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BDS calls for boycott of Dubai Expo 2020

Max Civili
Press TV, Rome

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, also known as BDS, has called for a boycott of the ongoing Dubai Expo.

BDS is a transnational, Palestinian-led organization that works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressures Tel Aviv to comply with international law. The delayed Dubai Expo 2020 kicked off on October the first and will be held over the course of six months.

It is the first time that such an initiative is taking place in the UAE. According to BDS both the UAE and Israel are shamelessly using the World Expo to whitewash and distract attention from their dismal human rights violations, war crimes in Yemen and the criminal oppression of migrant workers.

The Dubai Expo has been awash in controversy since day 1 with the European Parliament urging nations not to take part in the initiative. The legislative branch of the EU has cited human rights abuses, the jailing of activists and the autocratic government’s use of spyware to target critics.

EU Parliament's calls to withdraw from Dubai expo 2020 also included the main sponsors of the initiative. According to Palestinian citizens residing in Italy the EU could take a much firmer stance towards holding the UAE government accountable for its ongoing systematic oppression of Palestinians and its utter disregard to international law.

The Dubai Expo takes place against a backdrop of a growing UAE-Israel military-security alliance, starting with Abu Dhabi's import of billions of dollars worth of Israeli security and military technology in recent years.

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