A statement by tens of UN experts condemned Israel's planned annexation as crystallizing Israel’s “21st century apartheid.” Advocating accountability and an end to Israel’s impunity, they wrote: “The lessons from the past are clear: Criticism without consequences will neither forestall annexation nor end the occupation.”
Israel is only able to maintain its regime of occupation, colonisation and apartheid over the Palestinian people because of the international complicity of States, institutions and corporations.
But thanks to pressure from the BDS movement even large companies such as Veolia and Orange have withdrawn from illegal Israeli projects and Microsoft has recently ended its involvement with Israeli facial recognition company AnyVision over human rights concerns.
Today is French insurance company AXA’s shareholder meeting. Under pressure from our BDS campaign, AXA has divested from Israeli weapons-maker Elbit Systems and largely divested from a subsidiary that finances Israeli apartheid. But AXA still invests in three Israeli banks which are listed in a UN database of companies that enable Israel’s illegal settlements.