South African group advancing and working with the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel movement
BDS South Africa was founded in 2010. At the time the larger global BDS movement was on the rise internationally but there was no specific South African group focusing solely on the boycott of Israel. We fulfill this role.
BDS South Africa employs full-time staff members but mostly relies on a large and extensive group of volunteers. An advisory board, with respective experts, has also been set up to provide oversight and guide to the organization.
Since its establishment BDS South Africa has facilitated numerous campaigns, including: the University of Johannesburg (UJ) academic boycott campaign which successfully resulted in UJ terminating its institutional ties with Israel (www.ujpetition.com); the South African Artists Against Apartheid cultural boycott campaign (www.southafricanartistsagainstapartheid.com); and, the annual Israeli Apartheid Week – a nationwide awareness raising initiative at over 15 South African universities and in more than 20 cities and towns.