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Boycotting Israel debate: Dr. Mustafa Barghouti vs. Rabbi Arthur Waskow
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March 26, 2012


I am writing to share a debate that we broadcast on the independent, daily news hour Democracy Now! today about the international advocacy effort called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) which calls for the boycott of all Israeli goods to protest the government`s policies toward Palestinians.

As The Park Slope Food Co-op sets to vote Tuesday on whether to hold a referendum supporting BDS, we speak with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Parliament and Rabbi Arthur Waskow, founder and director of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Barghouti, a supporter the BDS movement believes that, `this campaign is for the sake of both Palestinians and the Israelis, because it would help us liberate ourselves from the last segregation and occupation system in the world. And it would help liberate the Israelis from the last colonial settlement system in modern history.`

On the other hand, Rabbi Waskow disagrees with the broad scope of the campaign, `The result of the way BDS is framed on almost everyone I have talked to who feels attracted to it, is that the society as well as the government of Israel is wrong and must be attacked.`

We also discuss the case of Hana Shalabi, the Palestinian hunger striker protesting the Israeli policy of administrative detention.

When you have a chance, please take a moment to watch the interview and read the complete transcript, which are available at the links below. I have also provided the video embed code if you would like to share the interview on your website and social media networks today.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Please let me know if you have any questions.

My Best,
Mikhael Simmonds
Social Media and Online Outreach Intern
Democracy Now!

Boycotting Israel: Mustafa Barghouti vs. Rabbi Arthur Waskow on BDS Movement, Palestinian Solidarity