Students discuss BDS at AFSC's Alternative Spring Break in Chicago.Photo: Rudhian Chlissma Putra
Increased militarization of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, fueled by the U.S., doesn’t benefit anyone. Here’s how you can take action this semester to help:
Educate yourself on the issues
What is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, and how does it relate to peace and equality in Israel/Palestine? Start a discussion group using End the Occupation’s “BDS: What it is and why it matters.” You can also use our BDS fact sheet and this information about corporations complicit in the Israeli military attacks on Gaza. You can also learn more about the conflict using our background resources.
Bring the "Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism" poster exhibit to your campus
Bring the Boycott! poster exhibit to your campus--a collection of 61 political posters from 20 past and present economic campaign, including the Palestinian calls for current boycotts.
Join the advocacy campaign "Israeli Detention: No Way To Treat a Child"
Bring speakers, workshops, or a photo exhibit to your campus or screen a video with testimonies of youth detained by the Israeli army at an event.
Plan a Gaza Pinwheel Project action
Plant black pinwheels to commemorate the Palestinian children killed in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.
Start a campus chapter of Students For Justice In Palestine
You’ll join a vibrant network—there are hundreds of chapters at campuses nationwide. Their resources page offers information and tools on how to get started and lead an effective campaign.
Start a divestment campaign for your university
Several campuses have led successful campaigns to get their university to stop investing in or purchasing products from companies that profit from inequities in Israel/Palestine. This guide from End the Occupation provides resources for students on the steps to leading a successful divestment campaign. Our investment screening database will help students find where their university's investments are going, and how they can craft campaigns for change.