What were the top BDS victories of 2021?

This year marked significant wins for the right to boycott Israel. (credit: Alain Pitton / ZUMA Press)
A listing of the many efforts that the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Movement managed to score victories on this past year.

By Nora Barrows-Friedman | The Electronic Intifada | Dec 30, 2021

“We’re going to continue to take direct action in order to shut down and undermine Israel’s arms trade,”
—Huda Ammori, Palestine Action co-founder

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was a year of accelerated boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigning, successful grassroots actions and significant legal victories for Palestinian rights.

Pension funds dumped Israeli firms, cultural figures refused to cross the picket line and a major ice cream maker pulled its products from illegal Israeli settlements.

Sustained direct actions in Oakland, California successfully exacted a price on Israel after it carried out a lethal 11-day attack on Gaza during May.

In early June, as part of an international wave of protests under the banner of #BlockTheBoat, activists and longshore workers prevented an Israeli cargo ship from docking at the city’s port for more than two weeks after its scheduled arrival date.

The vessel ostensibly attempted to avoid the picket line, and left the Bay Area port with its cargo intact.

And in the UK, protesters with Palestine Action forced Israeli arms factories to shut down operations at several of their 10 locations in Britain

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