Thursday, January 5, 2012

BDS Movement Gears Up for University of Pennsylvania Conference

The University of Pennsylvania is set to play host to a major strategy conference next month for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. A group called PennBDS announced that the conference will take place on campus over the first weekend in February and has invited many of the significant players in the domestic anti-Israel movement, including representatives from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Jewish Voice for Peace

Scheduled speakers advocate a variety of strategies used to delegitimize Israel, including “lawfare” initiatives, boycott campaigns against Israeli products, campus divestment resolutions and claims of “pink-washing,” which argue that Israel’s progressive attitudes on LGBT issues are an effort to whitewash its human rights policies regarding Palestinians.

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