140 Socialist political parties back BDS, embargo on Israel
The Socialist International, or SI, has endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in their call for the rights of Palestinian people. In doing so, the organization, which is a global alliance of 140 political parties, as well as 35 parties currently in national governments, urged for a military embargo to be imposed against Israel until it ceases its violations against the Palestinian people.
The decision was made by the group’s Council during a meeting held in Geneza, Switzerland late last month.
Some SI political parties participating in national governments are in South Africa, Tanzania, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Portugal, Luxemburg, Romania, Iraq and elsewhere, according to the BDS Movement website.
In reaffirming the rights of the Palestinian people, SI noted that it calls on all civil organizations, as well as governments, to “activate Boycott, divestment and sanctions against the Israeli occupation.
”It also insisted on a “total embargo on all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel as long as it continues its policies of occupation and Apartheid against the people of Palestine.
SI went on to denounce Israel’s “racist laws,” while expressing solidarity with the people of Palestine who “continue to live under a system of institutionalized discrimination.”