The Case for Sanctions Against Israel

Leading international voices argue for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel

In July 2011, Israel passed legislation outlawing the public support of boycott activities against the state, corporations, and settlements, adding a crackdown on free speech to its continuing blockade of Gaza and the expansion of illegal settlements. Nonetheless, the campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) continues to grow in strength within Israel and Palestine, as well as in Europe and the US.

This essential intervention considers all sides of the movement—including detailed comparisons with the South African experience—and contains contributions from both sides of the separation wall, along with a stellar list of international commentators.

With contributions by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Merav Amir, Hind Awwad, Mustafa Barghouthi, Omar Barghouti, Dalit Baum, Joel Beinin, John Berger, Angela Davis, Nada Elia, Marc H. Ellis, Noura Erakat, Neve Gordon, Ran Greenstein, Ronald Kasrils, Jamal Khader, Naomi Klein, Paul Laverty, Mark LeVine, David Lloyd, Ken Loach, Haneen Maikey, Rebecca O'Brien, Ilan Pappe, Jonathan Pollak, Laura Pulido, Lisa Taraki, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Michael Warschawski, and Slavoj Žižek


  • “Provides clear arguments for international sanctions against Israel because of its treatment of the Palestinians. This excellent collection of essays is an essential text for anyone interested in why they should support the movement to boycott Israel. The essays are not just good reading; they are also an eloquent call to the world to give a damn.”
  • “Punish[es] .. Israel with regards to its policies towards Palestinians.”


  • The library in exile: Verso donates books to Campus in Camps, West Bank

    Nathan Witt reflects on the origins of Campus in Camps, an experimental, community-based educational initiative in Dheisheh Camp, Bethlehem. Read up on, support, or donate to Campus in Camps here, and the Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency here.

    By Nathan Witt, July 2015

    Campus in Camps in Dheisheh Camp, Bethlehem, was first set up by Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal from Decolonizing Architecture (DAAR) in 2012. It is an experimental educational programme run by local and visiting volunteers from various backgrounds. The focus of the programme is on the production of alternative methods of shared knowledge, seeking to empower both the volunteers and the community through the sharing of lived experience. This way, Campus in Camps affords opportunities to negotiate what is too seldom understood as a site of permanent and normalised exile.

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  • The fire next time: Max Blumenthal on another war in Gaza that looms heavy on the horizon

    Writing in Le Monde diplomatique, Max Blumenthal, author of The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, outlines why another war in Gaza is possible, barely a year after Israel launched Operation Protective Edge and besieged the region.

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  • Mobilizing For Change

    Following Palestine can be an act of devastation. Each day is filled with news of destruction, displacement, and, often, death as well. The two-state solution has been killed by settlement expansion, policies that have separated the West Bank from the Gaza Strip, intensified Judaization of East Jerusalem, arbitrary residency revocation and denial of entry, and now, explicit proposals to annex Area C or 62% of the West Bank. None of this, however, is surprising in light of Israel’s steady rightward shift. Its primary patron, the United States, has shielded Israel from any form of accountability making its settler-colonial policies and deadly forays seemingly costless. This helps to explain how the far-right settler movement has come to heightened power and constituted a new centrist position in Israel. The hawkish PM Netanyahu is struggling to stay relevant to this base as evidenced by his promises to never establish a Palestinian state and to warn voters to come out and vote for him to compete with the “droves of Arab voters.” 

    And while ardent pro-Israelis insist that there can be peace without Palestinian rights or a Palestinian state, the farce of a peace process and of an “honest broker” in the United States is not lost upon anyone paying a modicum of attention. And those ardent peace activists are joining the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement in increasing numbers.

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