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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights

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International boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) efforts helped topple South Africa's brutal apartheid regime. In this urgent book, Omar Barghouti makes the case for a rights-based BDS campaign to stop Israel's rapacious occupation, colonization, and apartheid against the Palestinian people. This considered, convincing collection contributes to the growing debate on ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Haymarket Books (first published March 25th 2010)
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Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: palestine, nook
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the BDS movement--its history, its successes, and why one should get involved. Barghouti does an excellent job of laying out the historical context, especially the distorted recent past in which Westerners believe that something called a "peace process" has been under way. More importantly for Western audiences he does this in a way that makes it clear Palestine does not equal the West Bank and Gaza; rather it is the entire historic land of Pales ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Another foul rant by a child-killing terrorist aimed at stamping out a democratic micro-state and it's five million people, through starving out the Jews. Omar Bhargoutti has said himself that the aim of BDS is the 'euthanasia of Israel' in other words a second holocaust.
Nazi Germany also began it's campaign to annihilate the Jews of Europe by economic boycotts of Jewish businesses and today the modern day equivalents of the Nazis wear not brown shirts but keffiyahs and red, white, green and bla
Jennifer Abdo
Explains the conflict as well as the BDS movement. I would say all the questions one could have about the movement are answered and a compelling case is made for BDS. Apartheid and genocide as well as the asymmetry issue are discussed as well as objections to the terms and why they actually do apply.

I frequently see people calling on both sides and calling for both sides to make concessions and negotiate. I myself have always felt something was wrong with that, but haven't always been able to ex
Nov 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Arguing for the other side, I'm curious how people who want a one state solution can support BDS, (which calls for a one state solution) If you want everyone to live together, won't it cause a lot of resentment if much of the population has been reduced to poverty? Making it impossible for people to live together in peace, and have good jobs? And making it impossible for business partnerships, academic collaboration and joint projects to happen, further dividing societies? Destroying all the goo ...more
Joy Messinger
[4 stars] A good primer on the Palestinian civil society call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli government. Compiled as a series of essays, so there is a lot of repetition; because of this, it actually reads pretty quickly, when you consider being able to skim through most of the middle. Doesn't provide a ton of in-depth info on the pre-1948 - or even pre-1967 - history of the Israeli settler project so you'll want to read about that elsewhere. Grateful to Haymark ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very informative and accessible read on the history and reasoning of the BDS Movement. Barghouti makes clear why heeding the BDS Call is a litmus test for all who would claim to champion equality, justice, and dignity for all peoples. He also narrates the various successes of the BDS Movement in helping to turn the tide on the question of Palestine and explains the coalitionary potential that, together with its ethical integrity, lies at the root of Israel's aggressive (yet wonderfully futile) e ...more
Jennifer Jacobs
Pure propaganda..I would star it in minus if that was possible..Israel is here to stay and that's the fact..There's no moral equivalent of Israel in this conflict..Such propaganda aginst Israel only makes me buy more from Israel or 729..Am Israel Chai.. ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think people who already have a basic understanding of the history of Israel and the occupied territories will benefit most from reading this book. I was in favor of BDS before I picked up this book. I already knew some of the injustices committed by Israel, but from this book I learned specifically how Israel has violated and continues to violate international law. Barghouti really tackles the issue of apartheid thoroughly. One of the most important take aways for me was how so-called "peace ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Clear explanation of the need for the conscientious international community to heed the Palestinian Call of BDS. I believe, and the book points out, that the BDS movement (and international solidarity with Palestinian people in general) has the potential to re-energize the international left in their goal of liberation for all.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
so badly wanted this to be good. felt more like a compilation of reiterative essays than a solid, cohesive argument for BDS. wouldn't recommend this to anyone who knows minimal info about this movement as it relies an awful lot on vague, idealistic sentiments about international solidarity more than it does on concrete examples of BDS' success. ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
The BDS campaign, launched by 170 Palestinian civil society organisations in 2005 is a non-violent, rights-based campaign that seeks to build global pressure on Israel and is designed to deal with the problems faced by all three sectors of Palestinian society – the refugees expelled by the Zionist forces in 1948, those living under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and those who live as second class citizens of Israel. Omar Barghouti has been a consistent proponent of t ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The book is fairly good. It steers away of antisemitism, which is something most Arabs fall into. However, it recognizes Israel as the state that has "a right" to existence and ultimately occupy, but has no right to discriminate against the indigenous people of Palestine. Honestly, I think that was just a silly concept to appeal to white people. When the British or the French were occupying Egypt, I don't think I can imagine Saad Zaghloul saying that those white people has a right to colonize us ...more
Mona Dennaoui
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On ne s'y attend pas en lisant simplement le titre, mais ce livre regroupe en fait différents articles sur le mouvement BDS et ses composantes principales. Il résume de manière succincte les violations des droits humains et de droit international de la part d'Israel vis-à-vis de la Palestine. Certes, étant écrits par le même auteur, le contenu des articles se chevauchent plusieurs fois, c'est donc un peu répétitif, mais cela aura au moins comme avantage de bien ancrer le contenu dans notre mémoi ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
While the topic is very interesting I found the book itself a bit repetitive. Arguing the same thing with the same points over and over again. It might have been nice to provide more historic contest for readers less familiar with the problem.
عبدُ الرَّحمن
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Freedom, Justice, and equality. "Our South Africa moment has finally arrived!"
Read and then do #BDS actions if you haven't yet.
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Very redundant. I think many of the essays could have been combined into a compelling pamphlet that also included the interviews as standalones.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital
A logical, concise breakdown of a peaceful and non-racist activist movement.
Farouk Abu Alhana
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: palestine
A detailed, comprehensive case for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
After hearing about the BDS movement through US efforts to limit citizen's participation in it I wanted to learn more about what makes it so "Controversial". This was a well crafted argument that delivers a clear strategy and expectation for the movement. It really helped that I recently read Pedagogy of the Oppressed as Barghouti draws a lot from it. It was interesting to learn about the early years of the BDS movement but a lot has changed culturally in the last decade that has influenced the ...more
Bradley Herring
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Extremely important. Easily slaps away the infantile criticisms of the BDS movement and contextualizes why it's so important to hold apartheid states like Israel accountable for their monstrous actions. The writing is repetitive as the book is largely a collection of interviews, speeches, etc. so there's some skimmable parts, but it's highly worth your time. ...more
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Shelves: non-fiction
No rating because I read this for research for a project i’m working on. Still highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning about the BDS movement and the context of its creation. Some chapters where Omar Barghouti included interviews were repetitive, but overall really good book that I enjoyed reading!
For politics and aims 5 stars, style and repetition however would set this back a bit as more viewpoints could have replaced those that were repeated or at least gone deeper into specific topics. #boycott
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mr.Barghouti articulates so many things that we have known at a gut level, but couldn't put into words. #BDS is the very least people of conscience can do in the face of Israeli apartheid and the slow genocide (particularly) of Gaza. Common sense and commun humanity require us to act. ...more
Nate Krinsky
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
BDS is good and you should support it. However this book is really repetitive and poorly written and I can’t recommend that anyone read it.
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Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian researcher, commentator and human rights activist committed to upholding international law and universal human rights. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. He holds a bachelor’s and mas ...more

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