London BDS activists disrupt BBC Proms performance of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The successful protest that disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall and took the live Radio 3 broadcast off the air on September 1st made headlines around the world.

London BDS

Solidarity greetings from the “hub of hubs”

London BDS is a grassroots coalition of human-rights activists who proactively campaign for a free and independent Palestine.

This blog is put together by many people who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign called for by Palestinian Civil Society in 2005.

London BDS is non-hierarchical and has no formal membership structure — anyone who supports the BDS campaign is part of our coalition.

This site strives to document local BDS actions in both visual and written form, as well as serve as both a source of information and inspire others who want to take similar action. Though our remit is to publicise BDS events and actions taking place in and around London, we also include coverage of Palestine solidarity events taking place elsewhere, both in the UK and abroad that involve London BDS activists.

When we were “Free Palestine Fortnightly Demo”, we limited coverage to our fortnightly Ahava demonstrations in London’s Monmouth Street near Covent Garden, but eventually realised that we could best support the BDS movement by documenting all BDS actions in the “hub of hubs” which is the well-deserved title Israel’s Reut Institute gave to London in a 2010 report entitled Building a Political Firewall against the Assault on Israel’s Legitimacy – London as a Case Study.

A wide range of groups and individuals are involved in London BDS, including student, campaign and solidarity groups, environmental, political and progressive organisations, actors, singers, musicians, activists, educators, pensioners, trade union members, unemployed workers, students, professionals, people of faith, legal workers, academics, as well as others.

We enjoy strong links with similar organisations both in the UK and abroad.

If you have an action, event, article, report, website, video, image(s) or idea(s) that you would like to share, please do get in touch.

And finally, if you’re an organisation that would like to endorse us, we’d also love to hear from you