BDS campaign leaders convene in Chicago for public lecture

On Tuesday, May 14, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of Chicago will be hosting a lecture panel on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement gaining traction around the world.

Palestinian civil society initiated the BDS call in 2005. Since then, countless high profile figures, artists, institutions, and organizations have cut or withdrawn connections with Israel until Israel complies with international and human rights law. If it’s any indication of how relevant and effective BDS is, Professor Stephen Hawking announced his backing of the boycott movement earlier this week.

The event, titled “From South Africa to Israel: The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement”, features Sherry Wolf, a prominent journalist and activist; Rabbi Brant Rosen, leader of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston; and Andrew Kadi, a digital media specialist involved in regional organizing. The three speakers will relate today’s BDS movement to previous boycott campaigns, showing how BDS can be effectively applied and advocated on campuses and beyond.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Voice for Peace chapter at the University of Chicago and is part of SJP’s annual Nakba Commemoration. The event is free and open to the public.

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