Stephane Hessel, holocaust survivor and co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has endorsed BDS.

I believe that the BDS initiative is a moral strategy which has demonstrated its potential for success. Most recently, German Deutsche Bank became the latest of several European financial institutions and major pension funds to divest from Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems. Last week, two main Italian supermarket chains announced a boycott of produce from illegal Israeli settlements. Last month, performers Elvis Costello and Gil Scott-Heron cancelled appearances in Israel.

Read the statement in full: Gaza Flotilla: Global Citizens Must Respond Where Governments Have Failed