French activists urge boycott of Israeli goods

French activists urge boycott of Israeli goods
Sun Oct 20, 2013 16:23:12

Activist in French capital of France have waged a protest rally, urging shoppers to boycott Israeli products.

The demonstration was organized by the campaign group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), and was held at a major supermarket in the French capital.

The BDS seeks to increase pressure on the Israeli regime to stop its occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The campaign was launched in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian non-governmental organizations.

The demonstration comes as the European Union recently banned all the 28 member states from using any EU funds for projects in the illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.

In addition, from 2014 all bilateral contracts between EU member states and Tel Aviv must include a clause stating that East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the occupied Syrian territory of the Golan Heights are not a part of Israel.

The Israeli regime has tried to persuade the European Union to abolish the rules without success. Tel Aviv says it will not join EU projects unless the Union sets up agreements, which do not force Tel Aviv to acknowledge the borders recognized by the EU and the United Nations.

Last month, over a dozen former high-ranking EU officials and politicians, including former EU foreign relations chief Javier Solana, urged the Union not to give in to Israeli and US requests to modify the new bans on funding projects in settlements built on Palestinian territories.


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