Explore the actions that have shaped the Palestinian-led, global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for freedom, justice, and equality.
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Growth of a Movement is a project of Visualizing Palestine. If you have questions about the content, spot a factual error that requires correction, or believe an event should be added to the timeline, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
This timeline was created to document some of the significant actions, events, and campaigns that have shaped the growth of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement around the world, and allow users to browse and explore this information.
Events on this timeline vary from small symbolic steps to major campaign victories. This timeline does not claim to capture all instances or events of BDS organizing around the world, but provides a selection of significant moments that are illustrative of the impact of the movement.
Each year, the Palestinian Boycott National Committee publishes a year-end review of events it considers significant in BDS organizing from around the world. These lists provide a baseline reference for the content on this platform. At the editors’ discretion, additional events may also be included from credible media coverage or lists published by human rights advocates. Every event on the timeline includes a source link.
Once an event that fits the BDS framework is identified, our editors look into the details to verify sources and understand what happened. We parse out information and code each event according to our data model, which includes:
Our editors write a headline and summary for each event, in the present tense. We focus on accurately describing what happened in simple, direct, and unembellished language. We use terminologies consistent with international law, for example in referring to settlements as illegal, or referring to the Palestinian territories as occupied. Optionally, editors may include a quote by the actors or organizers of an event, with the author and author’s affiliation identified.
The following are known limitations of our content:
The initial version of this timeline, launched July 9, 2019, included a baseline dataset covering the years 2015 to 2018. We intend to build on this dataset in the future, depending on the availability of resources to continue the project. Future work would focus on three areas:
As our dataset grows, we may have to explore different techniques for visualizing an expanding dataset. We would also love to add additional visualizations, if resources allow, to guide users to explore different stories within the content or to allow for different views beyond the timeline template.