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BDS Briefing with Omar Barghouti

by Ramah Kudaimi and Anna Baltzer
May 11th, 2013

Join Us May 19 for Discussion on Academic & Cultural Boycott

You can listen to a recording of this briefing here.

We're sure you have heard the exciting news that Stephen Hawking recently decided to pull out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem in support of the Palestinian call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). Hawking wrote to one of the conference organizers: I have received a number of emails from Palestinian academics. They are unanimous that I should respect the boycott. In view of this, I must withdraw from the conference. Had I attended I would have stated my opinion that the policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster." 

Do you want to know more about the academic and cultural boycott of Israel? RSVP here for a members-only briefing!

Hawking's decision has generated much media attention and represents another turning point in the global movement for Palestinian rights as the idea of boycotting Israel to pressure it to end its oppression of Palestinians goes mainstream. More than 60 percent voted yes in a Guardian poll asking: Is Stephen Hawking right to join the academic boycott of Israel? 

Academic and cultural boycott are some of the strongest tools of the international community to pressure Israel to end its apartheid policies. They are also among the most misunderstood and underutilized tools. Do you want to more or do you have questions about it? 

The US Campaign is holding a member group briefing with Omar Barghouti, a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. The briefing will be on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00pm EDT/1:00pm PDT.

RSVP here for call-in details!

Between Hawking's decision to support the Palestinian BDS call and the international mobilization that took place recently to pressure Morgan Freeman to decline an award from the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, academic and cultural boycott campaigns are growing and gaining much support. 

Join us on May 19 for this important discussion.