Constitution of Boycott Divestment Sanctions Malaysia

CONSTITUTION OF
BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT SANCTIONS MALAYSIA

DATED 29th NOVEMBER 2015

CONTENTS
Article I : Name and Domicile
Article II : Vision and Mission
Article III : Membership
Article IV : Executive Committee
Article V : Annual General Meeting
Article VI : Financial Provisions
Article VII : Auditors
Article VIII : Amendment of Rules
Article IX : Dissolution

ARTICLE I : NAME AND DOMICILE

1.1 The Name
The name of the organisation shall be BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT SANCTIONS  MALAYSIA hereinafter referred to as “BDS  Malaysia”.

1.2 Registered Office
BDS Malaysia shall have its registered office at No. 9 Jalan Dagang SB4/1, Taman Sungai Besi Indah, Seri Kembangan, 43000, Selangor, Malaysia or at such address as may be decided by its Executive Committee from time to time and shall not be changed without the prior approval of the Registrar of Societies of Malaysia.

1.3 Nature of the Organisation
BDS Malaysia shall be an independent, non-government, non-political and non-profit-making organization, which transcends racial, religious and cultural barriers.

ARTICLE II : MISSION

BDS Malaysia is established to enable its members to strive to achieve the following mission:

2.1 Mission Statement
To advocate for freedom, justice and equality in Palestine through campaigns of boycott, divestment and sanctions.

    

ARTICLE III : MEMBERSHIP

3.1 Categories of Membership
BDS Malaysia shall have the following categories of membership:

a) NGO members
b) Individual members
c) Life members

3.2 NGO Member
Any Non-Government-Organisation in Malaysia may be invited to be an  NGO member of BDS Malaysia and shall upon being conferred  NGO membership enjoy equal privileges with the other members. Each NGO shall have two (2) representatives and allowed one (1) vote from each of the  two (2) members at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Extra ordinary General Meeting (EGM).

3.3 Individual Member
An individual member does not represent any Non-Governmental Organisation. An individual member is allowed one (1) vote at the AGM and EGM.

3.4 Life Member
NGOs or individuals who qualify for NGO or Individual Membership may apply to the Executive Committee through the Secretary for Life Membership of BDS Malaysia and upon acceptance by the Executive Committee shall pay the appropriate fee as stipulated in the Constitution. They shall be entitled to all privileges of Membership with a one time life membership subscription fee.

3.5 Membership by Invitation
Membership to BDS Malaysia shall be by invitation of its Executive Committee.  The decision to accept or reject membership shall be at the sole discretion of the Executive Committee and shall be final and binding.

3.6 Membership Fee
3.6.1 Every NGO member of BDS Malaysia shall upon becoming a member pay an entrance membership fee of RM500.00

3.6.2 The annual membership fee for an NGO member shall be RM100.00

3.6.3 An individual member shall upon becoming a member pay an entrance fee of RM50.00

3.6.4 The annual membership fee for an individual member shall be RM10.00

3.6.5 The one off life membership fee is RM1,000.00 for an NGO member

3.6.6 The one off life membership fee is RM100.00 for an individual member.

3.6.7 The annual subscription fee is due before 1st December each year.

3.7 Member in Arrears
Any member who has not paid its subscription as herein provided shall not be entitled to any privileges of a member and shall be considered in arrears, and if the amount due be not paid within six (6) months of it becoming in arrears and after two (2) written notices had been sent to it reminding it to do so, shall cease to be a member.

3.8 Resignation
A member may at any time resign from BDS Malaysia by giving written notice to the Executive Committee of BDS  Malaysia.

3.9 Expulsion
The Executive Committee of BDS  Malaysia may expel from membership any member willfully disobeying any of these rules, or guilty of any conduct rendering it unfit in their opinion to be a member of BDS  Malaysia.

Provided that before expelling a member, the Executive Committee shall call upon it to provide an explanation of its conduct, and shall hear what it may wish to urge in its defence. A member expelled from BDS Malaysia shall have no claim on the property of BDS Malaysia and shall not be eligible for readmission for a period of one (1) year from the date of expulsion.

