Showing posts with label omar barghouti. Show all posts
Showing posts with label omar barghouti. Show all posts

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Omar Barghouti on the Moral Imperative to Boycott Israel

Omar Barghouti is a featured presenter at this year's 10th Annual National Organizers' Conference of the US Campaign, in Washington, DC, from September 16 to 19.

Omar Barghouti spoke at Socialism 2011 in Chicago on July 3, 2011, to explain why boycotting Israel is the right approach and a moral imperative for people who support justice and universal rights. Omar Barghouti is one of the founders of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), and author of BDS, The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.

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An Interview with Omar Barghouti - July 9, 2011


Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian political and cultural analyst whose opinion columns have appeared in several publications. He is also a human rights activist involved in civil struggle to end oppression and conflict in Palestine. Barghouti is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, PACBI. He is a featured presenter at this year's 10th Annual National Organizers' Conference of the US Campaign, in Washington, DC, from September 16 to 19.



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Monday, March 8, 2010

Omar Barghouti debates BDS, Israeli Apartheid with Rabbi Arthur Waskow

After a day packed with events in Washington, DC (including a standing-room only event at Busboys & Poets featuring local artist Head-Roc), Palestinian human rights activist and BDS advocate Omar Barghouti headed to the West Coast, where Democracy Now! caught up with him for a debate on BDS and Israeli apartheid with Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center. Check it out: A couple of comments. First, it's obvious that, as in the South African case, support for Israeli apartheid comes both from governmental sources (half of the uses of the U.S. veto were to defend Israel from criticism; a third of the United States' veto votes were to defend apartheid regimes in southern Africa from criticism) and from economic and corporate sources. Secondly, we are proud to represent exactly the sort of widespread social movement--a movement that includes Jews, Christians, and Muslims, as well as thousands of concerned citizens--that gives lie to Rabbi Waskow's claim that "Those are the only Americans, aside, I guess, from the big oil, who care about the Middle East." Third, Omar Barghouti is right--opposing U.S. military aid and working to change U.S. policy is not at all in conflict with the BDS movement. In fact, the US Campaign is working to do just that, within the framework of international law, human rights, and equality for all that is also called for by Palestinian civil society. Even as I write this, hundres of participants in the US Campaign/Interfaith Peace-Builders' Grassroots Lobby Day are on Capitol Hill, meeting with their members of Congress to advocate for a more just and accountable U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine. Whether you're in Washington DC today or not, you can be part of this movement. Click here to take action against the $3 billion in U.S. military aid that the Obama administration has requested for FY2011. Click here to find out how to get involved in BDS in your community. And click here to learn more about Israeli apartheid and what you can do to oppose it. This movement is moving--and you can be a part of it.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Omar Barghouti and Nancy Kricorian talk BDS on WBAI

If you haven't heard this already, consider listening to the following excellent interview about the BDS movement. Omar Barghouti of the Palestinian BDS National Committee and Nancy Kricorian of US Campaign member group CodePink explain the international BDS movement to Mimi Rosenberg of WBAI. The interview, which you can listen to here, runs about 27 minutes

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Omar Barghouti on Academic and Cultural Boycott

Omar Barghouti, who spoke at the US Campaign's 8th Annual National Organizers' Conference in Chicago, IL in September of this year, spoke in November at the University of Minnesota on the topic of academic boycott. The principle of academic and cultural boycott was endorsed by the US Campaign at its 8th National Conference: Thanks to Palestine Video for the link.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

BDS Gets a Hearing on Chicago Public Radio

Check out this piece on Chicago Public Radio's "Worldview" program, featuring US Campaign National Conference speaker Omar Barghouti and Naomi Klein, both of whom present eloquent defenses of the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions to put pressure on Israel to comply with universal standards of international law and human rights. Alon Pinkas, Ambassador-at-Large for the State of Israel, is also featured on the program. It's interesting to note how few of the central points of either Barghouti or Klein's arguments that Pinkas responds to. Listen to the program by clicking here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

US Campaign National Conference speaker Omar Barghouti on BDS

We're going to have video of speeches by Prof. Rashid Khalidi and Omar Barghouti at our 8th Annual National Organizers' Conference up in the next few days. In the meantime, though, check out this video of Omar Barghouti outlining the basics of the BDS movement, courtesy of Palestine Video and WHYNotNews:

Monday, July 27, 2009

US Campaign Reps Talk Boycott & Divestment on "A Public Affair"

Last Thursday's episode of "A Public Affair" on WORT-FM in Madison, WI, hosted by Naama Nagar and Muhammad Sankari, featured a discussion of the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The featured speakers included an Israeli activist, a Palestinian activist who will be speaking at the US Campaign's National Conference, and two representatives of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. The first interviewee was Omar Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and also one of the featured keynote speakers at the upcoming US Campaign National Organizer's Conference this September, who spoke about the origins of the 2005 Unified Call for BDS, the history and significance of boycott as civil resistance, and his involvement in the movement as citizen of Israel. Barghouti was followed by Eilat Maoz, who is a central organizer in the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel, the organization that initiated the Whoprofits.org project. Eilat spoke about the growing movement of support for BDS within Israel, the Whoprofits.org project and database, and the LGBTQI community within Israel. Next up was US Campaign National Organizer Katherine Fuchs, who spoke about BDS organizing within the United States, the National Organizer's Conference and the IFBP delegation to Israel/Palestine (we'll be featuring updates from the delegation throughout the next two weeks here at the US Campaign blog!) Finally, the US Campaign's Boycott and Divestment Intern Ilana Rossoff, also a member of Students for Justice in Palestine at Hampshire College, spoke about BDS organizing in a campus community, such as tactics for educating and mobilizing support, as well as the recent divestment decision at Hampshire College and how student campaigns are moving forward. Click here to download and listen to the whole program.