Anti-Israel Conference Plots Next Divestment Attack: Municipalities
Plan to take over committees and merge anti-Israel divestment with other divestment issues.
In this post I address another tactic unveiled at the conference: Targeting municipalities for divestment resolutions through the takeover of committees governing socially responsible investing.
The workshop “Municipal BDS Campaigns” led by Rochelle Gause (Friends of Sabeel-North America) and Garik Ruiz (Palestinian BDS National Committee) outlined the steps to create a municipal BDS campaign to the few dozen gathered in the room.
Prof. Miriam Elman had a long research post on Sabeel several months ago, Sabeel – The anti-Israel Christian activists you never heard of.
Ruiz stressed that “Palestinians and Palestinian activists are not going to win by themselves.” Instead, he explained that to achieve BDS victories, coalitions must be built. These other movements perceived as potential partners include Black Lives Matter, prison divestment activists, and anti-fossil fuel crusaders.
The discussion took place in what was a divestment circle.
To achieve success, city councils will be encouraged by coalition members to create a committee whose purpose is to ensure “socially responsible” contract procurement. This committee will follow specific guidelines, including a human rights clause.
Of course, coalition members and allies will staff this committee and create a “do not buy” list for submission to the city council. Once approved by council, a boycott will in effect be waged against particular companies perceived as advancing Israeli interests. These companies typically include HP (technology for travel enforcement), Caterpillar (construction), and G4S (security).