3.10 Re-instatement of Membership
A member whose membership has been terminated may at any time apply to the Executive Committee of BDS Malaysia to have its membership re-instated by furnishing reasons for its re-instatement.  The decision to re-instate shall be at the sole discretion of the Executive Committee and shall be final and binding.  

ARTICLE IV : EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

4.1  Executive Committee
The management of BDS Malaysia shall be entrusted to a committee comprising of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and five (5) committee members that have been elected by the AGM. The term of the Executive Committee shall be two (2) years from the date of the election.  

4.2 Meetings of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall meet at least six (6) times annually for discussions about future events or any other matters that need to be addressed. At least five (5) members of the Executive Committee or half of the Executive Committee whichever is the lesser, shall be present to constitute a quorum.

4.3 Powers of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall have the power:
a) to co-opt 2 committee members.

b) to manage the affairs of BDS Malaysia in accordance with these rules;

c) to appoint sub-committees for special purposes, and to delegate to
them any of the powers of the Executive Committee, except those of approving membership and expelling members.

4.4 Chairman
The Chairman of BDS Malaysia shall chair all meetings of the Executive Committee, and in his absence, the Deputy Chairman shall take the chair.  The Chairman of the Executive Committee shall be entitled to vote on any question but shall not have a second or casting vote. The Chairman shall also be the official spokesperson of BDS Malaysia.  The Chairman shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and the term shall be two (2) years from the date of the election.  

4.5 Deputy Chairman
It is the responsibility of the Deputy Chairman to provide support and guidance to the Chairman, deputise for the Chairman, as may be required. The Deputy Chairman shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and the term shall be two (2) years from the date of the election.  

4.6 Secretary
The Secretary of BDS Malaysia shall keep minutes of proceedings of all meetings of BDS  Malaysia, which minutes she/he shall transcribe into a minute book. She/he shall be responsible for the safe custody and maintenance of all records, papers and documents of BDS Malaysia which shall be kept at BDS Malaysia’s registered office. The Secretary shall also be responsible for conducting all correspondence of BDS Malaysia and maintaining a proper membership register of BDS Malaysia’s members.  She/he shall file annual returns within sixty (60) days from the date of the annual general meeting to the Registrar of Societies.  The Secretary shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and the term shall be two (2) years from the date of the election.  

4.7 Treasurer
The Treasurer shall be responsible for the finances of BDS  Malaysia and shall keep account of all its financial transactions and be responsible for their correctness.  The Treasurer shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and the term shall be two (2) years from the date of the election.  

4.8 Decisions of the Executive Committee
All decisions of the Executive Committee shall be by majority vote of the members present at a meeting duly convened and having a quorum.  Each member shall have one (1) vote. All such decisions made shall be binding on BDS Malaysia.

ARTICLE V : ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

5.1 Date of Meeting
The Executive Committee of BDS Malaysia shall annually convene an Annual General Meeting of its members in the first quarter of the calendar year.

5.2 Agenda
The business transacted at the Annual General Meeting every year, except when stated, shall be:

a)    To elect the Executive Committee officers and members, which will be done once in two (2) years

b)    To receive and adopt the Executive Committee’s report on BDS  Malaysia for the previous year;

c)    To receive and adopt the Treasurer’s report and audited accounts of BDS  Malaysia for the previous year;

d)    To appoint auditors for the ensuing year;

e)    To deal with such other matters as may be put before it.

5.3 Notice
Notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be sent to members at least fourteen (14) days before the date of the meeting.

5.4 Representatives
Each NGO member shall be entitled to send not more than two (2) representatives to the Annual General Meeting and shall submit in writing the names and identity of its authorised representatives to the Secretary of BDS Malaysia not less than seven (7) days before the date of the meeting.

5.5 Quorum
The presence of the representatives of at least one third (1/3) of the total members of BDS Malaysia or fifteen (15) members of BDS Malaysia whichever is the lower shall constitute a valid quorum for the Annual General Meeting.
    
