BDS Movement

Context: Indian poet and curator Ranjit Hoskote resigned after being accused of sympathetic to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement.

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About BDS Movement:

  • It was launched in 2005 by Palestinian people to garner international support for their rights. 
  • It calls for withdrawal of support to Israeli government and end Israeli apartheid.
  • It is inspired from the South African anti-apartheid movement.

Key demands under the movement are:

  1. End Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and Syrian Golan Heights.
  2. Recognize the full fundamental rights of the Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel.
  3. Allow Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.

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