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A PANEL FEATURING LEADING ADVOCATES FOR PALESTINIAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS
November 12th, 2019 at the Fine Arts Center, UMass-Amherst
Criminalizing Dissent: The Attack on BDS & Pro-Palestinian Speech, a panel featuring leading advocates for Palestinian rights, was held at the UMass-Amherst Fine Arts Center on Nov. 12, 2019 in front of a capacity crowd despite being condemned by university officials and right-wing pro-Israel pressure groups. The panel addressed mounting efforts by U.S. political leaders, right-wing lobbying groups, and college and university administrators to silence pro-Palestinian speech on American campuses and criminalize support for BDS, a nonviolent movement that seeks to pressure Israel to end its violations of Palestinian human rights. Topics included the recent bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to condemn BDS, a new U.S. Department of Education policy that threatens to withdraw federal funding from institutions that allow pro-Palestinian speech critical of Israeli policy, and a formal statement issued by the chancellor of UMass condemning the event.
About the Event
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. A professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, he is best known for his books, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.
Panel Discussion Featuring:
Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian-American political activist and co-founder of MPower Change, the largest Muslim-led social and racial justice organization in the nation. She is also former co-chair of the Women’s March.
Shaun King is a journalist and activist, CEO and Founder of The North Star, Writer in Residence at Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project, and one of the leading voices of the Black Lives Matter movement.
CEO & Founder, The North Star
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. An acclaimed college lecturer, he is the author of seven books, including the bestselling White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.
Omar Barghouti is a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He received the Gandhi Peace Award in 2017.
Dima Khalidi is the founder and director of Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). She oversees Palestine Legal’s array of legal and advocacy work to protect people speaking out for Palestinian rights from attacks on their civil and constitutional rights.