If one hour after the time appointed for the meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall be postponed to a date [not exceeding twenty one (21) days] to be decided by the Executive Committee; and if a quorum is not present half an hour after the time appointed for the postponed meeting, the persons present shall have power to proceed with the business of the day.

ARTICLE VI : FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

6.1 Use of Funds
Subject to the following provisions in these rules, the funds of BDS  Malaysia may be expended for any purpose necessary for the carrying out of its objects, including the expenses of its administration, the payment of salaries, allowance and expenses of its office-bearers and paid staff, and the audit of its accounts.

6.2 Petty Cash
The Treasurer may hold a petty cash advance not exceeding RM2,000.00 at any one time.  All money in excess of this sum shall within seven (7) days of receipt be deposited in a bank approved by the Executive Committee. The bank account shall be in the name of the organisation.

6.3 Process for the Approval of Funds
The Chairman and/or the Treasurer may approve payments or disbursements under RM5,000 when needed. If the sum to be disbursed is below RM100,000.00, the payment or disbursement must be approved by the Executive Committee. Any amount exceeding RM100,000.00 must be approved at the AGM or EGM.

6.4 Signatories
All cheques on BDS Malaysia’s account shall be signed jointly by any two (2) persons amongst the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.  The Executive Committee may appoint any one (1) of its members to be an additional signatory.

6.5 Financial Year
The financial Year of BDS Malaysia shall be the annual calendar year.

As soon as possible after the end of each financial year a statement of receipts and payments and a balance sheet for the year shall be prepared by the Treasurer and audited by the Auditors appointed under Article VII. The audited accounts shall be submitted for approval at the next annual general meeting and copies shall be made available at the registered place of business of the Society for the perusal of members.

6.6 Sources of funding
In addition to internally generated funds, BDS Malaysia may receive donations, grants and gifts and may carry out fund-raising activities in compliance with the laws of Malaysia to further the aims of the organisation.

ARTICLE VII : AUDITORS
    
7.1 Appointment
Two persons who shall not be members of the Executive Committee shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting as Honorary Auditors. They will hold office for two (2) years

Alternatively the Annual General Meeting may appoint a qualified firm of Accountants as the auditors.

ARTICLE VII : AMENDMENT OF RULES

8.1 Amendments
These rules may be not altered or amended except by resolution of an Annual General Meeting.  

8.2 Effective Date
Such alterations or amendments shall take effect from the date of their approval by the Registrar of Societies.  Any amendment to the Rules shall be forwarded to the Registrar of Societies within sixty (60) days of being passed by the Annual General Meeting.
 
 
 
ARTICLE IX : DISSOLUTION

10.1 Manner of Dissolution
BDS Malaysia may be voluntarily dissolved by a resolution of not less than three-fifths (3/5) of the total voting membership.

10.2 Debts and Liabilities
In the event of BDS Malaysia being dissolved as provided above, all debts and liabilities legally incurred on its behalf shall be fully discharged, and the remaining funds shall be disposed of in such manner as may be decided upon by an Annual General Meeting.

10.3 Notice
Notice of dissolution shall be forwarded to the Registrar of Societies within fourteen (14) days of its dissolution.

…………………………………           …………………………….
    
Pro-tem Chairman              Pro-tem Secretary
BDS Malaysia                     BDS Malaysia

Role of Youth/Students in BDS Movement

ROLE OF YOUTH/STUDENTS IN BDS MOVEMENT

 

The youth see themselves playing a role in:

1.   raising awareness:

·      need to increase the number of active youth

·      increase the representation of diverse ethnic groups in the work

 

2.   reaching out :

·      using social media

·      use of creativity -arts

3.   understanding the Palestinian cause – history as far back as 1948

4.   initiating campaigns

 

We then looked at the following diagram:

 

 

The group agreed that their first piece of work is Raising awareness of the Palestinian cause and BDS.

