Paris, October 26 (RHC)-- French activists have held a demonstration in the capital Paris, calling on shoppers to boycott Israeli goods. The protest was organized by the campaign group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), and was held at a large supermarket in the French capital.
The BDS seeks to increase pressure on the Israeli regime to stop its occupation of the Palestinian territories. The campaign was launched in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian non-governmental organizations.
The demonstration comes as the European Union recently banned all the 28 member states from using any EU funds for projects in the illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. In addition, from 2014 all bilateral contracts between EU member states and Tel Aviv must include a clause stating that East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the occupied Syrian territory of the Golan Heights are not a part of Israel.
The Israeli regime has tried to persuade the European Union to abolish the rules without success. Tel Aviv says it will not join EU projects unless the Union sets up agreements, which do not force Tel Aviv to acknowledge the borders recognized by the European Union and the United Nations.
Last month, over a dozen former high-ranking EU officials and politicians, including former EU foreign relations chief Javier Solana, urged the Union not to give in to Israeli and U.S. requests to modify the new bans on funding projects in settlements built on Palestinian territories.