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For close to 70 years, Israel has been violating the rights of the Palestinians with impunity. Denied their right to freedom and self-determination and subjected to ethnic cleansing and systematic discrimination. Today the world watches in horror at the genocide taking place in Gaza.

But in spite of its glaring brutal oppression of the Palestinians, Israel has hardly been rebuked, let alone held accountable for its crimes against humanity.

This led to a call by Palestinian civil societies to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel or BDS. That was 2005, nearly ten years ago. Today BDS Israel is a global movement, spanning the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

What are the aims of BDS. Contrary to popular belief, it is more than just economics.

A Campaign of Isolation

BDS sends a clear message to the Israeli government that it is a rogue state not welcome anywhere until it recognizes the Palestinians right to self-determination and fully complies with international laws. It involves isolating Israel culturally, academically and economically.

A Moral Statement

BDS is a moral statement that says, “I don’t consume these products because it is morally and ethically wrong.”  It empowers consumers and reminds them that as individuals they have a choice. It is about standing in solidarity with a people under occupation for more than 60 years.

Creates Awareness

BDS creates awareness and is a reminder of the long and brutal occupation the Palestinians have been living under. Each time we see the brands or companies targeted, we will remember the occupation.

Applying Pressure
BDS is about pressuring businesses to cease their relationship or change their business policies with a government that violates the rights of an entire people.
BDS  is now a global movement that involves Nobel Laureates, academicians, poets, musicians, artists, award winning journalists. It includes universities, churches, student bodies, businesses and even the government of South Africa. This is a call to stop this bully through peaceful, non-violent means.

Are we strong enough to be effective?

Boycott South Africa started in the 1950s and was the idea of a small group of activists. It took decades but eventually almost the entire world stood united and brought an end to South Africa’s racist government.

Can we do it again?

In unity lies our strength. Do not make the mistake of doing nothing just because we think we can only do little. Just do what we can. Let us each act within our circle of influence.

An International Conference   on ‘Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions for Justice’   will be held on 12th September 2015 at University Malaya to plan the Malaysian BDS: A Framework of Action”

We invited three icons of the BDS civil movement to share their experience and expertise. They are:

1.     Anna Baltzer – Activist & Author for Palestinian Rights, USA

2.     Ali Hasan Abunimah – Palestinian American Co-founder of,  USA

3.     Samah Sabawi – Palestinian/Australian/Canadian Author, Commentator & Playwright

The one day conference will consist of:

a.   2 plenary sessions

b.   1 symposium

c.    5 workshops




0700 - 0830



0830 - 0900

Welcome notes


0900 - 0945

Plenary I:

The Battle for Justice in Palestine

Ali Abunimah

0945 - 1030

Plenary II:

BDS: History, Philosophy, Strategies, Challenges and Successes

Anna Baltzer

1030 - 1100

Coffee Break


1100 - 1230

Symposium I: How to BDS?

1 Types of BDS

2 Case studies of BDS – international experiences

3 Australian BDS – a national experience

Ali Abunimah

Anna Baltzer

Samah Sabawi

1230 - 1400

Lunch & Prayers


1400 - 1530

Workshops: BDS Malaysia: Nurturing the Culture of Civil Resistance

1 Consumer boycott

2 Academic boycott

3 The ABC of Divestment & Sanctions

4 BDS awareness campaigns

5 Students & youths role in BDS


Hafidzi, Zabrina, Aqsa

Samah, Zahurin, Aqsa

Ali, Musa, Norma, Aqsa

Anna, Azra, Aqsa

Mike, Hamidah, Aqsa

1530 - 1700

Presentation of Workshop resolutions to Panel Experts

Chaired by Musa

Closing by Nazari

Expert Panel:






1700 – 1730


After PC  After the Press Conference today, 4 Sept 2015