WALTHAM, MA- Today (Wednesday) Omar Barghouti, one of the leading founders of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, presented at Brandeis his new book BDS: Boycott Divestment and Sanction: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. The event was hosted by Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine (BSJP) and Haymarket Books.
Bargouti’s visa to the US was initially denied, but after a timely international public pressure campaign, the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem granted Omar Barghouti a visa for his book tour to the United States.
In his talk at Brandeis, Barghouti made the case for a rights-based BDS campaign to stop the occupation, colonization, and apartheid against the Palestinian people. He opened his lecture by saying,
I deeply appreciate the logo of Brandeis [Emet- Truth unto its inner most parts] and its emphasize on truth. A true account of Israel’s occupation and apartheid cannot but convince any conscientious person to support the BDS movement for peace, justice, and equal rights.
Renana Gal, an Israeli citizen and member of BSJP said,
the BDS movement is significant in that it includes the rights of Palestinians in the Occupied territories, in Israel and in the diaspora. Accordingly, the call for BDS constitutes a consensus among Palestinian civil society in all the three communities above. It is especially significant to discuss these issues in a University like Brandeis that is predominantly Zionist and has deep intellectual and financial ties with Israel.
Barghouti and BSJP donated a book to the Brandeis library.
International boycott, divestment, and sanctions efforts helped topple South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime. In his book, Omar Barghouti makes the case for a rights-based BDS campaign to stop Israel’s rapacious occupation, colonization, and apartheid against the Palestinian people. This considered, the growing debate on Israel’s violations of international law points the way forward to a united global civil society movement for freedom, justice, self-determination, and equality for all.
OMAR BARGHOUTI is an independent Palestinian commentator and human rights activist. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
Watch Barghouti on last week’s Democracy Now!