Following are their suggestions of how they can raise awareness:

1.   establish specific societies/clubs- these will be the platform to share the Palestinian story and BDS

2.   engage the ministry of youth to develop  a module on Palestine and BDS just as they have modules on Syria

3.   developing APS –games; stories

4.   initiate school reach out programs

5.   Train the Teachers on BDS

6.   Run a survey to better understand the youth level of understanding of Palestine and BDS- then develop modules to close the gap

7.   Publish short stories on a Palestine

8.   Read on Palestine – have youth come up with short videos to share their learning

9.   Organize seminars and conferences

10. Promote Palestinian Culture and sports, arts and songs

11. screening of movies

12. Creative adverstising- Vidoes and flash mobs

 

Names and contact of attendees

 

Wan Ahmad Furqan bin Wan Mahmud Khairi

 

013-2757287

islamicfrendz@gmail.com

 

 

Nor Adli Hakim b zakaria

 

+4917687971139

adlihakim@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Auliahasnan

 

auliahasnan@yahoo.com

+62 811171285

Raed M Gaddura

 

010 8162370

raed.5@hotmail.com

 

Ibrahim

The-black-boon@hotmail.com

Khairunnisa Aidilakbar

017 2397791

nisaadidilakbar@gmail.com

Hanin Nazurah

013 715 9902

hanzsafah@gmail.com

 

Muhammad Aoman

012 2799734

aimankhairulazzam88@gmail.com

Huda Suhailah bt Abdul Shukor

019 912 1008

hudasue95@gmail.com

 

Hammaadah As-Syifa Ibrahim

 

h.a.syifa97@gmail.com

Haziqah Qasdina

013 269 2180

qasdina_94@yahoo.com

 

Wan Muslihah Wan azrie

013 386 4317

putri_quran93@yahoo.com

 

Afifa Sohirin

017 360 4986

afifa.sohirin@gmail.com

 

Muhammad Umar Imarah bin Murtadza

013 602 9885

salam191213@yahoo.com

 

Adnin binti Ghazali

019 337 6075

adningaza@gmail.com

 

Norhidayah bt Mat taib

019 617 2127

ultdra77@yahoo.com

 

Lily Syazwani Mohd Amin

013 645 1081

bintuamin@gmail.com

 

Ibrahim Adham

013 257 2537

ibrahim_adham13@yahoo.com

 

Siti Hajar bt Abdul Aziz

012 690 1617

hajaraziz95@gmail.com

 

Luqman Mustaqim Muhamad Munawer

019 204 9492

mustaqimluqman@yahoo.com

 

M Ilyasa Yeung

010 505 5103

sontalhoreya@gmail.com

 

Rawaidah binti Shahibul Adha

 

rawaidah95@gmail.com

 

Nur Kamilah Che Ibrahim

013 608 5508

ibrahemell@gmail.com

 

Wan Muhammad Haris bin Wan Osman

013 903 4289

wanharisoasman@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Boycott (Workshop Summary)

Conference        : International Conference on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

Date                     : 12th September 2015

Venue                  : Lim Goh Tong Lecture Hall, Faculty of Business, Universiti Malaya

Workshop           : Consumer Boycott

 

Summary:

Consumer Boycott – Definition:

Consumer boycott is the act of boycotting the products or services that are directly consumed by the market. These products are selected due to the contribution the companies are making towards the development or occupation in Israel.

 

Foreword:

In the workshop, the group has decided to discuss on three (3) different areas of interest, which are the, (1) the reasons for boycotting, (2) the selected products for boycott, and (3) the modus operandi of boycotting.

 

 

1.      The Reasons for Boycott.

There are several whys and wherefores of boycott. There are as stated below:

 

a.      Generate Public Awareness

o   To generate public awareness on Israeli Apartheid and occupation on the Palestine soil.

o   To create awareness and gather international support.

 

b.     Apply Economic Pressure

o   To apply economic pressure for change on the manufacturers and Israel in general.

o   To prove that boycott is working on putting pressure on the manufacturers

§  A fifth of Israeli exporters reported a drop in demand due to consumer boycott following Gaza attacks

§  At New York Stock Exchange, Coca Cola and MacDonald shares slumped.

 

c.      Build People Power

o   To invite consumer participation because people is powerful in creating path to destruction or development

o   To encourage wide participation among consumer.

o   To instil awareness on products and services that is related directly to daily consumptions and usage.

