[BDS japan Inaugural Event] Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel: Let’s do it!

[Osaka event]

Date: Friday, December 14, 2018   18:30~20:45

Place: L-Osaka (5 mins walk from Tenmanbashi Station of Keihan Line and Metro) *map

[Tokyo event]

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018   14:00~16:45

Place: YMCA Asia Youth Center (7 mins walk from JR/Metro Suidobashi Station) *map

  • Participation fee: 1,000 Yen (student 800 Yen) * for each event
  • Sponsoring organization: BDS japan
  • Contact: bdsmovement.japan@gmail.com

  • Guest speakers:

Noura Erakat
     ( in English with Japanese translation )
A human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. Her research interests include human rights law, humanitarian law, national security law, refugee law, social justice, and critical race theory. She is on the Advisory Committee of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). She is the author of Justice for Some: Law and in the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, Forthcoming 2019) etc.

Makoto Katsumata  *only in Tokyo event
     ( in Japanese. If you need English translation, please consult in advance) 
An honorary professor of Meijigakuin University and former director of its International Peace Research Institute. His areas of specialization is development economics and African studies. He was deeply involved in the Anti-Apartheid Movement against South Africa’s Apartheid regime as well as being a leading voice for liberation of Western Sahara. He is the author of A New Introduction to Contemporary Africa: A Continent Being Transformed by the People (Iwanami Shoten, 2013) etc.

Currently, Palestinian cause seems abandoned in the unstable situation in the Middle East. In Gaza, many are killed on a regular basis in brutal IDF (Israeli Defense Force) attacks. In the West Bank, the construction of illegal Israeli settlements, the demolition of Palestinian homes and property, and the exploitation of Palestinian land and resources continue unabated. Additionally, the Japanese government under the Abe regime continues its strong support of the Israeli government through economic and military cooperation.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian-led BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Movement continues to gain attention around the world. BDS activism has pressured numerous multinational corporations, educational institutions, artists, and politicians to withdraw their support for settlement and occupation related projects. Japan has also seen BDS successes. For example, MUJI’s plans to open a branch in Israel were scrapped in 2010; Israeli wines produced in illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank have been removed from Japanese department stores; and participation by representatives of Softbank in the 2018 ISDEF Israeli Military Exhibition was cancelled.

The success of these actions in solidarity with the people of Palestine by various grassroots organizations across Japan has culminated in the establishment of “BDS japan.” As the memorial event, we are honored to have Ms. Noura Erakat, a renowned scholar of international law and assistant professor at George Mason University. She will speak with us on the development of the BDS Movement and its future.