By Jassar Al Tahat – Feb 15,2018 -JORDAN TIMES
In this file photo, activists march in Montreal, Canada, in 2016 to support an international campaign to boycott Israeli products (File photo)
BEIRUT — Norwegian MP Bjornar Moxnes succeeded to nominate Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for a Nobel Peace Prize, as the movement according to Moxnes is “seeking to end Israel’s half-century of military rule over 4.5 million Palestinians”.
“Our hope is that this nomination can help ignite an international campaign in favour of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the BDS movement,” he told The Jordan Times, noting that BDS has achieved “some impressive results in terms of putting the Palestinian people and their rights back on the international agenda”.
He described the movement as a positive force, “using strictly legal and non-violent means to advance a legitimate agenda that is perfectly in line with international law and universal human rights”.
“We believe the BDS movement deserves all the international support it can get. The Palestinian cause enjoys massive support in the Norwegian civil society as in many other countries, but given the military superiority of Israel and its disregard for international law and United Nations’ decisions, it is necessary that governments join in and show that allies of the West, Israel in this case, have to abide by international law”. However, there are positive examples on the governmental level in place already, he said, citing the move by the Danish parliament to exclude illegal settlements from trade agreements with Israel.
Denmark is now the first European state to publicly support sanctions against the companies on the UN list that do business with or in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise. “We hope that more countries will follow this example,” Moxnes commented.