 

d.     Promote Collectively

o   To strengthen the power of purchasing through a bigger crowd as awareness or campaign becomes more powerful is promoted collectively

 

 

e.      Campaign

o   To remind stores of the importance of minimizing the supports towards the occupation and the regime.

o   To avoid re-stocking of goods from the manufacturers that support the human rights violation

 

f.       Force Changes

o   To initiate force change in the business policies of the companies.

o   To look at the legal point of view on how the companies or the manufacturers can revisit their market and sale objectives.

 

g.      Creating optimal impact

o   To target the right products or service

o   To strategize on the ‘hows’ of conducting the boycott that can give impact to the market.

 

h.     Create broader campaign.

o   To understand that consumer boycott are most effective when part of a broader campaign against a particular product.

o   To aim in increasing pressure on the retailer to stop selling a particular Israeli product.

 

 

B. Selected Product

Malaysia has been conducting boycott on several manufacturers throughout the years and each has proved to be successful. Boycott has been done on four (4) products since 2009, such as:

 

(i)                McDonald

(ii)              Nestle

(iii)             Coca Cola

(iv)             Loreal.

 

The boycott on these products will continue until target is achieved and in the meantime, the objectives of the boycott should be revisit to measure the success rate of the activity. In the workshop, there are several more products are listed during the workshop as potential products such as:

 

(i)                Hewlett Packet

(ii)              Hyundai

(iii)             Caterpillar

(iv)             G4S

(v)              Ahava (Lazada has known to sale this product in their website)

 

 

From the workshop, it has been decided that the latest product to be boycott is Hewlett Packet

C. Modus Operandi

For this consumer boycott, our priority is to know what exactly what we want to do and how to go about and conduct it after the BDS Movement is established. There are several ways that had been brainstormed by the group.

 

a.      Develop Research Team

o   To understand how product is contributing to the occupation and human rights violation.

o   To identify the target user

o   To find more local products as an alternative to the boycotted products as this involved emotional dependency.

o   To invite the participation of social experts

 

b.     Identify Target Product

o   To firmly agree that HP – as one of the biggest players in the technological devices in the local market – helps in providing services and products to the Israeli government.

 

c.      Engage with the Manufacturer/Friendly bodies/ Trade Union

o   To create a friendly liaison with the Trade Union as a backup plan to support the employees of the company.

 

d.     Set Timeline

o   To work within the timeline in order to observe and monitor the progress of the boycott.

 

e.      Promote alternative brand

o   To identify local or international products that can be a substitute to the target products.

 

f.       Diverse Action

o   To collectively appeal to consumer on the reasons for boycotting the product(s).

o   To write letter to the company and organize picket and etc.

o   To meet and discuss any possibility of withdrawing from the business with Israeli

 

g.      Create High Impact Activities

o   To encourage the involvement of Public Figure

o   To educate people of diverse age group, for example, children, through school talk.

o   To spread message through culture and norm, for example, music and impactful short film.

 

 

 

 

 

Question & Answer Session

Question /Comment 1:

Alternative Products. The questioner is very interested to know on this move because his group has never thought about this before. He wished to listen more on this idea and hope to be able to work together on exploring this area.

 

 

Question/Comment 2:

Boycott Continuation. The questioner is asking on any possible move that should be taken towards McDonalds as they are now using religion to win their market. They have started to sponsor religious figure to certain mosque and play with the sentiment. He asked whether it is worth to continue with the boycott campaign?. And if so, how do we bring the boycott to a higher level campaign?

 

He gave Cadbury as an example. Cadbury is now building back the trust of its customer after the porcine incident.

 

Answer:

We are identifying the possible lead towards the boycott because many years have been spent on this. However, we still want to make sure that we can achieve the objectives of this boycott by revisit the objectives. We need to know the success rate and the impact of consumer boycott towards the manufacturer.

 

 

Question/Comment 3:

Boycott Product. We should focus on one target product only.

