File - French demonstrators and supporters of Palestinians hold a placard with the word "Boycott" during a demonstration in Paris, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP/Jacques Brinon)
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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.The BDS movement – named for its call for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel – began as an idea by 170 Palestinian civil society groups worldwide in 2005 .The BDS movement has three goals: to end Israel's occupation of territories occupied in the 1967 Mideast war, to end discrimination suffered by Arab citizens in Israel, and to promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to family properties lost in the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948 .Israeli leaders consider the movement to be the latest in a history of antagonists out to destroy the Jewish people.BDS activists deny being fueled by anti-Semitism, saying their battle is against Israel, not Jews.A February report by Israel's Finance Ministry concluded that the BDS movement has had a negligible economic impact.This week, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton said she opposed the BDS movement.
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