ACT Palestine Forum encourages people to learn about the global campaign for boycotting illegal settlement products. Boycotting is a way to pressure the Israeli government to respect and comply with International Law, honor and apply Universal Principles of Human Rights, and work towards a genuinely just peace.
For decades, Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through military occupation. Despite condemnation of Israeli policies by the UN, other international bodies, and preeminent human rights organizations, the world community has failed to hold Israel accountable and enforce compliance with basic principles of law. Israel’s crimes have continued with impunity.
Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories cause harm and poverty to Palestinians, and are an obstacle to peace in the region. Israeli settlements are illegal under international humanitarian law. Yet, settlements have grown and prospered. International trade helps to bolster the settlements’ economies and contributes to their permanence.
The campaign for boycotting settlement goods is shaped by a rights-based approach and highlights the three broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel. The campaign urges various forms of boycott of settlement products until Israel meets its obligations under international law by:
- Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall;
- Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
- Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
In solidarity with the Palestinian people, learn about the Israeli settlement products sold in your country: List of Products from Israeli Settlements.