*Why you should join the BDS campaign > Meet Saturday the 14th of August 10 AM Post Office Square.*
Three weeks ago about 30 Palestine solidarity activists disrupted the normal days business of the Israeli Dead Sea Cosmetic company Seacret. The Apartheid system restricts Palestinian access to the Dead Sea with checkpoints, Israeli only roads and closed military zones. In the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea Palestinian land has been occupied by colonists and Palestinians are routinely evicted from their homes and their houses demolished.
The youtube video of the Brisbane action has been viewed over 3700 times by people mostly in Australia but also in significant numbers by people in Palestine/Israel, the USA and many other countries such as Ireland, South Africa, and Egypt.
Watch it here
The action was recorded by the ABC but not broadcast as the election was called that day. In the last three weeks individual supporters of the Boycott have also challenged the Seacret stalls at various locations around Brisbane and also at some of it stalls interstate.
The local BDS strategy is to focus the initial campaign on a single product and try and make and impact on the sales of that product while also raising awareness of the broader BDS campaign. In the spirit of the weekly actions that take place across Palestine against the Apartheid Wall, house demolitions, closures and sieges, actions are proposed to occur about every six weeks at various locations and take less then 2 hours to unfold.
The idea is to provide and avenue for a proactive ongoing expression of solidarity with the people of Palestine, not just mobilisations in times of crisis. The grassroots boycott campaign also works along side BDS initiatives in the Unions and other institutions such as the National Council of Churches in Australia (which recently passed a BDS motion).
In Queensland the QTU and the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) recently joined the CFMEU and ETU and passed BDS motions.
Just over five years ago the people of Palestine made a call for international solidarity and support.
It is time for the ordinary people of Australia to honour the BDS call with ongoing and determined activity.