Oslo City Council may impose a ban on municipal purchases of products and services from Israeli settlements.
– “The Palestinian people have been living under illegal occupation for over 50 years. It is a shared global responsibility to contribute to lasting peace and the freedom of the Palestinians, which is why I am pleased that the City Council is now considering the possibility of actively using its purchasing power against the occupation,” says SV group leader Sunniva Holmås Eidsvoll to NTB.
The SV, Ap and MDG City Council Platform states that the City Council “will investigate the scope of the procurement regulations not to trade goods and services produced in an area occupied in violation of international law by companies operating under the permission of the occupying power”.
The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement applauds Oslo’s decision.
BDS describes itself as a Palestinian-led nonviolent movement inspired by South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. BDS calls for boycott of Israel and asks companies to withdraw investment in the country. The purpose is to put pressure on Israel to comply with UN resolutions and withdraw from the Palestinian territories they occupied in 1967.
Israel believes BDS goes beyond fighting the occupation and accuses the movement of anti-Semitism and for advocating to delegitimize and destroy the Jewish state.
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