International boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) efforts helped topple South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime. Today, there is a growing BDS campaign to stop Israel’s occupation, colonization, and apartheid against the Palestinian people.
The movement has scored some important victories recently with the American Studies Association (ASA) and the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) voting to join the boycott of Israeli universities. Then, the Modern Language Association (MLA) passed a resolution criticizing Israel for restricting the right of U.S. scholars to enter the West Bank to work at Palestinian universities.
Predictably, this wave of activism has been met with opposition. More than 150 university administrators, condemned the ASA vote and defended Israel’s denial of rights and self-determination. Leading newspapers, including the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, editorialized against the ASA. And 134 members of Congress signed on to an open letter attacking the ASA and supporting Israel.
Why the fierce opposition to a movement for human rights? Why does the US Government support the Israeli state’s crimes against the Palestinian people? Why should people in the U.S. defend and build solidarity with the struggle for Palestine? Ultimately, what will it take to challenge the Israeli state and the US imperial interests behind it?
Join us for a presentation and discussion, featuring Laura Durkay, writer and long-time Palestine solidarity activist.
Wed. Feb 5, 2014 @ 6:30PM
St. Mary’s Church of Harlem
West 126th Street (btw. Broadway & Amsterdam)