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Conference Video Highlights

We video-recorded the following plenary sessions from Saturday, September 17. Those will remain permanently available here. See the complete conference agenda here (PDF). Unfortunately, due to technology malfunctions, we were unable to record Friday's public plenary session including the opening address by Omar Barghouti, political analyst and author.

9:00-9:45 am Plenary: Introduction, Welcome, & Orientation

Facilitators:

  • Felicia Eaves, Co-Chair, US Campaign Steering Committee
  • Rana Libdeh, Membership & Outreach Coordinator, US Campaign

Conference attendees received a brief orientation to the conference venue and an overview of the schedule and information package. Voting delegates also elected an Elections Committee to administer the election to the Steering Committee.

11:00-1:00 Plenary: "Crafting and Sharpening Effective BDS Campaigns: Changing the Discourse and Isolating Apartheid Israel"

Panelists:

  • Dalit Baum, Global Exchange
  • Dr. Hatem Bazian, American Muslims for Palestine
  • Andrew Kadi, US Campaign Steering Committee Member
  • Nancy Kricorian, CODEPINK
  • Tory Smith, BDS Earlham, Students for Justice in Palestine- Earlham
  • Rebecca Subar, Jewish Voice for Peace
  • David Wildman, General Board of Global Ministries- United Methodist Church, US Campaign Steering Committee Member

Moderator: Omar Barghouti, political analyst and author

As boycott and divestment activism in the United States continues to build momentum, panelists shared their experience on effective targets, tactics, and strategies to craft and sustain BDS campaigns that influence discourse and isolate Israeli apartheid, contributing toward change in U.S. policy and the goals of promoting freedom, equality and justice in Israel/Palestine.

Panelists then led small group discussions to further strategize about overcoming obstacles and moving forward on BDS campaigns.

2:15-4:15 pm Plenary: "Challenging US Policy: Strategies to End U.S. Support for Israeli Occupation & Apartheid"


Panelists:

  • Jennifer Bing, American Friends Service Committee
  • Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice
  • Alli McCracken, CODEPINK
  • Peter Miller, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, US Campaign Steering Committee Member
  • Martha Reese, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine

Moderator: Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, US Campaign Steering Committee Member

Panelists from US Campaign member groups discussed their innovative educational and political initiatives to organize and mobilize to challenge U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid and to change U.S. policy to support Palestinian rights. Many panelists emphasized how their groups’ initiatives fit into the larger US Campaign coalition’s goal and campaign of ending U.S. military aid to Israel as means to change policy.

Panelists then led small group discussions to further strategize and advance member group planning on moving these important initiatives forward, and reported back to the plenary on their plans.

1:00-2:15 pm: Student Organizing Meeting (Lunch)

Moderated by Omar Barghouti, political analyst and author. Students discussed successes and challenges with organizing campaigns on their campuses.

8:30 pm: Benefit Concert with Simon Shaheen

A Palestinian born in the village of Tarshiha in the Galilee, Shaheen's childhood was steeped in music. His father, Hikmat Shaheen, was a professor of music and a master 'oud player. "Learning to play on the 'oud from my father was the most powerful influence in my musical life," Shaheen recalls. He began playing on the 'oud at the age of five, and a year later studying violin at the Conservatory for Western Classical Music in Haifa. "When I held and played these instruments, they felt like an extension of my arms."