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and Israeli companies have received a clear message that their efforts are not in vain. Private comp...
The Everyday Activist: 365 Ways to Change the World
Horton, Michael
Book
2006
A positive, practical guide to healing the world - one day at a time. Packed with ideas and facts from leading campaign organizations, this handbook shows how the smallest actions can make a differenc...
GE boycott
Article
1992
Huerta, Dolores: Connexipedia Article
Article
The co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Born 1930).
If boycotts could change the system they'd be illegal
Mortinston, Peter
Article
1996
A ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal says that boycotting by a grassroots group Friends of the Lubicon Lake Cree Nation of Daishowa paper products was illegal because it resulted in economic harm t...
"If not now, when?" On BDS and 'singling out' Israel
Marqusee, Mike
Article
2014
This is an edited version of a letter I've sent to a relative in the US who's been trying to figure out the BDS issue in the wake of the recent onslaught against the American Studies Association's dec...
Israel: Boycott, divest, sanction
Klein, Naomi
Article
2009
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.
Israel boycott may be the way to peace
Article
2006
The non-violent international response to apartheid was a campaign of boycott, divestment and UN-imposed sanctions which enabled the regime to change without bloodshed. We should try to follow the sam...
Israel Has Been 'Singled Out' in the US for a Very Long Time: To whom much is given, much is expected
Harrington, Thomas S.
Article
2013
The American Studies Association, the umbrella organization of academics devoted to the study of US literature, history and culture, recently voted to join the movement to boycott Israeli academic ins...
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Website
2006
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
Israel will withdraw only under pressure
Shahak, Israel
Article
1991
The overwhelming majority of the Jewish public has been determined since 1967 not to relinquish any territory except if forced to do so.
Israeli exports hit hard by Palestinian boycott, World Bank says
Murphy, Maureen Clare
Article
2015
The Palestinian campaign to boycott Israeli goods has exacted a major cost on Israel's exports to the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Even though the World Bank's report has modestly recognized so,...
Jewish Peace Activists Defend German Critic of Israel Calling for a Boycott of Israel for its Treatment of Palestinians is not Anti-Semitic
Article
2009
More than 370 Jewish peace activists from around the world signed a statement defending German politician Hermann Dierkes against charges of anti-Semitism.
J.P. Stevens - Boycott Kit
Book
1979
This kit provides extensive background information on the organized boycott against J.P. Stevens and Company Inc. The boycott, now in its third year, was organized to bring wide attention to the unjus...
The Last Refuge: Neve Gordon and the Boycott of Israel
Levy, Gideon
Article
2009
Let us admit the truth: The occupier deserves to be boycotted. As long as the Israelis pay no price for the occupation, the occupation will not end, and therefore the only way open to the opponents of...
Mkhuseli "Khusta" Jack and the Art of the Boycott: 27 Years Later, a South African Organizer Looks Back at a Tactic that Hastened the End of Apartheid
Rothschild, Leehee
Article
2013
A key figure in organizing a consumer boycott was the young South African Mkhuseli (Khusta) Jack, who recently discussed his experiences in that campaign with students and professors assembled for the...
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Article
1955
A successful year-long protest against the segregation of buses in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson
Robinson, Jo Ann Gibson
Book
1987
Robinson recounts the origins and sustaining force of the famous boycott led by Montgomery's African American women.
Naomi Klein Shows You Can Boycott Israel Without Cutting Off Dialogue Over Palestine
Surasky, Cecilie
Article
2009
An interview with Klein and Israeli publisher Yael Lerer on why boycotting Israel will pressure the country to live up to international law.
The Nonviolent History of American Independence
Sun, Riviera
Article
2016
Often minimized in our history books, the tactics of nonviolent action played a powerful role in achieving American Independence from British rule. Benjamin Naimark-Rowse wrote, "the lesson we learn o...
The Organizer's Manual
O.M. Collective
Book
1971
Practical suggestions for small-group and grassroots organizing, political self-e4ducation, mass education and communications, alternate community services, mass actions, legal and medical self-defens...
