The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement continues to make gains in France in its bid to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against Palestinian people.

This is while the French government has imposed a harsh crackdown on the campaign.

On 20 October, the town council of Ivry-sur-Seine, voted by a majority to suppress the efforts of BDS movement by calling on the French government to end its criminalization of BDS and Palestinian solidarity activism.

The resolution urges France to ban the importation of goods from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Syria’s Golan Heights. It also recognizes the Palestinian call for BDS movement.

It says that the BDS campaign has been the subject of “expanding and unacceptable criminalization, harming the rights of citizens and aiming, above all, to silence all criticism of Israel’s illegal policies and actions.”

The resolution also calls on the French government to end this repression and do anything that forces Israel to comply with international law and US resolutions.

The BDS movement in France has welcomed the resolution, describing the Ivry-sur-Seine as at least the second French city to pass a measure supporting Palestinian rights.

BDS France has also praised the vote by the congress of the CGT-Inra scientific researchers’ trade union which endorsed Palestinian call for BDS earlier this month.