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The South African BDS Coalition is a network of Palestine Solidarity Organisations and is the South African affiliate to the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) that issued the call for international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel in 2005. The BNC represents the broadest coalition of Palestinian civil society, including all political parties, trade unions, human rights and grass roots organisations.

The coalition exists to bring various solidarity organisations together, under common campaigns, structures, and principles. It therefore creates a platform for the different Palestine Solidarity Organisations to work together and support one another.





The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

Boycott Puma

Give Puma the Boot

Palestinian sports teams and athletes have called on you to #BoycottPuma until it ends support for illegal Israeli settlements.

End Water Apartheid

Apartheid Israeli water tech is not the solution to South Africa’s water crisis!

israeli academic boycott

Academic Boycott

Israeli universities are major, willing and persistent accomplices in Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.

Israeli Apartheid Week

IAW is an annual campaign when activists raise awareness against Israel’s regime of settler-colonialism, military occupation and apartheid.



The Pan-African Palestine Solidarity Network is a pan-African network in solidarity with the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people.

Artists Against Apartheid

Israel instrumentalises culture to cover up its grave violations of international law. As Artists Against Apartheid, we refuse to be complicit.



All affiliate organisations share a common understanding of the principles and tactics behind the BDS movement as a key strategy of international solidarity in support of the Palestinian struggle.

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Media Release: Durban dockworkers refuse to offload Israeli ship. No to Transnet-facilitated Israeli imports!


Issued: 20 May 2021

Members of the South African BDS Coalition, its affiliates and other partner organisations and trade unions will converge on the Durban Esplanade and Durban port on Friday, 21 May, to protest the docking of an Israeli ship, and in celebration of the decision by members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) to boycott the offloading of the ship.


The decision by SATAWU and the BDS Coalition follows a call by the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) on workers and trade unions to “refuse to unload [Israeli] ships and goods from sea and airports”. The PGFTU call is one of many actions of boycotts, divestment and sanctions called for by Palestinians - a consequence of the barbaric Israeli onslaught on Gaza, the killings of Palestinians in the West Bank, the pogroms in Haifa Lyddia, Haifa, Jaffa and other town and cities and the ethnic cleansing in Occupied Jerusalem. More than 230 people have been killed, most of them civilians, including about 70 children, as well as the wholesale destruction by Apartheid Israel of infrastructure in Gaza, and a 14-year medieval-like siege of the territory.

The Zim Shanghai, owned by Israeli state-owned company Zim Lines, docked in Durban last night, 19 May 2021. The action against the ship is part of a global set of actions against Zim Lines. The protests also target Transnet, demanding that the parastatal not allow goods to or from Israel to pass through South African ports.


Earlier this week, workers in the Italian city of Livorno refused to load an arms shipment onto the Asiatic Island, another Zim Lines ship. Their union, L’Unione Sindacale di Base (USB) said, “The port of Livorno will not be an accomplice in the massacre of the Palestinian people.” The cargo, USB said, contained “weapons and explosives that will serve to kill the Palestinian population”.


In the port of Oakland, USA, trade union and Palestinian solidarity activists are preparing to prevent the offloading of another Zim Lines ship that is due to dock there soon, in a campign called “Block the Boat”. In 2014, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union refused to offload a Zim Lines ship in Oakland, and this will be the first Zim ship to dock in the port since then.


South African workers are not newcomers to action against Zim Lines. In February 2009, SATAWU members in Durban refused to offload a Zim Lines ship in protest against the 2008-2009 Israeli attack on Gaza.


Workers and solidarity activists have planned two actions in Durban this week in response to the docking of the Zim Shanghai:

  • Workers will refuse to offload the ship and handle the ship’s cargo, which is due to start on Friday, 21 May. SATAWU has already informed Transnet of their refusal to offload the cargo.
  • Activists will hold a protest on the Durban Esplanade at 7am on Friday.

The trade union federations, unions and other organisations that have pledged their support for these actions are:

  • NUMSA 
  • SAPU
  • FAWU
  • The Coalition of the Poor
  • Ubunye BamaHostela
  • Abahlali Base Mjondolo
  • KZN Subsistence Fisherfolks
  • Right2Know
  • Market Users Committee
  • South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
  • Assonet (Migrant Communities)
  • People Against Oppression
  • Groundwork Friends of the Earth South Africa.
For more information or interviews, please contact:

Jihaan Haffajee: 083 391 6243

Martin Jansen: 082 870 2025

Roshan Dadoo: 082 816 2799

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Take Action! #SaveSheikhJarrah and Defend Jerusalem: Boycott Israel, Support Palestinian Resistance

Join us. Take your stand and make a difference. 

Palestinians in Jerusalem are under attack on multiple levels, defending their land, city and identity from erasure and colonialism for 73 years. They face the stripping of their identity and residence — even from their place of birth — severe repression, land confiscations, home demolitions and ongoing Zionist attempts to erase the Palestinian and Arab presence and nature of the city.

Right-wing settler mobs have rampaged through Sheikh Jarrah in the past days, screaming “Death to Arabs” and attacking Palestinians. Settlers attacked Palestinians breaking the Ramadan fast during Iftar, pepper spraying them and throwing rocks at them. Working hand in hand with these violent settlers, the Israeli military has attacked residents, sprayed skunk water and tear gas throughout the neighbourhood, invaded homes, assaulted women, children and elders and seized dozens of Palestinian youth defending their own homes.

In Silwan, Palestinians are being threatened with violent expulsion from their Jerusalem homes in order to make way for a “David-themed” tourist attraction to produce income for the Zionist settler colonial project, built atop the homes and lives of the indigenous Palestinian people.

Join us in the Week of Palestinian Struggle from 15-22 May — and before the week officially begins — to escalate our organizing, resistance and action to support the Palestinians struggling, resisting, fighting and facing the most severe, brutal and deadly colonial violence on the front lines of liberation struggle.

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Boycott Israel

The Palestinians have been abandoned, neglected and betrayed. Now their fate rests in the streets. It has always been this way.

The international, Arab and Palestinian campaign to boycott Israel can play an important role at this critical time. Local boycott groups can protest and label Israeli produce and groceries. During Ramadan, Israeli dates from stolen Palestinian land are marketed around the world while Israel attempts to force Palestinians from Jerusalem, demolish homes, and imprisons thousands more. By participating in the boycott of Israel, you can directly help to throw a wrench in the economy of settler colonialism.


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