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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

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The BDS movement is a campaign to help Palestinians. The letters BDS stand for "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions". They help Palestinians by attempting to put economic and political pressure on Israel. They want an end of Israeli occupation of Palestine.[1] The group thinks that they can create a Palestinian state by boycotting the Israeli government.[2][3][4]

The movement may be hurting the Palestinian economy while having little overall effect on the Israeli economy.[5] An example is the Israeli-owned soft drink company SodaStream. Hundreds of Palestinians lost good paying jobs in the West Bank when SodaStream moved its factory to southern Israel.[5] SodaStream denied the move was BDS-related but their profits fell after BDS targeted them.[5]

The movement has become popular on many US college Campuses.[6] But no US schools have sold any stocks and none are expected to do so .[6] Israel is concerned about the increasing number of American Jews who oppose Israel's policies. Some have even joined BDS campaigns.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Omar BargHouti (31 January 2014). "Why Israel Fears the Boycott". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  2. Marcelo Svirsky (28 October 2011). Arab-Jewish activism in Israel-Palestine. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 121.
  3. Charles Tripp (25 February 2013). The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East. Cambridge University Press. p. 125.
  4. Christopher C. Joyner (1984). "The transnational boycott as economic coercion in international law: policy, place, and practice". Vanderbilt Journal of International Law 17 (2): 206–286.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Carrie Sheffield (22 February 2015). "Boycott Israel Movement Stunts The Palestinian Economy". Forbes. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Associated Press (28 February 2015). "Anti-Israel divestment movement gaining traction at US colleges". Fox News. Retrieved 22 March 2015.