- What is Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)?
- Who are RE/MAX International and RE/MAX Israel? Why are we targeting them?
- Is pressuring RE/MAX Israel, anti-Israeli or anti-Jewish?
- Do Boycotts Have an Impact?
- How can I get involved?
In July 2005 a broad range of Palestinian Civil Society organizations issued a call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel as part of a non-violent campaign to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Individual consumers can show their opposition to Israel's occupation by participating in a boycott of Israeli goods and services. Read CODEPINK's Statement on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.
RE/MAX Israel since its establishment in 1995 has specialized in selling settlements on seized Palestinian land by Israel, whose vast settlement project directly violates international law. RE/MAX Israel boosts that it is the largest network of real estate agencies in Israel with over 100 branches; on its website, it refers to itself as “the number one company in Israel.”
No. The No Open House on Stolen Land campaign is an effort to promote a just and sustainable peace for Jews, Muslims and Christians and all people in Israel and Palestine. The boycott is not against people; it is against policies of a corporation that destroys hope for a just settlement to the conflict. We as people of conscience must recognize for just and sustainable peace, the military occupation of a people must be stopped.
In a report published in March 2009 in the Hebrew-language business paper 'The Marker' 21% of Israeli exporters say that they have been directly hurt by a boycott of Israeli products since the beginning of 2009 (see Guardian article about survey and boycotts). The model that many proponents of the Global BDS Movement cite is the effectiveness of the international boycott campaign against companies doing business in Apartheid-era South Africa. When the profits to be made from occupation diminish, so does support for the occupation.
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