 

 

Question/Comment 4:

Educate Employees. We should not stop boycott the four products. We need to continue with the move but at the same time we have to identify other perspective of the boycott campaign. For example we should be on the side of the employees because educating employees is also a point and strategy. These employees should know that we are not targeting them but the company. We should also work with a particular organization that can give these employees support if they are being laid off from their employment.

 

 

 

Surat Terbuka Kepada Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh, Presiden, Sime Darby Berhad

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh

Presiden dan Ketua Eksekutif

Sime Darby Berhad,

 

YBhg Tan Sri, 

 

Penglibatan Caterpillar dan Hyundai dalam Kekejaman terhadap Rakyat Palestine 

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Susulan pertemuan kita pada 20 Julai 2016, BDS Malaysia masih menunggu untuk mendapatkan keputusan dan tindak-balas pihak Sime Darby, yang dijanjikan oleh Tan Sri.

 

Seperti yang dimaklumkan semasa perjumpaan kita, BDS (Boycott, Divest Sanction), adalah sebuah NGO global yang non-partisan ( http://bdsmovement.net/call ). Kami di Malaysia adalah sebahagian daripada usaha yang bergiat secara aman di peringkat antarabangsa bagi menentang kezaliman Israel melalui  aktiviti  boikot, pelupusan saham dan sekatan. Usaha  ini disokong oleh berbagai pihak termasuk para ilmuan, aktivis, pertubuhan bukan kerajaan, majlis perbandaran dan lain-lain dari merata pelusuk dunia.  

 

Usaha BDS ini adalah bagi menyahut seruan lebih daripada 170 organisasi masyarakat sivil Palestin, untuk perpaduan global, dan penggunaan boikot, pelupusan saham dan sekatan, untuk memberi tekanan kepada Israel agar mematuhi sepenuhnya undang-undang antarabangsa.

 

Matlamat gerakan BDS adalah untuk  Israel mengiktiraf Hak Asasi Negara dan Rakyat Palestin, dan mematuhi sepenuhnya undang-undang antarabangsa dengan:

 

1. Mengakhiri pendudukan dan penjajahan ke atas semua tanah Arab dan   merombak Tembok Pemisah

2. Mengiktiraf hak asasi warga Arab-Palestin di Israel untuk kesaksamaan sepenuhnya; dan

3. Menghormati, melindungi dan mempromosi hak-hak pelarian Palestin untuk kembali ke rumah dan harta tanah mereka seperti yang ditetapkan dalam resolusi PBB 194

 

Di antara aspek kezaliman rejim Israel ialah pemusnahan dengan rakus puluhan ribu rumah kediaman milik rakyat Palestin di Tebing Barat dan Semenanjung Gaza. Aktiviti tidak berperikemanusiaan ini kadangkala dilakukan walaupun penghuni masih berada di dalam rumah. Ini sering mengakibatkan kematian. Jentera yang paling kerap digunakan oleh rejim zalim Israel ialah yang dibekalkan oleh syarikat Caterpillar dan Hyundai. 

 

Di samping itu, jentera-jentera tersebut juga digunakan untuk membina ratusan penempatan haram Israel di atas tanah yang dirampas secara haram dari rakyat Palestin. 

 

Oleh itu BDS Malaysia sekali lagi menyeru Sime Darby sebagai pengedar jentera Caterpillar dan kereta Hyundai di Malaysia, untuk berganding bahu bersama kami, serta seluruh masyarakat dunia yang bencikan kezaliman dalam memberi tekanan kepada syarikat Caterpillar dan Hyundai.  Syarikat-syarikat tersebut  hendaklah memastikan bahawa jentera yang mereka keluarkan tidak akan digunakan oleh Israel untuk menzalimi rakyat Palestin dan mencabuli hak asasi mereka. Sime Darby juga perlu menyarankan syarikat Caterpillar dan Hyundai supaya memutuskan terus hubungan mereka dengan rejim zalim Israel.

 

Kami pasti semua rakyat Malaysia yang cintakan keadilan dan kedamaian menyokong usaha murni ini.

 

Sekian, terima kasih.

 

Yang benar,

Prof Dr. Mohd Nazari Ismail

Pengerusi, BDS Malaysia.

