Israel's occupation and colonisation of Palestine is perpetuated with the full complicity of international corporations. Arms companies sell weapons to the Israeli state, profiting from war crimes against Palestinians. Quarries digging up Palestine's natural resources are owned by multinationals. Banks provide financing for illegal settlements, while food grown on land forcibly taken from Palestinians is sold on the shelves of European supermarkets. Israel's apartheid wall, a barrier of concrete and wire, still under construction, involves over 50 companies and is planned to span 790 kilometres and utilise 3 million metres of barbed wire.

In 2005, in response to Israeli apartheid, militarism and occupation, a coalition of Palestinian and Israeli civil society groups called on people of conscience around the world to implement boycotts, divestment campaigns and press for sanctions (BDS) against Israel until “it withdraws from all the lands occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, and removes all its colonies and walls in those lands; implements United Nations resolutions relevant to the restitution of Palestinian refugees rights; and recognizes the right of its Palestinian citizens to full equality.”

BDS is thus not just about the wall, or the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. It is a holistic response to Israel's militarism and its racist, apartheid policies against Palestinians. It allows ordinary people to take action in their communities and workplaces in line with the BDS call and be a part of the popular struggle for freedom in Palestine.

Corporate Watch aims to  track corporate complicity in Israeli militarism, occupation and apartheid. Since 2009 our Corporate Occupation  research project has been providing information-for-action and analysis to the growing global BDS movement.