|Justine Sachs and Green MP Marama Davidson at the Free Ahed Tamimi rally.|
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement's "aims and aspirations for basic human rights are irreproachable" says Bjornar Moxnes, leader of Norway's Red Party and who announced the BDS movement's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
IN A week when an Israeli legal firm announced it was taking legal action against Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanad because they asked Lorde to cancel her Tel Aviv concert, it was announced that the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The nomination was announced on Friday by Bjornar Moxnes, a member of the Norwegian Parliament and leader of the socialist Red Party.
|Bjornar Moxnes: Leader of Norway's Red Party.|
In a press release Moxnes said: “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.”
He went on to say that “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...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.”
in early January the Israeli government approved an $80 million budget to fight the BDS movement internationally. It also blacklisted 20 pro-BDS groups from entering Israel, including the US-based organisation Jewish Voices for Peace - which welcomed the BDS movement's nomination, via Twitter.