BDS Malaysia on planned FIFA Congress 2017

BDS Malaysia salutes the decision of the Malaysian government to maintain its stance of not allowing representatives of Israel to attend any meeting in Malaysia including the planned FIFA congress in May 2017. This is in line and in the spirit of BDS Israel, an international call by civil societies across the globe to boycott and isolate Israel for its continued oppression of the Palestinians. 
(http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/165129/better-malaysia-not-host-fifa-congress-says-zahid)

BDA Malaysia wishes to remind everyone that Israel has kept Palestinians under a brutal military occupation and they have been subjected to countless atrocities for decades, including genocide and ethnic cleansing. Israel has also flouted international law on many occasions and continues to maintain an apartheid policy despite repeated condemnations by the international community.

The sacrifice of not being able to host the FIFA congress is minuscule compared to the sufferings of millions of Palestinians living in Israel, under occupation in the West bank and under siege in Gaza. Then there are those in diaspora unable to return to their land and homes despite being granted that right under international law.

Palestinian athletes, as with all other Palestinians, are subject to Israel’s injustice. Palestinian national footballer Mahmoud Sarsak was detained for 3 years without trial or charge. Zakaria Issa, a national striker was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment in 2003. Muhammad Nimr, a striker in the Palestinian youth football team was detained from 2007 to 2009. https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/adri-nieuwhof/how-israel-derails-promising-careers-palestinian-football-stars

Additionally the Palestinians are denied their right to free travel, needing Israeli permission to enter or leave. Their daily lives are a web of checkpoints, ID cards and permits. Commuting is time-consuming, and very difficult, due to often arbitrary decisions by individual Israeli soldiers. Daily training is an extreme challenge for Palestinian athletes and training facilities are severely compromised. For example, Mary Al-Atrash, who is representing Palestine in the 2016 Rio Olympics, is only able to train in a 25 meter pool, instead of a standard-sized 50 meter pool, due to restrictions on her movement. It has been estimated that Palestinians lose 3 million working hours per day to travel (American Anthropological Association Task Force Israel Palestine, 2015).

In 1970 South Africa was formally ejected from the International Olympic Committee and banned from virtually all international sports till the end of its apartheid policies in 1990s. Advocates for Boycott South Africa argued, “no normal sport in an abnormal society”, that is, as long as the regime prevented everyone from participating equally in society, it should be excluded from participating equally in the international arena.

Sports, especially football, widely accepted as a global sport, is closely tied to national identity, thus making sporting isolation a bitter pill to swallow, as shown with South Africa. Therefore, the international community must stand firm and show Israel that Israelis do not deserve to have a place among the civilized people of the world, as long as their government continues their current policies and practice.

Israel must honor its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully comply with the precepts of international law by:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall 
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194

Prof Dr. Mohd Nazari Ismail
Chairman
BDS Malaysia

Celebrating the hero, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) – BDS South Africa

PRESS STATEMENT
Celebrating the hero, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

04 June 2016

The human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa joins the peace-loving peoples of the world in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of boxing legend and activist, Muhammad Ali.

Ali is an inspiration for those us fighting for justice – be it in the struggle against racial injustice, economic exploitation or Israeli Apartheid.

According to news reports, in 1974 already, the former boxing champion told a press conference in Beirut, that “the United States is the stronghold of Zionism and imperialism.” On a later visit to two Palestinian refugee camps Muhammad Ali is quoted as saying: “I declare support for the Palestinian struggle to liberate their homeland.”

In 1985 the heavyweight boxer travelled to Israel in an attempt to secure the release of Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners held by the Israeli regime.

Ali’s determination and commitment to civil rights, anti-imperialism and social justice motivated many of our people (and our international allies) in the anti-apartheid movement. Today Ali inspires many Palestinian solidarity activists in the struggle and boycott of Israeli Apartheid.

Muhammad Ali – our champ, the peoples champ, the champ.

Hamba Kahle, Comrade Muhammad Ali. Lala ngoxolo.

ISSUED BY KWARA KEKANA ON BEHALF OF BDS SOUTH AFRICA