Economic Activism Background
Who profits from the Israeli occupation? What economic interests further entrench the colonization and exploitation of Palestinian land and resources? How can we influence corporate policies in Palestine – and through this work weaken and isolate the occupation?
This year, Global Exchange is launching a new project promoting economic activism for justice in Palestine. The Economic Activism project seeks to support campaigns for divestment and corporate accountability nationally by providing education, training, networking, strategic tools, and research support. This initiative responds to the Palestinian civil society call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) until Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.
Project leader, Dalit Baum, PhD, is a founder of Who Profits, an activist research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. During the last four years, Who Profits has become a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine. This includes corporate involvement in the construction of Israeli colonies and infrastructure in the occupied territories, in the settlements’ economy, in building walls and checkpoints, and in the supply of specific equipment used in the control and repression of the civilian population under occupation.