A Candid Conversation about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement

Apr 11 2019


Abramson Family Auditorium
1307 L Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20005


Please join the Arab American Institute, Foundation for Middle East Peace,
and NYU Washington, DC for

A Candid Conversation about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement

w/ Peter Beinart & Omar Barghouti

April 11, 2019 | 10:30am

1307 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20005

Abramson Family Auditorium


Whether as an individual choice or in affiliation with the BDS movement, activists around the world are increasingly engaging in and advocating for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions targeting Israel and/or Israeli settlements. The BDS movement has become a lightning rod, condemned by the Israeli government and its allies as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, but touted by its supporters as a conscientious campaign in support of basic Palestinian human rights. In an effort to combat BDS, U.S. states have passed laws that violate First Amendment rights to free political speech, and Congress is considering legislation that would criminalize some forms of boycotts of Israeli settlements.

About the Speakers

Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Palestinian civil society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. He is a co-recipient of the 2017 Gandhi Peace Award. His commentaries and views have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, among others.

Peter Beinart is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He is also a Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York, a Contributor to The Atlantic, a Senior Columnist at The Forward, and a CNN Political Commentator.