Plans for next years conference to include accommodation
for large crowds as support for boycott, divest and
sanctions of Israel grows across Spain.
BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions against Israel) groups from Catalonia, Madrid, Basque Country, Andalucía and more made Barcelona their destination from October 19-21.
Workshops on the commercial boycott, the academic boycott, the cultural and sports boycott as well as the industrial boycott through trade unions drew unexpectedly large crowds.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Rafeef Ziadah and Ilan Pappé were guest speakers. Videos of their speeches in English can be viewed at http://conferenciabds.wordpress.com. Pappé reiterated the importance of the cultural and academic boycott. He also emphasized that a two-state solution gives 80% of the territory to Israel, denies the right of return, and gives no real independence to the Palestinians if they are condemned to a system of Bantustans. International Law and the Russell Tribunal were addressed by David Bondia and Sabrina Senouci. Military relations between Spain and Israel was presented by Spanish expert Alejandro Pozo.
"Roadmap to apartheid" was screened, and emphasis was made on the clear link between South Africa's and Palestine's apartheid and the need for educating the public on its existence.
The three goals or demands of the movement are:
"Declaration from the First Spanish State Conference on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the state of Israel”
“YESTERDAY SOUTH AFRICA, TODAY PALESTINE”