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PE01803: Right to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

Petitioner: Dr Eurig Scandrett on behalf of Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign


Date Lodged: 23 April 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to support the right of public bodies and institutions in Scotland to debate, (and where democratically supported) to endorse and implement Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against foreign countries and those who trade with them.

Petition History:


10 September 2020: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government does not wish to mandate how Scottish public institutions, organisations or individuals approach this issue, and encourages the UK Government to develop legislation in a manner which restricts the scope of application and respects the autonomy of Scottish institutions in making decisions on this issue. Official Report of Meeting 10 September 2020

Written submissions



Do you agree the responsibility for governance of public bodies in Scotland should remain with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament?

Should the UK Government be able to “stop public institutions from imposing their own approach or views about international relations”?

As in the case of global resistance to apartheid South Africa, BDS is a legitimate expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israel's illegal occupation and apartheid policies. All civil and public bodies should be free to support that worthy cause.

John Hilley

22:40 on 23 Apr 2020

BDS is a valid method of protesting the treatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli regime.

Eddie Hunter

19:12 on 23 Apr 2020

I'm appalled by the treatment of Palestinian people.

Margaret Tomkins

18:23 on 23 Apr 2020

Silence in the face of violence is to be part of it. I will always maintain moral duty and fight on the side of justice and human rights for all people. Its unacceptable that I need to sign this, but I do out of principle.

Jane Frere

16:17 on 23 Apr 2020

BDS is an important act of solidarity with those living under illegal occupation.

Mary McGregor

15:51 on 23 Apr 2020

It's duty of every humane human to support human rights of Palestinians and oppose apartheid of illegal oppressive Israeli regime.

Haq Ghani

13:08 on 23 Apr 2020

It wasn't wrong for Jews to encourage a boycott of Germany in support of German Jews in the 30s. It wasn't wrong to boycott South Africa to end apartheid. So how can it be wrong to boycott Israel until they end their apartheid policies and restore civil rights to Palestinians?

Aminah Frank

13:06 on 23 Apr 2020

This is really important. Israel is committing crimes in front of our eyes but the UK media ignore it all.

Ian Mason

10:45 on 23 Apr 2020

It is essential that the public have the right to boycott goods, services and companies which are in or invest in Israel whilst Israel flout International law and occupies Palestinian territory.

Susan Moffat

10:13 on 23 Apr 2020

As it was for the previous anti-apartheid movement in solidarity with the people of South Africa, BDS is a peaceful, democratic means to support the rights of the Palestinian people and it has been their expressed call for BDS that underpins this solidarity.

Tam Dean Burn

10:20 on 18 Apr 2020

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