Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Confronting Challenges to Palestine Activism

The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego.

Below is the recording for our opening panel, Confronting Challenges to Palestine Activism, which highlighted the challenges facing advocates for Palestinian rights, including legal challenges to boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns and attempts at silencing critique of Israel. Over the past few months, there have been attempts to pass anti-BDS legislation both at the state level and in Congress, an increased number of attacks against BDS advocates by pro-Israel groups, and a number of cases of Palestinian scholars and activists facing repression, such as the U.S. government’s persecution of Rasmea Odeh and University of Illinois’ firing of Steven Salaita. The panelists reflected on these challenges to Palestine activism and how those working for Palestinian rights can fight back.

  • Rabab Abdulhadi, Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, San Francisco State University
  • Marjorie Cohn, former president of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Curtis Marez, president of American Studies Association
  • Moderator: Rahim Kurwa, Students for Justice in Palestine- UCLA