UK retailers including John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, the Co-Op and Tesco have stopped stocking certain products from Israeli companies that operate in illegal Israeli settlements in response to popular campaigning.
French multinational Veolia is selling much of its businesses in Israel after losing more than£14bn in contracts with local councils across the UK, 37 elsewhere in Europe and the US. Campaigns highlighting its role in illegal Israeli settlements persuaded local councils to drop the company. However, Veolia remains involved in the Jerusalem Light Rail project that services illegal Israeli settlements and so remains a BDS target.
Boycott campaigning forced drinks machine company SodaStream, one of Israel’s best known exporters, to announce the closure of its factory based in an illegal Israeli settlement and regular protests forced a flagship SodaStream store in Brighton to close.
More than 20 major European banks and pension funds, including the Norwegian state pension fund and the PGGM pension fund used by nearly all Dutch public sector employees, have divested from Israeli banks, arms companies or settlement construction companies.
In June 2013, the European Union responded to BDS campaigning by introducing new rules preventing illegal Israeli settlements receiving public EU funding.
More than 30 Student Unions in the UK have passed a motion in favour of BDS.