Our Way to Fight: Peace-work under siege in Israel-Palestine
Riordon, Michael
Book
2011
Documents the lives and work of grassroots peace activists, Israelis and Palestinians fighting for justice and human rights on both sides of the wall. The book also explore events that stirred people ...
Palestinian Economic Boycott Hits Israeli Settlers
Frykberg, Mel
Article
2010
Israeli settlers are beginning to feel the bite of an economic boycott campaign launched by the Palestinian Authority (PA) against goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements dotting the occupie...
Pay Cheques & Picket Lines: All About Unions in Canada
MacKay, Claire; Illustrated by Peters, Eric
Book
1987
A children's book which explains what unions are, how they came to be, and why they exist.
A Political Witch-Hunt in the Name of "Academic Freedom": In Defense of the American Studies Association
Wald, Alan
Article
2014
Wald provides insight into the American Studies Association's decision to boycott Israeli universities and defends the group's decision against the backlash given by the media and academia.
The Politics of Nonviolent Action: Part Two: The Methods of Nonviolent Action
Sharp, Gene
Book
1973
An encyclopedic treatment of the theory and practice of nonviolence, with a detailed examination of 198 specific methods of the technique — illustrated with actual cases — within the broad classes of ...
Pro-Israel Lobby Alarmed by Growth of Boycott, Divestment Movement
Young, Art
Article
2009
The international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is emerging as one of the most important ways to demonstrate solidarity with Palestine.
A Reply to B'nai Brith's Manifesto Denouncing CUPE-Ontario's Boycott of Israel
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Article
2006
Why supporting the global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid is the right thing to do.
Resolutions Advocating a Boycott of Israel
Surin, Kenneth
Article
2017
The Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly voted in Philadelphia on two resolutions, for and against, of an academic boycott of Israel.
Sanctioning Apartheid
Edgar, Robert
Book
1990
A useful guide to the background of apartheid and understanding current developments, particularly the success of the mass democratic movement in weakening racist policy.
Sanctions Against the Israeli Occupation: It's Time
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
Article
2005
A call from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) for sanctions as the next logical step in the global campaign to end the Occupation.
SNCC: The New Abolitionists
Zinn, Howard
Book
1964
An account of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
The Socialist Register 1982: Volume 19: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
South African trade union congress supports CUPE boycott of apartheid Israel
COSATU
Article
2006
South African workers will never forget the support given by the Israeli state to the apartheid South African regime. In the same way we will never forget the thousands of acts of solidarity of ordina...
Spain Excludes Settlement University from Academic Competition
Article
2009
The "University Center of Ariel in Samaria" (AUCS) has been excluded from a prestigious university competition about sustainable architecture in Spain. With this move, Spain joins the growing number o...
Statement by Jewish Activists and Organizations active in BDS against Israel
Article
2011
A Jewish response to the February 2011 Statement of Jewish Zionist Organizations on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
Statement of the Trades Union Congress of Great Britain Regarding Boycott of Israel
Article
2009
To increase the pressure for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories, and the removal of the separation wall and the illegal settlements, we will support a boycott (where trade uni...
Time for a New Divestment Campaign: From South Africa to Israel
Gray, Kevin Alexander
Article
2009
We must see Israel with the same eyes as we saw South Africa in the apartheid years - as a racist nation deserving of international isolation and sanctions.
To end the occupation, cripple Israeli banks
Crawford-Browne, Terry
Article
2010
The international banking sanctions campaign in New York against apartheid South Africa during the 1980s is regarded as the most effective strategy in bringing about a nonviolent end to the country's ...
Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation
Article
2009
As members of the Canadian and international film, culture and media arts communities, we are deeply disturbed by the Toronto International Film Festival's decision to host a celebratory spotlight on ...
A turning point for the US solidarity movement
Elia, Nada
Article
2009
We have learned that change will not come from above. It will and must come from the grassroots, the people, those who have nothing to lose but their prison walls, the daily humiliation of life as a r...
