Other Voices TV: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions … and the Backlash
Recorded 5/3/16 at Midpen Media Center, Palo Alto, CA

A conversation with
JOEL BEININ – Donald J. MacLachlan Prof. of Middle East History, Stanford University
FADI SABA – Vice-President, Bill of Rights Defense Committee / Defending Dissent Foundation

The Montgomery bus boycott energized the civil rights movement. The international boycott of South Africa helped bring an end to apartheid. Can a boycott of Israel bring an end to the occupation of Palestine?

In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.

As the BDS campaign has increased in international participation, a backlash from opponents has begun, taking various forms, from new restrictions on free speech on college campuses to proposed legislation barring the state of California from doing business with any company that participates in the boycott.

Produced by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Palo Alto, CA

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