WERU News Report 2/11/14

Host: Amy Browne
Producer: Carolyn Coe

Issue: Palestinian call for boycott– BDS movement for Palestinian human rights

Key Discussion Points:

a) Students for Justice in Palestine, a Bowdoin College student club, promotes on-campus dialogue by collecting petition signatures in solidarity with the American Studies Association’s decision to boycott Israeli academic and cultural institutions.

b) Some Israelis speak out in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure their own country, Israel, to end its oppressive policies.

c) The demand for human rights for Palestinians is linked to other social justice issues.

Sinead Lamel, Bowdoin College student, member of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

Zohran Mamdani, Bowdoin College student, member of SJP

Yonatan Shapira, Israeli refusenik, active with Boycott from Within

1-Bowdoin President Barry Mills’ statement re. the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions: www.bowdoin.edu/president/speeches/index.shtml
2-Sinead Lamel and Zohran Mamdani’s Bangor Daily News editorial: bangordailynews.com/2014/01/08/opinion/bowdoin-should-join-academic-boycott-of-israeli-institutions/
3-To read/sign Bowdoin petition in solidarity with the American Studies Association:
4-(Bowdoin) Students for Justice in Palestine on Twitter: @ Bowdoin SJP
5-Boycott from Within: www.boycottisrael.info/