The UK Is Among the World's Largest Suppliers of Weapons -- and Is Making Arms Boycotts Illegal: Despite human rights abuses, the UK continues to sell arms to Israel and crack down on dissent.
Schkolne, Maya
Article
2017
Through 'open' trade conventions such as the Security & Policing (S&P) exhibition and closed events such as the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair, the UK allows local and intern...
Update on Pakistan: After the "Emergency": Against The Current vol. 132
Tariq, Farooq
Article
2008
General Pervez Musharraf has “taken off the uniform” and lifted the emergency as of December 15th. But Labour Party Pakistan rejects the Musharraf’s claim that the emergency is lifted. It is “lifted” ...
Veolia tries to bail out of one apartheid project, two to go!
Article
2009
In 2005, just after the publication of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid, Palestinians began calling for an international boycott campaign agai...
The Wanted 18
Article
2016
A claymation comic that showcases the BDS movement through the establishment of a Palestinian dairy co-operative in Beit Sahour.
We must speak out
Berger, John
Article
2006
Supporting a world-wide appeal to teachers, intellectuals and artists to join the cultural boycott of the state of Israel.
Who Profits?: Exposing the Israeli Occupation Industry
Database
In exposing companies and corporations involved in the occupation, we hope to promote a change in public opinion and corporate policies, leading to an end to the occupation.
Why an Economic Boycott of Israel is Justified
Finkelstein, Norman G.
Article
2006
If singling out South Africa for an international economic boycott was defensible, it would seem equally defensible to single out Israel's occupation, which uniquely resembles the apartheid regime.
Why Boycott Aroma?
Article
2010
Our boycott call is part of a larger movement by Palestinian civil society to find non-violent means to end the occupation and apartheid.
Why Is BDS A Moral Duty Today?: A Response To Bernard-Henri Levy
Barghouti, Omar
Article
2011
The reality of the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions.
Why Israel?
Kunin, Jason
Article
2007
A routine strategy of Israel's defenders is to continually redirect attention to the human rights failings of countries hostile to Israel, or to catastrophes like Darfur that are used to argue the ong...
With A Little Help From Outside
Levy, Gideon
Article
2006
The world sees a great and ongoing injustice. They want a just Israel. They see an Israel that occupies and is clearly unjust, and they believe they should do something. We should thank them for this ...
Yes to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Against Israel: An Answer to Uri Avnery
Article
2009
The BDS campaign was initiated by a broad coalition of Palestinian political and social movements. No Israeli who claims to support the national rights of the Palestinian people can, decently, turns h...

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Alternative Information Center
A Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while promoting coo...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Corporate Watch
Corporate Watch is a not-for-profit co-operative providing critical information on the social and environmental impacts of corporations and capitalism. Since 1996 our research, journalism, analysis an...
Electronic Intifada
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fro...
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel
Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights
Tadamon
A Montreal-based collective of social-justice organizers & media activists, working to build relationships of solidarity with grassroots political movements for social and economic justice between Bei...

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Boycott BP's Baku games
Rowell, Andy
2015
Baku, the oil capital of Azerbaijan, is set to host the 2015 European games. However, it's not just fun and games in this city. Azerbaijan is a country famous for oppressing freedom of speech, abusing...
Ottawa cites hate crime laws when asked about its 'zero tolerance' for Israel boycotters
Macdonald, Neil
2015
Blaney's office cites 'comprehensive' hate laws for new zero tolerance plans.
United Church of Canada Members Launch Campaign to Boycott Israeli Settlement Products
Sources News Release
2013
The United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI), a Network of United Church of Canada members and supporters, is launching a campaign in cities across Canada to boycott produ...

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Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
Believes that Israel is an apartheid state that resembles South African Apartheid and that justice will not be achieved without equal rights for everyone in the region, regardless of religion, ethnici...
The Nestle Boycott
Organization
1982
For several years, the Nestlé corporation has been the focus of an international boycott protesting their promotion of infant formula in the Third World.
Stop Entertaining Apartheid Coalition (SEAC)
Organization profile published 1986
Organization
1986