Today, activists with the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement staged a protest at the local office of G4S, a private prison and security firm, in opposition to their operation of apartheid prisons and checkpoints within Israel and of their support of Israel’s crimes against Palestinian people. Billed as ‘Rally Against the Profiteers: End the Occupation, Break the Siege‘ the action saw dozens of Portlanders speaking out against G4S.
From the action’s event page:
“Israel needs corporate support to maintain the Occupation and business as usual: the suffering imprisonment and human rights abuse of Palestinians. The struggle for justice in Palestine depends on a broad and diverse movement. By disavowing and challenging all forms of oppression we can make our actions more powerful and appealing, and less subject to distortions by pro-Israeli media. BDS stands for Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement – a call for global, peaceful resistance to Israeli militarism, land theft, and other abuses of Palestinian human rights. This call, which comes from Palestinian civil society, emulates the effective tactics used to undermine the economic benefit of the apartheid government of South Africa.”
For safety and security reasons, the crowd gathered in a parking lot a few blocks away. After a few introductions and instructions were given to the crowd, speakers provided context as to why the BDS movement is so important. Just this week, BDS had a major victory in preventing an Israeli cargo ship from docking in Oakland, California for 5 days straight.
— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) August 20, 2014