Australian Support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

On the 27th of October 2014 the Hon. Melissa Parke, Federal Member for Fremantle, and former Minister for International Development, delivered a courageous and articulate speech in support of the 2014 Walk for BDS petition and the BDS movement. Great to see her standing up for practical, meaningful action on the horrendous situation in Israel and Palestine. She is to be commended. The leadership she has shown on this critical issue will hopefully encourage others to come out in support of basic legal equality, human rights and peace in this internationalised and protracted violent conflict.

Read the full text of her speech here

Media Coverage of Melissa Parke’s Speech

Other Recent Support News

September 2017: Royal Flying Doctors (RFDS), South East Section, withdraws from partnership with Israeli arms company Elbit Systems following BDS campaign lead by Palestine Support Network Australia.

21 February 2017:  65 prominent Australians strongly opposed the official visit to Australia of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February 2017 and the Australian government’s one-sided support for the Israeli Government.

February 2017: Over 600 Jewish Australians strongly opposed the official visit to Australia of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February 2017

September 2015: Major French corporation Veolia ends all  involvement in the Israeli market, including all projects that violate international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people, following an international campaign which included campaigning by the Palestine Support Network Australia

25 October 2015: Australian Palestine Advocacy Network Endorsed BDS at its Annual General Meeting

The following statement was unanimously endorsed:

APAN endorses and advocates a policy of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israeli and international institutions complicit in violations of human rights and international law in Israel and Palestine. APAN recognises BDS as a non-violent means of ending violence and promoting peace, human rights and international law and is opposed to racism in all forms, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. APAN supports BDS as a non-violent means of ending the Occupation and securing a just peace in Israel-Palestine. APAN understands that BDS targets need to be carefully chosen in order to support the work of Palestinian and Israeli peace organisations.

Read more here

Media Coverage

October 2014: The Walk for BDS Successfully Completed

  • On 2 October 2014 the Australian Walk for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, led by Dr. Marcelo Svirsky, Israeli political scientist at Wollongong University,  was successfully completed.
  • The walk began on 23rd September with Dr. Svirsky and supporters walking from Sydney to Canberra over 10 grueling days.
  • At the conclusion of his walk with Dr. Svirsky presented a petition to the Australian House of Representatives calling on Federal Parliament to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. The petition was signed by over 720 Australians.
  • The petition will be discussed in the Australian House of Representatives on October 27th, 10am.

Australians for BDS 2014 petition attracts over 4500 signatures

The petition launched by Australians for BDS in support of BDS attracts over 4800 signatures.

Success Summaries

Political Parties’ Support

Legal Successes

Consumer Boycott

  • Following community boycott efforts, Coles supermarket chain mislabels Israeli produce as “made in Australia”, and is forced to correct its incorrect labelling of Israeli products following official warnings by the New South Wales Food Authority.



  • The National Council of Churches in Australia 2010 national forum resolution calling on member churches and the wider Australian community to consider a boycott of goods produced by illegal Israeli settlements in illegally occupied Palestinian territory
  • In 2011 the Uniting Church in Australia declared support the boycott of products produced by Israeli Settlements in illegally occupied Palestinian territory. In 2015 it resolved to “establish an awareness-raising campaign throughout the Church on the plight of Palestinian Christians and the Palestinian people, including promotion of the boycott of goods from the illegal settlements in the West Bank as part of the campaign”
  • The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network support a boycott of goods produced in illegal Israeli Settlements in illegally occupied Palestinian territory
  • This follows the World Council of Churches 2009 statement that “Reiterates the need for an international boycott of settlement products and services, for member churches to inform themselves about settlement products imported into their countries and for churches to practice morally responsible investment in order to influence businesses linked to the Israeli occupation and its illegal settlements.”

Jewish Community

Human Rights and Community Groups and Networks

University and Student Groups (also see Academic Successes below)

Academic Boycott Successes

*Academics in Australia have also been active in supporting a range of international academic boycott successes*

Media Successes

Conventional Australian media is beginning to offer more accurate, balanced coverage of the BDS movement, including:
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