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BDS movement nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize


Norwegian parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes officially nominated the BDS movement for Palestinian rights for a Nobel Peace Prize. He did so with the support of his party, the progressive Rødt (Red) Party, explaining why BDS “should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states.”

Statement by Norwegian Parliamentarian Bjørnar Moxnes on Nominating the BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights for a Nobel Peace Prize:

As a member of the Norwegian parliament, I proudly use my authority as an elected official to nominate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nominating the BDS movement for this recognition is perfectly in line with the principles I and my party hold very dear. Like the BDS movement, we are fully committed to stopping an ascendent, racist and right-wing politics sweeping too much of our world, and securing freedom, justice and equality for all people.

Bjørnar Moxnes (Photo: Wikimedia)

Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement and the American Civil Rights movement, the grassroots, Palestinian-led BDS movement is a peaceful, global human rights movement that urges the use of economic and cultural boycotts to end Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and international law.

The BDS movement seeks to end Israel’s half-century of military rule over 4.5 million Palestinians, including the devastating ten-year illegal siege collectively punishing and suffocating nearly 2 million Palestinians in Gaza, the ongoing forcible eviction of Palestinians from their homes, and the theft of Palestinian land through the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. It seeks equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, currently discriminated against by dozens of racist laws, and to secure the internationally-recognized legal right of Palestinian refugees to return to homes and lands from which they were expelled. Palestinian refugees constitute nearly 50 percent of all Palestinians, and they are being denied their right to return, guaranteed by law to all refugees, simply because of their ethnicity.

The BDS movement’s aims and aspirations for basic human rights are irreproachable. They should be supported without reservation by all democratically-minded people and states.

The international community has a longstanding history of supporting peaceful measures such as boycotts and disinvestment against companies that profit from human rights violations. International support for such measures was critical in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and the racist colonial regime in former Rhodesia.

If the international community commits to supporting BDS to end the occupation of Palestinian territory and the oppression of the Palestinian people, new hope will be lit for a just peace for Palestinians, Israelis and all people across the Middle East.

The BDS movement has been endorsed by prominent figures, including the former Nobel Peace Prize winners Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire. It is gaining support from unions, academic associations, churches, and grassroots movements for the rights of refugees, immigrants, workers, women, indigenous peoples and the LGBTQI community. It is increasingly embraced by progressive Jewish groups and anti-racist movements across the world.

Eleven years since BDS’ launch, it’s high time for us to commit to doing no harm, and for all states to withdraw their complicity in Israel’s military occupation, racist apartheid rule, ongoing theft of Palestinian land, and other egregious human rights violations.

Awarding a Nobel Peace Prize to the BDS movement would be a powerful sign demonstrating that the international community is committed to supporting a just peace in the Middle East and using peaceful means to end military rule and broader violations of international law.

My hope is that this nomination can be one humble but necessary step towards bringing forth a more dignified and beautiful future for all peoples of the region.

Palestinian BDS National Committee

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. For more information, visit

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10 Responses

  1. just on February 8, 2018, 2:43 pm

    It’s such great news! Thank you, Bjørnar Moxnes for caring for, and standing up for human rights!

    BDS~ may they win and the movement grow exponentially.

    • Misterioso on February 9, 2018, 3:39 pm

      Short video:

      South Africa slams Israel at the UN as an apartheid state – Feb. 8/18

      • pabelmont on February 11, 2018, 9:27 am

        Misterioso: Thanks for finding and posting that video. It needed to be said, and by whom might it have been said better than by Afrique du Sud? A perfect addition to the nomination of BDS for Nobel Peace Prize.

  2. Maghlawatan on February 8, 2018, 3:42 pm


  3. Citizen on February 8, 2018, 3:59 pm

    I don’t think this is why Donald Trump prefers immigrants from Norway – BTW more Americans are moving there

    More Americans move to Norway than the other way around:

  4. German Lefty on February 8, 2018, 6:12 pm

    I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s great that the BDS movement receives more and more attention. On the other hand, you need to consider the previous recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize: Elie “Zionist” Wiesel, Barack “Killer Drone” Obama, the European Union. Receiving (or being nominated for) the Nobel Peace Prize does NOT say ANYTHING about your actual peacefulness.

    • Citizen on February 9, 2018, 3:48 am

      Not to mention Henry Kissinger (1973). OTOH, it’s better than the anti-BDS legislation that now exists in about two dozen US states–Florida is now working to join that list.

  5. pabelmont on February 11, 2018, 9:38 am

    On NPR this morning (Sunday 2/11) a report appeared that Poland has passed legislation to outlaw references to “Polish extermination camps” or “Polish concentration camps” of the Nazi period.

    On 6 February 2018 an Amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance was signed into law by Polish President Andrzej Duda. It criminalizes public statements that falsely ascribe, to the Polish nation, collective complicity in Holocaust-related or other war crimes or which “grossly reduce the responsibility of the actual [German] perpetrators”; scholarly studies, discussions of history, and artistic activities are exempt from such strictures. It is generally understood that the law will criminalize use of the expressions “Polish death camp” and “Polish concentration camp”.[4][5][6]

    While the Government of Israel, and Jewish organizations such as the American Jewish Committee, discourage use of such expressions as inaccurate,[7] they view the new Polish legislation as an attempt to restrict discussion of the complicity of some Poles in the Holocaust.

    And, of course, many countries are loathe to hear references to their own sordid pasts (or presents): Japan/atrocities in China and Korea, Israel/Nakba et seq., USA/ genocide of Native Americans. As far as I know, Israel is the only country to pass laws to punish references to their own sins (Nakba law, BDS law), but who knows? Human nature — and especially right-wing human nature — is like that. What’s odd, but not puzzling, is that many otherwise fairly decent countries have passed laws to outlaw BDS activity and other activities in support of Palestinian rights. Left-wingers acting like right-wingers! Chalk that up as a win for the Zionists. Credit where credit’s due!

  6. Ossinev on February 11, 2018, 10:17 am

    I don’t think it is a question of credit so much as Zio hush money in cash and up front.

    • pabelmont on February 11, 2018, 12:07 pm

      Cash or credit, who cares? What they do works! Unhappily. Neoliberalism (or oligarchy) hard at work, protecting your (sorry!, someone’s) rights!

      My guess: The USA’s favorite outdoor sport, exporting (or supporting) “democracy and free markets” internationally, means, importantly — if not only — supporting the right of big-money (including BIG-ZION) to buy legislative action.

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